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For your chance to win one of these valuable robotics and design texts, read the following book reviews and answer the simple question at the end.


L. Scott Hansen

ISBN 9780831133658



Hansen’s Learning and Applying Autodesk Inventor 2009 is designed for engineers who need to use Inventor in the workplace but either don’t have the time to take a course on the basis of the software, or want to save training costs in hard economical times.

In fact, this reference was written with the intention that users can learn Inventor on their own with little or no outside help. As with other Learning and Applying… texts written by Hansen, this book begins at a very basic level and ends at a fairly advanced level, ideal for those who are stating out and also those who want to learn a little more.

This version of the text is an updated book modeled on Hansen’s Learning and Applying… 2009, however the following new sections have been added: How to create a broken view using the Break command; How to complete a multi-plane Loft; and How to use the Design Accelerator.

According to the publisher, this text is the perfect resource for anyone enrolled in engineering and technology programs, as well as professionals interested in learning Autodesk Inventor. It applies to Inventor releases from 2003 through to 2009.

The book’s main features including: step-by-step instructions along with numerous illustrations; commands shown in bold for those who would rather not read every word of instruction; graphic illustration for each step for those who would rather learn visually; small notes on most illustrations to further clarify instructions; and a new chapter covering the basics of the Design Accelerator.

The table of contents is self-explanatory and an easy reference for users.

Industrial Robotics: How to Implement the Right System for your Plant

Andrew Glaser

ISBN 9780831133580



If you work in a manufacturing or processing plant and you have been given the task of increasing productivity and increasing quality, while at the same time lowering the cost of your manufacturing processes, the solution is to automate… but how?

Identifying a manufacturing process that can be automated is often a daunting task. It requires a team approach to qualifying, validating, and then finally, implementing a program. This book takes you through the best practices for each step, regardless of the application type or the industry segment. It will show you how to achieve the system expectations that were planned for and benchmarked, and it will also help identify the most common pitfalls — all without having to eliminate employees.

Hansen’s text provides a broad, semi-detailed review of various robotic applications based on process, including machine tending for CNC machine, press brake tending, deburring, grinding, dispensing, and welding.

It also incorporates existing articles, as well as the author’s own knowledge to describe points of interest and background, while illustrating points by using an easy-to-follow interview format between the author and the user or expert providing opinion and insight.

Other additions include numerous illustrations, drawings, and charts in every chapter. Also, the use of case studies to describe points and features is handy.

The table of contents follows a manufacturing processes manger from the beginning — with an explanation of the reasons to use automation — through to the kinds of automation one might use for different applications.

Answer the following question for your chance to win one of these two instructive texts…

Question: Versions of Autodesk Inventor from which years are covered in Hansen’s Learning and Applying Autodesk Inventor 2009?

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