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Mechanical Engineering: Specialist Data

Why use standards?

A technical standard is a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices for technical systems.  Using a standard ensures

  • you are aware of the functionality of a component
  • your product or design meets industry standard specifications for e.g. inter-operability and safety
  • you are using the correct method for taking a measurement

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Why use patents?

A patent is a document which gives the owner the right to prevent others from making, using, importing or selling a new invention without permission.  The patent document itself contains full details of the invention (e.g. how it works, what it does, how it does it, what it is made of, how it is made) and patents are therefore an excellent source of information on

  • new technology
  • trends in technological development
  • specific products or innovations

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Why use business intelligence?

When applying for placements or jobs, business intelligence will give you the edge by enabling you to demonstrate an understanding both of the company and of the market environment in which it operates:

  • Company reports and SWOT analyses
  • Market research reports for companies and industries
  • Company financial data

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Knovel

Knovel integrates technical information with analytical and search tools. For off-campus access use the link below.

Why use theses?

A thesis is a substantial document presenting the author's research and findings, submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree.  You may wish to find relevant theses

  • to read about research in more detail than the word-limit of a journal article allows
  • when your topic is not well covered by the journal article literature
  • to see an example of what is required for your own submission
  • where you have a reference to a thesis

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