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The Skills Gap & Why We Need a Modern Rosie

October 14, 2014 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in ...

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Potential Polish for Payment Card Policy

October 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

Recently I wrote about how draconian policies to gremlin problems sometimes create more problems than they solve. Let’s explore an alternative method to the common checklist-of-points to ensure the intent of a policy is fulfilled with more ...

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Probabilistic Finite Element Analysis Improves Safety, Reliability of Design

October 24, 2014 10:39 am | by Bhaumik Dave, Sr. FEA consultant, Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services | Comments

It is inevitable for design engineers to adopt a probabilistic design approach to devise equipments, considering invariability and uncertainty of equipment failure. The present deterministic design approach neglects the failure risks associated ...

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From Wearables to Implantables to…What’s Next?

October 22, 2014 10:04 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was ...

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4 Ways Businesses Can Learn from U.S. Army Safety Practices

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Comments

In the US Army, leaders and soldiers at all levels constantly plan, rehearse and act to do dangerous activities as safely as possible even while under dangerous conditions. In the US Army, dangerous conditions are a factor and not an excuse to ...

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What Is the Internet of Things & What Does It Mean for Design?

October 17, 2014 11:08 am | by Diego Tamburini, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Is the tech buzz around 3D printing giving way to a new-media darling? Sure looks like it. What is the Internet of Things (IoT) fervor all about? While the idea of connecting products such as mobile devices, TVs, and even refrigerators to the ...

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Education in the Sandbox: An Old School Innovation Approach

October 17, 2014 9:58 am | by William Lovell, CEO, c-Link Systems, Inc. | Comments

Times have changed since I was in Junior High School or Middle School. Prior to that during the summer I spent hours in the woods or sand pile when not helping on the farm or around the home. It was during this time I realized that being an ...

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Flexible Circuits vs. Traditional Printed Circuits

October 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by John Talbot, Tramonto Circuits | Comments

Because of their position in the worldwide printed circuit market, flexible circuits are still a mystery to a lot of electronic product developers. Questions are brought up frequently about their electrical capabilities ...      

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Thanks to NASA, Photo-Based 3D Modeling Is Set to Explode

October 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Matt Ball, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Accurate 3D modeling of reality can be a difficult and expensive endeavor. High-end lidar imagers use remote-sensing technology to measure distance by directing lasers at an object and analyzing the reflected light. These instruments, which ...

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No One to Blame Because No One’s In Charge

October 15, 2014 9:37 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

A recurring topic surrounding improvement business is the command for change, but with no clear path forward. These experiences are frustrating, undermine our trust in leaders and each other, and in the end, cost us a ...    

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Environmental Management Systems Standards: Opportunity Knocks

October 13, 2014 11:33 am | by Joe Bhatia, President & CEO, American National Standards Institute | Comments

According to a 2013 MIT Sloan Management Review study on sustainability and innovation, 70% of corporate respondents rated environmental issues as significant or very significant priorities for their organization. However, only half reported ...

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The World's Second Printed Car

October 13, 2014 9:29 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director | Comments

The Strati is not the world’s first 3D-printed car. The first one, to the best of my knowledge, was the Urbee, and you saw it in PD&D back in February 2011 (A Work in Progress). Since then, we’ve seen 3D printing capture the ...  

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IoT Soup: 4 Ingredients for a Successful Smart Product

October 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Adam Justice, Grid Connect | Comments

Product developers must work with a basket of ingredients to create a product that appeals to consumers. The IoT basket includes components, services, products and engineering, and there are a lot of variations in these ingredients ...  

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The Language of Change

October 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

A common vocabulary is a useful and valuable tool for driving cultural change. It aids in monitoring the progress of cultural shift and it aids in leading new behaviors. It is not, however, a substitute for good leadership ...   

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The Inversion Crackdown Is in Full Swing

October 6, 2014 9:56 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department has changed the rules governing companies engaging in inversions this week, and though it will not have too drastic of an effect on companies that have already inverted, it will most definitely impact companies in ...

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Human Nature Abhors an Information Vacuum

October 2, 2014 4:56 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

In the absence of information, people invent it. We don’t mean for our “what if” speculations and half-hearted deductions to become a common reality, but it happens. Invented “truths” can bring an end to a new initiative, convert a culture, and ...

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