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The New Wild West

April 22, 2014 | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The Internet of Things is a myth, legend, buzzword, Microsoft misfire (Intelligent Systems, anyone?), market disruptor, as well as an elusive term that many are trying to corral into some microcosm of sustainable profitability in an ...  

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Harmonized International Standards & Conformance Facilitate Global Trade

April 24, 2014 4:17 pm | by Joe Bhatia, President & CEO, American National Standards Institute | Comments

Occasionally when talking with U.S. business and industry leaders, I uncover a fallacy in thinking about international standardization: some believe that standards and conformance generally create barriers to trade. What they need to understand ...


7 Hilariously Ingenious Engineering Pranks

April 24, 2014 10:17 am | by JF Stackhouse, | Comments

When it comes to eye-opening pranks, hacks, and stunts, no one can equal a team of determined engineering students. If you’re looking for inspiration – speaking strictly hypothetically, of course – or want to sit back and marvel at what ...


How Trustworthy is the Data You’re Using?

April 23, 2014 12:48 pm | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Knovel | Comments

When I began my mechanical engineering career in the materials handling industry 30 years ago, go-to resources primarily included engineering books and handbooks on the bookshelf in your office. Experienced engineers were adept at ...  


Design as an Art Form

April 23, 2014 10:44 am | by Vladymir Rogov, CEO of ROGOV Design | Comments

From my perspective, design and innovation is ultimately about making life better for people and a better world. My job as a designer is to exploit product experience options that create value, propositions and services so compelling, customers prefer ...


More Mission, Less Statement

April 22, 2014 12:54 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Effective leadership of cultural change is enabled by clear communication of cultural values and priorities. One of the greatest challenges of guiding cultural change, development, or stability, is influencing the organization to follow the same ...

You Are Influential

April 21, 2014 4:58 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

While it’s true that an outsider, such as a consultant or a change agent from higher and farther in the chain of corporate leadership, can get people’s attention or compel them to listen, and it’s true that executive leaders may influence more ...

We Are in the Post Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

In doing the research for this article I found that there are as many articles saying that American Manufacturing is not in decline as saying it is. I wondered if this is simply a matter of economic perspectives or if there is a real basis for this ...


Confessions of a Gadget Hoarder

April 17, 2014 4:37 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

I must admit that when the gadget hoarding topic crossed my desk, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it touches two ever-popular topics, life-simplifying gadgetry and mess-justifying hoarding.The revelation forced me to take a ...  


5 Engineers with Fatally Terrible Inventions

April 16, 2014 9:51 am | by Aubrey Schaefer, Engineer Jobs | Comments

If I stopped to count how many engineers have positively affected my life, I would have no time for anything else. Instead, let’s look at those other engineers – the ones with fatally terrible inventions. There have been a few engineers – the misguided, misinformed, or just plain mad ...


The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Too Little Too Late?

April 15, 2014 9:41 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

Brooke Melton probably wasn't thinking of her keyring one rainy March night in 2010. She was driving her 2005 GM Cobalt when the ignition switch suddenly moved from "run" to "accessory." This had the unfortunate effects of killing the ...


Tesla Spoils Rotten Lemon Lawyer

April 11, 2014 2:10 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

Perhaps you’ve heard of the “Lemon Law King.” He resides in PD&D’s home-state of Wisconsin, and he’s unleashed his loosely-based lawsuit fervor on Tesla. Auto designers and manufacturers roll their eyes at the mere mention of Vince Megna’s name, and rightfully so ...


HP Too Big, Too Late

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

Home-printer and computer-maker, Hewlett-Packard, has announced that they will make an announcement in June about the company’s intent to enter the 3D printing market. Though they are clearly tardy to the party, HP has set its sights on conquering ...


Matrix Dotted Line to Nowhere

April 8, 2014 9:57 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Matrix-type business organizations are common and so are decision-making problems.For a matrix organization to function, responsibility for critical decisions must be maintained at key points ...        


When is Waste Neither Pure Nor Necessary?

April 6, 2014 5:36 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

When we learn the ways of the Lean methodology, we are taught that there are two categories of waste. There is pure waste, which needs to be eliminated, and there is necessary waste, which does nothing to improve our performance or profits, but ...

Putting the 'Long Term’ in Long Term Evolution

April 4, 2014 10:08 am | by Francis Sideco, Senior Director Consumer, Mobile, and IT Electronics, IHS | Comments

Unlike its predecessors, many of which by this same point in their adoption cycle were already being prepared to transition to the next generation of cellular air interface technology; LTE appears to be living up to its long term promise. LTE, while gaining momentum, is really ...



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