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Confessions of a Gadget Hoarder

April 17, 2014 | 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 ...  

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...        

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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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China Could Lead the Way with the Smart Home

April 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with ...

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5 Misconceptions About Circuit Protection Devices

April 1, 2014 10:16 am | by Barry Brents, TE Connectivity | Comments

In my work, I speak with lots of engineers about using circuit protection devices and find that there are still a lot of misconceptions about the technology and their applications. Here are the top five ...        

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Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 31, 2014 9:13 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Comments

This week, U.S.A. Today reported a plummeting of orders for some exporters to Russia, as businesses began to feel the immediate effects of the recent political standoff over Ukraine’s Crimea region. According to the article, U.S. exports to ...

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Top 3 Reed Switch No-No's

March 27, 2014 12:37 pm | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch. Although simple in nature and application ...

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Why Can’t Automakers Seem to Learn?

March 25, 2014 4:34 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Years ago the Toyota “unintended acceleration” story dominated the headlines for, at first, days, and then weeks. Through the end of 2009 and well into 2010, it was the biggest story in the manufacturing world by a long-shot, and to this ...

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Patrolling the Patent Trolls

March 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

As most engineers know, the U. S. patent system is intended to protect the inventor's rights in an invention. A patent holder has exclusive rights to make, sell, or license an invention for a limited period of time (currently 20 years). This is a ...

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If You Won’t Change, You’re Doomed

March 24, 2014 9:07 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Often the need to change is thrust upon us. Whether we make change or resist it is a choice. If we need to change, we must commit to it and plan big ...                

Musk’s Coup to Thwart Competitors

March 18, 2014 3:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

SpaceX may just be stirring the manufacturing pot in order to better their economic forecast, but Musk has certainly brought up some potential issues if Putin continues to ...             

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