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Are Engineers Too Smart for Their Own Good?

September 23, 2014 | by David Mantey, Editor | Comments

John Kelly, CEO of Atomo Diagnostics states that a common pitfall for designers is the expected level of end-user intelligence. Unfortunately, he claims it’s too high — the expectation, not the intelligence. It must be frustrating, borderline ...

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Why the Society of Women Engineers Beats Miss America (Every Time)

September 29, 2014 10:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

Who knew that a HBO show could change the lives of girls who dream of being engineers? Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a Daily Show/Colbert Report feeling to it and this past Sunday, Oliver used part of the time to do a decent take ...

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The Toll of Patent Trolls

September 24, 2014 10:24 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

Inventions and engineers go together like songs and musicians, and consequently every engineer should know something about patents. The practice of patenting inventions to give the inventor a temporary monopoly as a reward for ingenuity ...

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Smarter Testing Tactics

September 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

Product and system testing generates a great deal of impassioned discussion. It is essential and also considered waste; it is expensive and often repeated; and we argue about what the results really mean, especially when those results are ...

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5 Things to Look for When Evaluating an Engineering Design Firm

September 22, 2014 9:41 am | by Doug Ringer, Contributor | Comments

How do we properly evaluate the efficacy of a design team (internal or contract) when we have little evidence of past performance? These 5 steps will provide excellent insight into their capability to meet project requirements ...   

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New Designs Need More Information, Not Less

September 16, 2014 9:43 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

While trying to streamline product development, the activities that generate the most information are the ones that seem to be the most common targets of time and effort and resource reduction. We should try to maximize those activities ...

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Lockheed Martin Designs the Superhuman Workers of Tomorrow

September 15, 2014 10:43 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin ...

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Connecting Customer Decisions to Design Decisions

September 12, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Connecting our information about customer desires with our designs is difficult. If it seems simple, we probably missed something. In the realm of product development, the most challenging and often the riskiest part of the design process is ...

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Optimizing Engineering Change Control

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Ron Rapczynski, Quality Control, NK Technologies | Comments

Managing changes to products and/or processes has been, and will always continue to be, a challenge for companies. There are many reasons for this. In order to fully and effectively implement a change often involves the coordination of ...

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IoT, Robotic Manufacturing & the End of the World

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area ...

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D-Day, Design & Engineering: The Hidden Lessons & Why They Matter

September 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Comments

On the night of June 5th and the morning of June 6th, paratroopers and glider infantry followed by a sweeping amphibious assault began the invasion of Europe – a military feat that remains without equal in the rest of history ...   

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Why Hardware Companies Are Secretly Excellent Startup Opportunities

September 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Alex Frommeyer, Founder/CEO Beam Technologies, Founder/CEO Uproar Labs | Comments

Traditional hardware products are static, meaning that if the company finds out the customer wants a new feature, a different color, an additional part, etc., then a whole new SKU of that product would need to be developed. Not only is this ...

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The Devil is in the Accounting

September 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Accounting practices can be a fatal roadblock to continuous improvement programs. If there isn’t a way to associate costs of every kind to the causes, the incentive to fix problems disappears. Worse, sometimes we are incentivized to allow or ...

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8 Reasons Why a Curved Screen Could Be the Wave of the Future for Your Smartphone

September 4, 2014 4:06 pm | by Brian Benton, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Many manufacturers today are producing devices with curved displays. They are making televisions and smartphones with screens that have an arc, rather than a flat surface. Is this a marketing ploy, or are there legitimate reasons for this ...

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Manufacturing & Education: Understanding the Connection

September 3, 2014 3:09 pm | by Randy Ohman, Teacher, The STEM Academy, NEISD | Comments

Manufacturing & Education: Understanding the Connection. That is the name of an educators’ workshop I just attended that brought teachers and manufacturers together to share perspectives and opportunities. Panelists talked about ...  

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The Advanced Materials Revolution

September 2, 2014 4:19 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

The invention of advanced materials is an area where the U.S. has not only been dominant, but has led the world through out the twentieth century. The creation of advanced materials has launched entirely new industries ...       

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