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Lockheed Martin Designs the Superhuman Workers of Tomorrow

September 15, 2014 | 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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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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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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How Much Does Fantasy Football Cost Employers?

September 2, 2014 10:11 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

Last year nearly 26 million people in the United States played fantasy football, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. That number figures to be even higher in 2014 for a virtual game that is no longer just a hobby ...  

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What Will We Do When the Machines Take Our Place?

August 28, 2014 3:40 pm | by Heather Miller, Line/ Shape/Space | Comments

Robots freely roaming Mars? Sure, no problem. Robots taking over Earth? Not so fast ... The common reprise of “robots are stealing our jobs!” isn’t far from reality. Think of the empty Detroit assembly lines or the dwindling number of ...

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Big Guys Finally See the 'White'

August 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Mike Krames, Soraa CTO | Comments

More than one year after Soraa demonstrated it, the importance of whiteness rendering is now being noticed by the larger lighting manufacturers. Perhaps the most notable imitation, from Philips, mixes in some violet-emitting with blue-emitting ...

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Police Body Cams: An Invasion of Privacy or a Life-Saver?

August 28, 2014 2:46 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

In the wake of the recent Ferguson, Missouri shooting, there is a major civil liberty debate occurring, amid proposals for widespread adoption of police body cameras. In my home state of Wisconsin, and across the country, there is a growing ...

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Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving the Way for Young Execs?

August 28, 2014 1:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, experience generally trumps all else — which would seem to make sense since the average age of an incoming CEO last year was 53 with 18 years of experience in their corporations ...

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The History of Camcorders

August 28, 2014 11:48 am | by Mark Shapiro | Comments

Today’s camcorders are very compact and can easily fit in the palm of your hand. You can stick them in your pocket or purse. No matter where you are, on a plane, on a beach, in your house or on a mountaintop, it is easy to create your own ...

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Make Improvement Possible

August 28, 2014 11:03 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Ideally we want to be using our continual improvement methods to make small adjustments regularly. It’s a state where things are generally well and we are just maintaining our edge. Unfortunately, few of us are at that state, or stay there for ...

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