By Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing During the experimental phase of developing a new technology, people become very passionate about the technical possibilities. They often become seduced by the “technological wonder” and do not put the same effort and passion into the marketing part of new product development as they do the technology part.
Recent buzz over energy efficiency and sustainability means the pressure is on manufacturers to adopt new technologies or pay the price when it comes to consumer dissent or supply chain issues. Not to mention that nagging energy bill that keeps climbing… For this reason, the industry sometimes gets bogged with going green for going green’s sake: frankly, it looks good.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' telecommunition watchdog says BlackBerry smartphones are a potential threat to the country's national security and it is seeking changes in how the devices operate. Authorities' alarm over the phones comes a year after the Middle East country's biggest state-run mobile operator was caught encouraging unwitting BlackBerry users to install software on the devices that could allow outsiders to peer inside.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years ago, the Federal Communications Commission stumbled as it tried to create a nationwide wireless broadband network for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers, delaying the construction of what everyone agrees is an urgently needed system. Now the agency is hoping to rework the plan, which relies on a prime slice of airwaves called the D Block.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the government is now borrowing 41 cents of every dollar it spends. New estimates predict the unemployment rate will average 9 percent next year and the budget deficit will be $1.42 trillion — even bigger than previously expected. That's because tax revenues are still slumping and the economic recovery is going slower than hoped.
NEW YORK (AP) — The wireless industry sued the city of San Francisco on Friday to stop a law that requires cell phone stores to post how much radio energy each model emits. It's the first law of that kind in the nation. The industry trade group known as CTIA — The Wireless Association said the law will mislead consumers into thinking that one phone might be safer than another on the basis of radiation measurements.
FARNBOROUGH, England (AP) -- As the desert landscape unfolds ahead, the jet fighter pilot glances to his right. Spotting an enemy target, a sensor attached to his helmet relays the information straight back to his flight controls, allowing him to fire immediately without turning his aircraft. U.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google Inc. has missed a deadline to take over the Los Angeles city e-mail system because it hasn't met police concerns about securing information online. The city is paying Google more than $7 million to replace the e-mail system it uses for nearly 20,000 employees.
“Technological breakthrough” can mean a number of things in the manufacturing sector. Here is a light-hearted look at some offbeat “products” that use various tech “breakthroughs” to bring about far more customer satisfaction than their original counterparts. They include the Gesundheit Radio, the Floppy Legs disk drive, and the AntiTouch lamp.
Bustronic (Fremont, CA) recently released a new 6U VPX load board, which helps the confirm that the chassis meets the VITA 46/48 power specifications. The load board helps test a system’s cooling capabilities by first applying the load to the power supply for verification, and then creating the necessary heat to confirm chassis cooling.
Greg Galvin, PH.D. founded Ithaca, NY-based Kionix in 1993 to commercialize a novel micromechanical technology pioneered by researchers at Cornell University. From 1993 to 2000, Kionix went from its two founding fathers to a 40-person operation that developed products in inertial sensors, microfluidics, data storage, micro-relays and micro-optics.
The Dannon Company Inc. is America's founding national yogurt company, and continually leverages its expertise to develop and market innovative cultured fresh dairy products in the United States. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Dannon has plants in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX and West Jordan, UT.
MUMBAI, India (AP) — It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011. If the government can find a manufacturer, the Linux operating system-based computer would be the latest in a string of "world's cheapest" innovations to hit the market out of India, which is home to the 100,000 rupee ($2,127) compact Nano car, the 749 rupees ($16) water purifier and the $2,000 open-heart surgery.
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T Inc. said Thursday that its earnings rose 26 percent in the latest quarter and raised its forecast for the year, helped by its iPhone-fueled wireless arm and cost-cutting. The country's largest telecommunications provider said it now expects a "strong" increase in earnings over last year, compared to its previous forecast of "stable-to-improved" results.
NEW YORK (AP) — A gauge of future economic activity dropped in June, the second decline in past 3 months, suggesting the economic recovery will weaken. The Conference Board, a private research group, said Thursday its index of leading economic indicators fell 0.2 percent last month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Computer maker Dell Inc. is paying $100 million to settle civil charges that it fraudulently used payments from Intel to pump up its profits to meet Wall Street targets over five years, the government announced Thursday. Under the settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, company Chairman and CEO Michael Dell also agreed to pay a separate $4 million civil penalty.
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that its net income surged in the most recent quarter, the latest sign that businesses are again spending on technology. Strong sales of Windows, particularly to Microsoft's corporate customers, and of Office 2010 helped boost results in the fiscal fourth quarter.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Three big Japanese corporations may join Taiwan in developing cutting-edge broadband technologies that will allow them to jointly tap China's vast telecommunications market, an official said Friday. Fujitsu Ltd., NEC Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. have expressed an interest in the offer to develop WiMax technologies together with Taiwanese firms, said Yiin Chi-ming, a Taiwanese state minister.
People aren't spending money like they used to. Unemployment is still flirting with double digits. And the housing market is still shaky. So the future looks bleak for the economy, right? Not necessarily. A handful of surprisingly good earnings reports Thursday suggested that some of the major U.
The successful selection and implementation of an ERP system isn’t the only step manufacturers need to take in order to increase the efficiency of their planning, administration, production, sales, service, and other business processes. Manufacturers need to understand the importance of readying their data to support the system in place, or they can, and most likely will, experience a multitude of issues with their ERP systems.