The virtual explosion in new technologies over the past couple of decades has had a dramatic effect on industrial design and the product development process. The availability of new materials and communication techniques, along with vast amounts of computer memory at almost unbelievably low prices, has transformed the product designer’s world in ways that could not have been foreseen — back when clouds were for weather forecasters and tablets required a pen or pencil.
Manufacturers are going mobile — whether it's for inventory control, dealing with customer orders, or managing employees — with a growing network of software providers that are riding on the consumer wave. This is part one of a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing.
Here are the most important factors process manufacturers should consider when implementing a remote monitoring system in their facilities. Ed Orvidas, Strategic Account Manager, Culligan International In the food and beverage industry, water is used in nearly every stage of production.
Designers, OEMs, and manufacturers must continue to cater to ever-changing consumer demands that challenge each to come up with “the next big thing” in electronic devices. A traditional five-way tactile switch. Consumer and prosumer electronics are constantly being re-engineered to meet demands for greater functionality and sleeker designs in the quest to become “the next big thing” in the market.
FSCs, a uniquely different color technology, fits a niche in the growing market of custom build color LCD modules. FCS LCDs are a uniquely different color technology. They are not a replacement for OLEDs or TFTs, because they do not display video or high-resolution photos.
Because the operators of social media have strong financial motivations to make more information easy to get at, it’s likely that if you’ve ever posted anything you might not want someone to see, they’ll be able to see it anyway . Although I hope any engineer can benefit on occasion from this blog, I am especially keen to discuss matters that younger engineers and engineering students can use.
Consider the change that outsourcing means to your business before you jump on the train with everyone else. Outsourcing has been an enormously popular trend in manufacturing for the U.S. However, as popular as it is, and as much as it might make sense on paper, it doesn’t always produce the business benefit we seek.
As costs continue to rise, distribution centers and warehouses are looking for ways to control these costs and be more efficient. As costs continue to rise, distribution centers and warehouses are looking for ways to control these costs and be more efficient. Innovative ways to address these issues crop up more and more from a technology standpoint, including: New software which allows simplified warehouse management of everything from trailer scheduling to equipment usage.
Have you done an assessment in your company that identifies the older workers and the valuable tribal knowledge that is about to walk out the door? I think the two most practical solutions are to do everything possible to capture the knowledge and to develop strategies to retain older workers. Some experts estimate that, of the 11 million manufacturing employees now working in the U.
Strategies exist to acquire, ship, store, handle, and deliver supplies and products more efficiently to satisfy your bottom line . ** This article originally ran in the September issue of Food Manufacturing magazine. Freight industry analysts expect constricted transportation capacity and elevated rates to last through 2013.
A proper software evaluation process can sometimes identify red flags with potential vendors and solutions and save the headache of implementing the wrong solution. When embarking upon a software selection process, it is imperative to determine the correct business objectives as to why your company is looking to implement a system in the first place.
In response to significant growth, an industry-leading supplier of instrumentation products added a 12,000 square foot manufacturing facility specifically focused on temperature sensors, thermowells, transmitters, and other instrumentation to their already extensive campus. Catch-phrases, buzzwords, hot topics.
We must think beyond creating products that satisfy inane consumer preferences and put our collective heads to solving the real issues facing our world. As I write this column there are, according to the World Population Clock, 6,962,951,052 people in the world. With normal death rates, 135 million people will come into existence this year and about 60 million will go out, so that by 2020 there will be eight billion people on this planet.
ICON Aircraft brings back excitement and passion to the aviation market with its A5 amphibious aircraft that not only flies the skies, but cruises on water. ICON's new take on the cockpit includes user-friendly controls, smart ergonomics, and intuitive features that allow pilots to relax more and enjoy the flying experience.
Peter Borden, AMTDA President August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $460.61 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 9.
In contrast to phone covers you get at accessory stores that guard against tiny scrapes and dings, one new case is designed to offer serious protection. The Okoqu NUT hardshell case for iPhone. Image by Okoqu Rendered in KeyShot When you see someone’s touch screen shattered into a fine spider web, it is hard not to say something.
Missing out on this not-so-obvious "news behind the news" of the Great Patent War has been a helpful reminder to be more cognizant of the true meanings of the messages sent my way. “Did you hear… ?” It feels like I hear some form of this phrase on a fairly regular basis.
A specialist company in rapid prototyping and ongoing multi-axis production engineering says it has won business as a result of using a market-leading CAM system . Adrian Penny, Prototype Manager at Birmingham-based R.T. Palmer Ltd. – which is to be renamed Advanced Engineering (UK) Ltd in November 2011 – says: “Thanks to Edgecam, if you can draw it, we can make it.
A project team who tackles risk planning and management with collective intensity wins (at least) most of the time. Facility construction project managers who bray to their peers about having perfected the art of flawless planning, performed error-free risk management, and have always met their projected schedule completion dates can stop here and take a bow while the rest of us genuflect with raised eyebrow.
After investigating different options about how to go about developing safety procedures, programs, and policies, one company invested in an online management tool that's designed to help users manage safety and risk more efficiently and cost effectively . Latshaw Drilling, a fast-growing private company based in Tulsa, OK, is responsible for the drilling of wells for oil and gas companies.