Leland Teschler

Machine Design

Leland serves as Editor-in-Chief of Machine Design. He has 34 years of Service and holds a B.S. Engineering from the University of
Michigan, a B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan;, and a MBA from Cleveland State University. Prior to joining Penton, Lee worked as a Communications design engineer, for the U.S. Government.

Scenes from MD&M West 2014

The Medical Design & Manufacturing exposition kicked off Monday Feb. 10. Here are some of the technologies that were in evidence there.

3D printing in medical technology gets star billing at MD&M West

When it comes to 3D printing in biomedical applications, you ain't seen nothing yet. 

Absolute encoders let water cannon douse flames accurately 1
Water cannons, called monitors in the firefighting industry, allow firefighters direct water by aiming a spray nozzle mounted on a set of swivels to allow both horizontal and vertical motion. Elkhart Brass manufactures over 20 models of monitors such as their Sidewinder unit. Sidewinders can be remotely controlled from up to a quarter-mile away using RF communications.
What a ride: Wooden roller coasters 1

Worried about the U. S. trade deficit with China? There is one U. S. product the Chinese can’t get enough of: wooden roller coasters. At least that is the impression one gets from The Gravity Group LLC, an engineering firm in Cincinnati.

Why big companies can’t innovate 18
Innovation and the lack of it are getting a lot of press these days. Commentators seem particularly perplexed that large companies can't seem to innovate well. One typically finds only vague explanations from a Google search focused on the subject. But the real reason many big companies aren't known for creative genius may be pretty simple: Their quality programs have been too successful.
Super-tiny rapid prototypes could aid the medical device industry
When talk turns to 3D printing, the topic usually conjurs up images of plastic or metal parts you can hold in your hands. But it now looks as though 3D-printed parts with dimensions on the order of microns could soon begin having a particularly important impact on medical device technology.
Manufacturing in 2014
Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich., made headlines recently because it moved some of its washing-machine production from Mexico to northwestern Ohio. Its reasoning for the move: The Ohio plant was more automated and its electricity costs were actually lower than those of the production lines in Mexico. Transportation costs also figured to be lower because the front-loading laundromat washers in question won't have to be shipped across a border to get into Whirlpool's U. S. distribution network. In fact, manufacturers are generally upbeat about prospects for 2014. Technologies that include electric motors and motion-control equipment promise to do well in the coming months.
The often-predicted decline of the U. S. 8

Our January forecast issue is a good place to review how previous forecasts have withstood the test of time. Perhaps the most notable of these concern the latest celebrated cause of U. S. decline: China. Typical commentary is that of economic historian Robert Fogel who in 2010 predicted China would become a “superrich” country in 2040 with a gross domestic product “dwarfing that of the U. S.”

The real way to “think different” 2

The late Steve Jobs is famous for ordering an ad campaign focused around the simple admonishment to “Think different.” Jobs himself didn’t come up with the slogan; it was the creation of an advertising-agency art director. But the catch phrase hit a nerve, and not just with computer users.

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