Oct 11, 2016

Driverless Trains and Planes First, then Automobiles4

There’s a lot of buzz these days about driverless cars, but surely there are other transportation modes to address first....More
Jun 17, 2016

5 Demands for Digital Threads of Manufacturing Information6

In a previous post, I mentioned the savings a company can realize by using digital threads of manufacturing information. But, who or what is demanding these digital threads? Here are some culprits....More
Sep 19, 2016

Taking a Human-Centric Approach to Design2

You’ve definitely heard the term “user-friendly” before. In working to provide “user friendliness,” an engineer tries to make the product work exactly as an end user....More
Sep 27, 2016

Is Engineering Employment in Danger or Is It Being Redefined?7

In this year’s Salary and Career Report coming out in October, we captured some impressive numbers for engineering salaries. According to our survey, since 2014 our readers have seen an 11.5% increase....More
Jul 21, 2014

Nine hardware pitches at San Francisco ‘Maker’ Startup Weekend2

Startup Weekend events are now pumping out hardware devices such as a NEST for pools and just-in-time liquor delivery systems....More
Mar 03, 2015

Praise the Board, and Pass the Innovation!3

To say there is something grossly deficient in the closed and inflexible way large companies design and develop products is hardly controversial. Corporate product development establishments are eerily like medieval monasteries. The lanyard-wearing monks sit in their cubicles, cloistered behind card-lock doors, adhering to a strict....More
Jul 28, 2014

Boeing discriminating against older engineers?4

One union claims that Boeing is dismantling and disbursing their experienced commercial-engineering workforce for what seem to be “laughably superficial” business reasons … but the real reason it’s moving work to Russia, India, and domestic ‘centers of excellence’ — mostly non-union locations — is for the “wholesale purge of Boeing’s....More
Mar 24, 2015

The Value of Innovation When You’re Under the Knife3

With so much hand-wringing over rising medical costs, one certainly wonders: With all of today’s medical bells and whistles, do the benefits of advanced technologies outweigh the costs? If you’re sick, they often do....More
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