Community http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8190/more en The 7 Warning Signs of B(ogus) S(cience) http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-warning-signs-bogus-science <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>For the past 17 years, Dr. Robert Parks has been the leading force behind <a href="http://quackwatch.org">Quackwatch</a>, a popular website that explores medical myths ranging from acupuncture to weight control gimmicks. He is also a professor of physics at the University of Maryland and director of public information for the American Physical Society. He developed a list of seven warning signs that indicate a claim is outside the bounds of scientific discourse and a good candidate for being a scam.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-warning-signs-bogus-science" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-warning-signs-bogus-science#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:07:00 +0000 39851 at http://machinedesign.com Boeing discriminating against older engineers? http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers <div class="node-body blog-body">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 older workforce.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/boeing-discriminating-against-older-engineers#comments News Community Product Design Engineering Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:30:00 +0000 39761 at http://machinedesign.com How to boost U.S. manufacturing jobs: Fake them http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them <div class="node-body blog-body">Sometimes news coming out of Washington D.C. seems to defy common sense. At least that was my reaction to word about a proposal to call American firms that send production offshore &ldquo;factoryless goods&rdquo; producers. The problem is that if this idea gets implemented,&nbsp; the value of U.S. brand-name products made elsewhere and imported here would be counted as manufacturing &ldquo;services&rdquo; imports, not imported goods. In other words, it would inflate figures for goods manufactured in the U.S.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them#comments factoryless goods manufacturing jobs offshoring Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 39741 at http://machinedesign.com Making Product Development More Innovative http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/making-product-development-more-innovative <div class="node-body article-body">For at least the past 10 years, innovation has been the mantra of western companies. To get that innovation, corporations have often appended and/or pulled activities out of their product-development process (PDP) rather than build innovation into their process. There are numerous examples.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/making-product-development-more-innovative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/making-product-development-more-innovative#comments Guest Commentary Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:54:00 +0000 39491 at http://machinedesign.com Protecting Products with Design Patents http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/protecting-products-design-patents <div class="field-byline"> Virginia L. Carron, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett &amp; Dunner LLP, Atlanta, Ga. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Companies have long relied on utility patents and trademarks to protect their innovations. But companies should also consider adding design patents to their intellectual-property (IP) strategy. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/protecting-products-design-patents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/protecting-products-design-patents#comments Guest Commentary Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:16:00 +0000 39431 at http://machinedesign.com Defeat the Interlock, Lose a Hand http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/defeat-interlock-lose-hand <div class="node-body article-body">The human element is often the weakest link in the pursuit of safety — something frequently illustrated by workers bypassing a critical safety device. Common excuses for such modifications include convenience, the desire for better throughput, false switch actuation, and poor switch reliability. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/defeat-interlock-lose-hand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/defeat-interlock-lose-hand#comments Guest Commentary Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:10:00 +0000 39421 at http://machinedesign.com The Difference Between the Internet of Things and the Internet for Things http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/difference-between-internet-things-and-internet-things <div class="field-byline"> Chris Muench, CEO, C-Labs LLC </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Several devices and software that connect plant-floor data operate by simply hosting a traditional website in the cloud. Companies will then call it a Cloud Service. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/difference-between-internet-things-and-internet-things" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/difference-between-internet-things-and-internet-things#comments Guest Commentary Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:04:00 +0000 39411 at http://machinedesign.com Want to Patent Less? Move Production Overseas http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas <div class="node-body article-body">I recently had the privilege of speaking before a group of motor manufacturers on the topic of bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. from low-wage countries. One aspect of the subject that surprised many of them was the amount of evidence that has accumulated in favor of reshoring.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas#comments Editorial Comment Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:55:00 +0000 39401 at http://machinedesign.com Nine hardware pitches at San Francisco ‘Maker’ Startup Weekend http://machinedesign.com/blog/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend <div class="node-body blog-body">Startup Weekend events are now pumping out hardware devices such as a NEST for pools and just-in-time liquor delivery systems.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/material-world">Material World</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend#comments connected devices entrepreneur freelance hardware IoT products startup startup weekend Editorial Comment Material World Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 39361 at http://machinedesign.com <p><a href="http://startupweekend.org/">Startup Weekend</a> is an entrepreneur bootcamp that takes place over the course of a single weekend. The events are hosted in various locations around the world yet they connect local communities of investors, coaches, sponsoring businesses, and of course&hellip;seasoned and wanna-be entrepreneurs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Drones learn to observe environment and steer clear http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear <div class="node-body blog-body">Late in 2012, maker-tinkerer and technical writer Paul Wallich created a buzz when he wrote about the drone he built to walk his son to the bus stop each morning. Fast-forward to 2014: Now researchers think they have a new way to make such UAVs and other vehicles more nimble in the face of environmental variables. The design uses neuromorphic sensors (that get triggered by sudden events) instead of the standard inertia-measuring sensors (such as accelerometers and gyroscopes) to track motion.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear#comments Editorial Comment Robotics Community Product Design Engineering Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 39301 at http://machinedesign.com