Community http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8190/more en How to Save American Manufacturing http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/how-save-american-manufacturing <div class="field-byline"> William Killingsworth </div> <div class="field-deck"> U.S. manufacturing has recently been characterized by the closing of big plants and a hemorrhaging of jobs. Here’s what it will take to turn things around. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. manufacturing has recently been characterized by the closing of big plants and a hemorrhaging of jobs. Here’s what it will take to turn things around. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/how-save-american-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/how-save-american-manufacturing#comments Guest Commentary Manufacturing Equipment Materials Motors/Drives Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:24:00 +0000 40831 at http://machinedesign.com What’s The Difference Between Research and Development? http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/what-s-difference-between-research-and-development <div class="node-body article-body">With many more companies allocating a small part of their R&D budget to take on riskier projects, and the growth in corporate infrastructure to manage these riskier activities (MACHINE DESIGN, July 17, 2014), the lines are starting to blur between two terms that historically were well differentiated. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/what-s-difference-between-research-and-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/what-s-difference-between-research-and-development#comments Contributing Technical Experts Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000 40741 at http://machinedesign.com 6 myths about Outer Space http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-myths-about-outer-space <div class="node-body blog-body">Everything you learned about space from movies and TV shows is likely wrong.</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/6-myths-about-outer-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-myths-about-outer-space#comments meteorites myths Outer space Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:28:00 +0000 40541 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Saturn from one of its moons</p> 5 Myths About Plastic Water Bottles: Economical and Safe? Hardly http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly <div class="node-body blog-body">Plastic water bottles: Economical and safe? Hardly</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/5-myths-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly#comments water bottles Community A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 40341 at http://machinedesign.com New Name, New Opportunities http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-name-new-opportunities <div class="field-byline"> John Bridges, Marketing Manager, Aventics Corp., Lexington, Ky. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Investment firm Triton recently purchased Bosch Rexroth’s pneumatics group and renamed it Aventics. We asked John Bridges about the changes and future direction of the company.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-name-new-opportunities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/new-name-new-opportunities#comments Guest Commentary Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:03:00 +0000 40061 at http://machinedesign.com Wanna Buy A Bridge? http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge <div class="node-body article-body">When a major section of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco collapsed during the 1989 Loma Preita earthquake, officials at the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) leapt into action to replace the span.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge#comments Editorial Comment Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:00 +0000 40031 at http://machinedesign.com Something Rotten in the Valley of Silicon http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon <div class="node-body blog-body">What's going down in Silicon Valley: "Cool" companies show their true colors</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/something-rotten-valley-silicon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon#comments Silicon Valley Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:53:00 +0000 39961 at http://machinedesign.com A billion here, a billion there... http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Everett Dirksen, the late Senator from Illinois, is famously quoted as saying, &quot;A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you&#39;re talking real money.&quot; Anyone who follows Washington politics is probably numb to the sums that kicked around and how much the government spends.</p> <p>But when you step back and look at the big picture, a billion is a <em>really</em> big number. Consider:</p> <p>If you earn $50,000 per year, it will take 20,000 years to earn a billion dollars.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/stress-and-strain">Stress and Strain</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there#comments billion cycle design engineering extreme life pneumatic valve Editorial Comment Stress and Strain Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:06:00 +0000 39931 at http://machinedesign.com 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 Park 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