Guest Commentary http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8193/more en 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 I. 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 Essential Work Tools of a Machine-Tool Designer http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/essential-work-tools-machine-tool-designer <div class="node-body article-body">To help me design machines, I use a certain set of tools every day.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/essential-work-tools-machine-tool-designer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/essential-work-tools-machine-tool-designer#comments Guest Commentary Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:51:00 +0000 39121 at http://machinedesign.com Interview: Toy-company founder and female engineer on girls in STEM http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-toy-company-founder-and-female-engineer-girls-stem <div class="node-body article-body">Toy-company founder and female engineer on girls in STEM</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-toy-company-founder-and-female-engineer-girls-stem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/interview-toy-company-founder-and-female-engineer-girls-stem#comments Guest Commentary News Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:31:00 +0000 38901 at http://machinedesign.com Get a Handle on Data Governance http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/get-handle-data-governance <div class="field-byline"> Chris Grossman </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Beyond compliance, data governance helps manufacturers effectively respond to and manage the exponential growth of the data they generate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/get-handle-data-governance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/get-handle-data-governance#comments Guest Commentary Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:28:00 +0000 38781 at http://machinedesign.com Applied Research & Advanced Development Processes Come of Age http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/applied-research-advanced-development-processes-come-age <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/06/Goldense-MUGwName.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 219px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />An earlier column last September (&ldquo;Innovation is Changing Preproduct-Development R&amp;D,&rdquo; Sept. 5) addressed the widespread growth over the past 12 years in industry innovation activities that precede product development. Historically, only companies in the life-sciences industries and a handful of others commit significant resources prior to product development.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/applied-research-advanced-development-processes-come-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/applied-research-advanced-development-processes-come-age#comments Guest Commentary Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:24:00 +0000 38531 at http://machinedesign.com RoHS2 Hits Home This Month http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/rohs2-hits-home-month <div class="field-byline"> Katina Kravik, Chief Executive Officer, Northwire Inc., Osceola, Wis. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/06/Katina-Kravik%2C-CEO%2C-Northwire.gif" style="width: 150px; height: 176px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />This month, the European Commission&rsquo;s updated RoHS2 directive kicks in for medical devices, and it also affects numerous other types of electrical equipment. We asked Katina Kravik, CEO of custom technical wire and cable OEM and contract manufacturing firm <strong>Northwire,</strong> to get us up to speed on the new regulations.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/rohs2-hits-home-month" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/rohs2-hits-home-month#comments Guest Commentary Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:17:00 +0000 38521 at http://machinedesign.com Tackling the Talent Gap http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/tackling-talent-gap <div class="field-byline"> W. Andrew Logan, President, CEO, Logan Clutch, Cleveland, Ohio </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/05/Logan-MUGwName.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 164px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Many companies complain about a lack of skilled manufacturing workers. Andrew Logan is tackling the problem head-on to keep his company&rsquo;s talent pipeline full.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/tackling-talent-gap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/tackling-talent-gap#comments Guest Commentary Fri, 23 May 2014 17:10:00 +0000 37801 at http://machinedesign.com