Cleveland to host Total Design Solutions

Looking for a cutting edge design solution? You won’t want to miss the Motion System Design and Hydraulics & Pneumatics shows, now part of Total Design Solutions Midwest, at Cleveland’s IX Center, October 8 to 10. Visit the show for new product demos and application advice from suppliers serving the total design engineering and manufacturing marketplace. Exhibitors will present the latest technology and trends in CAD/CAM/CAE, contract manufacturing, electronics, motion systems, hydraulics and pneumatics, assembly and manufacturing equipment, plastics/ disposables, packaging, components, test and inspection, sterilization, adhesives, and filters and IV components.

In addition to in-person demos on the show floor, visitors can get an edge with tutorial seminars on subjects from connectivity to servovalves.

Engineers will find solutions to cut costs, create new efficiencies, and add value for customers and shareholders, whether their function is in corporate management, purchasing, engineering management, R&D, quality control, business development, electronic engineering, or manufacturing engineering.

For more information on Total Design Solutions Midwest, visit www.TotalDesignSolutions.net.

Conversational FDA-speak 101

Often thought of as a subdialect of American “governmentese,” FDA-speak is a language unique to healthcare regulators and those regulated. If you have any involvement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — or if they have any involvement with you — you need to speak the language. The revised and updated edition of FDA-SPEAK: A Glossary and Agency Guide (Interpharm Press, Englewood, Colo.) features an easy-to-use format and includes more than three times the number of entries in the first edition, defining more than 2,500 acronyms and technical/regulatory words to which the FDA has applied its own distinctive meaning.

This book promises to provide the definitive listing of all the regulatory words, phrases, and acronyms important to the development, manufacture, quality control, marketing, import/export, and registration of pharmaceuticals, diagnostic products, medical devices, software, veterinary products, biologics, nutrition and dietary supplements, and bulk chemicals. A new section of appendices will guide you to the information you need on the FDA Web site. For more information, visit www.interpharm.com.

Disaster autopsy

Some of the world’s most infamous disasters, from the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe to the Concorde airliner crash, raise questions about engineering safety. A new publication from the United Kingdom’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers, How Did That Happen? Engineering Safety and Reliability, analyzes these and other system failures according to human factors, safety integration, and systems maintenance.

The book, written by engineer William Wong, offers knowledge and tools to identify hazardous conditions and offers a step-by-step program for reducing the associated risks. The principles of risk management, an engineer’s legal obligations, and professional safety responsibilities are covered. Practical features include illustrations, diagrams and tables, and a directory of engineering service organizations. To order, contact the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International, at (800) 843-2763.