Design for the Global Marketplace
Features 6/22/1998 Post a comment With companies in all industries scrambling to sell their products internationally, the engineers who do the designing are facing the challenge of satisfying foreign standards and tastes. Engineers from ten leading companies share their insights on what it takes to compete internationally in a special roundtable discussion sponsored by Design News and the Square D Company.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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