If you haven't registered for Design & Manufacturing Texas yet, what are you waiting for? The two-day expo, held at the Reliant Center in Houston Oct. 15-16, will not disappoint.
New for 2013 is the Houston Seminar Series. Pick and choose from two days of six dedicated seminar sessions. Each bite-sized, two-hour segment will provide a diversity of practical case studies, expert panel discussions, and innovation showcases. Gather the focused and in-depth information you and your business need on the latest technologies and trends, as well as the implementable solutions to your top design, manufacturing, and automation challenges. Network with fellow engineers and R&D, design, and manufacturing professionals; meet face-to-face with our expert speakers; and take away practical insights into the most cutting-edge technologies and trends today.
Practical Robotic Strategies for Your Factory
Six Sigma for Your Factory Floor
Value Stream Mapping
An Unconventional Approach to Design: Challenging Your Creativity
Motors for Motion Control
Rapid Prototyping as a Strategy
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I was at MD&M Chicago this week and there were some tremendous sessions. One in particular addressed the need for more students to enter manufacturing. Average salary for a two-year advanced manufacturing degree is now $58,000 a year. (we'll run that story next week.)
Aside from the overall show http://www.canontradeshows.com/expo/dmt13?cid=cntest.hou.dm.at and its seminars, there are also several talks in the show's Tech Theater: http://www.canontradeshows.com/expo/univ/Houston/ibt.html including one on "NASA's view of future technology and materials needs."
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.