After wrestling with Six Sigma principles for just about every company activity under former CEO James McNerney, 3M is largely abandoning it in research and development. Our features and podcasts below tell the story of that journey.
3M Shelves Six Sigma in R&D After wrestling with Six Sigma principles for just about every company activity under former CEO James McNerney, 3M is largely abandoning it in research and development. This story looks at that journey. Full Story A Culture of Innovation at 3M 3M staff vice president of research Larry Wendling speaks with DN editor-in-chief John Dodge about 3Mís culture of innovation. Full Story TRIZ, DFSS, Brainstorming: Which Methodology is Best? As brainstorming alternatives, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) are in the spotlight as controversial methodologies for innovation. What do you think is the best way to come up
with technological and commercial innovation? Read More
Reader Views on TRIZ Thereís as many opinions about applying strict methodologies to R&D as
there are researchers and engineers. Few do not have at least a fairly strong opinion about the subject. Read these reader responses to DN Editor-in-Chief John Dodge's column on TRIZ (pronounced treez), and then make some of
your own. Read More
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesnít show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicleís electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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