Sun Sets on Six Sigma at 3M R&D After wrestling with Six Sigma principals for just about every company activity under former CEO James McNerney, 3M is largely abandoning it in research and development. Our features and podcasts tell the story of that journey. Explore Now
A Culture of Innovation at 3M 3M staff vice president of research Larry Wendling speaks with DN editor-in-chief John Dodge about 3M’s culture of innovation. Full Story In this podcast, Ron Atkinson, chairman of the American Society for Quality, discusses the pros and cons of methodologies applied to industrial research. 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? Full Story Reader Views on TRIZThere’s 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, and then make some of your own. Read More
Sponsored Technology Content New Optical Encoder Technology for MiniaturizationIn partnership with Avago Technologies
Do you understand the market, characteristics and advantages of optical encoders? Know what the criteria and parameters are for a reflective encoder? What technology is new in the market? To find the answer to these and other questions, download and listen to this informative webcast. Read More Direct Digital Manufacturing is HereIn partnership with Stratasys
Direct digital manufacturing or rapid manufacturing is taking place today. Knowing what DDM is and how to implement within your company is a competitive advantage in today's manufacturing environment. Stratasys will cover these topics and more in this 4 part webinar. Read More Webcast – Control Design in Mechatronic SystemsIn partnership with Microchip, National Instruments and UGS
Why am I modeling? This in-depth tutorial on techniques and tools to predict model behavior both analytical and numerical and how they contribute to gaining insight into the behavior of a dynamic system. This includes a case study of the electromagnetic valve actuator.Watch Now. Case Study: Flexible Product Demands Flexible HandlingIn partnership with Bishop Wisecarver
A good deal of ingenuity was needed to design a handling and assembly system for 9.84 foot long washing machine hosing. Heller Automation had to provide the necessary operational flexibility needed by this application right up to the packaging station. It required a complete integrated package that was cost effective in design and build time. Read More
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.