According to an article in The Boston Globe, the Bay State is heading for more than 4,000 patents awarded in 2003, and inventing more than other high-tech states, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado. Taken from the "Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy", published by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the study chronicles the number of patents awarded per 100,000 residents. The majority of the state's patented innovations are related to biotechnology, medical devices, computer networking, and telecommunications, with only a few inventions available commercially.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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