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Industrial Design Hits Its Stride In an exclusive interview with Design News, Frank Tyneski, the new executive director of the Industrial Designers Society of America, discusses today’s overriding design trends and the importance of building designer-engineer relationships. Full Story
How to Engineer Green Packaging
The growing “sustainability” movement is prompting a wave of packaging innovations. Wal-Mart has devised a supplier scorecard favoring packaging methods that reduce greenhouse gas production, result in more efficient package designs, cost less to transport and ease landfill burdens. Full Story Whirlpool Wows the Design Community
The giant appliance OEM racked up $1.2 billion in sales directly related to product innovation in 2006, when 60 percent of its products featured fresh designs. One high-end dryer achieves a “frameless” look though use of an ABS second shot. The dryer is also designed to be integrated in seamless fashion with a companion washer. Full Story Plastics Begin to Bloom
There’s a dramatic move underway to develop new plastics that use plants as feedstocks. Engineering versions of these plastics, at least for now, also contain traditional petrochemical feedstocks in order to achieve the stiffness, durability and other performance properties needed for technical applications. Full Story
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Industrial Design: The Competitive Edge
For more than 20 years, Phillips Plastics has harnessed industrial design to help boost product success for its customers. Among the payoffs: establishing a “signature” look, adding freshness to a product line, and even creating a roadmap for future designs though the brainstorming and concept presentations that occur. Read More At Phillips: No Design Barriers
The stereotypical wall between industrial design and design engineers doesn’t exist at Phillips Plastics, says Phillips Senior Designer Jeremy Odegard in an interview with Design News. Designers and engineers are co-located at Phillips and work closely together at every stage of the product development process. Read More
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Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.