The Emhart "Create the Future" Contest—sponsored by Emhart Teknologies, ABP International, and NASA Tech Briefs—gives designers a chance to make their ideas a reality, and win some big prizes in the process. Contestants may enter one of four design categories: Everyday Products, Medical, Safety, or Transportation. Judging will be based on innovation, manufacturability, marketability, and cost-effectiveness. The prize list is expansive, but the grand prize is a choice of either a 2005 Toyota Prius or $20,000 cash. Entries must received by November 19, 2004. For more info, go to www.emhartcontest.com.
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
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.