it Out- Many
companies know that doing everything themselves is not always the best business
decision. Sometimes finding the experts to do a specific aspect of design or
manufacturing is the more economical –and ultimately profitable –route to take.
When a company outsources, they can focus on their own core competencies, devote
more time to their customers, and move products out the door
Outsourcing Holds Promise and Challenges- It ’s no easy task. Companies
that outsource parts of design projects already get the advantage of outside
expertise and the luxury of concentrating on their own core competencies -very
compelling advantages that can make them more productive. Indeed, outsourcing is
a proven necessity for some companies in order to stay competitive. And, when
outsourced work goes to other domestic companies, the entire economy benefits,
some economists say. But the economy only benefits if manufacturers are able to
effectively manage the outsourced work.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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.