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.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.