MSC.Software, wants its website to be more user friendly to engineers. The developer of NASTRAN and other analysis/engineering software says it's putting its money where its mouth is with a major website upgrade that's part of a half million dollar rebranding strategy. To figure out what changes would make its site easier for engineers to navigate, MSC conducted research and pored through customer feedback. "I had this massive stack of email messages—we actually kept all the complaints!" says Carlson Choi, Director of Strategic Marketing who spearheaded the website redesign effort. Major findings: Engineers wanted fewer clicks, a search function, and the ability to customize their own page. Full implementation of the launch is expected by the year's end. Choi says that MSC will follow-up the launch with hands-on beta testing with engineers.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.