I think the busy Maytag repairman has a lot of company. Back in my mother's day, you got 15, maybe 20 years out of an appliance. Today, you're lucky if you get 10 years and that includes dealing with repairs along the way. Is that appliances, with all their computerized capabilities, are just too complicated today?
Two years ago I outfitted my kitchen with new appliances. There was a plethora of American brand names in the show room, and I soon discovered that the refrigerators all seemed to be all made by the same company. There has been a lot of consolidation. It reminded me of the time I went through the Iron City Brewery in Pittsburgh and seemed to see just about every type of beer in North America being made there-- including Sam Adams! Chalk it up to the good old Monongahela River water just downstream from the nineteenth century ET Works in Braddock.
I agree that the Germans are doing a good job on appliances. I bought a Bosch dishwasher and a Siemens oven. Worth the extra money. Both have done well. I've also had good experiences with GE appliances. I think GE still makes GE appliances.
While Maytag long presented itself as a company with near-zero quality problems, the company's products have been showing up quite a lot in the Made by Monkeys blog during recent years. Perhaps one way for a company to take the temperature of consumer acceptance and overall performance in the market is to monitor the Monkeys blog. A number of companies show up again and again.
The 3D printing revolution seems to have a knack for quickly moving technology ahead by way of collaborative effort and even a little friendly competition -- all of course in the name of scientific advancement.
Advantech has launched a new series of motion-control I/O modules to meet the increased demands that come with more distributed industrial systems that require control of a growing number of axes and devices.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is