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Handling the Invisible

Posted on December 14th, 2015 by

How do you manufacture something that you can’t even see? One of the challenges in manufacturing – at any scale – is material handling. Not just the moving of the raw material between the variety of operations on the shop floor, but the placement and fixturing of the work in process during each manufacturing step. Continue reading “Handling the Invisible” »

Finding What You’re Looking For: Safety Investigations

Posted on December 11th, 2015 by

On December 1, 2015 investigators studying the crash of an AirAsia flight the previous December released their report, in which they concluded that the crash stemmed from an upset caused by pilot error.  This, despite the fact that a control system had malfunctioned because of a cracked solder joint and that records showed the system had malfunctioned 23 times in the year before the crash.  Continue reading “Finding What You’re Looking For: Safety Investigations” »

Engineering the Engineered

Posted on December 5th, 2015 by

What good is an advanced material if you can’t make it? And it’s not just about making it once – in a test tube or a controlled lab. Even the latest, most innovative breakthrough material is useless unless it can be manufactured efficiently, economically, safely, with suitable quality, and at a scale to fulfill demand. Continue reading “Engineering the Engineered” »

The 4th Industrial Revolution: Must-Have Skills for Engineers

Posted on December 1st, 2015 by

With the ubiquity of ‘smart’ products in our daily lives, it’s not surprising that the ways in which products are developed and delivered to the market are also increasingly interconnected and intelligent. Continue reading “The 4th Industrial Revolution: Must-Have Skills for Engineers” »

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