The New Product Challenge

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Large industrial product suppliers sell what they make.   These companies became large because they provided equipment that many customers found useful.  But as manufacturers become large, they…

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Energy Cost in Mechatronics

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The field of mechatronics exists as a complex collection of engineering disciplines that has boundary conditions which are set by the mechanical load or work that is required. …

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Innovation and Monetization

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The recent trend is use “monetize” as if it were a verb.  Thus, we hear catch phrases like; “monetize new technology”.  It is a term that has been…

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Innovation as a verb is the action of transforming a process or product from its current state to something new and improved.  Processes, methodologies, products can all be…

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Technology and Marketing

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Marketing is defined as the communication of value to customers.  It is intended to make us aware of products and convince of our need for the product.  Sales…

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Control technology, like the computer technology that it comes from, is becoming more and more physically transparent.  How it is deployed for use is more a function of…

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

People have been using magnets for a long time.  The first written mention is in correspondence between Aristotle and Thales of Miletus in 600 BC .   Magnets…

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

It is said that Einstein began his inquiry into relativity as a teenager working in his father’s electric motor shop because the Maxwell and Gauss equations did not…

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

We are surrounded by it.  Most often we associate design with graphics or web design, but it’s much more inclusive. The spaces we live in are the result of…

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The Way Forward

Sunday, September 13, 2015

When it comes to control product development there seems to be no middle ground between large automation vendors and small OEMs with unique product requirements.  This seems incongruous…

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