MERGERS & acquisitions, PACKAGING industry, RAPID prototyping, and CUSTOMER services
The article reports that TricorBraun has signed a definitive agreement to acquire packaging solutions company Salbro Bottle. The acquisition is expected to provide TricorBraun with enhanced rapid prototyping and improved response times and facilitate customer service at Salbro. A brief overview of Salbro Bottle and TricorBraun is included.
MarketWatch: Global Round-up; October 2004, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p38-38, 1/2p
NEW product development, RAPID prototyping, FOOD preferences, and LOW-carbohydrate diet
This article reports that analysis of new food and drink products launched in August this year against August last, seems to substantiate the widely held idea that the low carb trend is very much centered in the U.S. Its northerly neighbor Canada saw no product launches in August last year that made low carb claims, and only 24 this year. The U.S. itself however saw a surge new products making these claims, recording 209 in August 2004 against 74 twelve months previously.
NEW product development, PRODUCT management, RAPID prototyping, INDUSTRIAL research, and MANUFACTURING processes
This article informs that companies often spend $2 million to $3 million on a single new product development project, and may introduce multiple new products in a single year. Marketers continually hope to fill unmet consumer needs and wants with new and innovative product offerings to a growingly cluttered marketplace. One analysis revealed that Canadians could in fact be segmented into distinct groups from the earliest adopters to those most resistant to trying new products and adapting to change.
TEACHER education, EDUCATIONAL technology, ASTRONOMY education, CURRICULUM planning, and MOBILE learning
Teachers are not typically involved as participatory designers in the design of technology-enhanced learning environments. As they have unique and valuable perspectives on the role of technology in education, it is of utmost importance to engage them in a participatory design process. Adopting a case study methodology, we aim to reveal in what ways teachers work as participatory designers and define conditions that support teachers in that. Two initiatives of participatory design in Canada and Singapore were investigated. Design materials, transcripts of design meetings, and interviews with teachers were qualitatively analyzed. Case study 1 (Canada) showed that two teachers participating in software design for an astronomy curriculum contributed by suggesting new design features, introducing pedagogical requirements, and providing feedback on prototypes or design ideas. It appeared essential that teachers feel that their ideas were valued and respected in the entire process. In case study 2 (Singapore), six teachers contributed to the design of a mobile learning trail through: Theorizing and bridging knowledge building principles, collaborative prototyping, contextual inquiry of activity relevance and activity execution, and collaborative evaluation of technology integration. Teachers valued case study discussions with similar cultural contexts and visiting the learning site to design with contextual knowledge. From our case studies, it can be concluded that teachers contribute to the design processes by engaging in theoretical discussion, active participation in a design partnership, reflection about pedagogy and practice, and experimenting with enactment. Conditions that support teachers include support in emergent processes and an atmosphere of trust and inclusion. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
BUSINESS partnerships, PRINTING software, and THREE-dimensional imaging
This article reports on the partnership formed by Objet Geometries Ltd., the Israeli-based leader in three-dimensional (3D) printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, and Canadian software developer Javelin Technologies to distribute Objet three-dimensional (3D) printing solutions in Canada. Details are presented on the terms of the deal. Also provided are comments from Frank Marangell of Objet regarding the agreement.