RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, WINDSHIELD wipers, and AUTOMOBILE windshields & windows
The article informs that Federal-Mogul Corp.'s wiper division in Europe is making rapid prototyping work. It visits customers' development centers with a novel approach that slashes a tedious four- to six-week trial-and-error program into a quick and efficient half-day process. Federal-Mogul's on-site rapid-prototyping program takes the guesswork out of perfecting windshield wipers for new vehicles.
The article discusses the Business Innovation Garage service of insurance company Progressive. Topics covered include the aims and innovation mechanics of the Business Innovation Garage service, the headquarters built for the Business Innovation Garage service, and the far-out ideas that helped in the development of the Business Innovation Garage service. It also discusses the benefits of using Progressive's Business Innovation Garage service.
The article reports on the claim by T. A. Grimm and Associates president Todd Grimm that he has apprehensions in the future of three-dimensional (3D) printing, which is also called additive manufacturing. Grimm made his comment at a conference in Great Britain in early October 2012. Grimm cited the 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies special report by Gartner Research as the basis of his comments.
Focuses on the manufacturing of prototyping Vanguard machines by DTM Corp. in Austin, Texas. Use of selective laser sintering process; Improvement of proprietary scanning systems; Enhancement of production quality parts.
Crain's Chicago Business. 6/12/2006, Vol. 29 Issue 24, p34-34. 1/3p. 1 Color Photograph.
CREATIVE ability in technology, MOTOROLA Inc., O'CONNOR, Jim, BUSINESS planning, INNOVATION relay centers, and TECHNOLOGICAL innovations
The article focuses on the importance of new ideas in the development of a business in context of Motorola Inc. Jim O'Connor Jr. is the head of Motorola's Early Stage Accelerator, the company's in-house incubator that he co-founded in 2003. In three years it has produced products like iRadio and the Canopy wireless broadband system. Individual suggestions find their way to the incubator. For the most promising ideas, O'Connor assigns one of his 30 staffers to gather facts and report back on its viability. If the idea moves ahead, it gets the full treatment of market research, financial projections, pilot testing and prototyping.
Discusses rapid prototyping system as an industrial technique. Sales performance of developers and builders of rapid prototyping machines; DTM Corp.'s RapidTool process that uses powdered metal to produce inserts for prototype injection molds; Use of the term `stereolithography' as a synonym for rapid prototyping; Use of silicon rubber molds for cast plastic patterns.
COMPOSITE material manufacturing, PROTOTYPES, CAD/CAM systems, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, ADVANCED planning & scheduling, COMPOSITE materials synthesis, MATERIALS science, and EDUCATION
The article reports on the creation of an advanced composite materials production center by the nonprofit economic development association Long Island Forum for Technology in New York. The Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technology Innovation Center (AMMTIC) will include composite prototyping technologies such as automated fiber placement equipment, compression molding heated press, and composite computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software training.
CUSTOMER services, ECONOMIC competition, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, COST effectiveness, and MOLDING of plastics
The article discusses the challenges facing mold makers during tough financial times. From design and prototyping to trial molding, mold makers are providing more services to customers to capture business. Cradle-to-grave responsibility is becoming normal practice, said Jim Meinert, who runs a consulting business, Meinert Market Services LLC. During the past 20 years, machine tool and design technologies have evolved tremendously, Meinert said.
NEW product development, PROTOTYPES, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, and RHEOLOGY
This article report that Objet Geometrics Ltd. of Rehovot, Israel, has launched the FullCure Tango line of rubberlike materials for rapid prototyping. FullCure Tango is available in two formulations, with different elasticity properties. It comes in black or gray.
PRODUCT management, MANUFACTURES, MANUFACTURING processes, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, WORK environment, and STRENGTH of materials
This article reports that virtual product development is a valuable tool for designers and manufacturers because it allows them to be innovative while operating within a lean environment. Reconciling innovation and leanness isn't easy. Innovation involves risk-taking and learning from failure as much as success, while lean principles call for incremental improvements, eliminating waste and "getting it right the first time." By utilizing virtual prototyping, developers can test many more experimental product features than they could ever build and test within a set time frame.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations and AUTOMOTIVE engineering
Reports on Chrysler Corp. engineers' building of prototype bodies for the Neon compact automobile and future models out of carbon fiber. Plastic panels to cut up to six months out of a 36-month product cycle; Use of computer-aided engineering software; Exact representations of eventual sheetsteel assemblies; Paperless car design; Car going through cubing that help confirm or check design electronically for part fit. INSET: Chrysler prototyping evolution..
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, RAPID prototyping, PRODUCT differentiation, POLYPROPYLENE, and THERMOPLASTICS
The article reports that Ferro Corp. has debuted its own Fantastic Four in 2005. It is the fourth generation of Gapex-brand polypropylene compound technology, which Ferro officials said will allow the firm to grow its base in the automotive and appliance markets while developing new applications as well. Ferro unveiled the technology in the second quarter of 2005, according to Deen Chundury, technical director at Ferro's major PP compounding site in Evansville. The new edition allows Ferro to create compounds with greater strength and better processing capabilities, said Chundury, who's been with the firm since 1983.