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By: Kate Zabriskie

‘It was one thing to see her entire family during meetings when everyone first went into lockdown, but we’re months into this. Shouldn’t she have come up with some kind of work-at-home plan by now? I did. The situation is maddening! Her kids, dog, and husband do not mix well with work.”

“At first, I was thrilled with my new commute and the idea of working from home. At this point, I’m a little lonely and disconnected. Worse still, there doesn’t seem to be much light at the end of the tunnel.”

“If I have to have another on-camera meeting, I may scream. Enough is enough. What happened to good-old email? It was working just fine. I don’t need to see his face or his kitchen to communicate basic information. I’m worn out.”

Sound familiar? It just might if you and your team members are participating in the new normal of remote work. For those of us not expecting it, the switch came fast and furious, and we did the best we could. Some parts of the transition went well, and others are prime examples of what not to do when working from home.

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By: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

(Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the release of several technologies that enable manufacturers to enhance quality processes, coordinate measuring machine (CMM) capabilities, and inspection efficiency.

As the demand for greater levels of inspection automation increase globally, Hexagon’s solutions deliver a number of smart options that help CMM operators shift focus from manual, repetitive work to more value-added tasks, all while maintaining quality throughput.

EYE-D enables production-level users to operate CMMs with ease by automatically recognizing a workpiece, aligning it, and executing the right inspection routine. TEMPO, the automated CMM part loading and unloading system, enables lights-out manufacturing, allowing organisations to run entire inspection shifts unmanned.

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By: The Un-Comfort Zone With Robert Wilson

The other day I overheard this comment: “Why does innovation always have to be about disruption? That’s all I ever hear anymore, ‘disruption, disruption, disruption,’ and it makes me uncomfortable.”

“Disruption” has become the current (and already overused) buzzword of the day. It seems for the moment, the Disruptor School of Thought has taken over the innovation conversation.

Disruption seems to imply disorder, confusion, disturbance, breakdown, disintegration, collapse, turmoil, upheaval, insurrection, riots, mutiny, violence, chaos, and revolution. All very scary things.

It’s true that disruption is all about shaking up the status quo. And, often, that is necessary. It’s exciting to see a new invention that improves our lives for the better. In my life, microwave ovens, personal computers, and smart phones, to name just a few, have done just that.

But, innovation doesn’t have to be game-changing, groundbreaking, or transformative, and most of it is not. Most innovation is incremental or what is also known as “sustaining innovation.” It is typically customer-driven feedback to companies on what is working for the customer and what is not. Consumers are concerned with their own needs and problems, and look to leading companies to satisfy them. They want to know, “What’s in it for me?”

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection and test technologies, announces MECLAB.T40 by Aeroel—a high-precision laser instrument for quick and simple diameter measurement of hard metal blanks and full carbide cutting tools, odd or even edges. This system checks tolerances by comparing the actual dimensions to the programmed limits and is suited for off-line checking of drill bits, end mills, reamers and cutting tools as well as for checking the diameter, ovality and straightness of hard metal blanks and ground pins or cylinders. The MECLAB.T40 does not require a PC, making it ideal for use on the shop floor.

MECLAB.T40 features the Xactum XLS40/1500/B Laser Micrometer, an extremely accurate and repeatable measuring instrument with a measuring field up to 40 mm, linearity of ± 0.5 μm, repeatability of ± 0.05 μm and permanent self-calibration. Additionally, it comes with Aeorel’s exclusive NO-VAR technology which eliminates the potential of measuring drift due to changing room temperature by programming the coefficient of thermal expansion of the part.

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By: Exact Metrology

(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- Greenery 33 is a company in Cincinnati that produces creative and unique plant holders and pots. The company donates 33 percent of their earnings to environmental protection agencies.

One of Exact’s engineers is friendly with Greenery 33’s owner, so Exact Metrology participated in a marketing campaign aimed to show the process of reverse engineering and how it can used with various materials.

The first step was to scan and have a digital copy of a physical skull. Secondly, the skull was reverse engineered using Geomagic DesignX software and NURBS. Geomagic is a leading provider of 3D software to create digital models of physical objects for industries such as: archaeology, aerospace, medical and dental, tooling, foundry and sculpture and arts. The Geomagic Design X combines history-based CAD with 3D scan data processing, enabling users to create feature-based, editable solid models compatible with existing CAD software. NURBS, or Non-Uniform Rational B-spline is used to represent curves and surfaces.

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By: Dave Coffaro

Lessons throughout history inform us that cause precedes effect, and actions create results. Plato explained the principle of causality, saying “Every­thing that becomes or changes must do so owing to some cause; for nothing can come to be without a cause.” In Codex Atlanticus Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “No effect is in Nature without cause; you understand the cause and you do not need any experience.”

And as every schoolchild learns, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” per Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion.

With such depth of affirmation around cause preceding effect, why do business leaders focus so heavily on analyzing their numbers—or focus on the effect instead of the cause? A recent conversation with a community bank CEO focused on his vision for the company. He opened the dialogue, saying he and his leadership team had put a lot of thought into where they want to take their bank, and the vision they committed to was to deliver top-decile return on equity and return on assets, as well as topline revenue growth: a quintessential example of focusing on effect, not cause.

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By: Greg Hutchins

My recent epiphany was that the lens for all work and even for everyday living during the next few years will be risk-based. Why do I make this case?

In January 2020, my company was selected to participate in the largest pitch fest in the Northwest, TechfestNW, which was originally scheduled for April. Think “shark tank” but in front of a live audience of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs—1,000 or so folks. The idea is to take your start-up idea, distill it, and pitch it to investors. Kind of fun. Kind of scary. 

Our pitch that we worked on in February 2020 was: “The future of engineering is going to be risk-based.” We had risk training, consulting, and other products that we wanted to launch to a broader audience. So, we decided to see if we could get traction and feedback.

Well, February and March passed. Covid-19 became a pandemic. We were all in quarantine mode. As you can imagine, TechfestNW was moved from April to August 2020. We prepped for August.

Uncertainty and risk

Two popular words in most news programs last spring were uncertainty and risk. So, we changed our pitch for the August pitch fest to: “The future of all work is going to risk-based.”

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