Supply Chain Management Pt 2: Procurement

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)’s definition of procurement: “The activities associated with acquiring products or services. The range of activities can vary widely between organizations to include all of parts of the functions of procurement planning, purchasing, ...

Supply Chain Management Pt 1: Introduction

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)’s definition of supply chain management: “Supply chain management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination ...

Computer Aided Design Pt 5: Powerful Simulations

The powerful engineering analysis tools made possible thanks to significant advances in computational technology are now being unleashed on the non-traditional, “out of the box” problems that have mystified whole fields of science and engineering technology until now.   In this ...

Computer Aided Design Pt 3: Product Management Systems

The next section of this CAD series will cover the rise of product management services – specifically Product Data Management (PDM) solutions. CAD has drastically simplified the design phase of a product’s lifecycle. This accompanied with globalization has led to ...

Computer Aided Design Pt 1: Design Before Technology

History of CAD The first design drawings can be dated as far back to the 16th and 17th century.  Utilizing handmade tools to draw concepts and measurements.  Of course, as mankind evolved, so did the tools, eventually developing drafting tables, ...

An Introduction to Aluminum Extrusion and Profiles

The aluminum extrusion (also known by ‘aluminum frames’) forming process is a bulk plastic deformation process. First, a billet of aluminum is preheated to a specified temperature that is still comfortably below the material melting point in order to facilitate ...

Sensor Mounting Part 1: Introduction to Sensors and Sensor Mounting

At its simplest definition, a sensor is a device with the ability to detect physical occurrences and changes in the environment, process them as inputs, and then generate an output signal. Sensors play a significant part in the manufacturing industry ...

The Internet of Things — What does it mean?

It seems that there is a lot of confusion about what products exactly constitute the “Internet of Things” (IoT), as well as a general skepticism as to what could actually be gained by owning a Wi-Fi enabled coffee maker.  Not ...