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Thursday, October 27, 2011

USA's National Center for Manufacturing Sciences practises what many already believe "that collaboration is innovation's incubator"

As the UK Advanced Manufacturing Consortium kicks into place cf. my blog post  "Interdisciplinary Advanced Forming Research Centre, Univ of Strathclyde "The Tech", One of 7 Members of the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium"  here is further supportive evidence from SAE International -Automotive Engineering Online 28 Sept. 2011 that Strathclyde and the Consortium are on the right path and true to The Strathclyde Motto as "A Place of Useful Learning.

To quote a few snippets from the SAE Intl's page on the US National Center for Manufacturing Sciences incidentally founded in 1986.

"In the world of discrete manufacturing today, collaboration is a very hot topic. Driven by the reality of global commerce, the most visible manifestation of this important tool is in design as practiced by many extended enterprises—for example an OEM, its geographically dispersed design centers, and its suppliers. Collaborations such as these can pay big dividends in design cycle time compression."

"However, another type of collaboration, created and optimized by theNational Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) 25 years ago, is a model in which two or more companies or organizations work together to achieve shared goals. Guided by NCMS, collaborators develop a statement of work (SOW) that defines a common objective in precompetitive research and development with well-defined deliverables plus a work breakdown structure (WBS) that defines individual organization efforts in support of the shared goal. In collaborations structured this way, participants share the cost and risk associated with traditional R&D models while bringing their innovations to market faster, at less cost."


There is much more to be learned from the US NCMS approach  and if I remember correctly from the Germany's Fraunhofer Institute.

 More on Materials from SAE
 More Materials Matter from this blogger
Original pointers Global Spec.com Metals_Alloys

Useful learning- enjoy

JA

Monday, September 26, 2011

Innovation Start-Up, EU Innovation Scorecard, Industrial Innovation,

I have just been introduced to a new innovation consultant (Gareth Davies twitter pseudo, "@microsinger") via The Institute, IOM3.

He directs the innovation business at the start-up  g2innovation, UK . Hope I got that right, if not drop Gareth a line at the link above.

The site already points to a most useful Benchmark paper on the position of Innovation within the UK. The latter is provocatively, but justifiably,described as a follower rather than a leader in the field of Innovation. Well to be fair the graph of EU innovation countries places UK well above the EU average on a scale 0 to 100 in percentage points. Only four countries lead UK. Two countries (Germany & Finland-Nokia surely!) by 10% or 1 point, and  two countries (Denmark & Sweden by 15% or 1.5 points.)

I have dug out the references for my readers and added more important pointers just to keep my fellow country men on their toes, g2innovation is housed in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

 Industrial Innovation EU score card



Some EU innovation jargon

Innovation Union Scoreboard 2010

The 2010 Scoreboard draws on 25 research and innovation-related indicators and covers the 27 EU Member States, as well as Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The indicators are grouped into three main categories:
  • "Enablers", i.e. the basic building blocks which allow innovation to take place (human resources, finance and support, open, excellent and attractive research systems)
  • "Firm activities" which show how innovative Europe's firms are (firm investments, linkages & entrepreneurship, intellectual assets); and
  • "Outputs" which show how this translates into benefits for the economy as a whole (innovators, economic effects).
The Scoreboard places Member States into the following four country groups (see figure 1 below):
  • Innovation leaders: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden all show a performance well above that of the EU27 average.
  • Innovation followers: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK all show a performance close to that of the EU27 average.
  • Moderate innovators: The performance of Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain is below that of the EU27 average.
  • Modest innovators: The performance of Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania is well below that of the EU27 average.
Ebooks available from the EU site are:
1.  PDF version of the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2010 pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
2. Innovation Union Scoreboard 2010 - Methodology Report pdf - 380 KB [380 KB]
3. Country profiles translation in 22 EU languages pdf - 450 KB [450 KB]

Best of Luck to our colleagues in Glasgow and to the whole Innovation Community - true to say the world needs you more than ever!

Strong Packaging Innovation Push_Starpack Industry Awards 2011_Innovation from the Packaging Division of IOM3


The Starpack Awards 2011 were presented at the London and South East Packaging Dinner at the Landmark Hotel in London on 22 September.

The event, hosted by Alan Dedicoat, took place in aid of CLIC Sargent, the children and young person’s cancer charity.

There were nine Gold, 12 Silver and 18 Bronze award winners, along with a Special Award for sustainability and one for this year’s Starpack Champion.

The Packaging Professional - IOM3 LINK

The site gives a clear summary with photos of the winning packaging products and their innovators-companies .

Well worth a visit for budding Innovators and Innocentive addicts

Sunday, September 11, 2011

INNOVATIONS-Materials Science link and MIT Energy Initiative Video link

MIT Energy Initiative Video link cf . RHS bar.

Energy Sustainability Tops EPSRC List of Six Global Research Challenges


Saturday, August 27, 2011

War and Ecology - Extensive Battlefield for Innovation!

Nature's editorial of 25 Aug. 2011 entitled "Spoils of War is summarized as follows:

"Conflict poisons both land and sea, and lost natural resources lead to more violence. Ecology is an unlikely objective during wartime, but one that can help to secure peace."

Examples given are:
1.Cancer rate on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques higher than that in the surrounding Caribbean due to noxious munitions have been dumped off Vieques during training exercises by the US navy."
2."Bands of toxic mercury in the soils of Slovenia  are a chemical legacy of artillery barrages along the Soca Front during the First World War."
3."Active fighting burns and crushes whole landscapes and the chaos generated leaves rules and regulations by the wayside, natural resources are plundered and poaching is rife."
4."Deforestation rates have soared as successive conflicts have raged in Afghanistan, and Pakistani 'timber mafias' have looted valuable woods from the region.

ACTION-INNOVATION.

A new bread of Warfare ecologists has arisen. By studying warfare's effects on the environment, and the environment's effects on war, these researchers hope to short-circuit the cycles of violence leading to natural-resource crises leading to violence. A paper on page 438 links El Niño weather events to civil conflicts, showing that the connections can be strong.

THE STRATEGIC ISSUE:
"It is clear that humanity at the beginning of the twenty-first century is much better at violent conflict than at planet management.

Certainly, the US Department of Defense's budget is 100 times that of the National Science Foundation.


INNOVATION IN FACE OF THE CYNICS AND CYNICISM.
"research the interplay between ecosystems and international aid and relief, and suggest smart technological fixes, such as solar panels in refugee camps, which improve safety there. After a war, they can restore ecosystem services necessary for continued peace, from clean water to locally grown food. And they can promote 'peace parks', protected areas that span borders, preserve nature, provide a feel-good common cause for local and national governments and create economic opportunities through tourism."

COUNTER ARGUMENTS.
"There are troubling aspects to warfare ecology. Peter Smallwood, a biologist at the University of Richmond, Virginia, who has worked to establish a peace park in Afghanistan, points out that such projects are so enthusiastically supported by soldiers trying to win hearts and minds that they can blur the lines between civilian and military acts.

Another uncomfortable truth that war can be a boon to ecosystems and rare species. War zones, military bases and weapons labs around the world serve as de facto protected areas, many of which are now managed with biodiversity in mind. The demilitarized zone between North and South Korea has become a haven for endangered species such as red-crowned cranes (Grus japonensis). In Colombia, jungle areas held by guerrilla fighters are safe from development.


CONCLUSIONS
1"The above does not mean that warfare ecologists must wish for conflicts to continue. Instead, they can prepare for peace, by partnering with conservation organizations to raise funds that can be mobilized when war zones open up."

2.Warfare ecology should and will go on. Ecologists are used to making do, and there is always a war somewhere.

The current financial climate sees even sacrosanct defence budgets feeling the pinch, and ecological research and nature protection could be among the early casualties. But warfare ecology should and will go on. Ecologists are used to making do, and there is always a war somewhere.

FINALLY
"The field can be a grey area in which to work: a nebulous zone between propaganda and peacemaking, between mitigating harm and being seen as applying a public-relations gloss to violence. But ecology is most relevant to society when it studies the intersection between humans and the environment. And along with romance and music and endless curiosity, war remains one of humanity's most characteristic activities."

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Material Efficiency and Resource Conservation (MaRess) _A German Approach

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Material Efficiency and Resource Conservation (MaRess) _A German Approach

Monday, April 04, 2011

Material Efficiency and Resource Conservation (MaRess) _A German Approach

Limitations on raw materials and especially so called energy materials, meaning materials used to harness and store energy in renewable, sustainable ways is again high on the policy agendas. This is hardly surprisingly following the ever stronger warnings of climate change (CC):global warming (GW), Greenhouse Gases GHG's, and the estimated peeks in fossil fuels, esp. oil and its domination of power for transportation.

In this post, I present of the German Gov approach to the global materials situation. It is a rich resource explaining in simple language in its introduction the reasons for concern:

--"Environmental damage caused by the extraction and exploitation of resources, the associated emissions and the disposal of waste, all lead directly to environmental problems, and as a result, also to social and economic problems. Other factors, such as the insecurity of supplies, the scarcity of resources, the resulting international conflicts, and high and/or volatile raw materials prices, can also lead to strong economic and social dislocation in every country on Earth".

AND HENCE
--"The need to decoupling economic growth from resource consumption without downsizing the quality of life."

in reference to:

"Environmental damage caused by the extraction and exploitation of resources, the associated emissions and the disposal of waste, all lead directly to environmental problems, and as a result, also to social and economic problems. Other factors, such as the insecurity of supplies, the scarcity of resources, the resulting international conflicts, and high and/or volatile raw materials prices, can also lead to strong economic and social dislocation in every country on Earth."
- Projekt Materialeffizienz & Ressourcenschonung (MaRess) Home (view on Google Sidewiki)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Economist Ideas Economy Conference on Innovation-Notes by Innocentives

When arguably The N°1 weekly magazine on economy encounters (and supports) the scientists and engineers N° 1 choice for web based virtual lab "Innocentive Challenges" it is well worth taking note(s). In this case the notes are taken by Gabriel Eichler, Director of Consulting for InnoCentive published on Innocentive's blog.

A list of the most recognizable presenters is given

Hal Varian – Chief Economist at Google,Henry Chesbrough – UC Berkeley – Author and Leading Open Innovation Academic,Peter Schwartz – Co-founder and Chairman of Global Business Network,Scott Cook – Founder and Chairman of Intuit,Aneesh Chopra – CTO of the United States Government, Elon Musk – Found of Paypal, Tesla and SpaceX,Jack Dorsey – Founder of Twitter, and Dwayne Spradlin – InnoCentive’s CEO

Perhaps of more interest were the results of the Economist sponsored innocentive challenge.

Solvers were asked to propose new business plans that were innovative, scalable, viable and impactful. 100+ submissions we received and narrowed down to the best four proposals and brought them to the conference for the final evaluation.

The four finalists and their ideas were as follows:

• Anjai Lal – Agro-Engine

• Alan Klanac – A true Service (Ship) Yard

• Ani Vallabhaneni – Sanergy

• Karle Schlieff – True Blue

Keep tuned to for the over-all winner and better follow up the innovative projects proposed.

NB. Next conf and challenges
The future Economist Ideas Economy events are on Information, June and Human Potential in September. As usual Innocentive will run a special Challenge for each conference.

Cheers
en référence à :
"the future Economist Ideas Economy events such as Information in June and Human Potential in September. We’ll be there, running a special Challenge for each conference."
- Perspectives on Innovation » Blog Archive » Notes from the Economist Ideas Economy Conference on Innovation (afficher sur Google Sidewiki)

Monday, March 28, 2011

This-Above-All: Iodine-131, Xenon 133, Cesium 137 Northern hemisphere - radiation | FLEXPART: dispersion model_This Above All

This-Above-All: Iodine-131, Xenon 133, Cesium 137 Northern hemisphere - radiation | FLEXPART: dispersion model_This Above All



Innovations or negligencc?
Sounds as thought innovation may have floundered in this case!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Topics for discussed_Renewable Energy in India, 5th May 2011 - Step towards achieving Climate Change Goals

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Topics for discussed_Renewable Energy in India, 5th May 2011 - Step towards achieving Climate Change Goals

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Who's Who in Renewable Energy in India, 5th May 2011 - A step towards achieving Climate Change Goals

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Who's Who in Renewable Energy in India, 5th May 2011 - A step towards achieving Climate Change Goals

Friday, March 11, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Surface chemistry: A close look at hydrophobicity_Wetting_non-Wetting_Bulk Steelmaking Macro to Nanotechnology and Biomimicry

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Surface chemistry: A close look at hydrophobicity_Wetting_non-Wetting_Bulk Steelmaking Macro to Nanotechnology and Biomimicry

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: A Banquet of Consequences: Systems Thinking and Modeling for Climate Policy-Dire Warning

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: A Banquet of Consequences: Systems Thinking and Modeling for Climate Policy-Dire Warning

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: As long as there is coal - Decision makers, People to meet: Scientists, engineers and industrialists. Programmes to Clean-up

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: As long as there is coal - Decision makers, People to meet: Scientists, engineers and industrialists. Programmes to Clean-up

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Metallic Glasses - Amorphous Metallic Alloys _New Video posted to my Materials Science wall -

Materials Science and Engineering Defined: Metallic Glasses - Amorphous Metallic Alloys _New Video posted to my Materials Science wall -