Articles by John Sprovieri

Usability Tests Lend Insight Into Medical Device Design

Engineers sometimes fail to account for who will be us-ing the device and where it will be used.
April 1, 2013

Each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration logs some 100,000 reports of adverse events related to medical devices. More than a third of those are due to human error.

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Fresh Meat for the UAW?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That appears to be the mantra of the United Auto Workers this year.
April 1, 2013

In early March, UAW officials met with workers from Nissan Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Smyrna, TN, to lay the groundwork for a third union representation vote. Plant employees turned down the UAW by a 2-to-1 margin in 2001. A 1989 attempt to organize the plant also failed.

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Rosie the Riveter, 2.0

Despite an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent, U.S. manufacturers continue to have trouble finding help.
March 1, 2013

For example, according to the Precision Metalforming Association, 69 percent of U.S. metalworking companies have job openings. However, 91 percent of those companies are experiencing challenges finding qualified employees, and 42 percent describe that difficulty as “severe.”

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Diode Lasers for Welding Aluminum

Audi, Volkswagen and other OEMs are successfully using diode lasers for structural welds.
February 4, 2013

The latest Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard requires automotive OEMs to meet an average fleet gas mileage of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

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The Future Is Bright for Manufacturing

February 4, 2013

The role of manufacturing in the global economy is evolving. What will the future hold?

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A Token Argument for Manufacturing

February 4, 2013

Hasbro wants to replace one of the tokens for the classic Monopoly board game. I think it should pick a token that celebrates the proud history of U.S. manufacturing.

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Noncontact Connectivity

January 4, 2013

A new technology from TE Connectivity could change how power and data are transferred in robots, conveyors and other manufacturing equipment.

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Designing an Ergonomic Cable-tie Tool

January 3, 2013

Lots of tool makers say their products are ergonomic. Few of them actually prove it.

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Opposition Mounts to Tax on Medical Devices

January 3, 2013

“Implementation of the medical device tax will cost our economy thousands of high-paying jobs.” —Gail Rodriguez, MITA

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Mixed Messages for Manufacturing

January 3, 2013

Looking back on the campaign, it was refreshing to hear candidates from both parties tout the importance of U.S. manufacturing.

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