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IEE Review

Issue 2 • Date 17 Mar 1994

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  • Managing product design: The next industrial revolution

    Page(s): 79 - 82
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    Few subjects in engineering are as important and as neglected as design. The author appeals for a revolution in managing product design. Although the supporting evidence is not as well researched as one would like, there seems little doubt that product design and its management are often grey areas in industry where good management practice is under-used. Conversely, the benefits on offer from adopting such practices are worthwhile and provide an excellent opportunity to gain an edge on global competition. But, if we do too little too late, we face the threat that others will gain an equivalent edge over us. Having initiated revolutions in management of manufacturing. quality and marketing, industrial managers should now embark on a fourth revolution-this time in the management of product design and development View full abstract»

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  • Selling yourself

    Page(s): 73 - 76
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    Job hunting has never been more difficult. To succeed in today's labour market, you need to maximise your market potential and manage your time and effort with thoughtful self discipline. The author discusses how best to approach this topic View full abstract»

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  • Putting thought into networks

    Page(s): 67 - 70
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    Intelligent networks (INs) are changing the culture and structure of the telecoms industry, and will change the way that customers think about telephone services. Yet they are doing all this largely unnoticed. The changes are gradual, the name 'intelligent network' means different things to different people, and the only glamorous technologies involved are something of a distraction. INs are a natural technological progression. They are an example of how innovation in services can result from the novel application of conventional technology. INs exploit the improvement in performance and reliability of data processing systems, which means that ordinary computer equipment can be used to control telephone calls in real time. Here, the author explains how intelligent networks are changing the way telecoms services work View full abstract»

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  • Privately financed infrastructure: opportunities and obstacles in the UK

    Page(s): 59 - 61
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    Privately financed projects have been with us since Victorian times, when investors rushed to put their money into railways and made (or lost) fortunes. More recently, projects such as the Channel Tunnel, the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford and the Second Severn Crossing have gone forward with private finance. Here the author looks at the prospects for involving private sector companies in paying for public projects View full abstract»

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  • Staying in the big league [high-tech industries-EC policy]

    Page(s): 91 - 95
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    The concept of industrial policy, as laid down in the Maastrict Treaty, is to provide the necessary framework to keep the Community's industry competitive. A lot of questions arise out of this, most particularly: What can the European Commission do to help high-tech industries? The author explains the philosophy of the European Commission's support for high-tech industries (IT and electronics industries). The author defines competitiveness and why being competitive is so important View full abstract»

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  • Sans sulphur-the Drax FGD project

    Page(s): 88 - 89
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    The author discusses the reasons for the Drax coal fired power station flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) retrofit. It's National Power's biggest project, will take eight years to finish, and cost £684 million. At the end of 1993, the first phase of the project was completed with the handover by Babcock Energy, the project's principal contractor, of the first two SO2 absorber vessels and associated plant. A further two absorbers will become operational in 1995, and the project will be completed in mid 1996 when the last two absorbers are handed over. The Drax absorbers use the limestone-gypsum process, applied in more than half the world's FGD installations, although never before on such a huge scale. The absorbers and their operation are discussed View full abstract»

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  • Maintaining a standard

    Page(s): S3 - S5
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    Differing interpretations of written standards are often blamed for the appearance of noncompatible equipment. A simple-to-use software package should help suppliers in one field of electronics avoid this problem. The design of a second National Motorway Communications System (NMCSZ) included high-level data link control (HDLC) protocols for the control of motorway signals. These protocols seemed to be applicable to CCTV systems and, with small modifications, were published as the new control standard in 1986. To avoid regional deviations from the standard, it was becoming necessary to have a way of measuring compliance with key parts of the standard. It was decided that a PC-based test certification package could potentially solve many of the problems. The authors discuss the development of the program including the user interface and its testing View full abstract»

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  • MRPII: Planning for success

    Page(s): S11 - S13
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    People have been talking about MRPII since the early 1970s and a great deal has been written about the benefits it can bring to manufacturing companies. But what precisely, is MRPII, and how relevant is it today? The author briefly discusses the history of MRPII and describes how it can benefit companies of all types and sizes View full abstract»

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  • Multimedia for engineers

    Page(s): S19 - S21
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    The challenges that currently face higher education in the UK and beyond are many and varied. Underpinning many of these is the daunting task of producing an increasingly skilled workforce, and doing so from a diminishing resource base. New ideas are required-new approaches, new methods and new techniques. Multimedia developments have a vital role to play. If properly designed they provide an ideal vehicle for student-centred activity. As much as any other subject, engineers and engineering can use the multimedia approach to learning. A few examples are given that show how. The development problems and evaluation of multimedia are also discussed View full abstract»

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  • Sharing ideas: the SEMSPLC project

    Page(s): S23 - S26
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    By bringing together software engineers from a wide range of specialisms, a government-supported project is set to produce workable standards for safety-critical PLC software. The software engineering methods for safe programmable logic controllers (SEMSPLC) project was conceived with the aim of solving difficulties in an industrial domain, through experience gained in higher-technology sectors. In practice, the anticipated technology transfer could not take place until understanding of the different viewpoints of the many different partners could be achieved. In many instances the apparently lower-technology areas were found to be working effectively within constraints which more theoretical approaches cannot yet address. The challenge for the project, therefore, was to find both a means to structure the sharing of information, and to reconcile the technology viewpoints, to the benefit of all partners. The authors discuss the requirements of the project, the approach taken, the design, analysis and testing of the PLC software, and its benefits View full abstract»

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