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184. Joining of Plastics: Handbook
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186. Pressure Vessel Design Manual
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181. Machine Tool Practices (7th Edition)
by Richard R. Kibbe, Roland O. Meyer, Warren T. White, John E. Neely
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Asin: 0130334472
Catlog: Book (2001-06-27)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 172337
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars well organised and illustrated.Lacking in metric info.
I find this book clear and easy to read on machining topics. The photographs and illustrations fit well with the text. Generally a worthwhile beginners to intermediate book for pre apprentice to 3rd year. However in future editions I would like to see ISO metric information on topics such as threads and tapers along with limits and fits. I would also like to see a change to more up to date toolposts and tool holders for the lathes. ... Read more

182. Information Technology: Inside and Outside (With CD-ROM)
by David Cyganski, John A. Orr, Richard F. Vaz
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Asin: 0130114960
Catlog: Book (2001-01-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A mediocre book
The upside is Information Technology Inside and Out is simple and easy to read. The downside is, well, it's simple. It's a good introduction to basic computer concepts, but if you're looking for something more than the basics, looks elsewhere.

This book will teach you how binary numbers work, and how sound and image files are stored in digital form, but that's about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Covers all major IT concepts
This book gives a concise and impressive insight into all major concepts relating to Information Tehchnology. It is ideal for those who like to grasp the Information Technology concepts in the shortest possible time, which will enable them to be equipped with knowledge that would have taken much much longer time, if not for the distilled facts and coverage done by this book. ... Read more

183. Building Robots With Lego Mindstorms : The Ultimate Tool for Mindstorms Maniacs
by Mario Ferrari, Giulio Ferrari, Ralph Hempel
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Asin: 1928994679
Catlog: Book (2001-12-15)
Publisher: Syngress
Sales Rank: 2827
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book is about building robots using Lego bricks and components. In the first section of the book (Part I) we will discuss why you might find an interest in robotics as a hobby, and why Lego is an ideal system to have a fast start and great results. If you're reading this book you probably own a Mindstorms set, so you already have an interest in robotics, and for this reason we kept this part very short. Nevertheless you might find there some thoughts about what robotics can give to you and your family, besides a lot of fun. And how it can change your perception of the environment that's around you.

The second section (Part II) is about how to build a robot. Here we provide a setof tools you need to explore the world of robotics. Some basic knowledge about mechanics, motors, sensors, pneumatics, navigation, and many tips and tricks. We will compare different standard architectures, discuss solutions to common recurring problems, learn how to organize complex projects in terms of subsystems.

In the third section (Part III) we start to face the tough question, the one we actually would try to answer with this book: "I got a Mindstorms kit, I have learnt how to use it, what do I build now?". Here we will show you a large survey of possible ideas, but do not expect to find complete models to copy step by step.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift (for yourself!)
I've been a LEGO hobbyist for years, and I'm very excited that my teenage son is now more into it than even I am. I bought this book for him as a Christmas gift, but I had to give it to him early after I saw the incredibly cool robots on the front. We've now both read the book cover to cover (not a small task considering the book is almost 600 pages) and the ideas and information we got from the book could keep us busy for years. The great thing about this book is that it does not just give you step by step instructions on how to build a handful of robots, it teaches you how to build ANY robot that YOU can dream up. A big thanks to the authors for such a great gift!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
I am not ashamed to admit that I am 28-going-on-29 and I absolutely love this book. It is very well written and highly detailed. As a Mehanical Engineer with 6+ years work experience I was certain that this book wouldn't live up to the expectations that the first few pages that I read in the book store led me to develop. Was I wrong!! This book's simplified expanation of engineering concepts is unmatched. From Lego block geometry to gearing setup and programming. This book has it all if you'd like to go beyond the few missions that the mindstorm kit comes with. Don't be mistaken this book has no step-by-step instructions for building robots. It only introduces "snippet" to get your creative "juices" flowing. My understanding of Legos and their use has been greatly enhanced. To make things even better, the authors includes useful information on other Lego parts that are not included with mindstorm that are very important, i.e. light sensors, hydraulics, etc. If you are looking for a reference book to help you build better Lego creations, this book is it!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Building Robots with Lego MindStorms
This book strikes me as an ideal text for an advanced course in robotics Lego style. I am impressed with the depth the authors explored each segment of the MindStorms experience. The reader will find a variety of explanations for each segment ranging from simple to rather complex. This allows the reader to choose the level of complexity that is most comfortable.

The early chapters deal with several rudimentary characteristics of the MindStorms system. Many of these are part of the joy of discovery that plays a huge roll in the experience of this set. I believe that this book should be used after one has experienced all that the Constructopedia has to offer. The thrill of learning through experience is too great to give in to reading the solutions beforehand.

I have always envied the individual who is about to open their first MindStorms Robot Invention System. They are about to experience a trip into the future. This trip will last as long as imagination will allow. The efforts of Mario and Giulio Ferrari will continue to ignite curiosity and inspire the reader to venture further armed with the ideas and information contained in the chapters of this book.

I am pleased to have this fact filled book at my side to continue to learn more about this system. Mario and Giulio have done an outstanding job assembling 575 pages packed with new ideas to build, program and enjoy your MindStorms creations.

Bob Fay

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice
This the comprehensive source which will prepare programmers for a solid, fun and creative future. My kids are also turned on by really cool robots, which I must add, are amusing by adult standards

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
For anyone who enjoys mechanics or robots, physics, or simply loves the art of Lego building, the latest series from Syngress is sure to please the most devote fans, and newcomers. Excellent! ... Read more

184. Joining of Plastics: Handbook for Designers and Engineers
by Jordan Rotheiser
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Asin: 1569903549
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Hanser Gardner Publications
Sales Rank: 427069
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The second edition of this comprehensive handbook emphasizes the relationship between the assembly methods, the materials, and the plastics manufacturing processes, thus enabling the reader to identify the best design/assembly method for a given application. The book has been completely updated and a new chapter on laser welding of plastics was added. The book describes all principal fastening and joining methods used to assemble plastic parts today – with their particular advantages and disadvantages. Assembly method limitations for a given material and/or a given molding process are discussed in great detail.

This is very much a "how-to" book, offering a wealth of hard-to-find detailed information. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Reference guide for joining of plastics
Joining of Plastics authored by Jordan Rotheiser and published by Hanser Gardner Publications, is an outstanding handbook covering everything from Adhesive joining to Welding of plastic components. (Note that there are no joining techniques starting with letter Z!) The author draws upon more than thirty-five years of plastics product design experience to present this encyclopedic coverage of joining techniques most commonly used in the plastics industry. This book not only offers a detailed guide to a novice reader in easy-to-read format, but also a complete reference manual for the experienced designer who occasionally encounters a new or unusual problem.

The author's unique approach to presenting the information is very refreshing and it fulfills its stated purpose of providing a handy desk reference and a design guide. Case in point, chapter one covers rapid guidelines for joining of plastic and efficient use of the handbook. This gives reader a quick overview of all available assembly methods in terms of description of the method, advantages, limitations, applications, and processing considerations. The general guidelines provide the direction for further reference and in-depth exploration of the particular subject. The importance of properly designing the parts to avoid assembly problems, improve efficiency, and reduce assembly time cannot be over emphasized. The chapter on designing for efficient assembly deals with this subject and provides the guidelines for the proper design along with an invaluable product design for assembly check list. A separate chapter for designing parts for disassembly and recycling covers increasing problem of solid waste management and makes important recommendations.

The relationship between the assembly methods, the Materials, and the plastics manufacturing processes is generally neglected in the available references. This book, in two separate chapters Assembly method selection by material and Assembly method selection by process, addresses this important but often overlooked relationship. Some of the individual topics discussed in detail are, adhesive and solvent joining, fasteners and inserts, hinges, variety of welding techniques including hot plate welding, gas welding, and induction/electromagnetic welding. Also, there are separate chapters on press fit, snap fits, spin welding, stacking, and cold forming. One of the most useful features of this book is the discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each assembly method, making the selection process fast and easy. For example, the author succinctly points out that if high levels of molded-in stresses are a huge concern, one may want to avoid insert molding altogether. Chapter 13 on Insert and multi part molding discusses one of the fastest growing injection molding techniques to reduce assembly cost and components, often referred to as multi-component molding. Over forty pages have been devoted to the detailed discussion of Ultrasonic welding, a very popular and widely accepted joining methods.

In order to increase the versatility of the book and meet the goal of providing a ready reference and "how to" on the subject, numerous illustrations, charts, and tables have been depicted through out the book, names, addresses, and phone numbers of suppliers and equipment manufacturers are given along with adequate reference section. In the humble opinion of the reviewer, the readers would benefit even more, if additional actual photographs showing applications, equipment, and case studies were included. Whenever possible, inclusion of the supplier's website and e-mail address, should prove very valuable. Perhaps, the author would accept the suggestions for the future revision.

In the end, this handbook is the original work and no tired revision of an old text. The author has worked very hard to put into one volume much data that some of us have collected from various sources over a period of years and so often is buried in the files. Joining of Plastics is a very useful addition to any plastics engineer's library; however, it is a must for all plastic part designers. ... Read more

185. Engineering Robust Designs with Six Sigma
by John X. Wang
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Asin: 0131448552
Catlog: Book (2005-03-07)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Sales Rank: 127972
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186. Pressure Vessel Design Manual
by Dennis R. Moss
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Asin: 0750677406
Catlog: Book (2003-12-18)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
Sales Rank: 375670
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Picking up where the success of the previous editions left off, this book is an accumulation of design procedures, methods, techniques, formulations, and data for use in the design of pressure vessels, their respective parts and equipment. It's written specifically for designers and engineers involved in designing and specifying or manufacturing of pressure vessels. The book also has broader applications to chemical, civil and petroleum engineers who construct, install or operate process facilities, and would be a valuable aid to those who inspect the manufacturing of pressure vessels or review designs.

The format of this book continues to differ from most technical ones, as there are many handy visual aids throughout the text. It is not just a reference book, but a practical guideline, that aids designers and engineers to solve practically every design problem that an engineer might encounter with pressure vessels. As an easy-to-use reference, the book provides the user with a logical step by step approach to the design of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Code vessels, such as the method for determining the Minimum Design Metal Temperature (an ASME requirement for all pressure vessels).

* Covers a collection of design and analysis methods, all presented with the use of visual aides.
* New edition includes 26 new procedures, giving the engineer 83 different procedures to use as tools in solving design issues.
* Works not just a reference tool, but a practical guideline for every design problem.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid unless you have significant design experiance!
Although this book has "illustrated procedures for solving major pressure vessel design problems" it is full of errors and typos. Although the second edition has clarified many of the problems in the first edition, the procedures are unclear and significantly flawed. In addition, there are several instances where Mr. Moss fails to define the conditions in which certain equations should be, and should not be used. Unless you have significant experience in designing pressure vessels, avoid this book, it will only cause frustration and poorly designed units.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good
I`d want to be sure that you'll find the book, I`m very interested in it, and I`d like to know if there is an spanish version of it or one related to it ( design pressure vessel )

5-0 out of 5 stars Very handy,but not available
The book is very good. Procedures are given in a step by step form and computerisation is easy. ... Read more

187. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
by Alex Krulikowski
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Asin: 0827379951
Catlog: Book (1997-08-07)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Sales Rank: 116481
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From pedagogy to organization, this unique text meets the needs of the college student. Intended for students in industrial technology, CAD, pre-engineering, and manufacturing technology, the text breaks GD&T fundamentals into small, logical units for step-by-step understanding. Measurable performance objectives help students and instructors to assess progress. Discussion questions promote interaction and higher-order thinking, and practice problems ensure thorough understanding of the concepts presented. The text defines and fully encompasses the revised ANSI/ASME Y14.5M-1994 Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standard. It is cited by top industry professional as meeting the highest standards for a book on this topic! ALSO AVAILABLEINSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT TO ORDER Solutions Manual, ISBN: 0-7668-0119-5Keywords: Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for understanding Geometrical Tolerances
This book explains clearly the concept of Geometrical Dimensioning & Tolerances and the advantages of applied it to mechanical engineering drawings. It helps you to understand the difference between Geometrical Dimensioning vs Coordinate Dimensioning. A must for Engineering Drawing Standards. ... Read more

188. Making Common Sense Common Practice : Models for Manufacturing Excellence
by Ron Moore
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-07)
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
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Presenting the best practices of the best manufacturing companies in the world, this book presents proven models for achieving world-class performance. Using a case study of a fictional company called Beta International, Moore illustrates how to increase uptime, lower costs, increase market share, maximize asset utilization, apply benchmarks and best practices, and improve many other aspects that ultimately raise your company's performance to the level of world-class. 'Making Common Sense Common Practice' takes a good, hard look at plant design, procurement, parts management, installation and maintenance, training, and implementing a computerized maintenance management system. In discussing the successes and failures of the world's premier manufacturers, Moore outlines a stable path of growth for almost any manufacturing company. In today's tough competitive markets, 'Making Common Sense Common Practice' greatly enhances your company's chance to succeed - and profit.

* Third edition features updating plus new sections on innovation, change management, and leadership
* Presents proven models for achieving world-class performance based on real-life case histories
* Highly readable, concrete style brings the key points to life through a case study of a fictitious organization, Beta International, which runs throughout the book, based on real case histories
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189. he Disney Way Fieldbook: How to Implement Walt Disney's Vision of "Dream, Believe, Dare, Do" in Your Own Company
by BillCapodagli, LynnJackson
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Asin: 0071361065
Catlog: Book (2000-08-28)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Business people around the world raved about The Disney Way and Fortune proclaimed it, "so useful you may whistle while you work." Now, authors Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson are back to deliver a comprehensive, step-by-step implementation plan based on Walt Disney's principles outlined in the best-selling The Disney Way.

The Disney Way Fieldbook provides action plans for instilling Disney's vision into any company, complete with diagnostic exercises, practice sessions, proven advice, and insightful questionnaires. Packed with universally applicable tools and techniques, the book also features inspiring quotes from Walt Disney himself and little known facts about his extraordinary empire.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Practical magic
This engaging and enlightening book is as much fun to read as it is profitable to use. Structured like a theater script and written with a dramatic verve, it casts teamwork as human drama, and taps and energizes team members' innate will to succeed not just as individuals but as members of a group. This book, and its companion volume "The Disney Way," really stand out from the business book pack in their passion, good humor, and advice on creating the practical magic that makes a team even greater than the sum of its parts. Authors Capodagli and Jackson are really onto something with their "Dream, Believe, Dare, Do" guiding principles, and their business-wise and human-wise insights make their work essential reading for leaders of all types.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that's specific!
As a consultant myself that works with cross-functional teams, it is great to finally come across a book with proven activities that really work! This is a great tool to add to your repertoire. Individual activities are spelled out in terms of the benefits they provide, the materials required and specific guidelines on how to conduct them. This is a great contrast to the plethora of books on the market that promise great activities but provide nothing of value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful
An extremely useful collection of tools. I'll use this book in my teaching and training and recommend it to others. ... Read more

190. Piping Handbook
by Mohinder L. Nayyar
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Asin: 0070471061
Catlog: Book (1999-10-14)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 254455
Average Customer Review: 1.33 out of 5 stars
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Instant answers to your toughest questions on piping components and systems!It's impossible to know all the answers when piping questions are on the table - the field is just too broad. That's why even the most experienced engineers turn to Piping Handbook, edited by Mohinder L. Nayyar, with contribution from top experts in the field. The Handbook's 43 chapters - 14 of them new to this edition ù and 9 new appendices provide, in one place, everything you need to work with any type of piping, in any type of piping system: *design *layout *selection of materials *fabrication and components *operation *installation *maintenance This world-class reference is packed with a comprehensive array of analytical tools, and illustrated with fully-worked-out examples and case histories. Thoroughly updated, this seventh edition features revised and new information on design practices, materials, practical applications and industry codes and standards ù plus every calculation you need to do the job. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars An annoying verbiage
I was interesting in buying a professional publication relative to piping engineering and, by chance, I was able to borrow this book from a technical library before doing what can not be undone.

How disappointing !
An annoying verbiage prevails over pages after pages.
Few design guidelines, engineering calculations and good practice recommendations.
For instance, the section dealing with the water hammer phenomenon does not contain any equation !
Supports, insulation, valves, plastic and composite materials, ... are covered in far too general terms.
Even the reduced "dictionary alike" paper format leads to a bulky and difficult to read book where chapters are broken down in dozens of pages.

This book must be viewed as a general introduction to piping design engineering but definitively not as a practical reference for day-to-day design issues.

2-0 out of 5 stars poor book
I Buy this book because needed references, general conditions and good practice to solve practical problems of pipes. However I meet with a tangled book, of little clarity and that in general it doesn't embrace the practical topics well referring a lot to the existent norms. Anyway it serves like support to the different norms to go developing a project but alone as reference and in any case like a book of easy access to solve problems on site or the day to day problems.

1-0 out of 5 stars piping handbook
7th edition(oct 14,1999) by mohinder l. nayyar ÁÖ¼Ò '뱸±¤¿ª½Ã 'Þ¼­±¸ ¿ë»êµ¿ 466-4 ¹é¾Ï¿ø·ë 303È£ ÀüÈ­ (053)603-1486 ... Read more

191. The First Snap-Fit Handbook: Creating Attachments for Plastics Parts
by Paul R. Bonenberger
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The pratical methodology for snap-fit mechanism design
Unlike most of the design reference book, this one gives design engineers very good logical ways, i.e. design methodology, for snap-fit mechanism design. It will avoid the mistakes a young engineer might make, and the writer also provides several very good examples to guide experienced engineers' creativity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great plastic snap-fit design guideline
This book is a very good reference for designing plastic snap-fit features. It discusses snap fit mechanisms, locators, locating schemes and overconstraints, design-for-assembly, and the snap-fit function from the end user point-of-view. It includes formula for calculating all of the important functions I wanted to predict in a design. It goes through a logical design sequence to create a snap-fit design that works in your particular application and identifies what you should and should NOT do. Some things were trivial for plastic design, others were not obvious and had not occurred to the design teams in which I have participated.

After reading this book I immediately recognized poor snap-fit designs on products I have worked with for years. A mechanical analysis of an optimized snap-fit based on this book showed how these concepts would have helped tremendously in the initial product design phase. I will certainly use this book in all my future snap-fit designs. ... Read more

192. Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (4th Edition)
by Eugene Meyer
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-12)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 189056
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This revised fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to fully address the specific needs of firefighters and other professionals who deal with hazardous materials. This volume encompasses the key aspects of safely handling hazardous materials and the response actions to be implemented during terrorist actions, hazardous transportation mishaps and other disasters.This volume examines some features of matter and energy, flammable gases and flammable liquids, chemical forms of matter, as well as the principles of chemical reactions, aspects of the dot hazardous materials regulations, the chemistry of common elements, corrosive materials, water-reactive substances, toxic substances, oxidizers, hazardous organic compounds, polymeric materials, explosive materials and radioactive materials.For emergency responders, firefighters and others potentially involved with hazardous materials. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good refresher/DOT reference
This is a well organized and indexed fire science text which is a useful reference for anyone who works with hazardous materials on a daily basis. It explains DOT regulations and how the regs are actually related to the chemistry of the materials. It explains the chemistry behind proper transport, handling, and storage of most major commodity chemicals and offers guidlines for emergency planning and response. The author does a good job of introducing/reviewing the concepts of chemistry with a clear focus on reactions which can lead to disaster. Two flaws: the writing is repetative, at times you can sense that the author/editiors were a bit tired of the text or in a hurry to get it to the press. The illustrations are O.K. but the black and white photos are AWFUL. Mr. Meyer, if you read this, go back and re-do all the photos for the next edition. I work at a RCRA TSDF and have found the text very useful for myself and our new employees who have studied chemistry but do not have a firm grasp of DOT and fire safety. ... Read more

193. Production/Operations Management
by William J. Stevenson
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Asin: 0073661120
Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill (Tx)
Sales Rank: 333502
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Previous editions of Production/Operations Management have made it the leading text in the introductory operations management market. The Fifth Edition will continue this tradition. The Fifth Edition continues to rely on the strengths of preceding editions, that is, Stevenson's careful explanations and balanced descriptive and quantitative applications. The text continues to use smaller, more procedural examples as well as "solved problems" to support students. Production/Operations Management is used in the introductory operations management course required of all business majors in four-year colleges and universities. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You'd be shocked at what this could teach you
This is a prototype manual for Operations Management.It is clear andconsise.This is a book that every manager should read, it is amazing tolearn the correct techniques and skills that can be used to manage"lean".I use many of the included advice at a government golfcourse.In the span of roughly four years we lessened employment by over50%, increased profit 350%, increased memberships 22%...

This is just anexample of the easy and smooth process that the book teaches.It is fluidand packed with valuable materials. ... Read more

194. The Art of Systems Architecting, Second Edition
by Mark W. Maier, Eberhardt Rechtin
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Asin: 0849304407
Catlog: Book (2000-06-28)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 39105
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Today's architecting must handle systems of types unknown until very recently. New domains, including personal computers, intersatellite networks, health services, and joint service command and control are calling for new architectures-and for architects specializing in those domains. Since the original publication, of this bestselling text, these new and emerging fields have contributed architectural concepts and tools of their own to the relatively new formalism-and evolving profession-called Systems Architecting.The Art of Systems Architecting, Second Edition restates and extends into the future the classical architecting paradigm, incorporating the most broadly applicable of these contributions. It remains the most innovative, insightful treatment available to the discipline, providing both the academic and the industrial communities with the up-to-date tools, concepts, and techniques needed to conceive and build complex systems. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not for the practitioner
I ordered this book because my company has been given a task to review another company's system architecture of a large warfare system and was looking for some structured and mainstream guidance for the team to establish "goodness" of an architecture.
Unfortunately, being in a bit of a hurry, this book frustrated me with its lack of practical criteria for evaluating architecture to make real corrections and decisions.
It has a lot of thought provoking heuristics that might make you a hit making speeches or at INCOSE cocktail parties but won't help you actually complete or evaluate an architecture.
As a Systems Engineer with 20 years in the business doing large scale defense systems, I am still in awe of the lack of defined guidance in how to transcend from the requirements to the architecture. That is where the magic happens in product development. The magic that ultimately determines if your product is technically a winner or a loser. This book doesn't get you any closer to that magic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deep
This book is probably the most abstract one on my Software Architecture bookshelf right now. Each page in this book takes twice as long to read as a page from any of my other, more technical architecture books. Another book might say "Use UML, everyone else does"; while this book says "Given a particular model set and language, it will be easy to describe some types of systems and awkward to describe others [...]".

Time spent reading this book is a good investment in my opinion, but only if you read it at a moderate pace and reflect. The listing and discussion of heuristics is especially valuable. For example, "The greatest leverage in architecting is at the interfaces" is a good heuristic and the book has an appendix full of them. Not only that, this book offers good discussions of what each heuristic means and why it applies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Defining Architecting
Review: This is a great overview of the subject of systems architecture. It is already highly regarded in the systems engineering community. It is rich in useful detail. It gives a comprehensive historical view of the discipline. I found a large number of specific insights about the nature of architecture as opposed to engineering. The collection of over 180 heuristics is an interesting framework for the text. I can highly recommend it as a study to both novices and seasoned professionals. The guest chapters on political process and systems architecting (Brenda Forman), and The Professionalization of Systems Architecting (Elliot Axelbrand) are both valuable additions to the immense vocabulary of the authors.
If I have one quibble it is that the book correctly insists on quantification of performance attributes as the only proper basis for architecture, certification, and engineering. But it so often denies the measurability of so called 'soft' values - and remarkably includes things like 'safety', and 'environmental impact' in that category. I fear that setting too high a standard for quantification leaves us with mere ambiguous words. This of course is a widespread problem. I disagree, and will take up the discussion with the authors and the community - as I already have done. In addition I find a complete lack of examples, or discussion, about how 'multiple performance and cost attributes' can be used by the architectural level to understand the architectural problem. There are far too many non-quantified models, and far too little insight as to how a systems architect would deal with the quantified attribute requirements of a system. Maybe in the 3rd Edition?, August 24 2002.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great start - not the final word
This is a good book. It has some brilliant insights. It also has some mundane material. It's the only book on SYSTEMS architecture and should be read by all architects as well as systems engineers. Software engineers could learn from it too.

As a start on describing systems architecture (as opposed to technical or business architectures such as software, hardware, security, information, network, etc.) it does a superb job. What I would like to see is more. I sense from the books footnotes that some material from the first edition has been elided. A third edition should include recent journal articles viewpoints and any material the editor cut from the first edition.

There are many useful insights and a good overview of systems architecture. The definition of systems architecture was good.

I found no significant errors although some of the material included was not as relevant as some that was omitted. Newer material that has been published in journals needs to be included.

I would like to see a better relationship drawn with systems engineering, business strategy, six sigma techniques, etc. Some of the material included may have some architectural significance but that was lost in describing systems engineering and quality approaches rather than contrasting and comparing them with SA. Perhaps a systems engineering companion book to be read first could handle this sort of material.

The heuristics were excellent but incomplete. This is not a fault of the author but the fact that the field is new and just being documented.

The examples used were those available. I would like to see others but many people will not let that information out for use. Certainly an example of business as a system and noting how systems architecture relates to business strategy would be a useful addition.

Some minor glitches such as not defining acronyms before use were annoying but did not impede learning.

I would like to see appendices with summaries of the standards referenced. I would like to know a lot more about the schools, curricula, and courses relating to SA that were mentioned.

The research seems incomplete. The sources used were used well but there are others that did not get used. Some used did not seem to be as pertinent. I wonder if the editor gave the authors a deadline so they could publish the second edition.

This is a good book. It can be better. Hopefully a third edition will fill in and extend the coverage, provide additional examples and more subject matter for reference in the appendices.

If you have any interest in systems you should read this book. It would be 5 stars except that it could be improved. Since there is no other competing book it is infinitely better than the alternatives. Other books drop down an implementation level and do technical or business architectures even though they label the book as systems architecture. Those would make good follow on reading for domain and discipline engineers but all engineers should read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wisdom Within
I am a professional software and systems architect. Also, I have designed, built, and teach an industrial course on architecting distributed object systems. Being a very active reader of the literature on software architecture, design patterns, and software development process, I can say: there is, in my opinion, no better book on the subject of the process of architecting and the realities of life as an architect. Herein lies wisdom. Grasp it. ... Read more

195. Cost Estimator's Reference Manual (New Dimensions In Engineering Series)
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This updated and expanded edition describes how to estimate accurate costs for engineering projects as well as where to find additional in-depth material on specific aspects of cost estimating. Contains new chapters on software estimating, design-to-cost techniques and cost implications of novel concurrent engineering and systems engineering approaches to the planning, development and delivery of products, processes, projects and services. Scores of examples demonstrate how to apply cost estimating methods to specific industries. ... Read more

196. The Six Sigma Way Team Fieldbook: An Implementation Guide for Process Improvement Teams
by Peter S. Pande, Robert P. Neuman, Roland R. Cavanagh
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3-0 out of 5 stars Six Sigma and Project Management Tips
This Six Sigma book is for those who have little direct experience as a project manager. In addition to an introduction to Six Sigma (albeit not as efficient introduction as "What Is Six Sigma?"), the authors go into depth on team dynamics and other project management information.

While the project management information is good and an excellent refresher for those who are only peripherally involved with project management, it helps to feed the Achilles heal of Six Sigma: the perception that it's the same old stuff repackaged and given inflated value.

A quick read of the reviews on Amazon will give you a feel for why people are skeptical of 6 Sigma: the feel-good tone of most writing on 6 Sigma and the insistence that it "is not a flavor-of-the-month management trend" make many of us suspect that 6 Sigma is not much more than hollow jargon and acronyms.

Lets accept that these criticisms are valid and further that many "practitioners" are just self-aggrandizing or worse. But that still leaves us with the essential difficulties of positive change in any organization: you need to overcome assumptions that your organization's subculture may not even realize it has. What a corporation does by accepting Six Sigma is that it empowers people to gather data to challenge what "everybody knows". Most importantly, it sets a very high quality standard, which further sanctions data-driven change.

I was not surprised to see that this book was used successfully in a college-level course on Six Sigma. That audience is less cynical that many in the corporate world and certainly could use exposure to project management.

I feel that the greatest flaw in Six Sigma is that many practitioners and even the books permit the basics to be lost in the shuffle. If one listens to people talk about Six Sigma, its easy to forget that a critical part of Six Sigma is that the data comes first, not the solution. I often hear co-workers say "we need to finish this project to improve our six sigmas" or "if we could get rid of this server we'll all get our green belts".

The term Six Sigma is derived from statistics. This book covers all the necessary statistics and other "tools".

If you just want an introduction to Six Sigma, I would recommend "What Is Six Sigma?" (by some of the same authors). If you'd also like to read about project management, this book will serve you well. But be warned, you'll see feel-good digressions such as an explanation of why Sherlock Holmes would have made a great Six Sigma Black Belt. Some will find these digressions annoying.

I would also recommend Michael Lewis' Moneyball as a companion book. Lewis (author of "Liar's Poker") uses Wall Street trading as an analogy to explain why the Oakland As baseball team is one of the successful teams with much less money than most. But I also see an analogy relevant to the topic of Six Sigma. "Moneyball" also shows how one can achieve superior results by testing what everyone thinks they know with fact gathering and rigorous analyses. "Moneyball" may prove to be an inspiring book for those about to measure processes and look for opportunities for dramatic improvement: precisely what Six Sigma practitioners SHOULD be doing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just right for Green Belt training
The Six Sigma Way Team Fieldbook is an excellent companion to the original Six Sigma Way. I'm using it as a primary textbook in the Green Belt course at the college where I teach. The Fieldbook does a good job of laying out the "nuts and bolts" process of attacking a problem and making improvements. The book is a little light in some of the more techinical areas, specifically in the Analysis Stage of the DMAIC model. That's where I come in as the course instuctor. I supplement the Fieldbook with the QCI CSSBB Primer and use MiniTab software for statistical analysis. It all blends together, and is held together, by the very well written descriptions of DMAIC methodologies in the Team Fieldbook. This book is exactly what it is intended to be -- A Team Fieldbook for Six Sigma practitioners. Used with the guidance from an experienced Six Sigma practitioner (Black Belt), it is an excellent tool for both training and basic reference.

1-0 out of 5 stars Black belt, here I show you the book of idols
Lets analyze this book deeply. Actually this book is totally useless. Here the authors dig deeper into the magic, the sophistry, of Six Sigma. Please tell us more practitioners of this blind faith.

This book details how to create the teams needed for Six Sigma. First it explains the role of the 'black belt' and 'master black belt'. We're not given insights into why a business model for grown ups has to treat us all like children, having teams and coaches and lots of 'feel good' language invovled. How bout a chapter on firing lazy employees? How bout a chapter on what to do when 10% of the items coming off the line are defective? No, that would be too realistic. No wholesome language, Just wizardry. When every single item coming off the line is defective we must sic the teams on it and analyze the issues, the diversity, the feel goodies of it. How bout just firing every single person on the line? This book is pure sophistry detailing a fad, a flavor of the week approach developed at GE and now appearing in every book in the world on business.
Business existed before Six Sigma and it will exist when this flawed system is gone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Bit As Good As The Original Book...
A few people have written that they were disappointed in this book in comparison to the original "The Six Sigma Way." However, I couldn't disagree more. This is a terrific book. Where "The Six Sigma Way" served as a comprehensive foundation into the fundamentals of Six Sigma and offered a number of case studies, "The Fieldbook" is a no-nonsense roll-up-your-sleeves guide to implementation. The Bottom Line? If you want an overview of Six Sigma, buy a copy of "The Six Sigma Way." However, if you are a member of the management team (or a black belt) overseeing a Six Sigma program, "The Fieldbook" is definately the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great source of information for the practictioner
This book is the one book for someone who is joining their first six sigma team. It will give you a feel for the tools and methodology that you will be exposed to and provides handy references of forms, metrics and best practices if you are requested to complete a task in a six sigma project. The material is very well organized and summarized for usage as an ongoing team resource. ... Read more

197. Human Factors Design Handbook
by Wesley E. Woodson, PeggyTillman, BarryTillman
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Practical guidelines for the Ergonomic Design of Products and Facilities You'll find: Key Descisions to make at the conceptual design stage; Diagrams, charts and checklists; Data on cognitive skills, sensory capacities, mobility, strength, and dexterity; Tables of Engineering unit conversions and scientific constants; Designs that "fit the user"; Human Body size, reach, strength, reaction time, environmental stress resistance. Now revised and updated, this definitive guide--recognized worldwide as the leading source of ergonomics data and guidelines--is even more useful for integrating the human factor in the design of facilities, systems, products, and equipment. To help you ensure safe and efficient use, and prevent user error, injury, inconvenience, or dissatisfaction, the second edition of Human Factors Design Handbook includes step-by-step guidelines and valuable human factor data for identifying and accommodating the needs of people in architecture and the design of furnishings, equipment, consumer products, vehicles, machinery, highways and transportation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good News!
A review of our book stated that the body measurement data came from 1960 Air Force studies. The reviewer should be pleased to know that the book actually contains some of the latest anthropometric data available for the U.S. population. Just before publication of the Human Factors Design Handbook, the U.S. Army completed measurements of nearly 9000 subjects. These data are contained in our book. While this is not a profile of the civilian population (male and female subjects ranged from age 18 to 51), it does provide fairly good estimates. Unfortunately, even now there is no comprehensive survey data for United States civilian population. Currently the Society of Automotive Engineers is coordinating a massive survey of United States and European civilian populations. The project participants include Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and several industrial partners. The survey is called the Civilian American and European Surface Anthropometry Resource, or CAESARTM and data should be available late in 2001.

Just before updating the Human Factors Design Handbook, the author completed development of NASA's Man-Systems Integration Standards. This is the NASA "bible" of human factors design guidelines. Readers should feel confident in that these resources and data (including anthropometrics) were integrated throughout the revised edition of the Human Factors Design Handbook.

2-0 out of 5 stars A rerun with only a few new parts
As a Human Factors professional that owns the 1st addition, shortly after purchasing this version (2nd edition), I questioned my wisdom.

This book is about 200 pages shy of the original and not surprisingly repeats many of the same information as it's predecessor. Unfortunately, it gives us little more than dated information with a bit of new stuff tacked on.

What really dissappointed me was that the anthropometric data that is provided here, dates back to that of the original's 1960's data. What is the point of a new edition? The census data stated here is so dated it is ridiculous, both in composition as well as age. I wish I had known that this data was not updated prior to my investing in the new edition. I would not have purchased it.

I question the usefulness of data published in so recent a book based primarily on Air force personnel of the 60s. That type of data had it's day & was appropriate at it's original publishing. Today's Human Factors professional needs more diversified data that is more international in it's scope. For that matter, I'm certain 1960s air force personnel (who are screened for height and weight) hardly represent the year 2000 demographics of the United States much better.

I found it interesting that the same graphics that may have been the best you could do in the original were repeated in this new document. Couldn't they refresh some of the look, clean up some of the old graphs. As the original was, this document is a mix of font styles, graphics and inconsistent data presentation. Does this truly represent the user of the document well? I recognize presentation is not "everything" but on a second pass of the same information you could dress it a bit better at least.

The major addition predictably is the data surrounding workstations and computer usage, however, I'm questioning it's usefulness relative to the anthropometric data also here. Is this new data based on aged human measurement data too? Will it only fit the 1960 US air force man and woman?

I think this book would have been better printed as an addendum to the original version costing about $25. This way the workstation data could be added plus any items that are new.

5-0 out of 5 stars ergonomic standard.
most everything necessary for rudimentary ergonomic evaluation in all aspects of design ... Read more

198. The Lean Design Guidebook: Everything Your Product Development Team Needs to Slash Manufacturing Cost
by Ronald Mascitelli
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The Lean Design Guidebook describes eighteen powerful and practical tools for product development teams that enable dramatic manufacturing cost reduction. The emphasis is on team activities that can create breakthroughs in material, labor, and overhead cost, while maintaining the highest quality and value for customers. An integrated approach to the application of these waste-eliminating tools is described, along with proven methods for training and deployment within a single team, or an entire organization. This is a highly readable book for practitioners in all fields related to product design and development, including design team members, team leaders, managers, and organizational improvement champions. The book makes extensive use of graphics (over 150 figures and diagrams) and is rich with real-world examples and step-by-step descriptions. A bibliography, a comprehensive glossary, and an index are provided. ... Read more

199. Applied Optimal Control: Optimization, Estimation, and Control
by Arthur Earl Bryson
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on optimal control
This is a fantastic book on optimal control especially for readers who do not have to learn the math as they go. It covers a wide range of problems in a variety of disciplines and is an interesting book. The approach is relatively modern although a differential geometric approach is not utilized. For those wanting a pretty complete treatment of the basics of optimal control this will be a good supplement to the usual suspects or even a good stand alone text. Although the mathematical requirements are not very great, the reader who has them firmly in hand will be the most successful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book on optimal control
This is one of the best books on optimal control. It covers a wide range of interesting material including parameter optimization, optimization for systems with constraints, feedback control and singular solutions of optimization. The book can be useful in teaching courses in control theory. There are plenty of exercises included in the text. ... Read more

200. The Design of Everyday Things
by Donald A. Norman
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Donald Norman's best-selling plea for user-friendly design, with more than 175,000 copies sold to date, is now a Basic paperback.

First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came service. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new competitive frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for programmers and engineers alike!
Norman does an excellent job of showing the reader that interface design is not simple a matter of putting a handle or some buttons on something. His in depth analysis of not only which interfaces are good or bad but why is an interesting and educational read for anyone who must create objects, devices, or interfaces that a person will interact with. The language is easy to understand and not heavily technical but still remains interesting. His examples are not specific to computer interfaces but to many different kinds of devices - telephones, light switches, etc. An excellent book for readers of any level - student or teacher, from junior high on up.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Book for Designers
If you are interested in the field of design or are currently within it, this is the book to read. Donald Norman's information readily applies to all different types of design: software, hardware, industrial, and more. I am a software designer (user interface design and usability predominantly) and Norman's work has really formed the building blocks of the way I do my job. Norman's explanation of conceptual models alone is worth the price of this book.

Before going anywhere else and reading any specific design books (such as Alan Cooper for software...great book too), read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars See The Psychology of Everyday Things
Take a look at the The Psychology of Everyday Things (the hardcover edition of this book). They changed the title for the paperback edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mind altering book.
If you design anything you will want to read this book. Even if you don't design what physically appears to a persons eye you want to read this. It is an amazing book which really changes your view of everything. After you read the first chapter of this book you'll start viewing the world differently. You'll start questioning why your VCR is like so, or why your DVD player is not like you think it should be. It is a fun book to read and a worthy one.

5-0 out of 5 stars super interesting
great for artists, designers, programmers, architects, actually pretty much anyone who has an interest in they way things work, creative process, and design.
This challenges the notion of lazy design, and goes against the issue of designing things the same way becuase that's the way it's always been done. Rewinds the design process and starts over. Shows design flubs and goes through the thought process and the intentions behind them. VERY interesting book, love the photographs and diagrams. ... Read more

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