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161. Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics and Control (3rd Edition)
by John J. Craig
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-12)
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Now in its third edition, Introduction to Robotics by John J. Craig provides readers with real-world practicality with underlying theory presented. With one half of the material from traditional mechanical engineering material, one fourth control theoretical material, and one fourth computer science, the book covers rigid-body transformations, forward and inverse positional kinematics, velocities and Jacobians of linkages, dynamics, linear control, non-linear control, force control methodologies, mechanical design aspects and programming of robots. For engineers.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners!
Yes...it is a good book! No doubts about that. For the basics that is. There will be a limit if you would like to pursue more on this topic.

All in all, the chapters are well presented and the assigments welldocumented.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to robotics.
As the title says, it's an introduction.And a good one at that.The basics are covered with just the right amount of detail to be useful.The book also provides good references for more advanced work.

4-0 out of 5 stars All the basics
It teaches you all you need to know to begin with Robotics. It's a bit old-fashioned though. ... Read more


162. Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat
by Fran Hawthorne
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The forces that shape America's most powerful consumer agency
Because of the importance of what it regulates, the FDA comes under tremendous political, industry, and consumer pressure. But the pressure goes far beyond the ordinary lobbying of Washington trade groups. Its mandate-one quarter of the national economy-brings the FDA into the middle of some of the most important and contentious issues of modern society. From "designer" babies and abortion to the price of prescription drugs and the role of government itself, Inside the FDA takes readers on an intriguing journey into the world of today's most powerful consumer agency.
In a time when companies continue to accuse the FDA of nitpicking and needlessly delaying needed new drugs, and consumers are convinced that the agency bends to industry pressure by rushing unsafe drugs to market, Inside the FDA digs deep to reveal the truth. Through scores of interviews and real-world stories, Hawthorne also shows how and why the agency makes some of its most controversial decisions as well as how its recent reaction to certain issues-including the revolutionary cancer drug Erbitux, stem cell research, and bioengineering of food-may jeopardize its ability to keep up with future scientific developments.
Inside the FDA takes a closer look at the practices, people, and politics of this crucial watchdog in light of the competing pressures and trends of modern society, revealing what the FDA is supposed to do, what it actually does-and fails to do-who it influences, and how it could better fulfill its mandate. The decisions that the FDA makes are literally life and death. Inside the FDA provides a sophisticated account of how this vitally important agency struggles to balance bureaucracy and politics with its overriding mission to promote the country's health.
Fran Hawthorne (New York, NY) is a senior contributing editor of Institutional Investor and has connections deep within the business and finance communities. Hawthorne has been covering healthcare and business for more than twenty years for such publications as Fortune, BusinessWeek, and Crain's New York Business. She is the author of The Merck Druggernaut (cloth: 0-471-22878-8; paper: 0-471-67906-2).
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, although it misses one key insight
Far better and more balanced than any book to date on the subject. The book does an amazing job explaining the external forces tugging in all directions at the FDA without those shrill calls for "reform" made by so-called public interests like CSPI or misguided lawmakers like Hinchey out of NY.

The only thing missing from the analysis are the internal forces. FDA attitudes are very much related to the belief system of the staff and the culture fostered by the institution.

If you've ever been on the receiving end of an FDA action, you know the prevailing culture inside the FDA views the entire industry as the police view criminals. The FDA often seems to doubt every iota of data, question every motive and act as if the administrative procedures which insure fairness are somehow boundaries on a power they believe should be limitless. Many parts of the FDA are an "end-justifies-the-means" culture. Staff who don't toe the line and approach industry with all out animosity and suspicion are often suspect themselves of being deficient in intellect and/or integrity.

The book does a bang up job analyzing external forces. If Ms. Hawthorne actually could have gotten inside the front lines at FDA, she would have had all the facts she needed for a superb analysis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended for public consumption!
I found this to be one of the most comprehensive books on the FDA and its role in issues that affect every American's daily life. She really explores the inner workings of the agency and takes it to task for its failures ... a great job, too, of laying out the complexities involved in controversial decisions on GMOs, stem cell research, etc. ... Read more


163. Manufacturing Engineering Handbook
by HwaiyuGeng, Hwaiyu Geng
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
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Let our teams of experts help you to stay competitive in a global marketplace. It is every company's goal to build the highest quality goods at the lowest price in the shortest time possible. With the Manufacturing Engineering Handbook you'll have access to information on conventional and modern manufacturing processes and operations management that you didn't have before.

For example, if you are a manufacturing engineer responding to a request for proposal (RFP), you will find everything you need for estimating manufacturing cost, labor cost and overall production cost by turning to chapter 2, section 2.5, the manufacturing estimating section. The handbook will even outline the various manufacturing processes for you.

If you are a plant engineer working in an automotive factory and find yourself in the hot working portion of the plant, you should look up section 6 on hot work and forging processing. You will find it very useful for learning the machines and processes to get the job done. Likewise, if you are a Design Engineer and need information regarding hydraulics, generators & transformers, turn to chapter 3, section 3.2.3, and you’ll find generators & transformers.

Covering topics from engineering mathematics to warehouse management systems, Manufacturing Engineering Handbook is the most comprehensive single-source guide to Manufacturing Engineering ever published. ... Read more


164. Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering (2nd Edition)
by Stephen H. Kan
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Asin: 0201729156
Catlog: Book (2002-09-16)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co
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5-0 out of 5 stars Second Ed. even better!
This is one of the most highly regarded books on software quality. If you have never read the first edition it was one of the few books that covered software quality in depth, going well beyond metrics and models into strategies for achieving quality, and understanding the underlying principles and mechanics. That edition had a lot of life left in it, but this second edition is one of the most complete rewrites of any technical book I've read in recent memory, and if you own the first edition you may want to consider retiring it and investing in this edition.

While the first edition packed a lot of information in 344 pages, the 560 pages that comprise this edition reflect new chapters and expanded content in the chapters that remain. Here is a list of the new chapters:

- Chapter 10, In-Process Metrics for Software Testing
- Chapter 12, Metrics and Lessons Learned for Object-Oriented Projects (in lieu of the old Chapter 12 titled AS/400 Quality Management)
- Chapter 13, Availability Metrics
- Chapter 15, Conducting In-Process Quality Assessments
- Chapter 16, Conducting Software Project Assessments (the project assessment questionnaire example in the appendix is a valuable companion to this chapter)
- Chapter 17, Dos and Don'ts of Software Process Improvement (contributed by Patrick O'Toole)
- Chapter 18, Using Function Point Metrics to Measure Software Process Improvement (Contributed by Capers Jones)

Among the new chapters I most like are Availability Metrics (Chapter 13), because of the direct tie to production, and Dos and Don'ts of Software Process Improvement (Chapter 17) because of the practical and objective advice. This book will remain, in my opinion, one of the definitive texts on software quality and is one I highly recommend.

3-0 out of 5 stars Review
Solid information which not covers the basic development lifecycle and it's components but also the bigger picture e.g. predictive analyses, reflective metrics, customer satisfaction measurement, etc. A good read, informative and it won't scare a novice. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quality Models
I bought this book because it covers Quality Models as well. That was very helpful for me to understand Quality Modeling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
This is the best software engingeering metrics book.
It is great for beginners or experts. It is also very
readable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of software quality metrics
I use this to teach a class on metrics for Drexel University.The material is inherantly dry, but Kan covers it clearly and well. Agood balance is struck between product metrics (e.g. reliability) and broader metrics (customer satisfaction). ... Read more


165. Fundamentals of Microsystems Packaging
by Rao Tummala
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-08)
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LEARN ABOUT MICROSYSTEMS PACKAGING FROM THE GROUND UP

Written by Rao Tummala, the field’s leading author, Fundamentals of Microsystems Packaging is the only book to cover the field from wafer to systems, including every major contributing technology. This rigorous and thorough introduction to electronic packaging technologies gives you a solid grounding in microelectronics, photonics, RF, packaging design, assembly, reliability, testing, and manufacturing and its relevance to both semiconductors and systems. You’ll find:


*Full coverage of electrical, mechanical, chemical, and materials aspects of each technology
*Easy-to-read schematics and block diagrams
*Fundamental approaches to all system issues
*Examples of all common configurations and technologies—wafer level packaging, single chip, multichip, RF, opto-electronic, microvia boards, thermal and others
*Details on chip-to-board connections, sealing and encapsulation, and manufacturing processes
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1-0 out of 5 stars This book is garbage
Nothing personal, for those who give more than 2 stars for this book, you are either a friend of the author, got the book for free, or never really review it throroughly. Here are the reason why:
1. Nothing is new in this book that you can get it off the web
2. Equations were given without fully specify its component
3. You can't work the problem in the back of the chapter because there are no materials in the chapter to support it. You need your old engineering book in order to solve these problems
4. Problems were stated unclear and incorrect. For example, he ask to calculate an N-channel MOSFET transistor problem, but the figure he used is a P-channel. It seems like the author either pull these problems out of this behind or took these problems from other engineering books and change some values to make it different, but unfortunately, those values were unworkable.
5. Pretty thick book for a lot of garbage. If I need to work electrical or heat transfer problems, I'll go to my old engineering book at least those authors know their materials.

5-0 out of 5 stars All About Microsystems Packaging
"Fundamentals of Microsystems Packaging" is an informative, well-written textbook, the first to cover this rapidly-evolving technology. Professor Tummala's latest book should appeal to only three groups: those who know a lot about microsystems packaging, those who know something about it, and those who know nothing about it.

Microsystems packaging specialists, who typically focus on one sub-specialty, will find this detailed exposition of the entire field broadening. Non-specialists with some general packaging knowledge will find here all that they need to fully understand and work with the key elements of microsystems packaging. Novices, students, and those in related technical fields will find a well-structured introduction that prepares them to deal with microsystems packaging.

This comprehensive textbook offers to all of the above groups a firm grounding in the diverse disciplines comprising microsystems packaging. Nineteen of the chapters share the title, "Fundamentals of ...". "Fundamental" means "a foundation," and that is what these chapters provide, covering the key elements of topics ranging from semiconductors to systems, including design, processing, materials, manufacture, testing, performance, reliability, thermal management, and environmental considerations.

For the specialist, who must build upon these foundations, each chapter includes a judicious selection of recommended further readings. For the autodidact, the scholar, or the flagellant, there are even homework problems to test your knowledge. Four chapters, covering optoelectronics, MEMS, RF packaging, and wafer-level packaging, lead the venturesome to the borders of today's knowledge, where they might glimpse the promised land, or just gape at the dark forests of ignorance.

Although the text is the child of fifty authors, the logical flow and smooth editing make it a unified work that speaks with one clear voice. Despite their diversity, the 2:1 ratio of academic to practitioner authors makes a good balance of technical rigor and practical experience. Talented illustrators provided a wealth of informative two-color pictures, charts, pictures, and diagrams.

In summary, despite my forty years in microelectronics research, engineering, management, and consulting, I learned new things every time I opened this book. ... Read more


166. Simulation Modeling and Analysis (Industrial Engineering and Management Science Series)
by AverillLaw, W. David Kelton
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Asin: 0070592926
Catlog: Book (1999-12-30)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 25602
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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This authoritative, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date guide addresses all the important aspects of a simulation study, including modeling, simulation languages, validation, input probability distribution, and analysis of simulation output data. Full scale treatments of manufacturing systems simulation and simulation software and animation are also included along with useful and instructive case studies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Read it if you need to write your first simulation program
Before reading this book I didn't have a clue about simulation modeling, but after reading the first few chapters I was able to write my first simulation program in C++. Although authors use C language and global data for simulation state, you can easily apply the concept of simulation state to any object-oriented language and replace global simulation state with object state.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bible for Simulation
There are other books for giving you the simulation techniques and languages but to know the theory and statistics of simulation this is THE book.It startes with basics of statisstics and deals everthing you need to know about simulation. At some point you will start wondering how the authors could give so much information in just one book and lose lots of royalty money on the succeeding books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better understanding, rather than point and click
This book is the ground foundation of simulation modeling. Currently, only few books in simulation will spend pages and time, dedicated to the theoretical issues as good as this book. If you're tired of point-and-click or "how-to making one server queueing system" and you want to know the fundamental of simulation, you can't overlook this piece of jewel. I don't agree with one review that you have to understand statistics in order to get this book. Simulation is a probabilistic model. Using simulation without understanding statistics results in serious trouble since it will be only a toy (data), not a tool (information.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in simulation
This is must read for simulation. It covers the background required for anyone to work on simulation and modeling. Its chapters about random-number generators, selecting right probability distributions and its parameters, output data analysis or variance reduction techniques are a must for anyone in this area. The treatment is easy to read but without sacrificing rigour. Nevertheless, a basic knowledge on statistics and probability is required. On the other hand, its chapters about modeling performed on fortran, C or pascal are outdated stuff since this software is outdated, but they are useful are a hands-on lesson on how simulation works and must be performed. All in all, a very profitable book.

5-0 out of 5 stars UJVAL REVIEW
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167. Analytical Chemistry in a GMP Environment: A Practical Guide
by Jim Miller
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How to hone your analytical skills and obtain high-quality data in the era of GMP requirements
With increased regulatory pressures on the pharmaceutical industry, there is a growing need for capable analysts who can ensure appropriate scientific practices in laboratories and manufacturing sites worldwide. Based on Johnson & Johnson's acclaimed in-house training program, this practical guide provides guidance for laboratory analysts who must juggle the Food and Drug Administration's good manufacturing practices (GMP) rules with rapidly changing analytical technologies. Highly qualified industry experts walk readers step-by-step through the concepts, techniques, and tools necessary to perform analyses in an FDA-regulated environment, including clear instructions on all major analytical chemical methods-from spectroscopy to chromatography to dissolution. An ideal manual for formal training as well as an excellent self-study guide, Analytical Chemistry in a GMP Environment features:
* The drug development process in the pharmaceutical industry
* Uniform and consistent interpretation of GMP compliance issues
* A review of the role of statistics and basic topics in analytical chemistry
* An emphasis on high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) methods
* Chapters on detectors and quantitative analysis as well as data systems
* Methods for ensuring that instruments meet standard operating procedures (SOP) requirements
* Extensive appendixes for unifying terms, symbols, and procedural information
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5-0 out of 5 stars A "real" practical book
This is the book if you work in the analytical lab of pharmaceutical industry. The book covers a lot of practical and day to day problems faced by persons working in the analytical lab especially from a regulatory point of view. Different chapters have been written by area experts making it very useful and comprehensive. I strongly recommend this book. ... Read more


168. The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation
by Ikujiro Nonaka, Hirotaka Takeuchi
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Catlog: Book (1995-05-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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How have Japanese companies become world leaders in the automotive and electronics industries, among others? What is the secret of their success? Two leading Japanese business experts, Ikujiro Nonaka and Hirotaka Takeuchi, are the first to tie the success of Japanese companies to their ability to create new knowledge and use it to produce successful products and technologies. In The Knowledge-Creating Company, Nonaka and Takeuchi provide an inside look at how Japanese companies go about creating this new knowledge organizationally.

The authors point out that there are two types of knowledge: explicit knowledge, contained in manuals and procedures, and tacit knowledge, learned only by experience, and communicated only indirectly, through metaphor and analogy. U.S. managers focus on explicit knowledge. The Japanese, on the other hand, focus on tacit knowledge. And this, the authors argue, is the key to their success--the Japanese have learned how to transform tacit into explicit knowledge.

To explain how this is done--and illuminate Japanese business practices as they do so--the authors range from Greek philosophy to Zen Buddhism, from classical economists to modern management gurus, illustrating the theory of organizational knowledge creation with case studies drawn from such firms as Honda, Canon, Matsushita, NEC, Nissan, 3M, GE, and even the U.S. Marines. For instance, using Matsushita's development of the Home Bakery (the world's first fully automated bread-baking machine for home use), they show how tacit knowledge can be converted to explicit knowledge: when the designers couldn't perfect the dough kneading mechanism, a software programmer apprenticed herself with the master baker at Osaka International Hotel, gained a tacit understanding of kneading, and then conveyed this information to the engineers. In addition, the authors show that, to create knowledge, the best management style is neither top-down nor bottom-up, but rather what they call "middle-up-down," in which the middle managers form a bridge between the ideals of top management and the chaotic realities of the frontline.

As we make the turn into the 21st century, a new society is emerging. Peter Drucker calls it the "knowledge society," one that is drastically different from the "industrial society," and one in which acquiring and applying knowledge will become key competitive factors. Nonaka and Takeuchi go a step further, arguing that creating knowledge will become the key to sustaining a competitive advantage in the future.

Because the competitive environment and customer preferences changes constantly, knowledge perishes quickly. With The Knowledge-Creating Company, managers have at their fingertips years of insight from Japanese firms that reveal how to create knowledge continuously, and how to exploit it to make successful new products, services, and systems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Japanese Context...Global Relevance
There are already so many excellent books now available on this subject. What sets this one apart is suggested by its subtitle: "How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation." Decades ago, Japanese executives embraced and acted upon Deming's ideas about TQM. Only after many years later was Deming properly appreciated by corporate leaders in the United States. The same cannot be said about knowledge management (KM) and its most prominent advocates in the United States, such as Peter Senge. Nonetheless, there is much of value we can learn about KM from the Japanese.

According to the authors, "the success of Japanese companies is not due to their manufacturing process; access to cheap capital; close and cooperative relationships with customers, suppliers, and government agencies; or lifetime employment, seniority system, and other human resources management practices....Instead, we make the claim that Japanese companies have been successful because of their skills and expertise at 'organizational knowledge creation'. By organizational knowledge creation, we mean the capability of a company as a whole to create new knowledge, disseminate it throughout the organization, and embody it in products, services, and systems."

The material is carefully organized and developed within eight chapters:

1. Introduction to Knowedge in organizations

2. Knowledge and Management

3. Theory of Organizational Knowledge Creation

4. Creating Knowledge in Practice

5. Middle-up-down Management Practice

6. A New Organizational Structure

7. Global Organizational Knowledge Creation

8. Managerial and Theoretical Implications

The chapters which I found most thought-provoking are 1, 3, and 8 but all are valuable. I agree with the authors that innovation can be (and is) achieved "by continuously creating new knowledge, disseminating it widely through the organization, and embodying it quickly in new technologies, products, and systems." I further agree that knowledge-creation "is no longer an enigma. ..[nor is the] process endemic to Japanese companies. It is universal." Leaders of any organization (regardless of its size, nature, or national identity) can derive great benefit from this book, one whose primary models and benchmarks may be limited to companies in only one country but whose relevance is indeed "universal."

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential book on knowledge management
This is perhaps one of the most important books presently available on knowledge management. The authors demonstrate how 'knowledge' is vital to innovation within Japanese firms, with clear distinction made between 'tacit' and explicit' knowledge. An effort is made to distinguish the differences between Japanese and Western firms through an emphasis on the importance of 'tacit' knowledge and a 'middle-up-down' management process. Other than Chapter 2 (a review of philosophical background relating to epistemology which might put some readers off), this book has minimal jargons and complexities and would be an easy and enjoyable read even for non-academics. The arguments presented by the authors are well-illustrated with relevant industrial examples. Overall, this is a book that not only brings a new perspective to knowledge management but also raises questions for the ardent researchers who might ponder over its relevance to non-Japanese firms.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE! Digital version is only a 10 page summary!
Don't get caught like I did.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why depend on inscrutable tacit- to- tacit info flows?
Too much reliance on mysterious "knowledge" flow (called tacit to tacit transfers by Nonaka). Yes tacit knowledge is extremely important, but not more so than explicit knowledge which is at least testable, analyzable, falsifiable, etc. And when tacit to tacit knowledge occurs, what is the neurophysiological mechanism?

How can you transfer personal(tacit) knowledge without an explicit channel? I hardly think your tacit knowledge can be useful in analysis because analysis requires precise analysis and systematic thinking-- not BLACK MAGIC and inscrutable mental models!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars From information-processing machine to knowledge-creating co
This book is the classic in the organizational learning approach. But it¡¯s more than that. This book is not about lean production or Japanese kaizen system, but about how to enhance a firm¡¯s adaptability to turbulent environment through knowledge creation. with suggesting new concept of knowledge-creation as the tangible base of organizational capabilities or innovation, this book serves as the bridge between organizational learning school and resource-capabilities view.
As the being to survive in environment, the firm processes signals or information from environment. Knowledge is the framework to process info to interpret the state of environment. Up to 1980s, the company was viewed as information-processing machine. Indeed, firm is the flow of information. That kind of view has been justified against the business reality. Actually, it¡¯s the very picture of bureaucratic organization which culminated in GM¡¯s M-form model. Here, CEO like Jack Welch is the hero. Such an organization is effective when the environment is stable and predictable. But since 1970s, things have changed. Uncertainties have been amplified with the hypercompetition on global scale. Now the framework to interpret the signal from environment, itself should incessantly and systemically be adapted to turbulent reality. Knowledge and innovation have come the words of the day. Not surprisingly, there has been growing dissatisfaction with traditional organizational structure. Kao¡¯s CEO, Maruta put it in this way: ¡®The intelligence of a firm does not come from the president nor top management. That must come from the gathering of all knowledge of all members.¡¯ This book is about to how to build organization as the effective innovation site. To do so, all the available knowledge in and out of company should be able to be mobilized and freely flow throughout the firm. For instance, front line employees are constantly in direct touch with the outside world. They can obtain access to the up-to-date info on the market, technology, or competitors. But their knowledge is, in most cases, not able to be expressed in explicit way. Generally, it¡¯s the tacit knowledge. But to survive more and more intensified competition, the firm should be apt to mobilizing their tacit knowledge. To achieve such a goal, task force or bottom-up organizational model emerged. In those model, the creative knowledge worker, in Peter Drucker¡¯s term, is the hero. But in those models, knowledge tends to be confined to narrow front line, and comes and goes with creative employees. And worse, the firm can¡¯t react as an efficient unit to threats from environment. As a result, innovation is the haphazard event. So there should be some integrating mechanism like hierarchy. To be efficient unit, knowledge should flow all over the company. Here, authors rediscover the significance of middle managers. They play the role of midwife and amplifier of knowledge from front line employees and between various divisions in the firm. They coordinate the flow of knowledge and maintain the firm as a coherent knowledge-creating unit. In short, the firm should be organized as the melting pot of member¡¯s knowledge. Authors take examples from Japanese firms to illustrate what¡¯s like such a site. ... Read more


169. The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology
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Asin: 0471063975
Catlog: Book (1997-01-10)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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The complete guide to modern packaging techniques and materials-updated and expanded
This A-to-Z guide covers technologies used to package consumer and industrial products across all industries-from food to automobiles, soft drinks to pharmaceuticals. It features complete coverage of all the basic packaging materials and formats (boxes, shrink wrap, etc.) and supplies a wealth of information on conversion processes such as laminating and plastics manufacture. It also offers details on all packaging machinery and equipment currently in use worldwide.
The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology, Second Edition is thoroughly updated and expanded by 25 percent. Coverage includes the many changes in materials, processes, technologies, and regulations that have occurred over the past decade, as well as the latest developments in marketing, economics, recycling and the environment, computer-aided design, coatings, nutritional labels, microwave packaging, polyester bottles and jars, and more.
The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology, Second Edition brings you:
* More than 250 alphabetical listings, covering all stages of the packaging process-from raw materials to distribution
* Contributions from experts in everything from additives to microwave packaging trademarks to zero-crush packaging
* Complete coverage of relevant federal and state laws and regulations
* Large, double-column format for easy reference
* Extensive cross-referencing and easy-to-access information on all subjects
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent one-stop reference for a very complex field
The 1997 edition of the Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology is an excellent reference for anyone who works with packaging, especially for those people who have no academic or vocational training in these subjects. You will get the clearest explanations of any subject that falls under packaging. I only wish it included the original material from 1986. The 1997 edition adds to what is in 1986, but if you do not have the 1986 edition, you will be missing relevant background on the older technologies. The only packaging reference you will need unless you are trying to figure out how to actually create a package.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology
Aaron L. Brody(Editor), Kenneth S. Marsh (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1997

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good elementary review of basic packaging technology.
As a reference text, this book is a good beginning for anyone not totally familiar with the packaging industry. Hence it can be used as a starting point to begin further detailed investigation into specific subjects. Probably not worth the $200+ price, as it will mostly sit on your shelf as a reference text. Better information could be obtained from other sources or via the library. ... Read more


170. Software Quality Assurance : From Theory to Implementation
by Daniel Galin
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This book emphasizes the application aspects of software quality assurance (SQA) systems by discussing how to overcome the difficulties in the implementation and operation of them.State-of-the-art topics for software testing and managing SQA activities, such as computerized tools, are incorporated into the text and emphasized through the author's use of real world examples. Software developers who want to enhance their knowledge of SQA systems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Solid college text + real world reference
Although written as a college text (the publisher also has instructor manual, syllabus and discussion guidelines, and test material), this book sufficiently reflects real world SQA to be used by working practitioners. My review focus is on the latter use.

Chapters that will be of interest to real world SQA include Chapter 3. Software Quality Factors (excellent foundation for a metrics initiative), Chapter 5. Contract Review (checklists for proposal and contract review are excellent), Chapters 7 (Integrating Quality Activities in the Project Life Cycle - especially the model for SQA defect removal effectiveness and cost) and 8 (Reviews, which includes supporting templates), and Chapter 11. Assuring The Quality of Software Maintenance, which is an often overlooked aspect of SQA.

Note that this book has been written to support ISO 9001 and contains chapters that are specifically slanted towards that approach. Included are chapters on document and configuration control, auditing, and attaining ISO 9001 certification. The author also provides solid information on ISO/IEC Quality Assurance standards, IEEE/ANSI Standards, and MIL-STD-498, as well as on common assessment approaches (CMM and SPICE).

As a textbook the coverage of every facet of SQA from why and what, to testing, metrics and its role in organizations and projects are thoroughly covered. The fact that the material is up-to-date and truly reflects the real world makes this one of the better texts for college level courses because it does prepare students for roles as practitioners. ... Read more


171. Integrated Cost Reduction
by Ron Nussle, Jim Morgan
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5-0 out of 5 stars A 21st century approach to a 100yr old problem
I found the approach to cost reduction to be far beyond a simple "puchasing" tactic. The authors proposed a 21st century approach that brings the entire enterprise together (engineering, manufacturing, finance, supply chain) in a systematic approach to achieving cost savings. Our company has struggled with global sourcing and outsourcing and this book provides the first alternative that still gets the required cost reduction, but allows us to keep our existing supply base and manufacturing in the US. ... Read more


172. Double-Digit Growth: How Great Companies Achieve It-No Matter What
by Michael Treacy
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great insights, a must for corporate "victims" everywhere.
Michael Treacy sets out to show that growth, double digit growth at that, is possible in every economic environment. This is of course a creative possibility, but is often not acknowledged or even sought after by many in corporate America who are content to do the easy risk-avoidance strategies which ensure their ultimate demise. I liked this quote early in the book to set the tone: "Why do many managers preside over no-growth organizations without confronting the reality that accepting the status quo is the business equivalent of committing suicide?"

The highlights of the book are the way the ideas are laid out and then described in action with examples across several industries. Some of the tactics include; Spread the risk, Take small bites, Balance your strategies, and Commit to superior value. One key according to Treacy is to accept that growth is a choice. He describes managers talking about growth difficulties as "a little like listening to an addict in denial. Don't they understand that growth is a choice - a choice that lies entirely within their power and no one else's?" (Page 17).

Treacy covers 5 disciplines; Improving customer base retention; Market share gain; Market positioning; Penetrating adjacent markets; New lines of business. While these are certainly solid examples of the ways to approach growth, the real depth in the book is around understanding consumer behavior. He points out the reality behind why most "customer retention" strategies don't work, and how to increase "switching costs" of your products and services. Making your products and services "sticky" is a key to growth working well, by retaining current customers while attracting new ones.

While the information and theories here are certainly not the final word on growth, this book should be required reading for all the corporate "victims" blaming their woes on things outside their control. It is clear that countless opportunities exist within every market niche and through every economic trend to facilitate growth. Many companies do in fact continue to grow, and they are usually ones who are committed to it. The companies that do not grow are usually gone in time. The section on Corning, caught in the euphoria of the late 90's telecom boom, was a great example of how even market leaders fail to get ahead of the indicators and lose as a result.

Overall, a great read, with some good insights. I would have liked to see a bit more focus on the inspirational factors that great leaders bring to align their employees to deliver when the employees themselves may not see the way. That is obviously a huge key to executing a strategy, and was not covered as in depth as it could have been here. Otherwise, a good look at how to achieve growth and will likely cause many light bulbs to go on while reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Low Inflation Makes Revenue Growth Harder to Accomplish
During the times when inflation and GNP growth in the United States were higher, investors gradually expanded their expectations of what "growth" meant. During the great bull market of the 1960s, a company that grew revenues by 10 percent a year was considered a great growth firm. Soon, that target was being set north of 15 percent. Exciting breakthroughs in technology meant that many markets were actually growing faster than that, so those who were growing market share were expanding at enormous rates (remember Cisco in the 1990s?).

Since then, inflation has declined to almost nothing, GDP has been stagnant during the Bush administration (with a recent up tick), and the dollar has been plummeting (making overseas revenues worth much less). That's a tougher environment to grow in than even the 1960s. So Double-Digit Growth is talking about a difficult target for those who are not in the highest growth industries. In appreciation of that point, Michael Treacy (coauthor of The Discipline of Market Leaders) says that companies should measure their growth in terms of total gross profits. So if you are expanding your value-added enough, you may be able to have double-digit growth while having less than double-digit revenue growth. That said, he argues that ANY company can have double-digit growth. I assume that he means it is POSSIBLE. Based on the track record of the last three years, most would agree that it?s IMPROBABLE though if we look at time frames of five years or more.

As with The Discipline of Market Leaders, Mr. Treacy looks at a few successful companies that have met his targets in the past (Johnson Controls, Mohawk Industries, Paychex, Biomet, Oshkosh Truck and Dell) and extrapolates what they did into a few simple lessons. The strategic lessons are:

1) Spread your risk by pursuing many growth initiatives

2) Take on small growth challenges so you don't become overwhelmed by the size of the task

3) Use a variety of strategies involving organic growth and acquisitions, as appropriate to grow

4) Be committed to providing superior value

5) Develop your management to handle growth opportunities before tackling more opportunities

6) Make growth a central focus of your management processes (using Balanced Scorecard-like measures).

To implement these six strategic perspectives, he counsels that each company should focus on five management disciplines:

a) Reduce customer turnover

b) Take business from competitors

c) Emphasize those areas in your industry that are growing fastest

d) Invade adjacent markets where you can bring important advantages to bear

e) Invest in new lines of business

The heart of the book is devoted to these five disciplines. Each receives a chapter that talks about the difficulties involved and how to over come those difficulties. I thought that the book's advice was most practical and interesting when it talked about the disciplines.

If I look back to when I was first learning about strategy, I think that every article or book I read talked about the last four disciplines . . . but omitted the first. In fact, the best chapter in the book is on the first discipline, especially in debunking those who advocate that you can build loyalty in customers with any method other than making your value proposition be terrific.

Another excellent part of the book comes in the case history of First Data which used these disciplines to improve its situation. Presumably First Data was a consulting client of Mr. Treacy's.

I was pleased to see that Mr. Treacy noted that many of his champion growers frequently changed business models in positive ways (especially Paychex and Dell). Double-Digit Growth is rare book in noting and describing such management excellence. In doing so, the book's only weaknesses were that few examples of continuing business model innovation were included and not enough attention was paid to describing the key elements of this new and important management discipline. I hope in future books that Mr. Treacy will place more emphasis on the best practices in this area.

The book's perspective is that of the strategist and marketing executive, so those who come from other perspectives will probably gain the most from this book. Double-Digit Growth will give other executives a chance to understand what they should be focusing on as they meld their talents together with others in the organization.

If you are, however, a veteran strategist or marketing executive, you may get little benefit except from reading whichever company cases in the book (listed above) you have not read or heard about before.

As I finished the book, I wondered about how companies can make it more exciting to work on customer retention. Perhaps Raving Fans! has it right in that regard.

If you are not in a high growth market, though, I would still rate your chances of double-digit growth in revenues or gross profits to be slim . . . unless you become a master of continuing business model innovation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hits the nail on the head
In this excellent book, Michael Treacy discusses a subject that had been forgotten by most companies---growth. It's all about growth. Creating revenues. Being creative and competitive.Too many companies are focused on being Mr. Cheapskate by cutting back and many of those companies have lostbusiness to companies that are growth focused.Every executive and every business person must read this book if you want your company to move forward or even stay around in this new, tougher enviroment.Also recommend Good To Great by Jim Collins.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally some good thinking after years of gloom n doom
Double-digit growth looks at an issue that is finally regaining importance. After years of cutting costs and getting rightsized we are not talking about making companies grow. Hurrah. Treacy does a good job in pointing out how really few companies consistently grow and the practices that they use to create this truely virtuous cycle.

He provides five disciplines:

1) Keep the growth you already have
2) Take business away from your competitiors
3) Show up where the growth is going to happen
4) Invade adjacent markets
5) Invest in new lines of business

The disciplines and their explaination are make in lively action oriented prose with actionable advice. This is a powerful book written about a powerful subject. I have been dismayed by the quality if business book ideas over the past three years and now with this book and some others, ideas and interest in them seem to be getting off the ground.

Read this book, if nothing more than to check yourself and your company against these disciplines. Look at what you are doing and how you are positioning yourself for growth. I think that you will be surprised at what you uncover.

5-0 out of 5 stars the mystery to growth revealed
Mr. Treacy's book offers clear and consise information about how to grow a company. I was drawn to this book because I am so tired of listening to all of the negativity about the economy, corporate scandals and the recession. Treacy proves- through excellent exmaples-- that several companes, of all shapes and sizes were able to grow durin these challenging years. Ultimately this book touts wise management, a plan to grow and the need to grow. Every American company would be wise to make this book required reading among their managment teams. ... Read more


173. Statistics for Six Sigma Made Easy
by WarrenBrussee
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A veteran GE manager explains the tools of Six Sigma--in plain English

This is the first simple, low-level guide to using the powerful statistical tools of Six Sigma to solve real-world problems. Warren Brussee, a Six Sigma manager who helped his teams generate millions of dollars in savings, shows how to plot, interpret, and validate data for a Six Sigma project. The basic statistical tools in the book can be applied to manufacturing, sales, marketing, process, equipment design, and more. Best of all, no background in statistics is required to start improving quality and initiating cost-saving improvements right away.

  • Features dozens of Six Sigma statistical problem-solving case studies
  • Presents a simplified form of the most common Six Sigma tools
  • Simplifies Greenbelt training with one concise reference
  • Explains how to use Excel to make Six Sigma problem-solving calculations
  • Includes all the basic Six Sigma formulas and tables
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174. Optimization in Operations Research
by Ronald L. Rardin
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This book is specifically designed to change the way deterministic optimization is taught to introductory students.Toward this end, it exposes students to the broad scope of the topic,reinforces the basic principles, sparks students' enthusiasm about the field, provides tools of immediate relevance and develops the skills necessary to use those tools. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is an excellent book for those who need to use the power of operations research methods (esp the newer algorithms, interior point methods etc.) but dont have the time to chew on pages of theory. Must congratulate the author on a job well done. Is it possible to bring out a cheaper paper back edition ? That would benefit the student and research community immensely.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is very clear and easier to read and understand.
In my work I needed to find the shortest path from a single point to a set of points. This book really helped me to find the suitable method: the Dijkstra algorithm. I began reading Chapter 9, which is "Shortest Paths and Discrete Dynamic Programming". The material is presented clearly and with relevant and adequate variety of examples. I haven't read the other chapters since they are not required for my work at this moment and I don't have ample time to make a full review; however, I can say this: My many years in research in several fields have often put me in a position of transfering mathematical algorithms in one field to another or to search for an effecient one. I frequently get a limited time period to do literature search and I usually page-read many books. This is one of the rare books which are easy to read and comprehend. I thank and congratulate the author for doing a wonderful service.

5-0 out of 5 stars PhD student in IE
If you are taking a graduate or an undergraduate course in OR, this book is a must! I have not seen ANY book able to present OR with such simple, direct examples and WITHOUT sacrificing theory.
This is the best written textbook I have ever read. When I compare it with the hundereds of dollars I spend on badly written books, even as a PG (poor graduate) student I would gladly pay twice of what this book is priced at.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
after all he is from Purdue!! and I am his current student in the operation research course. he is awesome and the book is awesome..

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5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST, easy to understand OR / Linear Prog. book!
I got my B.S.E. in Industrial & OPS Eng. from U of Michigan. During that time, I had to take a course in Linear/Math. Programming. The course content was simple, but the book we used was TERRIBLE!!. Now finishing my M.S., I used this book in an OR class for my Masters Prog, and it is THE BEST BOOK! I literally read it page by page. It is the best written, hand holding book to a rather complicated subject. I got an A in the class, and gained great understanding. This is a book I WILL KEEP FOREVER, a great reference for the workplace as well!!! ... Read more


175. Programmable Logic Controllers, Third Edition
by W. Bolton
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This is the introduction to PLCs for which baffled students, technicians and managers have been waiting. In this straightforward, easy-to-read guide, Bill Bolton has kept the maths to a minimum, avoided detailed programming instructions and presented the subject in a way that is not device specific - increasing its applicability to courses in electronics and control systems.

Having read this book, you should be able to:
* Identify the main design characteristics and internal architecture of PLCs.
* Describe and identify the characteristics of commonly used input and output devices.
* Explain the processing of inputs and outputs of PLCs.
* Describe communication links involved with control systems.
* Develop ladder programs for the logic functions AND, OR, NOR, NAND, NOT and XOR.
* Demonstrate use of internal relays, timers, counters, shift registers, sequencers and data handling.
* Identify fail/safe methods.
* Identify methods used for fault diagnosis, testing and debugging programs.

The third edition has been expanded to contain new material on fail / safe operating conditions, Sequential Function Charts, floating point numbers and dummy rungs, with discussion of commercial PLCs. There is also extended coverage on the programming of PLCs for fault diagnosis, as well as distributed systems and program documentation. Each chapter is followed with a Problems section, for students to put the theory they have learnt into practice. Appendices contain further problems, and answers to all questions from each chapter are included at the back of the book.

* New edition expanded to cover safety - a key aspect of PLC use
* Further problems included at the end of each chapter, with a complete set of answers given at the back of the book
* Presentation is not device-specific, maximising applicability to a range of courses in electronics and control systems
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2-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this book if youre programming STL
I did not get any benefits of this book, sadly.

It is useless with Siemens S7 and you want to learn the STL language.

To few examples with this language.

Sorry

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good for getting your feet wet with plc's
This is a very good introduction for those who have no personal experience with plc's. It does not focus on one brand, but introduces the reader to various manufacturers and the way each functions in comparison to each other. It is great for understanding the capabilities of PLC's. Further information is needed to learn to program and design with plc's.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellant introduction to programmable logic controllers!
This book is an excellant text for anyone just starting out or just wanting to brush up on programmable logic controllers. The content and layout of the information was very good. It made it easy to start with the basics and work up to the more complex operations. I especially liked that the book did not focus on one particular brand name of controller, but mentioned each brand and included many program examples of all the major brands.

The only drawback I found was that there seemed to be a lot of evident errors and misprints witht the text. Some are obvious such as incorrect numbering, while others I caught by asking questions of experienced individuals. I liked the fact that each chapter included a set of chapter review questions, but once again there seemed to be many misprints and incorrect answers. I only wish that the publisher would have checked closer for the misprints. ... Read more


176. Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology
by Henry William Chesbrough
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In today's information-rich environment, companies can no longer afford to rely entirely on their own ideas to advance their business, nor can they restrict their innovations to a single path to market. As a result, says Harvard Business School professor Henry W. Chesbrough, the traditional model for innovation--which has been largely internally focused, closed off from outside ideas and technologies--is becoming obsolete. Emerging in its place is a new paradigm, "open innovation," which strategically leverages internal and external sources of ideas and takes them to market through multiple paths.

This path-breaking analysis is based on extensive field research, academic study, and the author's own longtime experience working in Silicon Valley. Through rich descriptions of the innovation processes of Xerox, IBM, Lucent, Intel, Merck, and Millennium, and the many spin-offs that have emerged from these firms, Open Innovation shows how companies can use their business model to identify a more enlightened role for R&D in a world of abundant information, better manage and access intellectual property, advance their current business, and grow their future business.

Arguing that companies in all industries must transform the way they commercialize knowledge, Chesbrough convincingly shows how open innovation can unlock the latent economic value in a company's ideas and technologies. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well documented
Chesbrough's premise is that innovation is a technology company's wealth. That hasn't changed. What has changed since the 70s is how that wealth is use. Back then it was hoarded, now it is bought, sold, leased, borrowed, traded, and invested.

This book covers a wide range of business models, both good and bad, with case studies for each. Most samples are mentioned only briefly, like RCA's response to the transistor. (They invested more in vacuum tubes!) Three major case studies show three major strategies for the trade in ideas: Xerox, Intel, and IBM. The Xerox model never successfully opened itself to the marketplace of ideas, and Xerox suffered for it. Intel, by contrast, went for years with no formal R&D group of its own. accepting and improving others' technology. IBM showed how a company could transform itself from an innovation hermit to a gregarious buyer and seller of technology.

The book is very readable. It gives enough information to make each point clear, in terms of real companies in the recent past. The author avoids both MBA jargoneering and academic dryness, making this very accessible to any interested reader.

This is a quick and rewarding read. It lacks academic rigor, but it's at a good level for anyone wanting a practical perspective on innovation strategies, yesterday, today, and in the transition between.

2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but incomplete and idealistic
There's a wonderful introduction to a variety of research and development styles, along with analyses of how they affect the company and its place in the industry. It also has a great discussion of why publicly traded companies that have made certain innovation-style choices are compelled to act they way they do, simply in order to maintain shareholder value.

Unfortunately, the suggestions are marginalized by what seems to be a complete omittance of today's patent laws and their effects on workers (i.e. most legal departments do NOT allow their technology workers to search or look at patents). There's also a whole proposal around rewarding for finding patents and finder's fees that just seems a bit preposterous, at least in the software field. I've never heard of a software patent that detailed something that was non-obvious; merely of ones that patented things that hadn't yet been patented. In any case, I'm no expert in that area, but without an analysis of IP laws and the usefulness of the licensing of patents, I'm hard-pressed to call this anything but a sort of reality-disconnected idealism.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a great book
Its not a very great book, apart from a few case studies there is no concrete model around which the book has been written such as Michael Cusumano's Platform leadership( a somewhat related are)

5-0 out of 5 stars Open Innovation
Simply very good book exploring the new paradigm in the changing technological world.

5-0 out of 5 stars The importance of embracing open business relationships
In the field of technology change appears to occur at an ever increasing rate. Through innovation in research and development new breakthroughs occur, new products are brought to market, sales brings in money to fund research and the cycle goes on and on. At least this is the way that it is generally thought to occur. In reality hostile takeovers, IPO bids and the like keep interrupting the cycle. Companies refuse to look outside of themselves for innovative ideas or the application of their technology to new ventures. So the system is actually a closed cycle within the company instead of an open one the embraces the value of processes, people, and others outside of the company.

Business innovations create potential but do not have value in and of themselves. It is the business model that turns innovation into profits. We have all seen inferior products bypass superior ones because of a better business model. Unfortunately for the consumer, it is not at all uncommon.

So, the business model itself defines the profit received from an innovation. Why? Because the business model is the single most important factor in determining a suitable market for the innovation, costs, profit margins, and competitive position. The business model determines whether the company will take advantage of all opportunities including those outside itself or just utilize those opportunities that they can produce internally. The authors detail several case studies that point out the difference between closed and open innovation and the results of each very clearly.

The finishing touch to the book is that it clearly details the path to open innovation and how to move a company from a closed mindset to an open one. This is a highly recommended read for anyone wanting to take advantage of technology to increase their profits. ... Read more


177. PID Controllers: Theory, Design, and Tuning
by Karl J. Astrom, Tore Hagglund
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This book provides users and manufacturers of PID controllers, as well as educators, with a better understanding of PID control. This second edition takes stock of new developments in digital PID controllers. Modeling methods, implementation details, and problem-solving techniques are presented to help you improve loop performance and product quality.

The book examines the auto-tuning and adaptation features of several commercial controllers and it discusses measures for dealing with specific challenges such as reset windup, long process dead times, and oscillatory systems. Design methods and tuning rules that consider factors such as load disturbances, measurement noise, model uncertainty, and set point response are also recommended. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Reference
Most industrial controllers are PI or PID controllers, and few textbooks or accademic Journal articles address them. I've been working in industrial process control for over twenty years and this book is one of the best one's I've found on PI/PID control. The presentation is practical rather than theoretical (some might miss not having more math). The first four chapters summarize when PI/PID control is useful and present several of the traditional tuning methods. Chapter 5 presents new tuning algorithms that are easy to apply in practice and usually result in better control that older methods (like the atrocious Ziegler-Nichols). Chapter 6 gets side-tracked discussing commercial products that will rapidly be out of date. Chapter 7 returns to practical applications and simple examples - I was amused to see boiler drum level control discussed in one page when we've spent so much time on this problem! The one thing missing from the book is control of nonlinear systems - even the simple example of level control with a fixed stroke-time valve is omitted - but aside from this shortcoming, it is a most useful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is a good reference for engineering students.
This book is quite good reference for engineering students to do their design project about control system. ... Read more


178. System Safety Engineering and Management
by Harold E.Roland, BrianMoriarty
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Comprehensive in scope, it describes the process of system safety--from the creation and management of a safety program on a system under development to the analysis that must be performed as this system is designed and produced to assure acceptable risk in its operation. Unique in its coverage, it is the only work on this subject that combines full descriptions of the management and analysis processes and procedures in one handy volume. Designed for both system safety managers and engineers, it incorporates the safety procedures used by the Department of Defense and NASA and explains basic statistical methods and network analysis methods which provide an understanding of the engineering analysis methods that follow. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Overall a good book with some problems.
Overall, the book does a great job of covering the many areas of System Safety. It is the best book I've found on the topic.

However, this year I started teaching from this book. And when you teach you really discover the shortcomings of a text. It is frustrating when the author uses acronyms without explaination. I've also been running into minor math errors or oversights in formulas (e.g. defining a function f(x) and using 't' in the equation as the independent variable).

I think the attempt to cover all of the material resulted in a brief overview of these areas and took away from the quality of coverage. Still, I haven't seen a better book on the topic and if the worst you can say is that it could have been better, thats not bad. ... Read more


179. System Dynamics, Fourth Edition
by Katsuhiko Ogata
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This text presents the basic theory and practice of system dynamics. It introduces the modeling of dynamic systems and response analysis of these systems, with an introduction to the analysis and design of control systems. KEY TOPICS Specific chapter topics include The Laplace Transform, mechanical systems, transfer-function approach to modeling dynamic systems, state-space approach to modeling dynamic systems, electrical systems and electro-mechanical systems, fluid systems and thermal systems, time domain analyses of dynamic systems, frequency domain analyses of dynamic systems, time domain analyses of control systems, and frequency domain analyses and design of control systems.For mechanical and aerospace engineers. ... Read more


180. The Six Sigma Project Planner : A Step-by-Step Guide to Leading a Six Sigma Project Through DMAIC
by ThomasPyzdek
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Project management strategies for meeting Six Sigma project goals--on time and on budget

The Six Sigma Project Planner shows Six Sigma Black Belts and Green Belts how to use project management tools to complete Six Sigma improvements on time and on budget.

The Planner provides dozens of reproducible project management tools for following the proven Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve- Control (DMAIC) process improvement format.

Readers who follow its guidelines will be able to quickly and effectively:

  • Determine a Six Sigma project's ROI
  • Correct problems in current processes
  • Develop and implement entirely new processes
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