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Despite its trademark transparency, the Corum Golden Bridge is a wristwatch full of mystery. This new book describes the iconic linear timepiece's fascinating history including the innovative mechanical invention conceived by a nonconformist autodidact and the difficult technical breakthroughs by two like-minded personalities needed to achieve the dream wristwatch. This story, chock-full of narrative substance, begins in Switzerland of the late 1970s, at a time when electronic timekeeping was threatening to overtake the magical mastery of mechanical ticks and tocks. The Golden Bridge, spanning the gap between mechanics and art, is an integral part of this era as luxury watchmaking teetered on the brink of extinction. The Golden Bridge additionally helped usher in the era of the independent watchmaker, as its very creation was rooted in shedding light on the work of the watchmaker in a way that no other timepiece before or after it ever would.
This book brings together the many concepts and discoveries in liquid crystal colloids contributed over the last twenty years and scattered across numerous articles and book chapters. It provides both a historical overview of the development of the field and a clear perspective on the future applications in photonics. The book covers all phenomena observed in liquid crystal colloids with an emphasis on experimental tools and applications of topology in condensed matter, as well as practical micro-photonics applications. It includes a number of spectacular manifestations of new topological phenomena not found or difficult to observe in other systems. Starting from the early works on nematic colloids, it explains the basics of topological defects in ordered media, charge and winding, and the elastic forces between colloidal particles in nematics. Following a detailed description of experimental methods, such as optical tweezing and particle tracking, the book eases the reader into the theoretical part, which deals with elastic deformation of nematic liquid crystals due to inclusions and surface alignment. This is discussed in the context of basic mean field Landau-de Gennes Q-tensor theory, with a brief explanation of the free-energy minimization numerical methods. There then follows an excursion into the topology of complex nematic colloidal structures, colloidal entanglement, knotting and linking. Nematic droplets, shells, handlebodies and chiral topological structures are addressed in separate chapters. The book concludes with an extensive chapter on the photonic properties of nematic dispersions, presenting the concept of integrated soft matter photonics and discussing the concepts of nematic and chiral nematic microlasers, surface-sensitive photonic devices and smectic microfibers. The text is complemented by a large bibliography, explanatory sketches and beautiful micrographs.
This is a guide for automation innovators looking to improve the performance of their innovation operations and for manufacturers looking to drive greater economic value by incorporating automation and who need to develop a respectable ROI based on using automation. Agility is critical for sustaining responsiveness to highly cyclical business demand and unrelentingly disruptive technology supply. This book provides eight practices for adopting disciplined agility.
Cosmetics and tobacco are two of the 20th century's most fascinating fashion influences, for they inspired new accessories for the well-dressed woman. This book highlights the evolution of popular vanity cases by investigating materials from compact, cigarette case and lighter manufacturers. The book begins with a history of cosmetics, and their impact on society, and goes on to show how compacts evolved to hold cosmetics and who fashioned them. The tobacco-related containers are also traced from their beginnings to the establishment of a new line of accessories for both men and women. Through her newly revised text and hundreds of color photographs and advertising pieces of examples arranged chronologically, the author provides a wealth of information in this growing collector's field.
"This book uses the latest techniques in computer-generated drawings to show the reader exactly how to create an artificial fly, step-by-step.Clearer than photography, more life-like than drawings, the graphic instructions show, by subtle emphasis and exaggeration, precisely what to do.Included are all the basic techniques for applying thread, feather and fur to the hook, and more sophisticated methods such as parachute hackling, using the dubbing loop and hairwinging.12 key trout patterns demonstrate the most important flytying techniques.* Black Ghost (ribbing & hairwing)* Woolly Bugger (palmered hackle dressing)* Duck's Dun (cul de canard dressing)* Gray Wulff (bucktail dry fly technique)* Elk Hair Caddis (dubbing & hairwing)* Parachute Emerger (parachute dressing)* Ginger Quill (wet fly wings and throat hackle)* Black Pennell (wet hackling)* Goldhead Hare's Ear (weighted goldhead & natural dubbing)* Montana Nymph (nymph hackling, marabou tails)* Pheasant Tail Nymph (pheasant tail fibers & copper wire)* Shrimp/Scud (wire weighting & synthentic dubbing)"
Using Toyota's principles for product and process development, this book focuses the implementation of the Lean system during the past 10 years in dozens of corporations across various industries. The book highlights all steps on the journey from common trouble area to remarkable results. As it is written by a manager for other managers, it contains real work discoveries and insights. The author provides case studies from many different fields of application. The reader gains insight on US and European companies that successfully streamlined their innovation and product-development processes. These companies have overcome difficult periods and major challenges thanks to the ability to innovate with new Lean methodologies and, above all, a new workplace culture and mindset. The goal of this book is to help managers successfully apply Lean principles in the innovation and development area of their company while benefitting from the author's lessons learned during his many years of capitalized experience. This book provides a comprehensive framework that supports, step-by-step, the successful application of Lean principles in the innovation and development areas of the company. Readers learn how to drastically reduce the time required to develop products and discover and eliminate hidden costs and critical waste while increasing value for customers.
The bowling shirt is a unique work of art. With patterns and colors as varied as the bowlers who wore them, bowling shirts reflect a time when Americans loved their big cars, drive-ins, bowling alleys, and flashy clothing. This book showcases a wonderful collection of bowling shirts, each with its individual art work. In over 600 color photographs, the shirts are displayed alphabetically by manufacturers. Embroidery and design detail, manufacturers' labels, and special features are shown along with a complete description and value guide. Drawing on over twenty years of collecting experience, the authors have assembled some of the best bowling shirts of this era. This book is a treat for anyone interested in the beautiful art created for the sport of bowling and for collectors of vintage clothing.
This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book presents results relevant in the manufacturing research field, that are mainly aimed at closing the gap between the academic investigation and the industrial application, in collaboration with manufacturing companies. Several hardware and software prototypes represent the key outcome of the scientific contributions that can be grouped into five main areas, representing different perspectives of the factory domain:1) Evolutionary and reconfigurable factories to cope with dynamic production contexts characterized by evolving demand and technologies, products and processes.2) Factories for sustainable production, asking for energy efficiency, low environmental impact products and processes, new de-production logics, sustainable logistics.3) Factories for the People who need new kinds of interactions between production processes, machines, and human beings to offer a more comfortable and stimulating working environment.4) Factories for customized products that will be more and more tailored to the final user's needs and sold at cost-effective prices.5) High performance factories to yield the due production while minimizing the inefficiencies caused by failures, management problems, maintenance.This books is primarily targeted to academic researchers and industrial practitioners in the manufacturing domain.
This authored monograph provides in-depth analysis and methods for aligning electricity demand of manufacturing systems to VRE supply. The book broaches both long-term system changes and real-time manufacturing execution and control, and the author presents a concept with different options for improved energy flexibility including battery, compressed air and embodied energy storage. The reader will also find a detailed application procedure as well as an implementation into a simulation prototype software. The book concludes with two case studies. The target audience primarily comprises research experts in the field of green manufacturing systems.
Tape measures, those useful sewing tools in imaginative cases, are now becoming a collecting passion. Presented here are over 700 tape measures in brass, wood, celluloid and porcelain figural shapes, dating back to the 1820s and up to the present. Over 500 color photographs show tape measures in hundreds of variations from animals and birds to people and their houses, and the captions describe their particular winding mechanisms. Each measure is also given a value range
From September, 1945 until April, 1954, the U.S. Army of the Occupation set up its headquarters in Tokyo under General Douglas MacArthur. The foremost order to the army was to aid in the restoration of the economy of the country. They were successful, and the result is a variety of products known to collectors as O.J. or Occupied Japan. This wonderful new book documents, with 370 full color photographs, many of the clever toys created in Occupied Japan and exported around the world. Included are most of the boxes that held the objects, a boon to collectors who are highly value authentic packaging. A price guide makes this a complete book for collectors.
Lledo is now over ten years old, and its wonderful products are numerous and interesting enough to fill a wonderful new book by America's foremost authority. Matchbox Toy co-founder Jack Odell founded the Lledo Company (his name spelled backwards) and produced the first models in 1983. Since then, the fleet of these miniature antique vehicles has grown to include thousands of examples, including basic models and great number that carry company advertising designed for promotions. Over 2000 examples photographed in full color document the production of Lledo. In addition, Ed Force gives an informative history, an extensive list of variations, and a price guide to current values. Included are Days Gone models, buses, emergency vehicles, newspaper vans, beer and soft drink trucks, food product vehicles...the list goes on and on. This new book will be a welcome and necessary part of any toy-related collection and will be enjoyed by all.
This book presents some of the recent hybrid micro-machining processes used to manufacture miniaturized products with micro level precision. The current developed technologies to manufacture the micro dimensioned products while meeting the desired precision level are described within the text. The authors especially highlight research that focuses on the development of new micro machining platforms while integrating the different technologies to manufacture the micro components in a high throughput and cost effective manner.
In The Clock Repairer's Manual, Mick Watters explains how to approach all aspects of clock repair, maintenance, and cleaning with confidence. For anyone who has ever considered clock repair as a hobby or a profession, as well as those under initial training and for the existing repairer, this comprehensively illustrated and detailed manual will be a useful reference. Topics covered include the typical clock movement; dismantling, cleaning, and reassembling; striking and chiming clocks; repairing worn pivots and bushing; and escapements, staff fitting, and jewelling.
"Pressure Systems Casebook" contains a collection of papers drawn from two IMechE seminars that will be of particular interest to students and engineers who want to broaden their knowledge and learn from experience and history.
The authors' backgrounds cover a range of perspectives, from representing industrial users of pressure systems to regulators, research, and engineering consultants.
Lessons from failures of gas cylinders used for dispensing beveragesExperience from Health and Safety laboratory investigationsInsurance aspects of pressure systems failuresFailure investigation for commercial purposes - system failures leading to the collapse of storage vessels under partial vacuumReliable technical failure investigationFailure design procedures in the new European Pressure Vessel Standard EN 13445Causes of vibration fatigue in process pipework - a new methodology to assess the riskAvoiding vibration-induced fatigue failures in process pipeworkLessons learned from pressure system failures
Pressure systems contain stored energy and the threat of damaging failure is ever present. Failures of pressure systems still occur and are costly to those affected; yet the main causes, consequences, and methods of investigation are not widely known. Pre-existing defects are a major cause of failures and near-failures in pressure systems, yet many can be avoided by greater awareness of the circumstances in which they arise.
Many companies applying lean use a top-down approach - a person or small group defines the business process in general terms and progressively expands it into more detailed elements. This method fails when the person or small group defining the process lacks the detailed knowledge of the tasks involved to sequence them correctly. Creating Lean Corporations, by Jeffrey Morgan, however, utilizes a bottom-up approach in which the employees who perform the tasks are empowered to create and manage their own portions of the business process. Each task is defined using a task model that indicates the input-output relationships between tasks -- it dictates the sequence that the tasks should be performed within the business process. This approach is essential for creating and improving business processes that are large and complex but still efficient. The author presents three concepts in applying lean principles to an organization: (1) Hierarchies for managing large, complex systems and processes -- A template for all lean organizations is presented that allows functional (horizontal) and process-oriented (vertical) groups to be integrated into a single organizational hierarchy where command-and-control is clear and direct. (2) The use of process models to define the organization's business processes -- A standard method of process modeling that allows business processes to be represented and managed as hierarchies. The benefit of this approach is that process management is implemented in a hierarchical fashion where the level of detail increases as you move down the levels in the hierarchy. (3) A lean, bottom-up approach to business process reengineering - this works much better than traditional top-down approaches on larger, more complex business processes. This lean approach was successfully applied at a major automotive manufacturing company and was awarded the Charles F. "Boss" Kettering Award as one of the most important technological innovations in 2000. This book is for business process managers (especially lean leaders) who seek to reengineer their business processes using lean principles.
Two decades after the first edition of this book in the early nineties, it has seemed timely to prepare a revised version. If the basic design rules of the fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) have remained unchanged, the technology has certainly matured, and the expectations presented in the first edition have been largely exceeded. For instance, navigation-grade bias stability (0.01 degree/hour) was seen as the goal, when today strategic grade looks accessible with a bias better than 0.0001 degree/hour! Written by one of the field's leading experts, this landmark reference presents a thorough system analysis of the FOG, describing the concepts that have emerged as the preferred solutions for obtaining a practical device. Comprehensive appendixes cover the optics, single-mode fiber optics, and integrated optics necessary to understand the fiber gyro and provide an appropriate vocabulary for communicating with electronic component designers. This new edition also includes 300 figures to ease the understanding of this multidisciplinary system.
The research and its outcomes presented here is devoted to the use of x-ray scattering to study correlated electron systems and magnetism. Different x-ray based methods are provided to analyze three dimensional electron systems and the structure of transition-metal oxides. Finally the observation of multipole orderings with x-ray diffraction is shown.
Significant progress has been made in advanced packaging in recent years. Several new packaging techniques have been developed and new packaging materials have been introduced. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the recent developments in this industry, particularly in the areas of microelectronics, optoelectronics, digital health, and bio-medical applications. The book discusses established techniques, as well as emerging technologies, in order to provide readers with the most up-to-date developments in advanced packaging.
Good engineers never stop looking for opportunities to improve the performance of their production systems. Performance enhancement methods are always carefully examined, and production data is analyzed in order to identify determining factors affecting performance. The two main activities of the production engineer in the petroleum and related industries are reservoir stimulation and artificial lift. The classic solution to maximizing a well's productivity is to stimulate it. The basis for selecting stimulation candidates should be a review of the well's actual and theoretical IPR. Low permeability wells often need fracturing on initial completion. In low permeability zones, additional post stimulation production can be significant to the economics, however, the production engineer needs to make management aware of the true long term potential or else overly optimistic projections can easily be made. The main purpose of stimulation is to enhance the property value by the faster delivery of the petroleum fluid and/or to increase ultimate economic recovery. The aim of reservoir stimulation is to bypass near-wellbore damage and return a well to its "natural" productivity / injectivity, to extend a conductive path deep into a formation and thus increase productivity beyond the natural level and to produce hydrocarbon from tight formation. The importance of reservoir stimulation is increasing due to following reasons: * Hydrocarbon fields in their mid-life * Production in these fields are in declining trend * The thrust area: Enhancement of production Hence, to improve productivity of the well matrix stimulation and hydraulic fracturing are intended to remedy, or even improve, the natural connection of the wellbore with the reservoir, which could delay the need for artificial lift. This book presents procedures taken in the Oil & Gas Industry for identifying well problems, and it suggests means of solving problems with the help of the Coil Tube unit which is used for improving well productivity and techniques like Acidizing and Hydraulic Fracturing.
This book presents the theory of quantum effects used in metrology and results of the author's own research in the field of quantum electronics. The book provides also quantum measurement standards used in many branches of metrology for electrical quantities, mass, length, time and frequency. This book represents the first comprehensive survey of quantum metrology problems. As a scientific survey, it propagates a new approach to metrology with more emphasis on its connection with physics. This is of importance for the constantly developing technologies and nanotechnologies in particular. Providing a presentation of practical applications of the effects used in quantum metrology for the construction of quantum standards and sensitive electronic components, the book is useful for a wide audience of physicists and metrologists in the broad sense of both terms. In 2014 a new system of units, the so called Quantum SI, is introduced. This book helps to understand and approve the new system to both technology and academic community.
This book focuses on the use of semiconducting metal oxides as gas sensing materials, including the sensing mechanism and sensing materials modification approach, while also providing a comprehensive introduction to semiconductor gas sensing devices. As an essential part of IoT (Internet of things), gas sensors have shown great significance and promising prospects. Therefore, studies on semiconducting metal oxides, one of the most important gas sensing materials, have increasingly attracted attention from various disciplines. The book offers a valuable reference guide to metal oxide gas sensing materials for undergraduate and graduate students alike. It will also benefit all researchers who investigate metal oxides nanomaterials synthesis and gas sensing with relevant frontier theories and concepts. Engineers working on research and development for semiconductor gas sensors will also find new ideas in sensor design.
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