Entries from August 2014 ↓

Flickr Friday: More Melbourne Docklands Winter Fireworks

Here is a shot of the Melbourne Winter fireworks I took from a different location to the one I first posted.

Docklands Winter Fireworks 25th July 2014

Theory Thursday: Nick Hanauer – Rich people don’t create jobs

Seattle entrepreneur Nick Hanauer gave this TED talk that was never published on TED’s channel. It was deemed too controversial. What do you think?

Whacky Wednesday: Hip-Hop Medley – Stylophone Beatbox

When digging for yesterday’s YouTube video I found this one. Classic Hip-Hop medley using the Stylophone Beatbox.

YouTube Tuesday: Casey Neistat’s Studio

Here is a video from my YouTube favorites I go back to every now and then. Casey Neistat is an independent filmmaker from New York and this is a video Gizmodo did looking around his studio. It’s a very functional space and I am very jealous. I hope that one day I can have a studio and workshop like that for my projects, although I am OCD enough to keep to neat and tidy like Casey.

Seth Sentry Playlist From Soundcloud

Seth Sentry tracks from Soundcloud. Enough said.

Flickr Friday: Adding A Complete Flickr Album To WordPress

As I have just discovered this I am dedicating Flickr Friday to it even though it is a bit more of a Theory Thursday item. I found that it is possible to embed a complete album with navigation into WordPress from Flickr using their HTML iFrame code.

The way I did it:

  1. At Flickr, go to the album you want to embed from.
  2. Select the picture you want it to start at.
  3. Click on the share icon, select HTML as the code, set the size you want and set the radio button at the bottom of the share box as ‘Embed’ (not HTML).
  4. Copy the complete ‘iframe’ code.
  5. Paste it into position in your WordPress post or page using the text editor (not the visual editor)

Bang…embedded album with navigation! This one in particular if the ‘My Melbourne’ album I have created from my pictures around, you guessed it, Melbourne.

I assume it would also be possible to embed your favorites and galleries using this method but maybe that is one for next week.

ManufacturingOps.com Website Launch

Today I am officially launching my new web project ‘ManufacturingOps.com’. The fundamental goal of the site is to explore manufacturing processes and technology with the reader learning along with me.

Some people may ask why I am doing this so I will start with the back story. In my current role as a design engineer I was presented with an issue by a supplier. My latest part design had an impact on an injection molding tunnel gate in their tool design. I didn’t have a lot to go on from their feedback so I asked a colleague who had some expertise in tooling design for some guidance. It didn’t yield much help so I turned to the internet for help to understand the gating problem.

A search on Google turned up a wide array of links and, more interestingly, a link to a YouTube video. Being a learner who likes the visual medium a video was my first port of call. The first post on the site actually shows the video I found of a tunnel gate. It helped me visualise the problem and work around the tool design.

I realised there were many more videos on the web that could help me understand a range of manufacturing processes that may help me as a design engineer as well as other resources for design and manufacturing professionals on the internet. Given that my role in the Australian Automotive Industry is coming to an end soon,  I wanted to extend my understanding of manufacturing processes. I am aware that future roles as a design or project management professional may require understanding technologies beyond those I have been exposed to in my automotive career.

Since scouring the internet for information was helping me extend my understanding of manufacturing processes I thought there would be other professionals that could also learn from the best of what I had discovered. I decided to create ManufacturingOps.com to filter and aggregate the best information I came across for manufacturing processes that helped me understand how things could be made. In doing this I hope I can help other people involved in product development by ‘playing along at home’.

The website is in it’s infancy so at the moment it is mostly aggregating videos. As I discover more I will extend the range of the site. There are many possible directions for the site to take as it evolves. I hope one day I can partner with some manufacturers and innovators to share some of their existing knowledge, generate some new content, share new technology or even produce some exclusive process videos.

So whether you are an engineer, a designer, an architect, a business development manager, a procurement specialist, an entrepreneur or an inventor I hope my daily dose of learning resource can help you on your mission. So dive right in and subscribe to get updates from my project or connect with me on LinkedIn to see the latest posts in your feed. If you have any interesting manufacturing process learning resources I am also open to submissions.

Theory Thursday: Making Ball Bearings

This one goes out to all my skating friends and some of the cyclists I know might take interest in it too. This is a video from Nachi on how rolling element bearings are made. This one follows the manufacture of deep groove ball bearings so it’s a good one for skaters to watch.

Whacky Wednesday: Football As A Metaphor For Business Culture

I have this theory, and it’s a bit whacky so it’s not a post for Theory Thursday. My theory is that the predominant type of football played in a country or region shows through in the business culture especially in countries with mature, Western business styles. Here’s how I see it.

Europe – what some of us call soccer is clearly the main football in Europe (sorry rugby people). Soccer is like doing business in Europe based on these points:

  • Like in European business it’s a slow and steady wins the race approach and typically a low scoring affair.
  • It is absolutely clear what the goal is. One ball in the net equals one point.
  • The plays are calculated but decisions are still made on fly.
  • Everyone on the field has a chance to put in and possibly even score although there is some reliance on a team’s stars.
  • There are a few substitutes (hangers-on and consultants) on the bench but the bulk of the team is playing on the field.
  • On the rare occasion a scoring play is made (ie. a goal) a great deal of excitement is shown with special celebration, and that is the only time anyone really gets excited.
  • If someone even slightly looks like they have done wrong by you fall over and whinge.

Australia – Australian Rules football is the main game across the country so we’ll consider that (sorry again rugby people). The game is like Australian business because:

  • Australian Rules football, like most Australian companies, is organised chaos.
  • The ball is often in the air and the play could go either way.
  • Decisions and plays are made on the fly and often bad judgement quickly turns the game into the other team’s favour.
  • Everyone on the field contributes to scoring and any player could be the one to score, although there is some reliance on the teams stars especially in kicking the winning goals.
  • You don’t need to worry if you don’t get through the middle sticks for a full 6 point play, we’ll give you a point for your effort.
  • There are a few substitutes on the bench but the bulk of the team is playing on the field. In Australian business these are people hiding in the wings ready to jump in show they can fix someone elses problem and take some accolades.
  • When a scoring play is made there is some excitement and maybe a pat on the back (or the bum) but it is straight back to business to go again.

United States of America (I will leave the Canadians out of this) – American Football , or Gridiron some may know it, is the game we will consider here as a business culture metaphor. American business is like American Football in that:

  • They start out with a team of around 45 players suited up yet only 11 of them are on the field at any given time adding value.
  • They have a different group of team come on and do the work every time the direction changes. One group is responsible for scoring when in control of the ball (the situation). The other group is responsible for being roadblocks when things are not in the team’s control.
  • Forward movement is stopped after every few plays to have a meeting and figure out what happened and where to go next.
  • You need to get past the next milestone 10 yards away in order to get an opportunity to move forward again. If you don’t make that milestone, change the whole team, have a meeting and try to sabotage the other team that is now trying to hit their milestone.
  • They are very reliant on the star quarterback (and some of the running backs as well) to score.
  • If you score you also get a chance at a bonus.
  • Kickers are like consultants. No one on the core team likes them and they add value about as often as they miss the target.
  • They wear pads to limit risk. OK, I’m not sure how this relates to business but what sooks. Shin guards is the most you should need for any football game.
  • There are almost as many coaches and trainers (managers) as there are players.

Do you have any more examples for any of these? What about other business cultures around the world? Is doing business in India like a game of cricket?

YouTube Tuesday: Mesmerizing Machines

A quick look at 24 mesmerizing machine from the Science channel’s How It’s Made program. The pretzel machine is cool.