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By: Andrew Maynard

The 2023 Nobel Prize for chemistry isn’t the first Nobel awarded for research in nanotechnology. But it is perhaps the most colorful application of the technology to be associated with the accolade.

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By: Angie Basiouny

If you want to brag about your accomplishments at work without sounding self-absorbed, take a lesson from professional athletes.

From the sidelines and at postgame press conferences, the most admired players talk about their own performance but always mention the strength of their opponents, the skill of their teammates, and the support of their coaches.

“They’ll thank and acknowledge other people and talk about their accomplishments in ways that make them appear much more likeable,” Wharton management professor Maurice Schweitzer says during an interview with Wharton Business Daily on SiriusXM. (Listen to the podcast.)

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By: Scott A. Hindle, Douglas C. Fair

We are one year away from the 100th anniversary of the creation of the control chart: Walter Shewhart created the control chart in 1924 as an aid to Western Electric’s manufacturing operations. Since it’s almost prehistoric, is it now time to leave the control chart technique—that started out using pen and paper—to the past? Or, in this digital era, is the control chart still relevant to enable manufacturers to improve their competitive position by improving quality and productivity, and reducing waste?

Read on to see the story of two plants. Some key words to look out for:
• Predictable process
• Actionable insights
• Improvement
• Cost savings
• Waste

The annotated control chart above is from the Tokai Rikka plant in Japan more than 40 years ago.

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By: Javeria Salman

While data science isn’t a new subject, there’s been growing interest recently in helping students—in both K-12 and higher education—gain data science skills.

One reason is the shifting job market, says Zarek Drozda, director of Data Science 4 Everyone, a national initiative based at the University of Chicago. “The top skills in demand today are data analysis, data interpretation, being able to communicate about data,” says Drozda. “It’s hard to find a career or a sector of the economy where data skills are not important.”

With the rise of artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT that rely on data sets, students also need to understand how to use AI in a responsible way, he says.

The adoption of data science education hasn’t been without controversy. In 2020, some of California’s public universities allowed applicants to skip Algebra II and substitute data science. The universities walked back the effort this year after experts argued that students were taking less challenging coursework that limited their post-secondary opportunities.

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By: Rob Moorey

Growing medical equipment inventories and increasing technical complexity are demanding more than ever from the clinical engineering teams responsible for maintaining clinical assets. Simultaneously, a shrinking talent pool of biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) could lead to large staffing shortages in the coming years.

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) surveyed more than 1,400 healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals in 2022 and found 60% of respondents were over the age of 45, and more than 6% of respondents were past retirement age. By 2032, there will be a need for more than 75,000 BMETs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. AAMI also found work-life balance and workplace environment are the top three retention priorities for HTM professionals. 

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By: Stephanie Ojeda

In December 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expects to issue its long-awaited overhaul of its Quality System Regulation (QSR). The biggest change is that the new Quality Management System Regulation (QMSR) will harmonize with ISO 13485 for medical device quality management. With it comes an increased focus on risk management, with significant implications for device manufacturers.

Here we examine what ISO 13485 requires around risk management, common stumbling blocks, and how quality management system (QMS) tools can streamline compliance.

Risk in ISO 13485 vs. ISO 14971

ISO 13485 specifies requirements for implementing a QMS in medical device manufacturing. ISO 13485 makes reference to ISO 14971, which looks specifically at formal risk management processes and requirements for medical devices.

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By: Noelle Toumey Reetz

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to rapidly advance, there are few areas that will not be radically affected. In fact, it’s already begun.

From education to commerce and medicine, research is playing an increasingly important role in addressing the new societal and technological changes underway.

Experts from Georgia State are studying the potential effects as well as expected leaps forward in medical diagnoses and treatment. They are also preparing the next generation of experts for the technical and sociological changes that will drive the workforce of the future.

Transforming the workforce

“These technologies are providing individuals, teams, and organizations the potential to reconceive what we do, how we do it, how we collaborate, how we create products, and even how we live our lives,” says Arun Rai, Regents’ Professor and Howard S. Starks Distinguished Chair and director of the Center for Digital Innovation at Georgia State’s Robinson College of Business.

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By: Harry Hertz

I enjoy solving puzzles! I start each morning by doing at least two New York Times puzzles, Wordle, and Connections. My wife and sons and their spouses do the same, although not necessarily as part of their early-morning routine (except on weekends). We have a texting thread where we each report our daily scores, together with some running commentary on how we—or one of the others—performed that day. While we are hundreds of miles apart, these texts keep us in daily contact.

I have some friends with the daily habit of doing the same puzzles, but they do the puzzles together as a team. Unless we solo performers get a perfect score, those who use the team approach almost always score better than we do on Connections. As a team, they can discuss the connections between apparently disparate words, help each other see connections their team member did not see, and reach a consensus opinion about the linkages.

Analytical chemistry

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By: Aymen Saidane

As the manufacturing world pushes toward the goal of zero-defect production, part inspection is critical. Sheet metal’s thinness, coupled with its susceptibility to warping, demands precision inspection—even the most minor deviations have significant implications down the line. This underscores the need for exhaustive and precise quality control reports.

Sheet metal components have certainly evolved along with other technological advances in manufacturing to handle complex and intricate parts that traditional inspection methods now struggle to measure. The pursuit of zero-defect perfection has driven the development of quality control methods with cutting-edge technology that uses vast amount of available data to navigate complex designs, quickly becoming the standard in the manufacturing world.

Addressing sheet metal inspection challenges with advanced software

Traditional inspection methods for sheet metal often fall short when dealing with intricate designs and complex geometries. In modern manufacturing, there’s a pressing need for tools that offer both speed and precision. This is where inspection software like Creaform’s VXinspect comes into play.

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By: Steve Thompson

If you’ve ever enjoyed the experience of an audit or inspection, then you know it’s about as much fun as having your wisdom teeth extracted. As painful as audits and inspections may be, they are necessary to bring needed medical products to market and monitor them to protect consumers and patients from unsafe products.

In this article, we won't explore audit management systems (AMS) in detail. Nor will we be determining whether an AMS is needed, since this depends on the number of audits and inspections we face. Instead, we’ll focus on how to modernize audit/inspection readiness, conduct, and closure using existing systems while incorporating a digital validation solution to support the audit/inspection.

Because audits and inspections are vital for public health, we must ensure they’re embraced, supported, conducted, and achieve their objectives. Let’s take a quick look at audits and inspections to understand the differences and challenges they bring to bear.


Regulatory agencies are legally mandated to conduct inspections. These agencies vary by location and government, resulting in geographical inspection variations. While efforts for global harmonization are ongoing, complete harmonization has yet to be achieved.

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