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Lessons Learned From The Demise Of An Iconic Innovator - Briggs and Stratton
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Lessons Learned From The Demise Of An Iconic Innovator

Have you heard the news? Briggs & Stratton has applied for bankruptcy in the United States. Never heard of them? You might want to check your lawnmower, pressure washer, or other motorised tool in your shed. There’s a chance it’s powered by a Briggs & Stratton-designed engine.

The downfall of Briggs & Stratton comes as a shock to the business world, market watchers, and the innovation community in general. Before 2020, it was the world’s largest manufacturer of small gasoline engines and employed thousands of people.

Here’s our take on the demise of a great American manufacturing company and the … Read More »

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How robotic laparoscopic surgery is being cut down to size
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How robotic laparoscopic surgery is being cut down to size

Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, in which a surgeon uses tools and a tiny camera inserted into small incisions to perform operations, has made surgical procedures safer for both patients and doctors over the last half-century. Recently, surgical robots have started to appear in operating rooms to further assist surgeons by allowing them to manipulate multiple tools at once with greater precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with traditional techniques. However, these robotic systems are extremely large, often taking up an entire room, and their tools can be much larger than the delicate tissues and structures on which they operate.… Read More »
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First batch of aviation biofuel produced by Spanish energy company Repsol
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First batch of aviation biofuel produced by Spanish energy company Repsol

SPANISH energy company Repsol has produced the national market’s first batch of aviation biofuel. The 7,000 t batch, which was derived from biomass, will prevent 440 t of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

Spain’s Integrated National Climate and Energy Plan 2021–2030 acknowledges biofuels as the most widely available and widely used renewable technology in transport. Furthermore, it adds that in sectors such as aviation, such fuel will continue to be the only way to reduce fossil fuel use over the coming years.

The biojet – biomass-derived jet fuel – produced by Repsol has a less than 5% … Read More »

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11 Reasons why Prototyping is Important for New Product Development
Prototyping

11 Reasons Why Prototyping Is Important For New Product Development

So you have an idea for a new product for your business – where do you start? The answer depends on your unique business maturity and processes. However, there’s no question that a prototype is a hugely important step in your product’s journey to market.

Prototyping is rewarding to you as the inventor because it gives you a physical manifestation that brings your dream to life. It’s a feeling that no mere napkin sketch can bring.

If you’ve ever wondered what that feeling is like, then this post is for you! In it, we offer you a complete guide to … Read More »

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Latest Industrial Assistive Exoskeleton Unveiled
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Latest Assistive Exoskeleton Innovation Unveiled for Industrial Use

 Ekso Bionics, an industry leader in exoskeleton technology for medical and industrial use, today unveiled EVOTM, an endurance-boosting assistive upper-body exoskeleton that alleviates the burden of repetitive work. Building on the Company’s trailblazing EksoVest technology, EVO’s innovative design is the next step in the evolution of industrial exoskeletons.

Through collaborations with leaders in global manufacturing and construction, Ekso Bionics has accumulated a wealth of in-the-field customer insights that allowed it to reimagine its weight-assist exoskeleton technology. EVO is lighter and more flexible than its predecessor, with an optimized human-machine interface that is cool and comfortable to wear for all-day use, … Read More »

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Innovation uses ‘stethoscope’ to monitor machine quality, functionality
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Innovation uses ‘stethoscope’ to monitor machine quality, functionality

Researchers at Purdue University have announced a system for efficient, low-cost monitoring for machine health, including overall quality, condition, and operation status.

The Purdue team’s innovation uses audio-based artificial-intelligence technology to monitor the overall conditions of machines in factories, hospitals, and other locations. The Purdue system uses a stethoscope-like system as a sensor and analyzes the data with a neural network-based framework.

“Our solution is to use the concept of doctors listening to a body to assess the initial condition or experts listening to the machine sounds to know what is going on,” said Martin Jun, a Purdue innovator and … Read More »

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Is It True that Apple Is Spending ‘Dramatically Below Peers’ on Innovation
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Is It True that Apple Is Spending ‘Dramatically Below Peers’ on Innovation? Discuss!

Apple has long been an icon of American innovation. The iPhone, Mac, iPad, AirPods, and other innovations have contributed to the company’s nearly $2 trillion market valuation, making it America’s most-valued company by a wide margin.

But Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi asserts that Apple (ticker: AAPL) is underspending on innovation relative to its peers. And it likewise is spending far less than rivals on the acquisition of new technology developed by others.

Sacconaghi points out in a research note on Tuesday that Apple was spending just 2.2% of revenue on research and development, “dramatically below peers,” when CEO Tim Cook … Read More »

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Ready, Set, Grow with Innovation with Roy Newey
Webinars

[Webinar Recording] Ready, Set, Grow with Innovation with Roy Newey

 

Euan: Welcome! And hello to everyone here today.  Most of you would have likely joined for one reason: you want to innovate or have a new product idea, but something is stopping you. That something is highly likely to be fear of the unknown and unknown and understandably so. Today we bring to you ready, set grow a webinar with the renowned speaker and business coach Roy Newey.

There are attendees from Great Britain to Australia and most places in between attending today. In fact, I believe the numbers registered on onto this event are well over 1000 and … Read More »

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Press Release

Innovolo Ltd win The Technology Innovator Awards 2020 – the Most Innovative Product Development Company

Innovolo Ltd won The Technology Innovator Awards 2020 in the Most Innovative Product Development Company – UK category, sponsored by Corporate Vision, coming out on top over other competitors right across the country.

Innovolo Ltd was named winner of Technology Innovator Awards in the Most Innovative Product Development Company – UK category, beating out competitors from across the country to take home top honours. Corporate Vision will be presenting the award to Innovolo Ltd in an online awards ceremony on 3rd August 2020 due to COVID-19.

Potential award recipients were required to nominated by clients in order to be in … Read More »

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Escaping the Dragon - Diversifying Your Supply Chain Out of China
Webinars

[Webinar Recording] Escaping the Dragon: Diversifying Supply Chains Out of China

 

Euan Pallister: “Welcome and good day everybody.

We’re excited to have you here for this exclusive event with Michael Wallace on “Escaping the Dragon: Diversifying Your Supply Chain Out of China”. We’ve got attendees from all around the world tuning in today. So a very warm welcome to you all, whatever the time of the day or night it might be, wherever you are.

My name is Euan Pallister and I’ll be your host for this event. Joining us live from Kansas USA is Michael Wallace, the renowned global executive business coach, an instructor at the University of Kansas, … Read More »

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BMW Group applies AI solutions to increase paint shop quality
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How BMW Group Uses Artificial Intelligence for Next Generation Paint Shop Quality

Ongoing algorithm-based analysis of dust content in the paint booth

Artificial intelligence can bring even greater precision to controlling highly sensitive systems in automotive production, as a pilot project in the paint shop of the BMW Group’s Munich plant has demonstrated.

Despite state-of-the-art filtration technology, the content of finest dust particles in paint lines varies depending on the ambient air drawn in. If the dust content exceeded the threshold, the still wet paint could trap particles, thus visually impairing the painted surface.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialists from central planning and the Munich plant have now found a way to avoid … Read More »

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Webinar with Mark Wardell of Wardell International and Bradley Pallister of Innovolo Ltd How to Use COVID-19 To Jumpstart Innovation in Your Business
Webinars

[Webinar Recording] How to use COVID-19 to Jumpstart Innovation in Your Business

 

Clare: Hello everybody, good afternoon and thank you so much for joining us today. We’re going to be talking about how to use COVID -19 to jumpstart innovation in your business. My name is Clare Forestier, I’m an independent host and emcee and I’m really excited actually to be moderating today’s session for innovative product development and design services company.

We’ve got really fascinating presentations and conversations coming up in the next hour. Obviously you’re going to be commenting in the chat about the things that you hear and the things that you’ve got to say around the subject … Read More »

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Opinion

The Symptoms of Complicated Global Governance – And How We Can Fix Them

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Trend Alignment in Your BusinessAt any given time, governments must balance the needs of their citizens and address social issues within their borders. However, there are larger global trends that exist and need attention, too. These include population growth, disease burdens, and climate change, to name a few. The European Environment Agency outlined these global trends in their outlook report.

We’ve been taking a close look at these global megatrends in a series of 11 articles for our own Innovolo blog, with a special interest in what the trends mean … Read More »

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Opinion

Why We Need to Understand The Types Of Environmental Pollution and What Causes This Perpetual Catastrophe

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Trend Alignment in Your BusinessWhen you think of the term pollution you probably think of smog and air pollution. However, that’s not the only source of contamination that can occur. The broader term for environmental pollution encompasses pollution to the air, land, and sea.

Unfortunately, environmental pollution is transboundary. Negative externalities are created as byproducts of manufacturing, industrial behaviours and shipping, and transportation. It’s a challenge to hold waste producers responsible since it’s difficult to pinpoint their direct contribution.

While Europe has recently been able to curb its air pollution, … Read More »

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Opinion

8 Really Bad Climate Change Facts And What We Can Do About Them Today

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Trend Alignment in Your BusinessClimate change is a long-term process. Many people in the world aren’t able to witness its damaging effects. Nonetheless, signs of damage from climate change are starting to become more visible. What can be done to slow down or potentially revert the damage that’s done to our planet’s atmosphere?

The European Environment Agency lists climate change as one of the biggest trends in the world. It’s a trend that may affect livelihoods, economies, and ecosystems in unimaginable ways.

In this post, part of our series on … Read More »

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