Innovation, Leadership and Technology

Mr.N worked with organizations around the world for over thirty years and have been a student of the great minds who have studied organizations. Most of the great cultural shifts ones that have built great organizations that sustain long term growth, prosperity and contribution to the world started with the choice of one person. Sometimes, that one person was the formal leader the CEO or president. Very often, it started with someone else a professional, a line manager or even someone’s assistant. Regardless of their position, these people first changed themselves from inside out. Their character, competence, initiatives and positive energy in short their moral authority inspired and lifted others. They possessed and anchored sense of identity, discovered their strengths and talents and used them to met needs and products results. People noticed. They were given more responsibility. They magnified the new responsibility and again proved results. More and more people sat up noticed. The culture was drawn to their vision and to them. Where does a single person get such internal strength to swim against the current and withstand negative cultural provocations, subordinate selfish interests and develop and sustain such vision and determination?

Despite the above personnel and scientists in R&D are showing their prowess. Given below is an illustration:

Carbon fiber hits the right note: Illustration>>

Engineers at Nottingham University’s, Department of Mechanical, Materials and manufacturing Engineering are developing a carbon fiber violin the could have the same tone as the best Stradivarius. The engineering team has been working with violinmaker Peter Killing back and manufacturing firms Carbon Concepts to produce carbon fiber composite instrument that has acoustic and vibration characteristics to match the best old wooden violins. The violin has been modeled on a 1742 instrument using five carbon fiber epoxy resin parts: front panel, back panel, rib and left and right halves of the neck and peg box. The wooden fingerboard has been retained. The final material was selected after rigorous testing regime in which the engineers compared the sound vibrations from a traditional wooden violin with those from their carbon fiber version. They used frequency spectrum analysis, Chladni line testing a form of power vibration test, and laser vibrometer testing. A six ply solid carbon fiber front panel was judged to have better tone than a twin skinned sandwich version with a balsa wood core. The parts were produced by making a mould in MDF on a computer controlled milling machine using data from ten original 1742 violin. Layers of carbon fiber impregnated with epoxy were laid into the moulds and vacuum curved in an oven. The sound hole shapes were produced using water jet cutting machines. The parts were bonded together with epoxy adhesives. The Nottingham team is continuing to define the product, adding extra tuning plates inside the front panel to improve the tine further.

Radio waves measures up for pacemakers:

Engineers at the National Physical Laboratory have developed a more accurate way of measuring radio waves from small antennas used in medical implants such as pacemakers. In the near future, body medical devices will use radio frequency (RF) technology to deliver to way wireless signals to line to monitoring systems. This will make up to the minute patient at available to doctors. The antennas need to be small light high performing but low powered have limited radiation directed at the wearer and be built in to the implant. Researchers at Queen Mary College, University of London, have developed an implantable radio frequency identification tag. This ensures that the wireless implants worked with monitoring systems, the behavior of the radio waves when transmitted needed to be measure. Coaxial cable is usually used to measure the performance of small electric antennas. But antennas can excite common mode currents on coaxial current and distorted results. NPL worked with optical communications company Seikoh Giken to develop a very small RF optical converter, and connected omni-directional antennas to an optical of cable reflections and most notably the radiation of common mode current. When put to the test, the use of the fiber optic system decreased measurement errors caused by flowing common mode currents by as much as 18 dB.