The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are by Henry Petroski pdf free download

The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are by Henry Petroski pdf free download

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The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are by Henry Petroski pdf free download.

How did the table fork acquire a fourth tine?  What advantage does the Phillips-head screw have over its single-grooved predecessor? Why does the paper clip look the way it does? What makes Scotch tape Scotch?

In this delightful book Henry, Petroski takes a microscopic look at artifacts that most of us count on but rarely contemplate, including such icons of the everyday as pins, Post-its, and fast-food “clamshell” containers.  At the same time, he offers a convincing new theory of technological innovation as a response to the perceived failures of existing products—suggesting that irritation, and not necessity, is the mother of invention.

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This surprising book may appear to be about the simple things of life–forks, paper clips, zippers–but in fact it is a far-flung historical adventure on the evolution of common culture. To trace the fork’s history, Duke University professor of civil engineering Henry Petroski travels from prehistoric times to Texas barbecue to Cardinal Richelieu to England’s Industrial Revolution to the American Civil War–and beyond. Each item described offers a cultural history lesson, plus there’s plenty of engineering detail for those so inclined.

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“A celebration of inventiveness…By cataloging the clutter of our desks, closets, and workbenches, and giving them a human history, Petroski makes us feel more at home in our homes.”- Newsweek

“Mr. Petroski’s case histories delightfully illustrate his thesis… You never know when you will turn a page and find some tiny corner of your mind enlightened.”- The New York Times

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Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing by Henry Petroski pdf free download

Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing by Henry Petroski pdf free download

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Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing by Henry Petroski pdf free download.

Henry Petroski’s previous bestsellers have delighted readers with intriguing stories about the engineering marvels around us, from the lowly pencil to the soaring suspension bridge. In this book, Petroski delves deeper into the mystery of invention, to explore what everyday artifacts and sophisticated networks can reveal about the way engineers solve problems.

Engineering entails more than knowing the way things work. What do economics and ecology, aesthetics and ethics, have to do with the shape of a paper clip, the tab of a beverage can, the cabin design of a turbojet, or the course of a river? How do the idiosyncrasies of individual engineers, companies, and communities leave their mark on projects from Velcro® to fax machines to waterworks?Invention by Design offers an insider’s look at these political and cultural dimensions of design and development, production and construction.

Readers unfamiliar with engineering will find Petroski’s enthusiasm contagious, whether the topic is the genesis of the Ziploc baggie or the averted collapse of Manhattan’s sleekest skyscraper. And those who inhabit the world of engineering will discover insights to challenge their customary perspective, whether their work involves failure analysis, systems design, or public relations. Written with the flair that readers have come to expect from his books,Invention by Design reaffirms Petroski as the master explicator of the principles and processes that turn thoughts into the many things that define our made world.

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Petroski…has done much to make the nerdy world of engineering interesting and accessible to the reader. Here, he’s after a difference audience, one interested in the philosophy and cultural study of the process of invention…This book is engaging…[It’s] good reading for those interested in the gestalt of engineering design. (Library Journal)

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To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure by Henry Petroski pdf free download

To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure by Henry Petroski pdf free download

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To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure by Henry Petroski pdf free download.

When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections. Known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, Petroski here takes his analysis a step further, to consider the larger context in which accidents occur.
In To Forgive Design he surveys some of the most infamous failures of our time, from the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse and the toppling of a massive Shanghai apartment building in 2009 to Boston’s prolonged Big Dig and the 2010 Gulf oil spill. These avoidable disasters reveal the interdependency of people and machines within systems whose complex behavior was undreamt of by their designers, until it was too late. Petroski shows that even the simplest technology is embedded in cultural and socioeconomic constraints, complications, and contradictions.
Failure to imagine the possibility of failure is the most profound mistake engineers can make. Software developers realized this early on and looked outside their young field, to structural engineering, as they sought a historical perspective to help them identify their own potential mistakes. By explaining the interconnectedness of technology and culture and the dangers that can emerge from complexity, Petroski demonstrates that we would all do well to follow their lead.

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[An] authoritative text about the interrelationship between success and failure in the engineering enterprise…Petroski’s most gripping passages are his Sherlockian dissections of engineering fiascos and the importance of learning from the vast archive of forensic analyses. (Kirkus Reviews 2012-02-01)

About the Author

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University.

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Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers by Ricky Smith, R. Keith Mobley pdf free download

Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers by Ricky Smith, R. Keith Mobley pdf free download

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Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers by Ricky Smith, R. Keith Mobley pdf free download.

Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers will give the engineer the “have to have” information. It will help instill knowledge on a daily basis, to do his or her job and to maintain and assure reliable equipment to help reduce costs. This book will be an easy reference for engineers and managers needing immediate solutions to everyday problems. Most civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers will face issues relating to maintenance and reliability, at some point in their jobs. This will become their “go to” book.

Not an oversized handbook or a theoretical treatise, but a handy collection of graphs, charts, calculations, tables, curves, and explanations, basic “rules of thumb” that any engineer working with equipment will need for basic maintenance and reliability of that equipment.

• Access to quick information which will help in day to day and long term engineering solutions in reliability and maintenance
• Listing of short articles to help assist engineers in resolving problems they face
• Written by two of the top experts in the country.

About the Author

Ricky has over 30 years in maintenance and reliability as a maintenance manager, maintenance supervisor, maintenance training specialist, field engineer, maintenance mechanic, maintenance consultant and is a well known published author. Ricky has worked with maintenance organizations in hundreds of facilities, industrial plants, ships, etc, world wide in developing reliability, maintenance and technical training strategies.

Prior to joining Allied Reliability in 2008, Ricky worked as a professional maintenance employee for Exxon Company USA, Alumax (this plant was rated the best in the world for over 18 years), Kendall Company, and Hercules Chemical providing the foundation for his reliability and maintenance experience.

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Industrial Refrigeration Handbook by Wilbert Stoecker pdf free download

Industrial Refrigeration Handbook by Wilbert Stoecker pdf free download

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Industrial Refrigeration Handbook by Wilbert Stoecker pdf free download.

Drawing from the best of the widely dispersed literature in the field and the authorÕs vast professional knowledge and experience, here is todayÕs most exhaustive, one-stop coverage of the fundamentals, design, installation, and operation of industrial refrigeration systems. Detailing the industry changes caused by the conversion from CFCs to non-ozone-depleting refrigerants and by the development of microprocessors and new secondary coolants, Industrial Refrigeration Handbook also examines multistage systems; compressors, evaporators, and condensers; piping, vessels, valves and refrigerant controls; liquid recirculation; refrigeration load calculations; refrigeration and freezing of food; and safety procedures. Offering a rare compilation of thermodynamic data on the most-used industrial refrigerants, the Handbook is a mother lode of vital information and guidance for every practitioner in the field.

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State-of-the-art information and data for today’s most efficient industrial refrigeration systems. Drawing from the best of the widely dispersed literature in the field and the author’s vast professional knowledge and experience, here is today’s most exhaustive coverage of the fundamentals, design, installation, and operation of industrial refrigeration systems. Industrial Refrigeration Handbook details the latest industry changes caused by the coversion from CFCs to non-ozone-depleting refrigerants and the development of microprocessors and new secondary coolants. Also examined in depth are: Multistate Systems–Commonly used in low-temperature systems. Compressors, Evaporators, and Condensers–Essential system components. Piping, Vessels, Valves and Refrigerant Controls–The ‘glue’ that connects the components. Liquid Recirculation–A popular method of distributing refrigerants to various locations throughout the plant. Refrigeration Load Calculations–Crucial to proper system design. Refrigeration and Freezing of Food–today’s most significant application. Safety Procedures–Especially for systems using ammonia. Offering a rare compilation of thermodynamic data on the most-used industrial refrigerants, Industrial Refrigeration Handbook is a one-stop source of vital information and guidance for every practitioner in the field.

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Handbook of Reliability Engineering and Management pdf free download by William Grant Ireson, Clyde F. Coombs, Richard Y. Moss

Handbook of Reliability Engineering and Management pdf free download by William Grant Ireson, Clyde F. Coombs, Richard Y. Moss

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Handbook of Reliability Engineering and Management pdf free download by William Grant Ireson, Clyde F. Coombs, Richard Y. Moss.

Responsible For Reliability? Look No Further! Finally, a working tool that delivers expert guidance on all aspects of product reliability. W. Grant Ireson and Clyde F Coombs, Jr.’s new Second Edition of Handbook of Reliability Engineering and Management gives you the specific engineering, management, and mathematics data you need to design and manufacture more reliable electronic and mechanical devices as well as complete systems. You’ll find proven industry practices for defining and achieving reliability goals–real how-to information, not theoretical generalities. You also get new methods for determining overall product reliability. . .the latest design techniques for extending a product’s life cycle. . .tested strategies for incorporating reliability into new product development. . .and more.

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The completely updated second edition of this classic reference offers you unsurpassed coverage of all aspects of reliability engineering and management, including reliability issues in electronic components and systems, software, and mechanical devices. It now includes specific information on how to design a product for reliabilit; it adds the concept of process and the tools of total qualilt control (TQC) to the reliability function. Filled with applications ranging from consumer products to high-tech systems, this indispensable handbook clearly demonstrates how reliability is a process that can be characterized, controlled, and improved. It provides you with a wealth of new material on the reliability function, as well as highly effective methods and mathematics used to predict and determine the reliability of a product. You’ll find practical information on proven industry proactices to define and achieve reliability goals, as well as the traditional mathematics of reliability. Also included are basic tables for determining reliability, and standards and specifications used b the U.S. Department of Defense. Essential for all reliability engineers, product designers, quality engineers, and engineering mathematics, this edition of the world-renowned handbook will give you the expertise needed to define and attain optimum reliability goals for your company’s products.

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Solutions Manual to Accompany Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis pdf free download by Ann G. Ryan, Douglas C. Montgomery, Elizabeth A. Peck, G. Geoffrey Vining

Solutions Manual to Accompany Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis pdf free download by Ann G. Ryan, Douglas C. Montgomery, Elizabeth A. Peck, G. Geoffrey Vining

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Solutions Manual to Accompany Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis pdf free download by Ann G. Ryan, Douglas C. Montgomery, Elizabeth A. Peck, G. Geoffrey Vining.

As the Solutions Manual, this book is meant to accompany the main title, Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis, Fifth Edition. Clearly balancing theory with applications, this book describes both the conventional and less common uses of linear regression in the practical context of today’s mathematical and scientific research. Beginning with a general introduction to regression modeling, including typical applications, the book then outlines a host of technical tools that form the linear regression analytical arsenal, including: basic inference procedures and introductory aspects of model adequacy checking; how transformations and weighted least squares can be used to resolve problems of model inadequacy; how to deal with influential observations; and polynomial regression models and their variations. The book also includes material on regression models with autocorrelated errors, bootstrapping regression estimates, classification and regression trees, and regression model validation.

I strongly recommend this book as an accompaniment to Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis. It helps the student to understand the various concepts introduced in the textbook.

Solutions guide to a really accessible stats book. I highly recommend it.

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Praise for the Fourth Edition

“As with previous editions, the authors have produced a leading textbook on regression.”
Journal of the American Statistical Association

A comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the fundamentals of regression analysis

Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis, Fifth Edition continues to present both the conventional and less common uses of linear regression in today’s cutting-edge scientific research. The authors blend both theory and application to equip readers with an understanding of the basic principles needed to apply regression model-building techniques in various fields of study, including engineering, management, and the health sciences.

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Project Management: Case Studies by Harold R. Kerzner pdf free download

Project Management: Case Studies by Harold R. Kerzner pdf free download

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Project Management: Case Studies by Harold R. Kerzner pdf free download.

A new edition of the most popular book of project management case studies, expanded to include more than 100 cases plus a “super case” on the Iridium Project

Case studies are an important part of project management education and training. This Fourth Edition of Harold Kerzner’s Project Management Case Studies features a number of new cases covering value measurement in project management. Also included is the well-received “super case,” which covers all aspects of project management and may be used as a capstone for a course.

This new edition:

  • Contains 100-plus case studies drawn from real companies to illustrate both successful and poor implementation of project management
  • Represents a wide range of industries, including medical and pharmaceutical, aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, finance and banking, and telecommunications
  • Covers cutting-edge areas of construction and international project management plus a “super case” on the Iridium Project, covering all aspects of project management
  • Follows and supports preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam

Project Management Case Studies, Fourth Edition is a valuable resource for students, as well as practicing engineers and managers, and can be used on its own or with the new Eleventh Edition of Harold Kerzner’s landmark reference, Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling.

(PMP and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

About the Author

HAROLD KERZNER, Ph.D., is Senior Executive Director for Project Management at the International Institute of Learning, Inc. (IIL), a global learning solutions company offering professional training and consulting services worldwide. Dr. Kerzner’s profound effect on the project management industry inspired IIL to establish the Kerzner International Project Manager of the Year Award, which is presented to a distinguished PMP® or global equivalent each year.

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Creating Mixed Model Value Streams: Practical Lean Techniques for Building to Demand by Kevin J. Duggan free download

Creating Mixed Model Value Streams: Practical Lean Techniques for Building to Demand by Kevin J. Duggan free download

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Creating Mixed Model Value Streams: Practical Lean Techniques for Building to Demand by Kevin J. Duggan free download.

Following in the footsteps of its bestselling predecessor, Kevin J. Duggan, an executive mentor and recognized authority on Lean and Operational Excellence, draws on more than 10 years of experience and learning to provideCreating Mixed Model Value Streams, Second Edition. This second edition takes a step-by-step approach to implementing Lean in complex environments and describes which Lean techniques to use when faced with difficult situations―including high product mix, scheduling problems, shared resources, and unstable customer demand. In addition to a new section on handling shared resources to support mixed model production, the second edition:

  • Contains updates to sections on mixed model value streams
  • Introduces new information on constructing product family matrices
  • Expands on the concept of takt in mixed models
  • Provides additional insights on existing mixed model concepts, such as determining product family, taktcapability, and heijunka (load level scheduling)
  • Presents new concepts on sequencing work, such as offset scheduling and sequenced first-in, first-out (FIFO) lanes

Illustrated with a case study based on actual experience as well as a CD with helpful tools, the book walks readers through the reasoning the author has used with great success in practice. It delves beyond the basics of value stream mapping to explain how to create future states in a manufacturing environment characterized by multiple products, varying cycle times, and changing demand. Demonstrating advanced techniques for creating flow through shared resources, it also considers the concept of a guaranteed turnaround time for the shared resource.

The Accompanying CD Includes:

  • Spreadsheet and tutorial for sorting products into families
  • Spreadsheets for calculating equipment required and for determining the interval for Every Part Every Interval (EPEI)
  • Samples of visual method sheets for standard work
  • Case study value stream maps and mapping icons

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The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design by Klaus Krippendorff pdf free download

The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design by Klaus Krippendorff pdf free download

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The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design by Klaus Krippendorff pdf free download.

Responding to cultural demands for meaning, user-friendliness, and fun as well as the opportunities of the emerging information society, The Semantic Turn boldly outlines a new science for design that gives designers previously unavailable grounds on which to state their claims and validate their designs. It sets the stage by reviewing the history of semantic concerns in design, presenting their philosophical roots, examining the new social and technological challenges that professional designers are facing, and offering distinctions among contemporary artifacts that challenge designers.

Written by Klaus Krippendorff, recognized designer and distinguished scholar of communication and language use, the book builds an epistemological bridge between language/communication theory and human-centered conceptions of contemporary artifacts. Clarifying how the semantic turn goes beyond product semantics and differs from other approaches to meaning, Krippendorff develops four new theories of how artifacts make sense and presents a series of meaning-sensitive design methods, illustrated by examples, and evaluative techniques that radically depart from the functionalist and technology-centered tradition in design.

An indispensable guide for the future of the design profession, this book outlines not only a science for design that encourages asking and answering new kinds of questions, it also provides concepts and a vocabulary that enables designers to better partner with the more traditional disciplines of engineering, ergonomics, ecology, cognitive science, information technology, management, and marketing.

His trajectory of artificiality, he has developed in his book is a great metaphor to frame and conceptualize some important developments in the design professions. I could imagine, because also some students told me, that this book is in some parts complex to understand, but it is also one of the exceptional readings on a theoretical which reframes the design professions for the future. I think it is a must for designers and the once who teaches design, even if we don’t agree with all the statements made. It is also a great starting point to get involved in a theoretical design discourse.

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