Dallas Cowboys’ Diamond Vision screen confirmed as world record

September 30, 2009

From www.diamond-vision.tv 

The world’s first four-sided, centre-hung, stadium video display consists of four Diamond Vision LED video screens, with the two main high-definition sideline displays measuring 22m high by 49m wide, and two Diamond Vision end-zone displays measuring 9m high by 15.5m wide. Weighing 544 tons, the screens are suspended 27.5m feet directly over the centre of the playing surface and stretch from nearly one 20-yard line to the other.

With a total viewing area of over 1,058 square-metres, the Diamond Vision display is equal to around 3,268 52-inch televisions, and is comprised of 10,584,064 individual LEDs.

“This was probably the most exciting project we’ve ever been involved with,” said Mark Foster, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric’s Diamond Vision Systems. “The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most innovative teams in the NFL, and their new stadium reflects that. These scoreboards and displays are the realisation of the Cowboys’ commitment to their fans and the sport. We are very proud that the Cowboys organization turned to Mitsubishi Electric to deliver their vision as part of this incredible project.”

"We’re extremely proud of our world-class Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision screen,” said Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones. “We have designed everything about Cowboys Stadium to provide an unequalled experience for our fans, and this screen is the centrepiece of what we have created for them.”

Mitsubishi Electric has now been recognised by Guinness World Records five times for its accomplishments, and the Cowboys’ board is the fourth Diamond Vision screen to be honoured by Guinness. The first came in August, 2003, for the World’s Longest Video Display at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong. In March 2005, GWR recognized the Diamond Vision LED display at Turner Field in Atlanta as the World’s Largest High-Definition Television Screen, and in September 2005 the Mitsubishi Electric video board at the Japan Racing Association Tokyo Racecourse was certified as the World’s Largest Television Display. In 1993, Mitsubishi Electric was recognised for designing and installing the world’s fastest elevator — capable of travelling at 750 meters per minute — at the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, Japan.

Mitsubishi Electric, the Official Large Outdoor Video Display Provider of the PGA TOUR, was the first company to introduce large-scale video display boards for the 1980 Major League Baseball All-Star game at Dodger Stadium. Since then, Mitsubishi Electric has been recognised as the leader in visually stunning displays for sports facilities, advertising, entertainment and communications. Other installations include the first-of-its-kind high-definition display at Yankee Stadium the first 32:9 ratio HD scoreboard at AT&T Park in San Francisco Times Square’s first HD display at MTV studios traffic-stopping marquees at Bally’s and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas a massive 11-screen display at Times Square in New York City and the largest indoor HD screen in North America, the 10m x 33.5m screen at the Colosseum in Las Vegas.

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Touchable holography becomes a reality

September 20, 2009

Japanese researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a touchable holographic display that allows users to interact with a floating 3-dimensional image. Using a combination of Wii gesture recognition sensors and a ultrasound transmitter, the researchers were able to not only control a holographic object floating in space, but to give the user tactile feedback when they “touch” it.

Semiconductors Challenge OLEDs

September 16, 2009

September 16, 2009

Semiconductors Challenge OLEDs A recent Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Spectrum article reveals that organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology may not be the successor to liquid crystal display technology (LCD) after all. New research funded by the Ford Motor Corporation demonstrates the creation, assembly, and connection of inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on a flexible substrate, opening up the possibility for the miniaturization of the technology. Given that inorganic LEDs surpass OLEDs in brightness, energy efficiency, durability, and moisture resistance, printed compound semiconductors may soon be the replacement technology of choice for small, pixel-dense displays.

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Birmingham-based Industry Forum’s ‘learn from the best’ visit to Japan

September 7, 2009

 Sep 7 2009 by John Cranage, Birmingham Post

Industrialists and engineers from all over the UK are being invited to take advantage of a chance to learn the secrets of Japanese manufacturing first hand in a “learn from the best” initiative run by the Birmingham-based Industry Forum.

The visit to Japan from November 21 to December 5 will be the ninth in a programme of Best Practice visits. Delegates – industry executives from a wide range of sectors – will visit some of Japan’s top manufacturing companies.

In the five years that visits have been running delegates from the automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical, food processing, white goods and other sectors have been given unprecedented access to manufacturing processes which are the envy of the world and rarely duplicated outside Japan with total effectiveness.

The ground-breaking visit has been made possible by contacts made by Industry Forum director Arthur David, who formerly worked for Nissan and General Motors, and Industry Forum executive co-ordinator Koji Wanaka, who was a senior official at Honda.

The visit will include detailed briefings by senior management at Nissan, Honda and Toyota and their major suppliers, as well as non-automotive companies.

Delegates will also attend detailed lectures from world-renowned Japanese experts on quality and total productive maintenance, as well as a presentation and reception at the British Embassy in Tokyo. Delegates on last year’s visit said it was a real eye-opener. Chris Taylor, lean change manager at Siemens, said: “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see world-class production really taking place.”

Peter Jones, specialist manufacturing adviser at the West Midlands Manufacturing Advisory Service, said: “Seeing and touching has put all the theory into real perspective and is the greatest motivational experience possible.”

The cost of the programme is £7,800 plus VAT which includes accommodation at a Tokyo hotel, flights, internal transport, all visits, interpreters and support from Industry Forum staff.

Mr David said previous visits had a “life-changing effect” on some delegates.

“The Japanese never stay still in business and all of the latest thinking in terms of lean manufacturing, quality, waste elimination, cost, efficiency and delivery originates in Japan,” he said. “There’s no better way than learning first hand from the best in the world.

“It is often claimed in the UK and western Europe that we can’t compete with Far Eastern countries because our labour costs are high.

“But Japan has some of the highest labour costs in the world and still leads the way in manufacturing efficiency.

“Japanese industry has spent decades refining their approach to manufacturing process control and people productivity and has deservedly gained worldwide recognition.

“This programme allows delegates to experience first hand what Japanese companies are doing and how they are maintaining their international reputation. In the past the Japanese have been protective of their secrets so opportunities like this are very rare indeed.”

The Industry Forum – based at Birmingham Business Park – was set up in 1996 by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders to improve competitiveness in the UK-based vehicle and components industry. Its practical programmes have led to major improvements by automotive suppliers across the UK and are being used in other industry sectors including aerospace, food processing and the construction equipment industry.

For further details of the Japanese visit call Arthur David at the SMMT Industry Forum on 0121 717 6613.

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Something for everyone at Manufacturing Technology Ireland 2009

September 3, 2009

Manufacturing Technology Ireland makes a welcome return to the National Show Centre, near to Dublin Airport, on October 14th & 15th 2009. The hugely popular event is Ireland’s largest manufacturing exhibition, and the premier showcase for Ireland’s considerable industrial and manufacturing expertise

At this year’s show, an expected 250 exhibitors will be promoting an extremely broad range of industrial products and services, including machinery, sub-contracting, factory equipment, consumables, mechanical, electrical and electronic components. With its experience of large-scale pharmabio and food & drink manufacture, Ireland also offers a unique concentration of automation, packaging and materials handling expertise, much of which will also be represented at the show. This diversity makes Manufacturing Technology Ireland an unrivalled marketplace for both buyers and sellers of industrial technologies and services.

Show director Phil Valentine says, "There really is something for everyone at Manufacturing Technology 2009. The diversity of skills and capabilities within Ireland’s comparatively small manufacturing economy is quite astonishing. We’ve tried very hard to reflect the unique blend of talents to be found here."
Ease of access makes the show popular with professionals who normally would not have the time to attend trade events. "We recognise that time is money, so everything is geared towards enabling visitors to make the most productive use of their time at the show." Technology Trails guide visitors straight to suppliers from specific sectors such as pharmabio or automotive, and the Manufacturing Technology Ireland website at www.industry.co.uk/ireland features a searchable database of exhibitors, enabling visitors to pre-plan their schedule.

Also, this year for the first time, the show has its own presence on the business networking service LinkedIn, which will allow visitors and exhibitors to meet and interact before and after the event itself. The Manufacturing Technology Ireland 2009 group is open to all LinkedIn users. For more information, visit www.linkedin.com.

Along with showcasing the best of Ireland’s manufacturing enterprise, MTI 2009 also offers visitors the chance to participate in a series of free, topical one-hour industrial seminars. Some of the highlights of this year’s programme include a session by Jason McChesney that examines how to increase profit and productivity during the recession through effective time management. Ray O’Neill, managing director of ESS Ltd, Limerick, discusses the topic of Lean Maintenance. Orla McNally, from Alma Consulting examines how to maximise the taxation benefit from your investment in innovation. Amongst the many other topics under review over the two-day show will include sessions on CE Marking, an introduction to patents and how to tender successfully for public sector contracts. A full listing of the seminar sessions is available on the show’s blog site at www.mti2009.wordpress.com

Manufacturing Technology Ireland opens on October 14th from 9.00am until 5pm, and on October 15th from 9.00am until 4.30pm. Entry to the exhibition and the seminars is free. The National Show Centre is located on the main Dublin to Belfast road, a short distance from Dublin Airport, the M50 and M1 motorways and Swords. Dublin city centre is just 20-30 minutes away and Belfast about a 2 hours drive. Car parking at the National Show Centre is free to exhibitors and visitors. For more information, and to book your tickets and free seminar places, visit www.industry.co.uk/ireland or call +44 (0)1784 880890.