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Case Studies Archives - The Triz Journal

Hurricanes, Pop-Tarts & Optimization Versus Innovation

14/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“HURRICANE FRANCES was on its way, barreling across the Caribbean, threatening a direct hit on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Residents made for higher ground, but far away, in Bentonville, Ark., executives at Wal-Mart Stores decided … Read More

Patent of the Month – Nanowire Motor

08/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We delve down into the micro-scale world for our patent of the month this month, and another lovely looking patent from the University of California, this time in San Diego. US 9,698,708 was granted on Independence Day. The … Read More

Case Study: Of David’s And Goliath’s

05/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

This is a true case study relayed to me at a recent workshop.

TRIZ/SI was not explicitly used during the definition or solution of the problem.

Rather, the case study is intended as an illustration of how Systematic … Read More

Case Study: Nationalisation Versus Privatisation

03/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Politics depresses me. For the most part I try and stay away. I blame TRIZ. Or possibly Edward de Bono. Or possibly Socrates. He was the one that forced politicians into thinking the world had to be either … Read More

Case Study: The Italian Job

29/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. For Brits of a certain age, it has become a cultural icon. In 2004, the … Read More

Patent of the Month – Target Neutralization

13/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I love obvious. Sometimes a solution can look so obvious, you have doubts that it is real. Then you notice that the owner is Lockheed, so you realise, hmm, maybe there’s something interesting happening here. The solution in … Read More

Investments – Silk Coating

01/05/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Food waste has an impact on food quality and safety, representing a loss of economic value and resources, and, a hindrance to economic development. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has estimated that one-third … Read More

Investments – Ultrasound ‘Drill’

29/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

‘Ultrasound can do anything’ part #455. One of my small paranoia’s in life is the potentially lethal effects of something as simple as a blood-clot. For almost as long, I’ve assumed that ultrasound ought to be a way … Read More

Equity (Or Not)

08/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

We’ve been doing quite a lot of work in the public sector this year. Which means enduring lots of noble-but-woolly thinking about concepts like equity. It usually doesn’t take long for the above image to be brought into … Read More

Case Study: Cleaning School

05/04/2018 |

Darrell Mann

In theory, keeping school buildings clean is a simple problem. On the other hand, because it involves people – especially those wonderful balls of chaos called ‘pupils’ – it turns out to be complex. As in complex-adaptive-system complex. … Read More

Patent of the Month – ThermoAcoustic Engine

30/03/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Well, it’s never going to win prizes for readability, but patent of the month this month is nevertheless an elegant evolution of the thermoacoustic engine. US9,777,951 was granted to a quartet of inventors at Tokai University in Japan … Read More

Case Study: B2B Intangibles

06/03/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Everyone involved in the Business-to-Consumer world is at least beginning to understand the importance of designing for the unspoken intangible outcomes customers are looking for. A lot of times those in the B2B world still don’t get it. … Read More

Case Studies: Milk-Shake

22/02/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I read the latest Clayton Christensen book, Competing Against Luck, last month. In the fractured, fractious world of innovation, Christensen is one of the few ‘must-read’s. Even though an awful lot of his output is a re-hash of … Read More

Patent of the Month – Monocentric Lens

18/02/2018 |

Darrell Mann

If I was a betting man, I’d say that this month’s patent of the month had the smell of TRIZ about it. US9,860,443 was granted to a trio of inventors at the University of California. Two of them … Read More

Patent of the Month – Smartphone Detection Of Vehicle Maneuvers

04/02/2018 |

Darrell Mann

There’s an awful lot of talk these days about autonomous vehicles. A lot of it is naïve. We won’t all be driving around in autonomous vehicles in the next five years – or even ten – because there … Read More

Investments – Graphene Meta-Lens

23/01/2018 |

Darrell Mann

On the quest for miniaturization, scientists at the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS, South Korea), in collaboration with researchers from the University of Birmingham and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science … Read More

Law Of System Completeness Hierarchies

22/01/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Constructing Function and Attribute Analysis (FAA) models is one of my least favourite TRIZ-related activities. At the same time as trying to avoid drawing them, I also know it’s the most important problem definition job I have to … Read More

Patent of the Month – Sol Gels

12/01/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Aerogels. Long touted as one of the ‘holy grail’ technologies, aerogels or sol-gels have never really made the transition to a successful commercialization. On the plus side, the properties of the materials as thermal insulators are unparalleled. … Read More

On-Demand De-Salination

12/01/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Modern solar cells, which use energy from light to generate electrons and holes that are then transported out of semiconducting materials and into external circuits for human use, have existed in one form or another for over 60 … Read More

Resilience: Operational Excellence And Innovation

11/01/2018 |

Darrell Mann

If you ever have the opportunity to talk to an ultra-marathon athlete you will quickly ascertain that they see the world differently to most. A lay-person tends to think that the ability to run an ultra-marathon is achieved … Read More