Benner P.,TU Chemnitz |
Kressner D.,ETH Zurich |
Sima V.,ICI Chemicals and Polymers |
Varga A.,German Aerospace Center
At-Automatisierungstechnik | Year: 2010
SLICOT is a comprehensive numerical software package for control systems analysis and design. While based on highly performant Fortran routines, Matlab and Scilab interfaces provide convenient alternative access for users. In this survey, we summarize the functionality contained in the three SLICOT toolboxes for (1) basic tasks in systems and control, (2) system identification, and (3) model and controller reduction. Several examples illustrate the use of these toolboxes for addressing frequent computational tasks. © Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag.
ICI Chemicals and Polymers | Date: 2016-03-09
News Article | October 17, 2006
Few things can have greater impact on your personal brand and your organization's brand recognition than developing and sharing your expertise with the world. Whether you call it becoming a thought leader or a public expert, or, as marketing guru Steven Yoder's book espouses, Getting Slightly Famous, you should do it. Trust me. I'm living proof that it works. My first job was with Imperial Chemical Industries. I was fresh out of college at Yale, and like all new graduates, I didn't know much. But when I noticed that Total Quality Management was the consultant-driven business trend du jour, I decided to make that my expertise. I studied all the texts that were available, interviewed experts at conferences, and endlessly discussed and debated the issues with my colleagues. Soon, I was writing articles, contributing to a self-published book, teaching inside the company, and speaking at conferences. And when it was clear I was one of ICI's three go-to guys for TQM knowledge, the company crafted a new position for me as one of the leaders of TQM in North America, a promotion that certainly bolstered my application to Harvard Business School. This simple formula: 1) Build expertise, 2) Get people to recognize it — is one I used throughout my career. At Deloitte Consulting, my rise from post-MBA consultant to chief marketing officer was accelerated by my "getting slightly famous" in the fields of re-engineering and customer relationship management. Then it was sharing my marketing acumen that helped me land jobs as CMO of Starwood Hotels and CEO of a computer games startup, as well as founding my own sales and marketing consultancy, Ferrazzi Greenlight. Even today, it's that simple one-two formula that we help large sales forces, marketing departments, and senior executives implement through Ferrazzi Greenlight coaching and training. For our purposes now, we'll assume that you already have an area of expertise. Here are the five steps to getting people to recognize it (originally taught to me at Deloitte by Bo Manning, who is now CEO of Orchestria). While following these steps, I guarantee you'll begin to see your personal and organizational cachet grow in the marketplace. And if you complete step five and have that book in hand, you'll enter a club I never knew existed before I was a published author. Because being a thought leader does take hard work, people have tremendous respect for those who have taken it to the final stage. And they put their money where their mouth is. According to a recent study conducted by RainToday, 96 percent of authors report that writing a book produced positive results for their businesses. From personal experience, I can attest to that, too. My book Never Eat Alone has certainly helped my consulting business and completely exploded my speaking business. Now I can't wait to see what becoming a public expert will do for you. Got something to say? Join the discussion.
News Article | March 27, 2012
1933: Two British research chemists miss an important detail … and make polyethylene. Reginald Gibson and Eric Fawcett worked at Imperial Chemical Industries’ research laboratory at Winnington, Chesire. Their equipment was faulty when they attempted to react ethylene and benzaldehyde under high pressure. They produced a waxy lump of what the British call polythene. Unbeknownst to the researchers, oxygen had leaked into their apparatus and catalyzed the reaction. Using better equipment two years later, ICI scientists M.W. Perrin and J.C. Swallow detected a leak. It took several months before they figured out that it was trace oxygen in their ethylene that played the key role. American chemist Carl Marvel actually made polyethylene by a different method before the ICI team, in the early 1930s. He just ignored it, because “nobody thought polyethylene was good for anything.” ICI, however, had plenty of ideas. The chemical conglomerate obtained its first patents in 1936 and quietly put the new plastic into production in 1938. During World War II, polyethylene was a military secret. It was used to insulate cables on newly developed radar devices. Large-scale, commercial polyethylene production began after the war to create a plethora of plastic kitchenware, toys, containers and packaging. Polyethylene achieved wide use because of its versatility and low cost. It now competes with other plastics like polyfluoroethylene and polypropylene. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) has lots of branched polymer chains, which make it more flexible for use in plastic bags, films and packaging materials. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) has long, straight polymer chains, which make it more durable for use in containers, plumbing, and other parts and fittings. This article first appeared on Wired.com March 27, 2008.
News Article | October 10, 2007
Case study: How wireless has made life a lot simpler for the chemicals giant ICI has rolled out a wireless local area network (WLAN) to make accessing its corporate network both easy and secure. The global paint and chemical manufacturer has been putting the WLAN in place with wireless networking specialists Aruba Networks since the end of last year, and the network has been running on several sites since the beginning of 2007. ICI has more than 400 sites globally and employees will soon be able to access the corporate network at many of these sites. Paul Simmonds, global information security director at ICI, said around 20 sites have started to use the service so far. He added that those sites that will eventually have the WLAN will be primary positions along with some other locations if they have a reason for it. He said: "I don't think we'd ever do all 400 [sites], but probably the majority." He explained that the WLAN is centrally managed from a data centre in the UK where the Aruba master switch is located. The network uses Aruba 6000 mobility controllers and remote access points for people to securely connect to the corporate network. Simmonds said the system is easy to use and standardised. He said: "It's very quick and simple. Just lift your lid and go." He added that ICI held off implementing a WLAN due to concerns that it wouldn't be sufficiently transparent to the user or automatically secure. But the company has found that Aruba's technology deals with this concern. Simmonds said: "It's provided a very user-friendly experience for our users, coupled with a secure solution. So we've got the best of both worlds." One of the big benefits is that visiting users - such as consultants or temporary contractors - can access the network securely without the need for a second network so there has been a significant amount of cost avoidance. Simmonds said: "We wanted the effect on the user to be no different than being wired. Wireless is a really easy way to provide an overlay." Simmonds concluded that despite the initial scepticism, many employees now consider the Aruba network an "indispensable tool".