Thursday, November 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot November 2018

Technolink member Kevin McDonald, Executive Vice President of Alvaka Networks, advises us all to stay on top of vulnerabilities in software. "If you own a computer, it is very likely you know something about patching or updating software," says Mr. McDonald. "This is different from upgrading, which usually means a developer of software has added new features or made significant changes to the application." Sometimes a weakness, or hole in software allows an attacker (malware or a hacker) to take action. These weaknesses are discovered either by an outsider or the developer of the software.
The patch is designed to modify the application in order to close the hole—otherwise known as a vulnerability—or to fix bugs and/or errors. Software vulnerability is a leading attack vector, and yet one of the simplest to secure. According to a recent study by Fortinet, 90% of attacks leveraged vulnerabilities that were known for three or more years, and 60% for 10 years. In Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, they reported 99.9% of exploited vulnerabilities were known for more than one year before an attack.
"It is essential to close these vulnerabilities at home, as well as in your business," Mr. McDonald continues. "Many individuals and organizations do a very poor job of keeping up on patching and, as a result, leaving themselves exposed. I can speak from experience, as we at Alvaka Networks patch thousands of servers and desktops for corporations every month. While the application of patches is straightforward, if delayed, done poorly, or without proper consideration of back-up, application corruption, post patch testing and other issues, serious damage and business interruption can occur." 
To learn more about Alvaka Networks, click here


John Jaramillo, Technolink member and Dean of Economic and Workforce Development & Business Science at Saddleback College, reports that students are gaining real world experience in developing tools and devices through a collaboration with Swift Engineering.  Their collaboration benefits e-NABLE, a group of volunteers from across the globe that use 3D printers to create free prosthetics.
The devices Saddleback students are making can be printed in a variety of materials, including durable nylon, ABS, PLA, and TPU. Students download files of the pre-designed hands and arms and then print the devices using the 3D printers in the Advanced Manufacturing Lab.
e-NABLE does not charge for the prosthetic devices it provides. Typically, a professionally made, muscle-actuated arm can cost up to $10,000, with much of the cost coming from the materials and parts alone.
This is a great opportunity for Saddleback College to collaborate with a leading motorsport, aviation and aerospace manufacturing company, Swift Engineering, in the design, manufacturing, and assembly of robotic prosthetic hands, for not only for the applied learning experience for students in STEM, but more importantly for the humanitarian purpose of improving the quality of life of the recipients of these robotic hands.” states Israel Dominguez, Director of Economic Workforce and Development at Saddleback. e-NABLE estimates it has delivered about 1,800 hands to children, with the devices holding up quite well to the activities of a typical child. Many have sent in videos of themselves using the hands to ride bikes, throw a ball with a dog, swim, and perform other activities.
Past students have completed a hand for both an 8-year-old boy who is missing a hand and most of the lower arm from his left side and for a 3-year-old boy with the same missing limb. Students are also working on their own design by integrating Arduino Uno technology with a sensor that detects electrical activity of muscles to control robotic hand movements of the device.
For additional information on Saddleback College Manufacturing and other Career Education Programs, please visit the Saddleback College web site: 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Technolink Quick Snap 2018

We are pleased to share that the Technolink Presidents' Club Fall Forum was featured in the San Bernardino Sun. A special congratulations to Technolink Principal Supporter  KVP International  for this spotlight on the incorporation of automation in the workplace.  To read the article, click below.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Technolink Snaphost October 2018

We are celebrating Manufacturing Month this October
by featuring insights from a couple of our members. 

This summer, Donn Silberman, Technical Services Manager for Starrett Kinemetric Engineering (SKE) in Laguna Hills, CA, successfully completed leading his second Starrett Technician Training Workshop.
While these workshops are currently targeted to be repeated and improved upon each year, SKE now has 22 trained technicians who are employed by SKE partners and work in concert with the SKE Factory Technicians. This new service business model parallels and works in conjunction with the Starrett Factory Sales Team (Product Specialists). Now both Factory Sales and Service Teams work closely with our Distributors’ Sales and Service Teams to build strong relationships with our end user customers.
Starrett Kinemetric Engineering designs, manufactures and sells Optical Comparators and Advanced Vision Metrology Systems for measuring dimensions of complex manufactured parts for industries across the globe. These include medical devices, aerospace, telecommunications, packaging and much more. Services include installing, calibrating and repairing these systems, as well as training end user customers to obtain the most productivity from these modern machines.

Training and educating staff, partners and end users is a key function of the SKE Technical Services Team. In addition to  traditional hands-on in person in the user’s lab or a specific training facility, Starrett now offers remote over the internet training and technical assistance where a trainer can access a student’s system (from anywhere in the world) and, together, they can go step-by-step through detailed instruction to get to the desired result of the specific technical application. This teaching model is being expanded with more innovations to come. To learn more, click 


CMTC announces Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 5! 
California manufacturers will open their doors with the aim to inspire our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.  For a full list of participants and events, click 

A Technolink supporter, CMTC
 is a non-profit organization that serves as a trusted advisor to manufacturers by providing solutions to grow both their businesses and the California economy.
“California’s Manufacturing Network”, formed and managed by California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC),  is a collaboration of more than 20 manufacturing-focused partners that augment CMTC’s services. The combined services are aimed at delivering a broad range of technical assistance to Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers (SMMs) in both urban and rural areas statewide.
The Network’s mission is to generate a positive financial impact for manufacturers and the California economy. The Network offers a variety of services including:
  • On site workforce training and/or center-based workforce training
  • Consulting and coaching to improve manufacturing costs and productivity
  • Growth services to drive new products, markets, and customers
  • Assistance with industry-specific challenges
The Network measures its performance from financial impacts realized and satisfaction ratings reported via client surveys conducted by a third party. The Network is an efficient way for CMTC to bring added capability and capacity to serve manufacturers statewide, especially in rural and underserved regions.
California’s Manufacturing Network is the “Go-To” organization supporting small and medium-sized manufacturers throughout California by generating significantly more financial impact for their clients and for the State of California.
CMTC is one of fifty-one Centers across the nation in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network which is part of the U.S. Government’s effort to develop and deploy technology, management and technical expertise for SMMs focused on improving their productivity and global competitiveness.  For more information, click 

photo courtesy CMTC blog 


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Technolink Fall 2018 Presidents' Forum Presentations

Thank you for joining us at the Technolink Presidents' Club Fall 2018 Forum.  We spent the day sharing friendly, thought-provoking conversations exploring the transformational shift in business and the workplace. 

We will come together again for our annual Spring Forum on Tuesday, March 26 at the Athenaeum Club at Caltech. 

Some of the forum presentations are included below for your viewing. 

Thank you for making Technolink such a rich and inspiring community!  May we continue to share the gift of kindness with all throughout this harvest and Thanksgiving season.

Mag Powell-Meeks
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Exploring the Transformational Shift in Business & the Workplace
Steve Gitlin
Aerovironment, Inc.
How to Leverage Technology Resources to Develop Value Proposition to Our Customers
Kent Peterson
P2S Inc.
Decarbonizing the Energy Grid"
Yaron Gamburg
International Affairs Specialist

Geopolitical Situation Briefing
Yaron Gamburg

Middle East Briefing
Terry O'Neill
The O'Neill Company
Global Economic Forecast"

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Technolink Snapshot September 2018

Snapshot News from Technolink Members

Many of us in the Technolink community know and understand that protecting our Intellectual Property (IP) is the key to fostering innovation and encouraging discovery in research and development across many fields.  With many current news stories focusing on the added economic value of IP rights, we turned to Technolink member Marc Karish, patent attorney at Karish & Bjorgum, a premier law firm that specializes in protecting the intellectual property of small to mid-size companies in California and beyond. In our conversation with Mr. Karish, he points out that timing is critical when it comes to protecting intellectual property -- whether it be medical devices, industrial and/or mechanical inventions or any results of the creative mind.

"Businesses should file patent applications as soon as possible," says Mr. Karish. "Under the America Invents Act, any delay risks someone else making the invention available to the public before the application filing date and thereby limiting or eliminating possible patent protection.  The inventor’s own public use, offer for sale, sale or public disclosure of the invention more than one year before filing a patent application renders the invention unpatentable."

For the first time in history, 80% of a company's assets are intellectual rather than physical. And, with global access to so much information online, an idea can be copied before it is protected. "The Internet allows for nearly instantaneous transfer and copying of inventions after they are made public.  If an invention is disclosed prior to filing a patent application, someone may start copying it immediately and that copying may prevent patent protection unless the inventor can show that the copier learned of the invention from the inventor."

In our fast-paced economy, protecting intellectual property domestically and abroad is more time-sensitive than ever. Karish & Bjorgum specializes in all aspects from acquisition and transactions to litigation. To learn more, visit  

Technolink member Lt. General Larry James, Deputy Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports the launch of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Follow-On pair of spacecraft from Vandenberg AFB on May 22, 2018.  The mission is a partnership between NASA/JPL and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).

GRACE-FO is a successor to the original GRACE mission, which orbited Earth from 2002-2017. GRACE-FO will carry on the extremely successful gravity measurement work of its predecessor while testing a new technology designed to dramatically improve the already remarkable precision of its measurement system.  The two GRACE satellites, flying in formation, very precisely measure Earth’s gravity and changes in gravity around the globe.  For detailed information about the mission, see this link:  For a video of the launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9, click below: