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Various web design and development companies have been continuously working on the website accessibility and the improvement of the accessibility. The website accessibility would define whether or not a particular website is going to shine in the race for the first place in the consumers’ heart. Thus, every website ownerneeds to work on the website accessibility. There are secret tricks to make a website accessible and successful in the vicious competition.

 

The foremost question that comes from the developers and designers is which is the best time to think about the accessibility during the website development? Is it the coding part? “Well, you can always consider the accessibility while coding but the accessibility can be achieved without even writing a single line of code!”, told by the marketing head of Intlum Technology Private Limited, a leading website design company in Kolkata.

 

There are certain design elements which cause a website’s accessibility. If these design elementsare successfully improved, any website can become immensely accessible as well as productive in today’s date. So, let’s check out the top 3 essential design elements which can enhance the accessibility of a website by a huge margin.

 

Top 3 Design Elements to Enhance Your Website’s Accessibility

 

Below are the elements which need to be highlighted in order to receive an applause from the users roaming around the internet to avail specific services or buy particular products from a website. So, let’s begin without further ado.

 

Refine the UI/UX

 

The whole accessibility part depends a lot on how a website is structured and laid out (which is the UI part) and how a website is interactive with the visitors (which is the UX part). These two factors are equally important and responsible for bringing any website the right amount of accessibility that it deserves. Certain differences are there between the User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) but both are vital for website accessibility despite the differences, according to various leading names in the sector of website design and development.

 

With a good UI/UX, a website is able to provide the users with a proficient amount of reliability and relaxation. The visually impaired users or theusers with reading disorders or the screen readers (In a nutshell, the people with disabilities) will definitely be benefitted by the nurtured UI/UX.

 

UI/UX Guidelines for Designers to Achieve Accessibility

 

 

    • Plan the headers and page layout in a way that it suits the visitors using mouse-keyboard or the touchscreen devices.

 

    • The obvious focus indicators should be smartly used in order to depict the users where they are on a web page.

 

    • Make use of whitespace to create a clutter-free design which will eliminate confusions for the users.

 

    • Important elements of a website should always be put at the top or the bottom of a web page which brings the best visibility to the vital components.

 

    • Complex words should never be used for showcasing excellence or expertise. The use of simple yet engaging words willmake the readers stick to a site.

 

 

Typography is the New Trend

 

The choice of fonts and typefaces can make a huge difference in a website’s accessibility. Nobody likes to see the boring and tedious fonts used in thousands of words on a website. In that case, using a good typography will always help achieve the goal of engaging the potential clients.On the other hand, an obscure font on a website can always lead to the downfall as thelack of clarity in the font will always make the users annoyed and they will simply leave the site after a certain period of time.

 

Typography can single-handedly make or break a website. The users with learning, reading and attention disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, users with low vision along with the users with English as a Second Language (ESL)will find it difficult to stay on a site if the typography is not accessible enough.

 

Considering and implementing all the above aspects together itself is overwhelming and a matter of dilemma. Working on the font variation, tracking, serif/sans-serif, and kerning are some of the matters you need to handle. The job is tough but can be achieved by following the guidelines below.

 

Typography Guidelines for Designers to Achieve Accessibility

 

 

    • Select a font that is considered accessible from the beginning. This font can be used for the main body.

 

    • Put a restriction on the number of font families used on a website as well as provide alternative fonts.

 

    • Make the base font size adequate – a minimum of 14px. It will be much better if the font size isspecified by percentage or any relative value for trouble-free resizing in future.

 

    • Put restrictions on the use of font styling. Italics, Bold, and capitalized words should only be used where needed. On the other hand, make use of underlines only when a linked text is involved.

 

    • Golden Ratio Typography Calculator can be a viable solution when you are in doubt regarding the font size, line height and width, and the CPL (Character Per Line).

 

 

Color and Contrast

 

Color and Contrast is the hub of every successful design. Whether it is a website or an app, only a good color contrast can take the venture to the top. In fact, several studies have also stated that the brand perception is often tied to the use of colors. One study even conveys that 90% of all the snap judgments depend only on the color and contrast! So, let’s take a close look at the guidelines which can enhance the skills in improving the accessibility of color and contrast on a website.

 

Color and Contrast Guidelines for Designers to Achieve Accessibility

 

 

    • Use colors located on the opposite ends of the color spectrum. Try to avoid the yellow/blue and green/red combination.

 

    • Make a cautious and clever use of the light shades since they are difficult to view for the individuals with low vision.

 

    • Not only depend on the colors to convey the subject matters to the website users. Make use of underlines or other significances for links and other important aspects of a website.

 

    • Make sure that a website has solid backgrounds since the cluttered backgrounds make the texts more difficult to read, especially, when the color contrast is not good enough.

 

 

So, these are the top three ways to make any website design more accessible to the users. The result of considering these designing strategies are quite significant and fruitful. A relationship advising blog called Wisledge is a live example of successful implementation of the three designing strategies mentioned above. Reportedly, they have nurtureda great improvement in terms of traffic and engagement after implementing these strategies to their website and post details pages.

 

In order to bring a website into the limelight, the design has to be accessible. If the potential clients face difficulty in understanding a design or browsing awebsite, the site will stay behind in the race.

 

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Outsourcing software development has emerged as a global trend in today’s digital world. Gone are the days when outsourcing was considered purely for budgetary reasons. As the demand for technology talent increases, the pool within some geographic areas appears to be shrinking fast. Companies are finding themselves in need of good talent that isn’t always available internally.

I’ve been involved with software development outsourcing for well over a decade. My company outsources software development to engineers in the U.S. and also in other parts of the world such as Pakistan, the Philippines and India. I’ve found that as globalization has picked up steam, so has the race to get the best software developers around the world. Many big-name companies are now hiring outside firms to develop their software and handle other technological needs. Some of them outsource their software development to what we call “on-site companies,” where they actually rely on outside firms to staff their technology teams and complete projects on-site. Some do otherwise and hire firms or individuals for off-site work.

Here are some of the pros and cons of outsourcing software development, plus some tips for how to do so successfully.

The Benefits Of Outsourcing

There are many benefits to outsourcing software development. Not only can outsourcing deliver monetary benefits to small and medium enterprises, but it also can provide them with customized expertise to attain short- and long-term relief for their software development needs. According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Outsourcing Survey, the top motivations for enterprises to outsource include cost-cutting and the abilities to focus on core business functions and solve capability issues.

In my experience, outsourcing software development can offer companies an increased return on investment as well as a competitive edge thanks to articulated team management using renowned technology and communication tools and practicable infrastructure.

The Challenges Of Outsourcing

While outsourcing software development can offer many benefits for a company, there are challenges as well, such as confidentiality and security risks. Maintaining privacy sometimes becomes a troubleshooting experience for enterprises.

The misunderstanding of organizational structure can be another challenge for companies working with outside developers to overcome. It can take time for software developers to understand a company’s working methodologies. In some cases, the productivity level of a software developer can be affected due to a difference in time zones, culture or native language. Due to a difference in culture or language, for example, it is quite possible for software developers to misunderstand messages. The culture/language barrier issue can be multiplied by the misunderstanding of organizational structure.

Tips For Outsourcing Software Development

Despite the challenges, there are many tools at your disposal to help make the process of outsourcing software development smoother. Cybersecurity tools can help firms avoid security risks, for example, while video conferences can help companies overcome some of the communication barriers.

Below are more tips for how companies can successfully outsource software development.

Implement agile methodologies.

Agile methodologies allow firms to keep a check on production and swiftly work during a project’s life cycle. They allow a product’s owner sitting at one end and a software developer at the other end to work together. The product can then be assembled in weekly cycles called sprints by keeping in mind all the technical and business revenue aspects. Through agile, a product owner and the software development team members can fully understand the nature of the project, the target assigned and the goals to be achieved.

Use project management tools.

There are many digital applications available to remind software developers of the list of tasks assigned to them. When there are vast numbers of tasks linked to a project, the nature of it can become complex. Project management applications like Asana, Basecamp and Trello can help software developers manage project tasks, calendars and conversation threads.

Focus on user experience design.

User experience (UX) design can play a key role in the process of outsourcing software development. UX design formulates a client’s requirement into a real-time image. The UX interface is not about just design but also about the functionality of the software. Ask your software development consultant whether they provide UX designers. A UX designer can create a mock-up of a workflow for you, and once it’s approved, then it can be given to software engineers to start developing according to design criteria.

While on one hand, outsourcing software development can allow firms to save money on the cost of creating software and give them access to technological capabilities they don’t have in-house, there also are the challenges such as security risks and communication barriers to consider. When selecting a software developer to outsource a project to, ask about how they handle such challenges. A software developer should be a critical thinker and have flexibility in solving problems. Also ask about their technical expertise, work experience and background. Conduct detailed interviews and coding exercises, if possible, to ensure that the developer is capable of performing the needed tasks.

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Few factors affect an online retailer’s e-commerce sales more than the design of its retail website 61% of consumers will leave a retail site and go to a competitor if they have problems using a particular website, according to an exclusive Internet Retailer survey of 562 online shoppers conducted in October.

As technology improves, so do customer expectations. That means retailers’ web designs have to constantly evolve. For instance, Gap Inc., No. 20 in the Internet Retailer 2018 Top 500, is in the midst of a multiyear effort to offer more personalized and streamlined shopping on its e-commerce websites. The project doesn’t have an end date, says Greg Schuler, the retailer’s head of user experience design, because  it will always face pressure to use new capabilities to make e-commerce more satisfying—and faster—for customers. An emphasis on speed is especially important now, he says, as online shopping shifts increasingly to smartphones.

The 2018 holiday season will be the first in which shoppers will place more orders from their phones than computers or tablets, according to survey results from customer relationship management software company Salesforce.com Inc. Smartphones will account for 46% of all orders, edging out computers (44%) and far outpacing tablets (9%).

Consumers’ growing use of mobile devices to shop online has enormous implications for web design. Not only do retailers have to think hard about how their websites look and function on small screens, they also must account for less-than-reliable mobile networks and look for ways to make checkout easy to accomplish on mobile devices. Gap, for instance, recently re-worked its checkout process to eliminate up top 50% of the clicks required in the previous version.

Mobile shopping is just one of the big trends influencing e-commerce web design. Beyond being mobile-friendly, consumers also expect the navigation and search functions of retail websites to help them find the products they want to buy quickly and effortlessly. Online shoppers also expect retail websites they visit often to recognize and remember them and serve up personalized content.

Based on exclusive research by Internet Retailer, the just-released 2019 State of Web Design Report details the very latest website features and design elements that are helping online merchants reduce abandoned carts and increase conversion rates.

The 53-page report includes:

  • A list of the top 50 retail websites ranked on the basis of 22 quantitative and qualitative criteria
  • An analysis of which website features impact site conversion rates the most
  • An analysis, based on exclusive consumer surveys of what shoppers are looking for in retail websites and what prevents them from converting
  • The 20 website features used most by the Internet Retailer Top 1000
  • A deep-dive into mobile web design and site personalization
  • Examples of well-designed retail home and product pages
  • A closer look at four top e-retailers that recently redesigned their websites, including Gap Inc.
  • More than 20 charts and tables revealing the results of Internet Retailer’s exclusive consumer and retailer surveys on web design

This report, along with 20 other research reports, is immediately available to Digital Commerce 360 Platinum and Gold members. Single copy sales are also available for $299.

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U.S.-based data analytics firm Verisk has agreed to acquire Rulebook, a provider of business intelligence and software for the London Insurance Market.

The purchase price is $87 million in cash, which Verisk said will be funded through cash on hand and existing bank facilities, subject to typical closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to be accretive to 2019 adjusted EPS. In addition, Verisk expects the acquisition to generate an attractive return in excess of Verisk’s cost of capital.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Rulebook’s proprietary pricing engine can be used for internal pricing and underwriting as well as external distribution for the specialty insurance market through its Rulebook hub platform. Rulebook, which was started in 2002, also offers data analytics on historical, current and predictive views of business operations.

Rulebook’s pricing engine is used by carriers in the London specialty insurance market to build underwriting rules for complex specialty insurance products through a simple, easy-to-use web-based platform.

Mark Anquillare, chief operating officer of Verisk, called Rulebook “a Verisk-like business.”

“The acquisition will expand Verisk’s existing offerings to the specialty insurance market by adding Rulebook’s proprietary pricing and management information engines to Sequel’s specialized software suite,” said Ian Summers, CEO of Sequel, another London insurance software firm acquired by Verisk in 2017. “These enhanced offerings will provide our customers with more efficient methods of distribution and significantly improved data analytics capabilities.”

Verisk, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., operates in 30 countries.

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The Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF) has urged the government to drop its move to secure Windows-10 Microsoft software in violation of the policy to use free software.

A DAKF release said here on Sunday that the IT Department had issued an order on November 29 for purchasing the software under the cover of the centralised purchase system. This was aimed at according a red carpet welcome to Microsoft and also render a blow to the gains acquired by using free software in e-governance, education and other sectors.

The move comes at a time when a circular that restricts the acquisition of such proprietorial software for use in government was in force. Scores of computers were functioning on free software without any hitch in general education sector, Government Secretariat and other departments. Even the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software under the IT Department is using free software extensively used for research, development and campaign purposes.

Vested interests

Hence, the DAKF urged the IT Department to give up the move, which it said, has been initiated under the interest of some officials.

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Developers feel quite comfortable in case of PHP website development in comparison to other programming languages since it assists them in focusing on one particular area at a time. Another major reason for its wide popularity is that it is actually an open source programming language that means it is free to use. It supports MS SQL, MySQL and Oracle databases without any sort of trouble.

Considering this, it is expected to see a growing trend of PHP development. Mentioned below are some of the PHP development trends that you should watch out in 2018.

1. Options of Startups and Small Businesses

PHP language is well-suited for creating enterprise applications since it can easily handle a large volume of data. Utilizing PHP, you can easily start as an MVP or minimum viable product and then keep up growing.

This language is open source and comes with ready-to-use bundles as well as libraries which make it less vulnerable to different changes in the field of website development. Hiring PHP development company cost quite less, which means it is quite beneficial for startups and small businesses.

2. Emergence of IoT Technology

IoT technology is essentially a complex virtual structure of three distinct layer that needs a dynamic language which also provides faster coding. PHP fits best into these requirements that make it the best possible infrastructure solutions.

The latest PHP 7 allows the developers to easily access the asynchronous programming which allows the PHP code to easily carry out different multiple tasks in one particular single script.

3. Better Language Version

PHP 7 was recently introduced in 2015, and it kept getting updated four times with inherent major importance given to essentially improve security. Few of the other improvements consist of memory new interoperability features, faster code execution and usage optimization.

You can hire a web development company that specializes in PHP in order to get better web development services.

4. Growing Outsourcing of PHP Development

The entire global IT outsourcing market has been touted to grow by a significant margin in future. The major reason is that the outsource is quite low in costs.

That is why most of the American and European countries hire PHP development companies in different regions of the world that offer cheaper services. The huge currently rate difference has encouraged this particular trend.

5. Combination of Java and PHP

It is quite expected for different companies to create web applications which are a combination of both Java and PHP. Java is considered to be among the most secure programming languages while in case of PHP, it provides speed.

Combining both of them assist the companies to essentially reduce the costs and upgrade their applications within a relatively shorter period of time.

6. Increased Flexibility of Usage

If you have built a web application for your business and wished to expand it, then you can either choose actually to borrow different libraries from various places and upgrade. However, you will require a middleware in this case.

Middleware is essentially a bridge between the OS or database and web applications. There are numerous middleware solutions which are available readily that you can easily use to access any of the PHP framework libraries.

You should hire PHP developers who are updated with the latest advancements in order to get the best version of the web application.

Read the blog- Which is the best PHP Web Development Framework

7. Increasing Benefits of PHP

PHP is highly dynamic. It allows the developers to essentially create dynamic websites easily. PHP can also be easily packaged with all types of Linux distributions, and this makes it quite easy to run with two distinct commands on the given command-line.

Treads is another benefit that PHP offers. PThreads assists in running different threads that enhance the overall ability of execution IMHP on different multi-core systems.

PHP also has one of the modules for image processing that has integration with the GD.

8. User Interface Trends

Responsive web is another major PHP trend for the user interface. Social media website like Twitter, Facebook, Emails and even e-commerce websites such as Amazon, eBay etc.

are the most frequently visited website that people search on their mobiles. In order to make them more convenient to the user and offer the best experience, the website owners should ensure that the websites are responsive.

Infographics, online presentations and visual effects is another rising trend that keeps the user engaged with the website. Flash is also utilized to create a 3D interaction that can be games or banner ads.

Header bar is used to express the services that are offered. Parallax scrolling is another gaming changing trend that is used to provide the images and banners with a 3D effect.

Conclusion

PHP is an astounding and brilliant server-side scripting language which can be easily used to perform different modules. Among this is the one which creates dynamic pages which have dynamic content that comprise of flash and animation in such a way that makes it quite feasible for the developers to create a great customized website that can essentially be the point of conversion of the thoughts of the different clients and even visitors.

The second module is meant for the independent user as PHP is open source and it can easily be converted in the HTML Developers can easily utilize PHP MySQL in order to control as well as repair all of the front and backend activities along with script installations without any types of queries. PHP is widely used for creating social media sites, email supervision and content management systems along with different other tasks.

These benefits and facets of PHP allow PHP website development an ideal choice for businesses. The above-mentioned PHP development trends shape the website development industry in 2018.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened up its serverless language support, allowing “builders” to bring their own language to AWS Lambda.

Making the announcement at AWS re:Invent on Wednesday, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said the offering comes in response to customers having their own favourite language and making sure that AWS isn’t restricting them.

The announcement comes in two parts, with the introduction of two new features aimed at making serverless development easier.

Lambda Layers is a way to centrally manage code and data that is shared across multiple functions; while Lambda Runtime API, is a simple interface to use any programming language, or a specific language version, for developing functions.

According to Vogels, the two features can be used together, as runtimes can be shared as layers so that developers can pick them up and use their desired programming language when authoring Lambda functions.

AWS is making C++ and Rust runtimes available soon, and is also working with partners to provide more open source runtimes including: Erlang (Alert Logic), Elixir (Alert Logic), Cobol (Blu Age), N|Solid (NodeSource), and PHP (Stackery).

Just as developers have their own favourite language, Vogels said they have their own preferred tools, too.

“Everyone wants to just build business logic,” he said. “Serverless is the ideal environment to stitch things together … it’s about what are the right tools for us to use to develop what you want.”

As a result, Vogels also launched Custom Runtimes, which allows developers to bring their own execution environment to serverless.

AWS announced the general availability of the AWS Toolkit for PyCharm, as well as the developer preview of the AWS Toolkits for IntelliJ and Visual Studio Code, which are under active development in GitHub.

“These open source toolkits will enable you to easily develop serverless applications, including a full create, step-through debug, and deploy experience in the IDE and language of your choice, be it Python, Java, Node.js, or .NET,” AWS explained in a statement.

AWS also rolled out WebSocket support for API Gateway, giving customers access to multiple compute environments. You can start, for example, moving things from EC2 to serverless without having to change APIs. This helps customers transition from a traditional compute environment into the serverless world, Vogels said.

AWS WELL-ARCHITECTED TOOL

Building on the five pillars that Vogels said encapsulate a set of “core strategies and best practices for architecting systems in the cloud” — operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimisation — AWS also announced the AWS Well-Architected Tool.

Effectivel, it’s a package of resources to help customers measure and improve their architecture using AWS best practices. It includes videos on several topics such as “security events,” as well as best-practice guidelines and improvement plans.

The AWS Well-Architected Tool is a self-service tool designed to help architects review AWS workloads at any time, without the need for an AWS Solutions Architect.

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What a hybrid cloud is in the ‘multi-cloud era,’ and why you may already have one

Now that the services used by an enterprise and provided to its customers may be hosted on servers in the public cloud or on-premises, maybe “hybrid cloud” isn’t an architecture any more. While that may the case, that’s not stopping some in the digital transformation business from proclaiming it a way of work unto itself.

 

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Software development toolmaker JetBrains has released the latest version of its code-centric Java IDE, IntelliJ IDEA 2018.3. The much-anticipated update of the popular development environment comes with a range of new features, bug fixes, and early support for features in the upcoming Java 12. This is the third major update of the IDE released this year.

Among those early Java 12 features is support for JEP 326, “Raw String Literals,” which provides a new way to declare strings without escape characters or Unicode escapes. (A raw string literal is a string literal that does not recognize escape sequences, such as \n.)

This release also comes with Java Stream API improvements, a new data-flow-based inspection that detects situations in which a first condition is unnecessary because its covered by a second condition, and the ability to see when a suppressed inspection no longer addresses warnings in an associated method body, class, or statement.

There are some significant improvements the editor in this release. The IDE now highlights the first and all subsequent TODO comment lines in the editor and displays them in the TODO tool window; a new indentation status bar displays the size of the indent in the current file; users of the IDE can create a scope to disable code formatting from being done on specific files and folders; and syntax highlighting and code completion are now available for EditorConfig files.

Version control has also been enhanced with a long list of improvements in this release. That list includes, among other enhancements: the ability to view GitHub pull requests in the IDE; support for Git submodules; the ability to navigate within VCS Log to the previous/next selected commit; and the ability of the History Up to Here action to show the full history. IntelliJ IDEA also has a new option to copy a file from one Git branch to another, the branch files are committed to is now displayed in the Commit dialog, the IDE updates Git multi-repository projects faster, and, by default, the IDE now uses the Native Git SSH Executable.

The complete list of enhancements in this release is available on the JetBrains Web site on the “what’s new” page.

Two editions of the new version of IntelliJ IDEA are available for download now from the company Web site: a community edition for JVM and Android development, which is free and open source, and an “Ultimate” edition for Web and enterprise development, which includes a free trial.

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Web design trends change all the time. Several trends became a big deal in the past

but are already obsolete now. They could even hurt your chances of popularity if you use those strategies, instead of giving your site a boost. Modern trends are among the strategies used by experts in website design in Oxford, and if you decide to partner with them, they will make sure you get the website you deserve.

Large typography

Creating a brand is necessary for companies to stand out against their competitors. You need to have a brand that people will remember. When they think of a particular product, they will eliminate other options, and think about what you offer. Having large fonts on your website helps remind people about your company. It is like what logos do. When people see a logo, even from afar, they instantly think of a brand. Typography can also have the same impact on your target audience.

Large but responsive images

People don’t respond well to text these days. Regardless of their reason, the goal is for you to send the message across in the fastest possible time. Therefore, having large images helps. When you have large pictures on the website plus a few words for the description, they will immediately get the point. They might even decide to buy after seeing the information they need or recommend it to others. Besides, you also don’t know what device they will use when opening your website. You want to make it easy for them to see the images without having to expand their screen.

 

Background videos

There was a time when websites had videos all over the page. They started to become meaningless because people didn’t know which one to open, and why those videos were present. Today, the strategy is to choose one video and automatically play it in the background. You embed the video in the page so that it does not consume too much space, and it is not so heavy that it can cause a delay in loading the page. The good thing about videos is that people process such information faster compared to text. As long as they have fast internet access, opening these videos won’t be a problem.

 

Flat design

A few years ago, web design stepped up and included unique aesthetics, hoping to appeal to a wide audience. Unfortunately, it did not have the desired results. Flat design is still the preferred design by a lot of people as it is easy for them to comprehend. The use of shadows, added dimensions, and other unnecessary elements, does not help in making the page popular at all. If your goal is to appeal to all people- regardless of age or educational background, keeping the page simple is necessary.

 

Trying out these trends in web design will help improve your site. You can observe the changes and determine if they help develop your popularity. With the help of web design experts, it won’t be a problem.

 

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Cooper Standard Automotive Inc. found an opportunity most research and development departments dream about.

Little investment, quick turnaround and massive time savings.

That’s what the firm accomplished with its proprietary artificial intelligence-based polymer compound development software. According to Chris Couch, Cooper’s vice president of innovation and product groups, the technology has led to an 80 percent reduction in the time it takes for the firm to develop new materials.

The technology was recently named a 2019 Automotive News PACE Award finalist. Automotive News is a sister publication of Rubber & Plastics News, but RPN is not involved with the judging process of the award.

“This is another example of us investing in material science to develop superior products,” Couch said. “This time it’s in the process we use to develop those, not the materials themselves, but it’s equally relevant.”

It is the second straight year Cooper Standard has been honored by the PACE Awards, winning one in 2018 for its Fortrex compound.

“It’s evident that our innovation culture is real,” Couch said. “It’s evidence that our innovation culture is delivering results for the business and results for our customers. The company strategy is focused on innovation. We’ve been investing in that and we will continue to invest in it. Last year was a story about a specific material and this year is a story about the process we use to develop materials. They’re both relevant and both meaningful to our business and customers.”

The firm entered this project with a clear objective: To reduce the time it took to bring new materials to the market. The old way involved trial and error, testing and repeating a process until the material desired was good enough for the customer. Couch said the number of repeats range from 40 to 120, which can easily span months and in some cases more than a year.

Cooper Standard sought to take the desired inputs—their recipes—and match them with desired outputs, or properties. The AI system would then learn the relationship between the recipes and the properties and guide its chemists to the new material.

Couch said using AI for polymer development is not a new concept—his research went back to the 1990s—but those experiments didn’t yield any breakthroughs.

“It fell out of favor because nobody really got value out of it,” Couch said. “But it’s now 2018, not 1990. The computers are faster, the data is better and the algorithms are better. So we decided to give it a try and see if we could make it work. It was very effective.”

The firm brought in outside AI experts, and Couch said from there things moved at lightning speed. It took about 12 weeks to launch its first project, then about another 12 weeks to get though that. He added that the cost for this project was “very low.”

The results, on the other hand, were very high. Cooper Standard ran a one-to-one test, giving a complex compound development problem to a team of chemists to approach the traditional way, and then used the AI in parallel. The firm found an 80 percent reduction of trial and error loops with the software.

Not only was the AI faster, but Couch said the end result was also superior. He stressed that the tool is not designed to replace its innovation team, but rather be used to enhance their abilities by freeing up more time.

So far the software has been applied to seven projects, and Couch said the AI is consistently bringing the same kind of improvement of up to an 80 percent reduction compared to the past trials.

“We’re really excited about these first projects,” Couch said. “It’s no longer just a one-off project. Our chemists are embracing this way of using the tool and are really starting to use it as a core part of our material development process and philosophy.”

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