“Designing and building things for the United States military is a notoriously slow-moving and costly endeavor. The time from idea to manufacturing for a new armored personnel carrier or a tank is typically 10 to 20 years. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to change that, and drastically so. It seeks to cut the [...]
Around this time last month, Madison’s crowdsourced approach to product development, the Sparks Innovation Center, was awarded the 2011 Spike Award for Manufacturing/Other from Kalypso LP. The fact that we were nationally-recognized as a forward-thinking electrical supplier is still incredibly humbling. We’re proud to represent the electrical industry and put our commitment to innovation in [...]
Have you ever taken the “MacGyver” approach on a job? You needed a workable solution, but no current product seemed to do exactly what you needed? Doug Hill, a 35-year electrician, found himself in that very situation. His company would run MC cable on a project, and even though it was done correctly, it wouldn’t [...]
Greg Herth, a certified electrical contractor, was exhibiting his new invention at an industry tradeshow. Greg created a non-metallic, depth-adjustable box for old- and new-work applications that would mount internally to wood or 25-guage metal stud framings. No company in the industry offered anything like this, yet Greg knew from his on-the-job experience that it [...]
On March 29, 1886, an Atlanta inventor perfected the now-famous Coca Cola recipe. We couldn’t let today slide without acknowledging this culture-shaping invention. For the next two weeks, you’ll get a case of Coke just for submitting an idea to the Sparks Innovation Center.
Have you ever thought, “Wow, I wish I had _____! It would make my job so much easier/faster/efficient!” Here at Madison, we believe that products developed and tested by people in our field are far more valuable than products dreamed up in a conference room by people with limited first-hand experience. In fact, that’s why [...]