Gale-Edit - How Products Are Made - author

By: Gale Edit  09-12-2011

Author guidelines

Each annual publication of the How Products Are Made series contains 100 essays covering 100 consumer products. Within each entry is an in-depth discussion of the background, history, design, and manufacturing process of the specific consumer product. Accompanying each entry is an illustration depicting the manufacturing process as a whole or highlighting a specific aspect of the product. Each volume of the series also contains a multi-level, cumulative index and 15 historical and biographical sidebars with accompanying photos.

Each essay is 2,000 words and focuses on one consumer product, providing in-depth information about the product's history, development, and continued use. The entries are geared towards a general audience and written at a high-school level. Compensation is generally around $300 per entry.

For those writers who are working on the current volume of HPM, please review the following information:

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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Gale-Edit - How Products are Made - Volumes - balloon

Angioplasty balloons are made by extruding material into a tube shape, and then forming the tube into a balloon through a process known as blow molding. Angioplasty is performed under local anaesthetic, and the patient is kept awake so the doctor can ask if he or she feels any pain during the procedure. With extensive use in the United States since 1980, it can relieve angina and prevent heart attacks in people with coronary artery disease.


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Geared toward a general audience, How Products Are Made explains in easy-to-understand language the manufacturing process of a wide variety of items, from everyday household products to heavy machinery to sophisticated electronic equipment. A reviewer from American Reference Books Annual wrote, "Whether a junior high school student, an undergraduate, or a layperson, one will find informative and easy-to-read essays.


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Langer came up with the idea of constructing a biodegradable scaffolding on which skin cells could be grown using fibroblasts, cells extracted from donated neonatal foreskins removed during circumcision. While skin grafted from one part of a patient's body to another is immune to rejection, skin grafts from a donor to a recipient are rejected more aggressively than any other tissue graft or transplant.


Gale-Edit - How Products are Made - Volumes - champagne

These bubbles are caused by tiny drops of liquid disturbed by the escaping carbon dioxide or carbonic acid gas that is a natural by-product of the double fermentation process unique to champagne. By the time Perignon took over the Abbey cellars in 1668, he was studying ways to perfect the harvesting of the Pinot Noir grape in order to produce a high-quality white wine.