Tom Muday

Tom Muday

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Connectors in Rugged Design

High-quality rugged connectors are complex and expensive.  Connectors can be 1/3rd or more of the total BOM cost on some rugged products.  Selecting a connector wisely is a crucial step in rugged design.  Even when the connector type is predetermined...
Sep11

Rugged Design for Public Property

An eighth-grade sewing class can do an amazing amount of damage.  One of my childhood summer jobs was repairing sewing machines at the local middle schools and high schools.  I saw more broken plastic covers than I can remember.  Gum was shoved in...
Aug25

If You Can’t Solve It, Draw It Bigger

Don’t all kids love trig? I was always pretty good at math.  The first math class that really got me excited was trigonometry.  To me it seemed really useful.  Ok, so that’s not normal – but there were plenty of times in my young life that...
Aug23

Lessons from the Battlefield Applied to Civilian Gear

“He didn’t like that the buttons were sticking.” “What specifically did he say?” “He said ‘It sucks’ and threw it on the ground and crushed it with his boot.” Special operators, especially Navy SEALs, will not sugar coat feedback.  Lives...
Aug22

Don’t Skip Design Requirements

I loved visiting my uncle Bud in Rensselaer Indiana.  He had a passion for computers from the very early days of the field.  I learned a lot of programming from him.  Uncle Bud never spoke down to us kids, he’d dispense his knowledge slowly as he...
Jun05

The Power of a Concept Bill of Materials

It’s a common refrain from new clients: “we hired a design firm to do a previous project.  They made a nice design but when we found out what it was going to cost to build we had to scrap it.”  There are several techniques to keeping a new design’s...
Jun02

How Juggernaut got its Name

What’s a Juggernaut?      A lot of people love our company name Juggernaut.  When we started, very few people knew that a Juggernaut is an unstoppable force crushing everything in its path.  I don’t think I knew what it meant the first time I...
Jun02

What I Learned About Design Creativity from a Jazz Musician

If you’re an engineer, you probably had teachers telling you about how your humanities classes were making you well rounded.  I know I scoffed at the idea that Beowulf would somehow help me become a better engineer.  I realize now that there is certainly...
Jun02

Would You Trust Tape for Assembly?

There’s a great meme floating around out there with the title “engineering flowchart”. It’s been around in several versions for many years so I assume it’s public domain.  It sort of memorializes engineers’ love for duct tape as a fix-all....
Jun02

Mentoring – For Best Results, Start Early

Several years ago, we started hiring our engineering interns out of high school in addition to college students.  We didn’t have a bad experience with college interns, it’s just that I was intrigued to see what a high school student could contribute....