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Jan26No Comments

6 Things to Know When Choosing an ID Firm

With a new year come new projects, and good or bad, what happened last year is done. It’s time to look forward, learn from the past, and make good choices. There’s much to consider when assigning a project to an outside group or inviting in support...
Jan26No Comments

Playing Nice: The Power of an Integrated ID and Engineering Team

Fall is not pumpkin spice latte time, it’s college football season with its wonderful rivalries.  As much as Buckeyes despise Wolverines, we have to admit the game would not be as rich without worthy adversaries.  Great design teams have rivalries...
Dec11No Comments

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...
Oct03No Comments

Effective Use of Physical Models In Product Development

The surprise… It was about 10 minutes through a design review.  All eyes were fixed on the projector screen evaluating the newly presented concepts.  My voice was the only sound in the room and everyone was still.  Going into the review I was...
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...
Aug22No Comments

The Glove Test for Product Design

‘Must work with gloves’ is a requirement that we often see in the design specification for rugged products.  So what are some of the considerations when designing for gloved use? Temperature Products that may be used in extreme hot or cold...
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...