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Automation Is Not the End Goal— but Increased Productivity

I am passionate about manufacturing and helping my customers thrive. One pressing concern they all share is how to boost productivity with fewer workers. To stay competitive, they understand that improvements must be made to grow the bottom line. Manufacturing...

We Can Do It – Bridging the Manufacturing-Labor Gap

On March 7, I had the pleasure of presenting at PivotPoint, a thought-leadership event designed for the manufacturing and industrial community in southwest Michigan. My topic centered around the biggest challenge facing many manufactures today: how to fill skilled-labor jobs....

Designing at the Seams

The Value of Risk Mitigation As a Product Development Engineer engaged in the automotive industry pre- and post-launch, my daily activities often consist of addressing current production issues and identifying and mitigating future risks. The value of risk mitigation is what...

Asking the Right Questions Always Leads to Improvement

I am the proud father of two little boys, ages three and five. Among the busy days, messes, and laughter there is one other constant: questions. What are we doing tonight? How does a key work? Could you somehow get...

You Make It— I Break It

The Importance of Validation Testing. Validation testing plays a significant role in product development. Have you ever wanted to rip the radio out of your car and smash it on the ground? I’ve taken things out of my car and smashed...

A Day in the Life of a Manufacturing Engineer

  Operators, Operations, & Opportunities There’s a Beatles song called “A Day in the Life” that closes the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. At the end of this song, an E chord is struck and held onto for 45-seconds or...

Effective Prototype Development

Don’t Waste Precious Resources   During the space race of the 1960’s, as the legend goes, NASA engineers encountered a challenge. Astronauts needed to take notes in space but typical ballpoint pens did not function in a Zero-G environment. NASA funneled millions...

5 Tips to Intelligent Decision Making

Relating to Product Development & Program Management How do you make decisions? Do you delegate the task to others, delay it with endless research, or maybe apply a democratic process where everyone gets a chance to vote? While it’s easy for...

Seven Tips to Good Project Management

Most project management classes teach the basic tools and how to use them. They’ll cover topics like risk analysis, budgeting, work breakdown structures and critical paths to name a few. These are fundamental tools for any good project manager to...

Metroto-WHAT? Metrotomography and Why it Matters

Recently, I was presented with a set of problems. A customer was struggling to measure a complex three-dimensional surface on a small plastic part. The feature in question is critical to the function of the component. Often, conventional laser scanning...
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