Tag Archives: tool

Chad Schneider

A revolution in learning

12.08.2009 by Chad Schneider

Do you know how an atomic force microscope works? You can satiate your curiosity and impress your friends with all kinds of intellectual knowledge by watching just one of the many open-courses freely available online. Educate yourself.

Jenny Regan

Survey Results: Scouting for New Technologies and Business Partners

11.17.2009 by Jenny Regan

Over the past year or two, Key Tech has taken advantage of improvements in the usability and functionality of online tools to share information quickly and easily. Over the same period, we’ve observed dwindling attendance at industry conferences. So, where is everyone?

Chad Schneider

Meeting the Challenges of Micropart Design

11.02.2009 by Chad Schneider

Recently, I published an article in MicroManufacturing Magazine about the challenges of designing microparts for manufacture. Not unlike any collaborative process, good communication is the key to a successful project.

Lei Zong

Selecting Flash Memory

09.14.2009 by Lei Zong

Flash memory is becoming increasingly popular in portable devices as the main storage medium. Flash memory offers advantages such as a serial interface, fast access time (compared to hard drives), and low power consumption, making them a popular choice for embedded medical devices.

Chad Schneider

Problem Solving Tip: Evaluate Your Assumptions

08.17.2009 by Chad Schneider

You’ve been in this situation before. The output from your test set up or analytical model is garbage. You’ve looked at all the inputs and they appear to be ok. So…what do you do now?

Chad Schneider

Problem Solving Tip: Isolate the Variables

08.10.2009 by Chad Schneider

When you’re trying to solve a problem, it’s easy to just attack it with a bunch of ideas and hope something sticks. This might even work, but which idea was the real winner?

Chad Schneider

The Detailed Product Specification

06.15.2009 by Chad Schneider

Ok, it’s time to get a little technical (very little). We’ve talked to a lot of companies with award-winning products, great ideas, and good sense, but when we try to nail down some of the details, they get a little flustered. Although the constant questions can be a bit annoying, working out the details can be very valuable. That’s why our first step is to flesh out the Product Specification.

Chad Schneider

Using Critically-Dimensioned Drawings

06.08.2009 by Chad Schneider

By now, most mechanical design engineers are used to sending off a solid model and having plastic parts show up in less than a week. While this technique is perfectly suitable and cost-effective for rapid prototyping, it doesn’t quite make the grade for production.

Conrad Laskowski

Success at Brainstorming

05.18.2009 by Conrad Laskowski

Solving engineering or design problems does not stop with focusing one’s thoughts however. Successful problem solving is about generating ideas. Taking your own thoughts or the thoughts of those around you and developing them further into ideas by way of discussion is the true crux of successful problem solving. And whether you coin it ideating, brainstorming, or just workin’ the old neck ball, it can benefit from these basic practices:

Chad Schneider

Process Theory Versus Practice

05.04.2009 by Chad Schneider

From an efficiency perspective, it may appear that using product development process theory tools when not required (by an agency such as the FDA) is adding baggage to a project. It is true that not every tool is appropriate for every project. However, one of the values we bring to our clients is the discipline to choose the right tools, to use the process tools efficiently, and to get our clients to understand them, too.