HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Shoddy practices
TJ McDermott   8/22/2011 1:07:58 PM
Rob, I thought about this as a Monkey article, but I think this goes beyond simple bad design.  I am hard pressed to come up with a way to make this product even less intuitive.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Shoddy practices
Rob Spiegel   8/22/2011 11:08:58 AM
NO RATINGS
Hi TJ. This is the kind of story that keeps our Made By Monkeys blog full of submissions.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Shoddy practices
TJ McDermott   8/22/2011 9:50:42 AM
NO RATINGS
Beth, we build our panels to customer specification.  In this case the customer wanted Brand Y (the utterly scrambled LED/Input numbers).  My company does a bit more business with Brand X.

To be fair to Brand Y, there IS a pattern to it, but it is such an off-the-wall pattern as to be scrambled.

The result pushes paranoia buttons.  It feels like Brand Y is intentionally out to get us.

My preference for networked IO is actually Brand Z.  It has the best terminal block, and intuitive LED, terminal, and program numbering.  They fail only in that they are not widely accepted by the customers we deal with, not even widely accepted in the USA.

I purely hate it when you can have all the answers right and still fail.  There's no justice in this cruel world.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Shoddy practices
Beth Stackpole   8/22/2011 7:16:21 AM
NO RATINGS
Sounds like a clear cut case of laziness and poor oversight--unfortunately, not at all uncommon in today's grind-it-out-to-market culture. So is your firm back to using the original networked I/O product as a result?



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Industrial trade shows, like Design News' upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing, deserve proper planning in order to truly get the most out of them as marketing tools. Here's how to plan effectively.
Take a peek into the world of a test engineer – and then tell us about yourself! We want to know what part each of our readers plays in the wonderful umbrella known as design engineering.
On Sunday, when more than a hundred million Americans turn on their televisions to watch the Super Bowl, they might consider first giving thanks to a polymer known as polybutadiene. .
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Design Tools - Hardware & Software category of our 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
The series now can interface with a wider array of EtherNet/IP-compliant hardware across many industrial sectors, including factory automation systems, plastic injection molding apparatus, and materials-handling equipment.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
1/28/2016 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/8/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/18/2016 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
2/24/2016 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 11 - 15, Designing ARM Devices Using Segger Tools
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service