HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Comments
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Passing on lessons learned
Charles Murray   10/4/2011 3:08:01 PM
NO RATINGS
Good point about the field manual, Beth. Sounds like there were a lot of improvements that needed to be made. I wonder how many ever became permanent fixes.  

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Unplugged Orifice?
Rob Spiegel   10/4/2011 9:36:02 AM
NO RATINGS
You're right, Didymus. Writing that headline was almost embarrassing.

didymus7
User Rank
Platinum
Unplugged Orifice?
didymus7   10/4/2011 9:32:24 AM
Wow, was I fooled!  Reading the title, I thought this article was about senior management!

jmiller
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Passing on lessons learned
jmiller   10/3/2011 9:57:55 PM
NO RATINGS
Another reason in my opinion it's a good idea to have an engineer who is in charge of the whole system.  Often when the project is broken down into little systems the system as a whole does not satisfy the required specifications.  As I read this article it appears the simpliest of blocking and tackling was missed as well.  Designing to Poke-Yoke so it can't be assembled backwards.  Or maybe I'm not reading it right.  That's generally design engineering 101.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
The unplugged orifice, or, keep plugging away at it.
William K.   10/3/2011 3:32:22 PM
NO RATINGS
Very interesting. It sounds like the manual was written by the guy from Seattle who later became our tech writer in Livonia, Michigan.

My observation of overly complex systems that don't work very well is that they are often created by folks who are unable to visualize the whole process at once, and can only relate to one function at a time, thus the system has a bunch of individual blocks, each for a separate portion of the overall function, and usually not able to work well with each other. THat happens more often than we can imagine, and causes all sorts of problems, such as were described here.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Passing on lessons learned
Beth Stackpole   10/3/2011 7:02:30 AM
Great example of the zillions of design glitches and idiocyncracies that engineers address on a day-to-day basis. I'm wondering if the fix that Wayne came up with (I designed a little device that would both plug in the orifice and interface the device to our test equipment) was added to the field manual and if the IP around the problem and the fix was codified so it was readily accessible to other engineers.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Researchers have simplified the fabrication of the geometric requirements for fluid motion in microrobots for in vivo medical applications.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
More:Blogs|News
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 11 - 15, Embedded System Design Techniques™ - Debugging Real-time Embedded Software – Hands on
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


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

Technology Marketplace

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