The Sherlock Ohms stories never fail to amaze me. I never would have considered adding a ground strap between the wagon body and axle frame. Engineers -- especially those who submit our Sherlock Ohms stories -- are an amazingly clever bunch.
It was good of the vendor to offer a solution to the customer's modification. Good vendors will help as long as safety is not concerned. As a teen, I was working on an old Chevy loosening a bolt that was too close to the frame to reach with a standard box wrench, so I ground some off of the OD which promptly broke. I then took the Craftsman wrench back to Sears who said that it had been modified, but it should have been tough anyway and gave me a replacement.
That is a very interesting story and great job about troubleshooting a field failure with an uncooperative customer...it is also a great reminder to inquire as to any modifications that a customer may have made that can introduce problems that they are blaming on the original design!
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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