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HOW EARLY SUBSYSTEM TESTING IMPROVES PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Early component and subsystem testing allows for data-driven decisions that drive the product design of components, subsystems, and systems to meet the product requirements. Every client has a unique list of product requirements which are created to address a product’s functionality, reliability and robustness among other things. When working towards the best design for a product, we conceptualize, theorize and …

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SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE: The Crucial Step Between Initial and Detailed Design

By Anthony Gittins, Software Engineer The design and development of any successful product or system involves a host of people from multiple disciplines; Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Firmware, Quality, Test and Manufacturing. In order for this diverse group to efficiently and cohesively design a product, everyone must be building on the same foundation, or system architecture. At SIGMADESIGN, this foundation is …

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CONCEPT EXPLORATION, EVALUATION, AND DOWN SELECTION

By Daniel Stuart, Systems Control Engineer Systems Engineers bring value to the product design process by working with clients to understand the product requirements and then facilitating concept exploration and evaluation in order to select an optimal product. Clients come to SIGMADESIGN with a product idea or process challenge that will create/meet a market need or address a production opportunity. …

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PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS FROM THE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVE

By Spencer Barrett, Systems Engineer WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS? In product development, determining Product Requirements benefits both the client and design team. The process compels clients to really consider the completeness of their product definition. By defining clear and complete Product Requirements clients describe and detail exactly what their product must deliver, so that it is very …

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SIGMADESIGN Celebrates Twenty-five Years in Business

by Bill Huseby This June marks a major milestone in the life of SIGMADESIGN. We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. Twenty-five years of engineering and designing products for companies and communities all over the world. Twenty-five years of practicing integrity and adaptability; of helping our clients and our colleagues. Twenty-five years of respecting those we work with and exceeding …

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Benefits of Adopting Software Quality Assurance Early in Product Development

BY DANE WENZEL Software Quality Assurance (SQA) should be considered an integral part of any software project. Adopting SQA efforts early in product development will involve meeting specified requirements, fixing bugs early, and preventing bugs. SQA should not be an afterthought or project phase that the product must pass through in order to ship. Nor should SQA be viewed solely …

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SIGMADESIGN On-Site Resources

Do you need top talent at your facility to help with a temporary or long-term project? In order to remain competitive in any market, it is crucial for a business to deliver quality results/products/services on time. But unexpected large projects, lack of time to prepare for peak busy seasons, inability to add to headcount, or unforeseeable leave of absence can …

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Metrology: the science of measuring

“In quality control or quality assurance, measuring is more of a skilled craft when done properly. I use digital calipers, thread gauges, and gauge pins most of the time to check the parts we make here in the model shop. I do also look at the parts from an aesthetic perspective to make sure they look good for the customer.” …

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LabVIEW Frameworks

At SIGMADESIGN, we endeavor to choose the LabVIEW software framework that saves the most money for our clients, yet still provides a stable and scalable solution. State Machines and Queued Message Handlers (QMH) will always have their place in LabVIEW, but we tend to view those as sub-components that can be utilized in more extensible frameworks that emphasize modular programming …

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PACKAGING DESIGN: WHAT BRAND MESSAGE DOES IT SEND?

At SIGMADESIGN, we design products that create experiences, exceed the expectations of your customers and reinforce your brand. We also believe great packaging guides the buyer’s product journey, whereas poorly designed packaging can detract from the overall design of a new product. For example, SIGMADESIGN Industrial Designers designed the packaging as part of our effort to design the revolutionary LadderLight …