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Top Design Tips for DFM

By Michael Gist When you design a part, there are many factors to consider. Beyond the usual fit, form and function, and material selection; an engineer needs to be thinking about Design for Manufacturing (DFM). Including DFM up front will lead to a better solution for your final product. In this paper you will learn more about DFM, why it’s …

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President’s Corner – Respect for Each Other

By Bill Huseby Respect for Each Other is one of SIGMADESIGN’s six core values that influences how employees behave at work. When a workplace culture makes employees feel appreciated and well-respected, they are more likely to do their best at work. To ensure that our employees are reaching their potential, we’ve instituted some ideas to help maintain our respectful workplace: …

RACHELLE HUTCHENS – Employee Spotlight

Time at SIGMADESIGN: Six years { I really enjoy being a part of the team that influences the strategic direction of the company at the executive level; we’re making sure we’re still a place people want to come to work, and making sure our employees are satisfied and want to be here. } Rachelle Hutchens ABOUT What was your youth …

High-Speed Digital Design (Part 3)

By Michael Barger, Director of Electrical Engineering This is Part 3 of a multi-part series. You can revisit High-Speed Digital Design Part 1 and Part 2 on our blog. Please follow SIGMADESIGN on LinkedIn to learn more. One of the major challenges in the design of high-speed digital electronics is that of electromagnetic compatibility. As mentioned in the beginning of Part 1 …

WHAT IS ROBOTICS?

by Peter Nikiforov, Mechanical Engineer WHAT DOES ROBOTICS ACTUALLY MEAN? The word “robotics” can elicit images of humanoid robots replicating human behavior, but the term has a more general use in engineering. Modern robotics is an interdisciplinary field dealing with designing, building, and operating machines that automate labor. Robotic machines typically consist of moving parts, sensors, actuators, computers and often …

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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, our Systems Engineers …

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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 – A SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVE

By Spencer Barrett, Systems Engineer WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS? At SIGMADESIGN, we begin with the end in mind. The product requirements define the guiding principles that take a client’s product from concept to production. Defining the Product Requirements Document (PRD) early in the development process ensures a complete picture of customer expectations are efficiently communicated to the …

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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 …