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Systems Engineering and Automation

Why Systems Engineering is important in Automation Development Automating systems or processes provides many benefits: increased productivity, improved quality and consistency, reduced costs, and increased throughput. Automation projects can be complex with an associated long list of requirements from the client, regulatory, and industry standards. System Engineers provide a holistic perspective, ensuring that every component and sub-component contributes to and …

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Four Pillars of New Product Introduction

By Piet Ganzer How do you launch a new product successfully? With New Product Introduction (NPI) which includes a series of critical steps to turn an idea into fully realized product. Successful NPI emphasizes four key pillars: A well-established NPI process Strong project management skills Design excellence Manufacturing process excellence New Product Introduction Process At SIGMADESIGN, we diligently follow these …

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Wireless Technologies

by Michael Barger Wireless devices are those that communicate with a greater electronic ecosystem through controlled intentional electromagnetic emissions, which are colloquially known as radio. Wireless technologies usher with them convenience and connectivity, unconstrained by cables, to make information more widely and immediately accessible and to automate more aspects of our lives and businesses than ever before. Connectivity Wired forms …

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Fluid Flow Analysis Utilizing Computational Fluid Dynamics

By Grey Lerner, Mechanical Engineer Determining the flow state of fluids is required in order to solve many types of engineering problems. Gases and liquids, both considered fluids, are used for many purposes including system temperature control, media transport, atmospheric control, and automation. Ascertaining how fluids will flow through a system can be critical to its operation.  A fluid’s flow …

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Jamie Kelso – Employee Spotlight

Jamie Kelso, Mechanical Engineer “The people who work here are really the best thing. It’s a good collection of really smart people – I know that gets said a lot, but it’s true. It’s also great that people can move around into different positions. For example, if your current department is a little slow, but you have experience in a …

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President’s Corner – Connectivity Trends and Challenges

By Bill Huseby As the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves, more companies have made connectivity a major priority for their organizations. By 2020, there will be 20.4 billion IoT devices, and that number is expected to rise to 64 billion by 2025*. That’s a whole lot of connectivity and data! With billions of embedded devices that allow sharing of data …

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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 …