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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 …

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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 …

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GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DESIGN & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

One of the many concerns for Industrial Designers is how the end-user interacts with the product. This frame of thought comes to the forefront when we are designing how end-users visually react and interact with a graphical user interface (GUI). GUI Design and Industrial Design are quite different as a profession at the macro level, but there certainly are similarities …

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT – ANDY BOYES, PROGRAM MANAGER

Position at SIGMADESIGN: Program Manager Time at SIGMADESIGN: Eleven years {Engineers enable tangible improvements to the world. The things we do are not just academic or only interesting to our minds. They improve our quality of life. I love when customers come to us after trying everything they’ve thought of and our team is able to solve their problem in …

PRESIDENT’S CORNER – LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD

BY BILL HUSEBY, PRESIDENT & CEO Looking back at the past year, 2018 was filled with challenges, opportunities and successes. As SIGMADESIGN looks at 2019 and beyond, we reflect on our triumphs and set the bar high for achieving new strategic initiatives. At the end of each year, the entire company is involved in SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) group …