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Quality Control: The Power Behind The Throne

Quality Control: The Power Behind The Throne

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The Non-Linear Nature of Engineering Development

The Non-Linear Nature of Engineering Development

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Project Life Cycle

Project Life Cycle

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When to Build VS. When To Buy

When to Build VS. When To Buy

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Parts Selection for Fluid Flow Systems

Parts Selection for Fluid Flow Systems

Many engineering projects, whether they are consumer products, industrial equipment, or even scientific gear, use flowing fluids inside the device.  Selecting the correct approach to containing and controlling the fluid can be crucial to a successful design.  

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The System Is Down

The System Is Down

Engineering is a field with many areas of specialization, which frequently require engineers from different disciplines to work together to complete projects.  For instance, a modern automobile has design input from thousands of mechanical engineers but also contains miles of wiring a

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Instant Feedback

Instant Feedback

In any engineering development project, be it either software or hardware driven, testing must always play a major role in successfully meeting the requirements set out by the customer.  Sometimes, design choices are not obvious and the best path forward is to identify a quick way to test out the options.  In projects that are creating a physical product, this frequently means building expensive custom hardware, which can rapidly eat up a development budget.  How are we to move forward in this situation?

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Engineering vs. Trial and Error

Engineering vs. Trial and Error

When we come up with a new idea for a product or service of some kind, we frequently are motivated by a problem that is bothering us or a notion that inspires our imaginations.  The Wright brothers were inspired to create a flying machine that could lift off under its own power and fly from one point to another, something never achieved before.  However, the idea was only the beginning of the process of designing and building their revolutionary airplane.

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