Blog - Monthly Archives: January 2013

  Happy New Year! We are starting 2013 in our new Lake Oswego facility and the engineers are enjoying the lab. It’s a large space, designed specifically for use as a development lab, and best of all, it’s located close to the engineers’ desks. Two thermal chambers help us quickly identify and fix potential product issues at extreme hot or cold temperatures. The chambers have 7.7 and 12.3 cubic feet internal space, and the computer programmable controllers safely run them in our temperature test range from -60 degree C to +125 degree C (-76 degree F to +260 degree F). We have already detected two design issues at below -20oC that have resulted in design improvements, thereby preventing field failures. The lab has plenty of standard tools, but my favorite … Read More +

Companies undertaking electronic product development for the first time, or those without sufficient resources to complete a project inhouse, often need help that doesn’t permanently increase company overhead. If this is the case with your company, domestic outsourcing is the way to go. Domestic outsourcing—Benefits of outsourcing without the offshore risks. Shorter delivery time frames for products Better communication No compromise of intellectual property No unforeseen political problems affecting the trading partners After a company identifies the need for outside product development, screening for the most suitable partner and mitigating risk are vital to producing the device or system that meets company standards. Once the screening is complete, establishing a productive working relationship with your chosen outsourcing partner is crucial for success. Two checklists, researched and created by a colleague … Read More +