I commented on the behind-the-scenes efforts by many people that go
into developing products which eventually become ubiquitous in our everyday
world. Just like looking up the answer to an end of the chapter problem
in the back of a textbook, the result often seems so obvious that you
wonder why it wasn't apparent to begin with. The newest installment
of Sherlock Ohms is a great illustration of the point. This anecdote
A. David Boccuti
is a prime example of dedication to finding cost-effective
solutions to manufacturing challenges. Having worked in concert with
many mechanical engineers over the years, I have amassed a lot of respect
for the ingenuity exhibited by my fellow product development travelers.
In the 'old days,' while under the employment of defense contractors,
price often took a back seat to functionality and reliability. The end
result was usually a Cadillac quality system with a Cadillac price tag.
Cost-plus contracts meant the project moved forward with whatever resources
were necessary to get the job done - until or unless the program was
cancelled by government bean counters. Commercial and consumer products
rarely have that luxury.
Posted January 9, 2014