Sales Rampage – The Mistake of Selling Products that Don’t Exist

It seems obvious that you shouldn’t sell products that you don’t make (as an original equipment manufacturer). And, to be clear, I don’t mean products that you’ve developed through partnerships or complimentary equipment. At a previous job I worked as the lead motion control engineer for a company that sold capital equipment valued in excess … Continue reading

Last Week at Work – A Quick Review of Accomplishments

Well, today is the first day of the last week at my current job. I’m currently the lead motion control engineer for an international company dealing in capital equipment with price points well above $10 million. It’s a decent gig where I felt like I did a lot of good, but the company is in dire straights … Continue reading

Where Does Mechatronics Fit?

I’ve worked for companies that put mechatronics and motion control engineering under electrical engineer management and I’ve worked for a company that put it under mechanical engineering management. So, what’s the right answer? Well, neither, frankly. Mechatronics is the electrical control of mechanical systems. An electrical engineering manager is unlikely to appreciate the time loss associated with … Continue reading

Obsoleting Bolts – The importance of a lead engineer you trust

Presumably, if you’re in the business of manufacturing mechatronics equipment, your company has a mechanical engineering group. Imagine, if you will, that you assemble your mechanical group and inform them that they are to no longer use bolts in their designs. After a few stunned looks some senior members of your team protest: “you’re joking,” … Continue reading