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Liquid Biopsy Platform – A Challenging Design

We have completed a challenging project that started with a referral from a partner. The liquid biopsy platform project was the design of a complex medical instrument and it required a combination of skills that we are known for: analog circuitry, FPGA, microprocessors, and firmware. The instrument is used for non-invasive liquid biopsies and requires the [...]

Team Building: Forming, Storming, Norming & Performing

As an engineering manager, building high-performing teams is critical to your success. Managers must understand how to get groups to work effectively across the organization and how to get tasks accomplished quickly to remain competitive. Understanding group development can help managers develop and shape their team. Leaders must be able to recognize and understand group [...]

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Management, V2016|

Walt Maclay on Dealing with Unpleasant Surprises

I recently interviewed Walt Maclay, president of Voler Systems, on the topic of reporting project status to clients. He highlighted that the real benefit of the methodology appears when the team runs into issues. He shared with me the weekly status report and we discussed what happens when things go wrong. Below are my notes from [...]

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Project Management, V2016|

Best in Class vs. Vertically Integrated?

by Barry Braunstein, Vice President of Business Development/Marketing at Acorn Product Development When looking for an outside engineering/product development firm, clients have many choices both in terms of the specific expertise they’re looking for, as well as the type of firm they’re looking to engage with. For projects that involve software, electronics, hardware, industrial design, [...]

March 8th, 2016|Categories: Partners, V2016|

Strengths: Customer Service, Identifying Risk, Best Design Approach

  "Voler is really good at identifying risks and finding the best way to do a project." Review from VendOp    

February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Customer References, Project Management, Testimonials|

Electronic Systems Design

Another VendOp review ...  

February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Testimonials|

Review for Medical Device Design Engineering

A recent review on VendOp "We used Voler for their full service R&D consulting services. Their consulting services ranges from initial concept and design all the way to the production end. We also use them for test systems including sensors and measurement electronics. Their team knows the regulatory process and procedures and delivers high quality [...]

February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Testimonials|

Volume 2016, Issue 1 Newsletter

In This Issue: IoT based on ARM processor and TI CC32000 Wifi Module We recently delivered two different IoT projects that were both based on the TI CC32000 Wifi Module with an ARM Cortex-M4 processor. Read about our latest IoT projects! LEDs are showing up everywhere Not only are LEDs the next generation of lighting, [...]

February 5th, 2016|Categories: News, Newsletters, V2016|Tags: , , |

Volume 2015, Issue 4 Newsletter

In This Issue: What does the IoT Explosion Mean to Engineering Managers? The idea of connecting devices to the internet (IoT) has been popularized and is seen as the next big thing with projections of massive growth. Every company seems to be jumping on board with new IoT devices and systems. Read why we don't [...]

Smart IoT devices – Fix, Replace or Ignore

Over the past few years we have been told of the advantages of the ever-increasing Internet of Things; how smart devices will solve our problems by meeting, and even anticipating, our needs. How amazing to have a clock that automatically changes with Daylight Savings Time or laundry room webcam to see how many machines are empty [...]

October 16th, 2015|Categories: IoT, Trends, V2015|