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|

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. Is the IoT just hype? While some of the talk of "IoT explosion" might be hype, a [...]

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

Volume 2015, Issue 3 Newsletter

In This Issue:  Design Checklist for Wearable Devices Here is a great checklist for wearable devices. When we do a design we check all of these things and more. Often we need to use our engineering judgment on the tradeoff between size, cost, testability, and manufacturability of the board. Check it out! Advice to HW [...]

Design Checklist for Wearable Devices

Here is a great checklist for wearable devices. When we do a design we check all of these things and more. Often we need to use our engineering judgment on the tradeoff between size, cost, testability, and manufacturability of the board. Power What size battery? What is the appropriate battery lifetime? How often do various [...]

July 21st, 2015|Categories: Checklist, Design Tips, V2015, Wearable Devices|Tags: , |

Advice to Hardware Startups

Avoid risk in making your new product. At the beginning of each new project, we spend a lot of time understanding the context of the design to identify the important tradeoffs and parameters.  This helps us to understand the possibilities and best solution for each problem.  Sometimes our advice is not limited to design issues like power, size, wireless, [...]

July 21st, 2015|Categories: Management, Project Management, V2015|

Volume 2015, Issue 2 Newsletter

In This Issue:  Common Errors Transferring Products to Test by Dan Orlando & Walt Maclay The testing determines if the product satisfies the requirements and is ready to ship. At Voler Systems, we ensure a smooth, thoughtful transfer either to the client's internal test group or to partners like Solution Sources Programming for test and [...]

Common Errors Transferring Products to Test

by Dan Orlando & Walt Maclay 1. Recognizing the need for testing Many people don’t realize how important testing is to the product manufacturing process.  After manufacturing, each board should be tested to ensure only good products are shipped.  Despite excellent quality control at the best contract manufacturers, there can be errors in PCB fabrication, PCB assembly, flaws [...]

April 11th, 2015|Categories: Design Tips, Project Management, Test Systems, V2015|

Why the Last 10% takes 90% of the Time

Any engineering manager will recognize the 90/10 rule of project management, where the first 90% is completed in 10% of the time, but the last 10% is the most agonizing and will take 90% of the time. Like an iceberg where typically only one-tenth of its volume is above water, a lot of what is going on [...]

April 11th, 2015|Categories: Design Tips, Project Management, V2015|Tags: |

Volume 2015, Issue 1 Newsletter

In This Issue: Growing 2015 Our new staff includes senior electrical engineers: Michael Lohmeyer and Hank Schnieder, senior programmer Jim Baichtal, and test engineer Hugh Simpson.  Larry Burgess joins our technical writing group.  With all add these new members, we have out-grown our current location and we have moved to a larger space. Check out for [...]

February 6th, 2015|Categories: News, Newsletters, V2015|Tags: , |