Originally Posted by HighTemp
I do have a "somewhat" sympathetic understanding of what VP is trying to do. They have to satisfy all of us who have their engines in our boats as well as to rectify the problem moving forward. It is not an inexpensive proposition and they are already up to the 5th or 6th generation MDI, so there has been multiple attempts to correct the issue.. VP is following a prudent course of action, but to date, it has fallen well short.
At least in my personal experience.
The switch thing is a fine back up, but a permanent solution needs to be found and implemented. Hopefully this latest generation of MDI's will be the last generation of MDI's.
I too have some sympathy for the pains VP is going through. It is a common problem /issue in product design.
A company hired engineering grads expecting them to know everything day one.
It simply doesnít work
A piece of parchment indicates that you can learn new things.
of successful product development, indicates that you can apply common sense.
Book smarts alone doesnít cut it,
Today, a lot of companies are trying to scoop the latest grads because they will work for cheap
, crazy hours, no vacation
, no pension, no benefits.
There needs to be one or two old-timers on every design team, to teach the young-uns old school
One of the last design teams I led, I assigned a green mechanical designer
and procurement specialist to come up with a series of SS disc orifices to produce a specific CV for water
flow. I gave them the O.D. and I.D.s.
After several weekly team meetings, they didnít have a solution.
It took two months and they came with a procurement estimate of $25 avg. for custom fabricated SS disc orifices.
At that meeting I asked a senior procurement specialist to take the same info I provided at the onset and call McMaster Carr.
The next day he had a list of off-the-shelf SS washers that met spec at avg. $0.05 each.
The exercise taught the greenhorns, before you turn on the computer, and demonstrate your skills in the latest 3D modelling software
, stop and think about what the desired end result is, and the fastest, cheapest, most reliable way to get there.
I have countless stories of similar botched product development activities.
I have worked for companies with high functioning product development teams, others not so much, and others where all effort was placed on trying to protect the corporate brand from total internal dysfunction.
The fortunate thing is that one doesnít have to work around over abundant egos in the engineering field. LOL.