02 December 2015

Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done

The other day I made a full-on CAD model of a gate valve. That is of an existing valve, currently in production from one of our suppliers. There was little geometrical data to go by, just the envelope dimensions and the interfaces. So, I asked an editor-to-be if he could make CAD from the sparse drawings, and some photographs of the actual valve. He said it cannot be done. Just to clarify, this CAD model we are talking about is not for manufacturing purposes, but for rendering. This CAD model would be used for sales literature. For this purpose it can be done easily from very minimal information. 

We are engineers. If we can create real-world products from our minds, we certainly can reverse-engineer an existing product. With a little of metrology, lot's of scaling of features, we can come up with a very close approximation of what the actual part looks like. 

19 October 2014

Sight Glass Stress Test

A really quick blog here. The introduction of the iPhone 6 lead to a flurry of questions about Sapphire vs Gorilla Glass as the main screen surface. We did a related test where a sapphire window was impacted by a metal ball dropping from 27 inches. The results are in the video. Needless to say ...

15 October 2014

Greatest Product

What is the greatest industrial product of 2014? How about the greatest product since 2000 in use today, and still great? Can there even be a product that lasts forever and is always great? It's like asking for an investment that pays high dividends, while it grows in value, tax-free and is also guaranteed. No ...

12 October 2014

Penberthy Sight Glass Search

I am new to this blog, but I have something to say, so here I am, blogging about my favorite subjects – such as shopping for high pressure windows. This is part of my job working for energy generation, and oil and gas companies as a consultant in the area of process observation solutions. Before ...

08 October 2014

Getting Noticed for a Start-Up Business

Recently we found about.me and created a page. The photo was taken at dusk, two photographers are taking pictures, as our photographer is taking a picture of them. It is much more in depth this way, more story. It is also pertinent to the “observation” emphases of  Encole's core business- process observation and control. There ...