You Make It— I Break It

Author: Aaron Denbow | Electronics Engineer

You Make It— I Break It

The Importance of Validation Testing. Validation testing plays a significant role in product development. Have you ever wanted to rip the radio out of your car and smash it on the ground? I’ve taken things out of my car and smashed them – and it’s quite satisfying! I didn’t do it out of frustration, I did it as part of… Read More

Hey, COACH!

Author: DJ Kellogg | Area Lead - Southeast Michigan Region

Hey, COACH!

Helping Your Team Succeed! I love coaching teams, and I love being part of a team— and learning how to help them perform at a higher level! I’ve had the privilege of coaching a state-championship high school team, national club volleyball teams, and talented teams of professionals at DISHER. I enjoy each coaching opportunity immensely. While I do not claim… Read More

How Did I Get Here?

Author: Robbie Sullivan | Project Engineer

How Did I Get Here

Jeff Disher counseled me “Go to a four-year college, get an internship, and learn to tear things apart and fix them.” And that’s what I did. How and why did I become a DISHER team member? Last Friday, I found myself in front of the entire company at a staff meeting— a generally uncomfortable place for an engineer to be…. Read More

Are You the Best Leader You Can Be?

Author: Bob Soeters | Business Lead - Corporate Officer

Are You The Best Leader You Can Be

Part 1 – Develop a Model for Your Team How do you grow your leadership abilities? How do you lead your team or  organization? If your library is like mine, you probably have a shelf full of best-sellers like: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, 21 Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell, and Good to Great… Read More

I Love Being Right

Author: Kevin Pinner | Business Lead - DISHER Business Solutions & Manufacturing Tech Services

I Love Being Right

I love being right… and the importance of creating meaningful culture visuals is one of those times. Being right doesn’t happen as often as I think it should happen but when it does— it feels sweet. Yes, one of my many personality challenges is the internal conviction that when I have an idea, it is probably a good one. And… Read More

A Day in the Life of a Manufacturing Engineer

Author: Joe Dyer | Team Lead - Manufacturing Tech Services

A Day in the Life

Operators, Operations, & Opportunities There’s a Beatles song called “A Day in the Life” that closes the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. At the end of this song, an E chord is struck and held onto for 45-seconds or so giving the impression that the song never really ends. I love the finality yet continual nature of that… Read More

Design Thinking

Author: Todd Kauranen

Design Thinking

The Latest ID Label for the Same ID Story Some would say that making a product that looks good is the only duty of an Industrial Designer. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Fundamentally, the role of industrial design (ID), is to grasp the entire design process as it relates to the user and producer of a service or… Read More

5 Benchmarking Tips

Author: Ben Zuiderveen

5 Benchmarking Tips

For Product Design Inspiration Where does an idea come from? Do ideas spring into the mind fully formed? Of course not! Ideas rarely start out beautiful— they need to be collected, nurtured, and built upon. Ideas are inspired (stolen) from something else that we’ve seen, heard, or experienced. Even the man who invented the wheel probably saw a round object… Read More

June Offsite 2017

Author: Joe Sikma

June Offsite 2017

Finding Our Sweet Spot On June 16th, the DISHER team set aside their typical work day to deliberately focus on the fundamentals. Members from every team and every office congregated at the HRM Gateway Center for a company-wide offsite. For seasoned team members, the day wasn’t a surprise. It was the continuation of a biannual tradition and a pause to… Read More

NeoCon 2017

Author: Eric Otto

NeoCon 2017

From An Engineer’s Perspective For any engineer that works in and for the furniture industry, NeoCon is a must see. NeoCon is one of the largest trade shows featuring workplace furniture and the industries that support it such as seating, textiles, technology, and flooring to name just a few. A dozen folks from DISHER took a bus trip, organized by… Read More