Focus for 2017: Working in Community

Author: Vicki Zylstra

On January 19, over 70% of DISHER’s 160-member team came together for a day of learning, serving, and building community. The Vintage Place in Grand Rapids was the venue for the bi-annual event. Jeff Disher’s focus for the day was Working in Community. It was selected because of DISHER’s significant growth, both as a team and in our business model. In Jeff’s… Read More

Scope Creep

Author: Jeff Disher

Where to Draw the Line Scope creep is creepy. It is subtle and can sneak up on your project like an undetected cancer that eats away your profits. It can also ruin your customer’s experience with your company if it’s not handled well. A classic example is a home builder who does not tell their client of the added costs… Read More

FIRST LEGO® League (FLL)

Author: Kayla Curtis, Chad Barnes, Mu-Hua Cheng, and Matthew Reed

Teaching Students Team Work, Problem-Solving, & Engineering “On the yellow field we have team Invent-a-Tech 2.0,” states the announcer. Two student technicians fly to the playing field and nest their robot, Purple Monster, into the starting zone. “3…2…1…Lego!” Purple Monster delicately glides forward and drops off the shark tank with success. Like a pack of hungry wolves, the technicians grab… Read More

Making a Positive Difference Through Electronics

Author: Tod Grams

Making a Positvie Difference Through Electronics

Q:  So, DISHER does electronics too? A:  “Absolutely, and our team is growing! Our specialists have a broad range of experience and educational backgrounds that enable us to provide a variety of tailored electronics solutions for our customers. From schematic capture and PCB layouts to embedded software and mobile apps, we have deep engineering talent ready to come alongside and provide… Read More

Pack Expo: Growing Trends in Packaging Design

Author: Travis Gibbs

Growing Trends in Packaging Design

As a packaging engineer, the Pack Expo is thee annual tradeshow for the packaging industry. Every other year it’s conveniently located at Chicago’s McCormick Place. For those that have never been to McCormick, let me warn you– bring your walking shoes. This year I went to specifically research several items for customers. In the process, I found a few other… Read More

DISHER Turkey Bowl

Author: Laura Nelson and Brian LaFrence

DISHER Turkey Bowl

The Blue Team Gobbles Up Another Victory The leaves have fallen, the turkey has thawed, and that means only one thing… it’s time for the annual DISHER Turkey Bowl!  What started out as a friendly flag football scrimmage with our colleagues at Innotec years ago has grown into a DISHER-only, cut-throat competition. This year was an epic two-team showdown. An 8v8 battle… Read More

Building into the Lives of People

Author: Jay VanderBoon

Habitat Home is a Win-Win

A Habitat Home is a Win-Win I’ve had the pleasure to serve with Habitat for Humanity several times since starting with DISHER, and I want everyone to know that it is a fantastic experience. You learn a lot, have fun, and it really changes people’s lives. My latest opportunity to help was this past October. For those who have not yet experienced… Read More

College Football Game Performance (Part 3)

Author: Ray Hartnett

michigan vs ohio state

Read part 1 here – Read part 2 here Since our last posting two weeks ago, Ohio State had nicely recovered from a heartbreaker at Penn State and a lackluster win at Northwestern by drubbing Nebraska (62-3). Michigan was humming along with an expectedly tough win at MSU, and then a recovery game with Maryland.   After nine games Michigan had… Read More

The SEMA Show

Author: Rob Waara

the SEMA show 2016

It’s the SUPER BOWL of automotive specialty shows, the annual SEMA Show. Held in Las Vegas from October 31 to November 3, this event draws thousands of industry experts and hot new products from all over the world. Types of aftermarket products displayed included parts, lighting, accessories, repair services, and body work for the automotive, truck, SUV, powersports, and RV… Read More

Removing a Stripped Screw with Confidence

Author: Sean Derrick

You're Not Screwed

Rookie Year: The Engineering Intern’s Toolbox (Part 6) A Series of Technical Blogs for Engineering Interns & Entry-Level Engineers Now you’ve done it! Your boss asked you to remove a few simple screws… and in the process you mangle a screw head beyond repair. How on earth are you going to get it out now? Guess you’ll need to go… Read More