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Category: Engineering Knowledge Base

5 Ways to Improve Your Next VA/VE Initiative

For those who may be unfamiliar, Value Analysis and Value Engineering (VA/VE) is a problem-solving methodology that uses two effective processes for optimizing the value of a product or service. What differentiates them is the point when they are applied in the product life-cycle process. Value Engineering is conducted before any significant financial investments (i.e. tooling, plant, or... Read More

3 Tips for Effective Problem Solving

The team at DISHER loves to problem solve. We take on many roles with clients where we put our hours of problem-solving training and experience to work. Some of our favorite structured methods include: Six Sigma, Shainen, KT, Practical Problem Solving, A3 problem solving, and 8D problem Solving. However, the complete list of problem-solving tools is endless. Each... Read More

3 Ways to Innovate Smarter and Faster

The pace of innovation can make your head spin. Just a little over a decade ago no one owned a smart phone. Only forty years ago—no one owned a computer. Today, over 60% of Americans are glued to some type of screen. Even colleges struggle to put together curriculums for careers that are coming. It’s hard to keep... Read More

Asking the Right Questions Always Leads to Improvement

I am the proud father of two little boys, ages three and five. Among the busy days, messes, and laughter there is one other constant: questions. What are we doing tonight? How does a key work? Could you somehow get inside a leaf? Maybe you can relate to this line of questioning. Recently my son asked, “Dad, where... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More