Sight Glass Application Notes

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It’s hard for a development engineer to switch from product development to business development. Development engineers by nature are thinkers. Quiet thinkers at that, where the ideas become very real in the engineer’s mind without saying a word. This is actually a problem, where companies create over- or under-engineered products that make you go like “what?” I’ve seen robots cool in their rich features if you are another robot, but not so useful if you are an operator using the thing. Cars with some clever contraption thinking that you are drowsy displaying a cup of coffee on the dashboard, that is next to a oil low warning light. Engine diagnostics meets a doctor.

The point here is to communicate the engineering designs, talk about them before they find their ways into “The Selfie Brush”. Did they really make it?

Verbalizing is really great, it helps find better ways to implement a feature or two, or scrap the idea all together. During the design, someone has to be present listening to all that verbalization, usually another technical person who can actually understand what the other person is talking about. Then something clicks, suddenly the development engineer finds a solution to their particular problem. We recently started to step out of our nose-to-the-ground-technical-development shell and started to ask a lot more questions than, say, a couple of years before. Questions outside Encole and questions among ourselves within Encole – mechanical meets electrical meets optical meets firmware. Firmware, by the way, is software that is permanently embedded into hardware, like a in a camera’s chip, or a the chip that drives a cappuccino machine. Software you can touch.

There is really a simple reason for asking more questions. We have more of our products working in our customers’ applications. What do our sight glasses actually do is our job to understand so we can keep developing, keep improving. What other “wish have” ideas should we develop is ongoing, as we are starting to shift more into business development from technology development. Here are some of the sight window applications we can share. Thank you Mr. G., thank you Linas! Good to hear from you!

Hydrostatic Pressure Testing
Optical Transmission Measurement
Compressor oil level at Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory, SLAC
Sensor Head on a Laser Vibrometer