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  In order to discuss your challenge, you may find it helpful to first gather as many answers as you can to our "Gizmo Quiz".  (Don't let that slow you down, however; sometimes it is more efficient to talk it through. ) Then contact us to get started. The first contact is of course free. We will not disclose your information to others without your permission.


  • What is this thing supposed to do?
  • How well: speed/resolution/repeatability/accuracy?
  • How long: operational cycles, number of years?
  • What are the nearest products presently in existence? How do they compare?
  • How big or small can/should it be?
  • Allowable weight/inertia?
  • Are esthetics important? (consider all five senses!)
  • What is history of the technology?
  • Who will use it? install it?, service it? Skill level? Operator interfaces needed?
  • Where will the units be used?
  • What conditions must it withstand during shipment?
    Operation? Temperature, humidity, pressure/vacuum, vibration/shock, chemical, biological, particulate,....
  • How loud/quiet?
  • Any EMI/RFI/magnetics considerations?
  • Any special materials requirements?
  • What energy and supplies are available for input, desired/tolerable for output?
  • Who are you? (name, company, address, phone, fax, e-mail.....)
  • What skills do you command/need for this project?
  • Why is the item needed?
  • What level of confidentiality is appropriate?
  • How many will be needed - considering quantity/price function?
  • How much are you willing to pay - for concept, prototype, production items?
  • When needed - each step; earliest, latest?
  • Who else might need same device - collegues, competitors?
  • Which attribute is best to optimize, and which attributes are simply bounds?

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