Let’s Talk about Nondestructive Testing (NDT)

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Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is an approach to evaluating products or materials, that doesn’t require their disassembly or otherwise impair their functionality. NDT can employ magnetics, ultrasound, x-rays, and other technologies. Art+Logic has worked on a variety of NDT-related projects. The brief interview that follows, addresses some of the more common questions about NDT.

Andrew: Hi Bob. So let’s start out with me asking you, who does nondestructive testing? Is that something I could just jump into?

Bob: No, there are specially certified NDT experts who design the techniques and do the testing, and there are three levels of certification. (more…)

What Does It Mean to Be a “Thought Leader”?

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“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

— Shunryu Suzuki

I was recently given the opportunity to present myself as a “thought leader for my industry.” I’ve been pondering this. What do I know? What do I know so deeply and fully that others might want to hear my opinions about it? Not much, it seems. Actually, I don’t have nearly as many answers as I have questions. But more than this, it’s the questions that really keep me interested. (more…)

How I Saved the Day: an Unsung Superhero on a Sunday Afternoon

After 25 years, Art & Logic has learned that great developers don't just know how to write code; rather, they have a temperament and inclination that helps them guide projects to successful conclusions.

Sunday afternoon I saved the day. You may not have read about it in the Seattle Times; it was kind of a subtle thing, but I think it made the world a little brighter.

I was in town helping to run a weekend workshop and at the end of the event, the teacher wanted to play a musical selection through the P.A. system. The sound team couldn’t get it to work, so I swooped in, fixed three separate problems, and averted. . .  well, honestly, probably not disaster, but at least, mild disappointment.

The interesting piece for me was reflecting on the parallels between what happened that day, and what we do here at Art & Logic. Maybe some specifics would be useful:

  • The first problem we encountered was that the iPhone being used for playback simply made no sound. This was easy to fix. The phone was plugged into a mixer – a device that combines multiple audio sources and then sends the result out to a speaker or a recording device. Mixers can be kind of complicated; in this case, there were a few different volume controls involved, and one was simply turned down. (more…)

Device Integration: 5 Ways to Improve Your Business Processes

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When developing a custom application to support your organization’s business processes, there are a number of reasons you might want to facilitate direct and automated entry of data into a computer system.

Perhaps your company has representatives out in the field, such as sales reps or inspectors. Rather than having them log data with a specialized device while in the field and transfer it “manually” at the office, these professionals might use an iPad to gather the information, with the data syncing automatically to a centralized database.

Device integration can transform business processes in a variety of fields and in a variety of ways. Let’s take a look at five of the top benefits device integration can deliver to drive more effective processes. (more…)