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Stop, Drop, and Roll

Stop, Drop, and Roll

We were all taught as kids these three actions when faced with a fire emergency, and recently I have been thinking about how analogous they are to the phrase “fighting fires” in business.

We all know what fire-fighting means in this context – all of us have lived through this to some extent at one point in time. Fire-fighting is when you feel like there are a million fires that need urgent attention at once, and they are all critical. You end up running around like a chicken with your head cut off, never stopping to think about anything long term. You just move from fire to fire, trying to put each one out until it comes back to life after you leave it smoldering.

Similarly, I think we could all use a little instruction to stop, drop, and roll in business as well as in real life. STOP to think, DROP the anxiety about the latest fire, and ROLL with your thoughts and collect your emotions.

Don’t get me wrong – there are times when you will have to don the suit, pick up a hatchet and the fire hose, and get to work putting out fires. There are times in all businesses when that is required for the business to survive. What all too often happens is that fire-fighting becomes the norm, and you lose sight of the future. This is very easy to do in a small business like ours, and it is tough to resist the temptation. But, I believe that we can all step back, collect our thoughts, and come out all the better for it.

Scout v2.1 Released!

Scout v2.1 Released!

Signal.X is excited to announce the latest release of Scout TDMS Editor to the LabVIEW Tools Network community. Scout continues to be one of the most downloaded software products on the Tools Network, and we have well over 1, 000 registered users, and just last quarter we surpassed 10,000 downloads! Thank you to all the… Continue Reading

Embedded Specialty

Embedded Specialty

Having recently gone through the ordeal of attaining my certification for LabVIEW Embedded Developer (CLED), I thought now was an opportune time to talk about why Signal.X is part of the Embedded Specialty partners, and what it really means. According to the NI website, the Embedded Specialty “recognizes partners with proven success in designing medium-… Continue Reading

Signal.X Engine Cold Test Systems

Signal.X Engine Cold Test Systems

An internal combustion engine is a very complex machine, both to design and to manufacture. By the 1980s, engine testing became increasingly important in the assembly plant to ensure defect-free, quality products. However, the technology of the time focused on hot test, which is running the engine with fuel and spark to mimic in-vehicle conditions.… Continue Reading

National Instruments Merges Specialties and Recognizes Signal.X as an NI Embedded Specialty Partner

National Instruments Merges Specialties and Recognizes Signal.X as an NI Embedded Specialty Partner

National Instruments has recently combined the Embedded Control Specialty and the Electronic Design Specialty to create the Embedded Specialty. Embedded Specialty partners are proven experts designing medium- to large-scale embedded control and monitoring applications with the NI software and hardware platform. Signal.X is proud to be recognized as an Embedded Specialty Partner. What does this… Continue Reading

OPC UA Addition to Shield

OPC UA Addition to Shield

Signal.X is pleased to announce that we have recently added OPC UA connectivity to our Shield platform. OPC UA is an industrial communications protocol that is platform-independent, and is generally accepted as the successor to OPC Classic, which was a Windows-based protocol. With this addition, our NVH Controller can communicate to a central server its… Continue Reading

NVH Machine Design

NVH Machine Design

Top 3 Considerations When Designing NVH Production Machines: As the average consumer becomes more discerning, the trickle-down of noise and vibration characteristics from product to subsystem will continue to drive component suppliers to evaluate those metrics as part of their manufacturing process. Motors, fans, actuators and smaller components are now being subjected to rigorous scrutiny… Continue Reading

Creating an Innovative Creep Test System

Creating an Innovative Creep Test System

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) “is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future” (gastechnology.org). Signal.X is proud to team up with such a company and be a part of securing our nation’s energy future. One aspect of GTI’s research is the development… Continue Reading

Mission: Collaboration

Mission: Collaboration

As the year draws to a close, we at Signal.X have been reflecting on our past accomplishments and building the vision for the next stage of our company. Reinforced by our experience and interactions with our customers, this vision focuses on an ingredient critical to any business’s success: collaboration. More specifically, our vision upholds the… Continue Reading

Engineers' Corner

The Signal.X Blog

Author Archives: Robert Hoffman

Stop, Drop, and Roll

Stop, Drop, and Roll

We were all taught as kids these three actions when faced with a fire emergency, and recently I have been thinking about how analogous they are to the phrase “fighting fires” in business.

We all know what fire-fighting means in this context – all of us have lived through this to some extent at one point in time. Fire-fighting is when you feel like there are a million fires that need urgent attention at once, and they are all critical. You end up running around like a chicken with your head cut off, never stopping to think about anything long term. You just move from fire to fire, trying to put each one out until it comes back to life after you leave it smoldering.

Similarly, I think we could all use a little instruction to stop, drop, and roll in business as well as in real life. STOP to think, DROP the anxiety about the latest fire, and ROLL with your thoughts and collect your emotions.

Don’t get me wrong – there are times when you will have to don the suit, pick up a hatchet and the fire hose, and get to work putting out fires. There are times in all businesses when that is required for the business to survive. What all too often happens is that fire-fighting becomes the norm, and you lose sight of the future. This is very easy to do in a small business like ours, and it is tough to resist the temptation. But, I believe that we can all step back, collect our thoughts, and come out all the better for it.

Scout v2.1 Released!

Scout v2.1 Released!

Signal.X is excited to announce the latest release of Scout TDMS Editor to the LabVIEW Tools Network community. Scout continues to be one of the most downloaded software products on the Tools Network, and we have well over 1, 000 registered users, and just last quarter we surpassed 10,000 downloads! Thank you to all the… Continue Reading

Embedded Specialty

Embedded Specialty

Having recently gone through the ordeal of attaining my certification for LabVIEW Embedded Developer (CLED), I thought now was an opportune time to talk about why Signal.X is part of the Embedded Specialty partners, and what it really means. According to the NI website, the Embedded Specialty “recognizes partners with proven success in designing medium-… Continue Reading

Signal.X Engine Cold Test Systems

Signal.X Engine Cold Test Systems

An internal combustion engine is a very complex machine, both to design and to manufacture. By the 1980s, engine testing became increasingly important in the assembly plant to ensure defect-free, quality products. However, the technology of the time focused on hot test, which is running the engine with fuel and spark to mimic in-vehicle conditions.… Continue Reading

National Instruments Merges Specialties and Recognizes Signal.X as an NI Embedded Specialty Partner

National Instruments Merges Specialties and Recognizes Signal.X as an NI Embedded Specialty Partner

National Instruments has recently combined the Embedded Control Specialty and the Electronic Design Specialty to create the Embedded Specialty. Embedded Specialty partners are proven experts designing medium- to large-scale embedded control and monitoring applications with the NI software and hardware platform. Signal.X is proud to be recognized as an Embedded Specialty Partner. What does this… Continue Reading

OPC UA Addition to Shield

OPC UA Addition to Shield

Signal.X is pleased to announce that we have recently added OPC UA connectivity to our Shield platform. OPC UA is an industrial communications protocol that is platform-independent, and is generally accepted as the successor to OPC Classic, which was a Windows-based protocol. With this addition, our NVH Controller can communicate to a central server its… Continue Reading

NVH Machine Design

NVH Machine Design

Top 3 Considerations When Designing NVH Production Machines: As the average consumer becomes more discerning, the trickle-down of noise and vibration characteristics from product to subsystem will continue to drive component suppliers to evaluate those metrics as part of their manufacturing process. Motors, fans, actuators and smaller components are now being subjected to rigorous scrutiny… Continue Reading

Creating an Innovative Creep Test System

Creating an Innovative Creep Test System

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) “is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future” (gastechnology.org). Signal.X is proud to team up with such a company and be a part of securing our nation’s energy future. One aspect of GTI’s research is the development… Continue Reading

Mission: Collaboration

Mission: Collaboration

As the year draws to a close, we at Signal.X have been reflecting on our past accomplishments and building the vision for the next stage of our company. Reinforced by our experience and interactions with our customers, this vision focuses on an ingredient critical to any business’s success: collaboration. More specifically, our vision upholds the… Continue Reading

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