Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lawn Sprinklers and Metrology Software

Every spring, I engage in a ritual that is shared by millions of homeowners across our country. It is a task that I find tedious, frustrating, and never I seem to get better at. I’m talking of course, about adjusting my lawn sprinklers. 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a hard task, you only need a screwdriver and 15 minutes to get it done, but it’s a fifteen minutes that leaves me with wet shoes and muttered promises of upgraded nozzles and new, more precise spray patterns. Of course, I never upgrade the nozzles, but that’s a different story. 

The problem is, I don’t think about this task for the next 51 weeks, so the details of how to get done quickly, and efficiently, always escapes me. This year however, things were a little different. Thanks to the folks at Rainbird and their YouTube channel I managed to get through this task in record time, and with dry shoes.
It turns out YouTube isn’t just about cats and video games, but it’s also a great way to share technical information such as drywall repair, excel programming, even CMM programming tips. 


At Wenzel, we have been pushing content to our YouTube channel in an effort to provide users of Open DMIS with a quick, easily accessible way to find information on tasks within the software. Simple things, like setting up an alignment, outputting to Excel, or calibrating an angled probe, are all items you can find in our video series. Check out some examples here:

Making a 3-2-1 Alignment
Calibrating an Angled Probe
Output to Excel

Why do we do this? The reason is simple. We know from our own experiences, how frustrating a simple job can be when you stumble on a small detail. So we want to push information to our users in the easiest, most accessible way possible, so that at the end of the work day, the parts have been measured, and no one walks out of the quality lab muttering promises of next time with wet shoes.


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