Re: TW and QA

Subject: Re: TW and QA
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 10:32:22 -0400

eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com wrote:

The design of the switch should have indicated "this way up", the designer of the craft should have designed the mounting in such a way the switch couldn't be installed upside down or clearly indicated it in the design drawings, the manufacturing engineer (or Industrial or Methods Engineer, all overpaid techwriters for a portion of their duties) should have been savvy/technical enough to realise that such switches have an Up and written the procedure and created the assembly drawing accordingly...

We agree. I just thought of another issue as I read this, though. We all know the definition of a specialist as someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about absolutely nothing. If you have spent years and years involved in spacecraft design, your brain is wired to think in terms of weightless, no-such-thing-as-up conditions. Until someone bops you on the noggin and reminds you that this gizmo is for _landing_ the craft, _after_ it is no longer in orbit and has returned to a gravity environment, you might not think to ask the question about the mounting. From a process perspective, this question should be built in; but from a human psychology perspective, maybe the oversight is at least a little bit understandable, even if it's not excusable on that basis.


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