HSI a Continuing Partner in Oklahoma Education
This summer HSI Sensing partnered with Chickasha High School, Oklahoma State University (OSU), and Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) to provide three engineering students with practical, hands-on experience in all phases of product design and testing. This internship program represents HSI’s ongoing commitment to supporting the engineering arts in Oklahoma educational institutions.
“We’re thrilled to be offering applied engineering experience to compliment what’s going on in classrooms across the state,” says Ryan Posey, president of HSI Sensing. “This isn’t theory. It’s real-world design and testing with real-world implications for our products and for our customers. The best part is these guys have done amazing work for us.”
According to HSI, students Zack Doughty, Mason Schmidt, and Kalan Langley each contributed to the company’s manufacturing and quality processes in unique and practical ways that will benefit HSI in both the short and long term.
Doughty, an electrical engineering student entering his sophomore year at OSU, designed and built a new life test system — which runs products through hundreds of thousands of cycles in order to record failure rates and reasons for product failure — for use in HSI’s product quality audit. The company’s previous system was cumbersome and manual. Zack’s new system, which he built from the ground up, includes a computer program that constantly monitors switch operations and other data for the switches being tested. His solution has increased HSI’s testing capacity by five-fold .
Schmidt is a senior at Chickasha High School and a member of the HSI-sponsored robotics team, which competes with other high school science and engineering teams from across the nation. This summer he analyzed over one million separate pieces of test data for a range of HSI’s products. His data collection and analysis not only ensured that HSI switches are performing to specifications, it actually resulted in a change to the specifications for some switches, honing in on their “sweet spots” and enabling them to perform at optimal levels for customers.
Langley, who is from Henryetta, will graduate from SWOSU this fall with a degree in engineering technology. He spent the summer researching and analyzing variabilities in the system that provides the critical hermetic seal on HSI’s reed switches. He was given the freedom to design his own experiments, gather and analyze test results, and collaborate with HSI engineers on his findings. His recommendation will soon lead to a separate electrical circuit being installed in the company’s facilities to eliminate the variabilities and improve quality.
Headquartered in Chickasha, Oklahoma, HSI Sensing (Hermetic Switch, Inc.) is the innovative leader in the engineering and precision manufacturing of custom reed switch and sensor technology. The industry experts in solving problems for customers in challenging design applications, they also precision manufacture those solutions to ensure consistent, unmatched quality.
Since 1968 HSI Sensing, an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 registered company, has been the premier choice for custom and standard reed switches, proximity sensors, and other sensing technologies for an array of industries including fluid control devices, reed relays, implantable medical devices, aerospace, heavy equipment, communications, transportation, and more. Their products are used in a variety of applications including commercial and military jet engines, security systems, commercial lawn mowers, external defibrillators, implantable medical devices, space station equipment, animal tracking, and more.
HSI Sensing is a privately-held company wholly owned by the employees. For more information about HSI Sensing, please call 405.224.4046 or visit www.hsisensing.com.