Circuits Assembly. Oct 2009, Vol. 20 Issue 10, p33, 2 p.
In my last article, I discussed the changing role of OEM product development engineering teams (CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY, February 2009). OEMs' downsizing of internal engineering resources, combined with continued requirements for [...]
Circuits Assembly. April 2007, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p63, 1 p.
Zund M-1600 flatbed prototyping machine has a 51 x 63" working area for large applications, and can be controlled with a variety of application-specific software programs, including AutoCAD (for general [...]
Expert-SAFP semiautomatic pick-and-place system is for prototype quantities. Has an air-suspended pick-and-place head, integrated vision and placement system, and picks from reels, sticks, rest tape strips and loose components. Includes [...]
Circuits Assembly. August 2005, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p46, 1 p.
Advantage 2 automated SMT placement machine offers flexible placement and programmability for high-mix, low-volume assembly and prototyping. Features integrated dispenser for applying adhesives, pastes, flux, etc. Has dual-feeders. Can place [...]
CORPORATE growth, LABOR supply, and RAPID prototyping
The article reports on the expansion of the factory of Sanmima-SCI in Kanata, Ottawa and the need for an additional 90 workers by the end of 2009. The company is said to expand its plant size as it shifts its focus from prototyping to volume manufacturing. The workforce which is at 90 as of May 2009 is expected to double within the next 6 to 9 months.
Engineering, Manufactures, Industrial research, Prototypes, and Product management
The article reports on the development of new course by Micheal Shores called Global Product Launch Model at the Richardson, Texas, based facility. Launched commercially in 2002, Texas Prototypes has forged a growing new product introduction business that goes far beyond "introduction." This new model has paid off considerably for Shores with fiercely loyal customers and revenues doubling in just two years. Shores credits the experience for his understanding of the business, for it was at that design center that he was part of a group that included engineering, board layout and prototyping. All these job functions under one umbrella made tension inevitable between the designers and manufacturers, especially when faced with a product that would not work. This tension helped Shores gain an understanding of the engineers' goals and how important it is to have initial products built 100% correctly. The ultimate goal for the group was to have the electrical engineers focused on debugging design issues, not debugging manufacturing problems.
Electronic industries, Surface mount technology (Printed circuits), Electronic packaging, Manufacturers' agents, Computer industry, Technological innovations, and Western countries
The technology supporting pre-placement for surface-mount assembly has advanced rapidly over the last decade. This advancement has been driven by Western manufacturers to raise their levels of automation and improve cost-effectiveness in response to the rapid migration of assembly business to low-labor-cost regions in China and other Asian nations. As high-volume contracts continue to migrate inexorably eastward, assemblers are finding that the remaining low-volume, high-mix business, as well as original design work, demands the low risk and low capital outlay that semiautomatic machines have traditionally offered. This problem is particularly acute for companies seeking to make the transition from standalone screen printing to in-line pre-placement. Equipment suppliers who recognize the needs of this sector — populated by small original equipment manufacturers and contract assemblers, design and prototyping specialists, and the product development departments of original design manufacturers and mid-size electronics manufacturing services businesses — have realigned their product ranges to deliver new flexibility for the semiautomatic market. The key to accomplishing this realignment successfully has been modularity.
The article compares testing methods in the electrical process where in-circuit test (ICT) is the most widely used strategy by manufacturers. Alternative testing methods reportedly include the flying probe, the manufacturing defect analyzer (MDA) and the functional test. Also noted is the confined use of the standalone boundary scan on areas including assembly prototyping, debugging and diagnostics.
Electronic apparatus & appliances and Stacking machines
The article evaluates electronic products and equipment, including pallet stackers from Southworth Products Corp., the Lead-Free Solder Paste Remover from JNJ Industries and the Zund M-1600 flatbed prototyping machine from EIS Fabrico.
Electronic industries, Service industries, New product development, Manufacturing industries, Marketing strategy, Product management, and Product obsolescence
The article focuses on the significance of defining service packages in electronics manufacturing services (EMS). The two facets of these services are commodity purchase and strategic supplier relationship. To be able to achieve competitive differentiation, the market or technology expertise of an EMS provider as well as its track record of providing solutions are necessary. Several examples of service packages within the EMS industry include new production introduction support, quickturn prototyping, project launch and obsolescence management.
The article reports on the launch of Palomar Microelectronics, the microelectronics packaging services division of Palomar Technologies. The parent company, which also manufactures wire bonding and placement equipment, formed the group to meet the demand for quickturn product development, prototyping, test and assembly services. Palomar Microelectronics has advanced technologies for wire bonding, gold ball bumping and precision component placement for semiconductor packages, optoelectronic and other packages.
Prototypes, Manufacturing processes, Contracting out, Production engineering, Industrial procurement, and Manufactures
This article focuses on prototype and production manufacturing outsourcing by original equipment manufacturers. The differences between prototype and production manufacturing must be understood by procurement staff. One aspect in which prototype and production manufacturing are different is turnaround time. Prototyping is consist of a number of design changes that involves specifications, features, and other product aspects. Procurement from overseas sources has additional criteria compared to domestic procurement.
The article reveals that the cycle time at Tier 1 automobile makers can reduced by more than half the time. Boosted by new telematics and safety systems, auto electronics content is forecast to reach 40% of the total new car price by 2010, up from 23% last year, say IC Insights and Infineon. The company is automating design and verification for vehicle hardware and software systems, and integrating the sometime disparate systems for mechanical, electrical and electronics. Aided by the acquisition in May 2005 of Volcano Communications Technologies, a provider of networking and data communication solutions for vehicle networking systems, Mentor Graphics is now providing a top-down solution for auto design, one that integrates system modeling and prototyping, networking, module design and analysis, electrical distribution and PCB design.
Printed circuits industry, Production management (Manufacturing), Electronic circuit design, Electronic circuits testing, Electronic apparatus & appliances, and Miniature electronic equipment
This article informs that the presents day production environments and manufacturing schedules force test engineers to provide flexible low-cost test solutions in the shortest possible time. These steps include design entry, prototype verification, production, final assembly and also test and debugging at various stages throughout this process. For example, concurrent design and development of circuitry, housings, and firmware and user software can shorten the product design cycle. Thinking in the early stages of product design about the test strategies to be applied in design, prototyping, manufacturing and in the field avoids costly delays as well as insufficient test access and test coverage throughout the product's life cycle.
Packaging research, Technology, and Value added (Marketing)
The Packaging Research Center (PRC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology has a mission it believes will revolutionize the convergent and microminiaturized systems of tomorrow. At their June 16 open house, several center directors, professors and graduate students spent a full day educating attendees on the vision that is system-on-a-package (SOP) through tours and breakout sessions. Instead of the bulky "system" boxes of the past that may have housed hundreds of components performing just one task, an SOP system performs computing, communication, consumer and other functions in a small, single system package. As one audience member commented, however, semiconductor companies are starting to see packaging, and not just silicon, as a value-add for customers. Supporting companies include IBM, HP, Nokia Corp., Sony Corp. and Motorola Inc., who are part of the larger network of 50 global companies who are involved in the center's research from SOP to flip chip to wafer-level packaging. In addition, the PRC has prototyping facilities, fundamental research laboratories across the' Georgia Tech campus and a class 1000 clean room to aid its research activity and technology transfers for PRC members.
Electronic industries, Membership in associations, institutions, etc., Supply chains, and ISO 9001 Standard
This article reports on various developments related to the electronics industry. The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative in Herndon, Virginia has added three new members. Dell Inc., Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc., and Senju Comtek Corp. are the latest companies to join the industry-led consortium's efforts to strengthen the global electronics manufacturing supply chain. The electronics firm Milford Manufacturing Services in Milford, Massachusetts has opened its new product introduction development and prototyping lab. Electrotek Corp., a manufacturer of complex multilayer circuit boards, received ISO 9001:2000 registration in August 2003.
Electronic industries, Optoelectronics, Microelectromechanical systems, and Radio frequency
Stamford, Connecticut-based FeinFocus USA Inc. and Vista, California-based Palomar Technologies Corp. have teamed to address the manufacturing challenges of optoelectronics, microelectromechanical systems/micro-optoelectromechanical systems and radio frequency components markets. Palomar's Process Development and Prototyping Services will use the Feinfocus FOX-160.25MFT x-ray inspection system for the inspection of advanced components, materials and packaging technologies. These companies will also publish joint technical papers on their findings with regards to process development, testing and manufacturing of optoelectronics and micro-mechanical components and assemblies.
Reports the provision of electronics manufacturing services by Vitel Technologies Inc. in Norcross, Georgia. Company background; Details on the manufacturing facility of Vitel; Ability of the company to handle complex assemblies; Offer of prototyping and product introduction services.
Circuits Assembly. June 2009, Vol. 20 Issue 6, p45, 1 p.
LE40V automated pick-and-place machine is for prototyping and short run, high-mix manufacturing. Uses Cognex Vision. Provides on-the-fly component centering with top and bottom cameras, fiducial correction, bad board mark and [...]