Examines the speeds and performance of printed circuit board designs to determine the viability of the hardware prototyping approach. Information on the hardware prototyping approach; Description of a virtual prototyping; Details on floorplanners design tools.
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.
The article discusses the approaches taken by designers to address the challenges of adding layers to a printed circuit board (PCB). One reason why designers are compelled to increase layers to the design is the need for miniaturization. It recommends prototyping the design in a signal integrity simulation tool as an alternative to address routing constraints. The author emphasizes the importance of software tools with the ability to define rules for designers.
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.
PC FAB. Jun2002, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p50. 2p. 6 Color Photographs.
PRINTED circuits industry and EQUIPMENT & supplies
Introduces several products for the printed circuits industry. Design of the NV1010 series CSP prototyping system from NanoVia; Capabilities of the Qualiline QLPC self-contained and fully automated analysis tool from ECI Technology Inc.; Features of the self-contained lamination vacuum press from OEM Press Systems Incorporated.
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.