PROTOTYPES, INTEGRATED circuits, ORIGINAL equipment manufacturers, ENGINEERING, and ELECTRONIC circuits
The article discusses the trends in prototyping service needs required in circuits design and assembly driven by the downsizing of original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) internal engineering resources. Among these are the development of single-board solutions with incorporated processors, introduction of service options to support production needs, streamlining of the prototype process, and continued requirements for combinations of engineering disciplines. Also noted are the efforts to address the inefficiencies in prototype design.
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.