Optimizing Automotive Wiring Designs Using Engineering Design Automation
Posted in White Papers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers on Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Currently, most methods for optimizing an Electrical Distribution System employ unsophisticated and manual spreadsheet tools. Any detailed feedback on critical metrics such as cost or weight typically relies on another organization and requires weeks or months. The resulting EDS is inevitably sub-optimized, not due to a lack of engineering ability, but rather the tools available. To ensure that the EDS design is optimized from the outset, the design environment itself must be enhanced. This paper will discuss the four key requirements for an EDA system along with the flow implications using examples from the Mentor Graphics Capital suite.
Technology To Speed Wire Harness New Product Introduction
Posted in White Papers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers on Tuesday, 28 July 2015
The speed with which wire harness makers can bring new or changed designs into production is a key business differentiator. Up until now, the complex sequence of tasks necessary to accomplish such a feat was poorly supported by COTS software. A robust COTS solution from Mentor Graphics is now available. This paper focuses on a set of manufacturing disciplines and describes key “building blocks” which underpin Mentor’s robust software solution for harness wire manufacturers. The Mentor approach protects company IP, reduces manufacturing engineering costs, improves process quality, and provides early and accurate visibility of gross margins. More importantly, it removes critical path bottlenecks to new product introduction.
Electropolishing for Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Posted in White Papers, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives on Monday, 27 July 2015
Manufacturing components for the hydraulic and pneumatic industries often involve creating the ideal surface finish: neither too rough nor too smooth. When it comes to surface finish, electropolishing can help manufacturers walk that fine line and achieve the ultimate in function.
Designing Antenna and Electronic Systems for Space and Airborne Applications
Posted in On-Demand Webinars, Electronics, Antennas, Sensors on Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Across all industry sectors electronic systems such as antennas and sensors are becoming ubiquitous in support of wireless communication, sensing and power transfer. These are examples of the practical realization of the "Internet of Things". In the aerospace sector, such technologies are playing an increasingly important role in advanced technologies. For example, highly instrumented and connected aircraft are supporting condition based maintenance and health monitoring techniques. Remotely piloted systems are becoming more autonomous and delivering increasing amounts of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to support the warfighter. At the same time, the industry is expected to deliver these more advanced capabilities at lower cost, in a smaller and lighter footprint and with increased robustness, reliability and resilience.
Converting Cotton Fabric into Transistors
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring on Monday, 13 July 2015
A team of fiber scientists at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, have created cotton fabric that, they say, can kill bacteria, conduct electricity, ward off malaria, capture harmful gas, and weave transistors into clothing. They explain that cotton, a cellulose-based material, can be controlled one atom at a time. Instead of adding electronics to fabrics, they have converted cotton fibers into electronic components like transistors and thermistors.
Tech Trend Report: Will GaN Knock out Silicon Semiconductors?
Posted in White Papers, Electronics on Friday, 10 July 2015
This whitepaper is the first in a series from Intercomp, a premier electronics component parts distributor with value analysis/value engineering services designed to help companies with product innovations, development, sourcing and quality management.
Assisting An Aging Population: Designing Medical Devices With Force Sensing Technology
Posted in White Papers, White Papers, Electronics on Tuesday, 23 June 2015
With the geriatric population on the rise, design engineers are challenged with designing responsive, noninvasive, user-friendly medical devices that cater to the needs of an older generation. Patients are looking for cost-effective, easy to use assistive tools that help them regain independence and confidence in their everyday life. Force feedback is a key feature for many of these devices that provide the user and doctor with great insight that ultimately results in better quality of life for the patient. Medical devices with force feedback allow design engineers to create innovative products that differentiate them from the competition. 

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