Estimates manual, automatic, printed circuit board production
This updated software suite includes DFA Version 9.3 and DFM Concurrent Costing® Version 2.2, new versions of previous bundled DFMA modules. The suite is designed to simplify product design, then estimate assembly, labor and part manufacturing costs. The new version offers new tools for comparing costs of automatic versus manual product assembly. The new software also has new tools for estimating costs to manufacture printed circuit boards. These tools include costs for internal and external circuit generation, lamination, AOI testing, hole drilling, solder masking, legend printing, and final circuit testing. It is compatible with Windows 98, 2000 and XP.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.