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Staying Connected 24/7: Safeguard Consumer Electronics with Proper Circuit Protection  
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Tuesday, December 9 - Thursday, December 11
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Dec 9
2PM
December 9 - Day 1: Consumer Electronics Overview & the Importance of Circuit Protection
Today’s consumers are more connected than ever. Smartphones, tablets and wearable tech are all experiencing tremendous growth. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can easily damage today’s high-tech semiconductors – and users are the biggest ESD threat. Proper circuit protection is needed. This session addresses consumer electronics market growth and answers these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important? What are the issues designers should be aware of in their design development?
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Tim Micun &Tim Patel  
Tim Micun is the Business Development Manager for the TVS Diode Array product line of Littelfuse, Inc. Tim has been involved in creating ...  
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Tim Micun &Tim Patel
Tim Micun &Tim Patel

Tim Micun is the Business Development Manager for the TVS Diode Array product line of Littelfuse, Inc. Tim has been involved in creating leading edge circuit protection solutions since 1991, with a focus on silicon-based ESD (electrostatic discharge) and EMI (electromagnetic interference) solutions. Tim has presented innovative solutions for ESD and EMI problems around the globe, including Inductor-based low pass filters and the world's first integrated silicon-based CMF (Common Mode Filter) with integrated ESD protection. Tim is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a BS in Business Administration.  He can be reached at tmicun@littelfuse.com.  

 

Tim Patel is the Technical Marketing Manager for the Electronics Business Unit.  He joined Littelfuse in 2013 after being involved in testing and certification services in his previous role at Underwriters Laboratories (UL).  Tim's current responsibilities include development of marketing collateral material, management of marketing activities for new product launches, and performing market studies and feasibility analyses for new product ideas.  He received his BSEE from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois.  Tim can be reached at tpatel@littelfuse.com.


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Dec 10
2PM
December 10 - Day 2: Consumer Electronics Circuit Protection Applications
In today’s consumer electronics designs, everything must be smaller, lighter and faster. The technology must never lose connectivity. Users spend countless hours of hands-on time with their devices and, as a result, they represent the biggest electrostatic discharge (ESD) threat. This session addresses various circuit protection applications – from touchscreens and rapid recharging to communications ports – identifying the problems and best solutions for both ESD and lightning surge protection.
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Dec 11
2PM
December 11 - Day 3: Consumer Electronics Standards
Compliance standards established by IEC, ISO and other regulatory organizations provide guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing consumer electronics designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on consumer electronics circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
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How to Select Drives for Robotic Applications  
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Tuesday, April 29 - Thursday, May 1
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Apr 29
2PM
April 29 - Day 1: A Systematic Approach to Drive Selection
This class will provide a framework for drive selection. We will review the general requirements of drives used in robotic systems. We will deal systematically with the selection criteria of an individual axis, including power and mechanics, as well as control and environmental aspects.
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Urs Kafader  
Dr. Urs Kafader works and lives in Sarnen, Switzerland. He has a physics degree and an MBA from the Federal Institute of Technology, ETH ...  
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Urs Kafader
Urs Kafader

Dr. Urs Kafader works and lives in Sarnen, Switzerland. He has a physics degree and an MBA from the Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, and a doctorate from the UHA Mulhouse in France. He started his career at the ETH Solid State Physics Department working on the epitaxy of semiconductor heterostructures and also attended lectures on general didactics and specialized training for technology education. For more than 15 years, Dr. Kafader has been responsible for technical training at maxon motor. In this function, he has presented many training courses and seminars for the maxon staff and customers. He also wrote a textbook titled The Selection of High-Precision Microdrives.


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Apr 30
2PM
April 30 - Day 2: DC Motor Data Sheets & Selection Rules
This class starts with a short review on DC motor design types and their properties. We will look at the operational limits of DC motors and their behavior. A practical motor selection example will illustrate what we have learned up to this point.
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May 1
2PM
May 1 - Day 3: Multi-Axes Control Architectures
The next step in complexity is combining several axes to perform a coordinated motion. This class reviews the different concepts that can be used. The motion control example for a delta robot illustrates how high-level multi-axes control can be achieved.
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Plastic Bearings Can (and Do) Outperform Metal Bearings  
Sponsored by igus
Tuesday, August 12 - Thursday, August 14
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Aug 12
2PM
August 12 - Day 1: Plastic vs. Metal
You may be surprised to hear the applications that are taking advantage of plastic bearings. While metal may still win out in some cases, plastic bearings can be just as effective and reliable as metals, if not more so. Learn the differences in technologies and how to decide which material is best for the task at hand.
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Nicole Lang  
Nicole started at igus in 1998, moving to iglide inside sales in 2004. She is a 2001 graduate of Roger Williams University, where she ...  
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Nicole Lang
Nicole Lang

Nicole started at igus in 1998, moving to iglide inside sales in 2004. She is a 2001 graduate of Roger Williams University, where she also earned her law degree. In 2007, she was promoted to National Product Manager for iglide plastic bearings. Nicole regularly travels to igus HQ in Germany for intensive technical training, which she can pass on to her staff. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.


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Aug 13
2PM
August 13 - Day 2: The Right Plastic Bearing Material for Any Application
Plastic bearings can be found in everything from sterile lab equipment to heavy-duty offshore equipment. Discover a range of plastic bearing materials and geometries that suit this wide array of applications. From hot to cold, and occasional light-duty movements to constant, extremely heavy loads, there’s a plastic material developed to conquer just about anything.
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Aug 14
2PM
August 14 - Day 3: Problem Solving With Plastic Bearings
Problem-solving day: Plastics can solve some really complex problems in the trickiest applications. Learn about a range of tricks and tools that are available to help find the solution to bearing issues in your applications. Discover a range of free tools and databases that can help discover the best solution for applications with special considerations and requirements.
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Getting Started With SoC FPGAs (FPGAs With On-Chip Processors)  
Sponsored by Altera
Tuesday, September 30 - Thursday, October 2
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Sep 30
2PM
September 30 - Day 1: An Introduction to SoC FPGAs
This class provides an overview of the capabilities of SoC FPGAs and how they can be used as a familiar development platform for embedded software. The additional flexibility that SoC FPGAs have over traditional MCUs and CPUs makes them much more efficient for integrating IP and accelerating algorithm performance. SoC FPGAs can help reduce overall system cost and risk.
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Warren Miller  
Warren Miller has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and has held a variety of positions in engineering, applications, ...  
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Warren Miller
Warren Miller

Warren Miller has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and has held a variety of positions in engineering, applications, strategic marketing, and product planning with large electronics companies like Advanced Micro Devices, Actel, and Avnet, as well as with a variety of smaller startups. He has in-depth experience of programmable devices (PLDs, FPGAs, MCUs, and ASICs) in industrial, networking, and consumer applications and holds several device patents. He is currently the principal at Wavefront Marketing, working as a consultant specializing in strategic planning, technical marketing, and competitive analysis for semiconductor, intellectual property, and associated design tool companies. Warren has authored more than 100 conference papers, whitepapers, application notes, and magazine articles on a wide variety of topics and is a frequent blogger on the All Programmable Planet and Microcontroller Central websites and is the founder of the Chess FPGA project.
Email: warren@wavefrontmarketing.com


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Oct 1
2PM
October 1 - Day 2: Using SoC FPGAs as IP Integration Platforms
This class will show how SoC FPGAs can be used as IP integration platforms, delivering enhanced flexibility to the software developer. Hard IP for processors, peripherals, and memory can be combined with soft (fabric) resources for additional peripherals and algorithm acceleration. Example applications in motor control and automotive drive train controllers will illustrate how easy it is to create the optimal target platform for embedded software development.
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Oct 2
2PM
October 2 - Day 3: Using SoC FPGAs as ‘C’ Implementation Platforms
Modern SoC FPGAs can be used as platforms for ‘C’ language-based software development to further hide ‘hardware’ details from the software-centric developer. Tools such as SDK for OpenCL promote software-centric design and result in implementations that exploit both hard CPUs and fabric-based accelerators. An example design for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) will be used to illustrate the tool flow for ‘C’ based development.
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Deliver Roadworthy Designs: Safeguard Automotive Electronics Technologies with Proper Circuit Protection  
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Tuesday, October 14 - Thursday, October 16
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Oct 14
2PM
October 14 - Day 1: Automotive Electronics Overview & the Importance of Circuit Protection
Today's automotive designs include nearly 100 microprocessors; the number of processors is expected to double in 5 years. All on-board electronics – from in-dash displays to the latest connected technologies – all need circuit protection. This session addresses the automotive electronics market and the answers to these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important to automotive electronics? What are the issues designers should be aware of in the development of their designs?
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Tim Micun & Bharat Shenoy  
Tim Micun is the Business Development Manager for the TVS Diode Array product line of Littelfuse, Inc. Tim has been involved in creating ...  
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Tim Micun & Bharat Shenoy
Tim Micun & Bharat Shenoy

Tim Micun is the Business Development Manager for the TVS Diode Array product line of Littelfuse, Inc. Tim has been involved in creating leading edge circuit protection solutions since 1991, with a focus on silicon-based ESD (electrostatic discharge) and EMI (electromagnetic interference) solutions. Tim has presented innovative solutions for ESD and EMI problems around the globe, including Inductor-based low pass filters and the world's first integrated silicon-based CMF (Common Mode Filter) with integrated ESD protection. Tim is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a BS in Business Administration.  He can be reached at tmicun@littelfuse.com.

Bharat Shenoy joined Littelfuse in 2008 and is currently Director of Technical Marketing. His career in the Circuit Protection industry began in 2001. He has served in various applications engineering and sales management roles. Bharat has a B.S. in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy and served seven years as a Naval Officer in the Nuclear Submarine fleet. Bharat is married with 2 sons and lives in San Jose, CA.


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Oct 15
2PM
October 15 - Day 2: Automotive Electronics Circuit Protection Applications
In modern automotive designs, all on-board electronics are connected to the battery and alternator. Due to its instability, the alternator output requires further conditioning before it can be used to power other systems. Protecting the vehicle’s performance and safety systems are vital to ensuring the safety and well-being of the driver and passengers. This session addresses numerous circuit protection applications – under the hood and in the cabin – identifying the problems and best solutions.
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Oct 16
2PM
October 16 - Day 3: Automotive Electronics Standards
Test standards have been established by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Component Technical Committee and other regulatory organizations to provide strict guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing vehicles. Learn more about the various standards designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on related automotive electronics circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
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3D Printing Trends in Manufacturing  
Sponsored by Stratasys
Tuesday, October 28 - Thursday, October 30
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Oct 28
11AM
October 28 - Day 1: Jigs & Fixtures and Tooling
Additive manufacturing can drastically reduce costs and accelerate delivery when substituted for current methods of making jigs and fixtures. Learn more when David Baker, President of Worxsimple, discusses how his company is using 3D printing in its work cycle.
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David Baker, Jack Stubbs, & Derek Mathers  
David Baker, WorxsimpleDavid Baker is president and owner of Worxsimple LLC, a consulting group focusing on system design, equipment ...  
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David Baker, Jack Stubbs, & Derek Mathers
David Baker, Jack Stubbs, & Derek Mathers




David Baker, Worxsimple
David Baker is president and owner of Worxsimple LLC, a consulting group focusing on system design, equipment manufacture, and rapid prototyping for the medical device industry. A mechanical engineer by training (BME, Auburn University), he has been involved in plant startups and shutdowns; offshore process migration; the design, development, and installation of numerous production lines; and the creation of hundreds of work cells and process systems.

Jack Stubbs, Associate Program Director, University of Minnesota Medical School
Jack Stubbs is the Associate Program Director at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His impressive professional background includes experience across the medical and educational fields, including ownership and CEO roles in companies such as Brystin R&D Inc. and Paragon Solutions. He uses his expertise to develop and test new medical training devices, for which he has numerous patents. He holds a degree in physics from Miami University.

Derek Mathers, Worrell
Derek Mathers is a Business Development Manager for Worrell, a global product design firm. He is most passionate about using additive manufacturing technology to help medical device and consumer product companies get to market quicker and more efficiently. At Worrell's Minneapolis studio, he works across projects to discover new opportunities with multi-functional teams to solve product development challenges. Before Worrell, he was a 3D Printer Sales Trainee at Haldeman Homme


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Oct 29
11AM
October 29 - Day 2: End-Use Parts
3D printed parts are strong and durable enough to be used as end-use products. Jack Stubbs is proving this by 3D printing anatomically accurate mannequins to be used in medical training. Listen in as he describes how 3D printing end-use parts has changed the way the University of Minnesota Medical School is teaching students.
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Oct 30
11AM
October 30 - Day 3: Injection Molding With 3D Printing Molds
The Minnesota industrial design and product development company Worrell has enthusiastically embraced 3D printing in its medical device business. In this class, Worrell shares how it has managed to take a new look at injection molding and how your business can benefit from doing the same.
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The Design of Hydraulic Systems  
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Tuesday, October 28 - Thursday, October 30
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Oct 28
2PM
October 28 - Day 1: Hydro-Mechanical vs. Electro-Hydraulic Control Solutions
This class introduces a qualitative, comparative study between hydro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic control solutions. Various points of view will be considered in the study, such as system smartness, compactness, remote control, cost effectiveness, seamless control, and energy efficiency.
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Medhat Khalil  
Medhat Khalil, PhD, is Director of Professional Education and Research Development at the Applied Technology Center of the Milwaukee ...  
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Medhat Khalil
Medhat Khalil

Medhat Khalil, PhD, is Director of Professional Education and Research Development at the Applied Technology Center of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mechanical engineering and a PhD in mechanical engineering and a Post-Doctoral Industrial Research Fellowship at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. He has been certified and is a member of many grand name institutions, such as Certified Hydraulic Specialist by the International Fluid Power Society IFPS, Certified Accredited Fluid Power Instructor by the International Fluid Power Society IFPS, member of Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Engineering Research Center (CCEFP), Listed Fluid Power Consultant by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), member of the board at the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), President and Technical Director of CompuDraulic, and Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Medhat has vast working experience in the field of mechanical engineering, and more specifically, hydraulics. He has developed and taught fluid power system training courses for industry professionals, and is familiar with the technological developments in the field of fluid power and motion control and the production program of the leading fluid power companies. He has also designed several hydraulic systems based on ISO-Standard and developed analytical and educational software.


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Oct 29
2PM
October 29 - Day 2: Quantifying Losses in Hydraulic Systems
Every hydraulic system experiences a certain percentage of losses due to the component inefficiencies and the plumbing used. This class will present the basic calculations needed to quantify the losses in the hydraulic conductors depending on the flow pattern through the conductors.
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Oct 30
2PM
October 30 - Day 3: Hydraulic Pumps Efficiency Prediction
Hydraulic pumps are a crucial component in hydraulic systems. This class discusses the sources of pump inefficiencies. Additionally, the presenter will discuss how pump inefficiencies are affected and predicted under operational conditions, namely system pressure and pump rpm.
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Keep the Lights On: Safeguard LED Lighting with Proper Circuit Protection  
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Tuesday, November 11 - Thursday, November 13
Date Class   Status   Lecturer
Nov 11
2PM
November 11 – Day 1: LED Lighting Market Overview & the Importance of Circuit Protection
The future of LED lighting technology is certainly bright. In spite of fluctuations in the economy and the general lighting industry, LED lighting occupies a significant portion of the overall lighting market. To succeed in this market, electronics engineers must incorporate reliable circuit protection that deliver a strong ROI for their LED designs. This session addresses the LED lighting market growth and answers these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important to LED lighting?
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Johnny Chang & Tim Patel  
Johnny Chang is a Product Manager for the Electronic Business Unit. He joined Littelfuse as a Varistor Assistant Product Manager in ...  
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Johnny Chang & Tim Patel
Johnny Chang & Tim Patel

Johnny Chang is a Product Manager for the Electronic Business Unit. He joined Littelfuse as a Varistor Assistant Product Manager in 2008. His current responsibilities include providing strategic and new production development direction for the revenue and profitability growth of the varistors product line. Johnny received his Electronic Diploma from Oriental Institute of Technology. He has been involved with the design and development of varistors for 10 years. He can be reached at jchang@Littelfuse.com

Tim Patel is the Technical Marketing Manager for the Electronics Business Unit.  He joined Littelfuse in 2013 after being involved in testing and certification services in his previous role at Underwriters Laboratories (UL).  Tim's current responsibilities include development of marketing collateral material, management of marketing activities for new product launches, and performing market studies and feasibility analyses for new product ideas.  He received his BSEE from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois.  Tim can be reached at tpatel@littelfuse.com.


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Nov 12
2PM
November 12 – Day 2: Circuit Protection for LED Lighting Applications
As the LED lighting market continues to grow across several application segments, the demand for both high-reliability and ROI continues to increase. Regardless of the LED application, circuit protection is needed to safeguard sensitive electronic circuits from electrical threats and meet industry standards for safety and reliability. This session addresses numerous circuit protection applications – from outdoor street lights to indoor area lighting – identifying the problems and best solutions.
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Nov 13
2PM
November 13 – Day 3: Understanding LED Lighting Standards
Compliance standards have been established by EnergyStar, DOE, IEC and other regulatory organizations, providing guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing LED lighting designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on related LED lighting circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
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