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Autonomous Driving: Getting It Right


The key to securing the acceptance of autonomous vehicles lies in guaranteeing their safety. This includes data security, protecting against attacks and against the disclosure of confidential data, such as motion profiles, and ensuring the quality of data stored in the vehicle. Along ...


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Developing an Integrated 3D Inspection Solution


Today's inspection systems have moved far beyond simple, isolated machines that passively monitor PCBs on their way down the production line. Broad market demands for accuracy, quality and automation have pushed inspection providers to deliver solutions that make up integrated inspection ...

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Efficient Connectors Enable Shrinking Medical Devices


The need to minimize healthcare costs is creating greater demand for medical electronics equipment that, among other things, improves and expands patient diagnostics inside and outside healthcare facilities. For example, portable medical instruments such as glucose meters, blood pressure ...


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Industrial USB Connectors: Universal at Last?


Originally designed for the consumer market, the universal serial bus (USB) rapidly became a standard in the field. Now, with the launch of USB 3.1, the technology is ready for industrial applications. USB completely replaced many other ports on computers in consumer markets, thereby ...

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Keeping People in Mind: Safe, Reliable and Ergonomic HMI Design


Human Machine Interface (HMI) encompasses all the elements of interaction between a person and a machine. The task of the HMI designer is to create safe, reliable and ergonomic systems that allow the operator to monitor and control various machines and processes as efficiently as possible ...

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Risky Business: Keeping the Smart Factory Secure


IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and smart factories rely on sensors, actuators and systems that are networked and communicate with each other, but how can that data be safeguarded against espionage and sabotage? Smart and highly-flexible SD cards with integrated security for system ...


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Switch Reliability: How to Choose the Right Metal Dome


Electrical switches are necessary in almost every HMI (human-machine interface) and are used in everything from kitchen microwaves to military vehicles. Many companies rely on the activation life advertised by manufacturers, but the data is compiled in a strictly-controlled testing ...

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Advancements in RH Measurements in Wafer and Reticle Environments


Certain IC fabrication steps are very sensitive to moisture in semiconductor wafer environments. As the technology advances, the need for characterizing and minimizing the exposure to relative humidity (RH) has become critical in all 29 nm geometry fabs and below. These RH control requirements ...

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Dual Applicators Improve High-Volume Non-Atomized Coating


Atomized spray is currently the most common method for applying conformal coating and works by dispersing material into a fine mist. Non-atomized coating, or selective coating, controls the coating material's dispense shape while maintaining its original liquid form. Selective coating ...

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Implementing the Internet of Manufacturing: A New Paradigm


For electronics manufacturing machine vendors, the ability to meet Industry 4.0 and smart factory needs is quickly becoming a must. A majority of those who are purchasing these systems have started or are about to start projects related to Industry 4.0 and require the level playing ...

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New Technology Platform Increases Functionality in the Smallest of Spaces


Hearing aids are a necessary part of life for many people. The devices should be as discreet as possible and are often fixed behind the ear or made to disappear completely into the ear canal, and must therefore be built very small. In any case, they must be reliable, interference-resistant ...

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Using Machine Vision to Improve Laser Material Processing


The use of today's laser technology has become standard in industrial manufacturing due to its speed, accuracy and effectiveness. Lasers are used to engrave parts, PCBs or chip cards. They perforate packaging, structure semiconductor wafers, drill, cut and weld plastics or metals, and ...

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What Makes a Reflow Oven "Smart?"


The ultimate objective for an electronic manufacturer is to manufacture the required quality product in a sustainable way, to deliver the product to the customer within the allotted timeframe, and to do so at a cost that allows the manufacturer to be profitable and the price to be competitive. ...

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DC/DC Converters: It's Not Your Father's Input Voltage Anymore!


Solar, wind turbines, and AC inputs for high-power industrial use are all part of today's design mainstream. This includes 480VAC that can be converted to approximately 680VDC, which is closely tied to great technical leaps in the battery industry. Improved power and reliability are ...

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Improving Cable Quality and Reliability — Resistance Measurement to Within 1mΩ


Precision low-value resistance measurements become necessary when testing cables intended to carry significant current. This is of prime importance in high-reliability applications used by the military, medical field, aerospace, and other areas where a life may depend on the accuracy ...

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Robust Interconnect Solutions for Reliability


The quality and reliability of an interconnect directly influence system performance and reliability. The impact of an interconnect is often appreciated only when poorly manufactured or incorrectly specified connectors fail, erode system performance, or bring the system to a complete ...

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Solderability and Tinning: Does the Industry Know the Difference?


A particular dilemma facing the industry today stems from the difference in purpose of solderability and tinning services. While NJMET has had the privilege of providing these services to the aerospace, military and medical fields, often, purchasing and engineering personnel confuse ...

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Solving Power Supply Integration Issues


Design engineers face many challenges when selecting and integrating power supplies into equipment. Most designers search for and choose a supply based solely on its published specifications, believing they have selected the right product for their application. Only after receiving ...

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Tiny Components Find Homes in Smaller Circuits


Electronic components are becoming smaller and more energy efficient. These trends are apparent in analog, digital, optical, and hybrid components in many different markets and are enabling the design and development of compact, low-power electronic products for a wide range of users ...

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Understanding Video Latency


In most cases, users want latency — the time it takes for a single frame of video to go from a camera to a display — to be as short as possible. A delay between what is seen on a display and what happens can be frustrating and problematic in many situations, such as a machine ...

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