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Wireless Design & Development

Readers are design engineers, R&D, and IS/IT managers in the communications systems/equipment, consumer electronics, cellular and internet industries. WDD is published 6 times a year (February, April, June, August, October and December) and is available in print or digital format.

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Molecular Analysis of Micro-Scale Layered Materials using FTIR Microscopy

Molecular analysis of micro-scale layered materials is an important issue with growing impact and wide extent. In this field, Raman and infrared spectroscopy are powerful and complementary techniques, with an extensive use spanning from biomedical, pharmaceutical and material sciences, to name just a few.

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Quality Control of Diamond Like Carbon Coating Layers

DLC-coatings (DLC - Diamond-Like-Carbon) have gained significant importance due to a steadily rising number of applications. For instance, DLC-coatings are applied on tooling components, parts of motorcycle engines, hard-disk
read heads, medical implants and high precision watches.The main desirable features are hardness, wear resistance
and low friction. The properties of the coating can be determined and altered to some extent by changing parameters
in the deposition process.One major property is the thickness of the DLC-layer. Its geometry and profile on technical components like toothed wheels or injection nozzles can be rather complicated. DLC coatings are generally deposited from a gas phase. To obtain the desired properties the thickness of the DLC
layer has to be monitored very closely.

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Reverse Engineering of Materials and Polymers Using Infrared and Raman Microscopy

Product development in the industrial world can be a long and expensive process. In a competitive market, the window of opportunity for significant revenue can close before a new competitive product could even exit the development cycle. The obvious solution to keeping up in a competitive market is to acquire the product in question, disassemble it, and analyze it. This reverse engineering process can greatly expedite the immediate introduction of competitive products into the marketplace. There are many tools for determining the physical properties of materials that will not be discussed here. The chemical properties can be readily determined by utilizing analytical tools such as gas phase chromatography, atomic absorption spectroscopy and many others. Molecular spectroscopy (infrared and Raman) is among the most powerful tools in the reserve engineering process. 

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Automotive - Strategic Systems Engineering For Functional and Logical Structures

Whereas most frameworks for requirements-driven model-based design support a single discipline, what is really needed is a multi-multi-disciplinary approach.

This strategic white paper discusses: Increasing the value of multi-disciplinary systems engineering Optimizing the current framework: requirement, functional, logical and physical (RFLP) Establishing value at the highest levels of system structure Shifting from a tools-based viewpoint of systems engineering to a development-based approach will allow automakers and suppliers to execute with great effectivity in all three aspects of cost, quality, and timing.

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Leverage the Power of Simulation-Driven Design

The time for simulation-driven design is now! In order to stay competitive while pushing the envelope on innovation, simulation must drive the entire design process from the early concept design phase all the way to production. Leveraging robust simulation—including motion analysis, finite element analysis, and manufacturing feasibility analysis—early and often has become a necessary driver to innovation and is helping numerous industry-leading companies to meet quality, cost, and time-to-market targets. 

Join us for this webinar to see how a variety of tools are enabling companies to leverage simulation in unique and inventive ways.

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Top 5 Medical Device Industry Trends in 2018

This will be especially true for software-enabled products in disposables as well as reusable devices. This white paper examines trends that will significantly impact the medical device industry in 2018 and offers tips on how medical device companies can respond to the trends in order to maintain a strong presence in the industry.

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Designing for Moldability

With a turn around time of one to 15 business days, rapid injection molding gives engineers the ability to test product materials, product versioning and a number of other design attributes that can be crucial to a product’s success. 

But just like all manufacturing technologies, rapid injection molding has a few important rules that have to be followed to ensure that a good prototype is produced. In this white paper, you’ll learn what aspects of a design need to be built for rapid injection molding, providing you with an indespensible resource for moving ahead with this important manufacturing technology. 

In this white paper you will learn:  About rapid injection molding Applications for rapid injection molding. The most important design considerations to keep in mind when building a molding project.

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Optimizing Medical Device Development with Full Regulatory Compliance

When developing highly complex and regulated product with an increasingly global workforce and widespread network of contractors and suppliers, quality is often sacrificed in the name of profitability, or time to market – sometimes with disastrous results. There is a need to eliminate organizational boundaries in order to accelerate the release of new products to market. Unfortunately, companies often address product quality too late, using disjointed processes and technologies with inadequate cross-functional communication.

Integrating a quality lifecycle management solution within an enterprise business platform provides a formalized, systematic approach for managing all aspects of product quality, reliability, and risk. It’s time to rethink your product development approach and look for a business platform that supports the full total product lifecycle from ideation through manufacturing and post-market and shares quality information across the enterprise.

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Transforming Medical Device Innovation through Digital Continuity

Organizations that digitalize their businesses by embracing the principles and technology that deliver digital continuity across the entire innovation continuum will win. This will better serve the drive toward open innovation, collaborative research and engineering, manufacturing and the ultimate delivery of differentiated patient experiences. It will transform the way they innovate and operate, driving significantly enhanced margins with patient centric experiences and increased productivity and profits.

Watch this interactive webinar to learn how you can improve product development efficiencies through digital continuity, and achieve breakthrough innovations while delivering high quality and global regulatory compliance.

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Accelerating Development of Complex Medical Technologies through Synchronized Collaborative Systems Engineering

Medical device manufacturers need to be at the forefront of their markets in developing highly competitive products that have high value and meet patient, healthcare provider, regulatory and payer needs.

This resource covers: Addressing the challenges Using systems engineering to improve workflow Synchronized collaborative systems engineering and medical device development Evolving the development approach The case for synchronized collaborative systems engineering See how this approach can help you address increasing complexities, improve patient experience and deliver reliable products on time and to cost.

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How Close Human-Robot Collaboration Can Dramatically Increase Your Revenue

Robots were physically restricted and forced to move at slow speeds in order to keep hazards low for humans working in their vicinity. This changed over the last decade, with the widespread adoption of certified safety technology that restricts robot motion via software and electronics, eliminating the need for mechanical stops while facilitating human-robot collaboration. 

But how do these andvances in robotic safety and the increase in close human-robot collaboration lead to increases in revenue? 

In this white paper you will learn about:  The benefits of human-robot collaboration that extend beyond safety How advanced robots can save floor space and open up new opportunities for your factory How new safety bus technology makes robots easier to use and therefore more productive.

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How Electronics Brands Can Optimize Display Compliance

While a large percentage of shopping has moved online, electronics are still overwhelmingly purchased in stores. Features such as touch screens, high-resolution displays, and surround sound speakers cannot be adequately assessed through online pictures or video advertisements. Due to these factors and the high price points of electronics, brands must pay special attention to how their products are marketed and displayed in retail stores in order to achieve sales goals and reduce the possibility of losing sales to competitors.

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Comparing the Top PLM Systems: Siemens Teamcenter, Dassault Enovia, PTC Windchill

A product’s life cycle begins with an idea, but it doesn’t end when the product reaches the market, or even when it’s replaced by a new generation or the next big thing. In many cases, companies must provide service and support for years after a product becomes obsolete, and upfront planning is critical. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) provides a central repository for all product information. It includes rough drafts and sketches from the design stage, written processes and manufacturing instructions from selling stage, and the end of life strategy and disposal plans. In addition, it ensures that a product’s design stays on schedule and meets any regulatory requirements necessary. PLM is one of the most critical applications for a company, but it can be hard to navigate the competitive market. This whitepaper provides a comparison framework for understanding the market and choosing the right solution to meet your company’s unique needs.

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Calculating the Total Cost of Product Development Solutions

One big question is cost. How does cloud-based software compare to on-premise data processing and storage? 

This white paper seeks to answer this question by exploring the following topics:  Capital and operational expenses for cloud versus on-premise product development solutions Indirect costs and other considerations A case study illustrating the use of cloud solutions for product development

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The Best CAD Software for the Modern Engineer

The 30+ years that have followed have brought a lot of changes in technology. We have moved away from decentralized desktop workstations that cost tens of thousands of dollars running design software that cost tens of thousands of dollars more. We’ve moved away from sharing data with floppy disks and we’re now using the Internet. Waves of change came fast and are still coming. 

So, in this ever-changing technology environment, how do you make a decision about what CAD package will best serve your needs and deliver the innovative tools that you require to desgin tomorrows great products? That question and many more are answered in this eBook. 

In this 74-page eBook you will learn about:  CAD options that are available on the market. The strength and weakness of the biggest CAD packages available to engineers. What considerations you need to take into account when investing in a CAD package.

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PLM and PDM for the Engineering-Centric Enterprise

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software can help businesses small and large proactively manage their mission-critical intellectual property and control their product definitions. 

But what is PLM? What is PDM? And what problems can PLM and PDM help solve or avoid for your design team? Furthermore, how do you choose and deploy a PLM or PDM scheme? 

In this white paper you’ll learn answer to those questions and find ways that you improve your product design and management scheme by learning:  What PLM and PDM are How to deploy a PLM and PDM solution How to choose which PLM or PDM systems will work for your operation

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Three Approaches to Integration that Deliver Greater PLM Value

A solid integration will eliminate duplicate data entry, reduce errors, save time, lead to more accurate data and therefore improve productivity and the bottom line. 

However, this begs the question “How do I integrate two (or more) disconnected systems?” Are there multiple options? Are some options better than others? Are there commercial tools available in the market to help with this or is everything custom programming? 

This white paper will answer these questions about PLM integration. Specifically, you will learn:  How to assess your PLM needs with real world use cases Three of the most popular forms of PLM integration How to choose which PLM integration method is right for your business.

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Optimizing Medical Device Development with Full Regulatory Compliance

Customers now have the tools to easily compare products, making quality, reliabilty and safety integral to product success. But how do you keep up with innovation while also ensuring that your product meets your customets rigorous demands? 

One method of doing so is by pursuing a cross-functional product development approach. To be most effective, quality should be managed early in the product development lifecycle and consistently throughout the entire process, using multi-pronged, collaborative methods. 

This white paper is presented here to help you integrate this type of product development template into your design scheme, with a specific focus on medical device manufacturers. 

In this white paper, you will learn about:  How to optimize your design controls How to optimize communication and design reuse. How to maintain design intent for manufacturing and regulatory filings

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Defining a Technology Strategy to Support Product Development

While those productivity gains are impressive, they haven’t translated that well to the product development processes for all companies. 

Considering that product development cycles continue to shrink, its important that businesses that want to keep up with the pace of cutting edge product development teams make their product development process as productive as possible. But how is that done? 

One of the most important aspects of improving product development processes is ensuring that your team has the right technology strategy to make your engineers as productive as possible. 

In this white paper you will learn about:  How to assess what supporting technologies you’ll need to improve product development productivity Understanding product development sub-processes and interfaces. What types of productivity gains you can expect by bringing the right technology into your product development scheme

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How to Select the Correct Spring-Loaded Connectors for Today's Interconnect Applications

Connectivity is crucial for so many aspects of modern design, technology and life. So, one of the greatest challenges facing designers is achieving the right balance between reliability, suitability and cost. Especially when it comes to physical connectors like spring-loaded connectors (SLCs). 

While connectors are often seen as ‘simple’, a correctly applied connector will function better and last longer than one that is not well suited for the application. Knowing what you need in a connector is crucial to creating a good design. But how do you choose the right connector? 

In this white paper you will learn:  How to specify what type of SLC your team requires for your project so that you achieve optimum performance Why SLCs are considered some of the most reliable connectors on the market What applications are best suited for SLCs

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Three Reasons to Use Machined Pin Receptacles in Your Connector Design

Design engineers are faced with the challenge of designing products quickly and efficiently while maintaining ever-increasing demands for power, signal and board real estate requirements. 

For a great many of these products, and for any product performing a mission critical function, the machined pin receptacle warrants strong consideration. Its reliability, versatility and flexibility make it a wise design choice for a wide array of connector systems across a broad spectrum of industries. 

In this white paper you will learn:  Why machined pin receptacles make for reliable, robust connections How machined pin receptacles provide great precision, flexibility and versatility in design How machined pin receptacles can cut costs and save time when prototyping

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Microcontrollers in Power Electronics

Traditionally, analog technologies dominate the switch mode power supply (SMPS) realm. However, with digital microcontrollers offering crucial power supply advantages, it may be time to break with that tradition. From multitasking to part count reduction to auto-tuning, digital control offers power supply designers a wealth of flexibility and advanced power management options. Because of these features, digital microcontrollers can even be used to manage entire systems. In this white paper, you will get an in-depth look into the various benefits of using a digital microcontrollers for a multitude of power supply applications, as well as a comprehensive overview of how these microcontrollers can be used at the helm of a smoothly-running system. Download now, and find out if it’s time to break tradition with analog power.

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Adoption of Industrial Internet of Things ('IIoT') in 2018

Are production environments embracing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology? 

Engineering.com surveyed 226 manufacturing professionals to find out.

This webinar will present the results of the research report and provide expert commentary on the results. 

The commentary will also provide examples of actual applications of IIoT in production environments. 

Here are a few selected insights:  More than half of all production activities are instrumented Connecting that equipment to the Internet and analyzing the data from it is at an earlier stage of adoption The most popular application for IIoT is optimizing machine and process performance, but six other applications are almost as popular

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Adoption of Industrial Internet of Things ('IIoT') in 2018

Are production environments embracing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology? 

Engineering.com surveyed 226 manufacturing professionals to find out.

This webinar will present the results of the research report and provide expert commentary on the results. 

The commentary will also provide examples of actual applications of IIoT in production environments. 

Here are a few selected insights:  More than half of all production activities are instrumented Connecting that equipment to the Internet and analyzing the data from it is at an earlier stage of adoption The most popular application for IIoT is optimizing machine and process performance, but six other applications are almost as popular

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