The spread of advanced electronic systems has led to incorporating more technology into traditionally non- or limited-intelligence constructions. For example, most gas pumps now contain single board computers used solely to process credit transactions. Additionally, the Internet of Things (IoT) and autonomous transport continues to introduce complex electronic systems into more aspects of the industrial ecosystem.
However, the success behind this type of global acceptance and expectation surrounding advanced technologies can mask the obstacles to designing a successful electronic system. Electrical and mechanical engineers need to be cognizant of the fundamentals of designing a complete, reliable electronic system and the most common pitfalls. Our popular pre-recorded two-part webinar, Common Mistakes by Electronic Design Teams, which Dr. Craig Hillman and I did in January, examines the early stages of product development and how to navigate the process to a successful product launch using a design for reliability approach.
In Part 1, Dr. Hillman outlines the early stages of the new product development process, including:
- Weighing Make vs. Buy Decisions
- Choosing the Right Size
- Mitigating Thermal Issues
- Making Reliable Part Selection
- Resolving Power Sequencing
- Answering “Who Controls What?” throughout
In Part 2, I focus on mechanicals and reliability, touching on the most common areas wherein we see issues:
- Cables/Connectors - one of the most common, if not the most common, failure location in embedded systems
- Housing Challenges - including concerns about plastic housings (boss design, notch sensitivity, environment) and metal housings (gaskets, thermal pads, overly constrained PCBs)
Along with ways to mitigate the risks associated with common electronic design team errors, our webinar recording includes standard practices for designing for reliability and using Physics of Failure (PoF) analysis to calculate part wearout and address its impact. These insights can be game-changers in terms of gaining a competitive advantage and demonstrating thought-leadership to your customers.
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Further explore the role Physics of Failure (PoF) analysis plays in designing better, more reliable products faster and more efficiently in our Best Practices in Implementing Physics of Failure into the Design Process webinar. Click the button below to download your free copy.