Electronic components are constantly changing, causing parts to go EOL (End-of-Life) for various reasons: companies go out of business, component product lines change hands, old technology is updated with new. Electronic product manufacturers must be agile to keep their product BOMs (bill of materials) up to date and keep their supply chain humming. Fortunately for them, Zuken’s DS-CR customers leverage component and design data relationships to tackle the problem.
One of the more powerful capabilities of a good Data Management system such as DS-2 is searching and the ability to generate reports. A great example is the ability to generate Where-used information. These types of reports are extremely useful when performing impact assessments.
As we witness the birth of an era of connected devices with smart homes, connected cars and smart networked supply chains and factories, we might imagine that unexpected failures of electronic products would be a rarity. But all too often we hear about cellphones going up in flames, airbags that deploy on their own, or drones falling out of the sky. It is estimated that in the automotive industry alone, global warranties amount to as much as USD 40 billion per year.
Traditionally, the automobile business spends a year or two designing a new vehicle, then another year or two building tools to produce it in high volumes. Local Motors has turned that paradigm on its head with its Olli, the self-driving, electric shuttle which is designed for use in neighborhoods, universities, corporate campuses, airports, etc.
With 2018 just days away, we thought it was a good time to reflect on 2017. The following are the most popular posts on this blog published this year. Thank you to all of our contributors and visitors who keep this blog thriving. Have a happy and safe New Year. We’re excited about all we have in store for you in 2018!