By W. Scott Fillebrown – The challenge is that the US market is made up of high-technology/low production quantity assemblies. In many circuit bed of nails cases, test is not an option because of development time, cost and the difficulty associated with finding a place for a 30-40 mil test point.
Depending on the technology, the challenge can be as simple as making minor design changes that can happen at the gerber level to requiring a significant revision to the board in question. First let’s conquer the simple. For analog, RF and lower technology digital boards the approach is the simplest. Typically, straightforward flying probe test is the answer. more> http://tinyurl.com/cdnzdlr
By Keith Dawson – Rob Kaye and Pierre Michael, the two principals at Party Robotics, have been developing Bartendro for nearly three years.
As it turns out, dispensing liquids precisely and automatically is not easy. There were no suitable pumps available at hobbyists’ prices when Rob and Pierre started — they were all precision manufactured for medical or industrial markets, and cost hundreds of dollars each. So Pierre ended up procuring a CNCmilling machine and designing and manufacturing pumps, valves, flow meters, and other parts for Bartendro in his garage. The partners claim that the current iteration of the Bartendro design can dispense liquids to within milliliter tolerance. more> http://tinyurl.com/d9gj79m
Boeing – The experimental X-51A WaveRider aircraft, powered by a scramjet engine designed to reach hypersonic speeds, did just that as it hit Mach 5, which is nearly 4,000 miles per hour. It flew for a total of six minutes, and three and a half of those minutes were with the scramjet engine, breaking its own record from its first flight in 2010 when the WaveRider flew for 143 seconds.
The X-51A WaveRider is an unmanned, autonomous supersonic combustion, ramjet-powered hypersonic flight-test demonstrator for the U.S. Air Force. The X-51A demonstrates a scalable, robust endothermic hydrocarbon-fueled scramjet propulsion system in flight, as well as high temperature materials, airframe/engine integration and other key technologies within the hypersonic range of Mach 4.5 to 6.5. more> http://tinyurl.com/d2pzp66
R&D – When not properly controlled or monitored, a scientific instrument is of little practical use. High-accuracy electrical signal test equipment such as oscilloscopes, voltage testers, and data acquisition sets require a high degree of control of multiple parameters simultaneously.
Today, there are new technologies: large touchscreens; organic light-emitting diode displays; Bluetooth-enabled laboratory equipment; and compact, low-power radio transmitters. Driven by demand in the consumer electronics marketplace, these technologies are finding their way into laboratory equipment and examples abound. more> http://tinyurl.com/d7jdcgv