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Implementing Light Guide Film Backlighting

The engineers at Pannam can integrate backlighting into your membrane switch using any of four different technologies (Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), Electroluminescent (EL) Lighting, Fiber Optic Lighting and Light Guide Film) depending upon your requirements. This document focuses on Light Guide Film – what it is, when to use it and considerations prior to designing …

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Top 3D CAD Modeling Software: The 50 Best CAD Tools for Ideation, Rendering, Prototyping and More for Product Engineers

Product engineers are designing, developing, and taking products to market at a dizzying rate today, and that’s due in part to the advancements in software tools over the past few years. 3D CAD modeling tools especially have been beneficial to increasing the speed with which product engineers can generate models for tooling, prototyping, patenting, marketing, and …

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What is Industrial HMI? How an Industrial Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Works, Examples and Uses, and Best Practices for HMI Design

Definition of Industrial HMI Industrial HMI is a human-machine interface (HMI) designed for industrial applications. A human-machine interface encompasses both the hardware and software components necessary for the exchange of information between a human operator and a machine — in this case, an industrial system or industrial machinery or equipment. It’s the primary tool that …

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What are FDA Design Controls for Medical Device Manufacturers?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates medical devices in the U.S. Their rules and regulations are put in place to guide medical device product development engineers and designers in developing and manufacturing medical devices. The agency determines how to classify medical devices and which requirements are necessary before products go to market. Specifically, …

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How to Choose the Right Medical Device Contract Manufacturer

Medical device contract manufacturers are a critical component of the medical device manufacturing process for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Outsourcing to medical device contract manufacturers (CM) often occurs when OEMs need a particular area of expertise including joining, casting and molding, or R&D design. Custom fabrication, of course, must be done professionally, so choosing the …

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4 Important Medical Device Quality Assurance and Management Tips

While time to market is critical in any industry, medical device manufacturers especially want to get their devices approved and to market as fast as possible to begin making a profit. However, quality assurance is an essential part of the process, and medical device manufacturers cannot skip steps or cut corners if they want to …

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Top PCB Design Software Tools for Electronics Engineers: 46 Must-Have Tools to Streamline PCB Design

No matter which project it is that they are working on, electronics engineers must know exactly how the electrical circuits should be laid out and how they will work. Without printed circuit boards (PCBs), an electronics engineer’s job would be impossible. But, it can be quite a task for an electronics engineer to find the right …

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The 7 Biggest Trends and Challenges in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry in 2017

Electronics manufacturing is facing both challenges and opportunities in 2017. The need to control costs continues to be a priority for manufacturers, while new technologies enter the landscape providing revenue opportunities but requiring manufacturers to partner with technology solutions providers and other organizations that can supply capabilities outside of the company’s core focus. The nature …

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Advance Your Career in User Interface Engineering: 95+ Resources to Plan Your Path to the UI Engineering Career of Your Dreams

User interface engineering is a lucrative career field, offering professionals with the technical know-how and product design skills to flex their creative muscles with a bit of analysis mixed with psychology. If you’re in the user interface engineering field or considering pursuing UI engineering as a field of study – as your first foray into …

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Top Podcasts on Product Design and Development: 50 Podcasts to Keep Up with the Latest Trends, Tips, and More in Product Design and Development

Product design and development requires a great deal of ingenuity, and innovation. It’s quite common for product designers and engineers to build from one another’s ideas and gain inspiration through discussions and collaboration. But, product designers, developers, and engineers do not always have the time to attend conferences and meet-ups. That’s why it’s helpful for …

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