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Designing an Enclosure for Shock and Vibration
By Justin Moll, Elma Electronic Inc.

All electronic equipment needs to be able to withstand the physical demands of the environment in which it is to be used. And since applications range from office and industrial use to full military deployment, the design requirements can vary greatly. Typical shock values for industrial use might be in the 5G to 10G range where systems located on naval ships need to withstand shocks in access of 100G's. Based on the application, material types and construction techniques can be employed to ensure the unit can withstand the environment. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT and scroll down to Feature Articles.

DesignCon 2006 Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA February 6-9, 2006

DesignCon is Silicon Valley's premier conference and technology exhibition for the semiconductor and electronic design engineering communities. As the first major event of its kind each year, DesignCon addresses the industry's most critical business and technical issues. Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from industry leaders by attending technical paper sessions, panels, keynote addresses, and more. On the exhibition floor, view innovative design tools, products and demonstrations from leading electronics companies.

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Joe Desposito's Blog

This month Joe writes about video gaming machines—as in legalized slot machines—since they are sprouting up in the New York metropolitan area for the first time. He also relates a couple of stories about the popular casino games of blackjack and roulette.

, a leader in test and measurement productslaunched a Web site with tools and educational material on predictive maintenance (PdM) and reventive maintenance in a wide range of environments. The site is designed as a convenient resource both for experienced professionals running highly sophisticated programs and for those just starting to plan and implement a predictive maintenance program. The site brings together business, technical and application information on Fluke products specifically designed for PdM applications including power quality tools, insulation testers, infrared thermal imagers, infrared thermometers, and logging multimeters and software. It includes ROI (Return on Investment) calculators designed to help analyze the costs and benefits of deploying various preventive and predictive maintenance technologies, application notes on implementing proactive time-and moneysaving maintenance techniques, and access to the latest news and customer stories in Fluke Plant News magazine.
Bob Wetterman of BEST (Business Electronics Soldering Technologies) gives this advice to determine actual pcboard rework costs: "It is always a good idea to consult with your accounting department. You should obtain from them a 'fully burdened overhead' rate per rework associate that can be used as a basis for your calculation. Work with them to obtain the cost of equipment and training. Make sure that you get a handle on damage/scrap, which in many cases is the largest single component of total rework cost. Once you have calculated the costs required as inputs to the cost model, you can calculate the costs of a rework job. BEST has worked with a cost accounting firm to develop and research national averages as default values to this model. Use this tool to help you make well-informed 'make' vs 'buy' decisions in terms of rework projects."

Datasheet Central
for January is our updated listing of companies who supply Power Semiconductors. Our Datasheet Central listing makes it fast and easy to link to the datasheets and application notes on vendor web sites. To visit Datasheet Central, go to and scroll down to Datasheet Central.

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