Keep the Change? No, Embrace It

Reading time ( words)

In a world where technology is so quickly evolving, we really shouldn’t be surprised that companies and professional events have gone virtual. Change can be daunting, but as we all master navigating life in this “new normal” (don’t you hate that term?), we realize that not much of our professional lives has changed. You still have to go to work every day, but now you just do so from the comfort of your home, and you don’t interact with people in person.

Obviously, the global pandemic had a massive impact on work culture. Even though the situation with the virus is slowly improving, a lot of companies are still maintaining a flexible workplace. Thanks to modern technology, a lot of companies were able to continue working seamlessly despite all the hurdles that the pandemic has created.

As employees continue to be efficient at working remotely, many employers don’t see a need for expensive office space anymore. Many employers allow their workers to continue working from home and use the office as needed. I believe that this hybrid work environment is what the future holds for most companies. This change in work dynamic allows people to have more freedom with their personal lives while still getting their jobs done, which promotes a healthy work-life balance.

Of course, human beings are social creatures who depend on each other to thrive and survive. As a hardware engineer, I do lot of hands-on work with the product and prototypes, and this requires me to be in the office most of the time. As part of a team, I often work with other people and depend on my team members for various kinds of tasks. Most of my team also works from the office, and I personally don’t have problems with communication, but I can see a potential for miscommunication. If you’re working remotely, sometimes it can be hard to get in touch with a team member. When you need information from another person to continue your own work and that person is unavailable, this could delay the project you’re working on.

In the PCB design world, a variety of factors dictate the difficulty of the project and how much time is required for the design to be complete. I work closely with the mechanical engineers at my company while working on a design to make sure that what I am doing on the electrical side will not interfere with the mechanical design and constraints. Once the testing and proof of concept is complete and I have a board outline, I can work on schematics and layout on my own until completion, which is when I circle back to the mechanicals to double-check the final design and make any tweaks if necessary. Regardless of what is happening in the outside world, this process for designers in consumer electronics is unlikely to change, because it’s usually a collaborative effort to make all the pieces of the puzzle come together.

To read this entire conversation, which appeared in the February 2022 issue of Design007 Magazine, click here.


Suggested Items

Altimade Puts Designers and Manufacturers Together

06/24/2022 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Despite all of the talk about the need for communication between designers and manufacturers, many PCB designers still do not talk with their manufacturers for a variety of reasons. Altium and MacroFab aim to change this dynamic. In this interview, Ted Pawela, chief ecosystem officer of Altium and head of Altium’s Nexar Business Unit, and MacroFab CEO Misha Govshteyn, discuss the new Altimade manufacturing service that Altium is introducing in partnership with MacroFab. Ted and Misha provide an overview of the Altimade process, how it links designers to fabricators, assembly providers, and component distributors, and they explain how it could pave the way for true design with manufacturing, or DWM.

The Survey Said: Why Don’t You Know Your Fabricator?

06/23/2022 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
When we want to find out what challenges our readers are facing, we just ask. And they don’t mind sharing—the good, the bad, and the ugly. In a recent survey, we asked our PCB designer readers, “Why don’t you know who is going to manufacture your boards?” Here are some of more interesting replies we received, edited slightly for clarity. Do you see yourself in these replies?

Producing Diverse Designs in Concert With Manufacturing

06/16/2022 | Scott Miller, FreedomCAD Services
There is a new acronym bubbling up in the design world: DWM, which stands for “design with manufacturing.” Why is this different than design for manufacturing, or DFM? With DWM, the emphasis is on integration between the design team and the manufacturers during the design process. DWM is much more than that. We are tasked with producing designs that meet various technical requirements, yet are cost-effective and manufacturable. We provide this service to hundreds of customers who have varying degrees of processes, tools, and manufacturing partners. Given this diversity, we have recognized the importance of designing with manufacturing to achieve the product development goals of manufacturability and technical excellence.

Copyright © 2022 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.