What are the smart utilities doing differently?
One major step is to create a smart and dependable infrastructure. Designing that infrastructure with accuracy and speed is an essential element of the strategic outlook. A design in the generation and distribution space requires careful attention to detail in every aspect from concept all the way through to documentation.
In the days past, the process was completely manual with:
- The conceptual design being created first by one team, then passed to the next team to document the design logically.
- The physical design was again created manually and then passed on to another yet another team to document it.
- Finally, the documentation to assist with the design and purchasing was created manually.
All these areas are serial in nature and any change in one area requires work from the other teams to ensure accuracy of data. Errors are not an option, that leaves onerous and laborious checking and cross checking to ensure an error-free design.
Today, utilities like Hydro-Québec and Hydro One are leading the way in creating a seamless design process where multiple teams are working together to create a robust quality-focused system in a fraction of the time.
Last year, DistribuTECH culminated with 13,500+ Individuals from 77 Countries, including qualified professionals from 326 Electric, Gas and Water Utilities. In short, utilities depend on DistribuTECH to learn, network and conduct business.
The 15-track conference brings industry thought leaders from all over the world opportunities to network, share knowledge and problem solve with worldwide utilities and product and service providers. The topics covered are relevant and timely, answering the current call of the market each year. NEW THIS YEAR: Energy Storage Track!
520+ companies fill the exhibit hall with information, products and services related to electricity delivery automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, communications technologies, cyber security, water utility technology and more.
DistribuTECH continually focuses on bringing it all back to one-on-one engagement and relationship building. That is one of the defining characteristics for the event. From the Women in Utilities Breakfast / Breakfast Roundtables to start your day – to our fun and exciting Networking Party the last night, you will walk away with a slew of new business cards.
Over the past 24 years, the WHMA Annual Wire Harness Conference has become one of few investments that give an opportunity to learn, grow, share, and discover new approaches to many aspects of the wire harness industry. The conference features a number of timely presentations on topics important to wire harness manufacturers, OEM’s and suppliers. It also includes peer-to-peer networking, best-practices roundtables and a tradeshow with industry leading suppliers. It’s a conference you do not want to miss!
The 14th Annual Device Packaging Conference (DPC 2017) will be held in Fountain Hills, Arizona, on March 5-8, 2018. It is an international event organized by the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS).
The conference is a major forum for the exchange of knowledge and provides numerous technical, social and networking opportunities for meeting leading experts in these fields. The conference will attract a diverse group of people within industry and academia. It provides a chance for educational interactions across many different functional groups and experience levels. People who will benefit from this conference include: scientists, process engineers, product engineers, manufacturing engineers, professors, students, business managers, and sales & marketing professionals.
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Zuken Innovation World is the Zuken series of annual conferences that takes place at different venues around the globe. The conferences bring together our customers, interested parties and other industry professionals for networking, learning and sharing of innovative ideas.
Each event is structured around the common theme of innovation and is organized with the specific needs of the local Zuken communities in mind.
Since 2001, the national Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo has grown into a comprehensive industry resource and the exclusive showcase for the electrical wire and cable processing industries. In just two days, Expo visitors have access to all the equipment, instruments, tools, materials and supplies used in wire & cable harness assembly, inspection and repair. They connect with more than 160 world-class suppliers and service companies to discover best practices to enhance their operations, see machines on site and under power, and attend free seminars led by high level experts and applications personnel from all facets of the industry.
The West Coast’s premier space event returns to California for three days of knowledge sharing and networking alongside the largest supply chain exhibition of its kind, May 22 – 24, 2018.
With capabilities ranging from cryogenics, laser systems, materials, nanotechnology, imaging, environmental test, motion simulation, magnetics, capacitors, spacewire, NDT and connectors through electroforming, engineering services, precision machining, 3D printers, ground systems, mission management and reconnaissance satellites, Space Tech Expo 2018 will bring a multitude of networking opportunities through focused receptions and events for attendees and exhibitors throughout the commercial, civil and military space supply chain.
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Common pitfalls of fast-paced electrical systems design from prototyping to production
Sanu Warrier, Zuken USA
Industry best practices and design principles have been established after trial and error done through multiple iterations by various established industries. The door for innovation is always open and blazing a new trail is the most often the best way to be part of the next evolutionary leap in technology. The road to success though has a lot of wrecks along the side, some due to not so great ideas and some due to the most common syndrome of all – not learning from others’ mistakes.
When it comes to design and documentation, the major points of failure for electrical R&D and production designs teams alike can be summarized as follows into the following when it comes to design and documentation:
- Narrow focus on short term gains without keeping the intermediate goals in sight.
- Prototypes unviable for even short production runs
- Costly errors erode competitive edge
- Unplanned delays increase opportunity costs
- Disconnected design tools within the electrical discipline
- Increased errors and development time.
- Direct impact on cost of development.
- Out of sync Schematicsschematics, Harness harness and enclosure documentations causing manual data entry which that is extremely susceptible to human error.
- System components not in sync with logical schematics lead to waste ofage both capital and time.
- Multitude of small errors stack quickly to erode confidence in products and threaten project viability.
Attendees will learn the steps and processes involved with ensuring:
- Rapid development without with minimal errors.
- Avoiding rework to meet tight deadlines.
- Maintaining consistency and accuracy of data across the design and driving documentation from real design data.
- Capturing design intent that can be shared across the design teams and with stake holders to increase technical visibility.
Zuken USA believes in innovation and partnering with companies driving innovation towards success. We are proud partners of major automotive, defense, aerospace, transportation and many other industries helping the engineering teams put their best foot forward. We are happy to share the knowledge and expertise we have gained from our 40 years of industry experience.