APEC 2023 Keynote: Designing for Manufacturability with Software-Based Constraints: Shortening the Iterative Design Cycle - Grant Pitel
With a small diverse team of engineers, Magna-Power Electronics offers over 365,0000 different programmable power supplies and electronic loads, spanning ratings up to 10,000 Adc, 10,000 Vdc, and 3,000 kW. Such a high mix is supported by parameterizing design inputs, creating frameworks, and platforming hardware whenever possible. Hardware reuse and limiting new complexity ensures prototypes are manufacturable, reduces costly revisions, and helps launch new products faster. Constraints based on physics, machinery tolerances, and human error were discovered, and programmed into software as a way to consistently and continuously improve designs and processes over the company’s 42-year history. This keynote demonstrates the advanced features available in commercial software packages leveraged by Magna-Power engineers to achieve work efficiency as well as custom tools it has developed independently. The talk focuses on areas of PCB design, electronic packaging, and large-scale embedded software development by following prototypes through to production, illustrating the impact rules/recipes/platforms have on machinery, testing, and staff.