Design +

Electronic design engineers, we are assured, are real people too. As such, even within the working environment, there are numerous roles that engineers need to participate in and often be responsible for.

Companies built on their technical expertise will probably have an engineer at the helm, and if the company is still at the SME stage then that engineer may well be responsible for, or interested in, a host of different functions.

This could include sales and marketing, human resources, supply chain management, health and safety, environmental performance, business strategy – the list is endless. However, Design + aims to look at some of these issues – more to introduce them or deal with specific aspects of them rather than attempting to provide a definitive resource.

If there is anything you would like to see covered in Design +, please drop the editor an email.

Assessing exposure to electromagnetic fields

New legislation came into force on 1 July 2016 to protect workers from the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the workplace. In essence, the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work (CEMFAW) Regulations 2016 are the transposition into UK ...

Seamless design for smart models

Increasingly designs have electronics at their core, but importing electronic CAD into mechanical models can be clunky at best. Tim Fryer reports on a package aiming to challenge that.

Export controls compliance

Earlier this year, techUK – which represents around 800 companies in the UK, employing between them more than 500,000 people – conducted and published a review of compliance and enforcement activity related to export controls for electronic systems, ...

Do apps need a CE mark?

Apps have rapidly become 'front and centre' in many people's lives. What started as a consumer oriented move has developed into other areas and now many companies have apps which provide their customers with ready access to information and more. ...

Innovating the future

Whether you're looking for inspiration, collaboration or to export, a visit to Innovate UK 2014 might just fit the bill. Graham Pitcher reports.

Wide open defence

There may be more opportunities in the lucrative defence sector than you thought. Dstl is one route which thrives on external suppliers and technology, as Tim Fryer reports.

Risk taking a look

There is a fascinating world out there – so why don't more electronics engineers go out and see it? Tim Fryer reports.

Quick step in design

Prototyping is generally regarded as a critical part of the design process. It is the time when designers, for the first time, see their creations take physical form and, most importantly, the time when it starts to become apparent if these products ...

Components in conflict

Conflict minerals need to be kept an eye on; in fact, they may soon need to be reported on. Tim Fryer looks at what they are and their implications for the supply chain.

What is the value of ISO 9001?

One of the ideas behind Design+ is to look outside the immediate world of electronics design to the opinions and strategies in some of the adjacent disciplines. This month, Tim Fryer takes a look at standards, BYOD and 'strategic thinking'.

PXI: the secret is out

Is PXI still the 'best kept secret' when it comes to design validation? As Tim Fryer reports, there is a group of companies determined to make sure it isn't.

Clean up your BOM

Many hands make messy work – at least they can if they are not working in harmony. When many designers are working on the same project, each chopping and changing the components used, the Bill Of Materials (BoM) can become a headache for design and ...

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