Update: The Change the World Challenge

Here is a contest that calls for engineering creativity and vision:    http://element14changetheworld.com/    Note that the deadline for submissions has been extended to February 28, 2017.

I have always been a big advocate on engineering contests that are fair game with proper compensation to the excellent ideas that we see every day. Historic world changing engineering competitions such as artificial intelligence, the first private aircraft in space and Lindbergh’s historic Trans Atlantic flight are only a few of the monumental ideas that have illustrated talent, skills, ingenuity and imagination on the world stage of engineering creativity.

While the industry today seeks an outline of achievable ideas, I would seek advice to protect any product concept or design while entering these competitions as a matter of non-disclosure for any future anticipated developments.

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Talking Cars Coming to a Highway Near You

US Department of Transportation rulemaking on V2V and V2I communications.

There is likely to be much more chatter on the road, but you won’t hear it. Cars will soon be talking to each other and to the road infrastructure.

Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communication took a significant step forward this month as the US Department of Transportation issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on deploying the technology. The proposed rule would require automakers to include V2V technologies in all new light-duty cars and trucks. The rule proposes requires V2V devices to “speak the same language” through standardized messaging. Continue reading “Talking Cars Coming to a Highway Near You”

Thorough Testing is Required to Identify Counterfeit Components

For over a decade, the electronics industry has been plagued by the fear of distributing and using counterfeit electronic component products. While many industries have been educated in the proper precautions and testing methods in weeding out such problems, others have not thoroughly exercised the proper protocols and test methods to protect themselves from this epidemic.

While many in these industries feel that limited testing can ensure the performance of such products, this whitepaper, published by the Semiconductor Industry Association, clearly shows that electrical testing alone cannot prove the validity and authenticity of electronic components performance.

The whitepaper goes on to show that some of the processes used in counterfeiting may introduce erratic behavior of the parts to the point where they can work sometimes and fail others.

“Counterfeit semiconductors have far higher failure rates than legitimate semiconductors. While some counterfeit semiconductors will fail immediately when electrically tested or first used, other counterfeit semiconductors pose a much larger threat in terms of their susceptibility to failure after days, months, or years of operation. This is because counterfeiting operations often introduce latent defects that can remain undetected during testing of electronic systems. These subtle defects can later result in either sudden failure during system use, or, more insidiously, can cause erratic performance and produce unexpected results, which may be undetectable until the counterfeit component completely fails.” (SIA whitepaper: page 12)

We at NJMET agree with the SIA that just electrical testing is not sufficient to identify counterfeit components. With that said and with publication of this whitepaper, it is my strong recommendation to continue practicing comprehensive testing following AS5553’s counterfeit parts avoidance training compliance, IDEA’s method 1010 inspection and AS 6081 Fraudulent Electronics Parts Avoidance, Detection, and Mitigation test practices to help contain and detect future counterfeit component distribution.

Industry Executives, Professors & Politicians on Counterfeit Electronic Components

Forums connecting academic researchers, industry executives and national politicians are an important way to publicize the issue of counterfeit components  and to explore new approaches to eliminating this danger from our supply pipeline.

A good example of such a forum was one held in Connecticut earlier this year at  UCONN.

The two-day symposium was sponsored by UConn’s new Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering (CHASE) and the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO). Mohammad Tehranipoor, UConn’s Castleman Associate Professor in Engineering Innovation and director of CHASE, was one of the event’s organizers.

NJMET Announces Collaboration with BGA Test and Technology

Late last month, NJMET announced a new collaboration with BGA Test and Technology of Bohemia, NY. The collaboration will provide our customers with a larger array of services by combining the finishing services of BGA Technology with NJMET’s screening, qualification, re-ceritfication and testing programs.

BGA offers finishing services in the following areas: Solder Ball Attach, Reball and Repair, Pb to Pb free Conversion, PB free to PB conversion, Lead Conditioning (Repair) and PCB Device Reclaim.

See the full press release for more details.  Please check the NJMET website for information on all of our test and engineering services, including the Mission Imposter Risk Mitigation program.

Please contact me at joef@njmet.com or 973 546-5393 for more information on this new collaboration or any other NJMET service.

NJ MET Spring Bus Trip to Atlantic City will Support Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2012

NJMET will sponsor its seventh Bus Trip to Atlantic City on Saturday, March 24, 2012. We would like to extend a cordial invitation to anyone in the Metro NY area to join us at the Golden Nugget on the Marina for this fundraiser.  Buses depart from NJMET in Clifton, NJ at 8:00 AM and will return at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $30 per person with a $20 slot credit.

Money raised from this trip will be contributed to breast cancer research through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, set for New York City later this year.

Anyone interested in joining us for NJ MET’s spring bus trip or making a donation to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is asked to call Joseph Federico at NJ MET in Clifton, NJ @ (973) 546-5393. Please visit NJ MET at http://www.njmetmtl.com

NJ Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Visits NJMET

NJMET executives and staff had a pleasant meeting with NJ. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno recently. She came to offices to recognize our growth as a company and to discuss several incentives and programs to help NJMET create more jobs.

Here is the beginning of the press released issued after the event:

Joseph Federico, NJ MET’s Vice President and Director of Operations hosted Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno as well as principal members of NJ’s Department of State on Thursday, October 27th 2011. They came to commend the laboratory’s accomplishments for over 30 years of quality military, aerospace and industrial testing as well as to discuss future corporate incentives to benefit corporations throughout New Jersey.

The hour long meeting focused on future state incentives which could benefit NJMET and other companies like it. The incentives discussed included Employment Incentives, High Tech Manufacturing and Testing Incentives, Real Estate Resources, and Business Technology Advances in concert with The NJ Institute of Technology.

Click here to see the entire press release.

Job Opening for Electronic Technician.

Because of the increasing demand to uncover counterfeit electronic components, Joseph Federico VP and Director of Operation at NJ Micro Electronic Testing is looking for a full time Laboratory Technician  in NJ Micro’s main laboratory, in Clifton, New Jersey.

Electronics Technician

NJ Micro Electronics is looking for an individual with a minium of 3 to 5 years relevant work experience or a college degree (Electronics / Chemical Engineering or BS in Chemistry) and equivalent experience.

  • Computer literacy & good writing skills are a must
  • Must have outstanding laboratory report generating skills.
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must have outstanding customer service skills

For further information, Please call Joseph Federico or Edgar Usman  at (973) 546-5393.

New Book on History of Electronic Testing

Electronic Testing is the subject of a free downloadable book by Michael L. Bushnell and Wishavani D. Agrawal. This book nicely covers the 40-year history of Electronic Testing. It is comprehensive in what it covers, but is lacking a section on testing for counterfeit or cloned electronic components.

You can learn more about this book and download it at: http://www.allfreedownloadebooks.com/electrical-engineering/essentials-of-electronic-testing-free/

Book title: Essentials of Electronic Testing
By: Michael L. Bushnell, Wishavani D. Agrawal
Publisher: Kluwer
ISBN: 0306470403
Edition: 2002
Book type: PDF
Pages: 713

Centennial College’s Engineering Program

As VP and Director of Operations at NJMET, I have seen a lot of recent engineering technology graduates come through as candidates to work at our New Jersey laboratory. My concern about many engineering technology programs is that they do not provide enough hands-on laboratory experience.

I am happy to see that Centennial College’s relatively new engineering program is an exception to this practice. From speaking to their students and viewing their website, I see that they have put a proper emphasis on giving their students practical experience.

Check out their program at: http://www.centennialcollege.ca