Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex
Obviously they are either incompetent or not willing to pay for proper maintenance. These switch centers should be inspected yearly by someone using heat measuring video, this finds any hot spots which are usually caused by bolts getting loose over time from contraction or weakening from heat. I can not think of a single plant that I have worked in that does not do this. The downtime cost way outstrips the expense of doing it.
How LEDs Are Made
Hate to tell you, K&S is not the leader in die bonding or wire bonding, but thats just from my observation in factories full of die bonders and wire bonders.
I design build and install backend semiconductor equipment, since the late 70's.
Back in the 1980's huge factories in Asia were installing the latest automated equipment. It was not unusual for us to install die bonders that were capable of 5k parts per hour per machine. In groups of 40 machines per device.
These were dedicated to a particular type of lead frame. But could mount multiple types of die. We had lines of 2N2222's at customers putting out over 20 million parts per week, all in a area the size of that room shown, including wire bonding. They had streamlined the whole process including injection molding, testing, and marking in a area only 5 times that room size. Before the automation there was 1000 girls per shift doing the same thing.
I was amazed that the Asian factories had such good automation compared to what I had see in factories here in the USA. But it was truly due to total volume. Here I NEVER saw a factory if the scale I would see there. Now I used to put this over to just labor, overhead cost etc in my mind back then. Later I would think it was due to regulation. Instead I now put it to foresight. They they knew if they could do it even 1/10 cent cheeper they would get the work. And if they got the work, it would never come back here to the USA. And they were right.
Led work is somewhat slower, especially those T1 frames they are using. They have to be handled vertically, and the spacing in between is large. So indexing time and centering of the cup takes a bit more work. Back when we did make machines for that product, the typical machine ran about 2K parts per hour. I am sure now, a bit faster indexing is possible. Thats why so many leds now are done on flat stock and molded and surface mounted, density and speed of manufacturing is much higher.
What they are showing is a cheep startup. Sales of led's by the container load are cheep, as it is a very stable process and anybody can do it. Where the problem comes in is manufacturing variables mostly in the wafer to have even appearing leds. Since the majority of leds are for human viewing, doing things like stop lights or where there are more than one led per product, we want them to appear the same, and look the same over time. So if you get led's from different lots they can appear to be different to the human eye. Especially if they are high output, as heat dissipation over time really degrades the device. That is also why they dont mount die directly to a PCB for stop lights. You can see if one die is different from the other, and while it is possible to adjust each die with a resistor, this adds another step, laser trimming of resistors using visual feedback. The cost of changing out a led made on a metal frame, and the cost of laser trimming is vast, when speed of manufacturing is involved. Much cheaper to just remove the leds and put another in, same for repair. If you pot a lens over a single pcb with multiple dies, it is no longer repairable.
Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents
There are no secrets.. They eventually get out.
What I am curious about, is with all this data they are sifting how come there is nobody from Washington in Jail? You know they are
mostly self serving scumbags.
What bothers me more about all this data, and is never mentioned, is that it is possible now for people who have access to all this
big data, to profit from it on the stock market very easily.
US Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage
Knock the edge off all you square pegs and you will fit in the round holes we intended you for. Saying danger danger doesnt even work any more.
When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:
For my microwave gun?
Texas Attorney General Warns International Election Observers
First off, if you were going to monitor every polling location in Texas with one person, it would require a army larger than most other nations have.
While I am not going to debate the Texas AG statements, one thing is bothering me.
If the Constitution has given the states the power to control their elections process within the requirements set out by the constitution, then the Federal Government signing a treaty dictating a process in the election is doing a end around the Constitution
That seems UN-lawful to me, of course my faith in the federal government has waned over the years to, so there is no surprise there.
I have personally been involved in the election process on the inside, and at least where we were, with extreme voter turnout last
presidential election, I saw nothing that raised my eyebrow. If there is any election rigging its beyond the actual voting process itself.
Either by electronics afterwards, or fraudulent voter registration. Neither that would be able to be verified by being on site with anybody.
And as far as the 100 foot rule, they are pretty firm on that. You can be outside at the proper distance and hold signs to your hearts content
but show any brow beating and they will remove you. Which is the right thing to do. I really do not think there is anything to see here in this issue.
Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra
You forgot "On a Cell Phone"
US Patent Office Invalidates Apple's "Rubber Banding" Patent
Seen this on terminals long ago think they were zerox, while it didnt bounce it did behave like it had weight an friction. Oh I forgot "On a Cell Phone"
Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP
I agree, I have quite a few robotic machines running xp, have spent tons of money developing multi threaded C++ programs for them. Just changing to their new development environment, new drivers for the specialized hardware will be expensive. And it just works fine as it is. There is no advantage in speed of
the machines etc.
S. Carolina Supreme Court: Leaving Email In the Cloud Isn't Electronic Storage
Politicians and bureaucrats are not citizens, therefore are not protected by the constitution. Therefore they are enemy combatants and should be sent to gitmo.
$1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle
A boat was a hole in water you pore your money into. This will be way more efficient....
Do I start flaying my arms now? Danger Danger ..
Just brilliant ....
Apple Wants Another $707 Million From Samsung
Have you ever been grilled before being on a jury? As soon as they find out you have a analytical mind, they will drop you like a hot potato, they want decisions based off emotions.
Here is my example, in being interviewed the lawyer gave a hypothetical situation and asked for a answer. nobody raised their hand, so I did. He asked for my answer and I told him he did not give me enough information to make an informed decision. He said your exactly right, your dismissed!
Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?
I got a email awhile back about a slashdot app, has this come out yet? I figured they would on anniversary.
Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion
Invalidating the patents will make the judgement moot. Spending a few million will get that done, much cheaper!
The Fallout From a Flickr DMCA Takedown
Most cases in games, for example they put a place holder picture, saying waiting for review or something. They could have done that. Then put the picture back when it was straightened out. No loss of comments etc.
Speech-Jamming Gun Silences From 30 Meters
We have had these in Texas for years, we call them Glock's
Brain Implants Can Detect What Patients Hear
Me to first thing I thought is there's the accuracy problem. They need 512....
Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft
The electronics package is 200 mill put it in another plane. So saying its a total loss is bs. The plane is basicly a kc-135 they have plenty of spares including whole wings.
How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work
Oh, and ya, we get all kinds of support from OUR government like this:
When an Apple team visited, the Chinese plant’s owners were already constructing a new wing. “This is in case you give us the contract,” the manager said, according to a former Apple executive. The Chinese government had agreed to underwrite costs for numerous industries, and those subsidies had trickled down to the glass-cutting factory. It had a warehouse filled with glass samples available to Apple, free of charge. The owners made engineers available at almost no cost. They had built on-site dormitories so employees would be available 24 hours a day.
The Chinese plant got the job.
Quite frankly, our government want's it to be this way. We can not buck this trend, as so much of our country's debt is owned by China, there is no longer any recourse available. 30 years ago their would be tariff's to make this bs more equal between countries, not anymore.
How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work
One of my customers provides a chip used several of apple's products as well as other phones and products. They were a spin off of TI engineers and products that TI did not want anymore. They designed the chip had the chip manufactured overseas and tested them here.
We built 3 testers for them to final test and package the chips, which we build in less than 3 months the first one. Then we not only built it but ran the production on that machine for 6 months 24 hours a day seven days a week. While we built two additional machines. There are only two of us in our company. I think Americans can step up, in fact I know they can.
After our customer was firmly entrenched with apple due to our support, they needed to start shipping millions of chips per month. They also had a new management team, who did not care if we helped get them off the ground, and did not even let us bid on the equipment and they intended to do the testing in Korea due to being closer to the final product. They also said the new vendor could build the machines for 1/3 the price. I told them bull shit. I have spend quite a bit of time in asia and while it could be made cheaper if they would be buying in larger volume something was wrong with what they were quoted.
Well after about a year we found out it cost just as much for each machine as we had been quoting, but they were buying 20 of them at a time. We would have loved and been able to hire at least 10 people if we had been able to compete. Then we found out not only were they building the machines, they were running the machines and getting paid per part for the testing. Wow, we could have had at least 20 more jobs there, and I would have matched the Korean price too.
What It real truth is, that companies like Apple, and my customer supplying parts to apple like, is they don't have to directly supervise people. It is so much easier for them just to be a engineering and marketing company and not worry at all about any "Production" at all. They feel that they are supporting "Talented Engineers" here.
The other problem is for companies like our small company cant compete with Asian companies as they have a better infrastructure for expansion. Here we have venture capitalist who are looking for the quick buck. Just try and go out and get say 10 million to expand your operation even if you have a contract in your hand for 20 million per year. Just the blood suckers who want it all back within two years AND own half your company will be interested. Pretty darn sad it really is that way.