Electro-Mechanical Assemblies In The Military – A Beginner’s Guide

When it comes to working with clients like the military, quality and reliability in all areas of manufacturing is crucial because their applications are too critical to fail. This is most certainly the case with electro-mechanical assemblies. After all, the military aims at running as smoothly as possible, and in order to do this, the right materials in their computing & mechanical systems are paramount to their success.

In order to understand electro-mechanical assemblies in terms of military applications, it is perhaps best to look at the construction & use of these assemblies in terms of 1) what they are; 2) the ability to deliver the necessary materials; 3) having the proper certification; and 4) the ability to deliver a finished product on time.

In essence, a device with an electrical & mechanical component can be referred to as electro-mechanical. Think moving parts powered by electricity or that have electricity running through them. There are an endless number of devices that can qualify under this definition, but typically you are referring to things related to computers or that are operated by computers. Items such as fan tray assemblies, box build assemblies, and switch & sensor assemblies all constitute electro-mechanical assemblies.

With respect to the military, assemblies are put through to the test because they will face tougher field conditions. A typical assembly might do the job, but as with most things military, there’s a need for electro-mechanical assemblies to go a bit further. Again, you’re talking about an industry that has critical missions that depend on all equipment to be working at all times. Failure is not an option. As the military contracts this type of work out, they, too, need to be sure that the manufacturer they plan on working with can actually produce what they need.

It’s also important that the prospective manufacturer the military plans on working with for its electro-mechanical assembly needs has skilled employees that are fully trained & are up-to-date with current regulations & industry standards. Moreover, it’s important to know what type of industry credentials a manufacturer carries. Certifications should include IPC/WHMA/UL certificates, as well as ITAR compliance, and they should have qualification in MIL Specifications.

Finally, the military depends on a strict adherence to lead times for delivery of goods. While the budgetary concerns a general commercial industry may face are different for a government agency, there is still a need to respect said agency’s schedule. Losing track of when materials will be delivered can be of grave consequence to the military. Both parties need to be in full communication at all junctures of the manufacturing process to be sure a contracted production date will be kept.

Electro-mechanical assemblies can be found in just about any industry you can think of that uses a combination of electrical and/or mechanical components. Military assembly needs take on a more pronounced significance, requiring efficiency in the manufacturing & production process, rigorous testing, and strict standards in both industry credentials & delivery lead times.

Computer Appreciation For Beginners (Part 4)

At times it surprises me when some people operates a machine and claim it operates very well when they do not even know of the machine’s components. It is pertinent to know of the components of a particular device and their functions so as to be able to identify and troubleshoot in case of the system problem. And so, in this part of the article “Part 4” on ‘Computer Appreciation for Beginners’, I wish to let you know of the four major components of a computer system.

The five major components of the computer system are:

Hardware Components: The Hardware is classified as the physical parts of the system, which can be seen, feel, touch and carry about. All the hard components of a computer, whether internal or external are classified as the hardware. Examples: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, System unit, Disk drives etc.

Software Components: This is said to be the programs found in the computer system. The software is divided into two parts: System Software and Application Software. The System software is the program from the manufacturers that enable the computer to function effectively. They are the operating systems such as Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Linux etc., which the computer uses for its own manipulations. The application software or packages are programs like Microsoft office, CorelDraw, PageMaker, AutoCAD etc. designed to aid our day-to-day activities or transactions. I hope to provide you with practical steps on how to use these application packages as we move along in this powerful article on Computer Appreciation.

Firmware: These are programs or information burnt up in the ROM (Read Only Memory), which are said to be nonvolatile (that is, cannot be altered or change when there is a power failure). They are sets of instructions the computer follows to enhance its activities.

Human ware: Human ware components of the system are simply the computer users or operators. So you and I as well form the sub-component of a computer system. The Microcomputer as we all know can not function alone without humans.

Life ware: This is referred to as the electricity that gives the computer power to function. It is believed that the desktop computer cannot function in the absence of light except for portable systems such as Laptops, Notebook, etc. that can alternatively use batteries in the absence of light.