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Technologies forIndustrial Electronics Applications

System modularity is key for OEM machine builders

DesignNews has recently published an excellent article titled Trends in Integrated Motor Drives.

According to this article:

"The trend toward distributing automation and motion control devices is enabling the move to modular machine designs, and has become a large part of the underlying value proposition for integrated motor drives that incorporate servo technology."

Further in this article, the author Al Presher talks about system architectures that "are becoming more modular by design and offer a logical combination of mechanical, electrical and software modularity".

By offering application-specific COTS motor control software, Alizem is definely in line with this trend by allowing machine builders a maximum of flexibility in the choice of their system components including the choice of their electronic device and software. 

By using Alizem Motor Control Software IP, machine builders can then focus their time and budget on designing the best product possible in line with customer requirements without having to care about all technicalities related to software development. Alizem software maintenance and upgrades allow them to keep peace of mind during the whole life cycle of their product.

We thank the author and DesignNews for publishing this great article.


How Alizem addresses the Top 6 Challenges in Electronics Manufacturing

Recently, an excellent article has been published by Mike Roberts on the Product Design and Development website, addressing the top 6 challenges in Electronics Manfacturing. Here is how Alizem COTS embedded software contributes in solving those challenges :

1. Shrinking Operating Margins: Global competition and new innovations are driving prices down. Companies must continually become more cost-efficient to remain profitable. 

Alizem offers off-the-shelf expertise in embedded software and power electronics applications. You get the best of the the worlds: rare-to-find world-class expertise, on tap. This approach helps you bring constant innovation in your products at reduced costs, risks and time-to-market.

2. Complex Global Supply-Chain: More and more, companies have to juggle internal and external resources while staying within international standards. Issues such as traceability and compliance are increasing operational burdens. It is not unusual for components and sub-components to embark on a journey that touches three or more continents before reaching the end-consumer.

3. Service and Warranty Management: Leveraging the global supply-chain is putting more focus on supplier quality management. Having a strong quality and traceability system directly affects warranty reserve and post-production service hours. 

Alizem software products are delivered over internet directly to customer worldwide. No inventory is needed. No domain experts are required.

4. Short Product Lifecycles: With quickly changing consumer tastes and preferences, EMS companies and contract manufacturers need to have effective New Product Introduction (NPI) processes in place. Closed-loop communication between sales, manufacturing, and engineering is vital to ensure product launches hit time, volume, and quality targets.

Alizem offers application-specific, pre-tested and directly integrable embedded software. Knowing that embedded software development accounts for a high proportion of a project costs and risks, this is a great way to shorten product lifecycles while keeping focus on product differentiation.

5. Uncertain Demand: Aggregately, economic volatility and cyclical demand cause fluctuations in production. On a more granular level, consumer preference can cause spikes in demand for an individual product or company. Efficient lean capabilities must be in place to keep inventory aligned with demand.

Alizem on-tap expertise and products are delivered when needed allowing our customers to freely adjust their schedule and easily go through any economic downturn or exceptional events. Also, Alizem offers its products through flexible licensing agreements that enable development system costs to be delayed up to production (revenues).

6. Sustainability: Emerging regulations and standards are forcing companies to account more and more for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in decisions. E-Waste, a popular topic today, is driving conversations about the disposal of products and their impact on the environment. Companies must now consider of the complete product lifecycle in decisions.

Alizem products are "virtual goods" that, according this study, account for -30% GHG savings. They are in line with the large trend of virtualization and dematerialization.