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Exploding LEDs

LEDs came on to the scene just as I was in high school. Having had several feeble little torches on my bike as a kid, with many failed experiments to make the “feeble little wicks” a bit brighter, I saw LEDs as a wonderful technology. Throughout the years that have followed, we have brighter LEDs, and different colours – I was in Japan as the first wave of individual blue LEDs went on sale, some of which I built into a stereo amplifier I was building at the time, that still works I may say, blue LEDs and all!

Today though, after all the applications of LEDs that have evolved, driven by the purity of the light, the low power usage, low heat, and high reliability, the development of LED technology has hit a threshold that brings it into very significant use. The brightness of LEDs, and the reduced cost of manufacture, has now progressed to a level where LEDs are moving to mass-adoption. Certainly in China, a very significant portion of all light sources are already LED based. The “west” is actually in catch-up mode, even though the biggest LED companies are based there. Driven by increasing energy costs, everyone is suddenly becoming aware of LED lighting available today that actually lights things up, rather than those awful solar garden lights that struggle to light even their own casing – these only served to give a lot of people a very “dim view” of LED technology.

High power LEDs are now available, for example car headlights, security lamps etc., but most often, LED lighting is based on arrays of LEDs, often delivered on SMT PCBs. The rapidly accelerating growth of this market has seen many PCB assembly factories take on the manufacture of these LED arrays. All well and good, until the issues of LED BINNING are found which requires dynamic processing of Bills of Materials during assembly.

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Michael FordMICHAEL FORD SENIOR MARKETING DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, VALOR DIVISION, MENTOR GRAPHICS Michael started his career as a computer software and hardware engineer in 1982. Working for Sony in the UK, Michael became one of the first successful adopters of computer technology into the manufacturing shop-floor, going on to manage in Japan Sony’s global Lean Manufacturing solutions. Joining Valor Computerized Systems in 2008 gave Michael the opportunity to apply his experience into the main-stream of the industry. With almost 30 years’ experience, Michael’s key strength is the instinct of finding solutions and opportunities where there had been challenges and problems. Michael is currently working as part of the Marketing Development team within the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics, focussing on the realisation of real and practical solutions for manufacturing based on the application of Lean Thinking, end to end, from design through the entire manufacturing process. Visit The Michael Ford Manufacturing Blog

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