New online tools for fastener specification help electronic designers

In the universal quest for driving growth, several recent surveys of key decision makers within top global electronic OEM and EMS companies pinpointed a handful of critical elements necessary for gaining market share. Key among them: real-time access to information; an accelerated innovation cycle; shortened time-to-market; high first-time manufacturing yields; and lower total costs to produce. The most important of these elements, real-time access to information, is particularly critical as it facilitates all the others.
Electronics market design and manufacturing firms seek to accelerate their innovation cycles, lower total costs and increase first-time yields. The Electronics Engineered Standards Program from STANLEY Engineered Fastening—a Stanley Black & Decker company, can reduce design times by 40% or more for micro-mechanical assembly components.  
Unlike spending critical engineering resources on trial-and-error fastening design; which prolongs time-to-market and increases costs, engineers achieve significant design cycle reductions by utilising STANLEY Engineered Fastenings suite of online tools.
First among them is a library of over 280 engineered components, designed specifically for today’s electronics device form factors. These components address miniature applications with micro-mechanical: cold-formed fasteners, rivets, inserts, press nuts, and standoffs. The online catalog also covers precision CNC, cosmetic finishes, performance coatings, micro-stampings, tools and automation systems.
Complementing this feature is an online “Try it, Test it, Customise it” portal to engage a global applications engineering team to customise designs, request samples, and secure rapid proto-types and testing support.  The catalogue provides 24-hour real-time access to 3D models, 2D drawings, animations and design guide materials.
Selecting the right components and assembly solutions early in the development phase enables companies of all sizes to bring products to market faster by helping design engineers achieve a sound product that performs to testing requirements the first time out.
“Having a comprehensive online library of engineered fasteners with accurate 3D models, integrated sample requests, and integrated customisation requests all in one place will enable the design engineers to streamline this area of our development process to produce improved outcomes in less time,” said Anthony Cuteri, program manager at Dell.
The bottom line adds up to a product that not only launches quicker, but can provide the competitive edge to gain market share and increase profitability. 

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