On February 15, 2019, our team was invited to visit Panasonic Avionics Corporation in Lake Forest to tour the Global Headquarters and discuss our engineer’s printed circuit boards (PCB). Panasonic Avionics Corporation specializes in manufacturing hardware that provides entertainment and communication solutions for airline’s and their passengers. For the past quarter and a half, our electrical engineers designed three PCBs. Faisal Altassan (Spring ‘19) designed the Logical Power Stage (LPS) board which is the main shutdown circuit that turns off the tractive system. Leslie Uribe (Spring ‘20) designed the Batter Input Module (BIM) which galvanically isolates signals from our Battery Management System. It has SPI/CAN and UART conversion which controls the fans PWM (pulse width modulation) signal. And lastly, Mario Medina (Spring ‘20) designed the Dependable Arrangement of Sophisticated Hardware (DASH) which relays critical information about the car to the driver.
On site, we had a generous opportunity of sharing two of our prominent engineers’ PCB designs, Leslie’s and Faisal’s, to be critiqued, criticized and evaluated from all angles by the engineers and interns present. Following their presentation, the Panasonic engineers suggested helpful pieces of advice to improve their future PCB designs. Specifically, a Senior PWB (printed wiring board) Designer, Armando Saldana stressed to avoid placing PCB traces close to each other as well as some techniques to avoid shorting. Faisal noted that the Panasonic team emphasized the importance of documenting their work as well as formatting a specification sheet for their PCB design to make information easily accessible. Leslie learned the importance of lot placement, via placement, and right angles to avoid overheating. Not only did they contribute tips and advice, but they also shared what not to do, common shorting reasons, and how to review PCBs. Our eight UCI engineers who attended all learned the importance of being detail oriented on how to place wires. The knowledge learned at Panasonic will benefit the future of Anteater Electric’s engineers with their PCB design work.
Following the design review, our engineers had the chance to tour the headquarters! They visited the Component Testing Lab, Customer Support Lab, and entered a room where all of the in-flight consumer hardware we interact with is displayed.
Thank you Panasonic Avionics Corporation for this opportunity!