Kicking Off 2019 with an Expanded Presence at MD&M West

Kicking Off 2019 with an Expanded Presence at MD&M West

SPRINGVILLE, Utah – January 15, 2019 – ATL Technology, a leader in custom-engineered interconnect and medical devices, has announced its participation and expanded presence at MD&M West, one of the leading trade shows in the medical device and manufacturing space in North America. This three-day event will be held on February 5-7, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

MD&M West Attendance

Coming off a 2018 with numerous major engineering and manufacturing successes and substantial year-over-year growth, ATL—exhibiting in booth 2397—has decided to expand its presence at one of the industry’s preeminent trade show in hopes of sharing its expertise and advances in chip-on-tip technology, miniaturization/high-density connectors, and fine wire and catheter extrusion.

“With more than 19,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors—including the largest companies in the industry—MD&M West presents a unique opportunity to get our best-in-class products and engineering expertise out to the industry,” stated ATL Technology’s CEO, Brad Brown. “This show brings together OEMs, engineers and other industry personnel looking to discover the latest in medical device technology—including the connections that ensure their success—and we’re excited to share all we’ve learned.”

ATL’s attendee includes Brad Brown, CEO, Dave Gen, President & COO, Ryan Kunz, VP of Engineering, David Smith, VP of Sales and a highly-specialized team of Medical Device and interconnect sales and engineering consultants.

About ATL Technology

Based in Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” and founded in 1993, ATL Technology combines the industry’s best engineering experts and technology to deliver connectivity solutions for market-leading devices. With a domestic development center and offices around the world, ATL uses local teams and wholly owned global execution resources to take devices from concept to prototype and into scalable production. Turnkey interconnect solutions from ATL include connectors, wire design, overmolding, wire harness automation, surface mount technology (SMT) and injection molding.

8 Must-Try Anaheim Spots for Food and Fun to Make Your MD&M Adventure Even Better

8 Must-Try Anaheim Spots for Food and Fun to Make Your MD&M Adventure Even Better

At ATL we believe all Connection are Critical—engineer to engineer, capital equipment to medical device; your business to success. But, after a full day of walking the show floor, meeting with industry cohorts and visiting ATL at booth 2397, one of the most important connections we make at a show is the connection to a grand gastronomic experience and excellent entertainment—and Southern California is full of both without ever touching Disneyland.

After years of attending more trade shows in Anaheim than we wish to count, one of the positives is the rolodex full of delectable dining holes. Here is our list of must-try spots close to the Convention Center.

Grub

Anaheim Packing District

A one-stop-shop for an eclectic array of flavors
Seriously though… usually when I hear “there’s something for everyone there” I tend to steer clear because, as the saying goes, “jack of all trades, but master of none.” The Packing House, however, flips that thinking on its head. The smörgåsbord of high-end food vendors, gives a little wide array of tastes: from Indian curries, to English fish ‘n chips, to down-south soul-comforting food, and beyond. For the nightcap, be sure to get a reservation (required) at Anaheim’s only speakeasy, at The Blind Rabbit, only accessible by way of a hidden door within the building.

 

Porto’s Bakery

Fabulous, fresh breakfast with stellar pastries  
This bright and spacious eatery is a great place to start your day. But, unless you get there bright and early, be ready for a decent line. With an excellent selection of baked goods, pastries and other sweets, we recommend the savory breakfast sandwich on a warm, flaky croissant, the numerous fruit-infused strudels, or the delicious empanadas. This Cuban bakery is well worth every second you wait.

 

The Oyster Bar SKC

Southern selections inside a transit hub
Just two and a half miles for the Convention Center, the Oyster Bar SKC operates inside ARTIC: Anaheim’s bus and train terminal. Directly east of the Convention Center on Katella, you’ll know you’re there when you see a fluorescent rainbow airplane. With a classic Cajun/Nawlins’ flare, The Oyster Bar focuses on seafood-oriented pan roasts — made through steam kettle cooking, thus the “SKC” — and a raw seafood bar, stocked with all kinds from seafood every coast.

 

New Moon

Chinese fare with a contemporary twist
For the American love of Chinese food, this ends up being more than just relevant; it feels as if it should be the new flag-bearer of Americanized-Chinese food. There’s sophistication and finesse in its execution, something many others lack. New Moon’s spread seems to be prepared by chefs who abide by the meticulousness of Chinese techniques, even as they’re making General Tso’s Chicken.

 

The Original Pancake House

Timeless breakfast with a classic ambience
The Original Pancake House might have started in the Pacific Northwest, but its Anaheim location has become a breakfast institution for its decades of dedication to the international art of flapjacks. Specializing in sugary and fruit-filled pancake recipes from around the world, TOPH is where you’ll find Danish, Dutch, and Tahitian specialties plus crepes, bacon waffles and enough maple syrup to put you in a sugar coma before lunchtime.

 

The Scratch Room

Fresh, creative modern brunch  
Traditional breakfast mashes up with contemporary SoCal culture at The Scratch Room, where brunchy burgers come on French toast-dipped buns, and the Benedictine eggs are topped with corned beef hash, salmon cakes, carnitas, and more. This family-owned restaurant is everything a modern diner in the southern half of California should be — machaca breakfast burrito and all.

 

Games

Petersen Automotive Museum

Bringing German precision and design to the left coast
Now extended through mid-April, the Petersen Automotive Museum is gifting all comers to what is probably the finest collection of Porsches outside of the its own flagship museum in Stuttgart. Aptly titled “the Porsche Effect,” the exhibition—put on in conjunction with Porsche North America—delves into the cultural significance and influence of the brand’s design, engineering and racing dominance. The Porsche Effect it comprised of 50+ of the marque’s most iconic cars that exemplify its innovation, origins, allure, and performance.

 

FlightDeck

Channel your inner ‘Maverick’ or ‘Goose’ in this flight simulator
For a fully realistic, riveting experience where you and your friends experience and compete flying an F-16 Falcon or a Boeing 737, the likes of which you’ve probably not experienced, come to the FlightDeck. After being fitted for your own flight suit and been briefed on how to take-off, maneuver and land the plane (which a lot more difficult than it may sound), you’ll come as close as most of us will come to experiencing a dogfight. After climbing into your own cockpit (that all feels more realistic than you’d think), one of the best parts is you are competing/dogfighting with you friends—competing for bragging rights. And with everyone on comms, do not forget you trash-talking game.

 

Make the Right Connection

Make the Right Connection

As a designer or engineer of electronics, there will come a time to find out whether the connectors are the weak point in the design or whether you have chosen the correct contact mechanism to ensure the best connection. Identifying whether an interconnect is an OTU, a High Cycle Life or a Permanent connector will partially dictate what type of contact mechanism would be ideal for a project, but there are many more factors to consider when picking the right mechanism for you and your application. Likewise, researching could be critical on whether the cheaper connector really does fulfill requirements just as well as the alternative, so that a cost-saving need not be at the expense of reliability.

(click to download)

With this table, we’ve done some of that research for you. You’ll be able to compare and contrast a variety of contact mechanisms, how much the may cost, reliability with numerous matings and un-matings, and so forth.

Click on the image to download this eBook, and gain enlightenment that might just set your interconnect project on the path to success.

 

 

Connect to Success Easier With Prototyping

Connect to Success Easier With Prototyping

When speaking about inventing the light bulb, Thomas Edison famously said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Edison neatly summed up how the prototyping process works—adjust design, materials, size, shape, assembly, manufacturability and strength until the desired outcome is achieved.

The purpose of prototyping is to see physically what works. Nothing gives a team a single idea to work from and is a far more effective way to communicate the ideas of an engineer and designer ideas than prototyping. But to do this, steps must be taken early in the design phase to test ideas. Although this can be a lengthy process, by prototyping before production begins it is possible to get a glimpse at the production process and see if any steps can be changed, combined or even removed. This not only streamlines production, but can also help avoid costly mistakes down the road that might inhibit a product’s time to market and, ultimately, its success.

Similar to it being far easier to see if there are any issues with a design after physically holding a working model, it’s also far easier to sell to customers when a prototype is able to be held and manipulated at a customer meeting. Without a prototype in hand, the idea is only a concept. It can be difficult to get a potential client to commit to the purchase of a concept. With a prototype in hand, the concept instantly becomes real and it is far easier commit to purchase.

The following article discusses the most commonly used prototyping options available to bring reliable connector solutions to the marketplace efficiently and confidently.

Plastic Prototyping Options

3D printing has quickly become one of the most useful tools for rapid prototyping. This rapid prototyping process allows for low cost, quick-turn functional prototypes, allowing you to get test parts early and frequently through iterative designs.

Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and typically are produced using digital model data from a 3D model or another electronic data source such as an Additive Manufacturing File (AMF) file (usually in sequential layers). There are many different technologies, like stereolithography (STL) or fused deposit modeling (FDM). Thus, unlike material removed from a stock in the conventional machining process, 3D printing or AM builds a three-dimensional object from computer-aided design (CAD) model or AMF file, usually by successively adding material layer by layer.

Stereolithography (SLA)

Stereolithography (SLA) is an additive manufacturing technology that converts liquid materials into solid parts, layer by layer, by selectively curing them using a UV laser in a process called photopolymerization.

With the help of CAD software, the UV laser is used to draw a pre-programmed design or shape on to the surface of the photopolymer vat. Photopolymers are sensitive to ultraviolet light, so the resin is photochemically solidified and forms a single layer of the desired 3D object. Then, the build platform lowers one layer and a blade recoats the top of the tank with resin. This process is repeated for each layer of the design until the 3D object is complete. Completed parts must be washed with a solvent to clean wet resin off their surfaces.

Pros:

  • Speed; functional parts can be manufactured within a day
  • Capable of producing complex patterns and models suitable for use as masters for other prototyping methods
  • Parts have excellent surface finish without secondary operations
  • Pricing is very competitive

Cons:

  • Functional testing is usually not possible on SLA parts, as they tend to be weaker than parts made of engineering resins
  • The UV curing aspect of the process makes parts susceptible to degradation from sunlight exposure
  • Extra post curing steps are necessary
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an additive process used to produce highly accurate and durable prototype parts from CAD files. FDM creates models layer by layer using a thermoplastic extrusion process. The feedstock for the process is a filament of extruded resin, which the machine selectively re-melts and deposits on the prior layer for each cross-section of the desired part.

However, the parts created by FDM are sometimes porous and have a pronounced stair-stepping or rippling texture on the outside finish, especially at layer junctions. While the surface finish of FDM models is generally rougher than that of models produced using SLA, the end product is typically more robust.

FDM is considered ideal for applications where functional prototypes do not require high-quality visual surfaces. FDM is also a suitable process for building assembly, testing, and inspection fixtures that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to machine.

Pros:

  • Parts can be strong enough to allow functional testing
  • Parts can be created quickly
  • Low cost

Cons:

  • Slower than SLA and SLS
  • Does not approximate manufacturing
  • More difficulty with tight tolerances
  • Parts have a poor surface finish, with a pronounced rippled effect

 

For much more in the full eBook on Prototyping, click here to download.
With An Eye On Growth, ATL Technology Adds New Board Members

With An Eye On Growth, ATL Technology Adds New Board Members

Springville, Utah, July 11, 2018 — ATL Technology, LLC today announced two new board members have been appointed. Joining the current Board are:

  • Victor Petroff has an extensive background in building and operating successful businesses in the industrial, manufacturing and consumer products fields. Having held several senior executive positions, as President/GM at Precision Interconnect (now a division of TE Connectivity) he was instrumental in leading the company’s growth into an industry leader. After leaving TE, Victor joined Riverlake Partners, a private equity firm, where he currently serves as a Partner.

 

  • Joseph Glover is an interconnect industry veteran that has served as in senior management positions at TE Connectivity and Carlisle Interconnect. Mr. Glover left Carlisle Interconnect in late 2014 and now serves as President of Pexco Aerospace located In Yakima, WA.

 

“We are very pleased to have Vic and Joe join our board and look forward to their contributions. Vic is a seasoned leader that can assist ATL in better navigating the growth we have been experiencing. His experience as a CEO, Board Member and Private Equity Partner will be extremely valuable to ATL and our customers, especially in M&A and building a truly global business.

“Joe is a leader whose deep experience in our industry will be beneficial to ATL and our customers. His proven ability to anticipate customer needs and industry trends is a valuable addition to our board as ATL continues to refine its service offering. We conducted an exhaustive search to strengthen our Board’s breadth of talent and background, and are delighted to have found two outstanding individuals,” said Brad Brown, Chairman & CEO of ATL.

 

About ATL Technology

Based in Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” and founded in 1993, ATL provides interconnect solutions and single-use medical devices for the world’s leading medical device companies. With global development and manufacturing centers, ATL is committed to engineering innovation, quality manufacturing and premier customer service as we believe all Connections are CriticalTM.  ATL’s capabilities are integrated to design and manufacture application-specific interconnect solutions—in partnership with our customers—from the concept to full, scalable production.