Auto, PCB industries share a common thread

I’m just back from the big trade show of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the SAE World  Congress. Automakers and their largest suppliers didn’t make presentations that went down to the printed circuit board level, but one aspect of conference would be very familiar to those who attend IPC conferences and others for the PCB world.

Government regulations are playing a more significant role in the SAE conference and the industry. In previous years, many of the presentations at World Congress focused on neat new features, everything from adaptive lighting and adaptive cruise control to Internet in cars.

This year, many sessions were on industry efforts to meet regulations that push average fleet mileage up to 54.5 mpg by 2025 while also meeting demands for tighter emissions limits. That’s putting enormous pressure on those who design engines and transmissions. These requirements are also the main driver for electrified powertrains, which are still too expensive to make any major inroads in the passenger car market.

Cleaner environments are the goals of regulations in both thee PCB and automotive industries, with the additional goal of reducing America’s reliance on imported petroleum also playing a role for autos. Another similarity is that the costs of compliance and record-keeping are becoming a significant component of the overall cost of doing business.

Regulators contend that they’re safeguarding the public by cleaning the environment, while businesses contend that removing some regulations would safeguard the public by keeping costs down. In my opinion, the more these two groups work together to match the benefits and costs, the more the public interest will truly be served.

One Comment

  1. Reza
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink


    help me!?

    you Send me a document of Rule PCB for damp noise?!
    How good track in PCB?
    use the ground track around board?


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