If Sandy taught us anything, it’s that rapid response is utterly critical in times of crisis. Be it on a city-wide scale, or a circuit sized scale, bad decisions can result in catastrophe.
And when you’re dealing with something as volatile as electricity, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. At least, that’s what fuse maker Littelfuse believes, and the reason why the firm is putting its not so little weight behind an initiative that promises to deliver rapid responses, in real time, to engineers working on designs requiring circuit protection.
We’ve all heard the horror stories from engineers about what happens when voltage goes awry, and Littelfuse is incredibly keen to avoid those shocks from happening inside or outside the lab environment. After all, it’s all well and good making pretty electrical appliances, but if you’re going to get a shock from your phone every time you pick it up, that’s not tolerable. The fact of the matter is, designers need to bear circuit protection in mind, no matter how thin and light the device they’re building.
Because modern design cycles are so short, however, Litelfuse says it’s adamant about not slowing down the design process in any way.
Littelfuse's director of global marketing and communications, Cathy Whittaker, recently told us that the company is working on a Web environment intended to specifically to tackle the urgency faced by engineers on the front line of invention. They place a premium on getting to the right information at the right time. To that end, the site will feature a Q&A forum, blogs, live chat, tutorials, selector guides, design kits, Webcasts, sample circuits, and frequently asked questions.
“Quick turnaround cycles are a problem for design engineers” said Whittaker, noting that there was increasing pressure for products to be released at a lightning quick pace.
You can see more from Cathy about the philosophy of Speed2Design in the following video.