Purchasing activities may not make for good video, although the trading floor on the NYSE gets pretty dramatic now and then. But seeing how something is put together can only help the electronics purchasing community -- if nothing else, buyers can get a better idea of what engineers are thinking.
Premier Farnell’s engineering community, element14 , is giving engineers an opportunity to demonstrate the creative process through an online video challenge. “A Day in the Life of an Engineer” is open to electronics design engineers and enthusiasts worldwide until January 31, and you can link to the page from EBN.
Bridging the gap between design and purchasing is a process the industry continues to refine. Every so often, an engineer will design in a component that never hits production or is destined to become obsolete quickly. Distributors such as element14 are trying to prevent these problems by centralizing design and procurement capabilities on a single site, Dianne Kibbey, global head of community and e-procurement at Premier Farnell, says in a press release. Also, as a catalog distributor, element14 caters to the design community, Kibbey says:
Anyone in the electronics field faces a daunting task today with the ever increasing pressure to do everything faster and better. As we’ve seen time and again, electronics innovation can happen in someone’s garage, a lab, at the office, or in a classroom -- but it is all about the creativity that can happen in this wide-ranging field. This competition gives us an opportunity to better understand those challenges and to showcase how electronic designers find innovative solutions to everyday problems, or even pose their own challenge on what they think needs to be solved in the future.
Entrants are invited to tell their story by submitting a video blog on topics ranging from anything found on a designer’s workbench to how a problem was solved to daily challenges around the office, according to element14. The video can even be about what the next big innovation needs to be in the electronics industry.
Maybe buyers and engineers can collaborate on the effort. There's a revolutionary idea.
The videos will be judged on their creativity by a panel of element14 peers, and the winner will receive an iPad 2. In addition, each week one person who comments, votes, or posts a video will be randomly selected to receive a selection of element14-branded merchandise.