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Theory and Tutors in Electronics and Instrumentation :

Learning electronics in theory by studying books is the conventional way, this method may help in History and Maths. Maths needs a paper and pencil for practicals and history needs a well equipped Library. In these modern times, the web has made access to wide range of learning information easy, which is true Knowledge Empowerment. The greatest gift a Child can get from the Parents or School, is Knowledge.

As an Electronics Engineer i had always needed data sheets and application notes. The web makes these documents not only accessible to all, but searchable too.

Now coming back to Maths and History; a computer, some programs and the Internet can create a "Practicals" for these Subjects. In case of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics it is not so simple. You need to have many components and some test instruments and most important; a Soldering Iron to build-n-learn practically.

Process Control Instruments

These are some instruments i manufactured when i used to run my own industrial automation business.

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Some youngsters learn by breaking and fixing, toys and gadgets. Many learn by Making Home Garden Projects from Kits after reading Hobby DIY Magazines, this is a better way of learning. I started with DIY Science, including Magnetism and Electricity, rather than Electronics. I could work with an Iron only in High School.

Digital Tutorials - Interactive Tutors for Gates, Counters using LEDs, DIP switches and Pushbuutons.

See also my Op-Amp Simulation Interactive using Virtual Components

Now many Virtual Electronics Workbench Software and Interactive Tutors are available, these aid learning. We have to design, build and apply some electronic ideas in 3D Hardware, for complimenting the Book, Academic or Web learning. Practical and Theoretical study in electronics has to be in Tandem, this is possible only when Industry works with Universities to create real talent and skills in students. The applied technology is evolving, hence the academic education must be relevant when the student gets into his first job.
Electronic Components

Here are circuits made of Resistors, Capacitors and Inductors which are passive components. Crystals, Thermistors, Varistors, Variable Passive RLC are also Passive Parts.

Circuits using only discrete devices and here are some basic Electronic Tables and Charts

Electronic Components

Zeners, Diodes, NPN-PNP Transistors, FET, MOSFET, SCR, Triacs are all discrete active devices. ICs and Hybrid Modules are made of many discrete and passive components. In the Integrated Circuits or ASICs, all parts even passives are derived on the Silicon Wafer. In Hybrid Modules the construction uses SMD or Tiny Chip components interconnected in a small ceramic PCB and Hermetically Sealed if needed.

Parts like Switches, Connectors, Relays and PCBs are ElectroMechanical parts. Nuts, Bolts, Screws, Cabinets and enclosures are Mechanical parts.

For a Systems Integrator or Control Panel Designer, the Timers, Controllers, PLC which are Electronic Products become Components or Modules along with Contacters, Current Transformers, AC-DC Drives etc.

Learn about the Solderman Talks 1702 ADTypes of Components

Design Notes - Components Selection
(These are notes jotted down of my experience in the 90s, it may have spelling and other errors)

Selecting the parts for your product design, choosing the components intelligently is a part of Product Design Engineering.

Budget, Availability, Size, Alternate Vendors, Product Life and Quantity to be manufactured are some factors that determine the selection of a prudent and experienced design professional.

To choose the right type of part, an exhaustive knowledge of the behavior of passives and discretes is essential. Some points i remember among the things that i learnt the hard way are listed below.

  • Over rate components at least double, if you need a 1A-100V-100uS diode, use a 2A-200V-50uS diode.
  • Electrolytic capacitors have a shelf life, if you need to store them you have to charge them every month.
  • Gold plating is used in connectors because it has low contact resistance and does not corrode or react
  • Use a 100uF and 0.1uF CD in parallel to filter because the inductance of 100uF is a lot (the electrodes are wound as in a coil) and high frequency passes over and is filtered by the 0.1uF which has negligible inductance.
  • Ceramic capacitors leak a bit, electrolytics leak a lot but plastic or mica capacitors do not leak at all, near perfect. An oscillator with a RC time setting needs a plastic cap for stability.
  • In industrial electronics equipment, connectors are a source of many problems, hence avoid connectors. vibrations, corrosion and frequent usage will result in strange problems.
  • Small signal diode 1N4148 switches at 4nS, current of 70mA and 70V withstand capacity.
  • 2N2222 and 2N2907 form a fast switching NPN-PNP pair and have been around for decades.
  • LED displays are best indoors and are not so good for sunlit outdoors, LCD is good for that.
  • All electromechanical parts like switches, relays, connectors and pots have limited number of operations.
  • Failure of parts are when parts are stressed beyond limit, bad environment, misuse, infant mortality and normal aging.
  • Most pots have a dielectric insulation between metal pot shaft and terminals of 1KV or more. Some commercial pots may have lesser breakdown voltage and that will be a product safety issue. So either way use Plastic Knobs or pots with plastic shafts.
"when you solder the windows should be opened, cross ventilation must be good, because the fumes are not very good for health. After you finish wash your hands with soap, as lead is poisonous or toxic"

- Solderman Talks 1702 AD

The first four links lead to 33 pdf documents related to some products i used to manufacture. I have archived it here because i think it may give learning ideas.

Anantha Narayan

delabs EE Updates
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