Archive: Mar 2012

The Effects of Miniaturization of Applications on Components and Materials

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It was not so long ago – most likely in a majority of our lifetimes – when the highest-performance computing machines of the day took up half the space of an entire large university, corporate, or government laboratory building. Consider the goliath-sized computer of the 50s and 60s, and then compare their computational power to the touch-screen iPhone you may very well right now be holding in your hand. That iPhone holds exponentially greater levels of functionality than did those unwieldy behemoths from 50 years back. Nor does the trend need be observed from the vantage point of decades in order to be readily apparent. During the later course of this year, all the major Smartphone and computer suppliers introducing items that bear all the features and functions of the original model – but still uses a considerably smaller amount of space. It all boils down to the ever-increasing (or should we say decreasing trend) in electronics and mechanics: the miniaturization of parts, components, and applications.

From the Smartphone to the Smartcar, it seems as though the trend were endemic in most, if not all, industries. Since Vanguard makes its business both in supplying EMI/RFI gasket shielding for electronic devices, as well as more conventional extrusions and molds for silicone- and elastomer-based products (that don’t necessarily have an electrical application), we make it our business to keep current with the ongoing miniaturization process, and how it affects our industry and the business we conduct as a company.

In order for manufacturers like ourselves to remain ahead of the curve, we must anticipate the new demands for miniaturization. We must readily be able to provide EMI shields for ever smaller computers, phones, and electronic reading devices. By necessity, we must heed the so-called “Moore’s Law,” which posits that the number of transistors on any given circuit is able to double within the next 18 months. With technology moving ever more swiftly, we must ever more swiftly keep pace with its advances, and be capable of presenting solutions in anticipation of these issues as much as (if not more than) in reaction of them.

We Hope to See You at Aerocon in Fort Worth This March

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This March 14 – 15 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX, you’ll find Vanguard Products tending Booth #137 at Aerocon, one of the foremost aerospace and defense industry exhibition shows in North America. We’re looking forward to connecting with new clients, getting in touch with old friends, and discovering more about the latest trends in cutting-edge aerospace and military technology.
It’s an uncontestable fact that the aerospace and defense industries pave the way for future technological applications at large. Where would the commercial airline industry be without the development of long-range bombers during the Second World War? Where would GPS technology stand without the development of NAVSTAR satellites to detect incoming Soviet ICBMs? Where would the Internet itself be without the development of ARPA Net, the communication system built by NORAD in the 1960s that would allow for key military and governmental installations to communicate with each other effectively in the event of a nuclear exchange? When would the lowly steel barrel industry, the industry which today enables global trade from oil to foodstuffs, have gotten its start without the U.S. military requiring better containers to supply its forces in North Africa in World War Two?

The fact that Vanguard specializes (amongst other things) in EMI/RFI shielding gaskets and heat conducting elastomer puts us in a position to help supply some of the most advanced technologies coming down the pipeline this century. More so than ever, we anticipate the 21st century being a century that’s electrically-driven at exponentially higher levels than the 20th. The days of Thomas Alva Edison and his 100-watt light-bulbs have given way to satellite, robotic, and microchip technology that will develop American technology far beyond the reaches of our finest sci-fi writers.

The future is being written now at such events as Aerocon. We at Vanguard hope to see you there shortly.