The inventors at Simply Reliable believe their newly patented invention, Design Machine, will help people in the custom electronics industry save time and increase efficiency. Earlier this month, on May 6, the U.S. Patent Office granted a patent to the inventors at Simply Reliable for Design Machine, a software application that applies algorithms to create electronic specifications and drawings automatically.
“In the custom electronics industry some of the most talented people spend hundreds of hours sitting in front of computer screens creating diagrams and other construction documents by hand,” said Chris Jaffe, vice president of Simply Reliable. “Some of this process involves the high level design decisions that require their training and expertise but much of this work involves menial tasks of spending hours moving around device symbols until the layout fits on the page. Adding a new device to a design may require that this process be repeated until the design once again fits on the page.
“Some software applications are available to aid in this process but all of them require the users to manually touch and move each device and cable on the drawing.”
Design Machine constructs an electronic design in a database and then lays it out on paper automatically, eliminating the painstaking process of drawing detailed symbols for each device and cable that represents an electronic design.
“We saw this as a tragic waste of the most precious resource in our industry,” stated vice president of business development, Tom Coffin. “We imagined and then worked very hard to invent a way to automate this process. Let the machine do the heavy lifting and create all the documents. This involved breaking down the tasks that engineers do in their heads into a set of repeatable tasks that the machine can perform to get the same result or sometimes better results in a fraction of the time that is required when humans do the work.”
Simply Reliable CEO Jonathan Knapp explained, “Design Machine’s artificial intelligence (AI) uses a mathematical algorithm that searches for the best drawing layout by quickly creating different layout configurations until the system finds a layout that meets the requirements for the specific project.”
“The feature set of Design Machine continues to grow and evolve,“ Coffin said. “We are proud to serve on the CEA committee for the last few years which produced the CEA/CEDIA/INFOCOMM J-STD-710, Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols standard. The symbols with our new floor plan feature are now included in Design Machine.”
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