From scientific instrument to industrial machine: Coping by Richard Doornbos, Sjir van Loo

By Richard Doornbos, Sjir van Loo

Architectural tension is the shortcoming of a approach layout to answer new industry calls for. it truly is an enormous but frequently hid factor in excessive tech platforms. In From clinical software to commercial machine, we glance on the phenomenon of architectural tension in embedded platforms within the context of a transmission electron microscope process equipped by means of FEI corporation. commonly, transmission electron microscopes are operated by hand clinical tools, yet in addition they have huge, immense strength to be used in business purposes. notwithstanding, this new industry has relatively various features. There are powerful calls for for most economical research, exact and specified measurements, and ease-of-use. those calls for might be translated into new procedure characteristics, e.g. reliability, predictability and excessive throughput, in addition to new features, e.g. automation of electron microscopic analyses, automatic focusing and positioning functions.

From clinical tool to business machine takes a practical method of the matter of architectural rigidity. particularly, it describes the results of the Condor venture, a joint endeavour via a consortium of business and educational companions. during this collaboration an built-in technique was once necessary to effectively mix numerous medical effects and express the 1st steps in the direction of a brand new course. procedure modelling and prototyping have been the major recommendations to advance greater figuring out and leading edge suggestions to the issues linked to architectural stress.

From medical tools to commercial machine is concentrated commonly at commercial practitioners, particularly process architects and engineers engaged on excessive tech platforms. it will possibly consequently be learn with no specific wisdom of electron microscope platforms or microscopic functions. The booklet varieties a bridge among educational and utilized technological know-how, and excessive tech commercial perform. by means of displaying the techniques and recommendations built for the electron microscope, it truly is was hoping that method designers will achieve a few insights in tips to take care of architectural tension in related demanding situations within the excessive tech industry.

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E. the FEI engineers. Thirdly, we develop an experimentation platform (Expla) by realizing a very low invasive instrumentation mechanism that provides flexible and easy access to the standard system, and does not require changes. This instrumentation platform allows us to characterise the microscope behaviour, as well as building more complex microscopy applications. Concept Car definition requires considerable insight into the overall problem space, which covers the microscope as a system, microscopy applications, as well as the contributing technical components and their correct application.

Performance is often ignored until there is a problem. This reactive approach has serious drawbacks as performance problems are frequently introduced early in the design. And, as design issues cannot always be fixed through tuning or more efficient coding, fixing architectural or design issues made later in the cycle is often difficult and therefore very expensive. However, as this is general practice in many projects, it is important to support it with adequate approaches. These help the system engineer to tackle the problem and understand the system’s behaviour through ‘reverse’ engineering.

New Technical Insights It is hard to summarise all the insights discovered, at application and system/ architectural level. Therefore we only mention the most important new insights. At application-level most new insights were gathered in creating the workflow, mainly because the practical approach of proposing and testing led quickly to results. At system-level many architectural aspects became tangible. First, creating such a prototype provides an overview of the system, which helps in the reasoning about the system, and anticipated systems.

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