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28 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2018 we were able to bring those lessons with us to start this group. When I first got here, I worked alone. We brought in one software engineer, and then another, so we did the tooling and scripted things to make operations more efficient. We were very remote. We have brought in experi- enced help to be a part of this project, so there are some very talented folks here; we know what to do to make it happen. Shaughnessy: As far as the data goes, will you accept Gerber and ODB++? Taylor: Yes, we're capable of both. My prefer- ence would be Gerber. If we were using InCAM or Genesis, my pref- erence would be ODB. Now that we've migrated to another CAM software, the preference is defi- nitely Gerber, but we're able to accept either. The problem with taking ODB data from other cus- tomers is that it works very well if you have your set-up in-house between your designers and CAM. But when you're receiving ODB from the outside, the attri- butes are different. You don't re- strip all the attributes from the incoming data, and then it collides with the scripting and auto- mation that you have in yours. Typically, what I've seen is that we receive ODB data and have to strip it down because we didn't use any of the attributes that the design engineers did. It defeats the whole purpose of having the self- contained job. Shaughnessy: Have you had any new designs come in yet, non-Whelen stuff? I know you're not officially commercial yet. Taylor: We do have data that we've been per- forming DFMs on. We're quoting a few test vehicles that we've been building. Schilloff: We're preparing to release our first HDI films, and working out a lot of the kinks, so that's getting ready to happen shortly. Taylor: Any time new equipment comes in, or there's something new going on at the plant, we make trips out there. We rotate, go as a group, or a few of us go to check out the equip- ment and try to find out what they will need from CAM and engineering. Shaughnessy: I talked to a lot of CAM people, and they say that one of their biggest jobs is educating new customers on data packages. Taylor: Yes, you must work with your cus- tomers to try to streamline your profits. It's always been that way working with custom- ers, trying to get data packages so you can drop them in and not have anything be held up. That will continue for sure. Shaughnessy: And I heard you all are going to start doing RF? Taylor: Yes, we are. Schilloff: A military customer has approached us. Part of that deal is to see how well we do with their constraints, and also for them to get official data and different materials sets, so we're looking at doing that soon. Shaughnessy: During our tour, we noticed that you have a group of people under 30, and you also have 30-year veterans. It seems like you have a good mix of age groups working at GreenSource. Taylor: That's the goal here with what we're doing off-site: to hire younger people to pass on knowledge. We started with two, and that's working great. They pick things up quickly and are doing a great job, and we will eventually add more. Shaughnessy: I understand GreenSource is planning to cross-train the engineers. I know there's a father-son team and some couples are working there, and the cross-training means Andy Schilloff

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