How Calumet Electronics Joined the Fight Against COVID-19 With Altium 365

Judy Warner
|  Created: June 23, 2020  |  Updated: February 5, 2021
How Calumet Electronics Joined the Fight Against COVID-19 With Altium 365

The town of Calumet, with a population of barely seven-hundred, was once the booming epicenter of Michigan’s upper peninsula mining industry. When the industry began to fail, unemployment skyrocketed, and the townspeople sought local solutions for creating jobs that could sustain the town’s families. 

Rob Cooke, Director of Engineering Services at Calumet Electronics Corp, joins the OnTrack podcast to discuss the Open Source Ventilator project, his experiences implementing Altium-365, and the radical decision business owners in that small town of Calumet, Michigan made more than 50 years ago, which led to the rise of Calumet Electronics Corp.

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Show Highlights:

  • Intro to Rob Cooke: how he got involved with Dugan Karnazes and the Open Source Ventilator Project.
  • From copper ore to copper pours: Calumet, Michigan’s fascinating backstory.
  • So what’s the hold-up? The right tool for avoiding excessive holds and other barriers to expedient design.
  • Reality transcends the map: Altium-365 demos vs firsthand experience.
  • The impact and implications of sudden hyper-efficiency at the designer, fabricator, and assembler level.
  • The shock of realtime: “This is what can happen when things don’t go on hold!”
  • Rob offers some final thoughts on the purchasing and quoting paradigm.

Links and Resources:

Rob Cooke on LinkedIn
Calumet Website
Open Source Ventilator Video
AltiumLive 365 Demo
Altium 365 product page
Open Source Ventilator Project (OSV) Combats Ventilator Shortage
Previous Episode with Rob Cooke: How to Conquer Data Package Problems

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About Author

About Author

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry for over 25 years. She has a background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing, focusing on Mil/Aero applications. 

She has also been a writer, blogger, and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007 Magazine, PCB Design007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine, and an active board member for PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association). In 2017, Warner joined Altium as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition to hosting the OnTrack Podcast and creating the OnTrack Newsletter, she launched Altium's annual user conference, AltiumLive. Warner's passion is to provide resources, support, and advocate for PCB Design Engineers worldwide.

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