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16 Industrial Electronics

This category includes manufacturing, testing and troubleshooting electronic equipment. Competitors are able to build equipment and systems for electronics and other special applications. They can use the required hand tools, solders and measuring devices and computers. Since the manufacturing processes of modern mass-produced electronics are highly automated, competitors are mainly required to build prototypes, and maintain and repair systems.

Computers and embedded systems (computers for which a fixed programming environment is embedded in the processor) play a central role in the competition since electronic devices are mainly built with the aid of programmed systems.

In Helsinki, Industrial Electronics will include five tasks which can last from two to six hours. A total of 100 points is allocated to the tasks. The five categories are as follows:

1. Electronics assembly, 6 hrs, 20 points

This includes an assembly task for which quality and speed of work are assessed along with the competitor's understanding of detailed instructions. The product is always an individual piece of work, not a mass production device.

2. Prototype building, 6 hrs, 30 points

The second task includes prototype building and requires planning skills. Competitors are given a building task relating to a specified processor environment (PIC) in which they will be required to use programming (C-language) and electronics hardware skills.

3. Troubleshooting and using measuring devices, 6 hrs, 30 points

Testing and troubleshooting skills are assessed in two integrated tasks. However, these only include component problems, not software problems.

4. Theory, 2 hrs, 10 points

The fourth category includes 10 demanding theoretical questions in analogical and digital technology.

5. Drawing, 2 hrs, 10 points

Each competitor will be issued with a circuit card and a description of its component locations. Competitors will then use a drawing programme to prepare a circuit graph based on the given information.

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