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Individualized Customer Service Key to EMS Success


To run an effective manufacturing enterprise, it takes much more than a building containing tools and equipment. Like a successful sports franchise, building a talented team with the right level of commitment can often take years.
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Collaboration a Key Focus at productronica 2017


At productronica 2017 thousands of exhibitors, and tens of thousands of attendees passed through the halls of the Messe München. I spoke with more than 100 industry executives on camera, and many consultants, commentators and journalists off-camera to explore the most exciting ...

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Creating Smart Software Solutions for Electronics Manufacturing


Today's electronics manufacturers need technologies and processes for managing and improving all aspects of the assembly environment. This is to overcome complexities, respond to changing market demand and increase profits. Achieving these goals requires comprehensive, integrated, advanced ...

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Critical Factors in Selecting an EMS Company for Aerospace Products


Central to most supply chains is the EMS provider, relied upon for its expertise, precision and quality manufacturing processes. For aerospace applications, where requirements are stringent and device failure is not an option, choosing an EMS partner is critical. Knowledge of an EMS ...

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PPI-Time Zero Supports Precision Weapons and Space Technology


PPI-Time Zero (PPI) supports a growing market share of tactical-grade weapon components. The company is the sole-source manufacturer of the APKWS-ECAS electromechanical system for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS), which is a laser-guided rocket compatible with existing ...
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A Hot Spot Solution: Dispensing Thermally Conductive Pastes


Thermally conductive materials are essential for minimizing heat buildup within electronic components and for effective heat dissipation. They are usually highly-abrasive potting materials with a concentration of special fillers. These fillers are designed to provide reliable heat transfer ...

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Continuous Improvement Meets Today's Manufacturing Demands


In the world of manufacturing, continuous improvement is the key to success, a mantra that is the very foundation of A&D Precision. Founded in 1978, the company has survived the highs and lows of the industry by constantly evolving. This has allowed the company to stay on top of the ...

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Countering Counterfeiting: Keeping the Electronics Supply Chain Clean


The threat of counterfeit components making their way through the global supply chain continues to plague the electronics industry, at an estimated cost of $10 billion annually. However, in recent years the industry has struck back, developing a number of robust defense mechanisms to ...

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Creating ESD-Safe Test Fixtures


Walking onto the production floor of big contract manufacturers often feels like entering an operating room. ESD (electrostatic discharge) coats, wristbands, shoe covers, and even disposable ESD hairnets, all protect devices under test and their surroundings from ESD.

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Designing Sophisticated Microfabrication Labs


More complex, sophisticated cleanrooms have become a virtual necessity for a wide range of cutting-edge physical science, material science, and biomedical disciplines in order to deal with the increasingly difficult demands of research.

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Fuji's AIMEX III Makes High-Tech Requirements Easy for CRI


To meet more challenging manufacturing requirements for military, government and space agency projects, C.R. International (CRI) recently purchased a Fuji Aimex III platform. The company needed to upgrade its capabilities for prototyping and small parts placement, while achieving higher ...

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Made-in-USA EMS Gets Boost from Made-in-USA YESTECH 3D AOI


There is no one-size-fits-all production solution for rugged, high-reliability computers. Customization is key for the high-performance, long-life PCBs used in military and aerospace devices. With headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia, Trenton Systems designs and manufactures board-level ...

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Six Things to Know about the Future of Robots


We are already surrounded by various levels of automation every day. It is clear that advanced robots and robotic systems will be an integral part of daily life in the future. They will be at home, at work, serve us coffee, deliver our packages, and drive our cars. Some already support ...

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Ultrasonic Bonding Creates Seamless Outdoor Coverings


Ultrasonic bonding, outdoor furniture, and automobiles aren't necessarily always lumped together. But, for manufacturers of protective coverings for outdoor use, employing Sonobond Ultrasonics' equipment for ultrasonic leak-free seaming has contributed to the enduring quality, effectiveness ...

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Virtual Industries: Handling the Good Things that Come in Small Packages


Tiny, hard-to-handle components are everywhere, creating a handling problem that is solved by Virtual Industries' patented, ESD-safe component handling products. The vacuum-tip handlers are used by Class I cleanroom personnel, electronic assemblers, semiconductor manufacturers, and ...

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Cobot Colleagues from Universal Robots Aid Scott Fetzer Electrical Group


A mobile fleet of Universal Robots' (UR) collaborative robots, or "cobots," now receive daily work orders to solve ever-changing tasks for high-mix, low-volume electronics manufacturer Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG). These cobots have optimized production at the company by 20 ...

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Creating a Culture of Service and Engagement at Cirtronics


Since opening its doors in 1979, employee-owned contract manufacturer Cirtronics has always applied principles of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement to set itself apart from its competitors. In addition, President and CEO Gerardine Ferlins wanted to create a work environment ...

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Developing an Ultra-Low-Voiding Solder Alloy


Void formation under components with large soldering planes and low stand-off heights, such as QFN components, is a well-known problem. The use of such components is on the rise, making it increasingly difficult for designers, SMT line operators and quality control staff to meet IPC ...
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Essemtec's Technology Advances NASA Space Missions


Since 1960, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has provided NASA with mission-critical design, development and integration of space systems. The center develops technology for space operations, exploration and other scientific missions.

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Extraction Tool for RF Probes with Snap-In Cable Connectors


Many of INGUN's RF probes are designed to move in the z-axis during compression. This creates proper contacting pressure for the outer and center conductors of the probe. Some of these probe types have snap-in connectors for the cable connection. Most commonly used are SMPM and MCX ...
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