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Bringing PCB Prototyping to the Workbench

The vast majority of electronics, from medical devices to smartphones, are designed and purchased in the United States, yet are nearly always manufactured offshore in Asia. Prototyping the first iterations of these electronic devices is often done in the same factory where millions ...

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How to Choose the Best EMS Provider

When choosing an EMS provider, its capabilities must be carefully taken into account. Capability includes equipment, supply chain options and control, staff, facility/process quality certifications, ITAR and security clearances (if applicable), and the facility's location.
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Intelligent Power Converters Provide Flexibility for Marine Electronics

To operate marine electronics and communication devices, power converters such as inverters, battery chargers and power supplies are often installed to convert available DC or AC to the appropriate power outputs required.
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OEMs Consider Cross-Border Move in Face of Uncertainty

For OEMs that rely on the Maquiladora industry in Mexico, such as the automotive, electronics and medical device industries, the threat of increased tariffs on imports as high as 35 percent has caused considerable uncertainty. Factor in that such a move could spark a trade war and OEMs ...
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Setting the Standard for Tray-Rated Fiber Optic Cable

For copper wiring installations, engineers often choose tray-rated cables to deliver signals and power to industrial control systems, heavy machinery, and other ancillary business equipment. As outlined in the National Fire Protection Association's NFPA 70, these cables must be third ...
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U.S. Politics Aside, Mexico is in Great Shape

I spent much of the month after February's APEX Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico, meeting with EMS companies, vendors, the local government, innovators, and those in academia, in support of this June's upcoming inaugural InnovationsFORUM in the city. While it is hard to avoid the inevitable ...
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Artificial Intelligence and EMS

Artificial intelligence was front and center this year at CES 2017, but what does it mean for manufacturing? Each keynote at the consumer electronics show mentioned artificial intelligence (AI) in some capacity. More than one mentioned AI in combination with manufacturing. ...

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Ensuring Quality in High-Reliability Electronics

Keeping up with the demands of high-reliability electronic systems requires continual investment in state-of-the-art technology and production equipment. Along with a focus on equipment, manufacturers must comply with stringent regulations. EMS provider Precision Assembly Technologies ...

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Improving PCB Assembly for New Product Introductions

Streamline Electronics Manufacturing's (SEM) the engineering teams work under high pressure and at a breakneck pace — the kind of environment that a company has to endure when processing multiple new product introductions (NPIs) every day.
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Metcal Steadies Inovar's Hand Soldering

During solder joint construction, it is important that the soldering iron have a constant tip temperature. Often the temperature of the solder tip is increased to improve throughput and reduce recovery time. This can increase the chance of accidental damage from overheating. To combat ...

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Proving Process Quality through Track, Trace and Control

We often think of traceability as a process for medical or military OEMs supported by large EMS companies. It was not long ago that this was actually the case. This was driven by large investment to internally develop the MES software tools to manage the traceability. Today, there are ...

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2017: What's Next in Tech?

Lately, my Januaries have started with a trip to Las Vegas, not to ring in the new year, but to visit the world's largest consumer electronics trade show, CES. I always enjoy this optimistic start to the year and the enthusiasm that both large and small companies bring to the world ...

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21st Century Inspection: Lectronics Gains X-ray Vision

Analyzing solder joints for leadless components has always been tricky business. Traditionally, the electronics manufacturing industry has relied on manual visual inspection or 2D X-ray systems to determine whether or not a connection is acceptable.

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Better Together: Yamaha, Trans-Tec and ADCO Circuits

There are few things as valuable to a growing business as an excellent partnership. The success story behind ADCO Circuits, Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, and Trans-Tec Worldwide, Yamaha's global service and support partner, is one example of an EMS provider, an OEM and a service and ...

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Successfully Navigating the Nearshore Movement

When OEMs design a supply chain, the factor that speaks the loudest is total landed cost (TLC). Wrapped up in this figure are variables that include labor, material, transport, and regulatory costs. Overall, the supply chain must balance a slew of considerations — product lifecycle ...

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From Machine Monitoring to Smart Manufacturing

The Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing are enabled by obtaining large amounts of machine data — a revolutionary process which is expected to change the face of the electronics industry in the coming years. Recent technology has made gathering data very ...

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Organic Silicone Coatings for Next-Gen Medical Devices

Silicon dioxide, or silica, is one of the most abundant minerals on earth. Most commonly found in nature as quartz, it is the major constituent of sand and a primary component in silicone and glass. Now, this basic compound is being used in plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition ...

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Wacker Silicone R&D to the Forefront

Munich, Germany — With 2015 sales of $5.8 billion and R&D expenditures of around $191 million, Wacker Chemie AG styles itself as one of the most research-intensive companies in the chemical industry. According to the company's reports, it generated about 37 percent of its sales from ...

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Asteelflash Drives Technology for Automated Vehicles

No longer an Orwellian tale of science fiction, automated driving is quickly becoming a reality. Regulators, manufacturers, safety specialists, and others in the industry are recognizing the more prominent role that technology will play in the global automotive supplier market. Multi ...

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Hi Tech — the Good the Bad and the Ugly

On the day the iPhone 7 was launched I found myself flying from Los Angeles to San Jose for meetings and an innovation event at Plug and Play, Silicon Valley's largest startup incubator. I found myself wondering how many of these new technologies actually improve the world we live ...

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