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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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Heraeus Opens SMT Customer Applications Lab

West Conshohocken, PA — Heraeus Electronics has opened a new SMT applications lab at its facility in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The multi-million dollar investment is a fully-functional SMT assembly line that customers can use to optimize their processes, collaborate on product development and troubleshoot ...
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How Smart is Smart Enough?


"Smart" may be one of the most overused words in the SMT industry right now. We seem to throw the word around whenever the opportunity presents itself. But what do we actually mean by it?
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NEO Tech Tackles Mid-Life Design Upgrade for Medical OEM


Medical electronics hardware requires periodic upgrades; it's the nature of the beast. In one such case, a major medical OEM that builds radiology equipment needed to incorporate an upgrade. The OEM offers an extensive line of imaging equipment and the associated supporting injector ...
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Yamaha Improves Capacity for Legacy EMS Provider TSI


Technical Services, Inc. (TSI), is the oldest EMS provider in the Northwestern U.S., according to Abdul Sharif, TSI's VP and COO. Founded in 1973, the company has progressed from hand assembly to high-speed manufacturing, using today's most challenging components. With multiple SMT manufacturing ...

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Here Come the Giants!


While progress has been made in the SMT smart factory sector over the past few years, we still don't have a complete picture. As yet, we have no definitive machine-to-machine (M2M) communication standard, and no single shining smart factory industry leader. Enter the giants! ...

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