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Automation and the EMS Landscape


Recent figures from the International Federation of Robotics show that the number of multipurpose robots deployed in China in 2014 was well below the world average, and a fraction of the numbers deployed in manufacturing in South Korea, Japan or Germany, who occupied the top three ...

Improving Adhesion of Coatings to PCBs Using Plasma Treatment


Exposure to water, dust, oil, chemicals, movement, and extreme temperature changes can damage circuitry. This problem is exacerbated for the multi-component printed circuit boards (PCBs) found in outdoor devices that must withstand a wide range of weather conditions for decades with ...


Product-Specific Drying and Curing Systems


Horizontal dryers, vertical dryers, infrared dryers, ultraviolet dryers, and nitrogen dryers are just a few of the types of thermal systems used in the electronics industry. Such diversity makes it difficult to create a categorical system which represents the many variants. The generic ...

Redefining Benchtop ATE with Mixed-Signal IO Systems


Many digital electronics designs now contain some form of JTAG/boundary-scan to aid structural board testing or in-system device programming. However, accessing the JTAG feature in a reliable and repeatable manner has always been somewhat neglected by boundary-scan technology and programmable ...

Scalable Automation a Path to Turnkey Success


The world of custom automation used in electronics and other industries is a game of which direction to proceed — user-operated benchtop stations, or full turnkey systems. By creating a scalable automation strategy from the beginning, equipment reuse, risk reduction, and incremental ...

The Internet of Things Remakes EMS Needs


The Internet of Things (IoT) is allowing vehicles, devices and even buildings to be embedded with electronics, sensors and network connections that allow inanimate objects to exchange data. The physical world is fast becoming an information system, linked by both hardwired and wireless ...

Are We Ready for Reshoring?


The long standing business model of manufacturing, "cheaper labor solves all bottom-line profit challenges," is now being challenged. Today, electronic product manufacturing planted directly in the local region of focus seems to be a more healthy business model. In a report by The Reshoring ...

Case Study: Schleuniger's Equipment Stands the Test of Time


Manufacturing Resource Group (MRG), founded in 1988 is an ISO9001- and ISO13485-certified custom cable assembly and box build company that serves a wide range of industries. With locations in Norwood, Massachusetts, and Tecate, Mexico, MRG has a wire department in each area that is ...

IoM Hits the Right Note in Silicon Valley


On May 12, in downtown San Jose, California — the heart of Silicon Valley — the inaugural IoM (Internet of Manufacturing) conference set out to explore the development of the Internet of Things in the electronics manufacturing industry.

LEDs Illuminate iTECH e-Services' Path to Success


A contract manufacturer headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, iTECH e-Services provides support to the electronic manufacturing industry by assisting clients through product development, prototyping, complete turnkey manufacturing, aftermarket care and worldwide deployment. Specifically ...

Lessons Learned on the Road to Becoming an Industry Veteran: An Interview with Rick Polansky of VirTex Enterprises, LP


Rick Polansky has a tough job. As VirTex's recently-appointed senior vice president of business development and marketing, he has been given the task of growing the company's business, hitting the ground running in his new job. In this interview, he discusses changes in the electronics ...

VirTex: Responsive, Agile, Flexible Manufacturing


Brad Heath first opened the doors of VirTex in 1999 to provide the equipment, processes and certifications of a large contract manufacturer along with the responsiveness, agility and flexibility of a local supplier. With headquarters in Austin, Texas, and manufacturing facilities in ...

Yamaha: Technology and Support for Spinnaker Contact Manufacturing


Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing Inc., a growing EMS provider in Tilton, New Hampshire, has faced many challenges over the years and has had to address them head-on with flexibility and creative solutions. The company has recently seen an upturn in demand for quick-turns for both production ...

Continuous Temperature Monitoring During Reflow Soldering


The expansion of monitoring and traceability to the soldering process is long overdue. Not only required by OEMs in the automotive industry, but also manufacturers from the fields of medical technology, aviation and aerospace place high demands on their suppliers to document and trace ...

Energy Focus Builds LED Boards for U.S. Government


As a result of the U.S. Federal Government's "Buy American Act", there is a significant demand for energy-efficient LED board assemblies and lighting products created in the United States. LEDs are used by the government for research and development projects for the Department of Energy ...

Instant Reflow Oven Changeover in a World of Short Production Runs


Spreading beyond its traditional North American and European markets, the industry trend characterized by short production runs and frequent line changeover shows no signs of slowing. Improved technologies for line balancing, production planning, smart feeders, MES, and others are being ...

Spinnaker: Where Partnerships Are as Important as Technology


In the high-mix world of domestic contract manufacturing, having the right tools for a variety of different products is vital. To one New England-based EMS company, Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing, having the right partner to provide the tools is just as important. One such partner ...

Sunstone Kicks Into Gear for Vance & Hines


The Fuelpak FP3 is a capable and cost-effective fuel management solution, which is currently available for Delphi-equipped Harley-Davidson motorcycles. "This modification can impact fuel economy and performance as it alters the air/fuel ratio, causing the bike to run much leaner," ...

The Day the Internet Broke


I often go to a coffee shop to write. I feel I need a change of scenery and a chance to spend an hour or two without the constant interruption of Skype, LinkedIn, we-chat, iMessage, and email. A flight works just as well, but when I'm at home, my local coffee shop provides that temporary ...

Design for Test in the U.S. Market


The market for US-made electronics is made up of products with platinum-quality reliability. The mix is mainly higher-technology and lower-production quantity assemblies. In many cases, in-circuit bed of nails testing is not an option due to its development time and cost — not to ...

 
 
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