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Auto-Kabel Optimizes Stock Replenishment with WERMA's StockSAVER


The friction-welding machines at automotive supplier Auto-Kabel require a constant supply of adequate material without excessive safety stock. To ensure that material does not run out and result in machine downtime, the company implemented a system that offers transparency into stock ...

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EMS and OEM Collaboration Brings IoT Orthopedic Brace to Market


Deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technology in medical devices frequently requires design expertise from outside the four walls of an OEM. A medical OEM's engineering staff is often much more focused on medical science and patient treatment, making it difficult to muster the design ...

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From Humble Beginnings to Global Distributor: A Personal Note


Incorporated in 1985, Cal-Chip was the first company to specialize in surface-mounted passive components when global usage was about three percent of overall passive component consumption.

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Improving Inventory Accuracy with X-Ray Component Counting


In a dynamic SMT line with frequent changeovers, it is vital to maintain accurate inventory. To keep track of components, they must be counted each time they are returned to stock.

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Plasma Treatment is Adding to the Value of Plastic Labware


Each year, billions of multi-well plates, pipettes, bottles, flasks, vials, Eppendorf tubes, culture plates, and other polymer labware items are manufactured for use in research, drug discovery and diagnostic testing.
 
Although many are simple, inexpensive consumables, more of these items are now being surface treated using gas plasma or have functional coatings specifically designed to improve the quality of research and increase the sophistication of diagnostics.

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Ryder Industries Links OEMs to Product Innovation and Scale


Low-volume, high-mix are terms not usually used to describe Chinese electronics manufacturing. Ryder Industries, however, has carved out a niche as a link between electronic and mechanical design and NPI for batch sizes as small as a single unit.

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STI's Multifaceted Organization Meets Next-Gen Assembly Needs


For STI, a multifaceted technical organization that offers electronics assembly, training and other specialized services, flexibility allows it to put customers first and to focus on the highest possible product quality.

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The Return of Vapor Phase Reflow Soldering


Condensation soldering, also known as vapor phase reflow soldering, is making a comeback. Introduced in the 1980s when surface mount technology was in its infancy, the process uses hot vapor and a special heat transfer medium that condenses on the PCB.

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Understanding the Basics of Voice Coil Actuators


A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. The name "voice coil" comes from one its first applications: vibrating the paper cone of a loudspeaker. These devices are commonly used for a wide range of applications ...

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ASM Presents Smart Factory Solutions for Eight Central Workflows


At NEPCON China 2018, ASM is inviting visitors to "Check in to the Smart Factory," and will present its extensive portfolio of hardware, software and process support products. The focus will be on eight central workflows in electronics production: planning, virtual production, process ...

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Commercially Available, Hands-Free MIC Device Assembly


The reliability of gallium nitride (GaN) device technology has improved significantly, making it a viable technology for both military and commercial microwave integrated circuit (MIC) applications. IC manufacturers are migrating to GaN and other advanced semiconductor compounds to ...

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EAO Creates Tailored HMI Solution for KOR Engineering


KOR Engineering approached EAO Corporation with a simple components order for a new control panel designed for new labeling and packaging machinery. EAO quickly learned that the request was to fulfill an original need of individual controls for panels located in several operational ...

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EDM Partners with Nordson YESTECH for Cutting-Edge 3D AOI


Some inspection tasks, such as coplanarity inspection of chips, lead banks and BGAs, are not possible with 2D automated optical inspection (AOI). Electronic Design & Manufacturing (EDM), recently added a Nordson YESTECH FX-940 ULTRA 3D AOI system to its production facility in Lynchburg ...

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Long-Term Component Storage Prevents Obsolescence Issues


During product development, or even shortly after launch, single components often go obsolete. Decisions about how to proceed then have to be made, including the option to redesign the product, or make a last-time buy (LTB) to ensure the availability of the required parts until the ...

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New Approach to IGBT Control: Electrical Plugging — Optical Transmission


Industrial drive engineering, with its automated manufacturing processes, would not be possible without electric motors. IGBT (insulated-gate bipolar transistor) semiconductor elements control powerful electrical drives that are connected by polymer optical fibers for the necessary ...

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Sanmina Achieves 10-Day Lead Times for Industrial Systems OEM


A global industrial systems company was struggling to meet customer demand for its family of complex electromechanical controls. Supply chain challenges included long component lead times and management of several system variants. Sanmina redesigned the company's global supply chain ...

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Test Research: Yield Management System for the Smart Factory


Industry 4.0, the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things (IoT) and

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Triangulating BGA Faults with Boundary Scan


Visual inspection and electrical testing can be highly successful at identifying board-level defects after assembly, but sometimes detection alone is not enough. Today's fine-pitch ball grid array (BGA) devices, in particular, present real problems. There is often no physical or visible ...

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ASM Implements the Smart Factory at IPC APEX 2018


A smart factory cannot be ordered and installed out of the box. SMT equipment supplier ASM has restructured its broad portfolio to offer guidance, based on the experience gathered from many smart factory projects with electronics manufacturers. The company is showcasing its solutions ...
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Best Practices in Crimp Applicator Maintenance


One of the most significant factors in crimp quality is the condition of the applicator. With quality standards getting tighter and the implementation of crimp force monitors continuing to rise, applicator maintenance is key to any crimp process. However, many companies neglect this ...

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