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Considerations in Building PCBA Functional Test Systems, Part 2


Last month, in Part 1, we reviewed some of the difficulties in developing test systems and methods for testing printed-circuit-board assemblies (PCBAs) because of limited access points (see U.S. Tech, May 2015, p. 49). But open test standards such as PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation ...

Could "Industry 4.0" be "Made in China 4.0"?


There's no doubt that Industry 4.0 has been top of the agenda for the electronics manufacturing industry in Germany for a couple of years now. Elsewhere less so, but now the debate around this topic seems to be gaining momentum in China and with the launch of their own "Made in ...

Dynalab: Winning Big in Today's Assembly Industry


Headquartered in the Columbus, Ohio area, Dynalab Inc. is a design and manufacturing organization serving the electronics industry. Since 1981, it has built many long-term partnerships with Fortune 500 companies by providing outstanding engineering and manufacturing support. As a full ...

Europlacer Helps 125-Year-Old Company


Since 1889, Star Headlight & Lantern Co., Inc. (www.star1889.com) has been the leader in emergency vehicle safety lighting products. These products have included Star Amber warning lighting systems, Star Signal Vehicle Products, red and blue police vehicle lighting, light bars, backup ...

Fundamentals of SPI Closed-Loop Solutions


In the production of printed-circuit boards (PCBs) and PCB assemblies (PCBAs), solder paste inspection (SPI) is one of the more critical quality control (QC) measures used to enhance production-line efficiency and effectiveness. SPI helps minimize production losses by identifying solder ...

Javad EMS Benefits from Advanced 3D Inspection System


Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, in San Jose, Javad EMS serves a wide range of customers with needs for high-complexity products and low-to-medium-volume production requirements. In January 2011, the firm purchased its first three-dimensional (3D) in-line advanced ...

Saline Lectronics Case Study - Stage I: Lean Plan

Setting up for lean production on Pilot Line 2.
 

Saline Lectronics (www.lectronics.net) is undergoing a company-wide lean transformation, as detailed in the previous issue of US-Tech. The objective of the program is to develop a lean, learning environment that focuses all employees on continuously improving customer satisfaction,

Building PCBA Functional Test Systems, Part 1 of 2 Parts


Printed-circuit-board (PCB) test has evolved a great deal since PCB assemblies (PCBAs) were fabricated by means of through-hole integrated-circuit (IC) technologies, and when trace-and-pin spacings were 100 mils and the largest components were typically in housings with 14 pins. ...

Cirexx: Strong Sailing for 35 Years


Silicon Valley in northern California has been a virtual stormy sea of technology companies for decades, with companies emerging and disappearing regularly. But one company has grown and prospered steadily since 1980: Cirexx International of Santa Clara, CA. Known for its interconnection ...

The Benefits of Soldering With Vacuum Profiles, Part 2


The benefits of soldering electronic components in a vacuum were presented in the previous installment of this article which appeared in the March 2015 issue of U.S. Tech.. Soldering in a vacuum can minimize aperture variations and the number of voids in bottom-terminated components ...

Why Embrace IoM and Big Data?


You're probably bored with all the big-data and Internet of Things talk. You might even be bored with me harping about IoM or Internet of Manufacturing. So if you're one of the people whose eyes glaze over every time these terms come up, then this column is for you. In short, ...

Advanced Technologies Help Attain "Pinnacle" of Medical Training Excellence


In business for almost 20 years, and with headquarters in Michigan for nine years, Pinnacle Technology Group, Inc. has been serving customers in the medical training market as well as a variety of other industrial and commercial markets with the goal of providing the highest-quality ...

ASM Adds Insights at APEX


San Diego, CA — ASM showed real insight and the value of a deep understanding of the electronics supply chain during four podium discussions at APEX 2015 in the last week of February in San Diego.

Blurred and Disrupted


There was a time, not so long ago, where we knew what each industry did. The automotive industry made cars, the apparel industry made clothes and the electronics industry made electronics. Now everything is a little less clear.

Gables Engineering Flies High With Help from Kurtz Ersa North America


Founded in 1946, Gables Engineering, Inc. remains an industry leader in custom avionics controls and related products. The company's engineers maintain a sharp focus on all aspects of control panel technology, in its current state and as it continues to evolve. Gables Engineering operates ...

Garcia Group Safely Drives Growth of Roofing Business


Distracted driving is an increasingly deadly problem on our nation's roads and highways. The National Safety Council estimates that at least 24 percent of all traffic crashes, or 1.3 million accidents per year, involve drivers using cellular telephones and/or performing texting. These ...

Keeping Ahead With Forward-Looking Manufacturing Decisions


JAVAD Electronic Manufacturing Services (JEMS) was founded four years ago, during an economic downturn, with the belief that investments in manufacturing equipment were necessary to keep pace with customers' requirements. Even though used equipment was available at low prices, the company ...

Measuring Three Levels of Process Control in Thermal Profiling


Maintaining process control within tightly defined limits is an important part of achieving high product quality in today's electronic manufacturing facilities. The pressures to deliver products in shorter development cycles and with increased capacities pose significant challenges ...

Man Versus Machine


The question is still unanswered: In the man-vs-machine competition, who will be the ultimate winner? Machines and automation continue to advance, and to take over more functions once performed by men and women. A prime example is today's automobile, which includes many mechanical and ...

One-Stop Turnkey PCB Fabrication and Assembly: Rush PCB's Unique Approach



In today's world of electronics contract manufacturing, the speed of fabricating PCBs and electronic assemblies is an important factor, along with price, in maintaining a competitive edge. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) look to PCB fabrication and assembly shops for fast turnaround ...

 
 
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