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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 ...

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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," ...

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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 ...

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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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Ember Industries' Spark Cannot Be Doused


Under water. Not good for pick-and-place machines, but that's what Rob Leonardis, President of Ember Industries, found in his San Marcos facility. On May 24, 2015, the SMT lines were drowning in 33 inches of flood water. Over Memorial Day weekend rains had swelled the Blanco and San ...

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Great Lakes Engineering: Committed to Community


For almost 30 years, the team from Great Lakes Engineering has proudly supported both its customers and community. Founded under the name Electro-Precision by John M. Carr, a talented chemical engineer, he grew the company by photochemically machining etched parts and surface-mount ...

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Nathan Trotter & Co.: A Rich Past and A Bright Future for Solder Bar


Founded on the banks of the Delaware River in 1789, Nathan Trotter & Co. first began as a metal-importing company. Nathan Trotter himself provided tin to colonial craftsmen who turned it into pewter. More than 225 years later, the company is now a large manufacturer of tin and tin alloys ...

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Nextek Partners with YESTECH for Tomorrow's Inspection Tech Today


High-reliability production means building assemblies as flawlessly as possible. Meeting the needs of this niche market is EMS company Nextek. Founded in 1995, the company offers advanced design, analytical and manufacturing services, prototype/NPI services, and box assembly to OEMs ...

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Skills Shift and Robotics


When we talk about the changes to the make-up of the labor market, or the skills mix and how that might shift as a result of greater automation, we all use very different language. In the West, there's a desire to be politically correct, to avoid discussions about lost jobs to robots ...

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Sonobond Ultrasonic Technology Assembles Batteries


Battery manufacturers are responding to the need for affordable, renewable energy storage. To accommodate the demand, some are turning to environmentally-friendly ultrasonic technology to assemble their products. Right now, wind and solar account for about 6 percent of the United States ...

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Toward the Foundry Model in Packaging for the Semiconductor Industry


When TSMC opened the first dedicated semiconductor foundry in 1987, the industry was changed. The design force of a whole new sector of fabless design houses was released into the marketplace. The back-end of the process, packaging, has historically not followed the same route. Although ...

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FSInspection Improves Saline Lectronics' Process with HDMag


Saline Lectronics is an electronic contract manufacturer based in Saline, Michigan, specializing in manufacturing innovative electronic assemblies with lean methodology and advanced technology. Over the last 13 years, the company has built a reputation for being customer-centric by ...

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Is 2016 the Year of IoT?


The first industrial revolution was built on machines lubricated by oil. The current revolution is built on computers lubricated by data, and just as those who controlled the sources and distribution of oil became rich and powerful in the last millennium, those controlling data are ...

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Meeting Product Needs with Conformal Coatings


Conformal coating can provide numerous benefits in electronics manufacturing. Above all in the manufacturing of products, where the product has to remain defect-free in spite of considerable environmental influences, conformal coatings can provide protection for complex electronic components ...

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National Circuit Assembly: Doing What it Takes


Central Texas has become a vibrant hub of technology. Industry giants Dell, Apple, and others have clustered there — and brought with them millions of dollars of investment. However, these large companies are not the only reason the area's technology sector continues to grow. Much ...

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Industry 4.0 in Action: productronica Surpasses Expectations


I just returned from productronica in Munich to get an email from my editor updating my copy deadline from urgent to desperate, so being booked on a flight to San Francisco for IDTechEx Wearable event on Monday I decided to explore whether productronica met my previously published ...

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Nordson Yestech Helps Keep GMI's Values Strong


Since 1980, General Microcircuits, Inc., (GMI) has been providing simple solutions for electronic circuit board manufacturing. The company continually launches new products and refines existing ones, supporting the entire process from concept through production, and serving the industrial ...

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Getech Automation Provides Total Customer Satisfaction


Headquartered in Singapore, Getech Automation Pte Ltd was established in 1992 to focus on developing and manufacturing machines and systems to meet key needs of the printed-circuit-board-assembly (PCBA) and semiconductor industries. Today, the company has evolved into a major producer ...

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How Safe Are Materials Used in Today's Workplace?


All chemicals are toxic in large quantities. It is important that we know the dose or concentration which will cause adverse effects to the worker. Even a "harmless chemical" like isopropyl alcohol affects the eyes, skin, and the respiratory system. Some VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are ...

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It's Time to Walk the Walk


Productronica is upon us again and it doesn't seem two years since the last time we were in Munich where all the talk was of this new Industry 4.0 idea and all it would do for electronics manufacturing. If the last productronica was the time to discuss and debate the topic, surely ...

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