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An Exciting Time to Be Chinese
By Philip Stoten
In mid-July, the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) announced that, for the first time, they would stage a second CES (Consumer Electronics Show), this one happening in Shanghai. The themes of CES Asia will be innovation and connectivity. This speaks volumes about the importance ...
Cleanliness of Electronic PCB Assemblies Aids Reliability of Medical Devices
By Mo Ohady and David Estes, Digicom Electronics, Oakland, CA
Component manufacturers are continually developing new and smaller packages for components that are mere fractions of a millimeter and have board-to-component clearances of less than 1 mil. Pick-and-place machines offer new accessories that allow placement of these almost invisible ...
Increasing Quality of Life One Solution at a Time
Jay Wimer, President, Valtronic USA, Solon, OH
Engineering, industrialization, and manufacturing of high-quality medical devices and related high reliability microelectronics are goals for Valtronic, a company headedquarterd in Valley de Joux, Switzerland and with facilities in the United States and Morocco. Customers include leading ...
PCB Handling Solutions Start With "Quality In Design"
By Michael Goldberg, PROMATION, Inc., Kenosha, WI
PROMATION, Inc. has developed a fair share of printed-circuit-board (PCB) automated handling solutions for electronics manufacturers, with an assortment of features and capabilities depending upon customers’ needs. These PCB handling systems include the “Signature Series” systems, complete ...
Seeking EMS Quality and Customer Satisfaction
By Jake Kulp, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, MC Assembly, Palm Bay, FL
With operations in Winchester, Massachusetts, Palm Bay, Florida, and Zacatecas, Mexico, MC Assembly (www.mcati.com) is a major contract manufacturer based in Palm Bay with annual revenues of about $200 million. The firm provides manufacturing services for medium-volume printed-circuit ...
The World Cup of Electronics Manufacturing
By Philip Stoten (@philipstoten)
First, apologies for the self-absorbed parallels between football and the electronics supply chain; I should confess that I love football, or soccer as some of our international colleagues call it.
Fabricating The Perfect Board
By Chris Berg, Process/NPI Engineer, BTW Inc., Coon Rapids, MN
Finishing the layout of a printed circuit board (PCB) might have led to cases of bad nerves, sweating, and sleeplessness 20 years ago. But even with looming customer deadlines for contracted PCBs, today's tools such as PCB design software can make this task considerably more straightforward ...
Advances in Thick-Gauge Thermoplastic Parts for Medical Equipment Design
By Evan Cohen
Although technology is the star in medical devices from MRI and blood analysis machines to CT and PET scan equipment, it could not function without the custom covers, panels, housings, enclosures and other parts that provide sensitive electronic components with needed structure, protection ...
China: Still Bullish
By Philip Stoten (
China has developed using imported IP, imported equipment and expertise and its own low cost labor, working its way steadily up the value chain and up the technology chain to where it is now — a world leader in industrial manufacturing in most sectors, with leading edge expertise ...
Fine-Tuning the Pursuit of Quality
By Tom Adams
In today's marketplace, if you have a unique product, and you have no competitors and people want your product, then you can sell it at any price you want, but that is rarely the case. These wise words, from Sales Manager Dixon Printz at Electronic Integration, Inc. explain why the ...
SPI Solutions for SMT Production
By Chris Davies, Vi Technology Europe
Defects generated in a surface-mount-device (SMD) printed-circuit-board (PCB) production line can often be attributed to the print process. If such defects can detected immediately after printing, defective PCBs can be removed, cleaned and reprinted, or repaired at this stage. Such ...
Apply Conformal Coatings for PCB Protection
By David Allen, EMBA, BSEET, Libra Industries, Mentor, OH
Conformal coatings is a term that refers to the fact that these coatings conform to the shape of the circuit assembly to which they are applied. Conformal coatings, except parylene, are semi permeable membranes; they do not make a coated circuit assembly waterproof. However, they provide ...
Customer Service and Quality: A Strategy for Success
By Staff of Electronic Manufacturing Solutions (EMS), Inc., Lincoln, AR
Founded approximately eight years ago, Electronic Manufacturing Solutions (EMS), Inc. provides expertise in printed-circuit-board (PCB) assembly, electro-mechanical assembly, electrical panel assembly, and cable assembly and wiring harness construction, and provides a turnkey solution ...
New Concept Technology Achieves Rapid Success From Humble Start
By Don Chaisson, Global Marketing Director, New Concept Technology, Emigsville, PA
In 1985, New Concept Technology was only a dream in the mind of fresh-faced young man. He had a wife and three children, and had just received his certification as a Tool & Die Maker. In this country, however, dreams conceived in a back room, or garage, or basement can drive entrepreneurs with vision ...
Tresky's Manual and Automatic Systems Support Microelectronics Assembly
By Thorleif Brandsberg and Daniel Schultze, Tresky AG, Thalwil, Switzerland
Tresky AG provides a wide range of products for designing and manufacturing microelectronic circuits, including working with wafers and printed-circuit boards (PCBs). These products range from manual equipment to fully automatic die bonders. Based in Switzerland, and with offices in ...
Ultrasonic Machinery Speeds Wire Welding and Splicing
Westchester, PA — Ultrasonic metal welding occurs when high-frequency vibrations are directed at components under a moderately high clamping force. This creates a rapid buildup of heat that produces a weld in just seconds and without significant melting of the base materials. The result is a solid ...
Wearables - when are wearables really wearable?
By Philip Stoten (
For a year or two there has been plenty of buzz about wearable electronics and at this year's CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Intel had announcements in the keynote in the arena and the exhibit floor had a whole area dedicated to wearable.
A First Look at Black Chrome Solder Tips
By Gary Goldberg, President and CEO, PROMATION, Inc. Kenosha, WI
PROMATION, Inc. provides PCB handling solutions and robotic soldering systems to the electronics manufacturing sector. Mr. Goldberg would like to thank Francisco Fourcade, (FOURCAD Inc.) who is a Master IPC Certified Instructor and Michael Goldberg (PROMATION) for their participation ...
Guidelines for Ensuring PCB Manufacturability
By Nolan Johnson, CAD/EDA Manager, Sunstone Circuits, Inc., Mulino, OR
Rules for designing printed-circuit boards (PCBs) have changed little over the years, although modern circuit boards are being asked to deliver more performance and more functionality in smaller and smaller pieces of real estate. The need for smaller, more-complex circuit boards for smartphones, computer ...
Important Considerations When Seeking A New CM
By Tom Krol, President, IMET Corporation, Southampton, PA
Selecting an electronics contract manufacturer (CM) traditionally has involved a search overseas for the right company, often in China or elsewhere in the Far East, and an opportunity to enjoy savings in manufacturing costs once the CM had proven capable of providing the necessary quality ...
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