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Finding the Right Manufacturer for Your Design
By Nancy Viter and Rocky Catt, Sunstone Circuits, Mulino, OR
Design engineers should be prepared to choose the most capable manufacturer-one that can deliver the right solution for each project. Each printed-circuit-board (PCB) design brings unique challenges and no one manufacturer will be the right fit for every design. PCB manufacturers should ...
Why Big Manufacturers Still Need the Little Guys
By Tony DiDomenico, Operations Manager, Reliable Electronics
It's totally unlike larger contract manufacturing companies, whose production lines are engineered to run for extended periods of time, and sadly without the capability to interrupt operations to fulfill a sudden, urgent order. Instead, Reliable Electronics takes pride in making the ...
Enterprise Labeling: An Imperative for the Electronics Industry
By Joe Longo, Electronics Industry Specialist, Loftware, www.loftware.com
Global supply chains fuel the modern electronics industry, unfortunately causing an increase in disparate labeling systems spread across the enterprise with an ever increasing volume of duplicated labels and redundant master data. More effective labeling would certainly help the industry ...
IoT + EMS = IoM (the Internet of Manufacturing)
By Philip Stoten (@philipstoten)
First an apology. I am always telling people not to use acronyms in their copy and there I go using three in the title and one that I made up myself. Let me explain these acronyms. IoT is Internet of Things, a world where everything is connected to everything else creating trillions ...
JAVAD EMS Continues Best Performance Strategy
By Megan Jurgens, JAVAD
JAVAD Electronic Manufacturing Services (JEMS, www.javad.com) was founded to focus on low-to-medium-volume, high-mix applications for customers needing prototype through volume production levels and wanting it from one source. Today, the company is a thriving, full-service contract ...
Micro Control Company: Satisfying Customers since 1994
By Scott Rogers, Sales Engineer, Micro Control Co., Minneapolis, MN
Customers in need of customized but cost-effective printed-circuit-board (PCB) solutions can find them at Micro Control Company (www.microcontrol.com), a versatile provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS) that can meet a wide range of customer requirements. The firm employs ...
Advanced Battery Technology Charges Energy Management System
By Robin Mitchell Hee, Jason Walsh, and Matthew Barsotti, Trust Automation, Inc., San Luis Obispo, CA
Battery power is essential for a wide range of portable and mobile electronic devices, and advances in battery technology can serve many different applications. To assist a variety of different applications, Trust Automation has introduced a new modular approach to battery power in the Agile Energy ...
Expanding North American EMS Through Acquisition
By Valérie Gonzalo, Communications Coordinator
Reshoring appears to be a continuing trend in electronic manufacturing, in many different parts of the industry, including contract manufacturing. As an example, the Varitron Group (www.varitron.ca), based in Quebec, Canada, recently added to its North American capabilities by acquiring ...
Prof. Dr. Buttner Showcases Siemens Digital Factory
By Philip Stoten (
Amberg, Germany — ASM's announcement of DEK's integration into its SMT Solutions business was made at the Siemens digital factory, not far from the SIPLACE facility in Munich. The facility is a glowing example of the value of collaboration between manufacturer and vendor and what ...
Robots Don't Drink Coffee
By Philip Stoten (
Right now it seems those who aren't talking about Industry 4.0 are talking about robots. The robot industry is expected to be worth around $80 Billion by 2020 and that's getting a lot of people excited.
Selective Soldering Systems Bring Speed and Reliability
By the Staff of eTech-WEB
Building, repairing, and upgrading printed circuit boards (PCBs), eTech-WEB, Inc. has made its customers the focus of its efforts since the company's founding in 2003. Based in Round Rock, TX and highly skilled in ball-grid-array (BGA) rework and reballing, this small firm of 20 employees ...
SMT Engineers Get What They Need at Technica's Tech Day
By Gregg Johnson
San Jose, CA — There is no substitute for a face-to-face, in-person seminar — a sentiment expressed by one attendee. And this was certainly the overall reaction among attendees at Technica USA's recently held technical seminar, "Void-free Soldering," which was attended by members ...
A Real Solution for Traceability, Process Control, and Quality Improvements
By Davina McDonell, Director of Marketing, Saline Lectronics, Inc., Saline, MI and Mitch DeCaire, Sales Manager, Cogiscan, Inc., Bromont, Quebec, Canada
As electronics technology continues to advance and grow more complex, the need for thorough traceability during manufacturing is essential. Not only is this traceability necessary for the end-user to ensure that their product is safe and reliable, but it is extremely helpful to the ...
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 ...
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