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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 ...
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 ...
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