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Making Best Practices "All for One and One for All"


Your best and most experienced people on the manufacturing floor make an art of their work, but are sometimes reluctant to change. Your least experienced and/or most timid people avoid asking anything twice, so they wade through documention and search for answers.

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Am I at Risk to Use This PCB?


There is only one way to answer this question, and that is with an examination by a qualified laboratory. However, production pressures, laboratory lead times and cost usually require some "less than definitive" answer. Even with access to a laboratory and control of the lead time, I sometimes find ...

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Five Things to Know About Automatic Crimping Machines


Wire crimping is an important part of production lines that depends on the performance and reliability of a wire crimping machine. Such machines are available in a variety of configurations, as both manual and automatic systems. For larger production requirements, however, automatic wire crimping ...

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Solutions for High-Mix Electronics Production


Hardware, software and process expertise for high-mix electronics production are special focus areas of ASM Assembly Systems. An SMT line solution that has been optimized especially for high-mix applications will use a DEK Horizon 03iX printer and two SIPLACE SX2 placement machines ...
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Saline Lectronics' Lean Program


Earlier this year (February), early-stage plans were released to implement a new lean manufacturing program factory-wide at Saline Lectronics (www.lectronics.net). Upon attending the IPC APEX EXPO (www.ipc.org) in San Diego, CA, feedback from industry colleagues indicated surprise at an electronics ...

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A New Paradigm in Crimping Press Design


It goes without saying that manufacturing companies want the highest possible quality at the lowest possible cost. These days, everyone is trying to do more with less in order to stay relevant in a highly competitive environment.

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How High Is My Component? Tolerancing in Electronics


Tolerance in manufacturing refers to the amount of variation from product to product. It is often the observable difference between idealized computer models and tangible hardware. In surface-mount technology (SMT), such variations impact all aspects of the fabrication process, from component placement ...

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What Every Contract Manufacturer Needs to Know About Product Development


In the landmark HBR article, "The Four Things a Service Business Must Get Right," by Frances X. Frei, the author differentiates a product business from a service business. The author states that in a service business, unlike products businesses, the customer is a key part of the product realization ...

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Containers Cut Weight But Not Durability


Containers for storage or transport are often overlooked in the electronics industry, even though they can be critical to the function of any manufacturing facility or warehouse. Properly designed containers can provide protection and durability while at the same time trimming weight for increased ...

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Handling Miniature Parts Safely With Vacuum Tweezers


Handling miniature parts is becoming more challenging for manufacturers since many parts continue to get smaller even as they increase their levels of integration and functional complexity. These miniature parts are being incorporated in a growing number of electronic products, including cellular ...
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Case Study: Schleuniger Provides Automation and Quality for Draxlmaier Group


One thing all companies are continually looking to achieve is to cut costs and increase efficiencies. In addition, companies must remain compliant with the strict quality and safety standards of their industry, adding even more pressure. Because of this, innovative, automated and easy ...

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Lean NPI — Closing the Gaps


Traditionally, PCB layout designers produce many drawings and data packages to send for manufacture. These traditional drawings and data contain specifications and requirements that the assemblers and fabricators need to know to deliver the correct product. When sent as separate BOM, Gerber files ...

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PCB Design Considerations for High Power LEDs (Part 1)


The transition to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) from conventional forms of lighting has not been without issues. However, the high light output vs. input power and long operating lifetimes make LEDs attractive for many applications, such as automotive systems. Engineers have quickly learned that the ...

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Solder-Bearing RF Shields Cut Costs, Improve Quality


Radio-frequency (RF) shielding is an important part of the design and manufacturing of modern electronic products, including Smartphones, computer tablets, and other handheld electronic devices that require consistent quality from high-volume production environments. As these devices become smaller ...

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When a Corrective Action Report Corrects Nothing


An automotive company was experiencing field failures of an electronic module. Failure analysis on one module led to a via that, when cross-sectioned, showed a circumferential void. Predictably, the lab report regressed back through the system from the auto company to the module supplier to the contract ...

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Benelux EMS Pioneer Embraces 3D AOI Measurement


Defects must be found and their causes corrected so that the EMS can deliver high-quality assemblies on time — a key focus at LIAD Electronics, a privately owned contract manufacturer in Breda, The Netherlands. The company has been at the forefront of manufacturing and quality assurance for its ...
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Understanding Component Library Management


Component library management may not be the topic of greatest interest to design engineers, but it is certainly important to developers and users of electronic-design-automation (EDA) tools in the electronics industry. In performing test-and-measurement engineering for a large defense company, it ...
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Solder Recovery: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse


Solder recovery serves not just the electronics industry but the entire world, helping to make economical use of materials while avoiding poisoning the environment. EVS International supplies the solder recovery market, having received 16 international awards for its equipment, focuses ...
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Advanced Device Serialization Using an External Serialization Server


Serialization is the process of writing unique data to each programmed device. It can be used to program basic numeric serial numbers to a single device address and also to program more complex data such as MAC addresses, encryption keys, GUIDs, and randomization seeds to several device addresses ...

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Vertical Processing Line Etches Fine PCB Features


Printed-circuit-board (PCB) producers are being asked for thinner circuit boards, with narrower line widths and spacings. Fortunately, the Vertical Developing/Etching/Stripping (DES) line of PCB production systems from Schmid can help meet these demands. These high-performance production solutions can ...

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