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Cut Wire Processing Costs While Increasing Efficiency


Cutting costs is still high on everyone's list of priorities, especially on the production floor. Organizations throughout the world have been greatly affected by the decline in the global economy, which is now taking baby steps toward recovery in the U.S. The manufacturing industry ...
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New Continuity Checker Made in U.S.A. Fills Market Void


Yankee ingenuity, California style, combined with a pressing void in the market and a serious need to say "Made in U.S.A." on the product have combined to bring an impressive new technician's helper to market. Called the "CheckMark", the new gadget has just been introduced by Circuit ...
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A New Breed of Salesperson


San Francisco Circuits is a full a full service PCB supplier, but it's not in San Francisco; it's in San Mateo, about 40 miles south of the cable car city, on the way to San Jose. The company was founded six years ago as a prototype supplier, but soon grew out of that limited format. As customers ...
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Drilling Via Holes: Slow and Steady Wins the Race


Today's electronics carry everything to extremes — everything must be faster, use incredibly tiny electronics, and certainly must be light in weight — and all this helps to create difficulties for the PC board fabricator. Conductor line widths and the spacing between them both ...
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Vision System Helps Connector Maker Achieve Zero Defects


Based in Waukegan, IL, JST manufactures electrical and electronic connectors, with a focus on achieving world-class levels of quality. Recently, JST was able to improve on its already extremely high levels of quality by implementing a vision system that measures parts to an accuracy of 0.1mm — ...
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Vision System Helps Connector Maker Achieve Zero Defects


Based in Waukegan, IL, JST manufactures electrical and electronic connectors, with a focus on achieving world-class levels of quality. Recently, JST was able to improve on its already extremely high levels of quality by implementing a vision system that measures parts to an accuracy of 0.1mm — ...
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Decreasing Production Costs with Continuously Volumetric Dispense Technology


Dispensing is one step of the production process that doesn't get as much attention as the main processes of screen printing and pick-and-place. All too often it is believed that any inexpensive dispense method can do the application well enough. This can certainly be the case for ...
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Doubling Daily Production with Quick Changeover


The time of dedicated production lines with limited changeover are gone. Production volumes are steadily increasing, while batch sizes are decreasing to compensate for the greater variety in end products. This is especially true in North America. This shift in manufacturing philosophy ...

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Ferrite Testing: Not All Formulations are Created Equal


Recent empirical testing of FerriShield Ferrites shows that there is a notable increase in Ohms of impedance when compared to the exact same competitive alternative.
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Conformal Coating: Getting it Right


An electronic product's reliability has the potential to make or break its manufacturer and can be life-threatening in many safety-critical applications. Conformal coatings have long been used to protect electronic assemblies from their operating environment, but they can vary hugely in their protective ...

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Used Equipment Checklist: What to Look for When Buying Used


After 30 years in the used equipment business, I have had the opportunity to see a variety trends in the equipment industry. One of the motivating factors that drove me to start my own business in 1993 was improving how the customer was treated. Coming from a technical background, I understand the ...
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Getting Custom Cable Your Way


When design engineers who need special cable constructions hear the word "custom", they often cringe, conjuring up dollar signs and delays. That doesn't have to be the case any more. As a result of customer feedback and overseas competition, progressive manufacturers have adapted to make custom cable ...
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LCD Monitors & Pick to Light Optimize Customization


In today's manufacturing environment, even the most mundane tasks are being reviewed and transformed. Increasing creativity is part of the quest to refine and error-proof all manufacturing processes. Recently a large Fortune 500 components manufacturer for the construction industry ...
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Selective Soldering: a Cost-Effective Replacement for Hand Soldering


In today's electronic manufacturing, there are basically four reasons to automate a soldering process. The first is to increase speed and or throughput. The second is to add repeatability, or consistency to the results. The third is to lower costs if possible. And the fourth is to increase the quality ...
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Recycling Solder Dross In-House


Wave soldering processes generate a large quantity of dross with each and every PCB run through the line. With the introduction of lead-free applications, the amount of solder discarded has increased dramatically. Running a less complex solder fountain with the standard SAC305 alloy ...

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Lean Components Creating Leaner Processes


Lean manufacturing and lean components lead to more than just cost savings. These smarter parts also provide improved safety, quicker delivery and increased product and process quality. Lean components, therefore, pose a huge advantage in the market for lean manufacturers who desire to ...

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Repair, Rework, and Reball Solder Ball


There is a growing demand for equipment and processes that will restore defective solder balls on surface mount (SMT) devices. The three most common reasons for restoration are: to repair missing or bridged solder bumps created during the bumping process; rework parts that were damaged ...
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Adapting Conformal Coating for Automotive Electronics


Conformal coating, the applications that use it, and the methods and equipment that apply it have changed considerably. Conformal coatings have long been used to protect printed circuit boards in harsh environments in the automotive industry. In most cases, the areas to be coated were wide and could ...
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Cut & Paste Printed Resistors and Capacitors


Polymer thick film circuits were always considered an economical solution, but performance levels from the printed circuit technology were sub-par due to poor resolution and electrical conductivity. Traditional thick film circuits were intended for typical low-end items such as keyboard ...

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Selling Time without Compromise


In this world of shortening product cycles and highly competitive markets, faster time-to-market is essential. At Quik-Pak, a division of Delphon Industries, we know all too well what it means to "sell time" in the Semiconductor Industry without compromise to quality or workmanship. Selling time requires ...
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