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Staying Competitive in Today's Challenging Production Environment
By Juli Fortune, EDSYN, Inc.
Competition is generally good, however, it can strangle innovation and lead to a loss of focus as manufacturers strive only to produce "the next best thing." For companies that are driven by competition alone, the words of author Edward Abbey may prove alarmingly prophetic. "Where all think alike ...
Finding the Perfect Partner
By Terry Morgan, CEO, Voxvia
All sizes of SMT equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and consumable materials makers will rely on a network of "channel partners" at some point. These partnerships take many forms, ranging from a one-man-band to countrywide distributers; or even super-distributors working across continents.
Measuring Hard-Hitting Boxers in Training
By Mike Skinner, Assistant Editor
Popular in gyms and movies of prizefighters in training, the long, cylindrical punching bag has always looked the same. But the era of the naked punching bag may be drawing to a close. Now it can dress up in some special clothing, a form of wearable electronics containing sensors. The idea is to let ...
3D Systems and Penn State Launch Partnership
3D Systems, Inc.
DARPA is pushing the envelope for developing the growing technology of direct 3D metal printing. In a display of technological foresight, 3D systems (3DS) and Pennsylvania State University have partnered to support the U.S. aerospace and defense industry in the adoption of direct metal printing. The ...
Creating Designs in Half the Time
Thomas Besser (left), Team Leader for the CAE Centre of Excellence for BilfingerGreyLogic, explains that a good portion of a design project can be handled with the help of an automated design process and tools like the EEC One software from EPLAN.
By Ed Sullivan
Gaining competitive advantages may not come easy for a manufacturer of complex control cabinets. But by automating their design processes, BilfingerGreyLogix (www.greylogix.com), based in Flensburg, Germany, is cutting the time needed for schematic creation by one-half. The firm is working with the EEC One design software from Eplan (
) to save time without sacrificing design ingenuity and quality.
Ultrasonic Metal Tube Drawing System Produces Fine Internal Finishes
By Janet Devine, President, Sonobond
Fine finishes in metal tubing are essential in some applications, such as in the metal tubing used in medical syringe needles as well as for medical devices and tubing products used in many other industries to transport critical fluids. Fortunately, the Tube Drawing System and related ...
Profiting with Full Capacity Injection Molders
By Ed Sullivan
Manufacturers that use injection molders to produce components or assemblies are finding that they can gain significant competitive advantages when they do business with a domestic shop that offers a full spectrum of services under one roof. Among those potential advantages are: improved mold design ...
Selecting the Magazine Handler, a Critical Production Choice
By Ed Sullivan
Choosing the right magazine handlers can significantly improve throughput and accuracy in the processing of microelectronic components.
Sometimes making a decision about what may be considered "ancillary" production equipment can make an enormous difference to the bottom line and product quality. The choice of magazine unloading and loading handlers is often such a momentous decision. The efficient and accurate handling of semiconductor and microelectronic components can make a significant difference in the quality and cost of assembly, particularly in high-production environments.
More User-Friendly Laser Tracking Systems
By Dietmar Scharf, FRAMOS GmbH
High-tech businesses set high-performance expectations for portable coordinate-measuring devices used for controls and quality assurance (QA) in their manufacturing plants. By integrating innovative camera and sensor technologies from FRAMOS GmbH (www.framos.com), Leica Geosystems AG ...
Vapor Phase Soldering: Advantages and Disadvantages
By Patrick McWiggin, Technical Director, SolderStar Ltd., Lancashire, U.K.
Vapor-phase (VP) soldering was once considered the preferred reflow soldering technology in the early days of assembling printed-circuit boards (PCBs) with surface-mount-technology (SMT) components. VP soldering provides excellent heat transfer and can heat large circuit areas quickly and evenly, ...
Avoid Redesign By Proper Upfront Planning
By Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation
The words "I wish we had thought about that when we started our design effort" can be heard every day when important questions haven't been addressed during the development of a precision metal part. Whenever a new project is started, those responsible for delivering the new product ...
Five Questions to Ask Before Choosing a New Cut and Strip Machine
By Pete Doyon, Vice-President of Product Management, Schleuniger, Inc., Manchester, NH
A great deal of time and effort often goes into finding the right equipment for an electronics manufacturing facility. Purchasing a new wire cut and strip machine is no different. With so many options on the market, it is difficult to know where to start the search.But by asking five simple questions ...
SMT Printer Manufacturer Achieves Global Reach Through Sales Partners
By the Staff of GKG Asia
Headquartered in Dongguan, China (Guangdong Province), GKG is the leading China brand for fully automatic vision printers supplied to the surface-mount-technology (SMT) industries for printed-circuit-board (PCB) assembly. Many of these printers are installed worldwide and GKG is the ...
Five Fast Fastener Tips For Electronic Product Manufacturers
By David Rizzo
Fasteners are key components in many product designs, and often manufacturers of different products will seek guidance from fastener suppliers on the use of fasteners in their products. Including the fastener supplier early in the design process can help reduce manufacturing costs, speed the production ...
Interface Design Involves Highest Levels of Complexity
By Ed Sullivan
Today's electronic products may often combine clever use of different technologies, but the design of the human-machine interface (HMI) for those products can often be as instrumental to the success of those products as the design of the product's main functionality. Effective HMIs have contributed ...
Vertical Lift Module Delivers Speed and Versatility
By Patrick Roberts
Electronic product manufacturers must constantly wrestle with conflicting requirements for improved performance, reduced picking costs, and more consolidated floor space for their small parts inventory. Many facilities apply a person-to-goods model for small parts fulfillment, using ...
Registering 20 Years of Rapid Service
By Dee Claybrook, President/CEO, Rapid Tooling. Inc., Plano, TX
In a fast-paced world, the word "rapid" may sound like music to some ears. Rapid Tooling, Inc. was created 20 years ago to address the challenges faced by engineers and managers in printed-circuit-board (PCB) assembly and semiconductor packaging, and its rapid responses have been music ...
Stepper Motors Bring Precision to Medical Phototherapy Device
Skin diseases such as psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema can be treated by one of two basic methods: medication and phototherapy. Sunlight, which contains therapeutically valuable UVA and UVB forms of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, has been used as a skin treatment for over 3000 years. Two basic phototherapy methods ...
Parts Management at Jazz Aviation Keeps Airplanes Flying High
By Christina Duda, Marketing Communications Manager, Kardex Remstar LLC, Westbrook, ME
Jazz Aviation is a regional carrier serving approximately 80 destinations across Canada and the United States. Working under a commercial agreement with Air Canada, Jazz operates more flights and travels to more Canadian destinations than any other carrier. With flights to large cities ...
Widening the SMT Print Process Window
By Michael L. Martel, Speedline Technologies Inc.
About 15 years ago, the new mantra in stencil printing was to "take the art out of the art of screen printing." It was the age of the "lights-out turnkey" manufacturing "flowline". Screen printing solder paste had become stencil printing, and advances in PCB assembly technology now ...
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