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Tracking Components at The Sony UK Technology Centre


Counting SMT components on reels can present a dilemma. Conventional counting systems are slow, error-prone and can even result in component losses and damage to the material being counted. They require far too much operator time and delay the availability of reels for further builds. They rely on ...
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Saving Millions by Reducing Warranty Returns


Faced with slimmer profit margins in a shrinking economy, today's leaders of manufacturing businesses find themselves scrutinizing every aspect of their business model to find ways to shave costs. Profitability targets are getting harder and harder to attain, while ever-present threats ...
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Falcon CNC a "Gem" for Inspecting Diamond Tools


Based in Mentor, Ohio, the Mastertech Diamond Products Company designs, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of high-quality cutting tools that are capable of undertaking the most challenging of machining applications. In addition to producing a wide variety of standard ...
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How Kubota Keeps Parts Available for 20+ Years


Kubota Canada has been introducing groundbreaking tractor and utility vehicles for construction, commercial and residential use for 36 years. With an industry leading reputation for equipment that lasts, Kubota's parts promise is what keeps customers coming back.

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Replenishing Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and VLMs


The benefits of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) are improved throughput, more accurate picking, less operator strain and fatigue. The result is significant improvement in order picking and fulfillment ...

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PCB Prototyping: Building a Relationship


In a 2010 report, "Manufacturing Insecurity," High Road Strategies, a Virginia consultant, cites that US-based PCB manufacturers have shrunk by 74 percent since 2000. The widely-held belief is that the small, local-market PCB manufacturers were often the first to go. While the shrinking supply of ...
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Ultrasonic Metal Welding Offers Important Advantages


Ultrasonic metal welding is a solid-state welding process that uses localized high-frequency vibratory energy in conjunction with moderate clamping force. It does not require consumables — such as welding rods, fluxes, fillers, or solders — or special cleaning methods. This energy ...
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Automation Optimizes Parts Inventory at M/D Totco


For M/D Totco, the need for more manufacturing space was critical. After 25 years in the same location its 250,000-ft.2 and distribution facility in Cedar Park, Texas, it was running out of space. The leading supplier of control, instrumentation and well data systems for drilling ...
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Anticipatory Maintenance Improves Order Picking Efficiency


Competing in today's rough-and-tumble global economy means that organizations of all kinds look for the most efficient way of operating. For many companies, this has led to installing automation that includes carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) in their facilities. Today's automated ...

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Tracking Product Manufacturing with Special Labeling


Manufacturing processes can be complex and have countless phases. In order to accurately and efficiently track a product, identification systems are necessary through many stages of production and assembly. Employing barcode labels is a key solution for tracking work in process on a manufacturing ...
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Meeting Customer Requests for Precision Coating


In order to stay relevant in the industry, innovative equipment product lines must be considered "living" things by their manufacturers. Meaning, manufacturers must be willing to listen to customer feedback and sponsor advancements on their systems accordingly. The best equipment manufacturers ...
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Saving Space and Time with Vertical Storage and Retrieval Systems


What is the value of unused space? It can have significant value for organizations that choose to take advantage of it in storage facilities.
 
Automated storage and retrieval systems, such as Vertical Carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) take advantage of unused overhead space to recover 60 to 85 percent of the floor space typically required by shelving and drawer systems.

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Which RoHS Definition Do You Use? Why Are They Different?


Picking the right RoHS definition should not be a problem, but it is. There are different definitions of RoHS Compliance, and not being crystal-clear with definitions can produce a major headache. Procuring printed circuit boards (PCBs) was relatively simple when all you had to do was throw a few ...
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Transferring a Medical Device to Volume Manufacturing


Excitement builds in new product development when the product can move from the lab or small-volume manufacturing to a high-volume manufacturing environment. High volume manufacturing can be done by the company that developed the product or it can be transitioned to a contract manufacturer ...

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Domestic Parts Fabrication Slashes Costs & Delivery Times


If you're sourcing metal stampings from overseas locations such as China, you're most likely buying in large volumes, perhaps containerloads. Chances are you're also buying into some potential drawbacks, including prolonged lead times, sketchy communications, expensive tooling and the inability to ...
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How Mentzer Electronics Boosts Product Quality with X-Ray Inspection

Quality control at Mentzer Electronics in Burlingame, California, includes tracing electronics assembly issues using Nikon Metrology XT V. This electronics X-ray inspection system allows quality engineers to intuitively navigate through the internal structure of assembled PCBs. Mentzer ...

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The Design Process Just Got Easier


Mulino, OR — Sunstone Circuits, the printed circuit board (PCB) prototype solutions provider, has launched the newest version of its design software, PCB123® V4. This advanced software is the most up-to-date, enhanced version of their free-to-use, no license required design-tool.
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ACE, Ark-Les Team up to Boost Yields and Slash Production Time


Selective soldering, as a replacement for hand soldering, brings repeatability and consistency to the manufacturing process and saves a tremendous amount of time. To make it happen, though, the equipment supplier and the customer need to "partner" on process development and other areas ...

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RFID in the Hole Survives Severe Drilling Conditions


Merrick Systems Inc., a software innovator known for its upstream oil and gas production products, developed an asset tracking system consisting of its patented RFID Diamond Tags, including the new High Temperature High Pressure (HTHP) Tags, ruggedized handheld computers, tag readers and its DynaCap ...

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Getting Pro-Active With Counterfeits


OEMs, CEMs and Independent Brokers are Partnering with ISO Certified Test Labs like Electro-Comp to Significantly Mitigate their Risks and Vulnerability from Purchasing Counterfeit Products. The numbers are staggering. Counterfeiting is widely perceived as a growing problem, but have you seen the ...
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