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Saving Space and Time with Vertical Storage and Retrieval Systems
By Ed Romaine
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.
Which RoHS Definition Do You Use? Why Are They Different?
By Stanley L. Bentley, P.E., Senior Technical Advisor, Divsys International, and David Fissell MBB, Principal, Global Lean Consulting
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 ...
Transferring a Medical Device to Volume Manufacturing
By Mo Ohady, General Manager, Digicom Electronics, Richmond, CA
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 ...
Domestic Parts Fabrication Slashes Costs & Delivery Times
By Ed Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 ...
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 ...
The Design Process Just Got Easier
Sunstone Circuits Launches Newest Version of Enhanced PCB DesignTool
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.
ACE, Ark-Les Team up to Boost Yields and Slash Production Time
By Michael L. Martel, Contributing Editor
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 ...
RFID in the Hole Survives Severe Drilling Conditions
By Michael Gross, Market Development Manager, Victrex Polymer Solutions, West Conshohocken, PA
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 ...
Getting Pro-Active With Counterfeits
By Michael Render, President, Electro-Comp Services, Inc., Clearwater, FL
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 ...
New Lab Gets Versatile New Workstations
Holliston, MA — At one busy dental laboratory specializing in the manufacture of orthodontics and pediatric orthodontic appliances, installing new workbenches at a newly opened facility was more than just a simple equipment purchase. It was also the key to increasing productivity, and improving its ...
Scanning Probe Retrofit Supercharges CMM Data Collection
By Dennis Zayia, CMM Products Manager, Renishaw Inc., Inc., Hoffman Estates, IL
GE Oil and Gas, Florence, Italy, has transformed the performance of a DEA Global coordinate measuring machine (CMM) with a REVO retrofit scanning probe system from Renishaw, producing higher data collection rates to allow form analysis — a function previously not practical due to the ...
Time to Re-Think your Reclaim Program
By Michael T. Gervais, Geib Refining Corp., Warwick, RI
Rising precious metals markets and tighter manufacturing cost controls have caused many industrial users of precious metals to re-focus their reclamation programs. No longer are shipments and recoveries handled by the maintenance department; senior management has now stepped in (or should be stepping ...
Keeping the Classic Mustang Running
By Dale Lillard, President, Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
If you've never designed a nuclear power plant, you might not have given much thought to its electronic control system — the nerve center of everything that goes on there. Just what kind of product technology should a nuclear power design engineer use to build that all-important control system ...
Collaboration Takes the Sting Out of PCB Design
By Nolan Johnson, Sunstone Circuits, Mulino, OR
In August 2008, IPC made the assertion that 75 percent of the impact on the manufacturability and profitability of a printed circuit board (PCB) design occurred in the design phase, and only 25 percent of the potential impact to make a design profitable took place once it was complete. Given the importance ...
Outsourcing Quality Management: Bridging the Divide
By Chris Rehl, Director of Marketing, Cimtek, Needham, MA
As product innovation demands and tighter margins buckle down on the electronics manufacturing industry, changing how products are brought to market, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers are becoming ever more critical to each other's successes ...
How Partial Underfilms Help BGAs
By Steve Hall, Alltemated, Inc., Arlington Heights, IL
Lead-free assembly has created a difficult hurdle for the PCB assembly process, especially for CSP and BGA packages. Current soldering technology requirements for RoHS compliance requires brittle alloys, which along with miniaturization, is reducing joint sizes and prematurely fatiguing ...
Automated Reballing Tool Fulfills MIL Needs
By A.J.G. Strandjord, T. Teutsch, and G. Azdasht, Pac Tech — Packaging Technologies, Santa Clara, CA
There has been a growing demand to automate the rework and repair processes associated with BGA packages (reballing). Historically, there have been three main reasons for reballing these packages: deformed balls, damaged balls, or missing balls.
Selecting the Right Circuit Breaker
By Michael Manning, VP of Engineering Automation Systems Interconnect, Inc., Mechanicsburg, PA
A circuit breaker, to most design engineers, is thought of as a low-cost commodity component that usually doesn't get much attention when designing a new piece of equipment or system. In fact, on many occasions I have heard someone say, "It doesn't matter; I just need a circuit breaker." Yet a circuit ...
Pentagon: Building Lasting Partnerships
By Randy Morrison, Pentagon EMS, Beaverton, OR
Today's economic climate is very reminiscent of 2002. There are differences, of course. In 2002, 9-11 had just happened, the dot-com bubble had burst, and everything tightened up. Everybody was required to do more with less. Companies slashed underperforming areas of their businesses and put limits ...
Pathway to Tighter Cost Management
By Michael Foster, Samsung/Dynatech Technology, Inc., Edgewood NY
Components can be a large part of the raw materials costs that go into building a circuit board. Diligently managing the purchasing process ensures the best possible part at the lowest possible price, and today's MRP systems provide the pathways from driving demand to purchasing to receiving and delivery ...
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