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PCB Prototyping: Building a Relationship
By Nolan Johnson, CAD/EDA Manager, Sunstone Circuits, Mulino, OR
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 ...
Ultrasonic Metal Welding Offers Important Advantages
By Melissa Alleman, Sonobond Ultrasonics, West Chester, PA
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 ...
Automation Optimizes Parts Inventory at M/D Totco
By Patrick Roberts
For M/D Totco, the need for more manufacturing space was critical. After 25 years in the same location its 250,000-ft.
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 ...
Anticipatory Maintenance Improves Order Picking Efficiency
By Ed Romaine, Sapient Automation, Hatfield, PA
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 ...
Tracking Product Manufacturing with Special Labeling
By Joal McAlister, Industrial Market Manager, Computype, St. Paul, MN
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 ...
Meeting Customer Requests for Precision Coating
By Bill Boyd, Equipment Program Manager, SCS, Indianapolis, IN
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 ...
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 (email@example.com)
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 ...
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