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Industrial USB Connectors: Universal at Last?
By Nicolas Prou, Product Manager, USB Connectors, Würth Elektronik eiSos
Originally designed for the consumer market, the universal serial bus (USB) rapidly became a standard in the field. Now, with the launch of USB 3.1, the technology is ready for industrial applications. USB completely replaced many other ports on computers in consumer markets, thereby ...
Keeping People in Mind: Safe, Reliable and Ergonomic HMI Design
By Joe Torzillo, Vice President Sales, HMI Components, EAO Corp.
Human Machine Interface (HMI) encompasses all the elements of interaction between a person and a machine. The task of the HMI designer is to create safe, reliable and ergonomic systems that allow the operator to monitor and control various machines and processes as efficiently as possible ...
Risky Business: Keeping the Smart Factory Secure
By Hubertus Grobbel, Security Products Manager, Swissbit AG
IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and smart factories rely on sensors, actuators and systems that are networked and communicate with each other, but how can that data be safeguarded against espionage and sabotage? Smart and highly-flexible SD cards with integrated security for system ...
Switch Reliability: How to Choose the Right Metal Dome
By Nicholas Wojtusik, Marketing Manager, Nicomatic
Electrical switches are necessary in almost every HMI (human-machine interface) and are used in everything from kitchen microwaves to military vehicles. Many companies rely on the activation life advertised by manufacturers, but the data is compiled in a strictly-controlled testing ...
Advancements in RH Measurements in Wafer and Reticle Environments
By Allyn Jackson, CyberOptics Corp.
Certain IC fabrication steps are very sensitive to moisture in semiconductor wafer environments. As the technology advances, the need for characterizing and minimizing the exposure to relative humidity (RH) has become critical in all 29 nm geometry fabs and below. These RH control requirements ...
Dual Applicators Improve High-Volume Non-Atomized Coating
By Camille Sybert and Michael Szuch, Nordson ASYMTEK
Atomized spray is currently the most common method for applying conformal coating and works by dispersing material into a fine mist. Non-atomized coating, or selective coating, controls the coating material's dispense shape while maintaining its original liquid form. Selective coating ...
Implementing the Internet of Manufacturing: A New Paradigm
By Michael Ford, Senior Marketing Development Manager, Mentor Graphics Corp.
For electronics manufacturing machine vendors, the ability to meet Industry 4.0 and smart factory needs is quickly becoming a must. A majority of those who are purchasing these systems have started or are about to start projects related to Industry 4.0 and require the level playing ...
New Technology Platform Increases Functionality in the Smallest of Spaces
By Karl-Heinz Fritz, Vice President of Technology and Development, Cicor Group, and Barbara Stumpp
Hearing aids are a necessary part of life for many people. The devices should be as discreet as possible and are often fixed behind the ear or made to disappear completely into the ear canal, and must therefore be built very small. In any case, they must be reliable, interference-resistant ...
Using Machine Vision to Improve Laser Material Processing
By Wolfgang Lehmann, Raylase AG
The use of today's laser technology has become standard in industrial manufacturing due to its speed, accuracy and effectiveness. Lasers are used to engrave parts, PCBs or chip cards. They perforate packaging, structure semiconductor wafers, drill, cut and weld plastics or metals, and ...
What Makes a Reflow Oven "Smart?"
By Bjorn Dahle, President, KIC Thermal
The ultimate objective for an electronic manufacturer is to manufacture the required quality product in a sustainable way, to deliver the product to the customer within the allotted timeframe, and to do so at a cost that allows the manufacturer to be profitable and the price to be competitive. ...
Advances in Thick-Film Ceramic Technology
By Sebastian Löeffler, Günter Reppe, Angela Rebs, Marcus Herrmann, Christopher Mauermann, Alexander Kaiser, and Karl-Heinz Fritz, Cicor Advanced Microelectronics & Substrates GmbH
Thick-film, hybrid ceramic substrates have provided a base for high-reliability circuits in the space, avionics, medical, and industrial markets for years. Along with new interposer substrates for mass production based on polymers, silicon and glass, thick-film ceramic can be a solution ...
Breathing Easy: Indoor Air Quality and Production
By Scott Snell, Purex, Inc.
For many of us, long gone are the days of working outdoors in the sunshine, with a satisfying breeze to keep us moving when we feel fatigued. These days, most of us work inside. Although being out of the elements is nice, most of us breathe the air that is available at our workplace ...
Customized Logistics Systems with Electronic Interfaces
By Christine Schulze
As the smart factory ideal becomes reality, a well-developed system of supply chain management with intelligent interfaces for procurement automation is of particular importance. Such systems increase the security of supply and the quality of processes, which leads to both reduced process ...
Infrared Technology is Bringing the Heat
By Ed Sullivan
Infrared heating technology has become prevalent among the industrial ovens, dryers and heaters used by a multitude of manufacturers. The OEMs that manufacture these ovens and heaters use infrared heating elements, which are more energy efficient, cheaper to operate, provide controllable ...
The Case for PC-Based Machine Control over Traditional PLCs
By Michael L. Martel
Over time, PC-based machine control has encroached upon, and ultimately gained dominance over, traditional, reliable PLC (programmable logic control) controllers. There are many different reasons, but perhaps the most important benefit directly attributable to this development has been ...
IC Temperature Test: Thermal Stream vs. Direct Thermal Head Systems
By Lior Yosef, CTO, Mechanical Devices Ltd.
Temperature forcing systems allow engineers to test ICs and other devices for reliability in different environments under controlled conditions. Thermal stream systems and direct thermal head systems can be used to create extreme temperatures that mimic real-world scenarios in order ...
Product Highlight: PI's HexAlign Microrobot
By Scott Jordan, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P.
Since the first photonics/telecom boom in the late 1990s, PI (Physik Instrumente) has been creating microrobots for optics alignment. Originally developing the technology for astronomical telescopes, the positioning systems are now put to use in a variety of ways throughout the photonics ...
Redefining Benchtop ATE with Mixed-Signal IO Systems
By Peter van den Eijnden, Managing Director, JTAG Technologies
Many digital electronics designs now contain some form of JTAG/boundary-scan to aid structural board testing or in-system device programming. However, accessing the JTAG feature in a reliable and repeatable manner has always been somewhat neglected by boundary-scan technology and programmable ...
Smart Assembly and Test in Cable and Harness Manufacturing
By Margaret Bishop, Ph.D., CAMI Research, Inc.
Since quality and productivity are the main priorities in cable and harness manufacturing, test engineers typically turn to PC-based cable and harness testers. PC-based systems are operated by an autonomous (rather than embedded) computer and offer superior flexibility when developing ...
Soldering for Aerospace's Harsh Environment
By Yusaku Kono, Marketing Director, Japan Unix Co. Ltd.
Environmental conditions are harsh at the edge of space. The temperature is extremely cold, reaching -50°C (-58°F) and ultra-low air pressure of 240 hPa at altitudes above 10,000 meters (33,000 feet). Winds whip at speeds up to 190 mph (300 kph) in the jet stream. Aircraft ...
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