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Infrared Technology is Bringing the Heat


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 ...

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The Case for PC-Based Machine Control over Traditional PLCs


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 ...

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IC Temperature Test: Thermal Stream vs. Direct Thermal Head Systems


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 ...


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Product Highlight: PI's HexAlign Microrobot


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 ...

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Redefining Benchtop ATE with Mixed-Signal IO Systems


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 ...


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Smart Assembly and Test in Cable and Harness Manufacturing


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 ...

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Soldering for Aerospace's Harsh Environment


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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The Transition to Flexible Automation


If implemented correctly, automation can help a company scale its demand requirements, reduce and fix production costs, improve quality, eliminate health and safety issues, and most importantly, realize a more substantial ROI faster and more efficiently.

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Top-Side Preheat and Avoiding Board Warp in Selective Soldering


Closed-loop top-side preheat generally refers to any preheating unit that presents energy from above the PCB and is used for heating the board to a specific temperature, as well as holding it at this value throughout the process. The system must include some form of temperature measuring ...

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Wearables for Health: Hybrid Electronics with Medical Sensors


In an effort to meet the growing demand for hybrid electronics production, a team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology in Germany has been developing prototypes of hybrid electronics systems. The focus is on the combination of both silicon and flexible electronics manufacturing ...

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A Solution for Press-Fit Pin and Receptacle Applications


Press-fit pins and receptacles are among the most versatile types of interconnection components for electrical and electronic applications. As with other types of pins and fasteners, they play an integral role in product quality, but are easily taken for granted. For example, the fasteners ...
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Demystifying the Magic of Plasma Treatment


Plasma is a state of matter, differing from the gaseous state in that it can conduct electricity. When sufficient energy is added to a gas, some atoms and molecules eject an electron, ionizing the gas into an electrically conductive state. The energizing source is normally an oscillating ...
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Infrared Technology Brings the Heat


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 ...
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JTAG and Boundary-Scan — Past, Present and Future


Almost 30 years ago, the change in device packaging from through-hole to surface-mount prompted a group of production test engineers to consider the impact of these parts on the testing of their assemblies. They called themselves the Joint European Test Action Group (JETAG) and were ...
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Next Generation Product Designs Incorporate Capacitive Force Sensors


Design engineers now have an option to evaluate and integrate into their products a new breed of capacitive technology-based sensor that can accurately, and with high repeatability, measure forces as low as 1 gram.
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Product Highlight: Hasco's Critical Relays


Electromechanical relays, which had been widely used in the past by the telecom industry, today have a wide range of applications in high-reliability industries like aerospace, automotive and defense. They are used in fire safety devices, lighting controls, sensors, HVAC, and all sorts ...
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The Advantages of Digital Signal Processing in Power Converters


The power electronics industry is increasingly moving from analog to digital power converters, particularly when high-density power output is required. Many mission-critical operations in aerospace and defense, as well as in some industrial applications, require output power in the ...
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Automated Cleaning Processes Improve Quality and Increase Volume


The consistent purity of the materials used to fabricate electronic components is critically important to their performance. To achieve the levels of purity necessary for semiconductor-grade silicon chips, MEMs, biotechnology, LED panels, and photovoltaics, the materials must be cleaned ...


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Compliance: A Tough Approach to Replacing Conventional SMT Adhesives


Die attach, staking, underfilling, glob topping, encapsulation, damming, and filling processes are all part of the job when populating circuit boards. With such a variety of processes, it is no surprise that many types of polymer composite compounds are needed. The many SMT materials ...


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Futuristic Trends in Battery Charging Technology


The global market for batteries today exceeds $83 billion, and according to research from the Fredonia Group, it will grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7.8 percent through 2019 as devices continue to proliferate. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries make up the largest ...

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