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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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Laser Wire Stripping — Focused on the Science of Interconnects


Laser wire stripping was developed to mitigate the risk of damaging delicate wire conductors that is always present when using traditional mechanical wire stripping tools. First developed by NASA in the 1970s, and used for the space program, laser wire stripping allowed the shuttles ...
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Reducing the Expense of Servicing Diaphragm Dispensing Valves


An exponential increase in the availability and use of two-part epoxy adhesives is providing valuable benefits for a growing number of manufacturing applications. Often enabling significantly faster and more dependable bonding than conventional adhesives, two-part adhesives are able to ...

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Reliable Soldering for Medical Equipment


Medical devices require exceedingly high quality and reliability due to their role in safeguarding human lives. Such devices are designed from specialty components and materials that are not typically seen in consumer electronics. Soldering precision components, which may be extremely ...


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Switch On and Get Started with Equipment from Rehm


Blaubeuren-Seissen, Germany — The electronics industry is constantly facing new challenges in the processing of components — from handling the smallest parts to achieving the highest standards in void-free solder joints, and increasing quality through resistant conformal coatings ...

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Taking Charge of ESD Caused by Tapes and Labels


Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is present in everyday life, and its effects range from mildly unpleasant to extremely dangerous. From taking static-charged clothes out of the dryer to touching a lamp after shuffling your feet across a rug in dry weather, to storm clouds creating lightning ...

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Ultrasonic Welding Meets Needs of Complex Automotive Electronics


Sonobond Ultrasonic's metal welding technology has been developing alongside the growing number of increasingly complex electronic components, especially those in the automotive industry. The company offers wire-to-terminal welders that produce single point ground terminals, and can ...


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When Lightning Strikes — Keeping Aircraft Flying


If you travel regularly by air, then it is quite likely that while flying through a thunderstorm your plane was struck by lightning. You probably weren't aware of it, and that is the way it should be. A lightning strike is a safety-critical event and happens so frequently that it can ...

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