Thursday, June 30, 2016
VOLUME - NUMBER
Advertisements
HOME / CURRENT ISSUE >  Industry Articles > 

Counterfeiting: The Rising Threat to Electronics Manufacturers


Serialization technology provides a means by which products can be uniquely identified with a serial number at the unit item level, as opposed to lot or batch levels. The individual item, such as a circuit board, battery, or other component, is assigned a unique serial number embedded ...

Improved Materials and Production Yield Robust Passive Components


New materials and production processes as well as changes in worst-case scenarios are closing the gap between passive component robustness and component stress resistance. Even the smallest irregularities in either of these component aspects will often result in component failures and ...

Sailing is Back in Fashion-Even on the Road!


The proportion of electronics employed in commercial vehicles continues to rise and is expected to grow by 50 percent in 2016. Parallel to this trend is a growing demand for electronic components that are safe, reliable, and energy efficient. More automotive manufacturers are attempting ...

Testing the Quality of Printed Circuit Boards


Printed-circuit boards (PCBs) can be assembled in many different ways, by hand and machine, and can be characterized in almost as many ways, using everything from flying probers to optical measurement methods. Today's PCB measurement solutions can provide combinations of extreme accuracy ...

Testing the Trends in Electronic Measurements


The market for electrical test equipment is undoubtedly growing but, above all, going through major changes. The continued demand for new products in many different industries, combined with a constant demand for total quality of products, has shifted testing away from production and ...

The New Micro in Micro-Dispensing


The term "micro-dispensing" can be confusing, since micro-dispensed circuit features have typically been more on the order of millimeters or just under a millimeter in size. The term "micro" typically refers to volume, so that a microliter or less was an accurate expression for the ...

3D Automated Inspection Uses High-Fidelity Color Imaging


When inspecting assembled printed-circuit boards (PCBs), there has never been a substitute for the human eye. This is due to the fact that human judgment, regarding the integrity of solder joints, is always superior to the judgment of a machine. A skilled engineer or technician knowing ...

Ensuring Success in PCB Manufacturing and Assembly, Part 2


Achieving success in printed-circuit-board (PCB) manufacturing depends upon proper planning and use of available tools. As detailed in the first part of this two-part article (see U.S. Tech, July 2015, p. 56), eight steps are required to ensure success in PCB manufacturing ...

How Functional Inkjet Technology Can Digitize PCB Fabrication


Launching a new, revolutionary technology requires not only the demonstration of added value to PCB fabricators and OEMs, but also the education and reassurance of users in order to overcome the psychological barriers to the acceptance of a new technology within a manufacturing environment ...

Material Choices Improve Auto Electronics Performance


Because transportation is of such global importance, it is no surprise that the automotive industry receives such a high level of regulatory expectations regarding performance, functionality, and efficiency. It is an exciting yet challenging time to work in the automotive industry. ...

New Tools and Processes Power Quick-Turn Assembly


Printed-circuit-board (PCB) assembly need no longer require days or weeks. Using the latest assembly machines and production approaches, it is now possible to provide customers with a PCB assembly quote in minutes and a fully assembled prototype PCB in 24 hours, following receipt of all required materials ...

Rethinking Final Testing of Smart Devices


Martin Cooper, former Vice-President of Motorola, changed the way most people communicate when he made the first cellular telephone call more than 40 years ago on the company's DynaTAC cellular telephone. The prototype telephone that Cooper used weighed 1.1kg and measured 228.6 x 127 ...

Testing Intermittent Failures for Cables and Cables Harnesses in Motion


Cables in motion can suffer fatigue and complete or intermittent failures, whether or not the motion is constant. Fortunately, cable and cable harness test systems can identify and pinpoint the source of even the most elusive intermittent failure in different types of cable assemblies ...

Testing the Quality of Printed Circuit Boards


Printed-circuit boards (PCBs) can be assembled in many different ways, by hand and machine, and can be characterized in almost as many ways, using everything from flying probers to optical measurement methods. Today's PCB measurement solutions can provide combinations of extreme accuracy ...

How Clean Is Clean Enough for Reliability?


Dirt and residues trapped under bottom circuit terminations can affect performance due to shorter distances between conductors, higher pin out devices in smaller footprints, higher electrical field densities, and various environmental factors. No universal test method can ensure proper ...

Tester Aims for Zero Defects When Manufacturing PCBs


Zero defects for a manufacturer means never delivering a defective product to a customer. Manufacturers of printed circuit boards (PCBs) are doing absolutely everything in their power to make this happen — knowing full well that they cannot possibly achieve 100 percent zero defects ...

EMI Shielding Caulk Cures Quickly and Is Paintable

EMI shielding caulk provides EMI protection for military vehicle-mounted radar systems.
 

Shielding of electromagnetic interference (EMI) is critical to many electronic systems, especially for military radar shelters. Contributing to this overall shielding is an EMI shielding caulk developed by Parker Hannifin's Chomerics Div. — a caulk that provides numerous mechanical benefits in addition to improved EMI ...

Ensuring Success in PCB Manufacturing and Assembly, Part 1


Printed-circuit-board (PCB) manufacturing and assembly represents a crucial stage between the design of the next great technological device and the finished product. All critical business metrics, including cost, quality, and delivery, are directly affected by performance during production ...

Flexible System Checks Cables and Harnesses


Wire cables and harnesses come in many shapes and sizes and testing such assemblies requires a flexible test system. The CableEye® test system from CAMI Research is a personal-computer-based diagnostic tool that can evaluate the basic electrical properties of cables and harnesses ...

Optical Encoders Help Measure Material Fatigue


Fatigue testing is one way to evaluate how different materials will behave under different environments and operating conditions. Test systems developed for such characterization, such as the equipment from Norwood, Massachusetts-based Instron can examine the behavior of different materials ...

 
 
search login