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Advances in Thick-Film Ceramic Technology
Publication Date: 8/15/2016


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
Publication Date: 8/15/2016


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
Publication Date: 8/15/2016


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
Publication Date: 8/15/2016


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
Publication Date: 8/15/2016


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
Publication Date: 7/1/2016


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
Publication Date: 7/1/2016


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
Publication Date: 7/1/2016


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
Publication Date: 7/1/2016


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
Publication Date: 7/1/2016


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 ...
The Transition to Flexible Automation
Publication Date: 7/1/2016


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.
Top-Side Preheat and Avoiding Board Warp in Selective Soldering
Publication Date: 7/1/2016


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 ...
Wearables for Health: Hybrid Electronics with Medical Sensors
Publication Date: 7/1/2016


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 ...
A Solution for Press-Fit Pin and Receptacle Applications
Publication Date: 6/8/2016


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 ...
Demystifying the Magic of Plasma Treatment
Publication Date: 6/8/2016


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 ...
Infrared Technology Brings the Heat
Publication Date: 6/8/2016


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 ...
JTAG and Boundary-Scan — Past, Present and Future
Publication Date: 6/8/2016


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 ...
Next Generation Product Designs Incorporate Capacitive Force Sensors
Publication Date: 6/8/2016


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.
Product Highlight: Hasco's Critical Relays
Publication Date: 6/8/2016


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 ...
The Advantages of Digital Signal Processing in Power Converters
Publication Date: 6/8/2016


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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