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"Made in USA" — Building the American Dream
Publication Date: 10/17/2014


The American Dream has long been an elusive goal for many Americans. According to James Truslow Adams, who coined the term "American Dream" in 1931, "Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." Of course, ...
Advanced Housings Protect Latest High-Quality Devices
Publication Date: 10/17/2014


Electronic housings at one time might have been considered simply packages. But now, they themselves are often sophisticated electronic components, and today's housing systems must be adaptable to meet many requirements. When the housing manufacturer becomes a project partner, the result ...
Efficiency Means Tuning Your Power Supply
Publication Date: 10/17/2014


Energy efficiency, with good reason, is at the forefront of concerns for many system designers. Many voluntary and mandatory standards have emerged over the past few years aimed at reducing energy waste in electronic systems. Initiatives such as Energy Star 80 Plus Bronze, Silver, Gold ...
Growth in America: US Firms Partner for Success
Publication Date: 10/17/2014


A strong relationship between two companies ultimately helps their customers. One of the companies, SisTech Manufacturing headquartered in Bend, OR, is a woman-owned, minority-owned business that provides contract electronic manufacturing and mechanical assembly services to high-technology ...
Issues in Solvent Testing for Counterfeits
Publication Date: 10/17/2014


Fighting against counterfeit electronic components requires many tools, including multiple test methods to identify the counterfeits. Use of improper or incorrect testing procedures can lead to incorrect or misleading results, at times identifying authentic parts as being counterfeit ...
Materials Minimize Effects Of EMI/RFI
Publication Date: 10/17/2014


Electromagnetic (EM) energy surrounds almost every electronic device, whether generated from within or outside of the device, and EM interference (EMI) produced by one or more electronic devices can degrade the performance of various other electronics; EMI from countless electronic ...
Crimp Force Monitoring Improves Crimp Quality
Publication Date: 6/2/2014


Crimp connection technology is widely used in the electrical and electronics industry. Compared to alternative means of making interconnections, advantages include excellent electrical performance and high mechanical reliability, assuming that the crimping operation is carried out correctly ...
Higher Performance Connectors Meet Stressful Applications
Publication Date: 6/2/2014


Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having effects on electronic connector systems. Connector requirements and designs are changing with smaller and more portable electronics designs in aerospace, defense, and other stress-filled ...
OLED Switches Dominate in Electronic Device Design: Why and When to Use them
Publication Date: 6/2/2014


Display technology has become a battleground for top-of-the-line devices. From flat-screen televisions to handheld gaming systems, major manufacturers have debated the merits of
Phosphors Expand the Addressable Market for LEDs
Publication Date: 6/2/2014


Phosphors are critical to the future of light-emitting-diode (LED) applications since they can impact LED lighting quality in very fundamental ways. Phosphors can support wide ranges of color lighting. In addition to combining blue LEDs with yellow phosphors to create green shades ...
Shrinking MEMS Devices Continue to Find New Markets
Publication Date: 6/2/2014


Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology at times is a solution in search of a problem. But this unique design approach has shown benefits as part of components serving applications as far and wide as audio to optical components and MEMS components and modules continue to establish ...
Thick-Film and Thin-Film Resistors — Which Is Better?
Publication Date: 6/2/2014


Georg Simon Ohm, began experimenting with the new electrochemical cell (battery) invented by Alessandro Volta in the 1820s. Ohm discovered direct proportionality between the voltage applied across a conductor and the resulting electric current, in a relationship (voltage = current ...
Crimp Force Monitoring — The Recipe For Success
Publication Date: 11/20/2013


Reliable wiring harnesses require proven assembly techniques, including proper crimping force. One of the tools that can help ensure effective wire crimps is the crimp force monitor (CFM), although many engineers and operators may have access to CFMs and may not be using them properly ...
Efficient Fans Drive Cost-Effective Thermal Management in Enclosures and Cabinets
Publication Date: 11/20/2013


Electronic enclosures and cabinet systems continue to pack more power into smaller volumes, resulting in higher thermal loads per cubic foot. Thermal management for such systems can be challenging, requiring smaller and more efficient air-moving devices to disperse heat. AC or DC fans ...
Germanium Not Phosphorus for Nickel-Doped, Lead-Free Solders
Publication Date: 11/20/2013


Removing lead from solder has raised the importance of micro-alloying elements and other chemical agents and compounds in modern electronic circuits. The large-scale changeover of the electronics industry to producing printed-circuit boards (PCBs) with lead-free solder has placed a ...
Novel Guide Rails Aid Aircraft Noise Research
Publication Date: 11/20/2013


Aircraft noise is a major concern of students in the University of California at Irvine's Aeroacoustic Laboratory. Students within UCI's Aeroacoustic Laboratory recently worked with DryLin® T Profile Rail rail guides donated by plastics innovator igus®, Inc. as part of The Geared ...
Pointing a Finger at Touch Screen Displays
Publication Date: 11/20/2013


Touch panel displays are an important part of many of today's electronic products. They provide a control interface for a wide range of electronic devices, as well as operating information for users in such products as portable computers and cellular telephones. Of course, as touch ...
Select an Economical Cleaning Technology
Publication Date: 11/20/2013


Choosing a new cleaning process can be a challenge for any production engineer. Any new cleaning process is expected to be fast, safe, sustainable, versatile, and affordable, and to clean more with less. Industry regulators are constantly imposing new air-quality rules, new shipping ...
Watch Out, 450mm Wafers Are Coming
Publication Date: 11/20/2013


Silicon is a key component in semiconductor manufacturing, and the diameters of silicon wafers have grown steadily over the years to keep pace with customer demands for higher volumes of devices at lower prices. Production equipment is available for wafers as large as 300mm diameter ...
Alumina-Based Resistors Aid Medical Applications
Publication Date: 5/23/2013

Medical electronic equipment, such as the defibrillator, depends on surge resistors for protection and reliable operation. In fact, many industries rely on such resistors, but in medical applications these components can spell a matter of life or death. Medical equipment manufacturers have used a variety ...
 
 
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