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Counterfeit Components Still Endangering our Troops
By Dale Lillard, President, Lansdale Semiconductor, Phoenix, AZ
Our all-volunteer military is in daily mortal danger — not necessarily from terrorists, roadside bombs or combat — but from trusted electronic equipment that may suddenly fail for no discernible reason. Yet we know the probable reason: counterfeit parts that somehow had made their ...
Testing to Detect Counterfeit Components
By Joseph Federico, Vice President, Director of Operations, NJ Micro Electronic Testing, Clifton, NJ
In recent years counterfeit parts have become an increasing problem in every industry that uses electronic components. Compounding these problems, it is increasingly difficult to know the true source of the purchased components. Because of both the quality and sophistication of many ...
Supply Chain: Not a Game of Perfect
By Scott McLendon, Vice President Product Management & Marketing, Allied Electronics, Inc., Fort Worth, TX
The famed sports psychologist/author Dr. Bob Rotella wrote the book, "Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect." He was right. It's safe to say that golfers don't hit a perfect shot every time they swing the club, but they aim to play the best round possible as measured by their score (the lower ...
Building a More Secure Supply Chain Strategy
By Mark Ellsworth, Director of Strategic Accounts and Todd Ballew, Executive Vice President and General Manager, World Micro, Inc., Roswell, GA
Manufacturers that depend on electronic components are finding it difficult to acquire some of the quality parts they need in a timely, reliable manner. Changes in the business models of franchise distributors and an influx of counterfeit and substandard parts are creating new challenges ...
Counterfeits: Will the Bad Guy Stand Up?
By Dale Lillard, President, Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
It was reported in a recent 60 Minutes program that the total commerce worldwide in counterfeit products has grown to $600 billion USD. As recently as 2005 it was estimated at $200 billion, so recent efforts to stop it have obviously failed. Counterfeit products are entering every product ...
Mezalok: Fast, Rugged, MIL-Environment Connector
By Daniel Mignogna, Product Manager, TE Connectivity, Middletown, PA
The need for embedded electronic systems in rugged platforms has been continually increasing and driving more stringent requirements for board-to-board connectivity. At VITA Standards Organization meetings, customers have consistently voiced a need for an improved stacking connector ...
Japan's Disaster and Passive Components
By Louis M. Arcidy, President and CEO, RCD Components, Inc., Manchester, NH
The situation in Japan, the world's third largest economy behind the US and China, has worldwide consequences. Toyota, for example, announced that it will be forced to shut down all of its North American factories, affecting some 25,000 workers, because of parts shortages resulting ...
Disaster in Japan: The Supply Chain Takes a Hit
By Peter Parts
Earthquakes, tsunamis, broken nuclear power plants and a devastated nation are not usually factors in making production plans, but a seriously disrupted supply chain may now affect all aspects of manufacturing while Japan claws its way out of its horrendous calamities.
Understanding Shielded Cable
By Chet Socha, Senior Product Engineer, Alpha Wire, Elizabeth, NJ
Industrial areas such as the factory floor are typically electrically noisy environments. Electrical noise, either radiated or conducted as electromagnetic interference (EMI), can seriously disrupt the proper operation of other equipment. Insulation protects a cable mechanically from ...
Increased Accuracy and Speed with Piezo Dispensing
By Terry Dunbar, Application Development Manager, Nordson EFD, East Providence, RI
As today's mobile devices continue to get smaller and thinner, the amount of space available for securing components and subassemblies is steadily decreasing. In response, many
Combating the Counterfeit Component Epidemic
By Dawn Gluskin, CEO, SolTec Electronics, Rockledge, FL
If you're involved with electrical manufacturing and the procurement, planning, or processing of board-level components, you already know what a complex, crazy, and intense world this can be.
A User's Guide to BGA Reballing
By Tim Hoffman, President, HEPCO, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
Reballing — it's a simple idea — just put those little spheres back on component pads. But the reality is that it can be very simple process or as annoying as keeping your Buffalo, NY driveway snow-free throughout December — an impossible task.
New Materials Boost Supercapacitors
By Bill Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Nanotecture Ltd, Southampton, UK
One product sector which has advanced rapidly in recent years is that of Supercapacitors (also known as Ultracapacitors), driven by the development of new materials and lower-cost manufacturing. Supercapacitors exhibit a number of characteristics that place them well above conventional ...
Improved Spring Probe Enhances First Pass Yield
By Ila Pal, VP Marketing, Ironwood Electronics, Burnsville, MN
A typical IC's life starts with the concept/prototype phase, moves to the design validation phase, leaps into the application development phase, rides into production phase and ends with upgrade/replacement phase.
Not a Foreign Concept, Gowanda Exports to China
By Claude Badawy, Chief Operating Officer, Gowanda Electronics, Gowanda, NY and Mary T. Spohn, Technical Marketing Consultant, Getzville, NY
We are all familiar with China being a major exporter of goods to the United States. But how many times do we hear of a company — no less a US manufacturer of electronic components — exporting products to China? It is almost a foreign concept.
LED Light Source: A Major Advance in Fluorescence Microscopy
By Becky Hohman, Product Manager Light Microscopy, Carl Zeiss MicroImaging, Inc., Thornwood, NY
Fluorescence microscopy requires an intense light source at the specific wavelength that will excite fluorescent dyes and proteins. The traditional method employs a white light, typically from a Mercury or Xenon arc lamp. Although such broad spectrum lamps can generate ample light at ...
Filling the Gap in the Wire Bonder Market
By Dennis R. Scott, Questar Products, Pleasanton, CA
Following the trend set by component and systems manufacturers of moving their operations to the Far East, the companies that build the equipment for these industries have also headed east. A case in point: Kulicke & Soffa's recent decision to relocate its headquarters to Singapore ...
A New Look at Vapor Phase
By Tom Adams
Vapor phase reflow systems have had a curious history. They were the first reflow systems, back in the 1960s, before surface-mount technology and infrared reflow were introduced. When infrared and convection infrared reflow ovens came along, vapor phase systems faded away, but not quite ...
Finding Counterfeits with Ultrasound
By Tom Adams, consultant, Sonoscan, Inc., Elk Grove Village IL
The vast majority of counterfeit plastic-encapsulated microcircuits (PEMs) are not counterfeit in the sense that a phony $20 bill is counterfeit. They are not made from scratch, as the phony bill is. Instead they are "recycled" — removed from recycled printed wiring boards and cosmetically ...
Distributors: Special Help in Troubled Market
By Scott McLendon, Vice President of Product Management & Marketing, Allied Electronics, Ft. Worth, TX
Reliability and consistency are two of the top reasons that engineers look to electronic component distributors for parts. These reasons still hold true, especially during unique economic times such as the ones we face today.
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