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Cable and Harness Manufacturing: Productivity Through Flexibility


Choosing a flexible wire cable and harness test system is part of a decision process meant to provide improved productivity. A truly flexible test system will ensure usability and investment longevity across product lines, lifecycles, and generations. As a consequence, such a test system ...

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Capturing and Filtering Airborne Contaminants in the Workplace


Ensuring safety and occupational health in the workplace has become increasingly important for manufacturing facilities in recent years. It should certainly be considered as part of the job rather than an annoyance. As manufacturing processes have grown in complexity, the pollutants ...

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Measuring Three Levels of Process Control in Thermal Profiling


Maintaining process control within tightly defined limits is an important part of achieving high product quality in today's electronic manufacturing facilities. The pressures to deliver products in shorter development cycles and with increased capacities pose significant challenges ...

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Probing Power Supplies for Use with Test Equipment


Test-equipment designers face many challenges when choosing an optimum power supply for their designs. A basic starting point usually involves power capacity, in terms of voltage and amperage, cooling requirements, size, and regulatory certifications. If the criteria for choosing a ...

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The Benefits of Soldering with Vacuum Profiles


Forming solder joints is a critical part of printed-circuit-board (PCB) manufacturing and is impacted by a large number of parameters. A workgroup on solder voids prepared an overview of these factors to provide a greater understanding of the problem. However, the overview only included ...

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Combining 2D and 3D AOI Inspection: The Most Effective Inspection


Automated optical inspection (AOI) has become an essential tool in today's surface-mount-technology (SMT) manufacturing environment. Growing trends towards the use of smaller components, more advanced component packaging, finer lead pitches, and higher printed-circuit-board (PCB) densities ...

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ECU: Replacing Legacy Equipment with High-Performance Capability


Upgrading production equipment can usually support higher manufacturing volumes and increased capacity. For that reason, Engineering Concepts Unlimited, Inc. (ECU) in Fishers, IN recently purchased a second Sigma modular mounter from Hitachi High Technologies America (www.hitachi-hta ...

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Industrial Connectors Outperform Hardwiring


Thousands of equipment manufacturers have switched from point-to-point (hard) wiring to connector-based cable assemblies in factory and process automation and control systems. By adopting progressive connectivity solutions, they have improved both unit costs and productivity. Using ...

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Mirtec: Delivering Tomorrow's Inspection Technology Today


The latest industry challenge comes from the LED fabrication sector, and Mirtec, closely monitoring this emerging trend, has entered the LED arena with the debut of the MV-9XP LED Package Inspection System, with technology specifically developed to address the inspection requirements ...

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Sorting Test Gear for Military Measurements


Military electronic systems are governed by their own sets of standards and demanding requirements in order to meet performance levels under a wide range of highly difficult environmental conditions. Testing these electronic systems and their components usually calls for measurement ...

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MEMS Testing: Contact Added Boat Provides Step Forward


For those faced with testing microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) devices, two truths are critical: speed is everything and time is money. Unfortunately, traditional test sockets and device handling methods can waste both. When dealing with MEMS devices, a number of issues have existed ...
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Enhancing Fluid Dispense Platform Accuracy


Miniaturization trends in semiconductor applications continue to push the limits of fluid dispenser capabilities to accurately dispense fluids into smaller spaces between printed-circuit-board (PCB) components, camera modules, and die. Customers are increasingly more concerned with ...

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Germanium Not Phosphorus for Nickel-Doped, Lead-Free Solders


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 ...
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GHz Sockets Support High-Speed, High-Density IC Packages


Today's high-speed packaged devices use multi-GHz clock speeds, fine pin densities (of below 0.4-mm pitch), and high pin counts (in excess of 2000). But the method of mounting such high-speed packaged devices to a PCB is critical for achieving top performance. Socketing is one means ...

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Jet Technology: Advances in Fluid Dispensing


Demand continues to grow for electronic devices that can be made smaller in size, driving manufacturing and packaging technologies to find new ways to dispense electronic packaging materials in ever-smaller amounts and with greater speed and accuracy. As a result, a great deal of attention ...

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New Approaches to Electrical Power in "Smart" Homes


Smart homes might eventually solve our problems with energy efficiency, but we still have a long way to go. All of our home electronic appliances run on DC, including today's LED lighting, so efficient power supply units (PSUs) will play an essential role in significantly reducing power ...
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Power-Supply Common Mode Noise


Noise in an electronic circuit or system consists of random or undesired fluctuations in the electrical signals or voltage source. Noise is often conducted through interconnect cables and conducting metal parts such as brackets, shields, and the chassis. Radiated noise is a form of ...

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Storing Test Data In The Cloud


Automatic-test-equipment (ATE) systems are renowned for their advanced measurement capabilities, whether for measuring anything from DC power to the fastest digital signals. But these same systems can generate massive amounts of test results, which make data storage a challenge. Many ...
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Apply Line Scan Technology for Improved AOI


Automated optical inspection (AOI) is a critical part of ensuring high quality in production printed-circuit boards (PCBs). But to ensure quality, many AOI equipment suppliers simply will add an additional downward-looking, field-of-view (FOV) camera, circled by a ring light to help ...

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Driving SMT Solutions for the Automotive Industry


Electronic content has been increasing steadily in automobiles, and the large and growing automotive markets in North and South America offer great business opportunities for electronics components manufacturers. But those suppliers must consider some special requirements of the automotive ...

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