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OEMs Consider Cross-Border Move in Face of Uncertainty


For OEMs that rely on the Maquiladora industry in Mexico, such as the automotive, electronics and medical device industries, the threat of increased tariffs on imports as high as 35 percent has caused considerable uncertainty. Factor in that such a move could spark a trade war and OEMs ...
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Setting the Standard for Tray-Rated Fiber Optic Cable


For copper wiring installations, engineers often choose tray-rated cables to deliver signals and power to industrial control systems, heavy machinery, and other ancillary business equipment. As outlined in the National Fire Protection Association's NFPA 70, these cables must be third ...
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U.S. Politics Aside, Mexico is in Great Shape


I spent much of the month after February's APEX Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico, meeting with EMS companies, vendors, the local government, innovators, and those in academia, in support of this June's upcoming inaugural InnovationsFORUM in the city. While it is hard to avoid the inevitable ...
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Artificial Intelligence and EMS


Artificial intelligence was front and center this year at CES 2017, but what does it mean for manufacturing? Each keynote at the consumer electronics show mentioned artificial intelligence (AI) in some capacity. More than one mentioned AI in combination with manufacturing. ...

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Ensuring Quality in High-Reliability Electronics


Keeping up with the demands of high-reliability electronic systems requires continual investment in state-of-the-art technology and production equipment. Along with a focus on equipment, manufacturers must comply with stringent regulations. EMS provider Precision Assembly Technologies ...

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Improving PCB Assembly for New Product Introductions


Streamline Electronics Manufacturing's (SEM) the engineering teams work under high pressure and at a breakneck pace — the kind of environment that a company has to endure when processing multiple new product introductions (NPIs) every day.
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Metcal Steadies Inovar's Hand Soldering


During solder joint construction, it is important that the soldering iron have a constant tip temperature. Often the temperature of the solder tip is increased to improve throughput and reduce recovery time. This can increase the chance of accidental damage from overheating. To combat ...

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Proving Process Quality through Track, Trace and Control


We often think of traceability as a process for medical or military OEMs supported by large EMS companies. It was not long ago that this was actually the case. This was driven by large investment to internally develop the MES software tools to manage the traceability. Today, there are ...

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2017: What's Next in Tech?


Lately, my Januaries have started with a trip to Las Vegas, not to ring in the new year, but to visit the world's largest consumer electronics trade show, CES. I always enjoy this optimistic start to the year and the enthusiasm that both large and small companies bring to the world ...

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21st Century Inspection: Lectronics Gains X-ray Vision


Analyzing solder joints for leadless components has always been tricky business. Traditionally, the electronics manufacturing industry has relied on manual visual inspection or 2D X-ray systems to determine whether or not a connection is acceptable.

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Better Together: Yamaha, Trans-Tec and ADCO Circuits


There are few things as valuable to a growing business as an excellent partnership. The success story behind ADCO Circuits, Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, and Trans-Tec Worldwide, Yamaha's global service and support partner, is one example of an EMS provider, an OEM and a service and ...

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Successfully Navigating the Nearshore Movement


When OEMs design a supply chain, the factor that speaks the loudest is total landed cost (TLC). Wrapped up in this figure are variables that include labor, material, transport, and regulatory costs. Overall, the supply chain must balance a slew of considerations — product lifecycle ...

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From Machine Monitoring to Smart Manufacturing


The Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing are enabled by obtaining large amounts of machine data — a revolutionary process which is expected to change the face of the electronics industry in the coming years. Recent technology has made gathering data very ...


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Organic Silicone Coatings for Next-Gen Medical Devices


Silicon dioxide, or silica, is one of the most abundant minerals on earth. Most commonly found in nature as quartz, it is the major constituent of sand and a primary component in silicone and glass. Now, this basic compound is being used in plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition ...

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Wacker Silicone R&D to the Forefront


Munich, Germany — With 2015 sales of $5.8 billion and R&D expenditures of around $191 million, Wacker Chemie AG styles itself as one of the most research-intensive companies in the chemical industry. According to the company's reports, it generated about 37 percent of its sales from ...


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Asteelflash Drives Technology for Automated Vehicles


No longer an Orwellian tale of science fiction, automated driving is quickly becoming a reality. Regulators, manufacturers, safety specialists, and others in the industry are recognizing the more prominent role that technology will play in the global automotive supplier market. Multi ...

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Hi Tech — the Good the Bad and the Ugly


On the day the iPhone 7 was launched I found myself flying from Los Angeles to San Jose for meetings and an innovation event at Plug and Play, Silicon Valley's largest startup incubator. I found myself wondering how many of these new technologies actually improve the world we live ...

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Jabil: Innovation Acceleration Services Speed New Products to Market

St. Petersburg, FL — Jabil Circuit, Inc., is enhancing the value of its end-to-end manufacturing solutions through the introduction of new innovation acceleration services that compress the entire product lifecycle — from gathering user insights and needs to shortening the path to commercialization. These ...
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The Next Big Hurdle in Semiconductor Fabrication


In the past, wafers were handled with tweezers or vacuum wands. Today, wafers are typically handled by end-effectors which grip the bottom of a wafer using vacuum. An end-effector can be described simply as the robot's hand. The general practice is to use a vacuum clamp to hold the ...

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WORLD Electronics and Yamaha: Performance and Service Make the Difference


For an EMS company, choosing a production equipment supplier comes down to performance and flexibility, equipment reliability, speed of changeovers, and other related factors. But choosing the supplier heavily involves that supplier's reputation for service and support, and the company ...

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