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Design for Test in the U.S. Market
By W. Scott Fillebrown, CTO, Libra Industries, Inc.
The market for US-made electronics is made up of products with platinum-quality reliability. The mix is mainly higher-technology and lower-production quantity assemblies. In many cases, in-circuit bed of nails testing is not an option due to its development time and cost — not to ...
Ember Industries' Spark Cannot Be Doused
By Rob Cardenas, Production Manager, Ember Industries
Under water. Not good for pick-and-place machines, but that's what Rob Leonardis, President of Ember Industries, found in his San Marcos facility. On May 24, 2015, the SMT lines were drowning in 33 inches of flood water. Over Memorial Day weekend rains had swelled the Blanco and San ...
Great Lakes Engineering: Committed to Community
By Megan Jergens
For almost 30 years, the team from Great Lakes Engineering has proudly supported both its customers and community. Founded under the name Electro-Precision by John M. Carr, a talented chemical engineer, he grew the company by photochemically machining etched parts and surface-mount ...
Nathan Trotter & Co.: A Rich Past and A Bright Future for Solder Bar
By Evan Morris, Vice President of Production, Nathan Trotter & Co.
Founded on the banks of the Delaware River in 1789, Nathan Trotter & Co. first began as a metal-importing company. Nathan Trotter himself provided tin to colonial craftsmen who turned it into pewter. More than 225 years later, the company is now a large manufacturer of tin and tin alloys ...
Nextek Partners with YESTECH for Tomorrow's Inspection Tech Today
By Justin Langford
High-reliability production means building assemblies as flawlessly as possible. Meeting the needs of this niche market is EMS company Nextek. Founded in 1995, the company offers advanced design, analytical and manufacturing services, prototype/NPI services, and box assembly to OEMs ...
Skills Shift and Robotics
By Philip Stoten (
When we talk about the changes to the make-up of the labor market, or the skills mix and how that might shift as a result of greater automation, we all use very different language. In the West, there's a desire to be politically correct, to avoid discussions about lost jobs to robots ...
Sonobond Ultrasonic Technology Assembles Batteries
Melissa Alleman, Sonobond Ultrasonics
Battery manufacturers are responding to the need for affordable, renewable energy storage. To accommodate the demand, some are turning to environmentally-friendly ultrasonic technology to assemble their products. Right now, wind and solar account for about 6 percent of the United States ...
Toward the Foundry Model in Packaging for the Semiconductor Industry
By Marco Koelink, Business Development and Commercial Manager, APC
When TSMC opened the first dedicated semiconductor foundry in 1987, the industry was changed. The design force of a whole new sector of fabless design houses was released into the marketplace. The back-end of the process, packaging, has historically not followed the same route. Although ...
FSInspection Improves Saline Lectronics' Process with HDMag
By Mario Sciberras, President, Saline Lectronics
Saline Lectronics is an electronic contract manufacturer based in Saline, Michigan, specializing in manufacturing innovative electronic assemblies with lean methodology and advanced technology. Over the last 13 years, the company has built a reputation for being customer-centric by ...
Is 2016 the Year of IoT?
By Philip Stoten (
The first industrial revolution was built on machines lubricated by oil. The current revolution is built on computers lubricated by data, and just as those who controlled the sources and distribution of oil became rich and powerful in the last millennium, those controlling data are ...
Meeting Product Needs with Conformal Coatings
By Anna-Katharina Peuker, Marketing/Public Relations Manager, Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Conformal coating can provide numerous benefits in electronics manufacturing. Above all in the manufacturing of products, where the product has to remain defect-free in spite of considerable environmental influences, conformal coatings can provide protection for complex electronic components ...
National Circuit Assembly: Doing What it Takes
By Kathryn Cramer
Central Texas has become a vibrant hub of technology. Industry giants Dell, Apple, and others have clustered there — and brought with them millions of dollars of investment. However, these large companies are not the only reason the area's technology sector continues to grow. Much ...
Industry 4.0 in Action: productronica Surpasses Expectations
By Philip Stoten (
I just returned from productronica in Munich to get an email from my editor updating my copy deadline from urgent to desperate, so being booked on a flight to San Francisco for IDTechEx Wearable event on Monday I decided to explore whether productronica met my previously published ...
Nordson Yestech Helps Keep GMI's Values Strong
By Jay Handley, Vice President of Business Development, General Microcircuits, Inc.
Since 1980, General Microcircuits, Inc., (GMI) has been providing simple solutions for electronic circuit board manufacturing. The company continually launches new products and refines existing ones, supporting the entire process from concept through production, and serving the industrial ...
Getech Automation Provides Total Customer Satisfaction
By Dan August
Headquartered in Singapore, Getech Automation Pte Ltd was established in 1992 to focus on developing and manufacturing machines and systems to meet key needs of the printed-circuit-board-assembly (PCBA) and semiconductor industries. Today, the company has evolved into a major producer ...
How Safe Are Materials Used in Today's Workplace?
By Lenard Cohen, Static Solutions, Inc.
All chemicals are toxic in large quantities. It is important that we know the dose or concentration which will cause adverse effects to the worker. Even a "harmless chemical" like isopropyl alcohol affects the eyes, skin, and the respiratory system. Some VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are ...
It's Time to Walk the Walk
By Philip Stoten (
Productronica is upon us again and it doesn't seem two years since the last time we were in Munich where all the talk was of this new Industry 4.0 idea and all it would do for electronics manufacturing. If the last productronica was the time to discuss and debate the topic, surely ...
Kimchuk: Juki Partnership Strengthens EMS Quality and Customer Focus
By Geron Ryden, Director of Marketing, Juki Automation Systems, Morrisville, SC
In business for more than 50 years, Kimchuk, Inc. is a fast-paced, technologically advanced, high-product mix electronics firm specializing in electronic and electromechanical contract manufacturing services and engineering design. Committed to excellence, the company believes that ...
Optimizing a Lean Production Line with "Check and Adjust" Stage
By Jeff Riedel, Lean Champion, Saline Lectronics, Saline, MI
Saline Lectronics has recently implemented a lean manufacturing approach through a plan, do, check, adjust (PDCA) methodology cycle. The PDCA cycle details a structured system that is applied to a manufacturing process used for efficiently building and testing a medical device for ...
Profab Relies on Samsung C&T Automation for Highest Standards of Quality and Service
By Ryan Levy, Director of Operations, Profab Electronics
Contract manufacturer Profab Electronics operates with the philosophy that electronics play a major role in making the world a better place. Since being founded in 1992, Profab has established a strong position as an industry-leading contract manufacturer committed to this philosophy ...
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