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All in the Family: Family Businesses of the Electronics Industry


In an industry founded on science, technology, engineering, and math, it is easy to focus on the latest buzzwords: Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, automation, etc. It is not often that we walk the halls of a trade show and hear about "mom and pop" shops ...

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Multi-Industry Expertise: PVA's Array of Dispensing, Coating and Custom Automation


Originally a small business operated from the founder's own home, Precision Valve & Automation (PVA) has grown into a global supplier. Throughout its rapid growth and success in a variety of industries, the company has never lost sight of its own small-town community.

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The Naprotek Way: Quality and Commitment without Compromise


In the crowded EMS space, companies jockey for position and try to find even the slightest edge to stand out among the competition. For one Silicon Valley-based company, Naprotek, Inc., a woman-owned small business (WOSB), the difference comes down to "passion." Naprotek provides PCB ...

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Whelen Engineering Improves Fine-Feature Inspection with HD Video Inspection


As circuits become more compact and components get smaller, inspection is more difficult and less certain, requiring more advanced inspection technology. Whelen Engineering Company, Inc., an OEM with SMT and PCB assembly plants in Chester, Connecticut, and Charlestown, New Hampshire ...

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Altek Optimizes Factory Floor Space with Ersa Selective Soldering


For Altek Electronics, Inc., a veteran-owned small business, factory floor space management is key. The company manufactures PCB assemblies and box builds for many industries, including medical, military, industrial, and telecommunications.

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Cleaning and Etching Items with Unique Geometries


Cleaning, an integral part of many manufacturing and maintenance processes, is often critical to the performance of a broad range of technologies in the semiconductor, defense, MEMS, photonics, and biotech industries.

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Specialized Coating Services Relies on PVA Coating Systems


PCBs for the military, defense, aerospace, and medical markets often require conformal coating and ruggedization. However, many OEMs do not have the in-house equipment and expertise to protect these products. Specialized Coating Services has built a reputation over the last 22 years ...

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Auto-Kabel Optimizes Stock Replenishment with WERMA's StockSAVER


The friction-welding machines at automotive supplier Auto-Kabel require a constant supply of adequate material without excessive safety stock. To ensure that material does not run out and result in machine downtime, the company implemented a system that offers transparency into stock ...

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EMS and OEM Collaboration Brings IoT Orthopedic Brace to Market


Deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technology in medical devices frequently requires design expertise from outside the four walls of an OEM. A medical OEM's engineering staff is often much more focused on medical science and patient treatment, making it difficult to muster the design ...

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From Humble Beginnings to Global Distributor: A Personal Note


Incorporated in 1985, Cal-Chip was the first company to specialize in surface-mounted passive components when global usage was about three percent of overall passive component consumption.

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Improving Inventory Accuracy with X-Ray Component Counting


In a dynamic SMT line with frequent changeovers, it is vital to maintain accurate inventory. To keep track of components, they must be counted each time they are returned to stock.

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Plasma Treatment is Adding to the Value of Plastic Labware


Each year, billions of multi-well plates, pipettes, bottles, flasks, vials, Eppendorf tubes, culture plates, and other polymer labware items are manufactured for use in research, drug discovery and diagnostic testing.
 
Although many are simple, inexpensive consumables, more of these items are now being surface treated using gas plasma or have functional coatings specifically designed to improve the quality of research and increase the sophistication of diagnostics.

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Ryder Industries Links OEMs to Product Innovation and Scale


Low-volume, high-mix are terms not usually used to describe Chinese electronics manufacturing. Ryder Industries, however, has carved out a niche as a link between electronic and mechanical design and NPI for batch sizes as small as a single unit.

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STI's Multifaceted Organization Meets Next-Gen Assembly Needs


For STI, a multifaceted technical organization that offers electronics assembly, training and other specialized services, flexibility allows it to put customers first and to focus on the highest possible product quality.

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The Return of Vapor Phase Reflow Soldering


Condensation soldering, also known as vapor phase reflow soldering, is making a comeback. Introduced in the 1980s when surface mount technology was in its infancy, the process uses hot vapor and a special heat transfer medium that condenses on the PCB.

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Understanding the Basics of Voice Coil Actuators


A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. The name "voice coil" comes from one its first applications: vibrating the paper cone of a loudspeaker. These devices are commonly used for a wide range of applications ...

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ASM Presents Smart Factory Solutions for Eight Central Workflows


At NEPCON China 2018, ASM is inviting visitors to "Check in to the Smart Factory," and will present its extensive portfolio of hardware, software and process support products. The focus will be on eight central workflows in electronics production: planning, virtual production, process ...

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Commercially Available, Hands-Free MIC Device Assembly


The reliability of gallium nitride (GaN) device technology has improved significantly, making it a viable technology for both military and commercial microwave integrated circuit (MIC) applications. IC manufacturers are migrating to GaN and other advanced semiconductor compounds to ...

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EAO Creates Tailored HMI Solution for KOR Engineering


KOR Engineering approached EAO Corporation with a simple components order for a new control panel designed for new labeling and packaging machinery. EAO quickly learned that the request was to fulfill an original need of individual controls for panels located in several operational ...

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EDM Partners with Nordson YESTECH for Cutting-Edge 3D AOI


Some inspection tasks, such as coplanarity inspection of chips, lead banks and BGAs, are not possible with 2D automated optical inspection (AOI). Electronic Design & Manufacturing (EDM), recently added a Nordson YESTECH FX-940 ULTRA 3D AOI system to its production facility in Lynchburg ...

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