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Who is Driving the Supply Chain Digitalization?


I recently conducted a digital supply chain roadmap workshop with a global high-tech organization that was attended by the chief supply chain officer (CSCO) and the supply chain leadership team. The meeting started with a representative of supply chain strategies sharing a summary of the most relevant ...

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GlucoScanner Eliminates Pain in Blood Glucose Monitoring


GlucoScanner, a new non-invasive biosensor for blood glucose levels that uses optical technology and signal processing, is finally stepping into its finalization phase at Dynamic Brain Labs, LLC, in Tokyo, Japan.

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ViscoTec's preeflow Designed for Challenging Microdispensing


Downsizing is the latest trend in dispensing equipment, but the challenge is to keep the machines economical and precise, while making them smaller. These demands are being driven by microdispensing applications in medical devices, aerospace, electronics, photovoltaics, and the automotive ...

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Secure, Scratch-Free Testing of High-Voltage Plug Connectors


With the marked increase in the demand for electric vehicles, more manufacturers than ever are turning to hybrids. These hybrid electric vehicles require high voltages and currents, requiring even more of connecting plugs. For safety reasons, they must be equipped with a protection cover ...

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Potting in a Vacuum vs. Under Atmospheric Pressure


The decision to pot under atmospheric pressure rather than in a vacuum is often based on the faulty assumption that potting under atmospheric pressure is always affordable and easy, while potting in a vacuum is expensive and difficult.

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Copper Dissolution's Effect on Time-on-Joint for Selective Soldering


Copper dissolution was not studied, or even considered, prior to the advent of lead-free soldering. The reason is that the older Sn/Pb solders had a much lower dissolution rate, to the point that it was rarely a factor in the failure of a solder joint. Until the late 1990s, many in the industry were ...

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Laser Wire Stripping for Medical Device Manufacturing


Using lasers to remove insulation or coatings from electrical wires, catheters and other medical devices is now the norm. There are many benefits to using a laser stripping process for medical device manufacturing. The most important is the highly-repeatable quality that is enabled by the process ...

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What Yield Troubleshooting Has to Do with Equipment Utilization


Eliminating defects and fully utilizing equipment are two of the most important areas of focus in electronics assembly. Eliminating defects is important, because poor quality is expensive and a growing segment of the market no longer accepts rework. However, in many assembly operations, equipment ...

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Using Adaptive Digital Signal Conditioners in Manufacturing


More manufacturers than ever are requiring sensors for condition monitoring in their machines and processes. New digital signal conditioner technology is now available that simplifies the use of eddy current (inductive) displacement sensors for high precision/high reliability applications. This technology ...

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Why Use a CT Scanner for an Industrial Job?


For the longest time, CT imaging technology was only available for use in medical settings. Over the last several years, it has found a new home in the world of manufacturing, and is opening up many opportunities never before available.

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Hermes Standard to Advance Industry 4.0 Communications


At a meeting in Munich earlier this year, 17 leading electronics manufacturing equipment suppliers agreed on the non-proprietary "Hermes Standard for Vendor-Independent Machine-to-Machine Communication in SMT Assembly."

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High-Rel Assembly Reclamation: Securing Waste for the Greatest Return


Minimizing the scrap and waste from electronic assemblies is a top priority for the military and aerospace sectors, where high-reliability is of utmost importance. However, once the decision is made to scrap a quantity of defective circuit boards, such as those destined for an aircraft cockpit, assemblers ...

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Ultraviolet Curing in High-Performance Niche Applications


Ultraviolet (UV) curing adhesives and resins are often used in complex assembly and manufacturing operations where a controlled cure and immediate handling strength are of prime importance. UV curing has many advantages over more conventional methods of curing. These include fast and reliable curing ...

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Automated Burn-in and Test for Photonic Integrated Devices


The need for faster photonic integrated technology is about to skyrocket. In fact, this market may even become much bigger than anyone is expecting. More people use social media sites and apps to share pictures, videos, live streams, and virtual reality experiences than ever before. Generations after ...

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Convolution of the BOM: How Much Could a Resistor Cost?


Permit me a small history lesson from the perspective of an engineer that has been involved with electronic design and manufacturing for over 50 years. I assembled my first electronic project in the fourth grade, and I fabricated my first PCB in graduate school around 1970. Since then, I have been ...

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Maintaining a Competitive Position by Investing in Employees


Leadership psychologist Peter Baeklund posed a question in which a fictional CFO asks his CEO, "What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave us?" The CEO answers with his own question, "What happens if we don't, and they stay?"
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Convolution of the BOM: How Much Could a Resistor Cost?


Let's evaluate the convolution of the bill of materials (BOM) with all of today's fragmented processes, each with its own jealously protected software. A design engineer (DE) receives a project request to design a circuit. DE opens the schematic capture program and designs the circuit. As part of ...

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Why Choosing the Right PCB Vendor is Crucial


All of us have email inboxes full of spam messages that read something like, "Greetings of the day! So glad to know you are desiring to buy PCB's! We always be with you!" While it's never hard to find a deep discount board shop somewhere, it's far better to find the competent shop to get a prototype ...

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Common Causes of Adhesive Problems


High-tech adhesives are generally very reliable. When used correctly, they can resolve many design issues, saving money, time and effort. However, when issues do occur there are a variety of potential reasons for their failure. Common failures include no adhesion upon cure, reduced adhesive strength ...

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Extended-Length LED Light Engines Speed Production and Cut Costs


Light engines up to 48 in. (122.91 cm) long and 15 in. (38.1 cm) wide are lighting up the bottom line of LED light fixture manufacturers that create products such as replacements for fluorescent lighting.

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