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Decreasing Production Costs with Continuously Volumetric Dispense Technology
By Christian Vega, Global Sales Manager, GPD Global, Grand Junction, CO
Dispensing is one step of the production process that doesn't get as much attention as the main processes of screen printing and pick-and-place. All too often it is believed that any inexpensive dispense method can do the application well enough. This can certainly be the case for ...
Doubling Daily Production with Quick Changeover
By Gijs Vrenken, Communications Manager
The time of dedicated production lines with limited changeover are gone. Production volumes are steadily increasing, while batch sizes are decreasing to compensate for the greater variety in end products. This is especially true in North America. This shift in manufacturing philosophy ...
Ferrite Testing: Not All Formulations are Created Equal
By Blake Roberts, FerriShield Ferrite Product Manager
Recent empirical testing of FerriShield Ferrites shows that there is a notable increase in Ohms of impedance when compared to the exact same competitive alternative.
Conformal Coating: Getting it Right
By Jerry Donahue, HumiSeal Sales Manager, The Americas, Westwood, MA
An electronic product's reliability has the potential to make or break its manufacturer and can be life-threatening in many safety-critical applications. Conformal coatings have long been used to protect electronic assemblies from their operating environment, but they can vary hugely in their protective ...
Used Equipment Checklist: What to Look for When Buying Used
By Don Burshnick, Alpha 1 Technologies, LLC, Binghamton, NY
After 30 years in the used equipment business, I have had the opportunity to see a variety trends in the equipment industry. One of the motivating factors that drove me to start my own business in 1993 was improving how the customer was treated. Coming from a technical background, I understand the ...
Getting Custom Cable Your Way
By Katina Kravik, CEO, Northwire, Inc., Osceola, WI
When design engineers who need special cable constructions hear the word "custom", they often cringe, conjuring up dollar signs and delays. That doesn't have to be the case any more. As a result of customer feedback and overseas competition, progressive manufacturers have adapted to make custom cable ...
LCD Monitors & Pick to Light Optimize Customization
By Jim Bast, VP & General Manager & Partner, Lightning Pick Technologies, Germantown, WI
In today's manufacturing environment, even the most mundane tasks are being reviewed and transformed. Increasing creativity is part of the quest to refine and error-proof all manufacturing processes. Recently a large Fortune 500 components manufacturer for the construction industry ...
Selective Soldering: a Cost-Effective Replacement for Hand Soldering
By Alan Cable, President, ACE Production Technologies, Spokane Valley, WA
In today's electronic manufacturing, there are basically four reasons to automate a soldering process. The first is to increase speed and or throughput. The second is to add repeatability, or consistency to the results. The third is to lower costs if possible. And the fourth is to increase the quality ...
Recycling Solder Dross In-House
By Derek Daily, General Manager, Senju Comtek Corp., Campbell, CA
Wave soldering processes generate a large quantity of dross with each and every PCB run through the line. With the introduction of lead-free applications, the amount of solder discarded has increased dramatically. Running a less complex solder fountain with the standard SAC305 alloy ...
Lean Components Creating Leaner Processes
By J. P. Lambiase, Design Engineer, Custom Electronics, Inc., Oneonta, NY
Lean manufacturing and lean components lead to more than just cost savings. These smarter parts also provide improved safety, quicker delivery and increased product and process quality. Lean components, therefore, pose a huge advantage in the market for lean manufacturers who desire to ...
Repair, Rework, and Reball Solder Ball
By Thorsten Teutsch, Pac Tech - Packaging Technologies, Santa Clara, CA
There is a growing demand for equipment and processes that will restore defective solder balls on surface mount (SMT) devices. The three most common reasons for restoration are: to repair missing or bridged solder bumps created during the bumping process; rework parts that were damaged ...
Adapting Conformal Coating for Automotive Electronics
By Dan Ashley, Nordson ASYMTEK, Carlsbad, CA
Conformal coating, the applications that use it, and the methods and equipment that apply it have changed considerably. Conformal coatings have long been used to protect printed circuit boards in harsh environments in the automotive industry. In most cases, the areas to be coated were wide and could ...
Cut & Paste Printed Resistors and Capacitors
By John Rufiange, VP Marketing, DKN Research, Haverhill, MA
Polymer thick film circuits were always considered an economical solution, but performance levels from the printed circuit technology were sub-par due to poor resolution and electrical conductivity. Traditional thick film circuits were intended for typical low-end items such as keyboard ...
Selling Time without Compromise
By Julie Adams, Worldwide Sales Director, Quik-Pak, San Diego, CA
In this world of shortening product cycles and highly competitive markets, faster time-to-market is essential. At Quik-Pak, a division of Delphon Industries, we know all too well what it means to "sell time" in the Semiconductor Industry without compromise to quality or workmanship. Selling time requires ...
How Server Replacement Cut Costs 86%
By Ryan Pope, 2X Software, Addison, TX
Fisher & Company, a Michigan-based automobile seating safety systems and precision metal parts manufacturer, has chosen to deploy the 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services in optimizing company-wide access to critical server-based applications. Use of the ApplicationServer will allow ...
Vacuum Tubes: Still at Work
By Joseph Hajduk, CEO, dB Control, Fremont, CA
For those of us old enough to remember, "tubes" ushered in the dawn of radio and were the guts of the first TVs. Today, traveling wave tubes (TWTs) and other vacuum electronic devices such as klystrons and crossed-field amplifiers are used by the military in radar, electronic warfare (EW) and electronic ...
Automating Odd Form Components
By Ward Palmer, Sales Manager, Chad Industries, Anaheim, CA
Automation of your line is nearly complete. Chip shooters are running well, AOI has been dialed in, reflow profiles are finally settled. However there are still those few nagging parts that have to be put in by hand to complete each board. They seem to defiantly resist automation, and yet automation ...
Computer-Guided System Cuts Inspection Time
By Rob Snoeijs, Metris, Leuven, Belgium
Engineers at Gehl's South Dakota production plant in Madison found a faster way to verify large production fixtures and manufactured parts of construction and agricultural equipment. They simply position the portable Metris K-Series Optical CMM on the production floor, and measure points ...
Creating High-Reliability Contacts
By Roger Sutcliffe, Product/Applications Engineer, QA Technology Company, Hampton, NH
Manufacturers of connectors for high reliability electronic applications are frequently confronted with the reality that their products can become the cause for the failure of a high-value piece of equipment — usually at the most inopportune time. The challenge is to design connectors ...
Short-Run Pick-and-Place on a Tight Budget
By Timothy Kardish, CEO, APS Novastar, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Pressed by a virtual freeze on capital spending further constrained by historically tight credit markets, every customer asks "How can you help me do more for less?" Through its 2008 global pick-and-place market survey APS Novastar asked SMD OEM and EMS assemblers to define their immediate ...
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