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PCB Engineering Services: 4 Qualities to Look For

By Matric on May 20, 2020

When you’re looking for a PCB engineering services provider, there are, of course, multiple things to consider. “Will they be able to meet my specific needs?” is likely your first and foremost concern. 

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Matric products & services
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What Are PCB Functional Testing Services?

By Matric on May 13, 2020

Electronics manufacture and testing are like squabbling siblings. PCB testing is a necessary expense that, when done correctly, prevents much larger and more embarrassing damage control when your product goes to market.

Topics: Intrinsically Safe Electronic manufacturing services Components Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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5 Electronic Enclosure Design Guidelines

By Matric on May 12, 2020

Electronic devices are the sum of their parts, including the box in which you house them. 

Topics: Intrinsically Safe PCB assembly Costs Dynamic Matric
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How Aftermarket Electronics Remanufacturing Boosts the Energy Industry

By Matric on Apr 29, 2020

Massive amounts of money are at play when it comes to power distribution electronics. The electronic product development life cycle frequently sparks frustration among OEMs in this industry because parts steadily wear out and require attention to keep critical infrastructure operating.

Full-blown replacement of a product is neither cost-effective nor efficient when downtime is harmful to both OEM and end consumer. It's absolutely crucial that you're always thinking about the electronic component life cycle and making plans for the future

Topics: Aftermarket Services Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric products & services obsolescence management
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ICT Testing Vs Flying Probe Testing

By Matric on Apr 20, 2020

Deciding on the best testing method for your printed circuit board can be a daunting task. There are plenty of factors to take into consideration, including costs, coverage, and development lead time. However, there are two popular test strategies you’ll often find yourself choosing between: ICT testing vs flying probe testing.

Topics: Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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RoHS 2 Compliance & Directives Checklist

By Matric on Apr 03, 2020

In 2006, the European Union rolled out a directive restricting the use of certain hazardous chemicals. This directive, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), would have a far-reaching impact on the electronics industry. Its restrictions on using lead would send manufacturers scrambling to revise their practices or adopt entirely new ones. Thanks to a follow-up directive in 2011, manufacturers now hustle to meet RoHS 2 compliance.

Yes, it’s not a punitive law full of fines and penalties. But if you’re a U.S. company, noncompliance is basically an impassable barrier to entry to the EU trade market. So if you want to do business abroad, don’t mess around -- comply.

Topics: Testing & Inspection Dynamic Windurance Matric standards & certifications
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Coronavirus & How Electronic Medical Device Manufacturers Can Cope

By Matric on Mar 31, 2020

As you know painfully well, the coronavirus is causing growing demand for medical ventilators and other "life-sustaining" devices. As hospital visits begin to surge, the medical device supply chain is being stretched thin.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Trends Dynamic Matric products & services medical devices
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Rigid PCB Vs. Flexible PCB Design

By Matric on Mar 26, 2020

The products that your organization is preparing to develop call for printed circuit boards (PCBs) -- simple enough, right? Not exactly. Components and boards come in many shapes, sizes, and materials.

Topics: PCB Layout Components PCB assembly Matric
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What Does PCB In-Circuit Testing Cost?

By Matric on Mar 23, 2020

Tests for printed circuit boards (PCBs) come in many varieties based on cost, breadth, time, and other factors. There are many ways to test your PCB, but in-circuit testing, known as ICT, is the most advanced and accurate method. 

Topics: PCB Layout Components Costs Testing & Inspection Matric
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PCB Assembly Cost Breakdown

By Matric on Mar 19, 2020

PCB (printed circuit board) costs are a concern for any electronics designers or manufacturers -- both the materials that go into PCBs and the expertise required to make them safe and reliable.

Topics: Components PCB assembly Costs Matric prototyping
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7 Benefits of Advanced Electronics Remanufacturing for Transportation

By Matric on Mar 03, 2020

There’s no perfect playbook to establishing and maintaining major transportation projects like subways, bus systems, and other transit developments.

Topics: Aftermarket Services Components Costs Dynamic Matric obsolescence management transportation
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Guide to a Faster Engineering Change Order Procedure in Electronics

By Matric on Feb 21, 2020

Change management is usually a requirement in the electronics industry. This specifically relates to changes needed after the initial design of your project. In the electronics industry, an engineering change order (ECO) is the most common example of change management.

Topics: Aftermarket Services Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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What Is REACH Compliance? | Electronics Manufacturing Standards

By Matric on Feb 19, 2020

Understanding your marketing is key to a successful product run. That applies not only to your customers, but their home country as well.

Topics: Components Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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Aerospace Electronics PCB Assembly & Design Guide

By Matric on Feb 14, 2020

You’ve heard about the many great feats and discoveries in the aerospace industry. You’ve also heard about the tragedies that have happened when a design has gone wrong.

Topics: PCB Layout Components PCB assembly Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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5 Medical PCB Assembly & Design Tips

By Matric on Feb 07, 2020

The benefits of new technologies in health care are awesome. Developers are showing off some amazing ideas for medical devices. It’s no surprise that medical electronics companies are rushing to be at the forefront of tech.

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services Components PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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All About MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) Regulations

By Matric on Jan 30, 2020

Just about any piece of electronics can be dangerous when they’re manufactured poorly. But when you’re manufacturing for the mining industry, you’re in especially big trouble if your product is a liability in the field.

Topics: Intrinsically Safe Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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Electronic Component Shortages Update -- What's In Store for 2020?

By Matric on Jan 27, 2020

Electronic component shortages have been a hindrance on a booming electronics marketplace throughout 2018, 2019, and into 2020. While new orders roll in and production remains steady, there simply haven’t been enough capacitors, resistors and other parts to go around.

With the addition of tariffs on imported Chinese goods introduced, most contract manufacturers are racing to understand what’s ahead for their already-constrained supply chain.

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What Does an Advanced Electronics Remanufacturing Company Do?

By Matric on Jan 03, 2020

“If it’s broke, don’t fix it” will never fly for public transportation, mining equipment, or many other high-impact electronics projects. An electronics OEM is expected to keep things running by replacing or fixing components or entire products -- whether it’s affordable to do so or not.

Topics: Aftermarket Services Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric products & services
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What Is Turnkey PCB Assembly?

By Matric on Dec 10, 2019

Turnkey manufacturing -- buzzword or worth looking into?

Topics: Dynamic Matric
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What Does an Electronic Manufacturing Services Company Do?

By Matric on Dec 09, 2019

Do you work for an original equipment manufacturer, or OEM? Chance are you’ve crossed paths with a project requiring an electronic manufacturing services company.

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric products & services obsolescence management prototyping
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What Is SMT Assembly?

By Matric on Dec 06, 2019

As today’s electronics designs become smaller and more complex, more engineers are relying on surface mount technology. After the 1980s, this technology became the preferred PCB assembly technology in electronics manufacturing and hasn’t let up since.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Components PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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Matric’s Variable Frequency Drive Repair Services Energize LNG Exports

By Matric on Dec 05, 2019

A tanker departed from Freeport LNG in September 2019 with the first export cargo produced at the Houston facility. The late-afternoon moment in which it left shore strengthened the United States’ position as a major global supplier of the super-chilled fuel known as liquid nitrogen gas (LNG).

Topics: PCB Layout Aftermarket Services Dynamic Matric products & services
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What Is AS9100 Certification for Electronics Manufacturing?

By Matric on Dec 03, 2019

When an OEM is sourcing out work -- let alone aerospace electronics manufacturing -- it’s likely to come across companies that boast about all sorts of certifications and capabilities.

Topics: Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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Electronics Manufacturing Trade Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

By Matric on Nov 19, 2019

Even in our vastly internet-dominated world, nothing has quite replicated the impact of a face-to-face discussion with vendors and fellow engineers. Electronics manufacturing trade shows are valued for their inherent ability to establish a relationship and answer questions in ways you simply cannot achieve via email or over the phone.

Electronic contract manufacturers use these shows to break ground with engineers and purchasers in a variety of fields. Let’s take a look at some of the best electronics manufacturing expos out there for you to start meeting great new partners and vendors in the next year or two:

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Trends Dynamic Matric
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4 Times When a Quick-Turn PCB Board House Isn't Enough

By Matric on Nov 05, 2019

There’s a certain need for speed in manufacturing circuit boards -- the electronics industry demands it, and your end users demand it. But how quick is too quick?

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services Aftermarket Services Components PCB assembly Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric obsolescence management
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Electronics Manufacturing Plant Security Procedures Your ECM Must Use

By Matric on Nov 01, 2019

You probably take plenty of steps to protect intellectual property at your OEM. But what about the other guys handling your sensitive secrets?

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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Capabilities of an Electronic Manufacturing Services Company

By Matric on Oct 30, 2019

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services Aftermarket Services Components PCB assembly Dynamic Matric obsolescence management prototyping
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4 PCB Prototyping Service Options

By Matric on Oct 25, 2019

As electronics OEM engineers well know, the printed circuit board (PCB) is crucial to the proper operation of just about every electronics product manufactured today. And complex electronics products for important jobs like mining, medical devices, and aerospace must be 100% failsafe.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Dynamic Matric prototyping
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Do Your ECM's Obsolescence Management Procedures Look Like This?

By Matric on Oct 02, 2019

Modern electronics are evolving so rapidly that new becomes old in just a few years -- or less, if you’re an iPhone superfan. In fact, the average life of a new integrated circuit is less than 2 years.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Components Dynamic Matric obsolescence management
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6 Ways to Identify & Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Components

By Matric on Sep 24, 2019

One of the biggest concerns of electronic manufacturing is the reliability of the components being used. Counterfeit electronic components have long been a thorn in the side of manufacturers, and the counterfeit industry continues to thrive by adapting new methods to mask part authenticity.
Topics: Components Dynamic Windurance Matric
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7 PCB Testing Methods You Need to Know

By Matric on Sep 19, 2019

When you order printed circuit boards (PCB), you know the pricey consequence of failure. The last thing you need financially is for your PCBs to suddenly drop dead -- or to have a shortened life span because of a design or QA issue.

PCB assembly testing methods are an integral part of the manufacturing process. Reputable electronics contract manufacturers (ECMs) offer a variety of PCB testing methods, enough that sometimes it’s hard to keep them straight.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Guide to Working With an Electronics Manufacturing Services Company

By Matric on Sep 17, 2019

“How will my idea go from conception to finished product at your company?” It’s a question we hear a lot, and a good one. It’s natural to want to know who you’re dealing with and how far their capabilities extend.

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services Aftermarket Services PCB assembly Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric products & services
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7 No-Brainer Reasons to Prototype Your PCB Assembly

By Matric on Sep 13, 2019

Prototyping is just as important to the electronics manufacturing process as designing, engineering, and testing. Ignore it at your own risk.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Costs Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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China Tariffs: How Will They Affect Electronics Manufacturers?

By Matric on Sep 10, 2019

NOTE: This article was updated on September 16, 2019 to reflect recent information regarding tariffs.

Two days after Independence Day 2018, President Donald Trump’s aggressive new tariffs went into effect, imposing an extra 25% tax on imported Chinese goods. This affected over $50 billion worth of “industrially significant technologies” used by U.S. electronics manufacturers and their buyers. 

Topics: Components Trends Costs Dynamic Windurance Matric
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PCB Design Guide for Reverse Polarity Protection

By Matric on Aug 27, 2019

When user safety depends on equipment functioning reliably -- as is the case with many medical devices and handheld mining equipment, for example -- electronic components must be trustworthy.

Topics: Intrinsically Safe PCB Layout Components PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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IPC Class Definitions for Class 1, 2, & 3 Electronics

By Matric on Aug 20, 2019

In electronics manufacturing, printed circuit boards are separated into three categories: 1, 2, and 3. The categories reflect the level of quality of each circuit board type, from lowest (Class 1 standards) to highest (Class 3 standards). This classification system was developed and is monitored by IPC under the IPC-6011 standard.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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How to Prep for Success With PCB Box Build Assembly Services

By Matric on Aug 09, 2019

Electromechanical PCB box build assembly services are one of the most important offerings of electronics contract manufacturers. In addition to the manufacturing and population of PCBs (printed circuit boards), this full turnkey production is a simple, all-in-one approach to addressing your manufacturing needs. This includes wire harnesses, metal fabrication, and sub-level assemblies.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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All About PCB Contamination Testing

By Matric on Aug 01, 2019

PCB contamination testing is not for every project, but it’s a lifesaver for some.

Topics: Components Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Does Your Assembly Need a PCB Microsection Analysis?

By Matric on Jul 25, 2019

There is no shortage of reasons to test a PCB assembly, and there is no shortage of ways to do it. Out of the many functional tests available, PCB microsection analysis has a pretty specific purpose.

Topics: Components Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Deadline Day: The RoHS 3 Directive Is Here

By Matric on Jul 22, 2019

For those in the electronics manufacturing supply chain, RoHS compliance is a big deal. Hopefully you’ve treated it as such well in advance of the July 22, 2019, RoHS 3 deadline.

Topics: Intrinsically Safe Components Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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3 Ways to Prep for Your High-Reliability Class 3 Electronics Project

By Matric on Jul 17, 2019

You’re an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in need of an electronics contract manufacturer to supply circuit boards for a product you haven’t built before. One of the first questions you need to ask is: “Should the boards meet Class 2 or Class 3 electronics standards?”

Topics: PCB Layout Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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What Is a PCB Solderability Test?

By Matric on Jul 08, 2019

Solder is what makes the electrical connections work on your printed circuit board (PCB). Solderability, then, measures how well metal is wetted by molten solder to secure those connections. It’s one of the most essential PCB testing methods.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Costs Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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What Is Intrinsically Safe Equipment?

By Matric on May 20, 2019

In the constantly evolving world of technology, safety remains a top concern among engineers during development. Whether it’s a sensor in your car, your son’s handheld video game, or a surgically implanted medical device in your elderly neighbor, we need assurance that our products are intrinsically safe (IS) during use.

Topics: Intrinsically Safe Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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8 Steps to Electronic Product Design With Surface Mount Technology

By Matric on May 16, 2019

If you’re considering switching an existing electronic product design from through-hole technology to surface mount technology (SMT), you’ll want to do your homework first.

Topics: PCB Layout Components PCB assembly Costs Dynamic Matric
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How’s the Electronic Component Shortage Looking in 2019 so Far?

By Matric on May 14, 2019

Two things are fairly certain about the current electronic component shortage: It’ll end, and it’ll someday return.

Topics: Components Trends Costs Dynamic Matric
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What is ITAR Compliance? Electronics Manufacturing Security Standards

By Matric on Apr 18, 2019

International Traffic and Arms Regulation (ITAR) came about in 1976 because of a need to control the export of military equipment and related sensitive information. Today, government enforcement of these regulations is far stricter than the Cold War days.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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How Regulations Impact Your Electronics Manufacturing Supply Chain

By Matric on Apr 15, 2019

The electronics manufacturing supply chain ranks #1 as a source of risk to many OEMs. These snags include environmental and other international regulations, which at times may seem as tangled as the wires behind your desktop.

Topics: Components Trends Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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PCB Assembly Services: Through-Hole Vs. Surface Mount

By Matric on Apr 05, 2019

As electronics have become increasingly embedded in our day-to-day, the manufacturing process for printed circuit boards (PCBs) has adapted. Electronics have become smaller and smaller, and the PCBs that go in those products have had to shrink to keep up. The demand for tiny PCBs has led to a drastic increase in the use of surface mount technology (SMT) -- which has taken over the traditional through-hole manufacturing process that dominated electronics into the 1980s.

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Specs for Class 2 Electronic Product Design

By Matric on Mar 27, 2019

When introducing a new electronic product design, many OEMs don’t fully understand the differences between IPC classifications -- or understand them at all.

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services Components PCB assembly Costs Dynamic Matric
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RS485 Vs. RS232: What's the Difference?

By Matric on Mar 20, 2019

Among the serial data interfaces -- SPI, Flex I2C, and many more -- available for electronic equipment, two stand out for their longevity. In spite of the dozens of new kids on the block, RS232 and RS485 remain popular.

Topics: Trends Dynamic Matric
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Why an ISO 13485 Certified Manufacturer Is Vital for Medical Devices

By Matric on Mar 18, 2019

Medical device companies looking for a PCB design and assembly partner have many important factors to consider, all with the end user’s well-being at risk. Finding an experienced, ISO 13485 certified manufacturer is one of the most important.

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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Tariffs on Electronics From China: Another Delay

By Matric on Feb 27, 2019

If there's anything certain in the U.S.-China tariffs staredown, it's uncertainty.

Topics: Components Trends Costs Dynamic Matric
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Moving to a Wireless Industrial Control: IoT & More

By Matric on Feb 27, 2019

Many industrial and manufacturing operations are looking closely at wireless industrial controls to see what benefits they offer. These wireless systems definitely have advantages -- enabling your systems to communicate more effectively with one another and with your team -- but they require an investment in time and capital to utilize.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Trends Dynamic Matric
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Best Types of PCB Material for Your Board

By Matric on Feb 25, 2019

Most often, the foundation, or base, of a printed circuit board (PCB) consists of a substrate and laminate. Different substrate and laminate materials determine how the PCB will perform. So, selecting the right types of PCB material for the intended purposes is critical to achieving the best possible:

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What Are RoHS 3 Substances & What's The Implementation Date?

By Matric on Feb 18, 2019

There are major regulation change coming to electronics in Europe, and it’s important for everyone to take note, including U.S. manufacturers who sell to EU customers.

Topics: Components Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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Capabilities of a Flying Probe Test

By Matric on Feb 15, 2019

PCB design is tricky. Depending on how complex your project is -- or how much is at stake if something fails -- you may need top-end testing before launching your product.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Costs Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Outsourcing a Box Build Assembly? Here's How to ID a Great Partner

By Matric on Feb 07, 2019

Box build assembly. Systems integration. Top level assembly.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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MEMS Design Guide for PCB Electromechanical Assemblies

By Matric on Feb 04, 2019

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are the microscopic building blocks of current electronics. Look no further than the smartphone in your pocket -- these tiny devices make up many of the sensors in our phones that collect data like motion and image stabilization.

These little pieces have opened up a world of possibilities for companies looking to innovate with their products and craft revolutionary new ones Here’s a quick-and-dirty MEMS design guide to help your PCB design for electromechanical assemblies compete with the best.

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Get a Quicker Quote for PCB Prototype Sourcing in 5 Shortcuts

By Matric on Jan 31, 2019

In an ideal world, getting a quote for prototype production from your electronics contract manufacturer (ECM) would go smoothly and quickly. But the reality of prototype quoting is much less streamlined than either original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or ECMs would like.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Costs Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Guide to Making an Electronics Box Build Assembly

By Matric on Jan 31, 2019

If you’ve put in the hard work of designing an electronic product, chances are you have high expectations for its success with your target market. But before you can get anything into the hands of customers, you need to have it in a project box that protects your carefully designed product and makes it truly useful and accessible.

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services Components PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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ICT Testing: Cost, Advantages, & Drawbacks

By Matric on Jan 28, 2019

Your great, new electronics product is almost ready to go. All you need is ICT testing (in-circuit testing) -- or perhaps another method of testing.

Topics: Costs Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Types of Conformal Coating for PCB Protection

By Matric on Jan 24, 2019

With the rise of IoT and technology in general, electronics are featured in myriad environments. This means that sensitive electronic connections are potentially exposed to hazards like extreme temperatures, moisture, and dust that can harm components and disrupt the integrity of the assembly itself.

Topics: PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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How to Achieve Zero Defects in Your Electronics Build: 8 Tips

By Matric on Jan 15, 2019

There are many areas in life where accepting mistakes as inevitable is a good thing -- electronics manufacturing is not one of them. The end goal should always be to complete a production run with zero defects. While it may not be possible every time, it’s certainly the mindset you want your contract manufacturer to have.

So, how can you handle business on your end to make sure no defects exist in your electronics build?

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Should You Dual Source Your Electronics Manufacturing?

By Matric on Jan 07, 2019

The decision to single or dual source from electronics manufacturing services partners plays a heavy hand in determining the infrastructure of your supply chain. Each option has its advantages and potential hazards, and each OEM needs to determine the best fit based on its own size, order volumes, demand, etc.

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Costs Dynamic Matric
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PCB Documentation to Give Your Contract Manufacturer Up Front

By Matric on Dec 27, 2018

 

The decision on which electronics manufacturing supplier to choose can be a difficult one. The outcome of the quoting process often decides who will build your assemblies. That’s why inaccurate quotes are a back-breaker for both OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and ECMs (electronics contract manufacturers).

For example, let’s say you received a quote from a supplier that was higher than your desired threshold. Other than that, this OEM checks all the boxes of an ideal supplier. However, you simply cannot accept a quote in that range. Little did you know; the quote was inaccurate, and the price was more in line with your targeted range.

Sure, this could be the fault of the ECM’s quoting process, and that would be on them. But if the OEM did not provide all the necessary printed circuit board (PCB) documentation up front, a missing file could have the same effect.

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Class 3 Electronics PCB Manufacturers: Zero Room for Error

By Matric on Dec 11, 2018

If you needed a pacemaker to keep your heart beating as it should, would you settle for the level of electronics quality you’d find in a cheap toy for toddlers? That’s the essential difference betweenIPC Class 1 assembly requirements and Class 3 electronics requirements.

Topics: Intrinsically Safe PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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How Component Inventory Management Makes an OEM’s Life Easier

By Matric on Nov 28, 2018

Maintaining an accurate inventory can result in an elevated manufacturing process, increasing efficiency in production, ensuring on-time delivery, and allowing for timely action in the event of bottlenecks.

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Glossary: Terms Your Electronics Contract Manufacturer May Use

By Matric on Nov 26, 2018

When talking with salespeople, design engineers, and other contacts within an electronic contract manufacturer, you may hear a lot of terms thrown about. Many of them -- often turned into acronyms are said with the assumption that you know what they mean.

For engineers and especially purchasers, this can be a pain -- especially if you’re trying to read design recommendations, testing results, or that quote you requested.

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6 Questions to Ask Your EMS Supplier

By Matric on Nov 20, 2018

Choosing the right electronic manufacturing services (EMS) supplier can play a big part in the success of your company. Pick the right partner and you can rely support that helps you achieve optimal results from your new product introduction. Pick the wrong EMS supplier and you are in for:

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Matric Group Honored With Governor’s Safety Award

By Matric on Nov 05, 2018

A dedicated safety program has netted the contract manufacturer its second state-recognized safety award in four years.

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Common Causes of PCB Failure

By Matric on Oct 25, 2018

Printed circuit boards, or PCBs, are essentially the lifeblood of the devices we use every day. Cellphones, TVs, cars, street lights and so many other devices rely on PCBs, which is why it can be extremely disruptive when one fails.

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Is China Spy Chip a Supply Chain Snag for OEM Electronics Companies?

By Matric on Oct 17, 2018

On Oct. 4, a story by Bloomberg that detailed allegations of China’s military infiltration into servers used by about 30 U.S. companies and top government agencies sent shockwaves across the tech industry. According to Bloomberg, Chinese spies sneaked tiny microchips capable of editing code from a remote location into motherboards of servers made by the world’s leading server maker – Super Micro Computer, commonly referred to as Supermicro.

Topics: Components Trends Dynamic Matric
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How to Get Accurate Quotes From an Electronics Contract Manufacturer

By Matric on Oct 15, 2018

When sourcing your PCB assembly needs to an electronics contract manufacturer, you expect a fast and accurate quote to begin the process. It’s in the best interest of both the OEM and the manufacturer to prioritize accuracy from the beginning.

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Matric Wins Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence -- Again!

By Matric on Oct 12, 2018

Matric Limited’s successful safety program has once again been honored with the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Dynamic Matric
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What Is a Ball Grid Array for PCB Packaging?

By Matric on Oct 08, 2018

Ball grid arrays are a form of high-density, low-cost packaging in the PCB industry.

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Can US Electronics Contract Manufacturers Handle the China Tariffs?

By Matric on Oct 02, 2018

It’s too early to tell with certainty how U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods implemented in 2018 will truly affect U.S. electronics contract manufacturers. The signals from major players like Cisco Systems, Apple, and IBM so far are not happy ones.

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Are Carbon Nanomaterials the Solution to Conflict Minerals?

By Matric on Sep 11, 2018

Conflict minerals are both a vital component (no pun intended) of the electronics industry and at the same time one of its biggest headaches. Since 2010, U.S.-based electronics companies have been required to determine whether certain components in their products came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the world’s largest sources of conflict minerals.

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ISO 13485 Certification: Everything You Need to Know

By Matric on Aug 13, 2018

Electronic contract manufacturers (ECMs) regularly tout the certifications they possess -- just take a look at their websites. Hey, even we do it. And it’s for good reason: Certifications communicate what your company is capable of to potential customers. It also communicates trustworthiness and dependability. If you’re a medical company seeking electronics manufacturing, the ISO 13485 certification is the most important one to you.

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IPC Standards Chart for U.S.

By Matric on Aug 09, 2018

The IPC standards chart (or tree, in some circles) provides guidelines for the production and assembly requirements of electronics manufacturing companies. Each “code” on the tree is a standard or document outlining the guidelines or requirements for building an assembly.

Topics: Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Beware These 6 Printed Circuit Board Layout Pitfalls

By Matric on Jul 18, 2018

Printed circuit boards are vital components of many modern-day electrical gadgets. Printed circuit board layout is made up of numerous layers of copper traces and circuits that help make connections between various parts, as well as plastic and other types of materials that are used to cover and shield the connections from the surroundings.

How you design and manufacture printed circuit boards (PCBs) largely determines how well these boards will work in the final product. Unfortunately, layout is becoming increasingly difficult and complicated, as new board circuit designs are being shrunk to fit in electrical devices that become becoming smaller and smaller each year.

Topics: PCB Layout Dynamic Matric
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Simplify Your First Article Inspection for Electronics in 6 Steps

By Matric on Jul 16, 2018

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PCB Layout Design for Manufacturability: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

By Matric on Jul 13, 2018

Optimizing PCB layout design for manufacturability is one of the most crucial aspects of your product’s development process. Key decisions made during the design stage often have a tremendous impact on the cost and success of your product’s manufacturing and production.

Topics: PCB Layout Costs Dynamic Matric
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Your ECM Should Be Using a Third-Party Electronic Component Database

By Matric on Jul 11, 2018

Perhaps the most groan-inducing aspect of electronics manufacturing is component sourcing. Limited availability, dubious component quality, and conflict mineral laws are common causes of you and your manufacturer’s headaches when it comes to sourcing parts.

Fortunately, programs exist that reduce the hassle of this experience, in turn lowering risk in your supply chain. The program of choice at Matric Group is SiliconExpert, and in this article I’ll tell you why your ECM (electronics contract manufacturer) should be using this program -- and how it makes an OEM’s life easier.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Components Dynamic Matric
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Why Electronic Component Lead Times Are Rising -- & 3 Ways to Prepare

By Matric on Jun 26, 2018

If your manufacturing projects involve electronics, you’re likely facing the challenge of extended electronic component lead times. Certain parts that used to take 12 weeks to come in are now taking upward of 30 weeks. Some parts even take a full year to arrive.

It’s nice news for distributors, who can take advantage of this “shortage” and charge higher prices, but it’s not a good deal for OEMs -- especially considering the importance of fast time to market in today’s need-it-now world.

Here’s a closer look at why there’s a shortage of certain components today and what your company can do about it:

Topics: Components Trends Dynamic Windurance Matric
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EMS Company Embarks on a New, Exciting Chapter

By Rick Turner on Jun 25, 2018

(The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's PA Proud blog recently spoke with Matric Group President and CEO Rick Turner to learn how our growing, innovative EMS company utilized the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority [PIDA] program to invest in its future with upgraded machinery and job training. PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs, and for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities.)

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Trends Matric
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How Burn-In Testing Can Save You A Lot of Money – And Trouble

By Matric on Jun 20, 2018

Testing and inspection are vital parts of electronics contract manufacturing, for obvious reasons. Before that shipment of PCBs arrives on your doorstep, you want to be sure you’re getting what you paid for -- a properly assembled, fully functional circuit board. One of the most important tests your manufacturer can put your boards through to make sure that happens is called burn-in testing, and it could save you a lot of time, money, and trouble.

Topics: Costs Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Embedded Systems & IOT in Electronics Manufacturing – An Explainer

By Matric on Jun 18, 2018

Perhaps without realizing it, you use embedded systems and IoT every single day of your life.

“I use what?” you might’ve just asked.

Topics: Trends Dynamic Windurance Matric
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Worth It to Outsource PCB Assembly Services? Definitely

By Matric on Jun 08, 2018

More manufacturers these days are realizing the benefits of using external PCB assembly services versus a DIY approach. Allowing an electronics contractor to lend its expertise has resulted in happier, more efficient OEMs.

Topics: PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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Basics of Obsolescence Management for Electronics

By Matric on May 29, 2018

The most painful part of developing with electronics is knowing your success is fleeting. Eventually, all parts must die, or at least fade away into irrelevance. But there’s something you can do about it. Obsolescence management can guide you through this difficult process.

Topics: Aftermarket Services Dynamic Windurance Matric
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What OEMs Can Do About Obsolete Electronic Parts

By Matric on May 23, 2018

Losing a key component at the wrong time can be downright terrifying to OEM teams trying to get a product out. So what can an OEM do about obsolete electronic parts?

Topics: Components Dynamic Matric
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Your Go-To Guide to Reducing PCB Assembly Cost

By Matric on May 07, 2018

As with most things you can purchase, there’s a strenuous relationship between cost and quality when it comes to PCB assemblies. However, there is a happy medium to be found between the two, and these tips can help reduce PCB assembly cost without sacrificing quality.

Topics: PCB assembly Costs Dynamic Matric
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Auto Inspection Makes Your Electronic Contract Manufacturer Productive

By Matric on May 04, 2018

Without a doubt, the development of enhanced inspection equipment has been critical to the PCB assembly industry. The speed and precision of Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) and Automated X-Ray Inspection (AXI) techniques have allowed PCB manufacturers to keep in demand with the increasing complexity of today’s electronics.

Topics: Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Buyer’s Guide to PCB Layout Design

By Matric on Apr 18, 2018

There comes a day in nearly every engineer’s and buyer’s lives when they need a printed circuit board (PCB) for their company’s next electronic product. Whether you have a working knowledge of PCB layout design or are a newbie, it helps to grasp the start-to-finish journey a design makes.

Topics: PCB Layout Dynamic Matric