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Recent posts by Matric

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11 PCB Design Tips for Photovoltaic/Solar Panel Electronics

By Matric on May 07, 2021

When designing solar-powered embedded systems intended for outdoor applications, durability, performance, and energy efficiency are a perfect storm of considerations. The dream is to balance all three, but how can you make that a reality?

Topics: PCB Layout Components PCB assembly Dynamic Matric Energy
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How to Get Accurate PCB Quotes From an Electronics Contract Manufacturer

By Matric on Apr 23, 2021

When outsourcing your printed circuit board (PCB), electronics box build, or cable assembly to an electronics contract manufacturer, you expect a fast, accurate quote up front. It’s in the best interest of both OEM and manufacturer to prioritize accuracy from the beginning.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Costs Dynamic Matric
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American Electronics Manufacturers Are Eyeing EU Chemical Regulations

By Matric on Apr 06, 2021

With the European Union (EU) working toward new strategies to cut down on hazardous chemicals within the electronics manufacturing industry, the rest of the world is looking on and taking note. 

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Components Warnings and faults standards & certifications materials
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Electronics Manufacturing Services: Equipment Your Partner Should Have

By Matric on Apr 05, 2021

Today a growing number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) outsource some of their work to electronics contract manufacturers (ECMs). The ECMs are crucial partners when bringing your product to the market. However, while there are plenty of electronic manufacturing companies to choose from, not all are equal.

Selecting the ideal one can ensure a smooth manufacturing journey from design to aftermarket support. But, how will you ensure that you are partnering up with the right ECMs that you can truly put your trust in? 

We ‘ve come up with a list of equipment your partner should have, plus other factors to guide your outsourcing process.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Components PCB assembly Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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Glossary: Terms Your Electronics Contract Manufacturer May Use

By Matric on Mar 29, 2021

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.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Components PCB assembly Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric
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What Is the ISO 14001 Standard for Electronics Manufacturing?

By Matric on Mar 19, 2021

If you’re looking for an electronics contract manufacturer, what are the most important factors you consider? Is it the price or quality of the product? Maybe it’s Nadcap or AS9100 compliance

Topics: Dynamic Matric standards & certifications environment materials
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How to Tell Tombstone Defects in PCBs ‘Rest in Peace’

By Matric on Mar 04, 2021

Working with small circuit board areas can increase the risk of various PCB defects, tombstoning in particular. 

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Dynamic Matric Warnings and faults
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INFOGRAPHIC: Conformal Coatings vs. Potting/Encapsulation

By Matric on Feb 23, 2021

The electronics sector is one of the most dynamic industries, with virtually unlimited applications. This is why its growth is expected to remain steady in the coming years. 

Topics: PCB Layout Electronic manufacturing services Components PCB assembly Dynamic Matric
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Electronic Component Shortages Update -- 2021 and Beyond

By Matric on Feb 08, 2021

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 and mandatory factory shutdowns due to COVID-19, most contract manufacturers are racing to understand what’s ahead for their already-constrained supply chain. And with a resurgence of COVID-19, 2021 is shaping up to be another difficult year. 

Topics: Components Trends Dynamic Matric data & analysis
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All You Need to Know About Rigid-Flex PCB Design Guidelines

By Matric on Jan 19, 2021

Rigid-flex PCBs (printed circuit boards) combine the best traits of both rigid PCBs and flexible PCBs, making it easier for manufacturers to install PCBs in small spaces. The added flexibility enables manufacturers to maneuver boards precisely and with ease during installation.

Topics: PCB Layout PCB assembly Dynamic Matric