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What Does an Electronic Manufacturing Services Company Do?

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

Worth It to Outsource PCB Assembly Services? Definitely

pcb assembly servicesMore 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.


What to Know About Electronic Cable & Harness Assembly

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When it comes to making a custom electronic cable and harness assembly, the little details matter. A faulty wire or a bad connection could ruin an expensive piece of equipment and slow down manufacturing processes. 


PCB Thermal Management Tips for High-Reliability Electronics

Thermal Management for Class-3 Electronics


What is Obsolescence Management for Electronics?

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You just installed your new PCBs in your machines and they’re working great! Dust off your hands and pat yourself on the back; the hard part’s done, right?


LED PCB Design for Safety

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At this point, we’re all familiar with light-emitting diode (LED) lights. From the bright, efficient bulbs replacing the old filament lamps, to the flashy, colorful strips mounted behind TVs and monitors. 


Guide to Working With an Electronics Manufacturing Services Company

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“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 whom you’re dealing with and how far their capabilities extend.


7 PCB Testing Methods You Need to Know

pcb testing methodsWhen 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, but the seven main types include:

  1. In-circuit testing
  2. Flying probe testing

IPC Class Definitions for Class 1, 2, & 3 Electronics

ipc class definitions class 2 electronics tabletIn 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.


IPC Standards Chart for U.S.

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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.


Moving to a Wireless Industrial Control: IoT & More

industrial wireless controlMany 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.


How Aftermarket Electronics Remanufacturing Boosts the Energy Industry

aftermarket electronics remanufacturing - thermal plantMassive 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 OEMs and the end consumer. It's absolutely crucial that you're always thinking about the electronic component life cycle and making plans for the future


All About MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) Regulations

MSHA - Mine Safety and Health Administration RegulationsJust 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.


11 PCB Design Tips for Photovoltaic/Solar Panel Electronics

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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?


Mitigating Component and Electronic Obsolescence in Medical Devices

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Global supply chain shortages mixed with bottlenecks in the shipping industry and labor shortages have triggered serious problems in nearly every industry. With an increase in both prices and supply shortages, electronics obsolescence is becoming an inevitability throughout many markets. 


6 Challenges in Medical Tech Manufacturing: Standards & Certs

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More opportunity, more money … and more problems.


Flying Probe Testing 101

flying probe testPCB 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.


What Is Turnkey PCB Assembly?

turnkey pcb assemblyTurnkey assembly -- buzzwords or worth looking into?


Why an ISO 13485-Certified Manufacturer Is Vital for Medical Devices

iso 13485 certified manufacturer - medical tools on pink backgroundMedical 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.


5 Medical PCB Assembly & Design Tips

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.


STORY OF AN AMERICAN ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURER PT. 5: THE 2010s TO NOW

(Editor’s note: This is part 5 of a five-part series on the history of Matric Group, from a $20 investment in 1971 to a $60+ million business today.)


STORY OF AN AMERICAN ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURER PT. 4: THE 2000S

From the Playstation 2 to the first-ever International Space Station crew, the beginning of the Millennium saw technological breakthroughs, rolling blackouts, and political turmoil throughout the United States and abroad. 


Medical Device Electronics Design: Preventing Component Shortages

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About 20% of all medical device manufacturers struggle to manage component shortages. This can be a big problem, especially since many devices can mean the difference between life and death for an individual. 

Obsolescence: A Pain in Medical Device Product Life Cycle Management

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Medical device product life cycle management is a challenge at the best of times. When supply chains are disrupted (such as during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020), it becomes even harder.

These challenges are a way of life for any device that needs to go through an extensive certification process. Since medical equipment is as high-stakes as it gets, it undergoes a more extensive review than most. 

Fortunately, there are ways that you can stay ahead of the curve.


Electronic Component Shortages Update -- 2022 and Beyond

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As the year-end holidays inch closer and closer, relief from the global chip shortage seems to be inching further and further away. As demand continues to rise for consumer electronics, chip-heavy vehicles, and smart appliances, semiconductor manufacturers across the globe are continuing to feel the pressure.


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