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Story of an American Electronics Manufacturer Pt. 3: The 1990s

(Editor’s note: This is part 3 of a six-part series on the history of Matric Group, from a $20 investment in 1971 to a $60+ million business today.)


How to Achieve Zero Defects in Your Electronics Build: 8 Tips

how to achieve zero defects electronics buildThere 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?


PCB Layout Design for Manufacturability: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

pcb layout design for manufacturabilityOptimizing 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.


IPC Standards for PCBs: Why Sophisticated PCB’s Are IPC Compliant:

IPC standards for PCB

Whether you’re in the electronics, healthcare, or manufacturing industry, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hodgepodge of standards regarding PCB design. And that’s why it’s crucial to choose an electronic contract manufacturer that follows the IPC standards for PCB design. 


Is Your ECM Giving You the 5 Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification?

ISO 14001With a practically worldwide push toward environmental responsibility, more companies are choosing to -- or have no choice but to -- demonstrate that they’re reducing their environmental footprint. Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are starting to realize the importance of having ISO-certified electronics manufacturers in their supply chains. 


Military-Grade Electronics PCB Design Considerations

Military Grade Electronics PCB

Toughness in the military cuts across the board. It's not just the tough personnel, but also the electronics and the computers used in the field. Of course, that means that the printed circuit boards (PCB) used in the defense sector need to be tough as nails. 


What Is IECEX Certification for Equipment in Explosive Atmospheres?

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For companies that buy and sell products for use in a potentially explosive atmosphere, a roadmap of guidelines isn’t just helpful -- it’s also a must-have.


Uses of PCB Additive Manufacturing for Prototype Lead Time + More

PCB additive manufacturing

Sometimes, even the best technology in the world isn’t the right fit for the job. Simply put, time and volume matter.


Electronics Design Guide for Autonomous Vehicle PCBs

Autonomous Vehicle PCB #1

A report in 2020 estimated that one in every 10 vehicles globally will be self-driving by 2030. Driverless cars come with several benefits, including improved business efficiencies and reduced road crashes, emissions, and congestion.


Electronics Manufacturing Plant Security Procedures Your ECM Must Use

Electronics Manufacturing Plant Security Procedures - man at computerYou probably take plenty of steps to protect intellectual property at your OEM. But what about the other guys handling your sensitive secrets?


3 Ways to Prep for Your High-Reliability Class 3 Electronics Project

high reliability class 3 electronicsYou’re an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in need of an electronics contract manufacturer (ECM) 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?”


Story of an American Electronics Manufacturer Pt. 2: The 1980s

As we continue the countdown to Matric's 50th anniversary, let's recap so far the 1970s and how it all started.  In part one of this series, we discussed how a shared passion for Ham Radios led two electrical engineers turned vo-tech teachers, Lee Richey and Andy Maitland, to open a new business that designed, manufactured, and repaired electronic devices. 


HDI PCBs For Medical Device Electronics Design

(Editors Note: This blog was originally published in November 2020 and was updated in August 2021 to reflect new information)

hdi pcbs for medical device electronics design


Work or Play? Working For A Electronics Contract Manufacturer

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It’s February 2021, you and your family are sitting around the TV watching the Mars Rover craft touch down on the surface of Mars using components you helped create. That's how life could be if you worked in electronics manufacturing  


2021 Electronics Manufacturing Trade Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

electronics manufacturing trade shows 2021Even 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. Matric Group will be attending several "in person" trade shows this year.  We have listed our booth numbers so be sure to stop by!

MATRIC TRADE SHOW SCHEDULE

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:


Story of an American Electronics Manufacturer Pt. 1: The 1970s

American electronics manufacturer: Andy and LeeThe year is 1971. Carole King's' hit single "I Feel The Earth Move" is playing through a Plymouth Volare as two electrical engineers/teachers enter a vo-tech school in Oil City, Pa.  It is there that Lee Richey and Andy Maitland will meet and form Matric Limited.

The two teachers were electrical engineers and graduates of DeVry Technical Institute but would not meet one another until their teaching stints in Oil City. 

With their classrooms side-by-side, they found they shared a passion for ham radios, and before long, they opened a small design and repair shop in Andy's mothers' basement.  


EMC Design Guide for Printed Circuit Boards

EMC Design Guide for Printed Circuit Boards

In every facet of modern life, we're surrounded by electronic devices, all of which are powered by printed circuit boards (PCBs). With so many devices constantly emitting electronic signals in close quarters, the question of electromagnetic interference becomes a crucial one. 


Electronics OEM Partnership: How Koh Young's Maximizing Matric’s Yield

Electronics OEM partnership: Koh Young Logo

What do quality, efficiency, and a high passing yield rate have in common? Meticulous inspection. 


6 Telecom PCB Design & Layout Considerations

Telecom PCB Design Layout Considerations

Telecommunications PCBs (printed circuit boards) are a different breed. As you'd expect, you’ll need to reconsider everything you thought you knew about PCB layout and design to cater to this fast-moving industry.


Best PCB Substrate Types For Your Board

PCB SUBSTRATE TYPES

Most often, the foundation, or base, of a printed circuit board (PCB) consists of a substrate and laminate. Different PCB laminate and substrate types 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:


How to Get Accurate PCB Quotes From an Electronics Contract Manufacturer

electronics contract manufacturing - quoteWhen 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.


American Electronics Manufacturers Are Eyeing EU Chemical Regulations

American Electronics Manufacturers and the European Union

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. 


Electronics Manufacturing Services: Equipment Your Partner Should Have

Electronics Manufacturing Services: Equipment

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.


Glossary: Terms Your Electronics Contract Manufacturer May Use

glossary of terms electronics contract manufacturerWhen 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.


What Is the ISO 14001 Standard for Electronics Manufacturing?

What Is ISO 14001 Standard Electronics ManufacturingIf 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


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