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IPC Standards Chart for U.S.

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

Mitigating component obsolescence

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.


Life Working for an Electronics Contract  Manufacturer

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It’s your first week on the job and your supervisor calls a floor meeting. A mine that contracts our services had a structural issue, but thanks to our electrical failsafe components, no lives were lost. That's how life could be if you worked in electronics manufacturing  


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.


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:

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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

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


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