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What Are PCB Functional Testing Services?

pcb functional testing servicesElectronics 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.


5 Electronic Enclosure Design Guidelines

ELECTRONIC ENCLOSURE DESIGN GUIDELINESElectronic devices are the sum of their parts, including the box in which you house them. 


ICT Testing Vs Flying Probe Testing

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.


Coronavirus & How Electronic Medical Device Manufacturers Can Cope

ELECTRONIC MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERSAs 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.


Rigid PCB Vs. Flexible PCB Design

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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.


What Does PCB In-Circuit Testing Cost?

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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. 


PCB Assembly Cost Breakdown

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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.


7 Benefits of Advanced Electronics Remanufacturing for Transportation

Advanced Electronics Remanufacturing for TransportationThere’s no perfect playbook to establishing and maintaining major transportation projects like subways, bus systems, and other transit developments.


Guide to a Faster Engineering Change Order Procedure in Electronics

engineering change order procedureChange 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.


What Is REACH Compliance? | Electronics Manufacturing Standards

what is reach compliance - pcb inspection lineUnderstanding your marketing is key to a successful product run. That applies not only to your customers, but their home country as well.


What Does an Advanced Electronics Remanufacturing Company Do?

“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.


What Is SMT Assembly?

what is smt assembly - placing componentsAs 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.


Matric’s Variable Frequency Drive Repair Services Energize LNG Exports

Variable Frequency Drive Repair Services

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).


What Does an Electronic Manufacturing Services Company Do?

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


What Is AS9100 Certification for Electronics Manufacturing?

as9100 certification for aerospace manufacturing - satellite night skyWhen 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.


4 Times When a Quick-Turn PCB Board House Isn't Enough

Quick-Turn PCB Board House - assembly lineThere’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?


Capabilities of an Electronic Manufacturing Services Company

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4 PCB Prototyping Service Options

PCB Prototyping ServiceAs 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.


Do Your ECM's Obsolescence Management Procedures Look Like This?

obsolescence management proceduresModern 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.


6 Ways to Identify & Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Components

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.

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


7 No-Brainer Reasons to Prototype Your PCB Assembly

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


China Tariffs: How Will They Affect Electronics Manufacturers?

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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. 


PCB Design Guide for Reverse Polarity Protection

reverse polarity protectionWhen 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.


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.


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