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Electronics Aftermarket Services: The A to Z Guide

electronics aftermarket services

You buy your electronic components, your machines are up and running, customers are happy, your workers are happy -- everything is good. Invoice paid, accounts receivable piling up. Paradise. 


7 Types of PCB Soldering Defects to Watch Out For

7 types of soldering defects

Let’s face it, soldering is difficult. It takes years of training to get good at the right kinds of solders, and even machines don’t always get it 100% right. It’s inevitable that you’ll run into PCB soldering defects at one point or another. 


‘Intrinsically Safe’ Design Guidelines for Electrical Devices

intrinsically safe design guidelines

When turned on, electrical equipment generates sparks. Some equipment generates heat that can lead to ignition, while electric arcing occurs between gaps in electrodes. 

The Cost of PCB Repair Services Vs. E-Wasting Your Budget

pcb repair services vs e waste

Plastic waste may snag all of the headlines, but it's not the only type of waste overwhelming landfills and contaminating soil and water.


RoHS-Compliant Countries That Aren’t Actually RoHS-Compliant

rohs compliant countries

It seems simple enough. If you’re a manufacturer who uses electronic components to build your products for American or international markets, you need RoHS 3 compliance. The U.S., China, and other countries have established electronics manufacturing standards on dangerous materials, closely styled after the EU’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances


RoHS 2 Compliance & Directives Checklist

rohs 2 compliance standardsIn 2006, the European Union rolled out a directive restricting the use of certain hazardous chemicals. This directive, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), would have a far-reaching impact on the electronics industry. Its restrictions on using lead would send manufacturers scrambling to revise their practices or adopt entirely new ones. Thanks to a follow-up directive in 2011, manufacturers now hustle to meet RoHS 2 compliance.

Yes, it’s not a punitive law full of fines and penalties. But if you’re a U.S. company, noncompliance is basically an impassable barrier to entry to the EU trade market. So if you want to do business abroad, don’t mess around -- comply.


What Does the IPC 6011 Standard Mean to PCB Manufacturing?

ipc 6011 pcb manufacturing

In the strict world of printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication and manufacturing, one key factor in the OEM’s success is paying close attention to industry standards. The guiding light for PCB manufacturing is IPC 6011. 


PCB Engineering Services: 4 Qualities to Look For

pcb engineering services

When you’re looking for a PCB engineering services provider, there are, of course, multiple things to consider. “Will they be able to meet my specific needs?” is likely your first and foremost concern. 


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. 


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

rigid vs flexible pcb design

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?

pcb in-circuit testing

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 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?


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.

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