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

Modern 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

Sep 24, 2019
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Components, Dynamic, Windurance, Matric

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 ...

China Tariffs: How Will They Affect Electronics Manufacturers?

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 ...

PCB Design Guide for Reverse Polarity Protection

When 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....

All About PCB Contamination Testing

PCB contamination testing is not for every project, but it’s a lifesaver for some....

Does Your Assembly Need a PCB Microsection Analysis?

There is no shortage of reasons to test a PCB assembly, and there is no shortage of ways to do it. Out of the many functional tests available, PCB microsection analysis has a pretty specific purpose....

Deadline Day: The RoHS 3 Directive Is Here

For those in the electronics manufacturing supply chain, RoHS compliance is a big deal. Hopefully you’ve treated it as such well in advance of the July 22, 2019, RoHS 3 deadline....

What Is PCB Functional Testing?

PCB testing is a necessary expense that, when done correctly, prevents much larger and more embarrassing damage control when your product goes to market....

8 Steps to Electronic Product Design With Surface Mount Technology

If you’re considering switching an existing electronic product design from through-hole technology to surface mount technology (SMT), you’ll want to do your homework first....

How’s the Electronic Component Shortage Looking in 2019 so Far?

May 14, 2019
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Components, Trends, Costs, Dynamic, Matric

Two things are fairly certain about the current electronic component shortage: It’ll end, and it’ll someday return....