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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.

7 No-Brainer Reasons to Prototype Your PCB Assembly

prototype pcb assembly lightbulb drawing

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?

china tariffs on electronics

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.


How to Prep for Success With PCB Box Build Assembly Services

Electromechanical PCB box build assembly services are one of the most important offerings of electronics contract manufacturers. In addition to the manufacturing and population of PCBs (printed circuit boards), this full turnkey production is a simple, all-in-one approach to addressing your manufacturing needs. This includes wire harnesses, metal fabrication, and sub-level assemblies.


All About PCB Contamination Testing

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


Does Your Assembly Need a PCB Microsection Analysis?

pcb microsection analysisThere 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

rohs 3 directive dateFor 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 a PCB Solderability Test?

pcb solderability testSolder is what makes the electrical connections work on your printed circuit board (PCB). Solderability, then, measures how well metal is wetted by molten solder to secure those connections. It’s one of the most essential PCB testing methods.


What Is Intrinsically Safe Equipment?

intrinsically safe equipment

In the constantly evolving world of technology, safety remains a top concern among engineers during development. Whether it’s a sensor in your car, your son’s handheld video game, or a surgically implanted medical device in your elderly neighbor, we need assurance that our products are intrinsically safe (IS) during use.


8 Steps to Electronic Product Design With Surface Mount Technology

electronic product design surface mount technologyIf 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?

electronic component shortage 1Two things are fairly certain about the current electronic component shortage: It’ll end, and it’ll someday return.


What is ITAR Compliance? Electronics Manufacturing Security Standards

itar compliance electronics manufacturing security standardsInternational Traffic and Arms Regulation (ITAR) came about in 1976 because of a need to control the export of military equipment and related sensitive information. Today, government enforcement of these regulations is far stricter than the Cold War days.


How Regulations Impact Your Electronics Manufacturing Supply Chain

electronics manufacturing supply chainThe electronics manufacturing supply chain ranks #1 as a source of risk to many OEMs. These snags include environmental and other international regulations, which at times may seem as tangled as the wires behind your desktop.


Specs for Class 2 Electronic Product Design

electronic product design-1When introducing a new electronic product design, many OEMs don’t fully understand the differences between IPC classifications -- or understand them at all.


RS485 Vs. RS232: What's the Difference?

RS485 vs. RS232Among the serial data interfaces -- SPI, Flex I2C, and many more -- available for electronic equipment, two stand out for their longevity. In spite of the dozens of new kids on the block, RS232 and RS485 remain popular.


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