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RoHS 2 Compliance & Directives Checklist

By Matric on Apr 03, 2020

In 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.

Topics: Testing & Inspection Dynamic Windurance Matric standards & certifications
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What Is REACH Compliance? | Electronics Manufacturing Standards

By Matric on Feb 19, 2020

Understanding your marketing is key to a successful product run. That applies not only to your customers, but their home country as well.

Topics: Components Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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Aerospace Electronics PCB Assembly & Design Guide

By Matric on Feb 14, 2020

You’ve heard about the many great feats and discoveries in the aerospace industry. You’ve also heard about the tragedies that have happened when a design has gone wrong.

Topics: PCB Layout Components PCB assembly Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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All About MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) Regulations

By Matric on Jan 30, 2020

Just 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.

Topics: Intrinsically Safe Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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What Is AS9100 Certification for Electronics Manufacturing?

By Matric on Dec 03, 2019

When 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.

Topics: Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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Electronics Manufacturing Plant Security Procedures Your ECM Must Use

By Matric on Nov 01, 2019

You probably take plenty of steps to protect intellectual property at your OEM. But what about the other guys handling your sensitive secrets?

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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7 No-Brainer Reasons to Prototype Your PCB Assembly

By Matric on Sep 13, 2019

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

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services PCB assembly Costs Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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IPC Class Definitions for Class 1, 2, & 3 Electronics

By Matric on Aug 20, 2019

In 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.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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Deadline Day: The RoHS 3 Directive Is Here

By Matric on Jul 22, 2019

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.

Topics: Intrinsically Safe Components Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications
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3 Ways to Prep for Your High-Reliability Class 3 Electronics Project

By Matric on Jul 17, 2019

You’re an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in need of an electronics contract manufacturer to supply circuit boards for a product you haven’t built before. One of the first questions you need to ask is: “Should the boards meet Class 2 or Class 3 electronics standards?”

Topics: PCB Layout Testing & Inspection Dynamic Matric standards & certifications