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RoHS 2 Compliance & Directives Checklist

By Matric on Jun 22, 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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6 Ways to Identify & Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Components

By Matric on Sep 24, 2019

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.
Topics: Components Dynamic Windurance Matric
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China Tariffs: How Will They Affect Electronics Manufacturers?

By Matric on Sep 10, 2019

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. 

Topics: Components Trends Costs Dynamic Windurance Matric
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Can US Electronics Contract Manufacturers Handle the China Tariffs?

By Matric on Oct 02, 2018

It’s too early to tell with certainty how U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods implemented in 2018 will truly affect U.S. electronics contract manufacturers. The signals from major players like Cisco Systems, Apple, and IBM so far are not happy ones.

Topics: Electronic manufacturing services Trends Costs Dynamic Windurance Matric
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Are Carbon Nanomaterials the Solution to Conflict Minerals?

By Matric on Sep 11, 2018

Conflict minerals are both a vital component (no pun intended) of the electronics industry and at the same time one of its biggest headaches. Since 2010, U.S.-based electronics companies have been required to determine whether certain components in their products came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the world’s largest sources of conflict minerals.

Topics: Components Trends Dynamic Windurance Matric
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Why Electronic Component Lead Times Are Rising -- & 3 Ways to Prepare

By Matric on Jun 26, 2018

If your manufacturing projects involve electronics, you’re likely facing the challenge of extended electronic component lead times. Certain parts that used to take 12 weeks to come in are now taking upward of 30 weeks. Some parts even take a full year to arrive.

It’s nice news for distributors, who can take advantage of this “shortage” and charge higher prices, but it’s not a good deal for OEMs -- especially considering the importance of fast time to market in today’s need-it-now world.

Here’s a closer look at why there’s a shortage of certain components today and what your company can do about it:

Topics: Components Trends Dynamic Windurance Matric
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Embedded Systems & IOT in Electronics Manufacturing – An Explainer

By Matric on Jun 18, 2018

Perhaps without realizing it, you use embedded systems and IoT every single day of your life.

“I use what?” you might’ve just asked.

Topics: Trends Dynamic Windurance Matric
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Basics of Obsolescence Management for Electronics

By Matric on May 29, 2018

The most painful part of developing with electronics is knowing your success is fleeting. Eventually, all parts must die, or at least fade away into irrelevance. But there’s something you can do about it. Obsolescence management can guide you through this difficult process.

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