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Annular Ring – A definition for electronic manufacturers

By |2023-04-28T07:36:40-05:00April 30th, 2023|Best Practices, Design, EMS, Engineering, Manufacturing, Printed Circuit Boards|

An annular ring derives its name from the shape annulus which means a ring-shaped region. Similar to this, the ring on a printed circuit board (PCB) designates the region between the edge of the conductive copper pad and the drilled

The Most Important Metals in Electronics Manufacturing – Rare Earth Metals

By |2023-02-14T12:04:45-06:00February 14th, 2023|EMS, Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

Rare earth elements (REE) are key parts of modern manufacturing. Even though they’re invisible to most end consumers, they’re indispensable metals in electronics manufacturing. Like other minerals, rare earth metals have a limited supply. But despite being called rare, they’re

Benefits of VA/VE for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)

By |2022-11-30T10:12:56-06:00November 30th, 2022|EMS, Engineering, Manufacturing, Process Improvement, Supply Chain|

What is value? Value is a fair return in exchange for goods, services, or resources. It’s how well a product, machine, tool, system, or process performs its intended function. In a way, ‘value’ both surpasses and encompasses cost and function.

The Difference Between ODB++ and Gerber for PCB Design

By |2022-11-30T00:29:33-06:00November 22nd, 2022|Design, Documentation, EMS, Printed Circuit Boards, Technology|

Every electronic circuit is built upon a printed circuit board (PCB) that houses all the electronic components. Designers typically use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools to design PCBs, and then transfer this data to companies through the relevant Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

Avoiding The Dreaded Cold Solder Joint

By |2022-09-30T22:45:05-05:00September 30th, 2022|Best Practices, EMS, Manufacturing, Printed Circuit Boards|

Good solder joint formation is a prerequisite in electronics manufacturing. The failure of one small solder joint can compromise the functioning of an entire PCB and cause intermittent faults, which can significantly reduce the lifespan of any device and lead

Defining VA/VE for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)

By |2022-09-19T13:48:04-05:00September 19th, 2022|EMS, Engineering, Manufacturing, Process Improvement, Supply Chain|

Original equipment manufacturers play an essential role in modern production. However, since they primarily exist in the B2B market, most consumers are unaware of their significance. This is despite them using products that comprise OEM parts daily. On the other

RoHS 3 Compliance – What are ROHS Substances?

By |2022-06-03T15:44:36-05:00June 3rd, 2022|Best Practices, EMS, Manufacturing|

The EU’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulation has evolved significantly since its inception in 2003. Indeed, it’s now one of Europe’s most comprehensive human health protection, safe waste management, and environmental preservation programs.  But more importantly, RoHS-3 is now

What does “potting” mean in electronics manufacturing?

By |2022-05-16T18:09:22-05:00May 16th, 2022|Best Practices, Design, EMS, Engineering, Manufacturing, Printed Circuit Boards|

Potting boxes are among the most common electronic enclosures. They protect the box’s internal components from physical damage and environmental factors. Potting also enhances electronic insulation. However, the approach is slightly different from other strategies used in electronic enclosure design

The 5s Methodology And Its Benefits To A Manufacturing Environment

By |2022-05-02T17:25:02-05:00May 2nd, 2022|Best Practices, Design, EMS, Engineering, Innovation, Manufacturing, Process Improvement, Supply Chain|

The 5s methodology is a system to reduce waste and optimize productivity by maintaining an orderly workplace. In addition to Takt Time it was coined and made popular by Toyota in the 1960s in an effort to eliminate waste from

IPC 610 vs IPC 620

By |2022-02-02T10:52:45-06:00February 2nd, 2022|EMS, Manufacturing, Printed Circuit Boards, Process Improvement|

IPC 610 and IPC 620 are two of the most common programs in the electronics manufacturing industry. Unfortunately, the two can be very confusing, especially if you’re just getting started with IPC programs. This guide focuses on the difference between

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