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

The Halogen Free PCB

By |2022-02-16T14:43:13-06:00February 16th, 2022|Best Practices, Component Sourcing, EMS, Innovation, Manufacturing, Outsourcing, Printed Circuit Boards, Process Improvement, Supply Chain|

Fluorine and chlorine have negative health effects when present in certain concentrations in circuit boards. This is the reason IEC came up with halogen free PCBs. Since electronics contain materials with high concentrations of halogens, to have a halogen free

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

Electronic Enclosure Design Guidelines

By |2022-01-20T23:28:40-06:00January 6th, 2022|Best Practices, Design, Documentation, EMS, Engineering, Manufacturing, Printed Circuit Boards|

The role of enclosure design in the electronics industry cannot be overstated. From the smartphones in our pockets to extension cords and home theaters, the outer cover of these devices is crucial to their function, performance, and life. PCB enclosures

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