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Virtual Industries Proves that Good Things Do Come in Small Packages

Sep 7, 2017

Founded in 1987, Virtual Industries Inc. is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO by Owners Tom Mealey and Daren Palmer. For 30 years, Virtual Industries has been a leading supplier of manual vacuum handling solutions to the world’s high-technology firms. The company’s patented ESD-safe products are used by Class I clean room personnel, electronic assemblers, semiconductor
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What Does Yield Troubleshooting have to Do with Equipment Utilization?

Aug 31, 2017

By Freddie Chan, KIC   Two of today’s most important areas of focus in the electronics manufacturing industry are equipment utilization and defect elimination. Equipment utilization because, in many assembly operations, this is the single biggest contributor to cost or profit improvements. Eliminating defects is important because poor quality is expensive and a growing segment
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Achieving Greater Versatility, Capacity, and Competitiveness at Technical Services Inc., the Pacific Northwest’s First EMS

Aug 24, 2017

By Ed Nauss, Global Account Manager, SMT Business Group, Yamaha Motor IM   Since the company’s founding in 1973, Technical Services Inc., the Pacific Northwest’s first EMS, has built a lot of product for many different industries. The company has gone from hand assembly to high-speed production manufacturing and assembly using today’s most challenging components.
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An interesting approach to yield improvement

Aug 17, 2017

Lauri Märtin, SMA Engineer, Enics Eesti AS; Kristjan Piir, Manufacturing Technology Manager, Enics Eesti AS. Keith Bryant, X-ray Sales Director, Yxlon International GmbH   INTRODUCTION Enics with world-class electronics manufacturing services is the partner of choice for many global electronics companies. As one of the largest EMS providers in the world, they supply customers in
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LED Protection: A Design Engineer’s Guide

Aug 10, 2017

The LED market must surely represent one of the fastest growing sectors within the electronics industry and LEDs are now utilised in all types of lighting, signage and domestic appliance products. LEDs offer many advantages over traditional lighting in the form of adaptability, lifetime, design and efficiency and represent a real alternative to halogen, incandescent
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Viscom Technology Forum – Entertaining program with free workshops and concise expert knowledge

Aug 3, 2017

The weather for this year’s Viscom Technology Forum agreed completely with what is hoped for on an astronomical first day of summer. On the 21st and 22nd of June, the numerous participants experienced the newest from the world of inspection solutions for electronics production along with many other interesting topics from and beyond the branch.
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To Space and Beyond: Essemtec’s Technology Helps Advance NASA’s Space Missions

Jul 27, 2017

By Steve Pollock   Since its beginning in 1960, the Huntsville, AL-based George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has provided NASA with mission-critical design, development and integration of the launch and space systems required for space operations, exploration and scientific missions. MSFC is the U.S. government’s civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center. One
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Thermal Management Solutions For Long Term Protection Of Military And Aerospace Electronics

Jul 20, 2017

Electronics for military applications are expected to operate first-time, every time in some of the most hostile and demanding environments. Military programmes are often designed to run over several decades, with hardware likely to be updated several times over the programme’s duration. Similarly, most aerospace electronics will be compromised by harsh operating environments; significant amounts
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Dare I Call It Artificial Intelligence? Machine Optimization Explained

Jul 13, 2017

By Bjorn Dahle   To understand a complex technical concept, it helps to break it down into easily understood subcomponents. Whether we elevate (or hype) it by calling it Artificial Intelligence or the more modest “machine optimization,” reflow oven optimization software serves as a great example of this concept. A reflow oven is a complex
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Ensuring that you can safely take a deep breath tomorrow

Jul 6, 2017

Soldering fume in electronics manufacturing – damaging effects and solutions for removal   Introduction Modern electronics manufacturing is made up by a multiplicity of different separation and joining processes, with the later surely taking the vast majority of production technology. Alongside gluing, welding and laser processes, soldering still holds a primary position in electronic assemblies.
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