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The Changing Landscape for Industrial and Medical Battery Packs

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on March 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM

The old saying “to the victor go the spoils” is now starting to apply in the battery pack industry. Recently Panasonic announced that it will no longer be supporting any new battery pack development projects that are not in the electric vehicle (EV) or solar storage space.  

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Why Freight Supplier Management Is Critical To Growing Your Business

Written by Kendall Paradise - President
Posted on March 17, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Over the course of the last 10 years e-commerce has gone from something that very few people did to something that is part of our everyday lives. The rise in e-commerce has made many of our lives easier and more productive. The unseen side effect for most people is the strain that this dramatic increase of the “casual shipper” has caused to existing Air Freight model. With companies like Amazon and Apple leveraging their supply chain management to get product to the U.S. in as little as 2-day standard shipping, it highlights the importance of your suppliers’ relationships with their freight suppliers. Hopefully this gives you insight of why freight supplier management is critical to growing your business.

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Environmentally Safe Methods to Protect Cables from Rodent Damage

Written by Brian Morissette - Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on March 9, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Cable Assemblies can be used in almost any environment, but some environments pose specific challenges that need to be individually addressed. One such environment is when a cable assembly is installed in areas where there is a high rodent presence. These installations can include any outdoor application, indoor industrial installations, residential applications, food/grain storage areas, or any area that offers shelter and food for rodents.

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How Your Organization Can Improve - The Epec A3 Process

Written by Marc Leclair - Vice President of Operations
Posted on March 3, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Business-to-business (B2B) is now more competitive than ever. Remaining competitive in the electronics manufacturing industry requires businesses to change, adapt, and improve. But, there are many barriers to improvement. How does your organization solve problems and drive improvements?

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Importance of an ISO Certification For Manufacturers

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on February 23, 2017 at 9:46 AM

In 1999 there were over 1,200 active printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Today, there are fewer than 130. What has been taking place at a lot of these manufacturing companies are small service businesses that act as a liaison between a manufacturer and their customers. In many instances this is a valuable relationship, the products are low in technology and the risk is very minimal, the arrangement works. However, why is it that we require ISO certification for our manufacturing locations but not for service providers?

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Creating Standard PCB Fabrication Notes

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on February 15, 2017 at 10:34 AM

When requesting a quotation or when ordering printed circuit boards (PCB) it is important to state all of your requirements as clearly and completely as possible.

While this may seem obvious, it is surprisingly common for a PCB fabricator to submit a pricing estimate based on whatever information their customer supplies with the request for quotation, only to receive additional information after pricing and delivery have already been agreed upon and a purchase order issued. If the new information affects the price or lead time, the fabricator has no choice but to notify you of the change in terms.

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Dynamic & Proto and ITO Industries Cease Manufacturing

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on February 7, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Two years ago I wrote about why printed circuit board (PCB) shops in North America were continuing to close. In the last two weeks we have seen two more shops (Dynamic & Proto and ITO Industries) cease their manufacturing operations. As the former owner and operator of three domestic PCB facilities, I can sympathize with the management and the loyal employees that tried to make the company successful. However, much of the damage is self-inflicted as I previously discussed so rather than rehash past information I wanted to discuss some of the attributes that every customer should look for in a PCB supplier.

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Understanding An IPC 4101 Slash Sheet

Written by Chris Perry - Printed Circuit Board Supply Chain Manager
Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:53 AM

IPC 4101 (Specification for Base Materials for Rigid and Multi-Layer Printed Circuit Boards) was released for publication in December, 1997. It was released as the replacement standard for MIL-S-13949. However, it contained a majority of the exact wording from the military standard. It maintained the “slash sheet” format appendix to the standard that specifies the resin and fiber system of different PCB laminates, along with testing parameters and properties. Initially there were 41 slash sheets, but as the industry opens up to “Lead Free” and “Green” processes, the slash sheets have increased to 66, the current revision.

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More Lithium Battery Regulation Changes

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on January 25, 2017 at 9:24 AM

Shipping lithium batteries is very important that requires significant investment in training and equipment. In April of 2016, new regulations were passed that forbid lithium batteries from passenger aircraft and limited the SOC (state of charge) for any battery shipped via air cargo to 30%.

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How to Ensure Your Quick Turn PCB Will Not Be Delayed

Written by Angie Brown - General Manager
Posted on January 19, 2017 at 3:57 PM

When it comes to manufacturing, time is of the essence. Worrying about your printed circuit board (PCB) order being on time should be the last thing on your mind but how do you make this happen?

You need to work with a high quality quick turn PCB services supplier.  As the oldest existing printed circuit board supplier in the United States, we wanted to provide you with information so your PCBs won’t get delayed.

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