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Why Is PB Free HASL A Hassle

Written by Angie Brown - General Manager
Posted on April 11, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Hot Air Solder Leveling (HASL) has always been the main staple of PCB surface finishes. In the late 80s, 60/40 tin-lead reflow started to phase out of processes and was replaced with Hot Air Solder Leveling. HASL, the longtime reliable surface finish is still used today in military, aerospace, medical, and other applications.

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Napkin Sketch to a Production Ready Cable Assembly

Written by Brian Morissette - Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on April 5, 2017 at 12:24 PM

We’ve received cable requests on a hand-drawn dinner napkin, 8x11 pieces of paper, and even old pictures. Regardless of the format, once the request is received it is drawn into a basic design which is sent to our Engineering team. We need to have the requested cable assembly design in a particular format in order to be able to manufacture the request appropriately. Otherwise our facility would not be able to understand dimensions (etc.) correctly. An official manufacturing ready design drawing would then be returned to you.

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Best Tactics for Switching an Existing Cable Design to a New Supplier

Written by Brian Morissette - Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on March 30, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Navigating throughout the complex cable industry can be both difficult and time consuming. This is especially true if for whatever reason you have to change your cable supplier. This blog post is intended to give you a perspective of what to expect if you find yourself in the need of switching an existing cable assembly design to a new supplier.

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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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