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Blog | Manufacturing Solutions

Innovative HMI Technology and Design Advancements

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on September 12, 2017 at 1:23 PM

Over the last 25 years, the evolution of touch screen technologies has brought sweeping changes to how society uses human-machine interface (HMI) products. Originally touch screens were small, monochrome, and required a stylus and single touchpoint to operate.

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Outsourcing PCB Layout and Design to Reduce Costs and Time to Market

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on September 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Even though the last financial crisis was over 8 years ago, most engineering departments at electronic OEMs have never fully staffed back to the levels that they were before the economic disaster. That means that there are many engineers doing two or more jobs, all while their senior management still insists on meeting tight timelines with limited budgets.

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Developing Your Manufacturing Talent

Written by Marc Leclair - Vice President of Operations
Posted on September 1, 2017 at 3:26 PM

How do you ensure that your manufacturing talent is an asset to your business? Consider a typical manufacturing organization. Qualifications for many entry–level shop floor positions are modest. New hires range from novice all the way to seasoned manufacturing professionals with specialized skills.

Sometimes it is an employer’s market and at other times, there is a scarcity of suitable job talent. In this ever changing environment, how do we keep the most ambitious, hardworking, and engaged workers?

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7 Advantages of Using a Full Service HMI Supplier

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on August 25, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Manufacturing complete human-machine interface (HMI) assemblies can be a complex and difficult journey, which is especially true if it involves more than one supplier. This blog post mentions a few of the great advantages of being able to work with a single full service HMI supplier.

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Stop Sending Supplier Surveys

Written by Marc Leclair - Vice President of Operations
Posted on August 16, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Within industries like electronics manufacturing, suppler self-surveys are very popular. At any given moment here at Epec, we are processing five or so supplier surveys. We send them out ourselves. I have dealt with supplier surveys, one way or another, for the last twenty something years. But, what purpose do they serve, and more importantly, what value do they provide to your organization?

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Best Practices for PCB Layout Manufacturing

Written by Al Wright - PCB Field Applications Engineer
Posted on August 10, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) have become smaller with increased density and complexity, which forces PCB layout designers to develop new layout strategies aimed at making full use of all available surface area.

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Using SMART Human-Machine Interfaces to Improve User Experience

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on August 7, 2017 at 3:23 PM

In all likelihood right now as you read this post, there is a smartphone somewhere on your person, on your desk, or otherwise within reach. These products have become much more than just a means to communicate with others.

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Why Pantone Colors Are Important for User Interface Assemblies

Written by Angie Brown - General Manager
Posted on August 3, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Stop and think of the role colors play in our daily lives for a moment. Colors can influence everything from what you wear to the car you buy. Colors can trigger emotions, memories, even hunger. Certainly colors and patterns matter to companies advertising and selling products. Communicating with customers in the manufacturing world about selecting an exact color, however, has proven challenging enough as to require a particular system, known as the Pantone Matching System.

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Poor PCB Silkscreen Legibility Issues

Written by Chris Perry - Printed Circuit Board Supply Chain Manager
Posted on July 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Among the multiple layers of a printed circuit board (PCB) lies the PCB silkscreen layer. The placement of the silkscreen markings, whether on the top or bottom layer, in conjunction with the features of the other layers, could affect the final legibility of the printed circuit board markings.

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Making Your SMART User Interface Design Weatherproof

Written by Victor Ho - Mechanical Engineer
Posted on July 25, 2017 at 2:46 PM

When creating your SMART user interface design, the operating environment should be taken into careful consideration. Environmental contaminants, moisture, temperature extremes, UV radiation, and overall wear and tear from use in outdoor environments are factors that should be considered before determining material and component selection for your SMART user interface.

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