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Epec Engineered Technologies
Epec Engineered Technologies is the ideal choice for an OEM seeking customized product solutions from a focused and agile partner having supported over 5,000 customers across all sectors of the electronics industry. By providing highly experienced technical resources, a proven manufacturing platform and the fastest delivery in the industry, we are able to provide cost effective and innovative solutions that deliver the highest reliability products to the market faster. Our sixty year history of reliability and financial stability enable our continuous investment in people, technology, and new ideas that make it easier for our customers to do great work. Custom, build to print electronics is our entire business, and flexibility is at the heart of how meet our customer’s dynamic needs. To ensure the most accurate, timely, and cost effective design and manufacturing process, we have engineered flexibility into the very fabric of our company. We understand the complete product design and manufacturing process, to deliver the solution that fits the go to market strategy.
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How Added Electronics Improve Your Cable Assembly Design

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on April 9, 2018 at 12:42 PM

As custom manufactured cable assemblies have grown in complexity, it has become far more common to see various electronics integrated directly into the finished design. The inclusion of electronics into a cable assembly design can consist of adding a switch, PCB, LED, or a multitude of other components. Once added, these components offer a much higher level of sophistication to the cable assembly while allowing the included electronics the ability to withstand a much more rugged working environment.

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Cable Assembly Design For Shielding From EMI and RFI

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on February 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

EMI (electromagnetic interference) and RFI (radio-frequency interference) are disturbances generated by external sources that impact a cable assembly by degrading the assembly's performance or completely preventing it from functioning. These disturbances can cause problems ranging from an increase in error rates of the signal being transmitted through the assembly to total loss of any electronically readable signal.

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What Kind of User Interface is Your Best Option?

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on October 1, 2015 at 1:42 PM

As a leader in user interface technology, we frequently get asked the question, "What kind of user interface is the best option for my application?" User interface, or Human Machine Interface (HMI), assembly designs are dependent on the application, housing, and the environment they will be used in. Choosing the right option and material is a key component.

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The Future Of Manufacturing: Six Changes In The Next Five Years

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on July 24, 2015 at 2:24 PM

The future of manufacturing in the U.S. is set up to be driven by volatile economic conditions, 3D printing, robotics, mobile technology, the Internet of Things, embedded devices, and other emerging technologies. Forecasting the future is always risky, but there are several factors converging right now that bring more clarity as we begin our journey into the second decade of the 21st century.

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Packaging For User Interface Assemblies

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on May 14, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Packaging for user interface assemblies is the last step in the manufacturing process, but not a step that should be rushed. Epec pays as much attention to packaging detail as we do to design and manufacturing of custom assemblies. Because each assembly part number is customized, each has different size, mass, and shape. However, styles of user interfaces can be grouped into several categories. Experience has shown the type of packaging that works best is based on complexity of construction, shape, size, mass and shipped unit volume. No one packaging solution works for every assembly style.

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User Interface Functional Test Schemes

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on February 13, 2015 at 11:17 AM

This blog post addresses custom user interface testing in terms of functional test schemes that are completed prior to shipment. Generally, the first user interface assemblies shipment are for First Article acceptance testing where customers fully examine the first units for mechanical and electrical compliance to all engineering drawing and specifications.

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Can A Membrane Switch Keypad Be Waterproof?

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on May 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM

The need to protect your keypad from the ever-present threat of wear-and-tear is crucial for all applications.  If your control panel is going to be used in marine environments, medical devices, or other consumer electronics, the threat of water or liquid exposure is ever present. In wet situations, it is critical that all electronic components are completely sealed off from any outside substances that could damage the device.

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Why Use A PCB Membrane Switch Combination?

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on March 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Many applications would be better suited using a membrane switch (low profile, flat surface keypad assembly) along with a rigid printed circuit board (PCB), replacing screen-printed silver conductors on polyester sheets.

Printed circuit boards with gold plated switch contact pads and gold plated dome switches greatly improve the reliability of your application, offering longer operating life with lower switch resistance and contact bounce.

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What Is The Smallest Bend Radius Of A Membrane Switch Tail?

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on January 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

The smallest bend radius that can be used on a membrane switch tail will depend on the type of design. Deciding factors will depend whether or not the user interface is constructed with one tail/circuit layer or dual tail/circuit layers, and where the bend is located.

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Preventing Switch Bounce in Low-profile Keypad Assemblies

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on October 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Custom low-profile keypad assemblies used in OEM applications incorporate snap-acting dome switches. Dome switches are a type of keypad assembly switch intended for very long cycle life and years of trouble-free use but are intended for logic-level switching, not power switching.

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