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Substituting Cable Connectors to Match Form, Fit, and Function

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on January 28, 2019 at 12:01 PM

There remains a misconception that borders on a cultural stigma towards off-brand or knockoff items. Consider your favorite breakfast cereal at your local supermarket as you walk down an aisle lined with name brand cereals strewn with cartoon characters and slogans, you may notice a less expensive version of the same exact cereal a few shelves lower. These off-brand cereals likely taste the same, have identical ingredients, but cost about half as much. Admittedly, my children prefer the name brand cereals, but when replaced with an off-brand equivalent of Special Popcorn Cereal, if I don’t show them the box, they will never know the difference.

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Radiated Emissions Testing For Cable Assemblies

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on January 21, 2019 at 11:18 AM

Most test engineers agree that if you were to make a list of the major causes of compliance failures for most of the electronic products we use in our daily lives, radiated emissions (RE) would, undoubtedly, be right at the top.

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What is a PCB Netlist and Why do You Need It?

Written by Al Wright
Posted on January 16, 2019 at 8:40 AM

Nobody wants to experience the feeling of populating your new printed circuit board (PCB) design and finding out that it is not electrically functional. Most often, the lack of functionality is attributable to a specific production problem or a combination of several different problems. Sometimes, however, the problem is that the Gerber files exported from your PCB CAD program contained an error that went unnoticed because there was no way to verify that the files matched your design intent. You can avoid a good deal of trouble by supplying an IPC-356 format netlist file with your fabrication data package.

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Differential Paired Cables And When To Use Them

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on January 10, 2019 at 2:28 PM

In the world of electronics, oftentimes how a signal is being transmitted from a sender to a receiver is just as important as what is being transmitted in the first place. Certain applications call for incredibly high levels of reliability and resistance to outside electrical interference, so more "traditional" or "common" cables just won't do.

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Overcoming Tariffs By Strengthening Manufacturing Infrastructure

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 2:29 PM

It's never a great sign of the times when you wake up every day and know you need to check the news before starting work to see what the newest challenges are you're going to have to deal with. Unfortunately, this trend became standard practice within our industry in 2018. Typically, most companies spend their time and money trying to find new ways to speed up service or new products to help their customers. But for most of this past year, it was about working closely with your customers on their existing business to minimize damage from all the new costs that were quickly being added to our industry.

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Challenges of Battery Powered Portable Devices

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on December 11, 2018 at 10:06 AM

As a designer and manufacturer of custom battery packs for high reliability applications, our customers are continually demanding that we make packs that are smaller, have more power, run longer, and all at a competitive cost as they try to make their devices more portable.

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Manufacturing Planning for U.S. and China Holiday Seasons

Written by Kendall Paradise
Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:10 PM

The average American “holiday season” usually begins somewhere around Halloween and continues at a frantic pace through January 1st.  For those of us who work in supply chain management, the holiday season has a completely different meaning. 

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ENEPIG Benefits for Gold Wire Bonding

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on November 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

ENEPIG (Electroless Nickel, Immersion Palladium, Immersion Gold) was derived out of the need to combat the challenge with the immersion gold process and Black Pad Syndrome. Black Pad (the hyper corrosion of underlying nickel) was baffling both PCB assemblers and manufacturers. After much analysis, the root cause was determined to be the nickel deposit.

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What You Should Know About Discrete Wire

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on November 19, 2018 at 1:16 PM

Discrete wire, or lead wire, is the backbone of any interconnect or cable. Within this blog post we break down for you the anatomy of the basic hookup wire and the compositions that can be used as a single unit or grouped together to produce a multi-conductor or multi-pair cable.

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What is Heat Shrink Tubing and How is it Used?

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on November 15, 2018 at 9:33 AM

Heat shrink tubing, also known as heat shrink, is a shrinkable tube that shrinks radially when exposed to heat. Produced using a two-step process, heat shrink is available in a wide range of materials to suit almost any application. Heat shrink tubing has many useful applications, including to provide electrical insulation to wires, connections, joints, terminals, and splices, as well as bundling loose items such as wires and as a protective covering.

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