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Defining Standard Wire Jacket Colors in Cables

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on February 20, 2019 at 10:31 AM

While it's true that The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has long issued a series of recommended standards for electrical and electronics design, those standards do not actually specify wiring color purposes in the way that a lot of people think they do. This is surprising given that those standards do contain extensive discussion on wiring and power cables.

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The Many Variations and Uses of Keypads

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:20 PM

If you were to ask 5 separate people to explain the definition of keypad, likely you would receive 5 completely different answers that all center around the same basic concept. According to Wikipedia a keypad is a set of buttons arranged in a block or "pad" which bear digits, symbols or alphabetical letters (source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keypad). While this definition is correct, when communicating to a potential user interface supplier the term keypad requires further elaboration.

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How-to Guide For Capacitive Touch Switches [Video]

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on August 10, 2018 at 11:10 AM

In this blog post you can view two videos that go into detail about the functionality of the human-machine interface (HMI) product sample and an overview of how capacitive touch membrane switches work. The transcription of both videos is also provided below. Take note that the transcriptions have been edited for better readability.

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Importance of Supplier Process Stability in Electronics Manufacturing

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on May 29, 2018 at 9:49 AM

When it comes to manufacturing custom electronics, there are tons of companies out there that can do anything once. The true value of a manufacturing partner is a company that not only has the capability to manufacture your product fast to help you get to market quicker and cost effectively, but also consistently. Effectively accounting for Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and product changes are factors that often get overlooked in manufacturers. Failing to find a supplier with stable speeds, costs, and a consistent process can cause major headaches down the line.

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Developing the Engineer of the Future

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on May 25, 2018 at 11:38 AM

There are a lot of good things happening right now for many folks in the electronics manufacturing industry in the United States. The economy is going strong, unemployment rates are dropping, and there has been growth in the PCB industry over the past four months which hasn’t happened since May of 2016 according to the U.S. Purchasing Managers’ Index.

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Electronics Packaging Requires Experience and Investment

Written by Kendall Paradise
Posted on February 2, 2018 at 11:24 AM

When you’re in the process of designing a new product, the last thing you are thinking about is the how the product is going to be packaged for transit. However, failure to prepare for and understand electronics packaging regarding how both your components and your finished unit are going to ship is a costly oversight.

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Lowering OEM Risk With Vendor Consolidation

Written by Todd Barham
Posted on August 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Lowering risk for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the Military and Aerospace industries is always a key objective. Utilizing a vendor consolidation approach is a viable way to reduce risk within an organization. Increasing the amount of products sourced with one qualified supplier can drive down the overall risk by allowing components and subsystems to be tested together prior to being delivered into your supply chain.

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6-8 Layer PCB Online Quoting Made Easy

Written by Ed McMahon
Posted on September 16, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Online quoting tools that offer customers the ability to create their own printed circuit board quotes and place orders online has become quite common in the PCB industry today. InstantPCBQuote from Epec aims to do more than the competitors. Most quoting tools are designed for lower technology parts which don't need much more than the outside dimensions of the board to provide a fast quote.

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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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Engineering From A Woman's Perspective

Written by Sherry Clowers
Posted on April 7, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Engineering in most industries, still tends to be primarily dominated by males. When I first entered the field of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) engineering, it was a bit intimidating. This was because the men always outnumbered the women. I felt we were graded on separate standards "Men vs Women".

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