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How to Detect Counterfeit Parts in the Electronics Supply Chain

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Counterfeit Electronics Parts

As anyone in the electronics industry knows, it’s critical to mitigate the risk of purchasing and using counterfeit parts and components. There are many different ways to identify and avoid using counterfeit parts in the electronics manufacturing field, including both visual tests and x-ray inspections. It’s best to use more than one test method for […]

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Surface Mount Technology vs. Through Hole Mount Technology

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Electronics Manufacturing Quality Control

Prior to surface mount technology (SMT) being available, electronic components were placed on boards with what is now referred to as through hole mounting (THM). This was done either by soldering the components to a PCB or by using wire wrap mounting techniques.  There are however times where though-hole components should still be used. Benefits […]

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Zen and the Art of Soldering in Electronics Manufacturing

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Soldering Electronics Manufacturing

Zen is an ancient Japanese word describing a sect of Buddhism that emphasizes the importance of meditation and self-reflection, in order to reach enlightenment. After these Buddhist concepts became popularized in the West, the word transformed into a modern meaning, often describing feelings of peacefulness, calmness, and serenity. When you hear the word ‘Zen’ today, […]

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Lean Manufacturing 101

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We all want to go lean, and that’s not just a reference to the cliched New Year’s resolution about losing weight. Going lean in business can maximize resources, reduce waste, lower production costs, eliminate standing inventory, and/or increase labor productivity—all while maintaining the high-quality standards that had been achieved previously. This idea sounds pretty desirable […]

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Cable Assembly or Wiring Harness – What’s the Difference?

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The terms Cable Assemblies and Wiring Harnesses are sometimes used interchangeably, mainly because they serve the same electrical function. However, there are significant differences between the two and before getting into more details, here are a few examples. Examples Cable Assemblies Ethernet cables Antenna cables Ribbon cables (with connectors) Power cords Various A/V cables, such […]

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