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Lessons Learned from Product Design Reviews (aka Technical Reviews)

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electronics product design review

If you’ve ever been asked to sit through a product design review, you may realize that it can range the gamut, from a rather simple email review to a multi-day formal product design review. We asked one of our engineers to share their experience with product design reviews, including what to expect and lessons learned. […]

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Five Things to Know About Return Materials Authorization

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Return Materials Authorization (RMA) in Electronics Manufacturing

As any good project manager knows, things can sometimes stray from the plan. There’s a possibility for mistakes even when you’ve done everything exactly right. That’s why it’s important to have a contingency plan in place for such an occasion—so project managers can know exactly what to expect and adjust schedules accordingly. This is the […]

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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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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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Change your Clocks, Check for Electronics Obsolescence

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Electronics Obsolescence

Any active electronics product should be checked periodically to make sure its components are still available. Perhaps this is annually, quarterly, or twice a year when you change your clocks. This review will help you keep a healthy electronics supply chain with a managed approach to electronics obsolescence. Your new printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) […]

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How Electronics Manufacturing Parts Shortages Will Affect Production

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The current electronics parts shortages are occurring primarily because of the recovering economy. The supply chain hasn’t quite caught up with the demand being created in the electronics manufacturing industry. Even one of the simplest parts we procure, monolithic ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), are highly constrained. These capacitors are typically treated as a commodity, like oil, […]

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The Wondrous World of Wearable Technology: Smaller Electronic Designs Means Bigger Opportunities

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Wearable Technology Electronics Manufacturing

Watches. Glasses. Socks. Even dog collars. The market for wearable technology has exploded. Whether people want to count their steps, keep tabs on their heart rate, track their sleeping patterns, or get answers based on what they are looking at, everyone is flocking to wearables. Wearable technology is becoming seamlessly integrated into our lives and […]

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