'Re-Sourcing' Outsourced Electronics
It's called a "priceberg": 80% of the risk may be hidden below the waterline in startup and ramp-down, where management costs per units sold tend to be the highest. Building a harmonious, minimally disruptive dual-sourcing strategy requires an understanding of priceberg composition.
What Your Field Service Representative Wants You to Know
They are like firefighters. When you need them, you need them now. The results can be tense, technical – and funny.
PCB Design Trends
Understanding Outsourced PCB Layout
Here are an EMS provider's insights into the stages of PCB layout, for which key components include corporate standards and OEM-EMS collaboration.
Maintaining Customer Satisfaction during EMS Acquisition Integration
Customers of EMS firms aren't buying an end product; they are buying the capabilities, systems, processes and internal culture used to manufacture their product. This in turn puts pressure on the EMS company to manage expectations – and move quickly.
Case Study: Preforms
In the Hot Zone
In the competitive oil and gas drilling industry, a project's success – and a company's reputation – can hinge on seemingly insignificant variables such as a few degrees of temperature on a circuit board. That was quite literally the issue facing a major oil-exploration company as it performed data-collection tests at a client's wells sunk deep in the Indian Ocean.
Where will you be next fall?
Juki Automation Systems' Bob Black.
Focus on Business
Formal programs for sharing customer information.
On the Forefront
E. Jan Vardaman
Automated stencil inspection.
Getting what you want.
Lowering wire bonding defect rates below 100 ppm.
American Competitiveness Institute
The role of eutectics.
Test and Inspection
Using x-ray laminography on PTH joints.
Inovaxe's inventory control tools.
On the cover: EPIC's wave solder equipment changes profiles based on each assembly's bar codes. (Photo courtesy EPIC Technologies)