What is New Product Introduction (NPI)?

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As they strive to stay competitive and relevant to their customers, companies must regularly turn new product ideas into tangible products. Businesses survey their customers to find out what they need, then brainstorm ideas for products that might meet their requirements. Businesses carefully vet concepts for new products and determine the best path of development to follow. New Product Introduction …

In-Circuit Testing (ICT)

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What is In-Circuit Testing (ICT)? The manufacturing of electronic assemblies involves many complex tasks that all carry the potential for something to go wrong. The fabrication of the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), the placement of components on the board and the integrity of the parts themselves require testing to ensure the resulting end product meets quality standards. The verification …

ESD Explained: What is Electrostatic Discharge?

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You may have read or heard the acronym ESD and wondered, “what does ESD stand for?” We’re here to explain what ESD is and how you can prevent it from occurring. ESD stands for electrostatic discharge. Under certain conditions, transference of electrical potential may occur when two materials with different charges come into proximity to each other. This common phenomenon, …

Machine 2 Machine Communication

What is M2M? How Machine-to-Machine Communications Affects Manufacturing

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The shared drive among all manufacturing companies is the desire to provide customers with faster completion times and more efficient production while maintaining the highest possible level of quality control standards and traceability. As products, especially electronic assemblies, grow exponentially more complex, the manufacturing processes used in their production naturally follow suit. Since humans rather quickly reach the upper limit …

ISO 13485 Certification

Certification Highlight – ISO 13485

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Certifications are important in electronics contract manufacturing. The best electronics contract manufacturers (CMs) possess industry certifications that prove their compliance with accepted standards, as well as a dedication to excellent business practices. Only trust your printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) project to a CM that can show you a list of certifications. Otherwise, you’ll have no quality or compliance assurance. …

ITAR Registration and ITAR Certification

Certification Highlight – ITAR Registered

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Certifications are one of the ways in which you can narrow down your options when choosing the right electronics contract manufacturer (CM) for your project. Special certifications according to your industry can show a CM’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Lack of certification, on the other hand, can mean the CM’s manufacturing processes might not fulfill accepted regulatory standards …

ISO 9001 Certification

Certification Highlight – ISO 9001

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Processes as complex as printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) benefit from standardization. Without guidance from international regulations, different electronics contract manufacturers (CMs) would have free rein to produce PCBs according to whatever standards suited their needs – not those of the customer. Standardization regulates the industry and benefits customers. In an effort to improve quality consistency and customer service in …

Certification Highlight – AS9100

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Certifications are critical when looking for your electronics contract manufacturer (CM) – especially when you’re in need of assemblies specific to the aerospace industry. Virtually anyone with the right manufacturing equipment can call itself a CM. Certifications are some of the only ways high-quality electronics CMs can distinguish themselves from less-professional manufacturers. The AS9100 certificate relates specifically to quality assurance …

Certification Highlight – NIST 800-171 Guidelines

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What does a NIST 800-171 certification mean to you? Better protection of your controlled unclassified information while doing business with an electronics contract manufacturer (CM). If a company meets the NIST 800-171 guidelines for Information Technology (IT) security, that CM is a provider you can trust with your sensitive data during printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) and other projects. The …

Electronics Manufacturing Quality Assurance

6 Processes a CM Should Have in Place for Quality Assurance

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Quality control should be a top priority for every electronics contract manufacturer (CM). Quality assurance in manufacturing and original electronic manufacturer (OEM) order fulfillment is critical to a company’s reputation and overall success. Every good CM should have a proven system in place to ensure high-quality manufacturing. The following six processes represent a top-tier quality assurance plan for a CM. …