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The ITAR Advantage for All Projects

In the electronic contract manufacturing (ECM) world, it’s likely that you’ve needed to sub-contract work at times. With a host of competing factors to consider, sometimes it just makes more sense to sub work out to another ECM.

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5 Historical Events That Shaped Printed Circuit Boards

The printed circuit boards (PCBs) we use today have evolved over the last 100 years and beyond. PCBs have an exciting history, borne first from the earliest ventures into electronics and later reimagined by a desire to revolutionize point-to-point wiring boards. Learning about the important events that molded the modern PCB can lend a better appreciation for this technology and an idea of what’s to come for the future of PCB assembly.

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Where Did All the Plasma Manufactures Go?

Or, more to the point, how do we keep our plasma projects running when no one seems to support them anymore?

To be clear, we're not talking about the large plasma TV in your basement. We're talking about the plasma display that for many years was the industry standard for electronic instruments. First, a little primer on how we got into this plasma problem.

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Build A Better Bill Of Materials For Accurate Quotes

 

It might seem like tedious deskwork to you, but a well-organized bill of materials can be the difference between an on-time and on-budget project and one that is, well, not. So let's keep the boss happy and brush up on how to make an excellent Bill of Materials (BOM).

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In-House TAB Bonding, At Your Service

Levison Enterprises' in-house TAB (Tape Automated Bonding) solutions keep your circuits and your costs small. Almost as soon as the first personal computers arrived, there was a push for them to be smaller. In 70 years we've seen computers the size of a room scale down to something you absent-mindedly wear on your wrist.

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The Importance of Your ECM's Plan Do Check Act Cycle

Have you ever worked on something so much that it becomes second nature?

Did you get to the point where it was so repetitive and easy that you couldn't see how to fix something when a problem came up?

It happens to the best of us, and that why some companies choose to use the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA,) or Deming Cycle as part of their project management approach.

Plan-Do-Check-Act is actually a part of the AS9100 quality assessment.

It is a four-step model for carrying out change.

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Internal Quality Audits are a Must for an Electronic Manufacturer

Clients depend on their electronic contract manufacturing company to provide efficient, compliant, and secure services to produce their products.

That's why your Electronic Contract Manufacturer, or ECM, should consider internal audits a must. It's how you can ensure your ECM is doing what they say they are doing and identify gaps in policies and procedures.

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Save Money & Ensure Quality: Source Your Materials With Your ECM

 

Every manufacturer has two priorities that guide every decision. They want to make and deliver a high-quality product while saving every dollar on materials, assembly, and delivery. This is where a partnership with the right electronic contract manufacturer (ECM) can make a significant difference.

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6 Questions You Should Ask Your Current ECM That You Likely Haven't

Have you become comfortable and complacent in the current relationship with your electronic contract manufacturer? 

That can be both good and bad.

It’s good because you've developed a strong relationship and level of trust with them.

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5 Benefits From An AS9100 Certified Electronic Contract Manufacturer

Recently, a movie theatre in our area decided to rip out the stadium style seating traditionally found in theatres, and invested in all leather recliners and enhanced technology for their movie viewing customers.

One might think this would be tied to a higher ticket price.

However, they didn’t raise their prices.