16 Jan, 2020 / electronics manufacturing

Electronic component market review January 2020

The current climate of political instability, component shortages, productivity pressures and a ...

02 Jan, 2020 / Engineering Placements

Five ways to ace your engineering placement application

If you’re reading this right now, chances are you're in the same boat that I was at the beginning ...

26 Dec, 2019 / Sectors & Markets

PCB Market trends and growth drivers

Picture the scene: you’re about to leave the office on a chilly winter evening, so you plan ahead ...

Gerber or ODB++ - which is best for your PCB fabrication?

At the heart of virtually every electronic assembly is a printed circuit board (PCB) onto which ...

12 Dec, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

What will your EMS partner expect to see in your build pack?

In an increasingly fast-paced and competitive electronics manufacturing marketplace, customers have ...

05 Dec, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

How digital tools can aid your postponement manufacturing strategy

The demand for product personalisation is a trend that is continuing to expand within the global ...

28 Nov, 2019 / IoT, smart factories

How IoT can aid environmental decisions in electronics manufacturing

A core priority for electronics manufacturers has long been focused on finding the most effective ...

21 Nov, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

8 predictions for electronics manufacturing in 2020

The electronics manufacturing industry is experiencing an exciting period of opportunity, change ...

14 Nov, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

What impact could CNY 2020 have on UK electronics manufacturing?

The annual Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration is always a challenging period for any UK electronics ...

07 Nov, 2019 / additive manufacturing

Is additive manufacturing the right choice for your electronic assembly?

If you've visited an electronics manufacturing or engineering trade show in the past year or so, ...

31 Oct, 2019 /

What are 5 of the biggest threats to the electronics manufacturing supply chain?

Avoiding disruption to the electronics manufacturing supply chain is an ongoing task that can be ...

24 Oct, 2019 / Sectors & Markets

Electronics manufacturing market review October 2019

Electronics manufacturers, within the UK and around the world, are in the midst of what will ...

17 Oct, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

Is the Smart Factory a realistic goal for UK electronics manufacturers?

The rise of AI, and associated digital and robotic technologies, presents exciting new ...

Can SMEs overcome the seismic shifts in UK electronics manufacturing?

The annual National Manufacturing Conference, which is held annually in London every February, is ...

03 Oct, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

Why are rare earth elements so crucial for electronics manufacturing?

Rare earth elements (REEs) are a small, but incredibly powerful, family of metals that have an ...

26 Sep, 2019 / Best Practice, regulations

Is your EMS partner up to speed with WEEE 'Open Scope'?

As the commercial and household use of electrical and electronic equipment continues to grow, so ...

How long will it take to address the UK engineering skills gap?

Engineering has a vital role to play in the UK's economic and societal wellbeing.

12 Sep, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

Combating ESD: the silent assassin in electronics manufacturing

Electrostatic discharge (known as ESD) is a major contributor of device failure within electronics ...

05 Sep, 2019 /

How digitalisation is transforming the electronics manufacturing industry

Increasing global competition, rising consumer expectations and the increasingly complex patterns ...

29 Aug, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

The rising threat of social engineering for electronics manufacturers

As increasing numbers of electronics manufacturers invest in advanced interconnected technologies ...

22 Aug, 2019 / Supply Chain

Are you prepared for changes to the Conflict Minerals Regulation?

On the 1st of January 2021, new due diligence obligations within the Conflict Minerals Regulation ...

15 Aug, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

How can electronics manufacturers protect against cyber attacks?

As the UK electronics manufacturing industry becomes increasingly digitalised, and the flow of ...

08 Aug, 2019 / Outsourcing

The 7 steps to selecting a new EMS partner

There are many reasons why an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) might choose to outsource part ...

01 Aug, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

Unit cost or total cost of supply: which matters most for UK OEMS?

The primary objective for any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is to design, manufacture and ...

25 Jul, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

How is the OEM/EMS partnership evolving in electronics manufacturing?

The UK EMS Industry 2016 - 2022 report provides some telling insights into the current state of the ...

18 Jul, 2019 / Outsourcing

Could outsourcing your electronics manufacturing be the key to growth?

The global electronics manufacturing market is a hugely competitive one. And how efficiently an ...

11 Jul, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

UK Electronics manufacturing 2019 - which markets are on the up?

The latest UK EMS Industry Report provides some compelling statistics, and some key predictions, ...

Electronics manufacturing market review July 2019

As we pass the midway point of 2019, the supply chains of electronics manufacturers around the ...

27 Jun, 2019 / Test

Which test is best for your PCBA assembly - ICT or Flying Probe?

In-Circuit Test (ICT) and Flying Probe are two of the most popular types of Automated Test ...

20 Jun, 2019 / Test

The 4 things every electronics manufacturer needs to know about test

The electronics manufacturing process can often be extremely complex. And the costs associated with ...

18 Jun, 2019 / EMS, Process Improvement

Clean vs no clean solder process within electronics manufacturing

The IPC, which was founded in 1957 as the Institute for Printed Circuits, is the trade association ...

13 Jun, 2019 / smart factories

Is digitalisation the key to the future of electronics manufacturing?

Electronics manufacturers have long relied on automation to streamline their production processes. ...

11 Jun, 2019 / EMS, Outsourcing

What information do I need to outsource a box build assembly?

Outsourcing an electronic printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is usually a simple and well ...

06 Jun, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

Is it worth keeping your electronics manufacturing in the UK?

The decision to outsource electronics manufacturing to lower-cost, off-shore locations (offshoring) ...

30 May, 2019 /

What are the key questions to ask when auditing a new EMS partner?

Making the decision to hand over the control of your electronics manufacturing to an external ...

29 May, 2019 / EMS, Engineering, Manufacturing

How to create the perfect SMT reflow oven profile

Printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) are often viewed as commodity items. But consistently ...

23 May, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

4 ways electronics manufacturers are growing their businesses in 2019

At a time when many UK manufacturers are struggling to remain profitable, and with the uncertainty ...

Looking to outsource to an EMS partner? Then don't miss Subcon 2019

The UK's premier subcontract manufacturing show Subcon returns to Birmingham's NEC this June 2019, ...

09 May, 2019 / Outsourcing, npi

What should a New Product Introduction (NPI) report look like?

Taking a new product from initial design through to final production requires care and attention at ...

02 May, 2019 / Supply Chain

What key questions should your EMS partner be asking in the supplier selection process?

Increasing globalisation, rapidly changing market conditions and the introduction of new ...

25 Apr, 2019 / Process Improvement

How can electronics manufacturers reduce their environmental impact?

With original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) demanding ever greater value for money from their ...

18 Apr, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

8 predictions for UK electronics manufacturing in 2019

The skills gap, the Internet of Things, the global components shortage and the fragmentation of the ...

11 Apr, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

Electronic component market review - April 2019

As we enter the second quarter of 2019, how is the electronic component market shaping up for UK ...

04 Apr, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

Which IPC-A-610 class is best for your printed circuit board assembly?

When you think about what makes a ‘good’ electronics assembly, what are the most common ...

28 Mar, 2019 / industrial placements

Degree or apprenticeship – how I combined the best of both worlds

I am the worst when it comes to making decisions. It once took me three hours in a sports shop to ...

21 Mar, 2019 / Process Improvement

The hidden materials handling costs every OEM should be aware of

Many of the expenses within your electronics manufacturing business are highly visible and undergo ...

14 Mar, 2019 / recruitment

How to attract the best new electronics manufacturing talent

Electronics manufacturing offers a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities. Many ...

07 Mar, 2019 / Supply Chain

How can OEMs ensure quality supply chain management?

Maintaining quality, flexibility and consistency in the supply chain is an ever-present challenge ...

28 Feb, 2019 / Best Practice

An in-depth guide to NPS and measuring loyalty in manufacturing

What is the Net Promoter Score? Put simply, Net Promoter Score (NPS) measures how loyal a customer ...

How to ace your industrial placement application

Securing an industrial placement in the electronics manufacturing industry can add a deeper level ...

4 ways to instantly improve the efficiency of your PCBA production

Ensuring you're hitting your build times is always a major priority in surface mount production. ...

Industrial placements - is a sandwich year a good idea?

Most people’s reaction to coming across a degree course with a 'sandwich year' is to think: "What ...

Careers for women in engineering - dispelling the myths

I've never really worked out exactly where my passion for engineering came from. I just know that ...

24 Jan, 2019 / Outsourcing

What to expect when you outsource your electronics manufacturing

The first few months of any new outsourcing relationship can be both an invigorating and an ...

17 Jan, 2019 / electronics manufacturing

Electronic component market review - January 2019

As the New Year begins, the challenges surrounding lead-times within the electronic component ...

Six top tips to finding the right engineering degree

As I've already emphasised in previous blog posts, when it comes to career and study decisions, I'm ...

03 Jan, 2019 / EMS, Best Practice, Outsourcing

Can your EMS partner mitigate against out-of-the-box failures?

Quality issues that occur as a result of "out-of-the-box" failures can erode the customer ...

27 Dec, 2018 / Supply Chain, Legislation

What electronics manufacturers need to know about RoHS 3 compliance

On 22 July 2019 the latest incarnation of RoHS (the Restriction of Hazardous Substances) will come ...

20 Dec, 2018 / Trade shows

Three must-see UK electronics manufacturing trade shows for 2019

Meeting your prospective electronics manufacturing partner face-to-face can be a valuable part of ...

13 Dec, 2018 / Supply Chain

How to avoid supply chain disruption this Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as CNY or the Spring Festival, is China's most revered and highly ...

06 Dec, 2018 / Engineering Placements

Engineering placements: how to find the scheme that’s right for you

Engineering placements can provide an invaluable opportunity to apply the learning and skills ...

What's the solution to the UK manufacturing productivity puzzle?

Day to day productivity is vital to the success of any manufacturer. And the manufacturing industry ...

Manufacturers, just how effective is your induction process?

It’s the first day of a promising new career. The candidate you recently offered a job to is now ...

15 Nov, 2018 / Manufacturing, Industry 4.0

How to manage cyber-threats within electronics manufacturing

The rise of the 4th industrial revolution (4IR)has brought with it digital inter-connectivity that ...

08 Nov, 2018 / EMS, Outsourcing, Manufacturing

4 questions OEMs typically ask when outsourcing

The decision to transfer your electronics manufacturing to an EMS company is a complex process, ...

01 Nov, 2018 / Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Is dual sourcing the answer to the supply chain management challenge?

Supply chain risk is an ever-present threat for manufacturers, whether due to adverse weather ...

How to measure employee engagement within manufacturing

Keeping your manufacturing staff happy is critical if you plan to grow your business and continue ...

What to see and do at the 2018 National Graduate Recruitment Fair

The National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition 'GradJobs Live!' returns to Birmingham's NEC this ...

What next - engineering apprenticeship or university degree?

Going into your final year of A levels or college is a stressful time for anyone. But when you have ...

04 Oct, 2018 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Electronic component market review - October 2018

Welcome to our latest electronic component market review. Unfortunately, we still don't see an end ...

27 Sep, 2018 / News, Manufacturing

Annual EEF fact card shows solid growth for UK manufacturing

While uncertainty around Brexit, electronic component shortages and the skills gap continue to loom ...

20 Sep, 2018 / Trade shows

The Engineering Design Show 2018 - everything you need to know

The seventh annual Engineering Design Show is returning to the Ericsson Exhibition Hall at the ...

18 Sep, 2018 / EMS, Process Improvement

The no-nonsense guide to Lean Manufacturing terms

Lean manufacturing principles and some of the tools that go with them can seem a bit daunting. All ...

13 Sep, 2018 / Supply Chain

What do SMT component shortages mean for design and manufacturing engineers

Much has been written about the increasing shortages of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCC), ...

06 Sep, 2018 / Supply Chain

Looking under the hood of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs)

The Multi Layer Ceramic Capacitor (MLCC) is one of the most widely used, and the most highly ...

30 Aug, 2018 / Supply Chain

Why ‘riding out’ the electronic components crisis is no longer an option

The electronic components shortage is continuing to take its toll on the electronics manufacturing ...

23 Aug, 2018 / Supply Chain, Legislation

The impact of industry regulations on your manufacturing supply chain

A responsible Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider will always make it a priority to ...

16 Aug, 2018 / Supply Chain

5 questions to ask before handing over your supply chain to an assembly partner

A key question for any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) who may be considering outsourcing ...

How investment in staff wellbeing impacts manufacturing productivity

Improved productivity is one of the primary measures of success within manufacturing. And as UK ...

02 Aug, 2018 / Supply Chain, Technology, IoT

What’s driving the global demand for electronic components?

There’s been much discussion in recent months about the increase in the global demand for ...

26 Jul, 2018 / Engineering Placements

How engineering placements can address the UK manufacturing skills gap

The skills gap continues to be an issue that looms large in the UK manufacturing sector, as ...

19 Jul, 2018 / Outsourcing, Manufacturing

How do manufacturers overcome growth challenges?

Growth is usually seen by manufacturers as a good thing - a sign of success and a result of hard ...

12 Jul, 2018 /

Is there an end in sight to the electronic components crisis?

As new and innovative technology continues to evolve on a daily basis, the need for ...

05 Jul, 2018 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Electronic component market review - July 2018

Welcome to our latest electronic component market review. Unfortunately, conditions are still not ...

28 Jun, 2018 / EMS, Outsourcing

How a site visit can help you select the best electronics manufacturer

A site visit can be an invaluable exercise in helping you to better understand your electronics ...

21 Jun, 2018 / Engineering Placements

How to apply for a graduate scheme in manufacturing

There are a whole host of benefits which make graduate schemes within the UK manufacturing industry ...

Key insights from the Annual Manufacturing Report 2018

UK Manufacturing would appear to be experiencing both an exciting and a disconcerting time, ...

What's the key to boosting the numbers of women in manufacturing?

The UK manufacturing industry is currently responsible for the direct employment of in excess of ...

31 May, 2018 / Supply Chain

8 commonly used terms when buying electronic components

As a buyer of electronic components I’ve taken for granted just how many terms are used on a daily ...

24 May, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Launching your manufacturing career via an apprenticeship scheme

Innovations within technology and automation mean that UK manufacturing is experiencing an exciting ...

17 May, 2018 / Graduate placements

How to secure a place on an electronics manufacturing graduate scheme

The world of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) is a fast-moving and technologically ...

10 May, 2018 / Outsourcing, Trade shows

Plan your visit to the UK sub-contract manufacturing expo Subcon 2018

Subcon 2018, the UK’s premier sub-contract manufacturing supply show, is returning to the ...

03 May, 2018 / Supply Chain

Stop being an ostrich, electronic component shortages are real

I know, I know, you don’t want to hear that the price of components are going up. Or that ...

Industry 4.0 concerns

The fastest way for manufacturers to achieve growth in a new world of industrial connectivity is to ...

19 Apr, 2018 / Best Practice

5 ideas to enhance the induction process within manufacturing

We’ve all seen the pictures on LinkedIn. You know the ones I mean, the ‘new starter’ desk image ...

13 Apr, 2018 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Electronic component market review - April 2018

The market still remains in a poor state with supply outstripping demand in almost all product ...

How to assess top talent when recruiting for key manufacturing roles

As your business continues to grow and evolve, gaps in talent can start to appear. And whilst ...

05 Apr, 2018 / EMS, Best Practice

Why Automated Optical Inspection is a must-have for PCB production

Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) is the automated visual inspection of a Printed Circuit Board ...

29 Mar, 2018 / EMS, Outsourcing

Should you outsource your outbound logistics to your EMS partner?

Shipping your products to their end destination is the final stage in your manufacturing process ...

Are ineffective e-mails causing your manufacturing teams stress?

In a busy manufacturing environment time is precious. Production inefficiencies can hurt a ...

20 Mar, 2018 / Trade shows

Drives & Controls 2018 - Tips to Planning Your Visit

The biennial ‘Drives & Controls’ Exhibition, widely recognised as the UK’s leading show for ...

15 Mar, 2018 / EMS, Supply Chain

5 techniques used to detect counterfeit electronic components

We are well aware of the threat of counterfeit components to electronic supply chains. ...

08 Mar, 2018 / EMS, Best Practice, Outsourcing

Your competitors are outsourcing their manufacturing, shouldn’t you?

As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) you will be focussed on increasing sales and maximising ...

01 Mar, 2018 / EMS, Outsourcing

Setting clear boundaries with your EMS provider

When things go wrong ‘poor communication’ is often cited as the reason. And quite often, ...

22 Feb, 2018 / EMS, npi

The vital role of solder paste printing in New Product Introduction

Surface mount assembly (SMT) has a crucial role to play in the New Product Introduction (NPI) ...

15 Feb, 2018 / npi

Why the right preparation is crucial for your New Product Introduction

Taking a new product design from conception to reality is a hugely exciting prospect for any ...

13 Feb, 2018 / Apprenticeship

Can the apprenticeship levy address the UK manufacturing skills gap?

In November 2017, the UK’s Department for Education hosted its first ever Skills Summit which ...

13 Feb, 2018 / News, Apprenticeships, Events

Our guide to getting the most from ‘What Next’ 2018

The ‘What Next?’ exhibition (2nd - 3rd March 2018) is targeted at 15-19 year olds who are looking ...

08 Feb, 2018 / Design, Outsourcing

Should you outsource product design to an independent contractor?

For OEMs looking to improve a product's viability through its life-cycle, the decision to outsource ...

02 Feb, 2018 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Electronic component market review - February 2018

Current Market Conditions Unfortunately, over the past three months the market has seen further ...

01 Feb, 2018 / Design, Outsourcing

Should you be outsourcing product design?

Many Original Electronics Manufacturers (OEMs) choose to outsource manufacturing to an Electronics ...

25 Jan, 2018 / Industrial Automation

What’s driving UK manufacturing investment in 4IR?

There’s no doubt that the use of automation is transforming global manufacturing, with initiatives ...

18 Jan, 2018 /

7 simple ways to motivate your electronics manufacturing staff

Your manufacturing staff are the backbone of your electronics manufacturing organisation. They are ...

16 Jan, 2018 / EMS, Manufacturing

Southern Manufacturing 2018: your eight-point guide to a great show

Celebrating its 20th anniversary between the 6th and 8th February 2018, it won't be long until ...

11 Jan, 2018 / Industrial Automation

Is UK manufacturing ready for the fourth industrial revolution?

The new fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is driving the transformation of manufacturing across ...

04 Jan, 2018 / EMS, Outsourcing

Why you want your EMS partner to be annoying and boring

Outsourcing part or all of your manufacturing to an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) ...

28 Dec, 2017 / Manufacturing, Trade shows

A guide to the best manufacturing trade shows to visit in 2018

There are some great benefits to be had from attending manufacturing trade shows. Not just for your ...

21 Dec, 2017 / Innovation, Technology, Engineering

What does Digital Twinning mean for manufacturing?

A world where the digital and physical are interconnected is quickly becoming the norm for the ...

19 Dec, 2017 / Manufacturing

Key takeaways from the EEF Manufacturing Fact card 2017

There’s no escaping the fact that manufacturing is entering a period of evolution and change. But ...

How to select X-ray inspection equipment for electronics manufacturing

Whichever part of the electronics industry you are involved in, you will probably have noticed the ...

07 Dec, 2017 / Technology, Engineering

9 ways to keep up with changes in manufacturing technology

When looking to make a hotel reservation recently, it struck me that most if not all establishments ...

30 Nov, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing, Manufacturing

Is your EMS provider “the one” for you?

No matter where you are in your outsourcing journey, ensuring that your Electronics Manufacturing ...

23 Nov, 2017 / Outsourcing

How to ensure good service from your EMS partner

In any sector with a lot of competing businesses, service can be one of the biggest ...

16 Nov, 2017 / Technology

Blockchain for manufacturing: what are the opportunities?

Blockchain. It’s one of the hottest topics in the tech world, and a buzzword that’s been popping up ...

09 Nov, 2017 / Outsourcing

5 simple elements to guarantee outsourcing success

Outsourcing your procurement, assembly, test and logistics to an Electronics Manufacturing Services ...

02 Nov, 2017 / Outsourcing

What does an OEM really gain from outsourcing their manufacturing?

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have outsourced their manufacturing to Electronics ...

26 Oct, 2017 / Design, Manufacturing

Should I involve my EMS partner in design for manufacture?

As an Original Electronics Manufacturer (OEM), you’ll be focused on getting products ready for sale ...

19 Oct, 2017 / Testing

Test solutions your EMS partner should offer

Testing is an integral part of the manufacturing process. It safeguards against defects and faults, ...

12 Oct, 2017 / Supply Chain

8 factors a CEM should know about their suppliers

We understand that selecting a contract electronics manufacturer (CEM) that fits well with your ...

05 Oct, 2017 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Electronic component market review - October 2017

Current Market Conditions The most frequent question right now being asked within the industry, is ...

21 Sep, 2017 / EMS, Supply Chain

How to prevent suspect components from entering your supply chain

The success of any supply chain relies on quality and stability. If either of these elements are ...

14 Sep, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing

Does my outsourcing project fit with the EMS provider's strategy?

Once a decision has been made to outsource your electronics manufacturing the next step is to find ...

07 Sep, 2017 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Should you entrust your EMS provider with your supply chain?

Now that you have made the decision to outsource, you’ll next want to decide how much control you'd ...

31 Aug, 2017 / Best Practice, Manufacturing

Cybersecurity: 4 things OEMs should do to protect themselves

In today’s increasingly connected world cybersecurity is a real concern for businesses. Recent ...

24 Aug, 2017 /

Your 6 point guide to finding the right EMS provider

With around 250 Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers in the UK alone, finding the ...

6 tips to secure new talent in electronics manufacturing

Closing the skills gap in engineering and electronics manufacturing is a topic that comes up for ...

10 Aug, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing

What to expect during the first months of trading with an EMS provider

The start of an outsourcing partnership is an exciting time for an original equipment manufacturer ...

03 Aug, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing, Manufacturing

How much of my electronics manufacturing should I outsource?

Once you have decided to outsource to an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) partner you need ...

27 Jul, 2017 / Supply Chain

4 ways your CEM partner can respond to supply chain disruption

When disruptions to the electronic component supply chain occur they are painful. Lead-times can ...

25 Jul, 2017 / Supply Chain

Electronic component market review - July 2017

Current Market Conditions The global electronics market is up between 15% and 20% from this time ...

The Future of Manufacturing

What does the future hold for the manufacturing industry? In a world where the Internet of Things, ...

13 Jul, 2017 / EMS, Supply Chain

4 ways to buy electronic components and the pros and cons of each

Whether you are manufacturing in house, or you have already outsourced to a Contract Electronics ...

Does your EMS provider have an Industry 4.0 roadmap?

More to the point why should you, the customer, care? At its simplest level, the Fourth Industrial ...

Is Configure to Order manufacturing the right strategy for me?

Arguably, industrial electronics is once again falling victim to the consumer electronics market: ...

22 Jun, 2017 / EMS, Design, Supply Chain

How important is Design for Manufacture for your assembly partner?

When deciding to outsource your electronics manufacturing to an Electronics Manufacturing Services ...

15 Jun, 2017 / EMS, Best Practice, Manufacturing

How to make a bad first impression with an EMS provider

Outsourcing your electronics manufacturing can be a complex process. It usually forms part of a ...

08 Jun, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing

Why should you have formal business reviews with your EMS provider?

One of the greatest benefits of outsourcing part or all of your manufacturing operation to an ...

01 Jun, 2017 / EMS, Manufacturing

Will you be RoHS 2 compliant by 22 July 2017?

As you may or may not know, 2011 saw the legal initiation of the RoHS 2 recast and an update of the ...

25 May, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing, Manufacturing

The benefits of postponement manufacturing when outsourcing

Accurately trying to predict the configuration options your customer will order over a 12-month ...

18 May, 2017 / EMS, Engineering

Subcon 2017 - will you be there in June?

With less than a month to go, Subcon 2017 (6th - 8th June) will be returning to the NEC to host ...

11 May, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing

The role of an account manager within an EMS provider

The account management role can mean very different things across industries and electronics ...

04 May, 2017 / EMS, Supply Chain, Manufacturing

Why you shouldn't hide your supply chain issues

Sometimes, no matter how well you've researched and vetted your suppliers, supply chain issues rear ...

27 Apr, 2017 /

The benefits of applying flux directly to a micro BGA

Technology trends continue to drive miniaturisation in electronic components. As a result, product ...

20 Apr, 2017 / EMS, Engineering, Manufacturing

Your in-depth guide to reducing electronics manufacturing waste

Waste is a common problem within the electronics manufacturing industry. Whether large volumes of ...

How to solder SMT components with varying solder paste heights

The rise in demand for miniaturised components within consumer electronics is forcing designers of ...

06 Apr, 2017 / Best Practice, Manufacturing

What are the most important principles of lean manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing is nothing new, but it remains an important philosophy for manufacturers seeking ...

30 Mar, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing

Should you use your CEM partner's direct ship fulfilment services?

Gone are the days when original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) simply outsourced their printed ...

23 Mar, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing

4 ways cross training your logistics team can improve operations

When it comes to valuable assets, our natural instinct is to protect them. Take, for example, a ...

16 Mar, 2017 / Supply Chain, Manufacturing

Conflict minerals – a mixed message?

Within days of the inauguration of the United States' 45th President, Donald Trump, over 90 ...

13 Mar, 2017 / Apprenticeship, Manufacturing

Putting the UK manufacturing skills gap under the spotlight

It feels like the skills gap in UK manufacturing (and, indeed, global manufacturing) has been a ...

09 Mar, 2017 / EMS, Manufacturing

How servitisation can enable manufacturing sales growth

If someone were to ask you what your current business goals are, it is likely that "sales growth" ...

02 Mar, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing, Manufacturing

How can I compare EMS providers and create my shortlist?

Finding the right electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for your business can be a ...

23 Feb, 2017 / EMS

Industry 4.0: 9 key points electronics manufacturers must not ignore

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is nothing if not massive and complicated. There is a huge amount ...

21 Feb, 2017 / Manufacturing

What impact is the National Living Wage having on manufacturers?

George Osborne first announced the National Living Wage (NLW) during the 2015 Summer Budget, in an ...

What does the 5S methodology really mean?

"5S relates to workplace organisation and forms a solid foundation upon which many organisations ...

14 Feb, 2017 / EMS, Manufacturing

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2017: your eight-point guide

It's nearly that time of year again: Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2017 is just around the ...

09 Feb, 2017 /

11 points to consider when buying selective soldering equipment

In previous blog posts, we've looked at the pros and cons of selective and wave soldering. Both ...

06 Feb, 2017 /

As a manufacturer, are you ready for the apprenticeship levy?

If the answer is no, then I am afraid you are running out of time. First announced during the 2015 ...

How do electronics manufacturing companies continuously improve?

The unfortunate reality is that most, if not all, electronics manufacturing companies incur waste ...

26 Jan, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing

What to look for when auditing an electronics manufacturing facility

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) your company has worked tirelessly to narrow down the ...

Six Sigma: what is it and how is it used in electronics manufacturing?

"Six Sigma is a quality programme that, when all is said and done, improves your customer's ...

12 Jan, 2017 / EMS, Outsourcing

How to choose your outsourcing project team

When you decide to outsource your manufacturing operation to an electronics manufacturing services ...

05 Jan, 2017 / Outsourcing, Manufacturing

5 reasons why OEMs outsource to EMS providers

It's a question that gets to the very heart of things: why do original equipment manufacturers ...

29 Dec, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing, Manufacturing

How to build up trust in a manufacturing outsourcing relationship

"Trust is like blood pressure. It's silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly." ...

15 Dec, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Disaster recovery planning - what to look for in an EMS partner

When you're choosing an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider to outsource your ...

13 Dec, 2016 / Supply Chain, Manufacturing

Chinese New Year: how to avoid a PCB supply shortage

A few weeks after New Year falls on the Gregorian Calendar comes Chinese New Year. In 2017, the ...

08 Dec, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

My product is too large and complex to outsource to an EMS provider

Earlier this year, we wrote a blog about five of the more common myths relating to electronics ...

01 Dec, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

3 reasons why outsourcing to an EMS provider can go wrong

In a previous post, we talked about successfully managing the partnership between an original ...

24 Nov, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing, Manufacturing

The hidden costs when outsourcing your electronics manufacturing

When you outsource your manufacturing operation to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) ...

17 Nov, 2016 / Best Practice, Manufacturing

Why a service level agreement is central to meeting customer demand

In a simple world, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) would take out their smartphone, hit ...

10 Nov, 2016 / EMS, Best Practice

What is takt time, why is it important and how to calculate it

The term takt time derives from the German word Taktzeit and translates to either "measure", ...

03 Nov, 2016 / EMS, Manufacturing

Is your manufacturing facility now the weak link?

When internal departments work together amazing things can happen. Your design team sketches out ...

27 Oct, 2016 / Industrial Automation

Industry 4.0 and the circular economy

There has been much written recently about Industry 4.0, and rightly so as it's a huge and ...

20 Oct, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Is your sales growth outstripping your current manufacturing capacity?

Picture the scene: you are an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) enjoying healthy sales growth. ...

13 Oct, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

How to successfully manage the OEM/CEM partnership

The partnership between an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and a contract electronics ...

06 Oct, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Is PCB assembly really the best entry point into outsourcing?

Are you considering outsourcing your printed circuit board assembly (PCBA)? Perhaps you want to ...

29 Sep, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing, Engineering

10 meaningless statistics EMS providers list on their websites

We all do it. In an attempt to stand out from other electronics manufacturing services (EMS) ...

Industrie 4.0: increasing automation within electronics manufacturing

"We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, ...

15 Sep, 2016 / EMS, Industrial Automation

Is your electronics manufacturing factory "smart"?

Not many people know the answer and, if we are honest, a large number of electronics manufacturing ...

3 fears surrounding industrial automation

There is no doubt that industrial automation is reshaping the manufacturing and engineering ...

01 Sep, 2016 / EMS

Traceability in electronics manufacturing: how far can you go back?

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers are frequently asked if they offer ...

4 benefits of industrial automation in electronics manufacturing

Industrial automation is a complex and mammoth topic covering areas ranging from simple control ...

18 Aug, 2016 / EMS

The benefits of 3D printing within contract electronics manufacturing

The buzz around 3D printing, or additive manufacturing as it also known, continues to grow ...

11 Aug, 2016 / Outsourcing

3 common fears about outsourcing your outbound logistics

If you have already outsourced elements of your manufacturing to an electronics manufacturing ...

04 Aug, 2016 / EMS, Best Practice

How to prevent solder bridges during printed circuit board assembly

Solder bridges (or "shorts" as they are also known) occur when solder unintentionally connects one ...

28 Jul, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Why flexibility is crucial to the success of your outbound logistics

When it comes to outbound logistics - i.e. the processes involved in controlling the shipping of ...

21 Jul, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Understanding how EMS companies view capital investment decisions

One of the great benefits of outsourcing your manufacturing is that it can largely remove the need ...

The robots are coming for UK manufacturing

There was a time when robots were simply the stuff of science fiction – entities that veered ...

14 Jul, 2016 / Testing

The importance of electrical safety testing in manufacturing

Electrical safety testing is an essential step in the manufacturing process for any product that ...

07 Jul, 2016 / Engineering

Why functional testing should not be your go-to test strategy

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), testing is absolutely critical to everything you do. ...

30 Jun, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

5 myths about electronics manufacturing outsourcing

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been outsourcing their electronics manufacturing and ...

23 Jun, 2016 / EMS, Innovation

2026: The future of electronics manufacturing services

No one can accurately predict the future. However, it’s fair to say that some of the technological ...

20 Jun, 2016 / EMS, Manufacturing

The rise of 3D inspection technology within electronics manufacturing

This month we caught up with David Bennett, President of MIRTEC Europe. Founded back in 2000, with ...

16 Jun, 2016 / EMS

What is stress screening and how do electronics manufacturers use it?

In a previous post, we discussed soak testing, a form of performance testing that is used in ...

14 Jun, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Outsourcing your manufacturing? Don't overlook outbound logistics

When it comes to outsourcing their manufacturing operation, most original equipment manufacturers ...

13 Jun, 2016 / EMS, Testing

Improving efficiency and safety through automated test solutions

This month we caught up with John Blandy, Sales Manager of TestWorks Group Ltd. TestWorks is an ...

09 Jun, 2016 / EMS, Best Practice

How soak testing is used in electronics manufacturing

In recent blog posts, we have discussed two test methods for printed circuit board assemblies ...

02 Jun, 2016 / EMS, Best Practice

How to get the best results using flying probe test

Even the most competent of manufacturers can make mistakes during the build process; the nature of ...

26 May, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

6 ways to validate your EMS provider's New Product Introduction process

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), one of your key focusses is likely to be designing and ...

19 May, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Will an e-auction help me outsource my electronics manufacturing?

E-auctions have been used since the late 1990s. Soon after the world-wide adoption of the Internet, ...

16 May, 2016 / EMS

Beyond the machine - what next for electronics manufacturers?

Recently we spoke to Paul Rooimans, Managing Director of Mycronic United Kingdom and Benelux. ...

12 May, 2016 / Best Practice

Why PCB design is important to successful in-circuit test

Testing is a fundamental element of your manufacturing operation. Without implementing a robust ...

09 May, 2016 / EMS, Engineering

Subcon 2016 - getting the most from your visit

Subcon 2016 (7th - 9th June) is advertised as "the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show ...

05 May, 2016 / EMS, Engineering

How your EMS provider can support offsite installation projects

We all need a helping hand once in a while. And when it comes to the final installation of a ...

28 Apr, 2016 / Supply Chain

How to manage the most common risks to your supply chain

Your supply chain powers your manufacturing operation. Successfully managing the flow of components ...

21 Apr, 2016 / EMS, Best Practice, Supply Chain

How EMS providers can stop material threats entering your supply chain

Sourcing the right components is fundamental to producing high-quality products that meet your ...

14 Apr, 2016 /

5 ways to guarantee your manufacturing outsourcing project fails

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been outsourcing their manufacturing to electronics ...

07 Apr, 2016 / EMS, Supply Chain

Should you trust your EMS partner to choose your suppliers?

After you’ve chosen to outsource to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, there is ...

31 Mar, 2016 / Engineering

6 critical factors to consider when potting an electronic assembly

Potting is the process of filling or submersing a complete electronic assembly using a compound ...

24 Mar, 2016 / EMS, Engineering

How EMS providers lower the risk of SMT placement errors during set-up

Fitting an incorrect component to a printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is bad news. If an ...

17 Mar, 2016 / Best Practice, Engineering

4 electro-mechanical assembly techniques you should be using

We’ve written blogs discussing the challenges facing OEMs in PCB assembly and the common problems ...

14 Mar, 2016 / News

Drives & Controls 2016 – making the most of your time at the show

Drives & Controls 2016 (12-14 April) is widely regarded as the UK’s leading trade show for ...

10 Mar, 2016 / EMS, Engineering

Identifying and preventing "failures" within electronics manufacturing

Identifying and preventing "failures" is an ongoing issue facing electronics manufacturing services ...

03 Mar, 2016 / Engineering

Electronic components falling off during reflow? Avoid getting stung

One of the on-going challenges contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) face is the demand to ...

25 Feb, 2016 / Best Practice, Engineering

Why documentation is vital to the success of cabinet build assembly

In previous posts, we have discussed the potential obstacles original equipment manufacturers ...

18 Feb, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Why wouldn’t you look into electronics manufacturing outsourcing?

I was recently thinking back to some of the outsourcing projects that I have been involved in that ...

11 Feb, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Remove your shop floor by using a contract electronics manufacturer

Many contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) sell the concept that they are an extension of their ...

04 Feb, 2016 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

3 ways to ensure your EMS provider's supply chain is excellent

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), once you’ve outsourced your manufacturing to an ...

02 Feb, 2016 / News

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2016 – planning your trip

Arguably the UK's largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting ...

28 Jan, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

4 different ways to categorise EMS providers

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers have traditionally been categorised into three ...

21 Jan, 2016 / Best Practice, Engineering

Box build assembly: how OEMs can solve common problems

In a previous post, we discussed the challenges facing OEMs in PCB assembly and how to overcome ...

14 Jan, 2016 / EMS, Outsourcing

Using contract electronics manufacturers as a springboard for growth

Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) look to contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) as a ...

3 challenges facing OEMs in PCB assembly and how to overcome them

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the "brains" of electronic devices. A PCB contains conductive ...

31 Dec, 2015 / EMS, Best Practice, Engineering

Designing PCB assemblies for in-circuit test

In-circuit test (ICT) has been around for many years now. And despite the emergence of competing ...

24 Dec, 2015 / EMS, Engineering

What is meant by the terms OEM, EMS, CEM, ODM and why should you know?

The roles of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronics manufacturing service (EMS) ...

17 Dec, 2015 / EMS, Best Practice, Engineering

The pros and cons of cross-training electronics manufacturing staff

For contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) to succeed, they must have the right people with the ...

10 Dec, 2015 /

Turning small ideas into big results within electronics manufacturing

Often the simplest ideas are the best. Extracting these from employees, however, can be a complex ...

03 Dec, 2015 /

New Product Introduction within contract electronics manufacturing

The New Product Introduction (NPI) process is arguably one of the most crucial elements of contract ...

30 Nov, 2015 / Best Practice, Supply Chain

Quality, consistency and delivery: why do OEMs struggle to achieve it?

Whatever your product or products, as an OEM you will be focused on three criteria: quality, ...

26 Nov, 2015 / Supply Chain

How to avoid damaged metalwork from entering your supply chain

Whether the parts are bent, scratched, or showing signs of imperfection, metalwork issues can cause ...

16 Nov, 2015 / EMS, Engineering

Avoid edge connectors impacting on your PCBA and product reliability

At the product design stage, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must decide how configurable ...

How to avoid thermal shock during printed circuit board assembly

Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? But for anyone involved in electronics manufacturing, thermal shock is ...

09 Nov, 2015 / EMS, Outsourcing

5 tips for successfully transferring knowledge to your EMS supplier

"Knowledge is power" as the old saying goes, but in manufacturing it's also one of your company's ...

06 Nov, 2015 /

Is your manufacturing supply chain ready for the Modern Slavery Act?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was introduced to the UK statute books in March 2015. From October 29, ...

05 Nov, 2015 / EMS, Outsourcing

Ensuring your first outsourced build to an EMS provider is a success

You've taken every precautionary measure in the book during the build up to outsourcing your ...

02 Nov, 2015 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Visiting your contract electronics manufacturer’s back office

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) looking to outsource part or all of your manufacturing, ...

29 Oct, 2015 / EMS, Outsourcing

Transferring your assembly to a contract electronics manufacturer

Once the decision to outsource responsibility for your entire assembly operation to a contract ...

26 Oct, 2015 / EMS, Outsourcing

3 steps to choosing an EMS provider that won’t let you down

It's always important to do your homework when choosing any supplier. But when it comes to ...

22 Oct, 2015 / EMS, Sectors & Markets, Outsourcing

Top 5 UK trade shows to meet contract electronics manufacturers

Providing you plan the day in advance, trade shows can be a useful way of getting in front of ...

19 Oct, 2015 / EMS, Outsourcing

Preparing to outsource your entire manufacturing operation

Transferring your entire manufacturing operation over to an electronics manufacturing services ...

15 Oct, 2015 / EMS, Supply Chain

Creating a stable supply chain for sheet metal components

In addition to producing high quality PCB assemblies, Paragon, through its group companies JJS ...

12 Oct, 2015 / EMS, Supply Chain

4 reasons not to focus only on price when choosing an EMS supplier

Getting a good deal is part of human nature, but it pays to be wary if your electronics ...

07 Oct, 2015 / News, Supply Chain

Conflict minerals update: an overview of the 2014 findings

Now is probably a good time to review the current status of the legislation and the approaches ...

01 Oct, 2015 / Design, Best Practice

9 PCB assembly design guidelines for Flying Probe test

Flying probe testing has become an increasingly popular alternative to the more traditional ...

24 Sep, 2015 / EMS, Outsourcing

What really happens once you send your EMS provider an order?

You’ve reviewed the quote and are now in a position to send across an order to your chosen ...

17 Sep, 2015 / EMS, Best Practice

How to spot quality within electronics manufacturing service providers

Quality in manufacturing is a big issue. Compromise it and you threaten the viability and ...

10 Sep, 2015 / EMS, Best Practice, Supply Chain

14 tools CEMs need to combat counterfeit electronic components

When it comes to supply chain excellence, mitigating the risk of "suspect" electronic devices is a ...

03 Sep, 2015 /

7 points to include in your RFQ to a contract electronics manufacturer

After weeks of carrying out research and refining your "shortlist" of potential electronics ...

27 Aug, 2015 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Why it pays to forge long-term relationships with your EMS provider

It may take time and patience, but original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are willing to ...

20 Aug, 2015 /

Your 10 point guide for electro-mechanical design for manufacture

In previous blogs we’ve discussed the value of involving your electronics manufacturing services ...

13 Aug, 2015 /

Quality standards and accreditations within electronics manufacturing

Badges are funny things aren’t they? As children, we learn early on that badges are awarded for all ...

06 Aug, 2015 / Outsourcing

5 questions on sending an RFQ to a contract electronics manufacturer

The request for quotation (RFQ) process plays a pivotal role in kick-starting an outsourcing ...

30 Jul, 2015 / EMS, Design, Best Practice

The top 10 design for manufacture mistakes to avoid

The value of involving your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) partner in design for ...

Contract electronics manufacturers vs threat of counterfeit devices

Supply chains agile enough to respond to ever changing client demand, yet robust enough to ensure ...

16 Jul, 2015 / EMS, Outsourcing

UK EMS providers with "offshore" facilities – best of both worlds?

In a 2014 survey carried out by the EEF, one in six UK original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) had ...

09 Jul, 2015 /

The benefits of 3D CAD within electronics design and manufacture

Following on from our recent post about Computer Aided Design (CAD) in manufacturing we thought it ...

02 Jul, 2015 /

Industrie 4.0 – your questions about smart manufacturing answered

By connecting everyday objects through networks and enabling them to send and receive data, the ...

25 Jun, 2015 / EMS, Design, Outsourcing

The importance of CAD in electronics manufacturing

One of the most common requests an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider will make ...

18 Jun, 2015 / EMS, Design, Outsourcing

Future proof your design with the help of EMS providers

It has been widely reported that more and more original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking ...

11 Jun, 2015 / EMS, Outsourcing

Unit cost vs total cost in contract electronics manufacturing

When decisions need to be made regarding outsourcing one or more of your products to an electronics ...

28 May, 2015 /

Are you getting the growth services you need from your EMS provider?

Through bringing new, value-added services to the table, your electronic manufacturing services ...

21 May, 2015 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Supplier flexibility: an OEM’s secret weapon in raising profitability?

When an OEM sets off to select an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, the focus is ...

14 May, 2015 /

Convection vs vapour phase reflow within PCB assembly

As part of your initial research into potential electronics manufacturing services (EMS) partners, ...

Are you taking a chance with your Engineering Change Notes?

Variously known as the Engineering Change Note, Order or Request (ECN, ECO or ECR), the process for ...

30 Apr, 2015 / Supply Chain

How much stock to underwrite with a Contract Electronics Manufacturer?

If, as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), you’ve been researching the various benefits that ...

24 Apr, 2015 / Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Offshoring, onshoring, nearshoring, bestshoring: what do they mean?

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), you will have heard the terms 'offshoring', ...

16 Apr, 2015 / Legislation, Engineering

Will Studio Schools produce the next electronics manufacturers?

Studio Schools have been around for a few years now, with 36 already open and 9 in the pre-opening ...

09 Apr, 2015 / Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Transferring your supply chain to an assembly partner: all or nothing?

You've decided to take your first steps into outsourcing and have drawn up a shortlist of potential ...

02 Apr, 2015 / Supply Chain

How Contract Electronics Manufacturers evaluate material suppliers

With the increasing shift to outsourcing in electronics manufacturing, it’s more important than ...

27 Mar, 2015 / Best Practice, Outsourcing

Understanding the timings for outsourcing electronics manufacturing

If you've already completed an initial analysis of your own manufacturing operation and are now ...

How outsourcing to a contract electronics manufacturer has evolved

Bringing a Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM) on board has always been an expedient approach ...

12 Mar, 2015 / Best Practice, Outsourcing

Outsourcing your electronics manufacturing won’t help you

Despite everything you may have already read, unfortunately it’s true. Outsourcing the production ...

05 Mar, 2015 / Best Practice, Outsourcing

Are you constrained by your electronics manufacturing operation?

Congratulations you’ve done it! For a number of years you have watched your business steadily grow ...

26 Feb, 2015 / Supply Chain, Legislation

Conflict minerals update: what electronics manufacturers should know

We promised to keep you up-to-date with the evolving cycle of regulation around the use of Conflict ...

Achieving a smooth transition when outsourcing electronics assembly

When an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company takes on the production role for a ...

13 Feb, 2015 / EMS, Best Practice

Outsourcing to an EMS provider – it’s all about trust

Most of us have heard people say that respect has to be earned. Similarly, many of us have grown up ...

05 Feb, 2015 / EMS, Best Practice

Is electronics manufacturing really core to your business?

Does your company design, develop and sell amazing products? Do they incorporate the latest ...

5 things to demand in your next New Product Introduction report

Whether it’s for a brand new product being made for the first time, or something that has been ...

22 Jan, 2015 / Best Practice, Supply Chain

Chinese New Year: Don’t let printed circuit board supply get your goat

As you may be aware China has a national holiday fast approaching when they will be celebrating the ...

IPC Standards for Acceptability & why they matter to your PCB assembly

So, what makes a ‘good’ electronics assembly then? Surely if it works then it’s alright, isn’t it? ...

08 Jan, 2015 / EMS, Best Practice

New Year, new Contract Electronics Manufacturer? Is it time to review?

Funny isn’t it? You have 365 days to influence change within your business, yet come the New Year ...

18 Dec, 2014 / EMS, Design, Innovation

Turning new product design into reality with your CEM provider

The new product design you have been working on for what seems like a lifetime has finally been ...

12 Dec, 2014 / EMS

Building on Contract Electronics Manufacturing relationships

Like any close relationship, the one you build up with your Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM) ...

27 Nov, 2014 / EMS, Outsourcing

How EMS providers can cut cost from your products

When you first partnered with your Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider I’m guessing ...

Perfecting the electro-mechanical build pack

In order to accurately produce a quotation and subsequently manufacture an electro-mechanical ...

Making sense of test coverage statistics from your EMS provider

Deciding on your test strategy isn’t always a straightforward decision. One of the factors that is ...

07 Nov, 2014 / EMS, Technology

Electronic PCB assembly soldering: selective or wave soldering?

When producing ‘mixed technology’ printed circuit board (pcb) assemblies, once all of the surface ...

Are you really listening to your electronics manufacturing staff?

An ongoing challenge for many electronics manufacturing organisations is effective internal ...

16 Oct, 2014 / Best Practice, Outsourcing

Why revision level controls are important in manufacturing data packs

If you are considering outsourcing elements of your manufacturing operation, or already working ...

09 Oct, 2014 / EMS, Outsourcing

Mitigating the risks associated with Contract Electronic Manufacturing

Outsourcing your manufacturing to an Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider sounds ...

02 Oct, 2014 / News, Legislation

Conflict Minerals and electronics manufacturing: what happens next?

A few months back, we wrote a comprehensive overview of some of the challenges presented to ...

25 Sep, 2014 / EMS, Outsourcing

Outsource your electronics manufacturing - Deal or no deal?

Often promising the world - or a load of cash, a car or a speedboat - our TV screens on Saturday ...

18 Sep, 2014 / EMS, Technology

How Contract Electronics Manufacturing might look in the future

As I drove home from a weekend away, my wife and I were discussing how we needed some new dining ...

11 Sep, 2014 / EMS

Why you're getting pricing variations when comparing EMS providers

How did that happen? You sent exactly the same Request for Quotation (RFQ) out to two Electronic ...

04 Sep, 2014 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Transition your electronics manufacturing supply chain in 10 steps

Investigating alternative sources of supply for your electronics manufacturing can be a daunting ...

28 Aug, 2014 / Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Supply chain outsourcing: to dual source or not to dual source?

Chances are if you are single sourced with an EMS partner, you will have a dozen potential ...

How your EMS provider can help increase the life span of your products

If your R&D teams overlook advances in technology or new legislation, or fail to react quickly ...

14 Aug, 2014 / EMS, Outsourcing

5 things to avoid when making first contact with an EMS company

There are hundreds of Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) firms out there, and finding the ...

Increase your pcba efficiency levels in 5 simple steps

When it comes to surface mount production every second counts. That is, of course, if you want to ...

31 Jul, 2014 / EMS, Outsourcing

Don't overlook electronics manufacturing when you think of outsourcing

When I read articles on the subject of outsourcing I note that 9 times out of 10 they focus on BPO ...

24 Jul, 2014 / EMS, Best Practice, Outsourcing

How to select the right Electronic Manufacturing Services partner

There has been much written about how OEMs should select their Electronic Manufacturing Services ...

4 pre-build checks your EMS Company should make before NPI launch

Your Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) partner may have walked you through their New Product ...

10 Jul, 2014 / EMS

Electronic PCB assembly testing: In-Circuit Test or Flying Probe?

Perhaps the two most popular types of Automated Test Equipment (ATE) used in electronic PCB ...

04 Jul, 2014 / EMS, Process Improvement

Why telling your EMS company not to fit components is a good thing

Sounds a bit strange doesn’t it? Telling a Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM) not to fit ...

27 Jun, 2014 / EMS

The ABC of Electronic Manufacturing Services

Electronics manufacturing services are inherently highly complex processes. And they can bring with ...

23 Jun, 2014 / Supply Chain, Outsourcing

How to achieve intelligence within electronic supply chain management

When it comes to supply chain outsourcing the word ‘intelligence’ is often used by companies in ...

12 Jun, 2014 / Design, Best Practice, Supply Chain

Obsolescence management: overcoming the pain of obsolete components

At some point in the future it’s highly likely that an electronic component within your product ...

29 May, 2014 / EMS, Supply Chain, Outsourcing

Free issuing material to a Contract Electronics Manufacturing partner

When breaking down the unit cost of any product, in many cases the 80/20 pareto principle applies. ...

22 May, 2014 / EMS

Using exhibitions to help find the perfect EMS Company

We’ve all been there haven’t we? Each time you pass an exhibition stand another branded carrier bag ...

5 truths behind a successful test strategy

At some point in time, somewhere, somebody is going to find out if your product works. Or not! And ...

Calculating the cost of changing your EMS company

Are you looking into alternative suppliers to manage your manufacturing? Can you see yourself ...

Managing the NPI process with your EMS company

Your R&D team have just come up with a fantastic new product design, laden with additional benefits ...

25 Apr, 2014 / Supply Chain, Legislation

At war with your supply chain over the Conflict Mineral Legislation

Are you under pressure from your end customer, or parent company, to return compliance ...

10 points you shouldn't ignore when panelising PCBs

You'll often hear Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) being referred to as the ‘brains’ or the ‘heart’ of ...

04 Apr, 2014 / Best Practice

Investing in talent today, to secure the skills we need for the future

March saw the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week showcasing the value Apprenticeships ...

20 Mar, 2014 / Best Practice, Supply Chain

4 hidden material costs your FD wants to see

Many costs in your business are visible and I’m guessing they are scrutinised on a monthly basis, ...

19 Dec, 2013 / News

JJS Manufacturing Launches New Website

JJS Manufacturing www.jjsmanufacturing.com a specialist contract manufacturing services provider ...

07 Aug, 2013 /

Paragon Group are in the Sunday Times 200 Sales League

We have been celebrating our recent acknowledgement in the Sunday Times Fast Tack International ...

26 Feb, 2013 / EMS, News

Watch John Mayes interview with EMSNOW at Southern Manufacturing

Whether you managed to go to the Southern Manufacturing show or not, you might be interested to ...

18 Jan, 2013 / News

The Paragon Electronics Group exhibits at Southern Manufacturing

The Paragon Electronics Group will be exhibiting at the 2013 Southern Manufacturing & Electronics ...

10 Jan, 2013 / News

The Outlook for 2013

This time last year the outlook for the EMS market was somewhat uncertain. The global EMS market ...

11 Dec, 2012 / News

Continuing Growth in SMT assembly business leads JJS to further AOI investment

Leicestershire-based contract electronics manufacturer JJS Electronics has invested in new ...

30 Aug, 2012 / Supply Chain

Supply Chain Risk and Disruption - Three unplanned and unforeseeable examples

A factory under siege from disgruntled workers, with the management barricaded inside A metal ...

07 Jul, 2012 / Best Practice, Supply Chain

Supply Chain Risk - JJS respond fast to an unforeseen supplier problem

On the first day back after a bank holiday,employees at one of our major suppliers were called to a ...

13 Jun, 2012 / News

JJS apprentices receive their ‘Certified IPC Specialist’ certificates

Having completed the IPC-A-610 Application Specialist course for Acceptability of Electronic ...

17 May, 2012 / Design, Best Practice

Providing Cradle to Grave Support

It should be no surprise to anyone that here at Paragon we’ve always been committed to ...

05 Oct, 2011 / Supply Chain

Would you prefer a pig or a chicken to manage your supply chain?

That may sound like a very strange question, but it’s one with a very definite answer. Indulge me ...

03 Aug, 2011 / Innovation, Technology

We’re no ordinary EMS Company. But what do we mean by that?

When you think of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) what does this mean to you? If you think ...

28 Jun, 2011 / News

The Paragon Electronics Group celebrates its 20th anniversary

Leading EMS and supply chain management specialist Paragon is currently reflecting on two decades ...

16 Jun, 2011 / News

Beyond electronics: Precision mechatronics manufacturing is all part of the service at The Paragon Electronics Group

EMS companies typically focus on their ability to deliver PCB assemblies. However, at The Paragon ...

06 Jun, 2011 / News

JJS Electronics partners with Lutterworth College for Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme

With an eye to the future, Lutterworth-based JJS Electronics Ltd, part of the £30m Paragon ...

24 May, 2011 / News

Japan and your supply chain, a final update

Here at JJS, we’ve continued to monitor the situation in Japan closely, since our March updates. ...

23 May, 2011 / News

Total systems integration services propel JJS Electronics to further growth

Having been widely reported throughout 2010 and the start of this year, growth at JJS Electronics ...

11 May, 2011 / News

Paragon ‘runners’ take part in Corporate Relay Marathon Challenge

On Sunday April 29th the first Milton Keynes marathon took place. Alongside the full marathon there ...

21 Apr, 2011 / News

The Paragon Electronics Group Reports Strong Growth for 2011

Supply Chain Management and EMS specialist, The Paragon Electronics Group has reported growth of ...

24 Mar, 2011 / News

Japan and your supply chain

It can’t have escaped your attention that Japan is experiencing a humanitarian disaster of epic ...

22 Mar, 2011 / News

JJS, The Paragon Electronics Group’s manufacturing specialists, introduce the Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme

JJS Electronics, part of the £30m Paragon Electronics Group, has launched an Advanced ...

12 Feb, 2011 / Supply Chain

OEMs …. get your ducks in a row!

Here at The Paragon Electronics Group, we love a good idiom. If you’ve read any of our other blogs, ...

18 Nov, 2010 / News

JJS Electronics continues investment commitment with additional flying probe test facility

JJS Electronics has continued its investment programme with the acquisition of additional test ...

10 Nov, 2010 / News

JJS Electronics adds DEK’s new ProActiv process technology to state-of-the-art manufacturing facility

Leading contract manufacturing specialist, JJS Electronics Ltd., has adopted DEK’s new ProActiv ...

21 Sep, 2010 / News

Watch the latest Video Interview with John Mayes

John Mayes, The Paragon Electronics Group, talks all things EMS Watch the video here

15 Sep, 2010 / News

JJS Electronics awarded prestigious AS9100 certification

The team at JJS Electronics recently celebrated AS9100 registration, having been awarded the ...

17 Jun, 2010 / News

Expert, cost-effective EMS services from JJS Electronics in Central Europe

For manufacturers striving to compete in today’s European marketplace, reliable local expertise is ...

28 May, 2010 / News

Paragon's Postponement manufacturing service rises to customers' demand forecasting challenges

Leading supply chain management and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) specialist, The ...

19 May, 2010 / News

Cutting time, cost and complexity with lean, the JJS way

Following recent economic challenges, lean principles are now more relevant than ever – a fact not ...

13 Apr, 2010 / News

New recruit boosts NPI capabilities at JJS Electronics

UK and Czech Republic-based JJS Electronics has extended its EMS capabilities even further with the ...

18 Mar, 2010 / News

Lean the JJS Way

Established in 1983, JJS Electronics has a proven track record of providing reliable and cost ...

16 Mar, 2010 / News

Central Europe ‐ the most favourable ‘offshore’ location to build electronics products

With electronics manufacturing facilities in both the UK and The Czech Republic, JJS Electronics ...

12 Mar, 2010 / News

JJS Electronics extends its test engineering expertise with valuable new addition

JJS Electronics Ltd. has appointed Alf Bates to the post of Principal Test Engineer. The ...

17 Jun, 2009 / News

JJS uniquely positioned to deliver customers ‘best of both worlds’

In the process of implementing a seven-figure investment programme, JJS Electronics Ltd. reports ...

12 Jun, 2009 / News

JJS Electronics Ltd. future proofs operations with Horizon 03i print platform

Contract Manufacturer JJS Electronics Ltd. has purchased a DEK Horizon 03i screen printing ...

09 Jun, 2009 / News

JJS extends in-house expertise with valuable new appointment

JJS Electronics Ltd. has appointed Nigel Burton as Principle Process Engineer, a role which will ...

20 May, 2009 / News

JJS Electronics Ltd. launches new website

Contract manufacturer JJS Electronics Ltd. has unveiled its brand new website, delivering a useful ...

02 Jan, 2020

Five ways to ace your engineering placement application

02 Jan, 2020

Five ways to ace your engineering placement application

If you’re reading this right now, chances are you're in the same boat that I was at the beginning of this year - weighing up the pros and cons of applying for an ...

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26 Dec, 2019

PCB Market trends and growth drivers

26 Dec, 2019

PCB Market trends and growth drivers

Picture the scene: you’re about to leave the office on a chilly winter evening, so you plan ahead by logging into your smart home app and crank the heating up back home. ...

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19 Dec, 2019

Gerber or ODB++ - which is best for your PCB fabrication?

19 Dec, 2019

Gerber or ODB++ - which is best for your PCB fabrication?

At the heart of virtually every electronic assembly is a printed circuit board (PCB) onto which semiconductors and other components are electrically and mechanically ...

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12 Dec, 2019

What will your EMS partner expect to see in your build pack?

12 Dec, 2019

What will your EMS partner expect to see in your build pack?

In an increasingly fast-paced and competitive electronics manufacturing marketplace, customers have come to expect even better quality products delivered in ever shorter ...

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05 Dec, 2019

How digital tools can aid your postponement manufacturing strategy

05 Dec, 2019

How digital tools can aid your postponement manufacturing strategy

The demand for product personalisation is a trend that is continuing to expand within the global consumer economy as customers enthusiastically seek out products that ...

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28 Nov, 2019

How IoT can aid environmental decisions in electronics manufacturing

28 Nov, 2019

How IoT can aid environmental decisions in electronics manufacturing

A core priority for electronics manufacturers has long been focused on finding the most effective ways to optimise product cost, increase output and improve quality. But ...

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21 Nov, 2019

8 predictions for electronics manufacturing in 2020

21 Nov, 2019

8 predictions for electronics manufacturing in 2020

The electronics manufacturing industry is experiencing an exciting period of opportunity, change and disruption - fuelled by the effects of what we all know as the ...

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14 Nov, 2019

What impact could CNY 2020 have on UK electronics manufacturing?

14 Nov, 2019

What impact could CNY 2020 have on UK electronics manufacturing?

The annual Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration is always a challenging period for any UK electronics manufacturer who relies on imports coming in from the Far East. While ...

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07 Nov, 2019

Is additive manufacturing the right choice for your electronic assembly?

07 Nov, 2019

Is additive manufacturing the right choice for your electronic assembly?

If you've visited an electronics manufacturing or engineering trade show in the past year or so, then you'll almost certainly have seen the diverse array of new ...

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31 Oct, 2019

What are 5 of the biggest threats to the electronics manufacturing supply chain?

31 Oct, 2019

What are 5 of the biggest threats to the electronics manufacturing supply chain?

Avoiding disruption to the electronics manufacturing supply chain is an ongoing task that can be fraught with challenges - whether it's mitigating the impacts of natural ...

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24 Oct, 2019

Electronics manufacturing market review October 2019

24 Oct, 2019

Electronics manufacturing market review October 2019

Electronics manufacturers, within the UK and around the world, are in the midst of what will undoubtedly be remembered as a period of disruption and change. At the time ...

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17 Oct, 2019

Is the Smart Factory a realistic goal for UK electronics manufacturers?

17 Oct, 2019

Is the Smart Factory a realistic goal for UK electronics manufacturers?

The rise of AI, and associated digital and robotic technologies, presents exciting new opportunities for UK electronics manufacturers and promises even greater levels of ...

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10 Oct, 2019

Can SMEs overcome the seismic shifts in UK electronics manufacturing?

10 Oct, 2019

Can SMEs overcome the seismic shifts in UK electronics manufacturing?

The annual National Manufacturing Conference, which is held annually in London every February, is well known for providing a sounding board for a wide range of key ...

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03 Oct, 2019

Why are rare earth elements so crucial for electronics manufacturing?

03 Oct, 2019

Why are rare earth elements so crucial for electronics manufacturing?

Rare earth elements (REEs) are a small, but incredibly powerful, family of metals that have an integral role to play in the manufacture of a multitude of modern ...

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26 Sep, 2019

Is your EMS partner up to speed with WEEE 'Open Scope'?

26 Sep, 2019

Is your EMS partner up to speed with WEEE 'Open Scope'?

As the commercial and household use of electrical and electronic equipment continues to grow, so too does the mass of electrical waste (or e-waste) that is left behind ...

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19 Sep, 2019

How long will it take to address the UK engineering skills gap?

19 Sep, 2019

How long will it take to address the UK engineering skills gap?

Engineering has a vital role to play in the UK's economic and societal wellbeing.

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12 Sep, 2019

Combating ESD: the silent assassin in electronics manufacturing

12 Sep, 2019

Combating ESD: the silent assassin in electronics manufacturing

Electrostatic discharge (known as ESD) is a major contributor of device failure within electronics manufacturing facilities - with industry experts estimating that the ...

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05 Sep, 2019

How digitalisation is transforming the electronics manufacturing industry

05 Sep, 2019

How digitalisation is transforming the electronics manufacturing industry

Increasing global competition, rising consumer expectations and the increasingly complex patterns of consumer demand continue to present significant challenges (and ...

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29 Aug, 2019

The rising threat of social engineering for electronics manufacturers

29 Aug, 2019

The rising threat of social engineering for electronics manufacturers

As increasing numbers of electronics manufacturers invest in advanced interconnected technologies such as robotics, real-time data analytics and artificial intelligence ...

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22 Aug, 2019

Are you prepared for changes to the Conflict Minerals Regulation?

22 Aug, 2019

Are you prepared for changes to the Conflict Minerals Regulation?

On the 1st of January 2021, new due diligence obligations within the Conflict Minerals Regulation are set to come into full force - bringing with them a raft of ...

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15 Aug, 2019

How can electronics manufacturers protect against cyber attacks?

15 Aug, 2019

How can electronics manufacturers protect against cyber attacks?

As the UK electronics manufacturing industry becomes increasingly digitalised, and the flow of sensitive information between machines becomes ever more prolific, the ...

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08 Aug, 2019

The 7 steps to selecting a new EMS partner

08 Aug, 2019

The 7 steps to selecting a new EMS partner

There are many reasons why an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) might choose to outsource part or all of their manufacturing operations. Perhaps there’s been a ...

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01 Aug, 2019

Unit cost or total cost of supply: which matters most for UK OEMS?

01 Aug, 2019

Unit cost or total cost of supply: which matters most for UK OEMS?

The primary objective for any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is to design, manufacture and deliver high-quality products in the most cost-effective way possible. ...

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25 Jul, 2019

How is the OEM/EMS partnership evolving in electronics manufacturing?

25 Jul, 2019

How is the OEM/EMS partnership evolving in electronics manufacturing?

The UK EMS Industry 2016 - 2022 report provides some telling insights into the current state of the electronics manufacturing industry, combining its own original ...

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18 Jul, 2019

Could outsourcing your electronics manufacturing be the key to growth?

18 Jul, 2019

Could outsourcing your electronics manufacturing be the key to growth?

The global electronics manufacturing market is a hugely competitive one. And how efficiently an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) can scale up its operations can ...

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11 Jul, 2019

UK Electronics manufacturing 2019 - which markets are on the up?

11 Jul, 2019

UK Electronics manufacturing 2019 - which markets are on the up?

The latest UK EMS Industry Report provides some compelling statistics, and some key predictions, for the various markets operating within UK electronics manufacturing. ...

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04 Jul, 2019

Electronics manufacturing market review July 2019

04 Jul, 2019

Electronics manufacturing market review July 2019

As we pass the midway point of 2019, the supply chains of electronics manufacturers around the world continue to be challenged by the impacts of component shortages, ...

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27 Jun, 2019

Which test is best for your PCBA assembly - ICT or Flying Probe?

27 Jun, 2019

Which test is best for your PCBA assembly - ICT or Flying Probe?

In-Circuit Test (ICT) and Flying Probe are two of the most popular types of Automated Test Equipment (ATE) used in electronic PCBA assembly. But what sets them apart? ...

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20 Jun, 2019

The 4 things every electronics manufacturer needs to know about test

20 Jun, 2019

The 4 things every electronics manufacturer needs to know about test

The electronics manufacturing process can often be extremely complex. And the costs associated with product recalls can be astronomical. So a robust approach to test is ...

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18 Jun, 2019

Clean vs no clean solder process within electronics manufacturing

18 Jun, 2019

Clean vs no clean solder process within electronics manufacturing

The IPC, which was founded in 1957 as the Institute for Printed Circuits, is the trade association responsible for standardising the assembly and production requirements ...

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13 Jun, 2019

Is digitalisation the key to the future of electronics manufacturing?

13 Jun, 2019

Is digitalisation the key to the future of electronics manufacturing?

Electronics manufacturers have long relied on automation to streamline their production processes. And the concept of the smart factory takes this one step further, with ...

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11 Jun, 2019

What information do I need to outsource a box build assembly?

11 Jun, 2019

What information do I need to outsource a box build assembly?

Outsourcing an electronic printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is usually a simple and well defined process. Just hand over the Gerber files, the CAD and a bill of ...

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06 Jun, 2019

Is it worth keeping your electronics manufacturing in the UK?

06 Jun, 2019

Is it worth keeping your electronics manufacturing in the UK?

The decision to outsource electronics manufacturing to lower-cost, off-shore locations (offshoring) has long been recognised as being key to fuelling business growth, ...

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30 May, 2019

What are the key questions to ask when auditing a new EMS partner?

30 May, 2019

What are the key questions to ask when auditing a new EMS partner?

Making the decision to hand over the control of your electronics manufacturing to an external provider relies on a high degree of confidence and trust on the part of ...

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29 May, 2019

How to create the perfect SMT reflow oven profile

29 May, 2019

How to create the perfect SMT reflow oven profile

Printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) are often viewed as commodity items. But consistently producing them in volume can take time to perfect. Electronics ...

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23 May, 2019

4 ways electronics manufacturers are growing their businesses in 2019

23 May, 2019

4 ways electronics manufacturers are growing their businesses in 2019

At a time when many UK manufacturers are struggling to remain profitable, and with the uncertainty of the Brexit negotiations still looming large, finding new ways to ...

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16 May, 2019

Looking to outsource to an EMS partner? Then don't miss Subcon 2019

16 May, 2019

Looking to outsource to an EMS partner? Then don't miss Subcon 2019

The UK's premier subcontract manufacturing show Subcon returns to Birmingham's NEC this June 2019, showcasing the best of British manufacturing alongside dozens of ...

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09 May, 2019

What should a New Product Introduction (NPI) report look like?

09 May, 2019

What should a New Product Introduction (NPI) report look like?

Taking a new product from initial design through to final production requires care and attention at every step of the process.  So it's vital to entrust your new product ...

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02 May, 2019

What key questions should your EMS partner be asking in the supplier selection process?

02 May, 2019

What key questions should your EMS partner be asking in the supplier selection process?

Increasing globalisation, rapidly changing market conditions and the introduction of new technological advancements are all having an undeniable impact on the efficiency ...

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25 Apr, 2019

How can electronics manufacturers reduce their environmental impact?

25 Apr, 2019

How can electronics manufacturers reduce their environmental impact?

With original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) demanding ever greater value for money from their suppliers, electronics manufacturing services providers can find ...

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18 Apr, 2019

8 predictions for UK electronics manufacturing in 2019

18 Apr, 2019

8 predictions for UK electronics manufacturing in 2019

The skills gap, the Internet of Things, the global components shortage and the fragmentation of the UK electronics manufacturing sector. All are issues that are ...

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11 Apr, 2019

Electronic component market review - April 2019

11 Apr, 2019

Electronic component market review - April 2019

As we enter the second quarter of 2019, how is the electronic component market shaping up for UK electronics manufacturers? In this blog post we provide a snapshot ...

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04 Apr, 2019

Which IPC-A-610 class is best for your printed circuit board assembly?

04 Apr, 2019

Which IPC-A-610 class is best for your printed circuit board assembly?

When you think about what makes a ‘good’ electronics assembly, what are the most common expectations that come to mind? If the assembly works as intended then surely ...

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28 Mar, 2019

Degree or apprenticeship – how I combined the best of both worlds

28 Mar, 2019

Degree or apprenticeship – how I combined the best of both worlds

I am the worst when it comes to making decisions. It once took me three hours in a sports shop to decide which tennis racket to buy. I mean that’s just embarrassing ...

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21 Mar, 2019

The hidden materials handling costs every OEM should be aware of

21 Mar, 2019

The hidden materials handling costs every OEM should be aware of

Many of the expenses within your electronics manufacturing business are highly visible and undergo regular scrutiny. But there can also be much to be gained by keeping ...

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14 Mar, 2019

How to attract the best new electronics manufacturing talent

14 Mar, 2019

How to attract the best new electronics manufacturing talent

Electronics manufacturing offers a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities. Many manufacturers are actively invested in building their own talent through the ...

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07 Mar, 2019

How can OEMs ensure quality supply chain management?

07 Mar, 2019

How can OEMs ensure quality supply chain management?

Maintaining quality, flexibility and consistency in the supply chain is an ever-present challenge for electronics manufacturers. And even more so as they seek to fulfil ...

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28 Feb, 2019

An in-depth guide to NPS and measuring loyalty in manufacturing

28 Feb, 2019

An in-depth guide to NPS and measuring loyalty in manufacturing

What is the Net Promoter Score? Put simply, Net Promoter Score (NPS) measures how loyal a customer is to your brand and how willing they are to recommend your products ...

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21 Feb, 2019

How to ace your industrial placement application

21 Feb, 2019

How to ace your industrial placement application

Securing an industrial placement in the electronics manufacturing industry can add a deeper level of understanding to your degree studies and can provide an invaluable ...

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14 Feb, 2019

4 ways to instantly improve the efficiency of your PCBA production

14 Feb, 2019

4 ways to instantly improve the efficiency of your PCBA production

Ensuring you're hitting your build times is always a major priority in surface mount production. The challenge for many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) however, ...

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07 Feb, 2019

Industrial placements - is a sandwich year a good idea?

07 Feb, 2019

Industrial placements - is a sandwich year a good idea?

Most people’s reaction to coming across a degree course with a 'sandwich year' is to think: "What on earth is that?!" In a nutshell, it's an option in which you take a ...

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31 Jan, 2019

Careers for women in engineering - dispelling the myths

31 Jan, 2019

Careers for women in engineering - dispelling the myths

I've never really worked out exactly where my passion for engineering came from. I just know that I've always wanted to understand how things work. And for women in ...

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24 Jan, 2019

What to expect when you outsource your electronics manufacturing

24 Jan, 2019

What to expect when you outsource your electronics manufacturing

The first few months of any new outsourcing relationship can be both an invigorating and an unnerving time for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) But understanding ...

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17 Jan, 2019

Electronic component market review - January 2019

17 Jan, 2019

Electronic component market review - January 2019

As the New Year begins, the challenges surrounding lead-times within the electronic component market look set to continue for some time to come. For Original Equipment ...

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10 Jan, 2019

Six top tips to finding the right engineering degree

10 Jan, 2019

Six top tips to finding the right engineering degree

As I've already emphasised in previous blog posts, when it comes to career and study decisions, I'm all for doing as much research as possible.  And the challenge of ...

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03 Jan, 2019

Can your EMS partner mitigate against out-of-the-box failures?

03 Jan, 2019

Can your EMS partner mitigate against out-of-the-box failures?

Quality issues that occur as a result of "out-of-the-box" failures can erode the customer experience and be hugely detrimental to the value of your brand.  These type of ...

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27 Dec, 2018

What electronics manufacturers need to know about RoHS 3 compliance

27 Dec, 2018

What electronics manufacturers need to know about RoHS 3 compliance

On 22 July 2019 the latest incarnation of RoHS (the Restriction of Hazardous Substances) will come into full effect across the EU. So what's changed? And what exactly ...

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20 Dec, 2018

Three must-see UK electronics manufacturing trade shows for 2019

20 Dec, 2018

Three must-see UK electronics manufacturing trade shows for 2019

Meeting your prospective electronics manufacturing partner face-to-face can be a valuable part of the process of assessing whether (or not) they're the right 'fit' for ...

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13 Dec, 2018

How to avoid supply chain disruption this Chinese New Year

13 Dec, 2018

How to avoid supply chain disruption this Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as CNY or the Spring Festival, is China's most revered and highly anticipated annual holiday and is observed by an estimated 1.4 billion ...

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06 Dec, 2018

Engineering placements: how to find the scheme that’s right for you

06 Dec, 2018

Engineering placements: how to find the scheme that’s right for you

Engineering placements can provide an invaluable opportunity to apply the learning and skills you've acquired at university in a real-world, day-to-day work environment. ...

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29 Nov, 2018

What's the solution to the UK manufacturing productivity puzzle?

29 Nov, 2018

What's the solution to the UK manufacturing productivity puzzle?

Day to day productivity is vital to the success of any manufacturer. And the manufacturing industry has historically been considered a key driver in productivity growth ...

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22 Nov, 2018

Manufacturers, just how effective is your induction process?

22 Nov, 2018

Manufacturers, just how effective is your induction process?

It’s the first day of a promising new career. The candidate you recently offered a job to is now waiting patiently in reception. They are excited and nervous at the same ...

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15 Nov, 2018

How to manage cyber-threats within electronics manufacturing

15 Nov, 2018

How to manage cyber-threats within electronics manufacturing

The rise of the 4th industrial revolution (4IR)has brought with it digital inter-connectivity that offers unprecedented opportunities for Original Equipment ...

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08 Nov, 2018

4 questions OEMs typically ask when outsourcing

08 Nov, 2018

4 questions OEMs typically ask when outsourcing

The decision to transfer your electronics manufacturing to an EMS company is a complex process, with the potential to impact your business, your staff, your customers ...

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01 Nov, 2018

Is dual sourcing the answer to the supply chain management challenge?

01 Nov, 2018

Is dual sourcing the answer to the supply chain management challenge?

Supply chain risk is an ever-present threat for manufacturers, whether due to adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrest, mergers and acquisitions ...

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25 Oct, 2018

How to measure employee engagement within manufacturing

25 Oct, 2018

How to measure employee engagement within manufacturing

Keeping your manufacturing staff happy is critical if you plan to grow your business and continue to delight your customers.  Disgruntled employees have the ability to ...

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18 Oct, 2018

What to see and do at the 2018 National Graduate Recruitment Fair

18 Oct, 2018

What to see and do at the 2018 National Graduate Recruitment Fair

The National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition 'GradJobs Live!' returns to Birmingham's NEC this November 2nd & 3rd, 2018. Students and graduates will be able to explore ...

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11 Oct, 2018

What next - engineering apprenticeship or university degree?

11 Oct, 2018

What next - engineering apprenticeship or university degree?

Going into your final year of A levels or college is a stressful time for anyone. But when you have no idea what you want to do afterwards, it can be a whole lot harder. ...

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04 Oct, 2018

Electronic component market review - October 2018

04 Oct, 2018

Electronic component market review - October 2018

Welcome to our latest electronic component market review. Unfortunately, we still don't see an end in sight and some lead-times are being quoted with 2019 and even 2020 ...

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27 Sep, 2018

Annual EEF fact card shows solid growth for UK manufacturing

27 Sep, 2018

Annual EEF fact card shows solid growth for UK manufacturing

While uncertainty around Brexit, electronic component shortages and the skills gap continue to loom within UK manufacturing, there is still much to feel positive about. ...

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20 Sep, 2018

The Engineering Design Show 2018 - everything you need to know

20 Sep, 2018

The Engineering Design Show 2018 - everything you need to know

The seventh annual Engineering Design Show is returning to the Ericsson Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this October 17th & 18th, 2018.

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18 Sep, 2018

The no-nonsense guide to Lean Manufacturing terms

18 Sep, 2018

The no-nonsense guide to Lean Manufacturing terms

Lean manufacturing principles and some of the tools that go with them can seem a bit daunting. All of the Japanese phrases, acronyms and occasionally bemusing maths ...

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13 Sep, 2018

What do SMT component shortages mean for design and manufacturing engineers

13 Sep, 2018

What do SMT component shortages mean for design and manufacturing engineers

Much has been written about the increasing shortages of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCC), surface mount (SMT) resistors and other semiconductor devices. Right now ...

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06 Sep, 2018

Looking under the hood of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs)

06 Sep, 2018

Looking under the hood of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs)

The Multi Layer Ceramic Capacitor (MLCC) is one of the most widely used, and the most highly produced, passive devices in modern electronics manufacturing - with more ...

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30 Aug, 2018

Why ‘riding out’ the electronic components crisis is no longer an option

30 Aug, 2018

Why ‘riding out’ the electronic components crisis is no longer an option

The electronic components shortage is continuing to take its toll on the electronics manufacturing sector.  Many multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC) lines remain on ...

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23 Aug, 2018

The impact of industry regulations on your manufacturing supply chain

23 Aug, 2018

The impact of industry regulations on your manufacturing supply chain

A responsible Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider will always make it a priority to keep customers abreast of any industry regulation that could have an ...

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16 Aug, 2018

5 questions to ask before handing over your supply chain to an assembly partner

16 Aug, 2018

5 questions to ask before handing over your supply chain to an assembly partner

A key question for any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) who may be considering outsourcing production is whether to maintain its existing supply chain or to hand ...

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09 Aug, 2018

How investment in staff wellbeing impacts manufacturing productivity

09 Aug, 2018

How investment in staff wellbeing impacts manufacturing productivity

Improved productivity is one of the primary measures of success within manufacturing. And as UK manufacturers seek to address the challenges of increasing efficiency, ...

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02 Aug, 2018

What’s driving the global demand for electronic components?

02 Aug, 2018

What’s driving the global demand for electronic components?

There’s been much discussion in recent months about the increase in the global demand for electronic components and the undeniable effect that this is having on the ...

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26 Jul, 2018

How engineering placements can address the UK manufacturing skills gap

26 Jul, 2018

How engineering placements can address the UK manufacturing skills gap

The skills gap continues to be an issue that looms large in the UK manufacturing sector, as companies strive to secure graduates with the right mix of technical ...

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19 Jul, 2018

How do manufacturers overcome growth challenges?

19 Jul, 2018

How do manufacturers overcome growth challenges?

Growth is usually seen by manufacturers as a good thing - a sign of success and a result of hard work. But if this growth isn't planned for, or the manufacturer can't ...

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12 Jul, 2018

Is there an end in sight to the electronic components crisis?

12 Jul, 2018

Is there an end in sight to the electronic components crisis?

As new and innovative technology continues to evolve on a daily basis, the need for electronic components has reached unprecedented levels, with passive manufacturers in ...

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05 Jul, 2018

Electronic component market review - July 2018

05 Jul, 2018

Electronic component market review - July 2018

Welcome to our latest electronic component market review. Unfortunately, conditions are still not improving and are set to continue in this way into 2019. If you are ...

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28 Jun, 2018

How a site visit can help you select the best electronics manufacturer

28 Jun, 2018

How a site visit can help you select the best electronics manufacturer

A site visit can be an invaluable exercise in helping you to better understand your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) outsourcing options and to see first-hand ...

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21 Jun, 2018

How to apply for a graduate scheme in manufacturing

21 Jun, 2018

How to apply for a graduate scheme in manufacturing

There are a whole host of benefits which make graduate schemes within the UK manufacturing industry a popular career choice. You get paid while you train, you gain ...

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14 Jun, 2018

Key insights from the Annual Manufacturing Report 2018

14 Jun, 2018

Key insights from the Annual Manufacturing Report 2018

UK Manufacturing would appear to be experiencing both an exciting and a disconcerting time, according to the findings of the Annual Manufacturing Report 2018. This ...

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07 Jun, 2018

What's the key to boosting the numbers of women in manufacturing?

07 Jun, 2018

What's the key to boosting the numbers of women in manufacturing?

The UK manufacturing industry is currently responsible for the direct employment of in excess of 2.6 million people.  And, if the latest report from the Office for ...

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31 May, 2018

8 commonly used terms when buying electronic components

31 May, 2018

8 commonly used terms when buying electronic components

As a buyer of electronic components I’ve taken for granted just how many terms are used on a daily basis during the procurement process. This only really became apparent ...

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24 May, 2018

Launching your manufacturing career via an apprenticeship scheme

24 May, 2018

Launching your manufacturing career via an apprenticeship scheme

Innovations within technology and automation mean that UK manufacturing is experiencing an exciting period of rapid change, with much to offer school leavers who have a ...

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17 May, 2018

How to secure a place on an electronics manufacturing graduate scheme

17 May, 2018

How to secure a place on an electronics manufacturing graduate scheme

The world of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) is a fast-moving and technologically innovative sector that can offer a wide range of compelling career ...

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10 May, 2018

Plan your visit to the UK sub-contract manufacturing expo Subcon 2018

10 May, 2018

Plan your visit to the UK sub-contract manufacturing expo Subcon 2018

Subcon 2018, the UK’s premier sub-contract manufacturing supply show, is returning to the Birmingham NEC this June 5th to 7th, featuring 350 suppliers under one roof and ...

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03 May, 2018

Stop being an ostrich, electronic component shortages are real

03 May, 2018

Stop being an ostrich, electronic component shortages are real

I know, I know, you don’t want to hear that the price of components are going up. Or that lead-times are extending by the day. And of course, that’s assuming the supply ...

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26 Apr, 2018

Industry 4.0 concerns

26 Apr, 2018

Industry 4.0 concerns

The fastest way for manufacturers to achieve growth in a new world of industrial connectivity is to leverage new technologies. A transition to automated data and process ...

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19 Apr, 2018

5 ideas to enhance the induction process within manufacturing

19 Apr, 2018

5 ideas to enhance the induction process within manufacturing

We’ve all seen the pictures on LinkedIn. You know the ones I mean, the ‘new starter’ desk image filled with goodies. In no particular order, these usually consist of ...

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13 Apr, 2018

Electronic component market review - April 2018

13 Apr, 2018

Electronic component market review - April 2018

The market still remains in a poor state with supply outstripping demand in almost all product categories. Wireless technology, the sensor market, and a high demand for ...

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12 Apr, 2018

How to assess top talent when recruiting for key manufacturing roles

12 Apr, 2018

How to assess top talent when recruiting for key manufacturing roles

As your business continues to grow and evolve, gaps in talent can start to appear. And whilst growth is often seen as a sign of success if you fail to manage growth ...

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05 Apr, 2018

Why Automated Optical Inspection is a must-have for PCB production

05 Apr, 2018

Why Automated Optical Inspection is a must-have for PCB production

Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) is the automated visual inspection of a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) in which a camera is used to scan the board in extremely fine ...

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29 Mar, 2018

Should you outsource your outbound logistics to your EMS partner?

29 Mar, 2018

Should you outsource your outbound logistics to your EMS partner?

Shipping your products to their end destination is the final stage in your manufacturing process and one which is crucial to the ongoing success of your entire ...

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22 Mar, 2018

Are ineffective e-mails causing your manufacturing teams stress?

22 Mar, 2018

Are ineffective e-mails causing your manufacturing teams stress?

In a busy manufacturing environment time is precious. Production inefficiencies can hurt a manufacturing company financially and also damage their reputation if ...

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20 Mar, 2018

Drives & Controls 2018 - Tips to Planning Your Visit

20 Mar, 2018

Drives & Controls 2018 - Tips to Planning Your Visit

The biennial ‘Drives & Controls’ Exhibition, widely recognised as the UK’s leading show for automation, power transmission and motor engineering, will be taking place at ...

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15 Mar, 2018

5 techniques used to detect counterfeit electronic components

15 Mar, 2018

5 techniques used to detect counterfeit electronic components

We are well aware of the threat of counterfeit components to electronic supply chains. Counterfeiting is a longstanding problem with the ability to grow in magnitude and ...

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08 Mar, 2018

Your competitors are outsourcing their manufacturing, shouldn’t you?

08 Mar, 2018

Your competitors are outsourcing their manufacturing, shouldn’t you?

As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) you will be focussed on increasing sales and maximising profits. But there’s a catch. You can only sell what you can produce ...

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01 Mar, 2018

Setting clear boundaries with your EMS provider

01 Mar, 2018

Setting clear boundaries with your EMS provider

When things go wrong ‘poor communication’ is often cited as the reason. And quite often, justifiably so. Unfortunately, in a fast paced electronics manufacturing ...

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22 Feb, 2018

The vital role of solder paste printing in New Product Introduction

22 Feb, 2018

The vital role of solder paste printing in New Product Introduction

Surface mount assembly (SMT) has a crucial role to play in the New Product Introduction (NPI) process for electronics manufacturing. The high degree of automation within ...

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15 Feb, 2018

Why the right preparation is crucial for your New Product Introduction

15 Feb, 2018

Why the right preparation is crucial for your New Product Introduction

Taking a new product design from conception to reality is a hugely exciting prospect for any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), whether you're planning to bring a ...

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13 Feb, 2018

Can the apprenticeship levy address the UK manufacturing skills gap?

13 Feb, 2018

Can the apprenticeship levy address the UK manufacturing skills gap?

In November 2017, the UK’s Department for Education hosted its first ever Skills Summit which brought together top UK employers and education experts to collaborate on ...

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13 Feb, 2018

Our guide to getting the most from ‘What Next’ 2018

13 Feb, 2018

Our guide to getting the most from ‘What Next’ 2018

The ‘What Next?’ exhibition (2nd - 3rd March 2018) is targeted at 15-19 year olds who are looking for advice on potential educational and career options after leaving ...

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08 Feb, 2018

Should you outsource product design to an independent contractor?

08 Feb, 2018

Should you outsource product design to an independent contractor?

For OEMs looking to improve a product's viability through its life-cycle, the decision to outsource product design to an independent contractor can offer many ...

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02 Feb, 2018

Electronic component market review - February 2018

02 Feb, 2018

Electronic component market review - February 2018

Current Market Conditions Unfortunately, over the past three months the market has seen further increases in manufacturers lead-times as well as more product lines going ...

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01 Feb, 2018

Should you be outsourcing product design?

01 Feb, 2018

Should you be outsourcing product design?

Many Original Electronics Manufacturers (OEMs) choose to outsource manufacturing to an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider. While handing over part or all ...

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25 Jan, 2018

What’s driving UK manufacturing investment in 4IR?

25 Jan, 2018

What’s driving UK manufacturing investment in 4IR?

There’s no doubt that the use of automation is transforming global manufacturing, with initiatives such as robot technology, big data and 3D printing providing ...

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18 Jan, 2018

7 simple ways to motivate your electronics manufacturing staff

18 Jan, 2018

7 simple ways to motivate your electronics manufacturing staff

Your manufacturing staff are the backbone of your electronics manufacturing organisation. They are the ones showing up day-in-day-out to build products for your ...

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16 Jan, 2018

Southern Manufacturing 2018: your eight-point guide to a great show

16 Jan, 2018

Southern Manufacturing 2018: your eight-point guide to a great show

Celebrating its 20th anniversary between the 6th and 8th February 2018, it won't be long until thousands of engineering and manufacturing professionals make their way to ...

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11 Jan, 2018

Is UK manufacturing ready for the fourth industrial revolution?

11 Jan, 2018

Is UK manufacturing ready for the fourth industrial revolution?

The new fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is driving the transformation of manufacturing across the world, encompassing breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, big ...

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04 Jan, 2018

Why you want your EMS partner to be annoying and boring

04 Jan, 2018

Why you want your EMS partner to be annoying and boring

Outsourcing part or all of your manufacturing to an Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider can be daunting. Handing over some of the control of your business ...

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28 Dec, 2017

A guide to the best manufacturing trade shows to visit in 2018

28 Dec, 2017

A guide to the best manufacturing trade shows to visit in 2018

There are some great benefits to be had from attending manufacturing trade shows. Not just for your business - but for yourself too. It’s a chance to learn something new ...

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21 Dec, 2017

What does Digital Twinning mean for manufacturing?

21 Dec, 2017

What does Digital Twinning mean for manufacturing?

A world where the digital and physical are interconnected is quickly becoming the norm for the manufacturing industry.

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19 Dec, 2017

Key takeaways from the EEF Manufacturing Fact card 2017

19 Dec, 2017

Key takeaways from the EEF Manufacturing Fact card 2017

There’s no escaping the fact that manufacturing is entering a period of evolution and change. But for companies willing to embrace that change, the opportunities are ...

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14 Dec, 2017

How to select X-ray inspection equipment for electronics manufacturing

14 Dec, 2017

How to select X-ray inspection equipment for electronics manufacturing

Whichever part of the electronics industry you are involved in, you will probably have noticed the continuing steady trend towards smaller, more densely populated ...

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07 Dec, 2017

9 ways to keep up with changes in manufacturing technology

07 Dec, 2017

9 ways to keep up with changes in manufacturing technology

When looking to make a hotel reservation recently, it struck me that most if not all establishments were proudly boasting of bedrooms featuring a ‘flat screen TV’. This ...

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30 Nov, 2017

Is your EMS provider “the one” for you?

30 Nov, 2017

Is your EMS provider “the one” for you?

No matter where you are in your outsourcing journey, ensuring that your Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider is right for you, is one of the most important ...

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23 Nov, 2017

How to ensure good service from your EMS partner

23 Nov, 2017

How to ensure good service from your EMS partner

In any sector with a lot of competing businesses, service can be one of the biggest differentiators. Ask any organisation what they look for from any provider they do ...

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16 Nov, 2017

Blockchain for manufacturing: what are the opportunities?

16 Nov, 2017

Blockchain for manufacturing: what are the opportunities?

Blockchain. It’s one of the hottest topics in the tech world, and a buzzword that’s been popping up quite a bit over the last year or so.

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09 Nov, 2017

5 simple elements to guarantee outsourcing success

09 Nov, 2017

5 simple elements to guarantee outsourcing success

Outsourcing your procurement, assembly, test and logistics to an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider can be a complex process. It’s not a decision to be ...

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02 Nov, 2017

What does an OEM really gain from outsourcing their manufacturing?

02 Nov, 2017

What does an OEM really gain from outsourcing their manufacturing?

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have outsourced their manufacturing to Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers for decades. Many of the world’s most ...

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26 Oct, 2017

Should I involve my EMS partner in design for manufacture?

26 Oct, 2017

Should I involve my EMS partner in design for manufacture?

As an Original Electronics Manufacturer (OEM), you’ll be focused on getting products ready for sale on time, with no errors, so you can move onto the next project. By ...

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19 Oct, 2017

Test solutions your EMS partner should offer

19 Oct, 2017

Test solutions your EMS partner should offer

Testing is an integral part of the manufacturing process. It safeguards against defects and faults, so when a customer takes the product out of the box, it works ...

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12 Oct, 2017

8 factors a CEM should know about their suppliers

12 Oct, 2017

8 factors a CEM should know about their suppliers

We understand that selecting a contract electronics manufacturer (CEM) that fits well with your outsourcing strategy can be a difficult and long process. But, by taking ...

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05 Oct, 2017

Electronic component market review - October 2017

05 Oct, 2017

Electronic component market review - October 2017

Current Market Conditions The most frequent question right now being asked within the industry, is “how much longer will component shortages last?" Unfortunately, these ...

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21 Sep, 2017

How to prevent suspect components from entering your supply chain

21 Sep, 2017

How to prevent suspect components from entering your supply chain

The success of any supply chain relies on quality and stability. If either of these elements are threatened, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or their Electronics ...

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14 Sep, 2017

Does my outsourcing project fit with the EMS provider's strategy?

14 Sep, 2017

Does my outsourcing project fit with the EMS provider's strategy?

Once a decision has been made to outsource your electronics manufacturing the next step is to find a suitable partner. As an Original Equipment Manufacturer ...

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07 Sep, 2017

Should you entrust your EMS provider with your supply chain?

07 Sep, 2017

Should you entrust your EMS provider with your supply chain?

Now that you have made the decision to outsource, you’ll next want to decide how much control you'd like to retain over your supply chain. Managing your supply chain can ...

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31 Aug, 2017

Cybersecurity: 4 things OEMs should do to protect themselves

31 Aug, 2017

Cybersecurity: 4 things OEMs should do to protect themselves

In today’s increasingly connected world cybersecurity is a real concern for businesses. Recent high-profile cases of cyber attacks, such as the ransomware that hit the ...

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24 Aug, 2017

Your 6 point guide to finding the right EMS provider

24 Aug, 2017

Your 6 point guide to finding the right EMS provider

With around 250 Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers in the UK alone, finding the right supplier for your business can, at times, feel a little daunting. ...

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17 Aug, 2017

6 tips to secure new talent in electronics manufacturing

17 Aug, 2017

6 tips to secure new talent in electronics manufacturing

Closing the skills gap in engineering and electronics manufacturing is a topic that comes up for discussion time and time again. And many SMEs and large international ...

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10 Aug, 2017

What to expect during the first months of trading with an EMS provider

10 Aug, 2017

What to expect during the first months of trading with an EMS provider

The start of an outsourcing partnership is an exciting time for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) – but it's also one that can be daunting. However much you've ...

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03 Aug, 2017

How much of my electronics manufacturing should I outsource?

03 Aug, 2017

How much of my electronics manufacturing should I outsource?

Once you have decided to outsource to an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) partner you need to think about how much of your existing operation you plan to ...

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27 Jul, 2017

4 ways your CEM partner can respond to supply chain disruption

27 Jul, 2017

4 ways your CEM partner can respond to supply chain disruption

When disruptions to the electronic component supply chain occur they are painful. Lead-times can extend overnight, prices can treble and in some cases, parts are placed ...

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25 Jul, 2017

Electronic component market review - July 2017

25 Jul, 2017

Electronic component market review - July 2017

Current Market Conditions The global electronics market is up between 15% and 20% from this time last year. Specifically, there is growth within the automotive, sensor ...

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20 Jul, 2017

The Future of Manufacturing

20 Jul, 2017

The Future of Manufacturing

What does the future hold for the manufacturing industry? In a world where the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and an eco-friendly approach lead the way, we’re ...

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13 Jul, 2017

4 ways to buy electronic components and the pros and cons of each

13 Jul, 2017

4 ways to buy electronic components and the pros and cons of each

Whether you are manufacturing in house, or you have already outsourced to a Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM), you understand how important having a stable supply ...

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06 Jul, 2017

Does your EMS provider have an Industry 4.0 roadmap?

06 Jul, 2017

Does your EMS provider have an Industry 4.0 roadmap?

More to the point why should you, the customer, care? At its simplest level, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0, or 4IR is about automation and connectivity. ...

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29 Jun, 2017

Is Configure to Order manufacturing the right strategy for me?

29 Jun, 2017

Is Configure to Order manufacturing the right strategy for me?

Arguably, industrial electronics is once again falling victim to the consumer electronics market: the increase in personalisation and customisable interfaces in consumer ...

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22 Jun, 2017

How important is Design for Manufacture for your assembly partner?

22 Jun, 2017

How important is Design for Manufacture for your assembly partner?

When deciding to outsource your electronics manufacturing to an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider, finding a partner that offers the full list of ...

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15 Jun, 2017

How to make a bad first impression with an EMS provider

15 Jun, 2017

How to make a bad first impression with an EMS provider

Outsourcing your electronics manufacturing can be a complex process. It usually forms part of a much wider strategy, and researching potential partners who can offer the ...

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08 Jun, 2017

Why should you have formal business reviews with your EMS provider?

08 Jun, 2017

Why should you have formal business reviews with your EMS provider?

One of the greatest benefits of outsourcing part or all of your manufacturing operation to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider is that you have more ...

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01 Jun, 2017

Will you be RoHS 2 compliant by 22 July 2017?

01 Jun, 2017

Will you be RoHS 2 compliant by 22 July 2017?

As you may or may not know, 2011 saw the legal initiation of the RoHS 2 recast and an update of the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, subsequently transpiring into UK law. The ...

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25 May, 2017

The benefits of postponement manufacturing when outsourcing

25 May, 2017

The benefits of postponement manufacturing when outsourcing

Accurately trying to predict the configuration options your customer will order over a 12-month period is tough. In fact, some sales staff will tell you it's impossible. ...

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18 May, 2017

Subcon 2017 - will you be there in June?

18 May, 2017

Subcon 2017 - will you be there in June?

With less than a month to go, Subcon 2017 (6th - 8th June) will be returning to the NEC to host what they describe as 'the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show ...

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11 May, 2017

The role of an account manager within an EMS provider

11 May, 2017

The role of an account manager within an EMS provider

The account management role can mean very different things across industries and electronics manufacturing is no different. When you start digging deeper into the ...

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04 May, 2017

Why you shouldn't hide your supply chain issues

04 May, 2017

Why you shouldn't hide your supply chain issues

Sometimes, no matter how well you've researched and vetted your suppliers, supply chain issues rear their head. From a natural or man-made disaster that is completely ...

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27 Apr, 2017

The benefits of applying flux directly to a micro BGA

27 Apr, 2017

The benefits of applying flux directly to a micro BGA

Technology trends continue to drive miniaturisation in electronic components. As a result, product designers are often forced into specifying smaller and smaller devices ...

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20 Apr, 2017

Your in-depth guide to reducing electronics manufacturing waste

20 Apr, 2017

Your in-depth guide to reducing electronics manufacturing waste

Waste is a common problem within the electronics manufacturing industry. Whether large volumes of faulty smartphones need recalling or small batches of complex printed ...

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13 Apr, 2017

How to solder SMT components with varying solder paste heights

13 Apr, 2017

How to solder SMT components with varying solder paste heights

The rise in demand for miniaturised components within consumer electronics is forcing designers of industrial electronics to work with smaller component packages. While ...

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06 Apr, 2017

What are the most important principles of lean manufacturing?

06 Apr, 2017

What are the most important principles of lean manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing is nothing new, but it remains an important philosophy for manufacturers seeking to grow and effectively contend in a competitive, global environment. ...

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30 Mar, 2017

Should you use your CEM partner's direct ship fulfilment services?

30 Mar, 2017

Should you use your CEM partner's direct ship fulfilment services?

Gone are the days when original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) simply outsourced their printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) to contract electronic manufacturers (CEMs). ...

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23 Mar, 2017

4 ways cross training your logistics team can improve operations

23 Mar, 2017

4 ways cross training your logistics team can improve operations

When it comes to valuable assets, our natural instinct is to protect them. Take, for example, a lengthy report that you have spent hours meticulously writing. The fear ...

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16 Mar, 2017

Conflict minerals – a mixed message?

16 Mar, 2017

Conflict minerals – a mixed message?

Within days of the inauguration of the United States' 45th President, Donald Trump, over 90 executive orders were signed off. These orders are essentially official ...

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13 Mar, 2017

Putting the UK manufacturing skills gap under the spotlight

13 Mar, 2017

Putting the UK manufacturing skills gap under the spotlight

It feels like the skills gap in UK manufacturing (and, indeed, global manufacturing) has been a topic of conversation for a long time now. However, it remains hugely ...

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09 Mar, 2017

How servitisation can enable manufacturing sales growth

09 Mar, 2017

How servitisation can enable manufacturing sales growth

If someone were to ask you what your current business goals are, it is likely that "sales growth" would be on your wishlist. The UK is the 11th largest manufacturing ...

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02 Mar, 2017

How can I compare EMS providers and create my shortlist?

02 Mar, 2017

How can I compare EMS providers and create my shortlist?

Finding the right electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for your business can be a challenge. According to the latest Reed Electronics Research report, in ...

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23 Feb, 2017

Industry 4.0: 9 key points electronics manufacturers must not ignore

23 Feb, 2017

Industry 4.0: 9 key points electronics manufacturers must not ignore

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is nothing if not massive and complicated. There is a huge amount of information out there, some useful and some perhaps less so. But, ...

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21 Feb, 2017

What impact is the National Living Wage having on manufacturers?

21 Feb, 2017

What impact is the National Living Wage having on manufacturers?

George Osborne first announced the National Living Wage (NLW) during the 2015 Summer Budget, in an attempt to help move Britain away from a low wage, high tax, high ...

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16 Feb, 2017

What does the 5S methodology really mean?

16 Feb, 2017

What does the 5S methodology really mean?

"5S relates to workplace organisation and forms a solid foundation upon which many organisations base their drive for continuous improvement." Kaizen Institute All ...

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14 Feb, 2017

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2017: your eight-point guide

14 Feb, 2017

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2017: your eight-point guide

It's nearly that time of year again: Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2017 is just around the corner (21 – 23 March 2017). Last year, the UK's largest regional ...

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09 Feb, 2017

11 points to consider when buying selective soldering equipment

09 Feb, 2017

11 points to consider when buying selective soldering equipment

In previous blog posts, we've looked at the pros and cons of selective and wave soldering. Both techniques have several advantages over traditional hand soldering, in ...

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06 Feb, 2017

As a manufacturer, are you ready for the apprenticeship levy?

06 Feb, 2017

As a manufacturer, are you ready for the apprenticeship levy?

If the answer is no, then I am afraid you are running out of time. First announced during the 2015 Summer Budget, the apprenticeship levy is set to come into force on 6 ...

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02 Feb, 2017

How do electronics manufacturing companies continuously improve?

02 Feb, 2017

How do electronics manufacturing companies continuously improve?

The unfortunate reality is that most, if not all, electronics manufacturing companies incur waste in the form of inefficient processes. However, without the desire to ...

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26 Jan, 2017

What to look for when auditing an electronics manufacturing facility

26 Jan, 2017

What to look for when auditing an electronics manufacturing facility

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) your company has worked tirelessly to narrow down the list of potential electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers to ...

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19 Jan, 2017

Six Sigma: what is it and how is it used in electronics manufacturing?

19 Jan, 2017

Six Sigma: what is it and how is it used in electronics manufacturing?

"Six Sigma is a quality programme that, when all is said and done, improves your customer's experience, lowers your costs, and builds better leaders." Jack Welch Six ...

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12 Jan, 2017

How to choose your outsourcing project team

12 Jan, 2017

How to choose your outsourcing project team

When you decide to outsource your manufacturing operation to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, you not only have to choose the right partner – you ...

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05 Jan, 2017

5 reasons why OEMs outsource to EMS providers

05 Jan, 2017

5 reasons why OEMs outsource to EMS providers

It's a question that gets to the very heart of things: why do original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) outsource to electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers?  ...

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29 Dec, 2016

How to build up trust in a manufacturing outsourcing relationship

29 Dec, 2016

How to build up trust in a manufacturing outsourcing relationship

"Trust is like blood pressure. It's silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly." Frank Sonnenberg, Thought Leader From the romantic variety to the most ...

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15 Dec, 2016

Disaster recovery planning - what to look for in an EMS partner

15 Dec, 2016

Disaster recovery planning - what to look for in an EMS partner

When you're choosing an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider to outsource your manufacturing operation to, you're probably not thinking about the ways in ...

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13 Dec, 2016

Chinese New Year: how to avoid a PCB supply shortage

13 Dec, 2016

Chinese New Year: how to avoid a PCB supply shortage

A few weeks after New Year falls on the Gregorian Calendar comes Chinese New Year. In 2017, the latter falls on Saturday, 28 January, heralding the Year of the Rooster. ...

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08 Dec, 2016

My product is too large and complex to outsource to an EMS provider

08 Dec, 2016

My product is too large and complex to outsource to an EMS provider

Earlier this year, we wrote a blog about five of the more common myths relating to electronics manufacturing. You can read the original post here. The last point centred ...

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01 Dec, 2016

3 reasons why outsourcing to an EMS provider can go wrong

01 Dec, 2016

3 reasons why outsourcing to an EMS provider can go wrong

In a previous post, we talked about successfully managing the partnership between an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and an electronics manufacturing services ...

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24 Nov, 2016

The hidden costs when outsourcing your electronics manufacturing

24 Nov, 2016

The hidden costs when outsourcing your electronics manufacturing

When you outsource your manufacturing operation to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, you expect to reap the benefits of your decision. Ultimately, ...

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17 Nov, 2016

Why a service level agreement is central to meeting customer demand

17 Nov, 2016

Why a service level agreement is central to meeting customer demand

In a simple world, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) would take out their smartphone, hit the 'buy' button, an order would be sent immediately to their ...

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10 Nov, 2016

What is takt time, why is it important and how to calculate it

10 Nov, 2016

What is takt time, why is it important and how to calculate it

The term takt time derives from the German word Taktzeit and translates to either "measure", "cycle" or "pulse" time - depending on which source you read. Put simply, ...

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03 Nov, 2016

Is your manufacturing facility now the weak link?

03 Nov, 2016

Is your manufacturing facility now the weak link?

When internal departments work together amazing things can happen. Your design team sketches out innovative new products. Your marketing department creates remarkable ...

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27 Oct, 2016

Industry 4.0 and the circular economy

27 Oct, 2016

Industry 4.0 and the circular economy

There has been much written recently about Industry 4.0, and rightly so as it's a huge and far-reaching concept that will have an enormous impact on our design and ...

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20 Oct, 2016

Is your sales growth outstripping your current manufacturing capacity?

20 Oct, 2016

Is your sales growth outstripping your current manufacturing capacity?

Picture the scene: you are an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) enjoying healthy sales growth. Business is booming as you win new customers and sell more to the ones ...

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13 Oct, 2016

How to successfully manage the OEM/CEM partnership

13 Oct, 2016

How to successfully manage the OEM/CEM partnership

The partnership between an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and a contract electronics manufacturer (CEM), like all relationships, needs to be nurtured, or it will ...

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06 Oct, 2016

Is PCB assembly really the best entry point into outsourcing?

06 Oct, 2016

Is PCB assembly really the best entry point into outsourcing?

Are you considering outsourcing your printed circuit board assembly (PCBA)? Perhaps you want to free up more time to focus on designing, marketing and selling your ...

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29 Sep, 2016

10 meaningless statistics EMS providers list on their websites

29 Sep, 2016

10 meaningless statistics EMS providers list on their websites

We all do it. In an attempt to stand out from other electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers, we include a range of statistics on our websites. We assume ...

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26 Sep, 2016

Industrie 4.0: increasing automation within electronics manufacturing

26 Sep, 2016

Industrie 4.0: increasing automation within electronics manufacturing

"We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, ...

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15 Sep, 2016

Is your electronics manufacturing factory "smart"?

15 Sep, 2016

Is your electronics manufacturing factory "smart"?

Not many people know the answer and, if we are honest, a large number of electronics manufacturing companies still don't fully understand this question. This is ...

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08 Sep, 2016

3 fears surrounding industrial automation

08 Sep, 2016

3 fears surrounding industrial automation

There is no doubt that industrial automation is reshaping the manufacturing and engineering landscape. While the UK has suffered some setbacks in recent years, it still ...

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01 Sep, 2016

Traceability in electronics manufacturing: how far can you go back?

01 Sep, 2016

Traceability in electronics manufacturing: how far can you go back?

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers are frequently asked if they offer "traceability" on the materials they procure. Then there is the follow up question ...

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25 Aug, 2016

4 benefits of industrial automation in electronics manufacturing

25 Aug, 2016

4 benefits of industrial automation in electronics manufacturing

Industrial automation is a complex and mammoth topic covering areas ranging from simple control systems handling processes and machines, through to digital ...

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18 Aug, 2016

The benefits of 3D printing within contract electronics manufacturing

18 Aug, 2016

The benefits of 3D printing within contract electronics manufacturing

The buzz around 3D printing, or additive manufacturing as it also known, continues to grow day-by-day and it is regularly hailed as a revolutionary "new" process. But ...

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11 Aug, 2016

3 common fears about outsourcing your outbound logistics

11 Aug, 2016

3 common fears about outsourcing your outbound logistics

If you have already outsourced elements of your manufacturing to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, you will be familiar with the benefits. Namely, ...

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04 Aug, 2016

How to prevent solder bridges during printed circuit board assembly

04 Aug, 2016

How to prevent solder bridges during printed circuit board assembly

Solder bridges (or "shorts" as they are also known) occur when solder unintentionally connects one electronic component lead to another. Unfortunately, these are bad ...

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28 Jul, 2016

Why flexibility is crucial to the success of your outbound logistics

28 Jul, 2016

Why flexibility is crucial to the success of your outbound logistics

When it comes to outbound logistics - i.e. the processes involved in controlling the shipping of application-ready products to their end users - the ability to adapt, in ...

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21 Jul, 2016

Understanding how EMS companies view capital investment decisions

21 Jul, 2016

Understanding how EMS companies view capital investment decisions

One of the great benefits of outsourcing your manufacturing is that it can largely remove the need to continually invest in expensive capital equipment. On the face of ...

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18 Jul, 2016

The robots are coming for UK manufacturing

18 Jul, 2016

The robots are coming for UK manufacturing

There was a time when robots were simply the stuff of science fiction – entities that veered towards the terrifying and would take over the world. While it appears that ...

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14 Jul, 2016

The importance of electrical safety testing in manufacturing

14 Jul, 2016

The importance of electrical safety testing in manufacturing

Electrical safety testing is an essential step in the manufacturing process for any product that uses electricity. According to Ellis Whittam, around 25 people die every ...

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07 Jul, 2016

Why functional testing should not be your go-to test strategy

07 Jul, 2016

Why functional testing should not be your go-to test strategy

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), testing is absolutely critical to everything you do. This means that throughout the manufacturing process, you should be ...

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30 Jun, 2016

5 myths about electronics manufacturing outsourcing

30 Jun, 2016

5 myths about electronics manufacturing outsourcing

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been outsourcing their electronics manufacturing and test for decades. So it’s perhaps surprising that a number of myths ...

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23 Jun, 2016

2026: The future of electronics manufacturing services

23 Jun, 2016

2026: The future of electronics manufacturing services

No one can accurately predict the future. However, it’s fair to say that some of the technological advancements we are starting to see will transform how electronics ...

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20 Jun, 2016

The rise of 3D inspection technology within electronics manufacturing

20 Jun, 2016

The rise of 3D inspection technology within electronics manufacturing

This month we caught up with David Bennett, President of MIRTEC Europe. Founded back in 2000, with facilities in the US, Europe, China, Japan and Korea, MIRTEC is a ...

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16 Jun, 2016

What is stress screening and how do electronics manufacturers use it?

16 Jun, 2016

What is stress screening and how do electronics manufacturers use it?

In a previous post, we discussed soak testing, a form of performance testing that is used in electronics manufacturing to find out how a product "survives" in the wild. ...

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14 Jun, 2016

Outsourcing your manufacturing? Don't overlook outbound logistics

14 Jun, 2016

Outsourcing your manufacturing? Don't overlook outbound logistics

When it comes to outsourcing their manufacturing operation, most original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) primarily focus on the assembly processes. During their ...

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13 Jun, 2016

Improving efficiency and safety through automated test solutions

13 Jun, 2016

Improving efficiency and safety through automated test solutions

This month we caught up with John Blandy, Sales Manager of TestWorks Group Ltd. TestWorks is an innovative technology company offering a comprehensive range of ...

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09 Jun, 2016

How soak testing is used in electronics manufacturing

09 Jun, 2016

How soak testing is used in electronics manufacturing

In recent blog posts, we have discussed two test methods for printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs): in-circuit test (ICT) and flying probe. Continuing with this ...

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02 Jun, 2016

How to get the best results using flying probe test

02 Jun, 2016

How to get the best results using flying probe test

Even the most competent of manufacturers can make mistakes during the build process; the nature of manufacturing means process deviations that can cause a margin of ...

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26 May, 2016

6 ways to validate your EMS provider's New Product Introduction process

26 May, 2016

6 ways to validate your EMS provider's New Product Introduction process

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), one of your key focusses is likely to be designing and delivering innovative new products.   Whether you are fulfilling ...

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19 May, 2016

Will an e-auction help me outsource my electronics manufacturing?

19 May, 2016

Will an e-auction help me outsource my electronics manufacturing?

E-auctions have been used since the late 1990s. Soon after the world-wide adoption of the Internet, many companies spotted an opportunity to use this new technology to ...

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16 May, 2016

Beyond the machine - what next for electronics manufacturers?

16 May, 2016

Beyond the machine - what next for electronics manufacturers?

Recently we spoke to Paul Rooimans, Managing Director of Mycronic United Kingdom and Benelux. Mycronic is a Swedish high-tech company, which has supplied the electronics ...

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12 May, 2016

Why PCB design is important to successful in-circuit test

12 May, 2016

Why PCB design is important to successful in-circuit test

Testing is a fundamental element of your manufacturing operation. Without implementing a robust test process, you run the risk of overlooking manufacturing defects that ...

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09 May, 2016

Subcon 2016 - getting the most from your visit

09 May, 2016

Subcon 2016 - getting the most from your visit

Subcon 2016 (7th - 9th June) is advertised as "the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show dedicated to subcontracting and outsourced engineering services" - and ...

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05 May, 2016

How your EMS provider can support offsite installation projects

05 May, 2016

How your EMS provider can support offsite installation projects

We all need a helping hand once in a while. And when it comes to the final installation of a control cabinet or completed machine your electronics manufacturing services ...

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28 Apr, 2016

How to manage the most common risks to your supply chain

28 Apr, 2016

How to manage the most common risks to your supply chain

Your supply chain powers your manufacturing operation. Successfully managing the flow of components and materials is the key to ensuring that you can produce the ...

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21 Apr, 2016

How EMS providers can stop material threats entering your supply chain

21 Apr, 2016

How EMS providers can stop material threats entering your supply chain

Sourcing the right components is fundamental to producing high-quality products that meet your customers’ expectations. Failing to implement rigorous processes that root ...

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14 Apr, 2016

5 ways to guarantee your manufacturing outsourcing project fails

14 Apr, 2016

5 ways to guarantee your manufacturing outsourcing project fails

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been outsourcing their manufacturing to electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers for many years. As a result, EMS ...

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07 Apr, 2016

Should you trust your EMS partner to choose your suppliers?

07 Apr, 2016

Should you trust your EMS partner to choose your suppliers?

After you’ve chosen to outsource to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, there is another important decision to make. Do you transfer management of your ...

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31 Mar, 2016

6 critical factors to consider when potting an electronic assembly

31 Mar, 2016

6 critical factors to consider when potting an electronic assembly

Potting is the process of filling or submersing a complete electronic assembly using a compound material. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may want their ...

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24 Mar, 2016

How EMS providers lower the risk of SMT placement errors during set-up

24 Mar, 2016

How EMS providers lower the risk of SMT placement errors during set-up

Fitting an incorrect component to a printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) is bad news. If an electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider makes such a mistake they ...

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17 Mar, 2016

4 electro-mechanical assembly techniques you should be using

17 Mar, 2016

4 electro-mechanical assembly techniques you should be using

We’ve written blogs discussing the challenges facing OEMs in PCB assembly and the common problems that occur during box build assembly, and we’ve explored why ...

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14 Mar, 2016

Drives & Controls 2016 – making the most of your time at the show

14 Mar, 2016

Drives & Controls 2016 – making the most of your time at the show

Drives & Controls 2016 (12-14 April) is widely regarded as the UK’s leading trade show for automation, power transmission and motion engineering. Taking place every ...

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10 Mar, 2016

Identifying and preventing "failures" within electronics manufacturing

10 Mar, 2016

Identifying and preventing "failures" within electronics manufacturing

Identifying and preventing "failures" is an ongoing issue facing electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers. While most will have robust processes and procedures ...

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03 Mar, 2016

Electronic components falling off during reflow? Avoid getting stung

03 Mar, 2016

Electronic components falling off during reflow? Avoid getting stung

One of the on-going challenges contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) face is the demand to reliably produce increasingly complex product assemblies. Often the ...

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25 Feb, 2016

Why documentation is vital to the success of cabinet build assembly

25 Feb, 2016

Why documentation is vital to the success of cabinet build assembly

In previous posts, we have discussed the potential obstacles original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face in both PCB assembly and box build assembly. This time, we will ...

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18 Feb, 2016

Why wouldn’t you look into electronics manufacturing outsourcing?

18 Feb, 2016

Why wouldn’t you look into electronics manufacturing outsourcing?

I was recently thinking back to some of the outsourcing projects that I have been involved in that achieved significant benefits for the OEMs across their businesses. ...

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11 Feb, 2016

Remove your shop floor by using a contract electronics manufacturer

11 Feb, 2016

Remove your shop floor by using a contract electronics manufacturer

Many contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) sell the concept that they are an extension of their customer’s shop floor. Over the years, this analogy appears to have ...

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04 Feb, 2016

3 ways to ensure your EMS provider's supply chain is excellent

04 Feb, 2016

3 ways to ensure your EMS provider's supply chain is excellent

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), once you’ve outsourced your manufacturing to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, you will have very little ...

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02 Feb, 2016

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2016 – planning your trip

02 Feb, 2016

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2016 – planning your trip

Arguably the UK's largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2016 is fast approaching ...

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28 Jan, 2016

4 different ways to categorise EMS providers

28 Jan, 2016

4 different ways to categorise EMS providers

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers have traditionally been categorised into three distinct tiers, according to their annual revenue. But, while this ...

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21 Jan, 2016

Box build assembly: how OEMs can solve common problems

21 Jan, 2016

Box build assembly: how OEMs can solve common problems

In a previous post, we discussed the challenges facing OEMs in PCB assembly and how to overcome them. This time we will look at box build assembly. When creating a box ...

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14 Jan, 2016

Using contract electronics manufacturers as a springboard for growth

14 Jan, 2016

Using contract electronics manufacturers as a springboard for growth

Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) look to contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) as a way of solving problems. They may be struggling for space, failing to ...

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07 Jan, 2016

3 challenges facing OEMs in PCB assembly and how to overcome them

07 Jan, 2016

3 challenges facing OEMs in PCB assembly and how to overcome them

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the "brains" of electronic devices. A PCB contains conductive tracks and pads that electronically connect different components ...

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31 Dec, 2015

Designing PCB assemblies for in-circuit test

31 Dec, 2015

Designing PCB assemblies for in-circuit test

In-circuit test (ICT) has been around for many years now. And despite the emergence of competing test technologies, it remains one of the best ways to test a printed ...

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24 Dec, 2015

What is meant by the terms OEM, EMS, CEM, ODM and why should you know?

24 Dec, 2015

What is meant by the terms OEM, EMS, CEM, ODM and why should you know?

The roles of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronics manufacturing service (EMS) providers, contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) and original design ...

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17 Dec, 2015

The pros and cons of cross-training electronics manufacturing staff

17 Dec, 2015

The pros and cons of cross-training electronics manufacturing staff

For contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) to succeed, they must have the right people with the right skills, in the right place at the right time. Unlike original ...

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10 Dec, 2015

Turning small ideas into big results within electronics manufacturing

10 Dec, 2015

Turning small ideas into big results within electronics manufacturing

Often the simplest ideas are the best. Extracting these from employees, however, can be a complex process. Perhaps it is because they don’t believe that their ideas are ...

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03 Dec, 2015

New Product Introduction within contract electronics manufacturing

03 Dec, 2015

New Product Introduction within contract electronics manufacturing

The New Product Introduction (NPI) process is arguably one of the most crucial elements of contract electronics manufacturing. Contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs) ...

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30 Nov, 2015

Quality, consistency and delivery: why do OEMs struggle to achieve it?

30 Nov, 2015

Quality, consistency and delivery: why do OEMs struggle to achieve it?

Whatever your product or products, as an OEM you will be focused on three criteria: quality, consistency and delivery (QCD). Your reputation is dependent on you ...

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26 Nov, 2015

How to avoid damaged metalwork from entering your supply chain

26 Nov, 2015

How to avoid damaged metalwork from entering your supply chain

Whether the parts are bent, scratched, or showing signs of imperfection, metalwork issues can cause all kinds of headaches for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ...

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16 Nov, 2015

Avoid edge connectors impacting on your PCBA and product reliability

16 Nov, 2015

Avoid edge connectors impacting on your PCBA and product reliability

At the product design stage, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must decide how configurable they want their products to be. They usually have two options: control ...

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12 Nov, 2015

How to avoid thermal shock during printed circuit board assembly

12 Nov, 2015

How to avoid thermal shock during printed circuit board assembly

Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? But for anyone involved in electronics manufacturing, thermal shock is a daily challenge - requiring close process control and supervision. ...

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09 Nov, 2015

5 tips for successfully transferring knowledge to your EMS supplier

09 Nov, 2015

5 tips for successfully transferring knowledge to your EMS supplier

"Knowledge is power" as the old saying goes, but in manufacturing it's also one of your company's biggest assets - and something you'll want to capitalise on at every ...

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06 Nov, 2015

Is your manufacturing supply chain ready for the Modern Slavery Act?

06 Nov, 2015

Is your manufacturing supply chain ready for the Modern Slavery Act?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was introduced to the UK statute books in March 2015. From October 29, a further provision was added called "Transparency in Supply Chains".  ...

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05 Nov, 2015

Ensuring your first outsourced build to an EMS provider is a success

05 Nov, 2015

Ensuring your first outsourced build to an EMS provider is a success

You've taken every precautionary measure in the book during the build up to outsourcing your manufacturing operation. Now the time has finally come to "press the button" ...

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02 Nov, 2015

Visiting your contract electronics manufacturer’s back office

02 Nov, 2015

Visiting your contract electronics manufacturer’s back office

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) looking to outsource part or all of your manufacturing, there's an obvious need to do your homework when it comes to ...

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29 Oct, 2015

Transferring your assembly to a contract electronics manufacturer

29 Oct, 2015

Transferring your assembly to a contract electronics manufacturer

Once the decision to outsource responsibility for your entire assembly operation to a contract electronics manufacturer (CEM) has been made, prior to making the physical ...

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26 Oct, 2015

3 steps to choosing an EMS provider that won’t let you down

26 Oct, 2015

3 steps to choosing an EMS provider that won’t let you down

It's always important to do your homework when choosing any supplier. But when it comes to selecting an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider to take over ...

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22 Oct, 2015

Top 5 UK trade shows to meet contract electronics manufacturers

22 Oct, 2015

Top 5 UK trade shows to meet contract electronics manufacturers

Providing you plan the day in advance, trade shows can be a useful way of getting in front of contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs). Attending an exhibition allows ...

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19 Oct, 2015

Preparing to outsource your entire manufacturing operation

19 Oct, 2015

Preparing to outsource your entire manufacturing operation

Transferring your entire manufacturing operation over to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) supplier is clearly a huge commitment for an original equipment ...

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15 Oct, 2015

Creating a stable supply chain for sheet metal components

15 Oct, 2015

Creating a stable supply chain for sheet metal components

In addition to producing high quality PCB assemblies, Paragon, through its group companies JJS Electronics Ltd and JJS Electronics sro, also takes responsibility for ...

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12 Oct, 2015

4 reasons not to focus only on price when choosing an EMS supplier

12 Oct, 2015

4 reasons not to focus only on price when choosing an EMS supplier

Getting a good deal is part of human nature, but it pays to be wary if your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) supplier promises what seems like a "too good to be ...

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07 Oct, 2015

Conflict minerals update: an overview of the 2014 findings

07 Oct, 2015

Conflict minerals update: an overview of the 2014 findings

Now is probably a good time to review the current status of the legislation and the approaches being taken by businesses, legislators and other organisations affected by ...

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01 Oct, 2015

9 PCB assembly design guidelines for Flying Probe test

01 Oct, 2015

9 PCB assembly design guidelines for Flying Probe test

Flying probe testing has become an increasingly popular alternative to the more traditional in-circuit test for PCB assemblies. One of the primary benefits is that this ...

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24 Sep, 2015

What really happens once you send your EMS provider an order?

24 Sep, 2015

What really happens once you send your EMS provider an order?

You’ve reviewed the quote and are now in a position to send across an order to your chosen electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider. Depending on the size of ...

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17 Sep, 2015

How to spot quality within electronics manufacturing service providers

17 Sep, 2015

How to spot quality within electronics manufacturing service providers

Quality in manufacturing is a big issue. Compromise it and you threaten the viability and profitability of your venture through increased product recalls, returns and ...

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10 Sep, 2015

14 tools CEMs need to combat counterfeit electronic components

10 Sep, 2015

14 tools CEMs need to combat counterfeit electronic components

When it comes to supply chain excellence, mitigating the risk of "suspect" electronic devices is a key priority for most contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs). ...

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03 Sep, 2015

7 points to include in your RFQ to a contract electronics manufacturer

03 Sep, 2015

7 points to include in your RFQ to a contract electronics manufacturer

After weeks of carrying out research and refining your "shortlist" of potential electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers to just a few, it’s time to start work ...

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27 Aug, 2015

Why it pays to forge long-term relationships with your EMS provider

27 Aug, 2015

Why it pays to forge long-term relationships with your EMS provider

It may take time and patience, but original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are willing to invest in nurturing a long-term relationship with their electronics ...

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20 Aug, 2015

Your 10 point guide for electro-mechanical design for manufacture

20 Aug, 2015

Your 10 point guide for electro-mechanical design for manufacture

In previous blogs we’ve discussed the value of involving your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider in design for manufacture (DFM), and some of the common ...

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13 Aug, 2015

Quality standards and accreditations within electronics manufacturing

13 Aug, 2015

Quality standards and accreditations within electronics manufacturing

Badges are funny things aren’t they? As children, we learn early on that badges are awarded for all sorts of things - swimming lengths in a pool; tying complicated ...

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06 Aug, 2015

5 questions on sending an RFQ to a contract electronics manufacturer

06 Aug, 2015

5 questions on sending an RFQ to a contract electronics manufacturer

The request for quotation (RFQ) process plays a pivotal role in kick-starting an outsourcing relationship with your contract electronics manufacturer (CEM). It can be an ...

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30 Jul, 2015

The top 10 design for manufacture mistakes to avoid

30 Jul, 2015

The top 10 design for manufacture mistakes to avoid

The value of involving your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) partner in design for manufacture (DFM) is well established. Working closely with your EMS provider ...

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23 Jul, 2015

Contract electronics manufacturers vs threat of counterfeit devices

23 Jul, 2015

Contract electronics manufacturers vs threat of counterfeit devices

Supply chains agile enough to respond to ever changing client demand, yet robust enough to ensure integrity of supply must underpin the assembly services offered today ...

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16 Jul, 2015

UK EMS providers with "offshore" facilities – best of both worlds?

16 Jul, 2015

UK EMS providers with "offshore" facilities – best of both worlds?

In a 2014 survey carried out by the EEF, one in six UK original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) had reportedly re-shored elements of their manufacturing back to the UK in ...

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09 Jul, 2015

The benefits of 3D CAD within electronics design and manufacture

09 Jul, 2015

The benefits of 3D CAD within electronics design and manufacture

Following on from our recent post about Computer Aided Design (CAD) in manufacturing we thought it would be useful to look into some of the benefits associated with the ...

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02 Jul, 2015

Industrie 4.0 – your questions about smart manufacturing answered

02 Jul, 2015

Industrie 4.0 – your questions about smart manufacturing answered

By connecting everyday objects through networks and enabling them to send and receive data, the Internet of Things - or IoT – is predicted to be a major driver for ...

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25 Jun, 2015

The importance of CAD in electronics manufacturing

25 Jun, 2015

The importance of CAD in electronics manufacturing

One of the most common requests an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider will make before starting on a new assembly project will be for Computer Aided ...

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18 Jun, 2015

Future proof your design with the help of EMS providers

18 Jun, 2015

Future proof your design with the help of EMS providers

It has been widely reported that more and more original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are looking to their Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers to help ...

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11 Jun, 2015

Unit cost vs total cost in contract electronics manufacturing

11 Jun, 2015

Unit cost vs total cost in contract electronics manufacturing

When decisions need to be made regarding outsourcing one or more of your products to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, do you fully consider the ...

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28 May, 2015

Are you getting the growth services you need from your EMS provider?

28 May, 2015

Are you getting the growth services you need from your EMS provider?

Through bringing new, value-added services to the table, your electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider can play a vital role in supporting your operation and its ...

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21 May, 2015

Supplier flexibility: an OEM’s secret weapon in raising profitability?

21 May, 2015

Supplier flexibility: an OEM’s secret weapon in raising profitability?

When an OEM sets off to select an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, the focus is often on price as a way of increasing their margins. But there is one ...

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14 May, 2015

Convection vs vapour phase reflow within PCB assembly

14 May, 2015

Convection vs vapour phase reflow within PCB assembly

As part of your initial research into potential electronics manufacturing services (EMS) partners, it’s likely you will have been looking into capabilities and equipment ...

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07 May, 2015

Are you taking a chance with your Engineering Change Notes?

07 May, 2015

Are you taking a chance with your Engineering Change Notes?

Variously known as the Engineering Change Note, Order or Request (ECN, ECO or ECR), the process for managing changes to the manufacturing data pack for any electronic or ...

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30 Apr, 2015

How much stock to underwrite with a Contract Electronics Manufacturer?

30 Apr, 2015

How much stock to underwrite with a Contract Electronics Manufacturer?

If, as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), you’ve been researching the various benefits that can be gained when outsourcing to a Contract Electronics Manufacturer ...

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24 Apr, 2015

Offshoring, onshoring, nearshoring, bestshoring: what do they mean?

24 Apr, 2015

Offshoring, onshoring, nearshoring, bestshoring: what do they mean?

As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), you will have heard the terms 'offshoring', 'onshoring', ‘reshoring,’ 'nearshoring' and the like. If you are in the planning ...

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16 Apr, 2015

Will Studio Schools produce the next electronics manufacturers?

16 Apr, 2015

Will Studio Schools produce the next electronics manufacturers?

Studio Schools have been around for a few years now, with 36 already open and 9 in the pre-opening stage.  Essentially, the idea is to equip students with the skills and ...

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09 Apr, 2015

Transferring your supply chain to an assembly partner: all or nothing?

09 Apr, 2015

Transferring your supply chain to an assembly partner: all or nothing?

You've decided to take your first steps into outsourcing and have drawn up a shortlist of potential partners. But before any more progress can be made, you've got some ...

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02 Apr, 2015

How Contract Electronics Manufacturers evaluate material suppliers

02 Apr, 2015

How Contract Electronics Manufacturers evaluate material suppliers

With the increasing shift to outsourcing in electronics manufacturing, it’s more important than ever that the quality and capability of your assembly partner's supplier ...

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27 Mar, 2015

Understanding the timings for outsourcing electronics manufacturing

27 Mar, 2015

Understanding the timings for outsourcing electronics manufacturing

If you've already completed an initial analysis of your own manufacturing operation and are now considering outsourcing to a contract electronics manufacturer (CEM) ...

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19 Mar, 2015

How outsourcing to a contract electronics manufacturer has evolved

19 Mar, 2015

How outsourcing to a contract electronics manufacturer has evolved

Bringing a Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM) on board has always been an expedient approach for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with operational issues. ...

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12 Mar, 2015

Outsourcing your electronics manufacturing won’t help you

12 Mar, 2015

Outsourcing your electronics manufacturing won’t help you

Despite everything you may have already read, unfortunately it’s true. Outsourcing the production of your printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), or electro-mechanical ...

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05 Mar, 2015

Are you constrained by your electronics manufacturing operation?

05 Mar, 2015

Are you constrained by your electronics manufacturing operation?

Congratulations you’ve done it! For a number of years you have watched your business steadily grow and customer orders have now reached that point where you cannot move ...

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26 Feb, 2015

Conflict minerals update: what electronics manufacturers should know

26 Feb, 2015

Conflict minerals update: what electronics manufacturers should know

We promised to keep you up-to-date with the evolving cycle of regulation around the use of Conflict Minerals in electronics manufacturing, and there’s much to divulge. ...

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19 Feb, 2015

Achieving a smooth transition when outsourcing electronics assembly

19 Feb, 2015

Achieving a smooth transition when outsourcing electronics assembly

When an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company takes on the production role for a customer there are a number of areas where problems can arise. However, ...

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13 Feb, 2015

Outsourcing to an EMS provider – it’s all about trust

13 Feb, 2015

Outsourcing to an EMS provider – it’s all about trust

Most of us have heard people say that respect has to be earned. Similarly, many of us have grown up believing that people must also ‘earn’ our trust. Well, I would ...

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05 Feb, 2015

Is electronics manufacturing really core to your business?

05 Feb, 2015

Is electronics manufacturing really core to your business?

Does your company design, develop and sell amazing products? Do they incorporate the latest technology and are they shipped around the world into leading edge markets? ...

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30 Jan, 2015

5 things to demand in your next New Product Introduction report

30 Jan, 2015

5 things to demand in your next New Product Introduction report

Whether it’s for a brand new product being made for the first time, or something that has been built before elsewhere, the New Product Introduction (NPI) procedure is a ...

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22 Jan, 2015

Chinese New Year: Don’t let printed circuit board supply get your goat

22 Jan, 2015

Chinese New Year: Don’t let printed circuit board supply get your goat

As you may be aware China has a national holiday fast approaching when they will be celebrating the start of a New Year - paying homage to the humble Goat. During this ...

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15 Jan, 2015

IPC Standards for Acceptability & why they matter to your PCB assembly

15 Jan, 2015

IPC Standards for Acceptability & why they matter to your PCB assembly

So, what makes a ‘good’ electronics assembly then? Surely if it works then it’s alright, isn’t it? But what about longer term reliability? And what if it has to look, ...

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08 Jan, 2015

New Year, new Contract Electronics Manufacturer? Is it time to review?

08 Jan, 2015

New Year, new Contract Electronics Manufacturer? Is it time to review?

Funny isn’t it? You have 365 days to influence change within your business, yet come the New Year feel compelled to come up with something ‘new’ or ‘amazing’, starting ...

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18 Dec, 2014

Turning new product design into reality with your CEM provider

18 Dec, 2014

Turning new product design into reality with your CEM provider

The new product design you have been working on for what seems like a lifetime has finally been signed off. All of the market research you have conducted so far suggests ...

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12 Dec, 2014

Building on Contract Electronics Manufacturing relationships

12 Dec, 2014

Building on Contract Electronics Manufacturing relationships

Like any close relationship, the one you build up with your Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM) is going to take some time. Trust and communication are integral to ...

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27 Nov, 2014

How EMS providers can cut cost from your products

27 Nov, 2014

How EMS providers can cut cost from your products

When you first partnered with your Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider I’m guessing that unit pricing was an important issue to you? Whilst cost is only one ...

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20 Nov, 2014

Perfecting the electro-mechanical build pack

20 Nov, 2014

Perfecting the electro-mechanical build pack

In order to accurately produce a quotation and subsequently manufacture an electro-mechanical assembly, your chosen Contract Electronic Manufacturer (CEM) will need a ...

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13 Nov, 2014

Making sense of test coverage statistics from your EMS provider

13 Nov, 2014

Making sense of test coverage statistics from your EMS provider

Deciding on your test strategy isn’t always a straightforward decision. One of the factors that is likely to influence your decision is test ‘coverage’. Very often this ...

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07 Nov, 2014

Electronic PCB assembly soldering: selective or wave soldering?

07 Nov, 2014

Electronic PCB assembly soldering: selective or wave soldering?

When producing ‘mixed technology’ printed circuit board (pcb) assemblies, once all of the surface mount technology (SMT) devices are in place, there are a variety of ...

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31 Oct, 2014

Are you really listening to your electronics manufacturing staff?

31 Oct, 2014

Are you really listening to your electronics manufacturing staff?

An ongoing challenge for many electronics manufacturing organisations is effective internal communication. We all know that the Greek philosopher Epictetus was spot-on ...

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16 Oct, 2014

Why revision level controls are important in manufacturing data packs

16 Oct, 2014

Why revision level controls are important in manufacturing data packs

If you are considering outsourcing elements of your manufacturing operation, or already working with a Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM), it’s important you keep ...

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09 Oct, 2014

Mitigating the risks associated with Contract Electronic Manufacturing

09 Oct, 2014

Mitigating the risks associated with Contract Electronic Manufacturing

Outsourcing your manufacturing to an Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider sounds fantastic doesn’t it? The potential benefits can be difficult to ignore: the ...

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02 Oct, 2014

Conflict Minerals and electronics manufacturing: what happens next?

02 Oct, 2014

Conflict Minerals and electronics manufacturing: what happens next?

A few months back, we wrote a comprehensive overview of some of the challenges presented to electronics manufacturers by the very complex and emotive issue of Conflict ...

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25 Sep, 2014

Outsource your electronics manufacturing - Deal or no deal?

25 Sep, 2014

Outsource your electronics manufacturing - Deal or no deal?

Often promising the world - or a load of cash, a car or a speedboat - our TV screens on Saturday nights are awash with game shows. As the drama unfolds, the husband and ...

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18 Sep, 2014

How Contract Electronics Manufacturing might look in the future

18 Sep, 2014

How Contract Electronics Manufacturing might look in the future

As I drove home from a weekend away, my wife and I were discussing how we needed some new dining chairs. During the next 50 miles she was able to choose from a selection ...

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11 Sep, 2014

Why you're getting pricing variations when comparing EMS providers

11 Sep, 2014

Why you're getting pricing variations when comparing EMS providers

How did that happen? You sent exactly the same Request for Quotation (RFQ) out to two Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers yet you’ve received very different ...

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04 Sep, 2014

Transition your electronics manufacturing supply chain in 10 steps

04 Sep, 2014

Transition your electronics manufacturing supply chain in 10 steps

Investigating alternative sources of supply for your electronics manufacturing can be a daunting task. Your customers and your sales team won’t forgive you if the steady ...

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28 Aug, 2014

Supply chain outsourcing: to dual source or not to dual source?

28 Aug, 2014

Supply chain outsourcing: to dual source or not to dual source?

Chances are if you are single sourced with an EMS partner, you will have a dozen potential suppliers telling you why dual sourcing is the way to go. Conversely, if you ...

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21 Aug, 2014

How your EMS provider can help increase the life span of your products

21 Aug, 2014

How your EMS provider can help increase the life span of your products

If your R&D teams overlook advances in technology or new legislation, or fail to react quickly enough to ever-changing customer demands, the life expectancy of your ...

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14 Aug, 2014

5 things to avoid when making first contact with an EMS company

14 Aug, 2014

5 things to avoid when making first contact with an EMS company

There are hundreds of Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) firms out there, and finding the right one can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Carrying out ...

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07 Aug, 2014

Increase your pcba efficiency levels in 5 simple steps

07 Aug, 2014

Increase your pcba efficiency levels in 5 simple steps

When it comes to surface mount production every second counts. That is, of course, if you want to hit your build times and continue to make a profit, which I’m guessing ...

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31 Jul, 2014

Don't overlook electronics manufacturing when you think of outsourcing

31 Jul, 2014

Don't overlook electronics manufacturing when you think of outsourcing

When I read articles on the subject of outsourcing I note that 9 times out of 10 they focus on BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) which, as its names suggests, is all ...

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24 Jul, 2014

How to select the right Electronic Manufacturing Services partner

24 Jul, 2014

How to select the right Electronic Manufacturing Services partner

There has been much written about how OEMs should select their Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) partner; probably a lot more than has been written about why we ...

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17 Jul, 2014

4 pre-build checks your EMS Company should make before NPI launch

17 Jul, 2014

4 pre-build checks your EMS Company should make before NPI launch

Your Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) partner may have walked you through their New Product Introduction (NPI) process but have they properly explained the steps ...

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10 Jul, 2014

Electronic PCB assembly testing: In-Circuit Test or Flying Probe?

10 Jul, 2014

Electronic PCB assembly testing: In-Circuit Test or Flying Probe?

Perhaps the two most popular types of Automated Test Equipment (ATE) used in electronic PCB assembly are In-Circuit Test (ICT) and Flying Probe. But how do you choose ...

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04 Jul, 2014

Why telling your EMS company not to fit components is a good thing

04 Jul, 2014

Why telling your EMS company not to fit components is a good thing

Sounds a bit strange doesn’t it? Telling a Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM) not to fit components to a printed circuit board (PCB) – after all, isn’t that what ...

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27 Jun, 2014

The ABC of Electronic Manufacturing Services

27 Jun, 2014

The ABC of Electronic Manufacturing Services

Electronics manufacturing services are inherently highly complex processes. And they can bring with them a veritable sea of acronyms to get your head around. In this ...

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23 Jun, 2014

How to achieve intelligence within electronic supply chain management

23 Jun, 2014

How to achieve intelligence within electronic supply chain management

When it comes to supply chain outsourcing the word ‘intelligence’ is often used by companies in order to try and differentiate the services being offered. But what does ...

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12 Jun, 2014

Obsolescence management: overcoming the pain of obsolete components

12 Jun, 2014

Obsolescence management: overcoming the pain of obsolete components

At some point in the future it’s highly likely that an electronic component within your product will be made obsolete. As natural resources diminish, technology advances ...