COLOR for PCB Control

Color for PCB Control
Color for PCB Process Control Some colors are so standardized that changing them serves no purpose and could indeed be contra productive or even dangerous.   Change the stop/caution/go lights from red/amber/green to blue/pink /yellow and you will have mass confusion and injury.  If invited to a black tie event you would know what to […]

Still considering off-shoring?

Changing economics move contract assembly to North America In which direction are the economies of electronic production pushing the choice of manufacturing location? What is the history of the situation and assumptions? And when is it time to re-evaluate those assumptions? In the 1950’s and 60’s many US and other Western companies moved manufacturing to […]

Don’t Stock-up on Inventory!

Does your company’s stocking system look like your grandmother’s? One hundred years ago our great grandmothers stocked up for the winter by canning, pickling, and drying foods to last until spring.  Today we preserve mostly as a hobby and buy groceries and such only when we need them.  Why lay out the cash and fill up […]

Beyond RoHS

The RoHS requirement came into being as a way to remove potentially hazardous materials from coming into contact with people and from entering the world ecology through improper disposal.  Beryllium (Be), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), mercury (Hg), arsenic (As), and lead (Pb) are among the most common metals that bear discussion.  They have not nearly […]