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 […]

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 […]

Workplace Safety Against Corona-19

Healthcare authorities, from the international WHO to individual countries to our cities and states all agree that social distancing and anti-viral masks reduce the risk of infection with Corona-19.  USTEK responded to the need for PPE masks and employing our partners in production and logistics we now stock and ship these critically needed supplies. For […]

How will REACH compliance affect your business?

If you manufacture or even just sell products in the US you already must comply with pertinent EPA and FDA regulations.  And if you ship to California your have their list of known and suspect materials that must be reported.  For those of us dealing with a global marketplace the RoHS directive was proposed in […]

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 […]