4 Ways Your EMS Partner Can Respond to Supply Chain Disruption

July 27, 2017 | Neil Sharp, JJS Manufacturing

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 on allocation or discontinued altogether. These concerns amplify the need for EMS firms to have practices in place for dealing with supply chain disruption. This article discusses four ways your EMS partner can mitigate risks to your supply chain.

Counterfeit Electronic Components Identification: A Case Study

July 26, 2017 | Martin Goetz and Ramesh Varma, Northrop Grumman Corp.

Counterfeit electronic components are finding their way into today's defense electronics. The problem gets even more complex when procuring diminishing manufacturing source parts. This article provides a brief introduction to counterfeit prevention and detection standards, particularly as they relate to the aerospace and defense sector.


Beyond Design: FPGA PCB Design Challenges

July 26, 2017 | Barry Olney, In-Circuit Design Pty. Ltd.

The primary issue is generating optimal FPGA pin assignments that do not add vias and signal layers to a PCB stackup or increase the time required to integrate the FPGA with the PCB. Engineers generally do not consider FPGA pin...

One World, One Industry: Having an Impact from the Shop Floor to the Halls of Government

July 7, 2017 | John Mitchell, IPC--Association Connecting Electronics Industries

When you have concerns about government regulations and policies that impact your business, what can you do? Among several options, a direct approach is one of the best: Reach out to your elected officials and share your concerns. The...

Analyzing the Cost of Material in Today’s Global Economy, Part 2

July 7, 2017 | Tom Borkes, The Jefferson Project

There is no question as to the importance of pure science, classroom technology, design engineering, and pure mathematics. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to understand the seminal role these technological tools play in the...

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