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Latex Gloves – Are You Allergic?


Many industrial manufacturing environments require workers to wear protective gloves, including during electronics and medical device production and assembly. Latex gloves not only protect workers from harmful chemicals but also protect products from worker contact and contamination during manufacturing Read more

ST 925 SMT Rework System–Three favorites combined into one nice savings


Save a few steps--and some money--with the Pace 925 SMT Rework System Pace has introduced a new low-cost “combination” system ideal for surface mount technology (SMT) rework. It’s worth adding up the savings by comparing the a la carte prices Read more

Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything


You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful Read more

Just in Time Solutions for Electronics Manufacturers

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Just in Time Solutions for Electronics ManufacturersJIT inventory is becoming more feasible due to technological advances like drones and 3D printing combined with advanced data collection. The real manufacturing world is converging with digital manufacturing, enabling manufacturers to digitally plan and project product lifecycles.

Improved planning is due, in part, to the Internet of Things (IoT). Through this technology, organizations gather raw event streams from sensors and filter data accordingly. It also enables reports and responses to issues in real time.

PINC Solutions, a provider of advanced yard management and supply chain execution solutions powered by IoT, recently launched its Aerial Sensor Platform and Supply Chain Drone, PINC Air, which surveys a large area by air to get an accurate inventory or to locate specific items as needed.

Advances in 3D printing, for example, have enabled earbud manufacturer Normal to supply custom-fitted, 3D printed earbuds to customers via a smartphone app that takes ear measurements from an uploaded photo.

With the advent of IoT and other technological advancements customers can continue to expect customized supply chain solutions as methodologies become increasingly better, faster and cheaper.


Henkel Adhesive Technologies Partners with LPMS USA

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Henkel Partners with LPMSHenkel Adhesive Technologies recently announced it has formed a partnership with molding equipment manufacturer LPMS USA in an effort to provide customers greater access to low pressure molding solutions and Henkel’s Technomelt materials.

The low pressure molding process is an alternative to traditional potting techniques. LPMS USA will leverage the capabilities of Henkel’s Technomelt polyamide hotmelt products in order to melt, mold and cool the materials around electronic devices. The process encapsulates the materials and forms self-enclosed, functional assemblies.

Lower stress than traditional injection molding, low pressure molding has been successfully employed in numerous industries, including automotive, LED lighting, medical and wearables.


How to Select a Benchtop Sign and Label Printer

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Workplace injuries, due in part to improper safety labeling, cost U.S. employers over $1 billion a week. For employees working with electricity or machinery, a standardized and organized system promotes workplace safety, ensures legal compliance, saves time and reduces mistakes.

Benchtop sign and label printers allow users to print custom labels on demand for arc flash, equipment, safety signs and more. Consider and compare the following popular industrial printers from Brady:

 MODEL                OUTPUT SPEED CONNECTIVITY COLOR
 BBP®33

Label Printer

¼” – 4” wide output 4 in/sec print speed PC-connect

printing only

 

Monocolor printing
 BBP®31

Sign & Label Printer

½” – 4” wide output 3 in/sec print speed Stand-alone and PC-connect printing Monocolor printing
 BBP®35

Sign & Label Printer

½” – 4” wide output 5 in/sec print speed Stand-alone and PC-connect printing Monocolor & Multicolor printing
 BBP®37

Sign & Label Printer

½” – 4” wide output 5 in/sec print speed Stand-alone and PC-connect printing; X-Y plotter cutter Monocolor & Multicolor printing
 BBP®85

Label Printer

4” – 10” wide output 2 in/sec print speed Stand-alone and PC-connect printing Monocolor & Multicolor printing

 

Weigh the major factors above before purchasing a label printer for your facility. All-Spec carries a wide selection of affordable, Brady label printers to help you reduce costly errors and improve workplace efficiency.


New LED Research Paves the Way to Wearable Displays

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New LED Research Paves the Way to Wearable DisplaysThe world’s first stretchable thin-film transistor (TFT) driven LED display laminated into textiles is expected to turn clothing into information displays.

Although healthcare monitors and activity trackers are gaining in popularity, they are separate devices. Users must remember to wear them. With the advent of this new technology, monitors and trackers will soon be integrated into our clothing.

The conformable LED displays are fabricated on a polyimide substrate and encapsulated in rubber, which allows them to be laminated into washable clothing. The technology uses known fabrication steps, allowing for the rapid integration into manufacturing.

The discovery was made by researchers from Holt Centre (set up by TNO and imec), imec and CMST, imec’s associated lab at Ghent University.


New Internet of Things Research Suggests Transformation in Electronics Manufacturing

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New Internet of Things Research Suggests Transformation in Electronics ManufacturingA huge explosion of connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to grow the market from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion by 2020, according to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC). Smart electronics OEMs are looking to the IoT market to provide huge demand for new products and services.

The market research firm further revealed 56% of current U.S. manufacturers are researching or piloting IoT projects in hopes of lowering operational costs, improving customer service and support, attracting new customers and increasing business efficiency.

IoT initiatives are expected to impact smart manufacturing by improving production processes and output, product quality and workforce safety while reducing resource consumption.

In order to enhance product performance, IoT initiatives are being applied to vehicles, industrial machinery and other connected products. Connected supply chains will likely experience increased visibility and coordination, improved inbound and outbound asset and inventory tracking as well as improved efficiency and integrated business planning.