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The world’s first gas sensor small enough for any smartphone beats Apple’s new MEMS smartphone sensors at the MEMS Executive Congress 2015. World's First Gas Sensor is Now Small Enough for Your Smartphone

Cross-section of micro-hotplate

The sensor, manufactured by Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. (U.K.), comprises 1-millimeter-square, MEMS-CMOS die that are inexpensive enough for mass appeal. Its hotplate-based gas sensors can scale to smaller sizes along with the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) using the top metal oxide. Once the hotplate is heated, different gases can be sensed.

The CMOS sensors can be configured to sense volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as carbon monoxide from cheap heaters and formaldehyde in cheap furniture. The MEMS-CMOS design wins with the K-Phone and K-Free white-box smartphone that will be branded by Chinese carriers.

The sensors can also be used as a breathalyzer as drunk driving is a jail-sentence offense in China.

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Just in Time Solutions for Electronics Manufacturers

by Julie S. on September 28, 2015

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.

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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.

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Fiber Optic Cleaning Part 3: Finding the Right Solution

by Michelle S. on January 19, 2015

What good is a great approach without the right materials? Your precision cleaning method is only as reliable as the solution you choose, and the selection can vary widely. Read on to learn more and discover the best tools for your unique application.

Aqueous cleaners: Most effective as precision hydrocarbons, this type of solution does require an active drying phase.

99.9% IPA: Not generally recommended, IPA solutions quickly attract excess moisture and are not effective on a wide range of debris and contaminants.

Non-flammable solvents: Although these often provide safety and performance benefits, this type of solvent is usually costly, with limited performance.

AK‐225 based solvents: Although highly productive, AK-225 based solvents are currently undergoing phase‐out per international agreement due to environmental risks.

Once you’ve selected the proper solution, choosing the right application tool can be just as critical to the process. While cassette tools offer convenience, cleaning platforms provide a larger surface area for added flexibility. It may be difficult to remove debris with a probe or swab due to limited cleaning surface.

Whatever solution and application tool you choose, your selection should be based on performance rather than convenience. Look to All-Spec for a wide range of precision cleaning solutions, and discover lower prices – and better value – every day.

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Fiber Optic Cleaning Part 2: Precision Cleaning Methods

by Michelle S. on January 12, 2015

Conserve time and money, and take the best approach to precision cleaning the first time. While debris like finger oil or test dust may not present much of a challenge, cleaning processes for field applications may vary widely and must be effective on a range of contaminants and debris.

Common Methods

Dry Cleaning:
Often performed with a swab or probe, this method may prove effective on oily contamination but tends to move – rather than remove – contamination. This process should be performed with video inspection to validate success, in a straight-line motion to move debris away from the initial point of contact.

Wet or Wet-to-Dry Cleaning: Commonly performed using a pre-saturated wipe, this method has the potential to flood the connector and thus draw up contamination from around the ferrule. Saturation must be carefully controlled to avoid failure.

Combination Cleaning: This is the recommended method to ensure maximum effectiveness and repeatability, and includes  a minimal amount of precision solvent combined with no-lint, highly absorbent wiping media. With an integrated drying step built into the procedure, the simple process results  in debris and contamination removal for first time cleaning.

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