Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are a vital part of any electronics product. They are also one of the most vulnerable-highly susceptible to the environment where they are being used. Any number of factors can affect the PCB including heat or abrupt fluctuations in temperature, humidity, water, dust, salt, solvents, and levels of UV, leading to  The post Considerations for Conformal Coating appeared first on ACDI.
As any good project manager knows, things can sometimes stray from the plan. There‘s a possibility for mistakes even when you‘ve done everything exactly right. That‘s why it‘s important to have a contingency plan in place for such an occasion-so project managers can know exactly what to expect and adjust schedules accordingly. This is the  The post Five Things to Know About Return Materials Authorization appeared first o
Let‘s face it: industry regulations can be an annoyance. They make things more complicated, add time and expense, and are always changing. But they do also serve an important purpose:These laws are aimed at reducing the impact to health, minimizing security threats, and being respectful to the environment. The U.S. alone has almost 200 industry  The post Electronics Supply Chain Industry Regulations Matter appeared first on ACDI.
Corrosion is inevitable in the electronics manufacturing industry, to the point where it‘s costing the manufacturing and industrial sector an estimated 17 billion dollars per year in the U.S. alone. The components of your product may take from a few months to a few decades to corrode, you need to be aware that product components  The post Preventing Corrosion in Electronics Manufacturing appeared first on ACDI.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing just about everything you can think of from how we shop, drive, communicate, not to mention how we do business. What Does IOT Mean? Simply put, devices communicate with each other via the internet. From security systems in our homes to connected manufacturing factory floors, the IoT is  The post IOT and Its Effects on Manufacturing appeared first on ACDI.
We all want to go lean, and that‘s not just a reference to the cliched New Year‘s resolution about losing weight. Going lean in business can maximize resources, reduce waste, lower production costs, eliminate standing inventory, and/or increase labor productivity-all while maintaining the high-quality standards that had been achieved previously. This idea sounds pretty desirable  The post Lean Manufacturing 101 appeared first on ACD
Zen is an ancient Japanese word describing a sect of Buddhism that emphasizes the importance of meditation and self-reflection, in order to reach enlightenment. After these Buddhist concepts became popularized in the West, the word transformed into a modern meaning, often describing feelings of peacefulness, calmness, and serenity. When you hear the word ‘Zen‘ today,  The post Zen and the Art of Soldering in Electronics Manufacturin
If you‘ve ever been asked to sit through a product design review, you may realize that it can range the gamut, from a rather simple email review to a multi-day formal product design review. We asked one of our engineers to share their experience with product design reviews, including what to expect and lessons learned.  The post Lessons Learned from Product Design Reviews (aka Technical Reviews) appeared first on ACDI.
Outsourcing a PCB layout can have its benefits. Some may consider outsourcing the design of their printed circuit boards to a specialty PCB design firm simply because they are in need of a brand-new board for a brand new application, and sorting through the regulations, assembly techniques, and components necessary can be a huge drain.  The post Should You Outsource PCB Layout Services? appeared first on ACDI.
Prior to surface mount technology (SMT) being available, electronic components were placed on boards with what is now referred to as through hole mounting (THM). This was done either by soldering the components to a PCB or by using wire wrap mounting techniques. There are however times where though-hole components should still be used. Benefits  The post Surface Mount Technology vs. Through Hole Mount Technology appeared first on ACDI.