To make or to buy-that is the question. Outsourcing elements of a supply chain is becoming an important consideration for electronics and bio-production companies. Historically, it‘s a good way to minimize operational risk when markets are rapidly changing and the product lifecycle is shortening. The shortest life cycles are emerging where fast-changing technology is involved,  The post Outsource Your Supply Chain to Your Electronics Manu
December is an excellent time to reflect on the work of the previous year and commit to being even better in the upcoming year. This has been an important year for ACDi and the projects we‘ve worked on reflect our passion, our mission, and our values. What we do day-in and day-out has a lasting,  The post A Look to the Past, A Look to the Future of ACDi appeared first on ACDI.
The terms Cable Assemblies and Wiring Harnesses are sometimes used interchangeably, mainly because they serve the same electrical function. However, there are significant differences between the two and before getting into more details, here are a few examples. Examples Cable Assemblies Ethernet cables Antenna cables Ribbon cables (with connectors) Power cords Various A/V cables, such  The post Cable Assembly or Wiring Harness What‘s the
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
It finally happens you go to manufacture some more of your electronic devices and find out that you can‘t because some of the components you used are obsolete and completely out of stock. You panic and wonder what you‘re going to do next. This was not supposed to happen. It was supposed to last  The post Components Obsolescence is Not So Spooky appeared first on ACDI.
A few months ago, we covered the importance of AS9100D Certification. The Aerospace Standard 9100 certification is a standard requirement for anyone who works within the aerospace industry or with partners such as airlines, NASA, or the U.S. Department of Defense. In our previous article, we noted that with AS9100D you can expect extensive changes.  The post AS9100:2016(RevD): What You Need to Know appeared first on ACDI.
SMD X-Ray Counting Machine, 3D Solder Paste Inspection Machine and 3D Automated Optical Inspection Machine Added to Frederick, MD Headquarters ACDi, a leading electronics contract manufacturing firm, announced the addition of three new pieces of equipment to their Frederick, MD headquarters. The company has purchased, installed and is fully operating Optical Control‘s SMD X-Ray Counting  The post ACDi Adds Three Key Pieces of Equipment to
The current electronics parts shortages are occurring primarily because of the recovering economy. The supply chain hasn‘t quite caught up with the demand being created in the electronics manufacturing industry. Even one of the simplest parts we procure, monolithic ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), are highly constrained. These capacitors are typically treated as a commodity, like oil,  The post How Electronics Manufacturing Parts Shortages Wil
Any active electronics product should be checked periodically to make sure its components are still available. Perhaps this is annually, quarterly, or twice a year when you change your clocks. This review will help you keep a healthy electronics supply chain with a managed approach to electronics obsolescence. Your new printed circuit board assembly (PCBA)  The post Change your Clocks, Check for Electronics Obsolescence appeared first on ACDI.
We all take shortcuts with language-whether we‘re texting LOL or using ‘ROY G BIV‘ to help us keep track of the color spectrum. The manufacturing world is no exception, and if you‘re not familiar with the terminology, it can feel like the people in this industry are talking a completely different language. To help you  The post Electronics Manufacturing Acronyms: WTH? appeared first on ACDI.
You‘ve started the development process for your electronic product that has long been a concept in your head. It‘s now gone down a dark hole, into an abyss of uncharted territory with vendors, complicated regulations, and any number of yet-to-be-known manufacturing challenges. You know you‘re going to need some help, at least in getting it  The post New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: From Idea to Functioning Product appea