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How Electronics Manufacturing Will Change Because of COVID-19

“Due to COVID-19, manufacturing will experience five years of innovation in the next 18 months,” writes Anna-Katrina Shedlesky in a recent article for Forbes. Shedlesky, the CEO of a company that shows manufacturers how to reduce waste, tracks technology trends that can save you time and money. Efficiency and productivity were priorities before COVID-19, but [...]

By | June 11th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

How to Choose Cable Conductors for Custom Cable Assemblies

Custom cable assemblies need cables with metallic conductors that can effectively carry an electrical load throughout a product’s lifetime. If you choose the wrong type of conductor, corrosion or oxidation may occur. Cable conductors made of the wrong materials can also break or otherwise fail in the field. That’s why it’s important to select a [...]

By | February 23rd, 2020|Blog, Custom Cable Assembly|0 Comments

Are Your Appliance Plugs Ready for IEC 60320 Harmonization?

Appliance plugs are three-conductor power connectors used in consumer electronics, portable medical devices, healthcare products, and household appliances. In the United States, UL 498 from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has been the accepted standard for appliance plug testing, performance and safety. In Canada, it’s CSA C22.2 no. 42 from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Europe, which [...]

By | January 27th, 2020|Blog, Cordsets, Standards|0 Comments

IPC-WHMA-A-620 Revision C for Cable Assembly and Wire Harnessing

IPC-WHMA-A-620 Revision C remains the only industry-consensus standard for custom cable assembly and wire harnessing. Jointly developed by the Wiring Harness Manufacturers Association (WHMA) and the Institute of Printed Circuits (IPC), Revision C is the current version of the A-620 standard that debuted in January 2002. Since then, Revision A (2006) and Revision B (2012) [...]

By | December 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

How to Choose Heavy Duty Connectors for Cable Assemblies

Do you need heavy duty connectors (HDCs) for harsh industrial applications? Maybe you need HDCs that can withstand high humidity, high temperatures, or electromagnetic interference (EMI). Maybe you need heavy duty connectors that withstand water, saltwater, particles, vibration, or impact instead. As ConnectorSupplier.com explains, cable assembly designers have some key questions to ask and answer. [...]

By | November 24th, 2019|Blog, Custom Cable Assembly|0 Comments

Five Connector and Cable Assembly Considerations

Do you need to design electronic products that are lighter, smaller, and more robust? In a recent article, ConnectorSupplier.com described connector and cable assembly considerations for medical devices and equipment. These products need to meet especially challenging requirements, but the following considerations apply to other industries as well. Safety Durability Special materials Form, fit and [...]

By | October 29th, 2019|Blog, Custom Cable Assembly|0 Comments

RoHS 2 is Now RoHS 3. What Does It Mean for You?

Do you sell electronic products to Europe? Then it’s time to check your components and wire and cable to determine if they’re RoHS 3 compliant. The latest Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive doesn’t just affect European Union (EU) nations. Rather, it affects anyone who wants to do business within the EU. The deadline for [...]

By | September 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

IPC CFX: The Industry 4.0 Standard for Electronics Manufacturers

Have you heard of IPC CFX? It’s a new standard from IPC, an industry trade association, that will help electronics manufacturers implement Industry 4.0, the name given to a group of technologies that combine automation and robotics with machine sensors and data exchange. By implementing Industry 4.0 in their factories, manufacturers can increase efficiency and [...]

By | February 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Tariffs, Shortages, and Your Electronic Supply Chain

Is your electronics supply chain strong enough to withstand a combination of rapidly-escalating tariffs and historically-high component shortages? According to SupplyChainBrain, this “perfect storm” seems increasingly likely. If the storm hits with full force, the consequences may include more than just price hikes and a slowdown in new product development. Ultimately, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) [...]

By | January 31st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Lightning Strike Inspections and Repairs

Aircraft are susceptible to lightning strikes that can damage external structures and interior components. Lightning protection systems can divert strikes away from sensitive areas like radomes, but maintenance personnel still need to perform inspections and repairs. In this article, the third in a series, we’ll take a look at what technicians and engineers need to [...]

By | December 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments