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New SMT placement machine now in place

This week saw us take delivery and set up our new surface mount placement machine (SMT). This increases our productivity and flexibility on our PCB assembly lines, and means that we can now run our three lines with a capacity of more than 100,000 component placements an hour! Added to our other services of box…

Why rebuild when you can replace?

‘Rework’ can be a false economy in manufacturing but as production automation continues to increase in speed and complexity, the decision to replace ball grid array components, rather than rebuild the entire board, can prove a more cost-effective solution. A BGA replacement option is useful for most OEMs, particularly small batch runs or where production…

Surface mount v through-hole mount – what and why

Growing demand for smaller technology with increased functionality has led to considerable advances in the mounting of components onto printed circuit boards in recent years. There are two primary techniques for doing this, surface mounting and through-hole mounting (also referred to as thru-hole mount).  But which of these two is the most efficient and under…

The benefits of box build assembly

Outsourcing your supply of essential components and services from your business can be fraught with challenges. From concern over whether your Contract Electronic Manufacturer (CEM) can be trusted to deliver a reliable service, to feeling comfortable handing over your precious product to a third party, each step holds its own challenges. With box build assembly…

The ‘right to repair’ .. are you and your products ready?

We are all aware that product lifespans on white goods have dropped over the years, mainly in relation to pricing.  Cheaper products have naturally resulted in lower build quality, performance and longevity, something acknowledged by the WTA (Whitegoods Trade Association). The ease of buying on line and our thirst for updated models with the latest…

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Collaboration key to designing out cost

Our very own Dan Crothers discussing collaboration in design and managing costs in the March edition of Electronics Sourcing magazine pg 17 – 18. Read the article here: Electronic Sourcing Mar 2019 or see the March Edition for yourself  

Need some help managing your supply chain?

With all the current focus on the looming Brexit deal-no-deal situation, it’s easy to forget that during 2018, the world was facing a trade crisis in the form of the growing tensions between China and the US. The outcome of this made 2018 a tough year for global electronic component supply chains. The two economic…

FermionX and Reflex Imaging launch the new LAMM

A disruptive new technology in the field of metrology Worthing based contract electronic manufacturers FermionX Ltd, and Horsham based Reflex Imaging Ltd, inventors of the innovative LAMM (Laser Metrology Module), will be exhibiting their expanded electronic design and manufacturing solutions at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show in Farnborough, Hampshire from Tuesday 5th to Thursday…

A refresh is as good as a change…

Why consider a product refresh? Some CEM customers subscribe to the view that “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” when it comes to their electronic products. Whilst this means that some manufacturers will benefit from loyal customers who will require the same products or components for many years, such devotion to older, outdated products…