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PCB tablet market downturn PCB circuit board manufacturers have transition

Monday, March 13, 2017 4:42:33 PM Asia/Shanghai

PCB tablet market downturn PCB circuit board manufacturers have transition...

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Posted in Industry News By eva eva

All Flex Adds IPC Expert as Senior Engineer

Monday, March 13, 2017 10:48:52 AM Asia/Shanghai

With engineering experience in PCB fabrication at Hughes Circuits, Hallmark Circuits, Sovereign Circuits, and TTM Technologies, Bowles has a broad array of experience in both flexible and rigid PCB design and fabrication.  “Steve brings immediate credibility to our customers and to our own technical design team with his experience at multiple PCB firms, with IPC, and as a past primary contact at an important defense/military customer,” states Greg Closser, All Flex President.  “His knowledge of the IPC community and governing controls is outstanding and his expertise will further strengthen our quality and control systems internally.”

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Posted in Industry News By Tina Deng

All About Flex: Specifying a Flexible Circuit

Monday, March 6, 2017 2:21:51 PM Asia/Shanghai


Flexible circuits are custom engineered parts built to a set of engineering and documentation requirements. The IPC?Association Connecting Electronic Industries, a global trade association for participants in the electronics industry, has created a specification document, IPC 6013, which is referenced for many flex circuit applications. This commercial document, in combination with the CAD data and print, is used as the product specification. Most flexible circuitry fabricators’ internal quality standards are based on IPC 6013. This document defines three classes of product specifications, with Class 3 often referenced for high reliability medical, military, and aerospace applications. In other applications, requirements may be specified with customized detailed documents. It is not unusual to see several different documents used to define requirements for a flexible circuit part number. The following is a typical list of documents that specify flexible circuit requirements in the high reliability markets:

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Posted in Industry News By Tina Deng

Printed Electronics Market to Reach $19.15 Billion by 2025

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 2:28:29 PM Asia/Shanghai

The global printed electronics market is projected to reach USD 19.15 billion by 2025

The printed electronics market is categorized based on the materials needed, technologies, and the 
devices holding a major application over the forecast period.

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Posted in Industry News By Tina Deng

LCD (liquid crystal display)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 4:37:15 PM Asia/Shanghai

LCD (liquid crystal display) 

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Posted in Industry News By amy amy

Major Trends In The Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry

Sunday, September 18, 2016 10:48:59 AM Asia/Shanghai

Technology is always changing, so what does that mean for technology manufacturers and sellers?

It's easy to overlook just how quickly “common wisdom” about the manufacturing industry can become outdated. The Asian markets became so saturated with manufacturing in the last decade that it's ultimately changing the face of the entire market. Costs-of-living in Asian cities with manufacturing centers are now approaching Western levels, which has -predictably- eliminated most of their cost savings.

Some are scrambling to set up shop in even cheaper countries; others are beginning to reconsider the wisdom of outsourcing halfway around the world. They're doing this even while the industry itself, and its needs, are also changing.

So what are the big trends in manufacturing services at the moment, and what areas are expected to boom in coming years? Let's take a look.

Major Trends Worth Noting In The Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry

 

1. In-Automotive Electronics

Smart Carsare quickly becoming the new rage among auto manufacturers. A few years ago, it was only the high-end luxurybrands including hookups for smart phones and tablets.

Now? We're likely only a few years from seeing those become standardoptions. In fact, they may even come to supplant more expensive audio setups in low-cost cars. After all, from a manufacturing perspective, it's a lot cheaper to include an iPod dock than it is to include a full radio/audio player.

And in the meantime, electronics are expected to comprise forty percent of car component costs in 2015.

Or, at the high-end, we're now seeing brands like Lexus talking about full “Heads Up Displays” integrated onto\into their front windshields, to create a driver's view that, in many ways, looks like the sorts of HUDs we see on military equipment. Research in this sector is undoubtedly going to cause a boom.

 

2. Medical Electronics

Another industry showing plenty of growth, and no reason to predict much else, is the medical field. Rapidly-developing countries are buying up medical equipment about as fast as anyone can produce it. They're also looking into setting up their own shops, especially in India, which already has a thriving (if often unlicensed) biomed field.

Parallel to this, of course, is the never-ending drive by the high-tech nations to keep developing better medical hardware.

Either way, current estimates by Frost's are that the electronics manufacturing sector will be worth nearly $40 billion by the end of the decade. It's a wide-open field with room for practically any quality manufacturer.

 

3. Green Technologies

Being Green isn't just for hippies and disaffected Xers any more. As climate change statistics continue to mount, there's increasing pressure from all areas consumers, businesses, and governments to look into more eco-friendly manufacturing solutions. The various carbon cap or carbon trading plans being implemented are also helping to drive this push.

With major programs being launched to drive research in the field, manufacturing concerns who electronic manufacturing can get their ISO certifications in place could see a lot of interest, even in countries that aren't at the low end of the global manufacturing cost scale.

 

4. American Reshoring

Remember when we said Asian outsourcing wasn't much cheaper any more? According to The Boston Consulting Group, manufacturing in America is now only five percent more expensive than Asian manufacturing when all hidden costs are considered.

Considering the major difference in quality assurance and reliability a company gets from domestic manufacturing, that 5% starts looking like a small price to pay to avoid a (literal) world of supply line hassles.

Mexico also continues to grow as a manufacturing base... however, its ongoing political and criminal instability are a serious barrier to investment.

You Can't Relax In Electronics Manufacturing. It's a fast-changing business world, and we all have to keep up if we want to keep in business.

If you have any PCB or PCBA projects, please feel free to contact Joanna via EmailJoanna@raypcb.org

Posted in Industry News By joanna joanna

PCB Prototypes Vital to Electronics Market Growth

Friday, September 9, 2016 11:14:49 AM Asia/Shanghai

Imagine a smart phone that thinks like a human brain. Anyone walking along the street or driving on the road often may not realize how their brain is at work all of the time, noticing all sorts of movements at changes along the route. The brain carries out this task at a rapid speed. So is it possible to invent a smart phone that will do the same? PCB prototyping is hoping to one day bring these fantasies to a reality.

 

The Ultimate Smart phone

However good smart phones and computers can be these days, they are not intelligent enough to differentiate between objects in the same way as a human brain does all of the time. The smart phone doesnt know the difference between a human being and a lamp post. But what if it could?

Maybe the phone could tell you that there are some suspicious-looking strangers casing your neighborhood. It could send a message if it notices that some articles in a shop window are on offer at a better price than yesterday.

 

An Ongoing Process

As electronics manufacturers conduct research into these future products, they have to test their ideas all of the time. For those involved in manufacturing printed circuit boards, PCB prototyping is not something to be conducted just once it must happen throughout the entire manufacturing process.

The electronics manufacturer has to ensure that the product works as claimed and is reliable and safe.

 

Customer Communication

As they develop the smart phone that can tell the difference between a person and a lamp post, electronics manufacturers must communicate with customers to see how the technology works in different environments. At some point, the customer will be looking for a phone that not only distinguishes between humans and street furniture, but between humans, animals and trees.

Customers are demanding ever more innovative smart devices that have an increasing array of components in an ever smaller space. The manufacturer has to use PCB prototyping to detect potential problems before they occur, reduce safety risks and keep a firm control on costs.

All this needs investment. Manufacturers have to develop their own bespoke PCB prototyping facilities for each product. They also must invest in a qualified workforce that has the skills to interpret any subtle signs of potential problems during the test stages.

Such testing facilities will also have to be designed to suit customers who buy sophisticated devices that must operate in extreme or critical environments, such as aerospace engines or offshore technology.

If you have any PCB or PCBA projects, please feel free to contact Joanna via EmailJoanna@raypcb.org

Posted in Industry News By joanna joanna

Global PCB Industry Report, 2015-2020

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 6:29:11 PM Asia/Shanghai

Global PCB Industry Report, 2015-2020

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Pickering Interfaces Expands PCI Fault Insertion Switch Range for Differential Serial Interfaces

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IPC Delivers the First Automotive Standard on Performance Requirements for Rigid Printed Boards

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