Addressing product repairability at the design stage
Electronics manufacturers and the consumers that buy their devices are both increasingly focused on extending product lifespan. In March 2020, the European Commission announced plans to extend the eco-design directive, billed as the ‘right to repair’, to phones and tablets in a bid to increase the repairability of electrical devices. Simon Vogt, CCO, P2i explains.
Farnell adds "game-changing" soldering tools
Farnell is expanding its range of products with the GT family of soldering systems from Metcal.
Vishay shifts to new software for passives business
Vishay Intertechnology has selected Critical Manufacturing’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) as its new software standard for its passives business unit.
Test solutions on parade at Flash Memory Summit
The latest storage and memory test solutions will be displayed by Advantest at the virtual Flash Memory Summit, North America’s largest solid-state storage conference (November 10-12).
Laser Direct Imaging system accurately images PCB panels
Limata, a provider of Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) systems for PCB manufacturing and adjacent markets, has launched the latest generation of its X3000 LDI system. This platform can handle the largest panels for dry-film patterning and solder mask imaging in PCB production without compromising on its highest precision standards in registration and resolution.
Self-driving laboratories: a reality waiting to happen
Imagine a situation where, given a request, a lab automatically chooses what experiments to do, robotically carries this out, tracks the reaction with integrated sensors, acquires and analyses the results, and then decides what experiment to do next. This seems like science-fiction, but certain truths may be closer than you think.
10 things you need to know about graphene electronics
In this article, Simon Thomas, CEO of Paragraf, outlines ten facts about graphene, its role in the electronics industry, and potential future applications everyone should be aware of.
UK engineers set to join global 3D printing workshop
Engineers across the UK are set to join an online workshop this month, to discuss and learn more about the 3D printing of plastic gears. igus has organised the event on Wednesday 28th October – for engineers across the globe to learn more about the 3D printing process, from prototype to production. The workshop – with two timeslots to choose from – will also explore in detail the use and application of the igus online service li...
3D electronics: escaping the constraints of PCBs
3D Electronics covers all the methods of adding electronics both to 3D surfaces and incorporating them within 3D objects. This promises much greater design freedom and potentially reduced costs as assembly is substantially simplified. Other advantages include reduced weight and greater durability.
How to successfully avoid soldering nightmares
In recent editions of Hakko Tech Tips, the company has covered a number of issues to help streamline your soldering process, reduce costs and improve work-in-progress. Topics covered have ranged from how to maintain solder tips to combatting ESD, and much more in between. This edition of Hakko Tech Tips will examine what typically happens if solder joints aren’t sufficiently clean, take a look at solder bridges and solder balls, and ex...