Download the 5S Organization Guide Used By NASA, Boeing, & HP.


How Did the 5S Organization System Become Standard at NASA, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, and Harley Davidson?

Finding a High Performance IC Socket Manufacturer


Overall size and method of attachment is crucial to ideal fit and function. Off-the-shelf solutions don’t always fit specific requirements for outdated or rare hardware. Custom designed IC sockets accommodate rare device configurations, odd sizes, and alternate mounting configurations.

Finding the Best Diagonal, Flush, and Angled Cutters for Manufacturing


Are Traditional Steel Tools a Thing of the Past?

The Hidden Costs of Acrylic: Enclosures, Cabinets, and Desiccators


Why Is Static Dissipative PVC a Better Option than Acrylic?

Here’s What You Need to Know About Soldering Your Broken Electronics


A few tips for learning how to fix broken electronics with a soldering iron the right way, the first time.

What’s the Best Automatic Shoe Cover Dispenser or Remover Machine?


There's one crucial thing you need to consider before purchasing an automatic shoe cover remover or automatic shoe cover dispenser.

Are Automatic Shoe Cover and Medical Bootie Dispensers and Removers Worth the Cost?


High-traffic cleanrooms use tightly controlled procedures with repeatable processes to maximize the passage of people in and out of sanitary environments. Cleanroom facilities of all sizes find advantages in using automatic shoe cover removers and dispensers to improve adherence to procedure, maximize throughput, cleanliness, and safety. The result is cost savings of up to $250+... Continue Reading →

Should the Ban on a Specific Type of PPE Glove Worry Pharmaceutical, Electronic, and Packaging Manufacturers?


Should pharmaceutical, food, packaging, and electronics industries be concerned about new PPE regulations? According to the FDA, yes.

Why Choose Desiccator Storage?


Desiccator storage has become critical in more and more manufacturing operations. A look at the costly effects of moisture exposure explains why. As critical components become smaller and more sophisticated, their susceptibility to moisture damage increases. Once absorbed by sensitive components, water creates a number of potentially disastrous conditions. The most notorious effect of moisture... Continue Reading →

Metcal Announces Major Rebranding on Milestone 35th Anniversary


With the upcoming introduction of a game-changing technology, new investments in technology and engineering, and a deep product pipeline, Metcal announces a revitalization of its brand and further strengthens its position as the industry innovator. The Metcal innovation story began 35 years ago in Silicon Valley: the company was a scientific startup creating better soldering... Continue Reading →

Chemical Compatibility – Metals


KEY: Hazards: Only primary ones are shown. For example, chlorine is not shown as an asphyxiant because its toxicity will kill you first. A = Asphxiant C = Corrosive F = Flammable O = Oxidizer T = Toxic Ο = No Effect ♦ = Minor effect or slight change in appearance or properties. Test before repeated... Continue Reading →

FS209E and ISO Cleanroom Standards


Before global cleanroom classifications and standards were adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO), the U.S. General Service Administration's standards (known as FS209E) were applied virtually worldwide. However, as the need for international standards grew, the ISO established a technical committee and several working groups to delineate its own set of standards. FS209E contains six... Continue Reading →

Hand Dryers or Germ Incubators?


We're used to seeing standard hand dryers in a host of locations, from restaurants to research labs. The question is: Do they provide clean performance? In most cases, the answer is no. In fact, they're often more prolific sources of contamination, including microbial exposure, than paper towels. A Wall Street Journal article, "Paper or Power:... Continue Reading →

Electropolishing Standards and Guidelines


Reprinted with permission by Terra Universal, Inc. Overview This document provides a description of the electropolishing (EP) procedures performed by Terra Universal. It also specifies a series of criteria for evaluating the integrity and cleanliness of the electropolished surfaces. Because these electropolishing procedures are followed on all work performed by Terra, the results may be... Continue Reading →

BenchPro™ stainless steel frame workbenches added to PAC product line


Production Automation Corporation is excited to announce that we are now offering BenchPro™ K, D, and A Series workbenches with stainless steel frames. High-quality, durable materials allow you to design and build just the right bench for your needs based on customizable options and hundreds of accessories. Since 1987 BenchPro™ has been producing long-lasting workbenches,... Continue Reading →

Pros and Cons of Solder Paste Stencils — Alpha Assembly Solutions


All electronic devices have a printed circuit board fit into them. It is the most basic component, needed for all electronics to function the way they are meant to. Printed circuit boards are manufactured with high precision, which today, is made possible through the usage of solder paste stencils. A stencil is a device which […]... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Receiving and Putaway


Reprinted with permission by Newcastle Systems, Inc. You could argue that all areas of the warehouse are equally important but the bottom line is if we receive things poorly the odds of us picking them and shipping them properly are pretty close to zero. When it comes to world-class receiving and put away one of... Continue Reading →

Optimize Your Wireless Facility: The Top Three Reasons to Implement Mobile Workstations


Thanks to wireless technology, mobile powered workstations (MPWs) are opening up new frontiers of efficiency and productivity. These workstations with integrated power supplies can maneuver computers, printers, scales, barcode scanners, etc., to wherever they are needed. For some facilities, multiple MPWs can bring about a “system solution” — a whole new way of doing business.... Continue Reading →

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