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How to Certify or Test a Cleanroom with a Handheld Particle Counter

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How to Certify a Cleanroom with Kanomax Hand Held Particle Counters

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 Off-the-shelf solutions don’t always fit specific requirements for outdated or rare hardware.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.

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.

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.

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… 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… 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… 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… 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.

Why Do I Need Fume Extraction?

There are many applications where fume extraction is necessary and/or required by law. Manufacturing and assembly operations, repair centers, salons, ect. Anywhere where there are harmful fumes and particles in the air that can be detrimental to worker health and… Continue Reading →

The Dangers of Isopropyl Alcohol

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As we’ve discussed in a previous post, there are many advantages of using isopropyl alcohol in the manufacturing process because of its low cost, but what we didn’t cover is some of the risks and dangers of IPA. Today we’ll cover… Continue Reading →

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Personal Protective Equipment Infographic

This infographic is courtesy of Compliance and Safety and is a great visual guide to Personal Protective Equipment. If you would like to read more, check out our past post on PPE.  

Just-in-Time Production & Kanban

We’ve covered 5S Manufacturing processes and Cellular Manufacturing, so today’s focus is on another lean thinking method: Just-in-Time Production and Kanban. Introduction Just-in-Time Production or JIT, and cellular manufacturing are closely related, as a cellular production layout is typically a prerequisite for achieving Just-in-Time production…. Continue Reading →

Cellular Manufacturing

In the past, we have discussed lean manufacturing practices, specifically the 5S System.  In that post, we referred to the use of Cellular Manufacturing, and today we will be exploring more about what that means. In Cellular Manufacturing, production work… Continue Reading →

40 Suggestions for a Safer Lab

The Laboratory Safety Institute’s Laboratory Safety Guidelines Steps Requiring Minimal Expense Have a written health, safety and environmental affairs (HS&E) policy statement. Organize a departmental HS&E committee of employees, management, faculty, staff and students that will meet regularly to discuss HS&E issues…. Continue Reading →

IPA as a Universal Cleaner: Advantages & Disadvantages

Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) has become a standard in the Electronics Industry for cleaning printed circuit boards (PCBs) as it offers two main advantages: 1. It’s cheap 2. It removes ionic contamination (as long as it’s flushed from the surface) For… Continue Reading →

Production Automation Industrial Facilities Catalog

Just this year Production Automation has started offering a printed catalog filled with products we offer but do not have on our website, but as of this week all of that has changed! Just in time for the new year we… Continue Reading →

The 5S System – Lean Thinking

Lean Manufacturing and the Environment From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Introduction Download the free 5S Hand-book PDF 5S is a system to reduce waste and optimize productivity through maintaining an orderly workplace using visual cues to achieve more consistent… Continue Reading →

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