10 Profound Manufacturing Lessons from Elon Musk’s Latest Memo

Amidst building rocket ships and pondering whether AI is likely to destroy humans, Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently took over direct control of Tesla’s troubled Model 3 Production. A leaked memo shows the acute nature of Elon’s expectations. Here are Elon Musk’s top 10 brilliant pieces of advice from the company-wide memo.

Cleanroom Installation Examples by CleanPro®

Here are some best-in-class cleanroom projects, in which the PAC cleanroom division, CleanPro, provided expertise and turnkey execution for design and installation of cleanroom enclosures, furniture, and components.

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

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 Off-the-shelf solutions don’t always fit specific requirements for outdated or rare hardware.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 Effect ♦ = Minor effect or slight change in appearance or properties. Test before repeated … Read moreChemical Compatibility – Metals

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 … Read moreElectropolishing Standards and Guidelines

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 […] … Read morePros and Cons of Solder Paste Stencils — Alpha Assembly Solutions

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 … Read moreThe Importance of Receiving and Putaway

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.

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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 safety. In any type of welding or soldering applications, there will be smoke and fumes. … Read moreWhy Do I Need Fume Extraction?

The Dangers of Isopropyl Alcohol

Hazards of Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) 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 isopropyl alcohol. Today we’ll cover some of those issues so that you can take … Read moreThe Dangers of Isopropyl Alcohol

Turn 6 Minutes into $5,000 with Newcastle Systems

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The Michael Scott Guide to Workplace Safety

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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. JIT leverages the cellular manufacturing layout to reduce significantly inventory and work-in-process (WIP).  JIT enables a company to produce … Read moreJust-in-Time Production & Kanban

Lean Cellular Manufacturing: Processing, Methods, Layouts, and Implementation

Cellular manufacturing helps reduce waste by reducing defects that result from processing and product changeovers. Since products or components move through a cell one piece at a time, operators can quickly identify and address defects. Autonomation (jidoka) in cellular systems helps prevent waste by signaling when defects occur.

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. Develop an HS&E orientation for all new employees and students. Encourage employees and students to … Read more40 Suggestions for a Safer Lab

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 Information About the Use of IPA as a Dissifectant, Read Here For years IPA has … Read moreIPA as a Universal Cleaner: Advantages & Disadvantages