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Certified IPC specialist (CIS)

How to Become a Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)

Here is a look at industry standard courses you can take to become a Certified IPC Specialist (CIS).

IPC 7711-7721 certification

Why the IPC-7711/7721 Certification is Essential

The IPC-7711/7721 certification allows candidates to learn more about the process of reworking and repairing existing PCB electronic assemblies.

Digital Transformation

Why Manufacturers Need to Invest in Digital Transformation

In this day and age, the demand for speed, quality, security, sustainability, and resilience within the manufacturing industry is paramount. In order to adapt to changing demand and increase sustainability and efficiency, manufacturing firms need to invest in digital transformation. Here’s how digital transformation can affect your manufacturing firm. Supply Chain Resilience As we saw

Energy Industry

3 Ways IoT is Revolutionizing the Energy Industry

Here are our 3 ways IoT can revolutionize the energy industry and all around reduce the world’s energy consumption.

Internet of Things

3 Ways the Internet of Things Has Impacted Business

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way business is conducted as new technology continues to guide us through modern day business. The Internet of Things is a complex field that brings together hardware, firmware, software development and data management. IoT devices are cost-effective and impactful when it comes to helping companies gather big

Replacing Silicon

What Materials Will Replace Silicon in Future Tech?

Innovation and our changing society means that the future of technology needs to keep up. Silicon has been the wonder material for the past 70 years. When formulated just right, it can be shaped into a transistor and act as both a conductor and an insulator. Without this fundamental property the entire digital revolution, everything

How IoT Technology Promotes Social Distancing

How IoT Technology Promotes Social Distancing

IoT technology has made it easier for people to stay safe and healthy. Here are some ways IoT technology is keeping us safe.

Electronics Manufacturing Industry

The Biggest Challenges Currently Facing the Electronics Manufacturing Industry

Finding solutions to emerging and existing challenges in the electronics manufacturing industry can be a challenge in itself, but EPTAC can help.

How Nanotechnology is Impacting the IoT

Nanotechnology will pave the way for the Internet of Nano Things (IoNT) and disrupt the IoT.

Green Smart Homes

Making Smart Homes Green with IoT Technology

Energy efficiency and technology go hand-in-hand. For homes, the Internet of Things brings these two fields together in eco-friendly ways creating green smart homes that save homeowners money and help the environment. With the high demand for green smart homes, IoT technology can be the defining selling point. Below we list the top ways that

Soldering Applications

Do You Know All of the Applications for Soldering?

Soldering is the joining of two metal surfaces mechanically and electrically, with the use of a metal alloy called solder. It secures the connection, so it won’t break loose from vibration or other mechanical forces and provides electrical continuity in some cases. Soldering is used in many different applications from jewelry making to large metalworking

5 Industries Evolving Due to Automation

As automation continues to rise, future jobs will require different skills and, in some cases, higher educational requirements. By 2030, between 75 million and 375 million people may need to gain new skills as part of their search for alternative employment, McKinsey Global Institute reports. Around half of all jobs in America are at high

3D Electronics as an Alternative to Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)

It began with wire-wraps and point-to-point construction and moved to printed circuit boards (PCBs), but now there’s 3D electronics that can do the work of PCBs and beyond. Offering complete circuits to be integrated within an object, 3D electronics are on the rise as they continue to undergo extensive innovation, metallization methods, and manufacturing methodologies.

Consumer Electronics for Telecommunications

Surge in Consumer Electronics Caused by Rising Demand for Telecommunications Equipment

As stay-at-home orders continue, remote work has become the new norm, causing the consumer electronics industry to surge with the demand for telecommunications equipment.

U.S. Manufacturing

Moving Manufacturing Back to the U.S.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a lot in only a few months. From healthcare, to the education system, to the global economy, and how all these things work together – the coronavirus pandemic has exposed new challenges in every facet of our society. One issue that has been glaring since the start of the

Manufacturing vs. COVID-19: How to Create a Pandemic-Resistant Supply Chain

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a massive disruption for manufacturers in every industry. The fragility of global supply chains became apparent when consumers’ panic-buying behavior disrupted the stock of toilet paper, sanitizers, masks, and cleaning supplies within the first few weeks of the outbreak. Now the question many companies are asking is: what steps

New Advances in Smart Home Technology that Manufacturers Should Know About

In recent years we have seen the gradual rise of the smart-home through voice-activated devices and internet-connected appliances. As a result, the smart home technology market is projected to increase to $174 billion by the year 2025. It’s quickly becoming the domestic face of the Internet of Things (IoT) with the help of artificial intelligence

What Electronics Manufacturers Need to Know About Stretchable Electronics

Stretchable electronics have come a long way recently, and studies suggest this flexible tech could become a goldmine in the near future.

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Impact Technology for Remote Workers

Remote work is certainly nothing new. In the past 15 years, the number of remote employees in the U.S. has grown 159%. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and government mandated social distancing have dramatically hastened the upward trend. With over half the country ordered to stay home, employers are scrambling to transition as many jobs as possible

Smart Cities: The Benefits of an IoT Infrastructure

Widespread utilization of the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure is changing the way cities operate, helping to improve the delivery of public services, allocate resources, cut traffic congestion, and more.

How to Safeguard Against Counterfeit Components

As technological advancements with production and materials keep making major leaps forward, the business of counterfeit parts also continues to grow in scale and capability. With many companies outsourcing their production to third parties, the risk of counterfeit components rises, putting the integrity of their designs at stake. What are Counterfeit Electronics? While there are

3D Printing Creates New Possibilities for PCB Manufacturing Methods

Printed circuit boards, or PCBs, are the backbone of most electronics, and they mechanically support and connect the electronic components that are soldered to them. Although PCBs are small, the process to prototype and manufacture them is quite lengthy. Many companies outsource this process to third parties in Asia, which can be slow and expensive. However, the advent of 3D printing has ushered in a new era for PCB development, and what was once labeled too costly and time consuming is now a production method that can save time, money, and resources.

Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning for OEMs

As we’ve discussed on this blog many times before, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere nowadays. We’ve addressed the impact of AI in retail spaces and across social media and the web, but what we haven’t written about is how AI can have the impact that it does across multiple markets and industries. The two key subsets of artificial intelligence that you need to understand are machine learning and deep learning.

IPC 7711-7721 certification

Everyday AI is Here, Examples You Might Not Notice

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a growing market for OEMs, but this technology is established. Here’s how everyday AI is already positively affecting our lives.

Extended Reality

The Future of Extended Reality Technology for OEMs

Virtual reality was once thought to be a major aspect of our future. Films depicted futuristic worlds where humans could plug themselves into complex machines or use virtual reality (VR) headset technology to transport them into an entirely new virtual world. The applications for these technologies are great and still developing, and each year the

autonomous drone device

Autonomous Devices Are Creating a New Wave of Business for OEMs

Autonomous devices will be a massive part of our future, but what effect will that have on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and what opportunities will present themselves?

How Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition and AI Solutions will Affect OEMs

Robert Downey Jr.’s Footprint Coalition will create a demand for AI solutions that OEMs need to be prepared to meet.

How Robotics are the Future of Artificial Limbs and What That Means for OEMs

Everyday technology is advancing and becoming a larger part of our lives. Smart phones, the internet, and artificial intelligence are all examples, but not all technological advancements are so obvious. One area the tech revolution has changed, is prosthetics and artificial limbs. With current advancements, people who have lost or were born without key limbs

How AI Development is Creating a New Wave of Business

Artificial Intelligence is a growing industry that gives us new ways to categorize businesses. AI will change the way companies function and succeed. The demand for this new technology will open an entirely new job market for those who can contribute to the field.

The Future of Wearable Devices

As technology continues to grow more advanced, so too does its prominence in our everyday lives. It’s in our cars, how we read our favorite novels, in our pockets and now, on our person. Wearable technology has seen remarkable growth as major companies unveil plans to develop product lines and expand on current capabilities in

From Flip to Flat, to Foldable 5G—Smartphone Market Trends

As smartphone capabilities continue expanding and the market grows increasingly saturated, OEMs must find new and innovative ways to differentiate themselves amongst the competition. Where simple touchscreens were once enough to capture the attention of the masses and drive sales, many of today’s phone innovations are failing to inspire new purchases as consumers grow bored

A Growing Opportunity in Smart Home Security

The best way to protect a smart home is with a smart home security system. Rapid developments in areas like IoT and AI have transformed the home security market enabling the development of new smart solutions in home protection. After analyzing the upward trends of general home security systems and understanding their share in the

IPC Certification by Our Award-Winning Instructors

Tried and true, superior training yields superior results. At EPTAC, we wouldn’t be able to provide this level of training and education to our students without the expertise of our instructors. While all of our instructors bring with them a wealth of knowledge, experience, and achievements, one has recently received the highest honor in the

How IoT Will Affect OEMs in 2019

It’s no secret that the adoption and development of IoT has significantly transformed the way industries and consumers interact with each other and their environments. Fueled by connectivity, IoT has enabled product development that was once labeled science fiction and resulted in widespread efficiency across a diverse range of segments. Several weeks into 2019, it’s

Virtual and Augmented: The Reality of Mixed Reality

Virtual and augmented reality made a significant impact in 2018. As both technologies continued advancing, adoption rates increased while consumers interacted with both features in everyday appliances and applications. No longer mutually exclusive, and with both poised to continue growing in popularity and commercialization, what is the reality of these mixed realities in 2019? Virtual

What the Holidays Mean for Smart Speakers and OEMs

With the holiday season upon us, more and more consumers are heading to local retailers and e-commerce sites to shop for their friends, family, and of course—themselves. Where 2018 saw IoT enabled products grow increasingly mainstream in both wearable tech and other smart home applications, industry experts predict this trend to continue, if not intensify,

3 Common PCB Design Mistakes

As an integral part of all electronics, the world’s most popular technologies require sound PCB design. However, the process itself is sometimes anything but. Delicately intricate and complex, it’s not uncommon for mistakes to occur during PCB design. Since board reworks result in production delays, below are three common PCB mistakes to look out for

The Commercialization of Drones: An Opportunity for OEMs

Sustained technological development in areas such as AI and IoT continue to enable OEMs to create products that both transcend and revolutionize industries. Originally designed for military use, expanded capabilities have led to the commercialization of drones, transforming the way industries operate and even allowing new ones to emerge as a result. After analyzing the

What 5G Means for OEMs in Healthcare and Automotive

With AI and IoT remaining primary drivers in technological innovation, it’s important to understand how 5G connectivity will amplify product demand and wireless capabilities. Limited not only to smart phones and homes, the increased bandwidth and enhanced data sharing capacity is enabling the development of transformative technology in a variety of industries. What is 5G?

5 Common Solder Mistakes and How to Resolve Them

While hand solder certification courses and training guides are designed to reduce assembly imperfections in electronics manufacturing, no industry is impervious to errors. Mistakes happen. Being able to identify and quickly resolve them is vital to ensuring production schedules are kept and future errors are avoided. To assist in recognizing these errors, below is a

3 Steps to Capturing Tribal Knowledge in Manufacturing

An intangible quality only attained through accumulated experiences, tribal knowledge must be documented and preserved. In the electronics manufacturing space, the most experienced employees have likely gained knowledge and adapted processes that are absent from training manuals and standard procedures. This insight is often taken for granted as managers and executives quantify completed tasks, overlooking

Why All PCB Designers Should Receive CID/CID+ Certification

The global technological landscape is ever-changing. To remain relevant and competitive, companies are continuously trying to acquire the training and skills needed to succeed in this shifting environment. This adaptation and educational growth, while abundantly easy to obtain in most fields, is considered a niche segment for those operating in the world of PCB design.

The Top 3 Technologies that will Change the Electronics Manufacturing Industry

As many manufacturers continue placing increased emphasis on utilizing smart technology in their processes, there is a new design opportunity for electronics manufacturers. The industry itself has undergone recent technological developments in IoT that have transformed production processes to improve efficiency. One executive has even dubbed this time a “technological renaissance,” given the progress that

Smartphones, Homes, and Automobiles: What IoT Means for OEMs

In recent years, the development and adaptation of the Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized the way consumers interact with electronic devices. From smartphones equipped with facial recognition, to smart speakers that respond to your voice, the connectivity of devices has become increasingly prevalent in our everyday lives. Just how popular is IoT? According to

Increase Quality, Efficiency & Profits with Solder Training & IPC Certification

Electronics manufacturers must seize every opportunity to differentiate themselves amongst competition by producing quality products, while remaining profitable. Balancing the efficient production of high quality products, while ensuring a return on the bottom line, can be difficult without the right strategy and standards. With the right training and education, however, increased production – and profitability

Defining Popular IPC Certification Courses

When you and your employees obtain or renew your IPC certifications, you receive the proficiencies and knowledge to produce a consistent, high-quality product. Becoming IPC certified in one or multiple levels of electronic and cable wire harness assemblies demonstrates to your partners and customers that you follow the most widely accepted set of industry standards

3 Benefits of IPC Certification in Electronic Assemblies & Inspection

As an emerging OEM/EMS company, you’ve managed to transform your operation from a small, local shop into a large industry player. Both change and growth have forced you to adopt new practices and proficiencies to remain competitive. Understanding that efficient production is vital to your overall success, you hire and train staff to be IPC

3 Strategies for Effective Rework & Repair of PCB’s

The manufacturing of printed circuit boards, or PCB’s, has proven to be a rapidly growing aspect of the assemblies’ industry. As indicated by an increase in the PCB’s book-to-bill ratio, demand, as of August 2017, is currently exceeding the supply of PCB’s. With a shortage in supply emerges a new opportunity for businesses within the

Continuous Training & Education are Critical for Growth in the Electronics Assembly Industry

The North American electronics assembly industry is rock solid. Sales numbers for semiconductor and electronics manufacturers are rising steadily, and printed circuit board sales are on the uptick. The U.S. Purchasing Managers’ Index is reflecting a positive position for industry sales, which also bodes well for sales projections over the next few months.

Re-Establishment of IPC Certification Through Certification or Recertification

Let’s clarify the differences between both Certification and Recertification for re-establishment of an IPC certification. Once the extension time frame or six (6) months has past, the student is no longer certified and must re-establish their certification.