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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.

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.

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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

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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.

RIT Program Helps Fill Skills Gap by Training Unemployed Vets

When Sean Phelan interviewed for a technical trainer opening at the Harris Communication Systems in March, he realized that he did not have all the needed skills in electronics for the job. But Phelan is now in an electronics training program, Veterans and Displaced Workers in Manufacturing, and when he informed Harris that he was in the

J-STD-001 Revision Changes Regarding The Requirements for Gold Plating Removal

Gold and electronics have had a partnership in products and components for many years. The initial reasoning behind the application of gold to printed circuit boards was to make them more susceptible to the application of wire bonding and for corrosion protection.

Free Seminar: Best Rework Soldering Practices

Free Seminar: Best Rework Soldering Practices. Includes review of topics such as rework practices, cleaning methods, new and evolving technology and the importance of training in your mix.

Free Seminar on Best Rework Practices in Industry

If you are in the area, take a moment to join EPTAC at a Free seminar to discuss the latest tools of the trade and production concepts as they relate to dealing with the rework of printed circuit boards.

EPTAC Instructors Recognized For Industry Support of Standards

We would like to thank Helena Pasquito, Gary Ferrari and Leo Lambert for their continued support of the industry standards and the certification programs they represent. Their efforts allow for the development and fine tuning of the IPC standards we use each and every day, not only in-house, but throughout the world.

NASA’s Adoption of J-STD-001 Space Addendums

We’ve received many inquiries regarding whether or not NASA has adopted the J-STD-001 Space Addendum. The answer is: NASA has adopted J-STD-001 ES and the J-STD-001 documents.

EPTAC Remembers Charlie Priest

Charlie was an IPC Master Instructor, and for that matter one of EPTAC’s first long time regular Master Instructors. Charlie was around at the inception of EPTAC and helped support and develop the respected brand and image that is now EPTAC and was always an advocate for the company and its efforts.

IPC Honors EPTAC’s Own Helena Pasquito and Leo Lambert

At the September 2014, IPC Fall Meeting, the IPC honored Helena Pasquito, Master Instructor and Leo Lambert, Vice President and Technical Director at EPTAC with a Distinguished Committee Service Award for outstanding contributions to both IPC J-STD-001F and IPC-A-610F.

New IPC Policy and Procedures for Training Certification

The IPC has recently released an updated policy and procedures document for all people involved in the training, certification and delivery of IPC Certification Programs. This includes Master Instructors (MIT), Instructors (CIT) and Specialists (CIS).

EPTAC Remembers Glenn Wells

Long time friend to many and EPTAC Master Instructor for Designer Certification Programs, Glenn Wells passed away recently and EPTAC would like all who knew him to take a moment to remember his impact on us all.

i-Connect007’s RealTime with… (An Interview with Leo Lambert)

Leo Lambert sits down long time friend and guest host Ray Prasad for i-Connect007’s RealTime with… program to discuss the exciting things that are happening with EPTAC, from new training center locations to the new EPTAC app and how this will change the way people search for training.

This is Why We Teach

We receive many thank-yous and supportive customer feedbacks over the years, but every once and a while we receive one that cuts to the heart of why we love what we do.

EPTAC to Help Judge Hand Soldering Competition at IPC APEX EXPO 2014

Once again, EPTAC’s very own, Leo Lambert, Vice President and Technical Director and Helena Pasquito, Senior MIT Instructor, will be judging the competitive field in the Hand Soldering Competition at this year’s IPC APEX EXPO in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Congrats to Helena Pasquito – 2014 IPC Recognition Award

Congratulations go out to our very own Helena Pasquito this month for her being honored in March at the IPC 2014 APEX Expo conferences. Helena will be receiving the Distinguished Committee Service Award in recognition of her support to the technical training committee for IPC/WHMA-A-620B.

The How Behind IDEA-ICE-3000 Certification

So you’ve decided that you want to pursue IDEA-ICE-3000 certification. Now, you just have to figure out how to proceed. We want to help.

The Why Behind IDEA-ICE-3000 Certification

Many people are unaware that any OEM, CM, or EMS provider can enroll its quality personnel in the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam (IDEA-ICE-3000). This program, which is available now, can help your company secure the inspection expertise and detection solutions it needs.

Inspection of Pre-woven “spliced overlap” Shielding Braid

Inspecting pre-woven “spliced overlap” of shielding braid can be achieved using this measuring technique which applies for all 3 classes of product.