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How to make a bad first impression with an EMS provider

Outsourcing your electronics manufacturing can be a complex process. It usually forms part of a much...

What are the most important principles of lean manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing is nothing new, but it remains an important philosophy for manufacturers seeking ...

What does the 5S methodology really mean?

"5S relates to workplace organisation and forms a solid foundation upon which many organisations bas...

Six Sigma: what is it and how is it used in electronics manufacturing?

"Six Sigma is a quality programme that, when all is said and done, improves your customer's experien...

Why a service level agreement is central to meeting customer demand

In a simple world, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) would take out their smartphone, hit the...

What is takt time, why is it important and how to calculate it

The term takt time derives from the German word Taktzeit and translates to either "measure", "cycle"...

How to prevent solder bridges during printed circuit board assembly

Solder bridges (or "shorts" as they are also known) occur when solder unintentionally connects one e...

How soak testing is used in electronics manufacturing

In recent blog posts, we have discussed two test methods for printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs...

How to get the best results using flying probe test

Even the most competent of manufacturers can make mistakes during the build process; the nature of m...