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Surface Mount Technology vs. Workstation Design

In today’s modern SMT assembly facilities, the design and flexibility of the workstation is critical to maintain quality, workflow and ergonomics. Unlike the old, static, welded frame workbenches and workstations of the past that were never moved or reconfigured, the … Continue reading

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4 Simple Ergonomic Steps to a More Productive Workplace

Workplace ergonomics is getting a lot of attention nationwide in response to a sharp increase in incidents of repetitive strain injuries resulting in musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Occupational diseases often mean repeated surgery, intractable pain, inability to … Continue reading

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Implementing 5S Workplace Organization Methodology Programs in Manufacturing Facilities

Many manufacturing facilities have opted to follow the path towards a “5S” workplace organizational and housekeeping methodology as part of continuous improvement or Lean manufacturing processes. 5S is a system to reduce waste and optimize productivity through maintaining an orderly … Continue reading

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Removal of Conformal Coating with Small Sandblasters

Development of conformal coating technology was driven to a large degree by the military and aerospace industries. While conformal coatings are mostly used on populated, printed wiring boards (PWBs), they are also used to protect components such as transistors, diodes, … Continue reading

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Addressing Ergonomics & Repetitive Motion Injuries in Manufacturing Facilities

In today’s manufacturing environment, ergonomics and repetitive motion injuries are major issues that every business must address to ensure production levels remain at expected levels and employee injuries remain as infrequent as possible. Although many of the hand assembly processes … Continue reading

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