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Alberta-Ontario innovation program initiates grants

West Tech Report has covered ACAMP and New Ventures BC in the past and we are pleased to spread the word on another excellent program, the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program. In partnership with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF),...
Jan 15, 2015

Solutions for press-fit pin and receptacle applications

Sometimes, the products that we take for granted are among the most important. For example, the quality of the fasteners that secure the skin to the air frame on an ultra-high-tech aircraft are integral, as failure could be catastrophic....
Jan 6, 2015

New RoHS substances notified to WTO

On December 17, 2014, the European Commission notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it will be adding four additional substances to the EU RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU). This will be done as a Delegated Directive amending Annex II...
Dec 22, 2014

5 Questions to ask before choosing a cut & strip machine

A lot of time and effort often goes into finding the right equipment for your facility. Purchasing a new wire cut & strip machine is no different. With so many options, where does one start? Asking these five questions during the decision...
Dec 12, 2014

M2M trend predictions for 2015

Some 4.9 billion connected “things” will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020, according to recent research from industry analyst Gartner.
Dec 5, 2014

Internet of Things: Who will be the winners?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is of great excitement to many of the world's largest consumer electronics companies because they seek the "next big thing", with existing markets in smart phones, tablets and computing saturating. Contenders...
Nov 29, 2014

Battery welding - A selection guide

Batteries and battery packs have become an integral part of everyday life, in response to the ever-increasing demand for portable electronic devices, cordless power tools, energy storage, and hybrid and EV cars. This in turn, drives the need to...
Nov 21, 2014

To clean or not to clean printed circuit boards?

There are many factors that come into play when determining between the ‘No Clean’ process versus a ‘Cleaning’ process of printed circuit boards (pcbs). Complicated by two key drivers, the first factor is increasing...
Nov 14, 2014

Energy efficiency level VI is coming. Are you ready?

 In the early 1990s, it was estimated that there were more than 1-billion external power supplies active in the United States alone. The efficiency of these power supplies, mainly utilizing linear technology, could be as low as 50% and...
Nov 1, 2014

Ottawa- A smart place to develop wearable companies

Wearable devices have quickly evolved from a quirky buzz word into a trendy and growing product category. This was made clear recently at the University of Waterloo where industry Canada unveiled new electronic labeling regulations for wearable...
Oct 31, 2014

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