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How to survive hostile control environments

You have two possible problems when you make a hole in an enclosure to mount/fix anything (could even be as simple as a mounting bracket): contaminants could seep into the enclosure, damaging internal electrical and mechanical parts and/or...
Mar 24, 2015


CE Marking - 20 things you need to know

Earlier this year, the European Commission released the latest listing titles and references for the harmonized standards used to demonstrate conformity with the current EU EMC Directive 2004/108/EC and the new R&TTE requirements started on...
Mar 18, 2015


Confronting the power supply make-or-buy decision

With so many power supply ICs and reference designs available today, it can be tempting for engineers building all types of systems – from industrial, lighting and medical, to communications to military – to consider designing their...
Mar 9, 2015


Understanding critical bus voltages for RS-485 transceivers

Due to its robustness and high reliability, RS-485 has become the most commonly applied interface technology in noisy industrial environments worldwide. The trend towards wider operating ranges combined with higher stand-off capabilities has...
Feb 24, 2015


Electronic OEMs taking steps to lessen impact on environment

The Design for Environment report released by the Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) explores the progress electronics manufacturers have made in Canada on the three R’s waste hierarchy: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The...
Feb 17, 2015


Protecting yourself from counterfeit and gray market components

Much has been said about the estimated $75-billion lost annually to counterfeit products and its impact to the microelectronics industry, but little is said about how manufacturers can protect themselves. From quality to safety issues to...
Feb 9, 2015


Lean manufacturing and the 'Seven deadly wastes'

The principal notion of lean manufacturing is quite simple; continuously working on eliminating waste from the manufacturing process. Lean manufacturing articles like to call this waste the “Seven Deadly Wastes”. Lean manufacturing...
Jan 31, 2015


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


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