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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

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

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