Electronic Products & Technology


January 31, 2015 by EP&T Magazine

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 concepts are techniques, practices and tools for combating

January 15, 2015 by Sohail Kamal, EP&T West Tech Correspondent

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), Ontario Centres of

January 6, 2015 by EP&T Magazine

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. The pressfit

December 22, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

New RoHS substances notified to WTO

Table #1

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 (list of

December 12, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

5 Questions to ask before choosing a cut & strip machine

Schleuniger's Prefeeder4650, MegaStrip9650 and CableCoiler4000 products.

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

December 5, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

M2M trend predictions for 2015

M2M trend predictions for 2015: Olympics chargepost

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. Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a

November 29, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

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 include wearable technology and

November 21, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Battery welding – A selection guide

Fig. 1: Seam welding of aluminium cans.

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 manufacture

November 14, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

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 pressure to reduce the cost to

November 1, 2014 by By Mega Electronics Inc.

Energy efficiency level VI is coming. Are you ready?

External Power Supply Marking Requirements by Product Class

 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 still

October 17, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Do your products comply with Chinese or European RoHS?

Given that the environment and human resistance to hazardous substances is roughly the same all over the globe, why are there so many legal requirements targeting the same issues? The one million dollars question is : Why does a product

October 10, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

China’s fast growing medical devices market opens door to international OEMs

An emerging middle class, increased wealth and rapidly rising health care expenditure combine to make China the world’s fourth largest market for medical equipment. Demand for medical devices is strong across China, especially in the wealthier cities and urban areas