Contract Manufacturing

Not so long ago, companies manufactured the products they designed. But times change and most electronics companies will outsource the manufacture of their products.

Economics pushed this manufacture towards the Far East for consumer products and to eastern Europe for industrial products. But the UK retains a vibrant contract manufacturing sector, which is supporting the ‘reshoring’ of manufacturing.

In this section, New Electronics brings visitors updates and opinions from the contract manufacturing market.

Communication in Fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet standards LAPP industrial cables

As the production lines develop and become increasingly complex, the number of devices (sensors and actuators) that need to be managed also grows. Industrial processes are carried out by PLCs and extensive networks of digital or analogue connections. Most often, these are systems based on electric (copper) or fibre-optic cables. Depending on the age of the infrastructure, these will be FIELDBUS (older) or ETHERNET (newer) systems

A far deeper confrontation

What are the implications for the electronics industry from the on-going trade dispute between the US and China, and is it simply part of a much deeper strategic confrontation?

Making connections

PCB Design and Manufacturing Live opens its doors for a second year, welcoming a host of the industry’s PCB experts.

Taking a lead

The setting up of the new Future Networks Lab looks to support and enable the adoption of IoT, LPWAN and 5G technologies.

Importance of effectively simulating analogue production testing

Manufacturing test is an important part of product development and an incomplete test can result in defective parts being delivered to customers. These test escapes - the bad parts that escape test - result in parts being returned especially when target defect rates below one defective per part million (DPPM) are the goal of manufacturers.

Spotless not clueless

Once regarded as a purely mechanical industry, the automotive sector has entered an electronic era as a result of increasing demand for electric vehicles, infotainment systems and driver assistance features.

Should I make or should I buy?

As electronics design companies reach a certain size, they face a choice between expanding in-house production or employing a sub-contractor. The path they take could be critical for their future.

Making a difference

The Maker movement has been described as a genuine alternative to traditional forms of manufacturing, allowing individuals to gain access to digital fabrication facilities, share knowledge through online platforms and open source technologies and use platforms like crowdfunding to finance innovation and scale-up their businesses.

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