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Essential Steps in a PCB Assembly Process

The team at OBMFG understands the importance and impact of PCBs. Electronic devices used today have cores that are formed mainly by Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). Everything from cars to refrigerators to smartphones has electronics with these modern components found online or in some specialized retailers. The PCB is the foundation onto which a variety of small electrical…

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Avoiding Time Loss Due to EQs From the Fabricator

“Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material.”  - Henry Ford - As an assembler, we are asked to do a full turnkey build. We purchase the bare PCBs, the parts and do the assembly. This frequently means…

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Optimizing Kitting in Manufacturing – a How-To Guide for Customers providing Consigned kits

Become your Assembly House’s favorite customer by providing easy to audit kits We see a variety of methods to provide parts in kits. Still, they usually involve supplying any parts required for a job within large cases with the parts individually packed in plastic bags or cardboard boxes. The supply chain is being disrupted with shortages, logistics issues, and staffing.…

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What’s Happening in China Will Affect PCBs and Everyone in the Manufacturing Industry

This is an update about some important happenings in China that will affect PCBs and everyone in the manufacturing industry. The Chinese government released new policies regarding electricity consumption that is reducing manufacturing capacity and ability for off-peak power consumption. This is already happening at the major manufacturing centers there.

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AUVSI Event - Drones & Droids: Unmanned Systems Deliver

We will be attending this live event in beautiful Bend, Oregon. It will no doubt offer a unique opportunity to hear from unmanned vehicle leaders and users in land, air, and sea, and learn what you need to know about the latest in technology, business challenges, and opportunities:

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5 Reasons Why the World is Running Out of Chips

Our team keeps up with the trends and how the world of manufacturing is connected. It’s clear that the global chip shortage shows no sign of abating anytime soon. It seems to be getting worse. While the White House is racing to expand chip manufacturing in the US to avoid future shortages, it could be years before that government investment actually pays off f Today we…

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The Future of Manufacturing at AWB’s Policy Summit

Manufacturing can lead the state out of economic downturns and created a better quality of life in our communities. Learn how manufacturing and technology can improve Washington’s future economy at this year’s Policy Summit in Spokane, WA. (or on-demand)

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Manufacturing Challenges with Procurement Shortages and Supply Chain Disruptions.

The global market of semiconductors is under stress because of the unavailability of fundamental components for product implementation. Official channels indicate delivery terms (called lead times), are 26 to 52 weeks and uncertain because of availability vs demand. Over the past few years, significant efficiency barriers have made procurement specialists, engineers,…

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3 Advantages of Reshoring Manufacturing

The ongoing pandemic has shattered global supply chains, leading many businesses to consider reshoring to keep their operation effectively running. While supply chain disruptions have occurred in nearly every industry, manufacturing has especially felt the impact of no longer being able to rely on once trusted suppliers. The sudden unreliability of supply chains has…

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Why Turnkey PCB Assembly is the Right Choice for Any Startup

As an expert in printed circuit board manufacturing in Renton, our team at Out of the Box Manufacturing believes that the importance of turnkey PCB assembly simply cannot be overstated. During these difficult times, where supply chains and manufacturers continue to experience disruption and delays, having the luxury of a PCB supplier taking control of all aspects of…

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