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  • ‘Huawei’ E.O. Portends Total Supply Chain Chaos

    While Huawei is a $100 billion company, larger than all but a few other tech firms, Trump's executive order could have tentacles that reach far beyond the Chinese OEM. Even if all the defense industry primes, for instance, buy all their boards onshore (doubtful), many others do not, including the financial markets, and key industries such as nuclear, power, etc.

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  • Tempo Accelerates

    Which EMS has received the most private equity funding over the past few years? Chances are, it’s Tempo Automation. The San Francisco-based contract assembler just added another $45 million (that’s right) in new capital. That’s on top of the $20 …

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  • SMT Workshop Pre-Test

    Folks, Six months ago … Patty had just finished an all day workshop on “Common Defects in SMT Assembly and How to Minimize Them.” The workshop seemed to go really well, and many of the 35 or so attendees thanked …

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  • Become a Part of Patty and The Professor!

    I have enjoyed writing the Patty and the Professor blog for about 10 years now. I’ve written about numerous real-life electronics assembly examples that I have encountered in my career, all disguised, of course. To continue keeping things real, and …

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  • Should Terry Gou for It?

    Terry Gou, Foxconn founder and chairman, is contemplating a run for the presidency of Taiwan. Should he go for it? Given his wealth – an estimated $7.8 billion – and stature in Taiwan, some comparisons to US President Donald Trump …

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  • Productivity is King in All Types of Manufacturing Processes

    Folks, It’s been way too long, let’s look in on Patty and the boys….. It was 5:30AM and Patty’s alarm went off. She was unusually tired today because of a PTA meeting last night. She had become much more interested …

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  • No Open Vias in or Near Pads

    The term “via” probably comes from the Latin word meaning “road.” Therefore, open via would essentially mean “open road.” Open roads here in Oregon sometimes run through open range ranch land. That means that cows have as much right to …

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  • Actions Count More than Words

    China is a country that should be viewed through its actions, not its words. It’s important to keep that in mind when considering the news today from the Associated Press, which is reporting China will cease its practice of forcing …

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  • Is Dangerous Dan Darting Down Your Hall?

    How to deal with a loose cannon in a leadership position. His team calls him “Dangerous Dan” for good reason. Dan self implodes in a New York minute. Perhaps it’s that inappropriate comment Dan is prone to blurt out. Or …

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  • The Inevitability Of Software-Defined Manufacturing

    From 2003 to 2006, I worked at a contract manufacturing company as a robotics engineer. I was the first software engineer hired by the company, an opportunistic hire by a visionary CEO who saw the importance of automation in manufacturing. …

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Mike Buetow

CAVEAT LECTOR

Learning, the machine way.

Mike Buetow
Peter Bigelow

ROI

Data got you in the dumps?

Peter Bigelow
 

PCB GUIDED INSIGHTS

All stacked up.

EMA Design Automation
Ralf Bruening
 

Designer's Notebook

Minimizing impedance deviations.

Ralf Bruening

 
David Bernard 

TEST AND INSPECTION

What’s behind these “good bad boards?”

David Bernard, Ph.D.
Bob Willis

Defect of the Month

Eliminating exposed copper.

Bob Willis
 
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