The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged companies to optimize their PCB assembly services to better serve clients and stay competitive. In this article, we'll explore the critical success factors that companies are implementing to improve their services and achieve greater long-term profitability.
Ever wonder what makes your smart device go? While it may seem too complex to understand, there’s actually a practical explanation. To learn more read our article: Active vs. Passive Components.
Regardless of processes, standards, or testing, maintaining a completely foolproof method for cleaning or determining cleanliness standards is extremely challenging. At MPL, we employ a unique combination of engineering, sampling, and strict quality control based on years of experience and innovation to deliver the cleanest and most reliable PCBs on the market.
This blog post provides a data-backed update on silicon wafer production and explains how recent trends will eventually serve as great news for the semiconductor industry.
At MPL, we understand that global supply chain issues are a subject which many of our customers have been keeping close tabs on. This blog post provides an update regarding recent improvements, as well as the areas of industry that we are continuing to monitor.
At MPL, we believe continual improvement of PCB assembly techniques are the key to providing customers with the highest quality final product. Discover how this dedication to quality has impacted the way that we conduct conformal coating procedures.
From shipping to end-use, there are countless ways that moisture can be introduced to a printed circuit board’s environment and lead to damage. Learn more about how MPL and other PCB assemblers deal with moisture.
Have PCB assembly costs become hard to keep up with? Are large production runs creating challenges for your business? If so, MPL has a few cost saving tips and design strategies that can potentially save you significant amounts of time and money.
There are many ways PCB assembly companies must strategically operate in order to avoid needless costs as the result of supply chain shortages. One of the most important areas of operation relate to the collaborative approach of working with EMS companies, or electronics manufacturing services companies. Good communication can often become the deciding factor as to whether an order is delivered on time or not - today, more than ever.
Creep corrosion is a growing concern for many PCBA customers who work in high-sulfur environments. The best strategy to avoid creep corrosion is to work with a company that understands this type of defect thoroughly and is equipped to prevent it. This post delves into why creep corrosion occurs and what can be done to solve this issue.
Reworking SMT connectors can be challenging, but the right assembly provider understands how to produce high quality results every time. Read this blog post and discover how our experts carry out a highly efficient rework process.
The newly passed CHIPS Act has provided U.S. supply bases with the resources necessary to reinvigorate Semiconductor, "Chip", manufacturing and the electronics assembly market as a whole. Through subsidization, tax relief and other incentives, the Government hopes to bring American Semiconductor manufacturing stateside and decrease dependence on foreign entities. MPL invites you to learn more about the details of the CHIPS Act and what it means for our industry.
As a leading PCBA company, MPL understands the ins and outs of the assembly process, including the most common defects that can arise during SMT assembly. We invite you to learn more about these defects and how MPL avoids them to ensure quality in every order.
Given the many advantages of surface mount technologies, customers are curious as to how this production strategy was initially conceived and how it has evolved over the years. This blog post maps out SMT’s rich history and discusses how this technology continues to adapt to evolving industry needs.
Because low volume, high mix production capabilities serve a useful purpose for many customers with increased product line variability, it may be surprising to learn that this type of production is less desired in the industry. Reason being, low volume/high mix production is more "difficult" for a number of factors, but companies like MPL combat challenges using a variety of resources which are detailed here.
Failure analysis is a method of quality assurance used across a wide variety of industries, not limited electronics, that MPL uses to ensure every printed circuit board assembly is in perfect functioning order. Discover what is involved during proper failure analysis procedures.
Through hole soldering defects can, at times, be the one thing preventing customers from receiving high-quality end-product results. This is why it is crucial to understand the common issues that occur during assembly in order to best avoid and address them.
Electronic manufacturers produce reliable PCBAs when they communicate with customers to ensure that they fully understand their quality expectations. Explore how leading contract manufacturers improve PCBA reliability by consistently investing in the PCB cleanliness process.
If the global “chip” shortage has impacted your business, you may be wondering why manufacturers cannot simply stockpile these important components to avoid supply chain issues. MPL addresses these questions by discussing the “lifespan” of semiconductor components, as well as the methods used to increase the timeframe of usability.
At MPL, we pay close attention to the factors impacting our industry, including less talked about issues like counterfeit PCB components. Our team eliminates risks that prove detrimental to other PCB assembly companies by implementing strategies to avoid counterfeit parts.
Looking to mitigate quality issue risks deriving from new market trends in the PCBA industry? MPL is knowledgeable of the most prevalent trends that have affected our industry in recent years and shares that knowledge in our most recent blog post. Furthermore, we provide information on how our company works to solve these potential manufacturing hazards and continues to provide high quality products to our customers.
A manufacturer’s worst fears come to fruition when they receive their PCB assembly orders, only to find that a defect prevents their product from functioning properly. This blog post covers the most common PCB assembly issues, as well as the testing processes used to ensure no defect makes it past our team unnoticed.
When supply issues threaten your business’s work flow and increase lead times for PCB assembly, it is crucial to partner with a company that can reliably offer suggestions for alternate components and assistance with board redesign to avoid running into LT issues again and again.
If quick turn prototype assembly is the key to full production PCB assembly, then what are the keys to successful prototyping projects? MPL walks through three most important things needed for a PCB assembly company to succeed at fulfilling cost-effective, high-quality prototype assembly orders.
When choosing a PCBA company to partner with, do not make the mistake of taking into account per unit assembly cost, only. The key to choosing the best possible PCBA company is by evaluating possible “hidden” cost factors, which are impacted by quality, delivery, responsiveness and communication.
Design for Manufacturability is a critical part of the overall manufacturing process and at MPL, we have spent decades perfecting a comprehensive checklist that can help customers avoid expensive mistakes in production. From documentation to test, explore the various factors we consider before the full production process and how these steps improve quality and lower manufacturing costs.
No industry is being hit like the semiconductor industry when it comes to supply chain disruptions. Procurement teams are seeing 30, 40 and 50+ week lead times for components, regularly, in what appears to be the “new normal”.
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