Moisture-Sensitive Components Need Sensible Handling

As moisture-sensitive components become more prevalent in the supply chain, low- and mid-volume manufacturers need to adjust their materials handling and manufacturing processes to prevent manufacturing defects and early-life failures. With smaller package sizes becoming mainstream in all levels of product design, more mid-volume and low-volume manufacturers are encountering moisture-sensitive parts. We are seeing ICs,…

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Measuring, Drop by Drop

As an engineer, you know that air safety has never been better. As a passenger, you may think, in the deep recesses of your mind, otherwise. Fortunately, there are companies like Droplet Measurement Technologies, which are in the business of engineering even safer skies and calmer passengers. Droplet, founded 25 years ago by two engineers…

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Big Data May Mimic, Replace Brain

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Big data analytics may both mimic the human brain and replace it, according to presentations at an IBM symposium here. Veteran venture capitalist Vinod Khosla called for advances that reduce human error by putting more healthcare decisions into the hands of smart systems. Separately, cognitive computing researcher Jeff Hawkins showed advances…

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Environ Offers Brief on CA Regs

In conjunction with coverage of California’s major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products, here is a link to an issue brief from Michael Kirschner of ENVIRON,  California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations: Near-Term Actions and Priorities.  Mr. Kirschner discusses a number of important topics including: The regulatory time…

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TTI Exec Featured at SAE Meeting

TTI, Inc., global distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components, today announced that Kevin Sink, TTI Vice President Total Quality, is slated to speak at the upcoming SAE Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium – South (CPAS). The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Irving, Texas. Recognized as a top industry thought leader…

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The Ugly Truth About Counterfeiting

Nothing has polarized the supply chain like counterfeiting. It has pitted segments of the industry against one another (distributors versus brokers) and more recently divided the channel into two camps: Pro-DNA and anti-DNA. Both of these debates center around proposed solutions to the counterfeit problem in the channel and both have spurred action. But these…

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