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NIST 800-171: Is Your Company Prepared for 2018?

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, published a document in December 2016, protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations. All organizations doing business with government primes must be compliant by 12/31/17. In order to continue to receive Purchase Orders from government primes in 2018, all companies MUST be compliant with NIST 800-171.

The protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) resident in nonfederal systems and organizations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the federal government to successfully conduct its assigned missions and business operations. This publication provides federal agencies with a set of recommended security requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI when such information is resident in nonfederal systems and organizations; when the nonfederal organization is not collecting or maintaining information on behalf of a federal agency or using or operating a system on behalf of an agency; and where there are no specific safeguarding requirements for protecting the confidentiality of CUI prescribed by the authorizing law, regulation, or governmentwide policy for the CUI category or subcategory listed in the CUI Registry. The security requirements apply to all components of nonfederal systems and organizations that process, store, or transmit CUI, or that provide security protection for such components. The requirements are intended for use by federal agencies in contractual vehicles or other agreements established between those agencies and nonfederal organizations.*

NIST outlines 14 families of requirements, each with extensive subsections:

1. Access Control
2. Awareness and Training
3. Audit and Accountability
4. Configuration Management
5. Identification and Authentication
6. Incident Response
7. Maintenance
8. Media Protection
9. Personnel Security
10. Physical Protection
11. Risk Assessment
12. Security Assessment
13. System & Communications Protection
14. System & Information Integrity

Zentech has been proactively addressing the 14 families and their associated requirements. To assist electronics industry professionals in their understanding of the impact and to best prepare their company for these requirements, I interviewed Clint Fleming, Zentech's VP of Program Management and IT.

SW: This new document was published by NIST in December 2016. How long has Zentech been preparing for these changes, and how long do you recommend a company to prepare in advance?

      CF: Zentech has been preparing since publication of the document. I would recommend 6 months to        
      prepare, if you take into consideration an IT professional's regular day-to-day activities and other long term         projects. In that the deadline is only 4 months away, if you have not started this process, you will need to
      quickly appoint a task team and accelerate your efforts.

SW: How do these requirements differ from what has been required by NIST in the past?

      CF: These requirements require, most importantly, a 2 factor identification to access all CUI data, and that
      all data be managed in a secure cloud-based environment. It also requires that as a sub-prime, that the               subprime report its full compliance to each government prime that it works with in order to continue
      business with them.

SW: What has been the most challenging of the requirements thus far?

      CF: From a practical, day-to-day, on-the-shop-floor perspective, the 2 factor authentication will be the                 most challenging to adapt to. Two factor authentications take more time, and those seconds add up and
      could affect productivity. They also time-out after a specified number of minutes and credentials have to be
      re-entered. 
      The other significant factor is the accounting of hard copies. Companies must create a process for
      keeping track of all hard copies printed each day that contain CUI data and account for them. Inevitably,
      there are hard copies as an operator has multiple items he/she needs to view at the same time. Even if your       company added more monitors to reduce the number of hard copies, many plants are up against floor 
      space constraints. Now is the time for organizations to address these challenges and create processes and
      procedures that will continue to allow the company to run efficiently under the new requirements.

SW: What is the deadline for compliance and what are the ramifications of non-compliance?

      CF: All companies doing business with government primes must be compliant by 12/31/17 or they cannot           receive any DoD related purchase orders in 2018.

 

*From the document, NIST Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several 
key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. 

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Zentech to Exhibit at Maryland Manufacturing Day; Join Governor Hogan and Others

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. (Baltimore, Md.) is proud to announce our continued support of National Manufacturing Day with our exhibitor participation in the Regional Manufacturing Institute’s (RMI) Maryland Manufacturing Day event on October 6, 2017 at Martin’s West.

We hope that you can join us and support advanced manufacturing and STEM education in the State of Maryland.

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.

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Sign up Now for October 6, 2017 
 
Technology Showcase and Matchmaking Event 
 
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Join Governor Hogan, Maryland advanced manufacturers and top college and university STEM-related teams on this important occasion to raise the profile of our industry.
 
RMI and the Maryland MEP are co-hosting this technology showcase and matchmaking event on October 6 at Martin's West to feature the following: 
 
 Amazing technologies and talent from our Maryland universities with applications for advanced manufacturing right here in our State. Confirmed exhibiting teams include the Hopkins Rocketry Club, UMD VR Club (MPLEX), MICA Digital Fabrication, the Maryland Unmanned Autonomous Systems team, Hopkins Space Team, Terrapin Works, Maryland Robotics Club teams, Terps Racing Team, UMBC Baja SAE Racing Team and more.
 
Top Maryland advanced manufacturing companies like Textron Systems, Zentech, Stanley Black & Decker, PRS Guitars, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Arnold Packaging and Ready Robotics, Harbor Designs Manufacturing, Holmatro, Xometry, Knorr Brake Company, Direct Dimensions, Orlando Products, North American Millwright and more will showcase a variety of technologies including 3D, robotics, electronics and other advanced manufacturing applications for attending students.  

Visit the Zentech Resource Center For Electronics Industry Professionals

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 @ 02:35 PM

RF Circuits WP-1.pngZentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. 

 

 

 

 

Find Valuable White Papers for Electronics Industry Professionals in the Zentech Resource Center:

  • Reliability Issues with RF circuits Influenced by Design and Manufacturing Processes
  • The Top 10 Questions You Should be Asking Your Electronics Contract Manufacturer
  • Latent Defects in Underfill That Impact System Reliability
  • Top Ten Ways Your Contract Manufacturers Can Hurt Your Business
  • Electronic Interconnect Cabling: The Breakdown

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Zentech Invites You to Attend SMTA Capital's Annual Tech Expo

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 @ 11:58 AM

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Zentech would like to invite you to SMTA Capital's Annual Tech Expo.

Held at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab this Thursday, August 24 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, there is no better technical exchange, networking and exhibitor line-up in the Mid-Atlantic.

Join attendees from Northrop Grumman, JHU-APL, the DOD, NASA, Gemalto, Ciena, Lockheed Martin, Leidos, Harris, Raytheon, Stanley Black and Decker, Orbital, DRS and many others!

We have an excellent technical program lined up, featuring industry experts from across the US, 47 exhibitors, a live equipment demo and lunch is provided!

Is your interest high-technology printed circuit boards? Come visit with representatives from Amitron, ASC, Colonial Circuits, Compunetics, Electronic Interconnect, Prototron, and Summit Interconnect.

Looking for an outstanding electronics contract manufacturer? Regional leaders ACDI and Zentech will be exhibiting and available to discuss your most difficult electronics manufacturing requirements.

Are you manufacturing your own electronic products? See our full list of manufacturing systems and consumable exhibitors here.

Our featured presentation is a live demo on the exhibit floor of Essemtec’s FOX System, previewed here.

 
Capital Expo and Tech Forum
 
About Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations. For more information or to join, please visit www.smta.org.
 
About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. 
 
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Best Practices to Mitigate Counterfeit Electronic Components

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 @ 09:59 AM

Counterfeit electronic components is an age-old issue, but is growing in exponential proportions with respect to the types of products being counterfeited, industries being affected and potential consequences caused by counterfeits.

If this threat is not adequately addressed, counterfeit items have the potential to seriously compromise the safety and operational effectiveness of customer’s products.

What is Counterfeit Electronic Components?

SAE AS5553 Standard for "Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition" defines counterfeit part as "a fraudulent part that has been confirmed to be a copy, imitation, or substitute that has been represented, identified, or marked as genuine, and / or altered by a source without legal right with intent to mislead, deceive, or defraud”.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a Counterfeit Part is a part made or altered so as to imitate or resemble an “approved part” without authority or right, and with the intent to mislead or defraud by passing the imitation as original or genuine.*

Causes

Design and Logistics
    - Parts obsolescence
    - Insufficient inventory for product design life

Procurement
    - Failure to procure from trusted/authorized sources (cost/schedule driven)
    - Failure to procure data deliverables for traceability and authentication
    - Failure to invoke rigid quality assurance requirements

Manufacturers
    - Dumping of excess inventory without traceability
    - Excessive lead times

Independent Non-Franchised Distributors (Brokers)
    - Inadequate or nonexistent Quality Assurance
    - Deliberate misrepresentation of product

Governmental Regulations
     - Electronic parts reclamation (e-waste) and Pb-free solder requirements

Quality Assurance
     - Inadequate test and inspection practices to detect counterfeiting

Law enforcement authorities
     - Insufficient resources for tracking down and prosecuting counterfeiters

Impact

  • Personal injury / loss of life
  • Mission failure
  • Reduced reliability and product recalls
  • Potential loss of contracts
  • Shutdown of manufacturing lines
  • Negative cost and schedule impacts
  • Penalties for companies and individuals
  • Damage to corporate image

conterfeit risk.pngBest Practices

  1. Parts Obsolescence Management
    - Anticipate obsolescence issues in time to initiate actions such as redesign or lifetime buys
  2. Source Selection
    - Require the exclusive utilization of OCMs/OEMs or their authorized distributors
  3. Chain of Custody
    - Require a documented unbroken chain of custody from the original source of manufacture for all components provided
  4. Quality system audits and/or counterfeit parts mitigation process audits
    - Equipment providers (e.g., AS9100)
    - Distributors (e.g., AS9120)
    - Contract Manufacturer/Assembler (if they procure parts for the customer)
  5. Review the supplier's returns process (RMA) as applicable 
    - A weak returns process is one way an otherwise good supplier (authorized or not) could be exposed and inadvertently pass on counterfeit components.
  6. Parts authentication tools
  7. In-house counterfeit awareness and detection training

*source: Detecting and Reporting Suspected Unapproved Parts, 03/13/00 FAA advisory Circular No. 21-29B

 

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several 
key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.
 

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SMTA Capital Expo to Feature Essemtec Fox Pick and Place System

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 12:39 PM

Capital_Chapter_Logo.jpgThe SMTA Capital Chapter is pleased to announce that it will feature a live demo of the Essemtec Fox pick-and-place system at the upcoming expo on Thursday, August 24th.  
 
The Essemtec Fox can have up to 180 feeder lanes, needs only 1sqm of floor space and can accept PCBs of up to 406 x 305 mm. It is expandable in any direction. The Fox can drive up to 180 feeder lanes, illustrating its dedication to high-mix production. Due to its small footprint and reasonable weight, the machine is ideal for use in limited space production areas even those located on upper floors.
 
The SMTA Capital Expo and Tech Forum will be held at Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723. Registration opens at 8:00 AM and includes a complimentary lunch on the show floor.  Exhibits are open from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM and the first technical presentation will start at 9:30 AM.
 
Capital Expo and Tech Forum
 
About Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations. For more information or to join, please visit www.smta.org.
 
About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several 
key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.
 
 
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Shannan O’Shaughnessy of GVD Corporation to Present at SMTA Capital Chapter's Expo and Tech Forum

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

Capital_Chapter_Logo.jpgThe SMTA Capital Chapter is pleased to announce that Shannan O’Shaughnessy of GVD Corporation, will present “Reliability without Hermeticity: Commercial Vapor Deposited Coatings for High-Frequency RF Micro-Electronics” at the upcoming Capital Expo and Tech Forum at Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab, Kossiakoff Center, on Thursday, August 24th.  
 
Radio frequency (RF) micro-electronics are used everywhere in today’s technology, from the internet of things to military radar systems. It is challenging for these advanced RF systems to meet size, weight, power and cost requirements set by consumer market or defense agency demand, what the military calls “SWaP-C”, due to the need for packaging of the RF components and integrated circuits (ICs) in to ensure long term reliability. Reliability concerns traditionally necessitate the environmental protection of these high-frequency RF devices at either the component or the assembly level by hermetically sealing the device in a bulky, heavy expensive metal enclosure to prevent degradation caused by hazards in device operating environments. Industry standard conformal coatings are unusable due to the significant signal degradation which occurs if applied directly over an RF circuit. There is a critical need for a coating alternative to which is compatible with high-frequency RF devices to provide a lower weight and lower volume environmental protection scheme with high reliability and negligible performance impact for RF devices. This approach would allow RF device integration on size, weight, and cost effective PCBs and eliminate the hermetically packaged chip-and-wire assemblies currently in use. To address this need, GVD Corporation has developed a high reliability environmental coating, Exilis, for RF electronics devices that can be applied to both the bare device and completed assemblies. 
 
The SMTA Capital Expo and Tech Forum will be held at Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723. Registration opens at 8:00 AM and includes a complimentary lunch on the show floor.  Exhibits are open from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM and the first technical presentation will start at 9:30 AM.
 
Capital Expo and Tech Forum
 
About Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations. For more information or to join, please visit www.smta.org.
 
About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several 
key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.
 
 
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Summit Interconnect Chooses atg A7a for High-speed Electrical Test and Automation

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

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Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are the platform for all surface mount technology processes and electronics manufacturing. Ensuring that all bare printed circuit boards have been tested by the PCB manufacturer is critically important and ensures their electrical integrity prior to the assembly of components.

Summit Interconnect has installed an atg A7a, an eight-head, double-sided, high-speed auto-load/unload system that provides true “lights-out” operation, at its Orange, California facility.

"The atg A7a will be our highest-speed tester yet, and with the auto-load/unload feature, it will significantly improve productivity on large jobs," said Summit Orange VP and General Manager Jack Evans.

The atg A7a auto-load/unload testers utilize eight flying probe test heads, multiple optical recognition systems, and a wide variety of advanced, high-speed electrical test measurement techniques to electrically test all types of PCBs for continuity and isolation. Board sizes of 24” x 21" or larger with small pad/fine-pitch technology can be tested quickly and easily. Special options, such as, 4-wire Kelvin tests, hi-pot test, latent defect test, and others can be provided.

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About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several 
key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.
 

Q3 2017 Market Conditions Report for the Electronics Industry

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Mon, Aug 07, 2017 @ 01:30 PM

Future Electronics recently released the Q3 2017 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

DSC03170.jpgZentech works closely with Future Electronics and our customers to identify and prepare in advance for potential lead times issues. As economic activity continues to expand across all markets, it is important for OEM’s to review their upcoming requirements and forecasts carefully. There is nothing worse than working hard to land business and then learn that component lead times are going to prevent you from making committed deliveries to your customers. Contact your Zentech sales team member to discuss today. We can perform a lead time analysis for your program and best position you for success in the future in the wake of lead times creeping out, in some cases dramatically, for many component types.

Click the button below to read the report.Q3 2017 Market Conditions Report 

Q3 Market Conditions

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.

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Gerry Partida of Summit Interconnect to Present at SMTA Capital Chapter’s Expo and Tech Forum

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Fri, Aug 04, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

Capital_Chapter_Logo.jpgThe SMTA Capital Chapter is pleased to announce that Gerry Partida of Summit Interconnect, will present “Density, Advanced Materials and Cost Drivers Associated with Advanced Circuit Design, Fabrication and Assembly” at the upcoming Capital Expo and Tech Forum at Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab, Kossiakoff Center, on Thursday, August 24th

Printed circuit boards are the platform for all surface mount technology processes and electronics manufacturing. There have been tremendous advancements in high speed and microwave materials, via structures and processing techniques. The material constructions and attributes provide unique opportunities for designers and unique challenges for bare printed circuit board fabricators. Mr. Partida will explore the various material options and their trade-offs, provide insight into the manufacture of multiple lamination cycle requirements, review stack-up and routing considerations, managing registration requirements, micro drilling and copper wrap plating processes. This will be an invaluable session to understand materials considerations, cost trade-offs and leading-edge processing technologies for the design, manufacture and assembly of high-technology printed circuit boards.

The SMTA Capital Expo and Tech Forum will be held at Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723. Registration opens at 8:00 AM and includes a complimentary lunch on the show floor.  Exhibits are open from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM and the first technical presentation will start at 9:30 AM.

Capital Expo and Tech Forum

About Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA)
The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations. For more information or to join, please visit www.smta.org.

About Zentech: Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is a privately held, engineering-driven contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies. The company is headquartered in its purpose-built facility located in Baltimore, MD and maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). In addition, Zentech is a certified IPC Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics, and the company is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified.