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John Karkoski to lead Zentech’s Mil-Aero and Space Market Initiative

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 01:25 PM

Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that John Karkoski has joined the Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. team as Director, Business Development - MilAero and Space Markets.

John’s prior experience includes similar roles over the past twenty-five years with Ducommun, Celestica and Primus Technologies.

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How Manufacturing Processes Can Impact Reliability in RF Circuits

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

When you consider the RF applications utilized in mission critical C5ISR environments, your contract manufacturer (CM) must comprehend the issues and challenges related to manufacturing processes in RF, but also have a deep understanding of the failure mechanisms that can cause defects.

RF design is inherently more complex than any other type of design. This is because of the unique issues that must be addressed due to the extremely high frequencies of operation for these applications.  For example, there are inherent challenges with power control, grounding structures, printed wiring board (PWB) stack-ups, laminate and surface finish selection, characteristic impedance control, signal path configurations, connectorization, pad geometries, solder mask, conformal coating, surface parasitics, exposure to harsh environments, fabrication effects, via sizing, component selection, and manufacturing process impacts.  These numerous issues must be well understood by your CM or the potential for failure is magnified. 

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Topics: electronics manufacture, PCB process, manufacturing, PCB assembly technology, PCB, electronics manufacturing

Best Practices to Achieve Zero Defects

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

The following checks and balances ensure that a complex electronics build can be completed on time, on budget and with zero defects. Each practice in this process allows for adjustments or corrections to occur real time, instead of discovering them at the end of the build or worse, when it's already arrived at the end user.


  1. New Product Introduction

To make your product a success, you need to ensure reliability and optimum functionality of the final product. If your company simply takes the data provided and immediately fabricates the product with no careful study of the data, materials or process, it will most likely result in faulty products and leaves you with unhappy customers. Careful review of the data before the manufacturing begins is extremely important.

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Tariffs on Electronic Components Imported from China

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Mon, Jul 09, 2018 @ 02:54 PM

Effective July 6, 2018 and as mandated by U.S. Trade Representative 301, certain electronic components imported from China will be subject to a 25% tariff.

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Zentech is Hiring!

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Fri, Jun 08, 2018 @ 03:16 PM

Looking to excel in your career and grow professionally in a thriving business? Zentech was established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998,  and has proven to be one of the premier electronics contract manufacturers in the U.S.

Zentech is rapidly growing and seeking to add the following positions:

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IPC Welcomes US Senate Defense Bill

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Fri, Jun 08, 2018 @ 03:07 PM

Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., an IPC member company, is pleased to share the following Press Release issued on June 6, 2018 by the IPC:

The U.S. defense industrial base – and the electronics industry in particular – would benefit from a provision in a newly released U.S. Senate bill.

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries welcomes the U.S. Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was released to the public this morning.

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Beyond just PCBs: Zentech's Wide Range of Manufacturing Solutions

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Zentech provides a wide range of contract manufacturing solutions specializing in high-complexity and high-reliability program requirements, beyond just PCBs.

Our services include:

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Best Practices for Task Order Execution

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Wed, May 09, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

As a prime contractor to both the US Army (APG-ACC) and Navy (NSWC-DD), Zentech is very experienced operating in a task order environment on contract vehicles. Proper Task Order Execution is essential for accurate accountability and tracking of customer programs and schedules. Below are some best practices to ensure Task Order Execution success.

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Q2 2018 Market Conditions Report for the Electronics Industry

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

Future Electronics recently released the Q2 2018 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

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Zentech Specializes in High Complexity Electronics Manufacturing

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 08:55 AM

Zentech manufacturing processZentech has a proven world class manufacturing process that creates high quality circuit card assemblies with near zero defects using state of the art Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and associated Automated Optical Inspection (AOI).

A detailed process flow, created by our Manufacturing Engineering team, is prepared for each assembly. Each item is defined through company work instructions, standard operating procedures, and other command media. All Assembly Instructions (AI) are accessible at our inline computer workstations and are specific for the assembly and the work center.

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