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Vote for John Vaughan (Zentech) for SMTA Board

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 01:25 PM

Zentech is proud to announce that our very own John Vaughan is a nominee for the SMTA Board of Directors!

Four SMTA director positions will be filled for the term 2019 – 2022. We would like to encourage you to review the candidates now!

SMTA Members Vote Here!

Voting ends soon and your participation will help shape the future of the SMTA and the electronics industry.

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Topics: SMT Assembly, Maryland PCB assembly, electronics manufacturer, electronics supply chain

Rework Options In SMT Manufacturing

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 07:00 PM

Circuit boards manufactured with Surface Mounting Technologies have revolutionized electronics manufacturing, thanks to their ease of construction and the much higher component density they make possible.  SMT construction allows for devices which are smaller, more feature-packed, and (very often) cheaper to produce.

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Topics: SMT Assembly, smt manufacturing

What Is The Difference Between SMT and Through Hole Technology?

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Surface mounted technology (SMT) has grown in popularity over the past few years and has widely replaced through-hole technology. But why is SMT so preferable to through-hole mounting, and can through-hole still be relevant in certain applications? By taking a few moment's to learn about both methods, you'll gain a thorough understanding of the unique characteristics of the two, the key differences between them, and what it is that makes SMT the preferred option.

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Topics: SMT Assembly, smt manufacturing, through hole mounting

SMT Production: Know The Basics Before You Start

Posted by Laura Austin on Tue, Jun 04, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

There are different approaches to mounting components onto a printed circuit board with each method having its own strengths and weaknesses. This brings up the need of understanding what a given circuit is expected to do hence going for an approach that will bring the best in terms or performance and durability out your circuit.

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Topics: surface mount technology, SMT Assembly, smt manufacturing

The Difference Between Through Hole And Surface Mounted Technology

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

As the structure of semi conductors became more complex over time, the packaging technology required significant changes in order to offer added utilities and functionalities. To complement the complexity some new forms of packaging for semiconductor integrated circuits were developed, that were classified based on their mounting style.

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Topics: surface mount technology, SMT Assembly, smt manufacturing, through hole mounting

Optimizing QFN Footprints For Contract Electronics Assembly Provider

Posted by Laura Austin on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

The hallmark of any good supply chain services provider is its ability to accommodate a repertoire of specialized engineering expertise such as manufacturing and contract electronics assembly packages. Selecting the wrong EMS (electronic manufacturing service) provider not only escalates production costs, it can also jeopardize your reputation and position in the market.

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Topics: contract electronics manufacturing, SMT Assembly, Zentech technologies, Contract Electronics Assembly

Zentech Continues Assembly Manufacturing Expansion

Posted by Laura Austin on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Suddenly, “made in the USA” has real meaning again. In fact, you need look no further than Baltimore-based Zentech Manufacturing to understand just how much of an advantage this can be.  Zentech specializes in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing assembly for a variety of clients in sectors as varied as medical diagnostics, telecommunications and defense, but the expertise of this burgeoning services company goes much deeper.  Zentech has built its success on collaboration and efficiency in every phase of the design and assembly manufacturing process, and that offers the potential to drastically improve your products and the way they get to market.  Zentech can shepherd your project all the way from concept stage to shipping, literally building innovation and cost savings into every step.  It’s the kind of integrated, can-do approach that once defined American manufacturing, and companies all over are taking notice.

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Topics: electronic manufacturing company, product assembly, contract manufacturing, manufacturing assembly, contract electronics manufacturing, SMT Assembly, Zentech technologies, Contract Electronics Assembly, assembly electronic, manufacturing, off shoring, Reshoring

Integrating Design and Electronics Manufacturing to Reduce Cost

Posted by Laura Austin on Wed, Sep 05, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Integrating Engineering Design and Electronics Manufacturing to Reduce Cost

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Topics: electronics manufacturing, contract manufacturing, manufacturing services, electronic design and manufacture, contract electronics manufacturing, electronics industry, SMT Assembly, Zentech technologies, electronic parts, design review, electronic design, manufacturing, engineering design

Contract Manufacturing Moving Back to USA

Posted by Matthew Turpin on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 10:01 PM
American manufacturing is finding itself in a much deserved media spotlight as more companies decide to set up shop for production here in the United States. After a couple of decades of steady job loss to offshoring, several companies, such as  Airbus which is building a plant in Alabama, are deciding to produce here in the U.S. 
But there's another trend taking place that's equally encouraging: reshoring. If you're not familiar with the term, reshoring refers to the trend of manufacturers bringing production back to North America after offshoring to a low-cost labor country such as China. For proponents of domestic manufacturing, this is great news. But the question remains, how can we propel this trend forward?
What's Driving the Reshoring Trend?
Before we can understand how to encourage more companies to come back to the U.S., we have to understand the factors that are driving this trend. While the exact reasons that companies decide to come back are varied, there are a few popularly cited reasons. Most of these reasons corrode the value of low-cost labor:
  • Chinese labor costs are expected to rise at a rate of 13 percent per year through 2015;
  • The cost of shipping products around the world is dramatically increasing;
  • Distance is making it difficult to design and collaborate on products; and, 
  • It’s increasingly difficult (and expensive) to protect intellectual property in China. 
Beyond these reasons, bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. is also great for company image and generating good will in the community as companies can tout the fact that their product is "Made in America." So how can we keep the trend moving forward?
Three Ways to Continue the Reshoring Trend
At the moment, reshoring is by no means the dominant trend in the industry, but it could be--at least for  some industries. The key issue for American manufacturing will be to not only understand what's causing companies to come back, but to understand how to continue the trend. According to Harry Moser of the  Reshoring Initiative and Mitch Free, CEO of, there are three main ways to propel this trend forward:
  • Create a more educated workforce that can fill skilled labor gaps and get Americans interested in manufacturing careers at all levels (e.g., assembly, engineering, management, etc.).
  • Use automated assembly processes to limit the labor input of production more extensively.
  • Help companies evaluate their true total cost of ownership (TCO) to help model the risks and costs of offshoring production. 
Once we can tackle these issues, we'll have a shot at changing reshoring from a trickle to a trend. What do you think it will take to keep domestic manufacturing moving forward? Stop by my  site, Software Advice, to leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts at:  What Can be 'Made in the USA'?
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Topics: pcb assembly, SMT Assembly