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6 ways your PCBA partner can help you reduce cost and achieve high quality (if you’ll only let them!)

Whether the end product was a medical device headed for a hospital or doctor’s office, an advanced PCB solution for an automotive application, or a consumer electronics product that’ll ultimately connect a home or business to the internet of things (IOT) — time and again, we’ve been able to surprise and delight our customers with ideas, techniques, or tactics that saved them time, reduced costs, enhanced quality, or all the above. Here are six ways your printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) partner can help reduce cost, while maintaining or even improving the quality of their output:   Invite your PCBA to the table sooner vs. later – An experienced and well-resourced circuit board assembly partner can quite literally help innovate, provided you involve them at the earliest reasonable stage of your project. Here at Cascade, it’s not at all uncommon for us to suggest design or even functional enhancements; offer alternative materials, substrates, configurations, or manufacturing techniques; simplify needlessly complex designs; or provide ideas for reducing a customer’s bill of materials (BOM) by proposing alternative components or finding alternative suppliers. Just one real-world example of this: Cascade recently saved one customer thousands of dollars in production costs by creating heterogenous board panels, thereby optimizing the SMT process.  Involve all key stakeholders from the get-go – We’ve all been in meetings or involved with projects when a key decision maker joins...

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Forecast: Cloudy, but with silver linings

Anyone who’s been to an optometrist will recognize the test – if not its name, retinoscopy – in which the practitioner places different lenses before one’s eyes, to arrive at and simulate a winning prescription. It’s an apt analogy, I think, for viewing our world during these extraordinarily tumultuous and troubled times. Viewed through a public health lens, the world is, at present, a fairly frightful place thanks to the Coronavirus. Snap on the weather lens? We see an equally jarring landscape, as successive hurricanes ravage our southern coast, wildfires return to the West Coast, and tornadoes rip through the Midwest. Political lens? Whatever your leaning, its a pretty unsettling picture, rife with division, vitriol, and both civic and social unrest. Economic lens? Equally bleak, with business closures, unemployment, and our nation’s GDP all at historically low-water marks. It’s enough to make many folks squeeze their eyes shut, like kids recoiling from the scariest parts of a horror movie. As tempting as it may be to put blinders on — and at the risk of being a Pollyanna — there is one lens we as entrepreneurs, participants in the tech industry, and job-creators must consciously don if we’re to remain open, competitive, and emerge from these troublesome times: The lens of optimism. Seen through this lens, there are silver linings on some of the clouds that abound. Here are just a few positives for nimble...

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What Role Will PCBAs Play a Role in Your Next Innovation? Consider Its Part in Tomorrow’s ‘Smart’ Film Set

At just 50 years into the so-called “Digital Revolution,” today’s consumers and work force take for granted the fact that — up until the early 1980s — all of the household gadgets, business machines, and industrial machines we rely on were once powered, controlled, and connected by mechanical and analogue systems. From medicine to aerospace, from telephony to automotive, from building systems to home white goods – nary a device exists today doesn’t have a hard-working PCBA in its innards. The Cascade Systems team was recently reminded of this easily overlooked truth – and how the digital revolution both continues and, indeed, is accelerating — when a producer of advanced, LED lighting systems for movie sets charged us with helping them manufacture an advanced control system that enables precision, on-set lighting to be deployed (not unlike a film’s soundtrack) to better evoke mood, emphasize on-screen action, or even pinpoint actor’s expressions. (I can’t divulge the name of the first movie that’ll use it, but suffice it to say it will be exciting to see it when it is released to a theater near you – or, if need be in the Covid-19 era, on your laptop, home theater, or TV… Each of them also enabled by advanced PCBAs, I might add!) Of course, lighting is just a fraction of the PCBA-enabled infrastructure on a film set that’s rich with...

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Planning Out The Perfect Garden With Fruit Trees

When it comes to planning out a garden, there are plenty of different routes that you can take. Some people decide to adorn their garden in colourful flowers whereas other people enjoy growing vegetables. One route that you can decide to take is to plant a tree that bears fruit. This combines the idea of having all sorts of colours in your yard with having a plant that provides something useful. However, as with all different plants, you will need to make sure that you are planting the tree in the right conditions or else it won’t grow right....

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Perform Your Golf Play Like The Pro Follow These Presented Tricks For Support

Golf is a sport that is usually played by lots of individuals worldwide.  Golf is different than most sports since the rules require winners of the video game to have the lowest score among their competitors.  Golf can be played by anybody, but for that, they need a ball and a pair of clubs to hit it with. If you would like to play golf, then the information in this report will help you.  As stated before, golf is usually performed by many people around the world. The rules of golf require winners to get the lowest score among...

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