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Comment: UK back in the manufacturing game

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The UK is back in the game for manufacturing, says Rod Piwowarski, CEO of Fordingbridge-based Corintech It has been easy to write the UK off as an economic choice for manufacturing if you base that opinion on a few choice labour overhead comparisons. In the industrial electronics industry, in which we operate, it’s also easy to imagine we simply can’t achieve the ...

X-Fab gets IC designers X-Cited

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An award for improving semiconductor manufacturing processes has been established by X-FAB Silicon Foundries. The prizes, of course, are ICs made to the winners’ designs. Wittily dubbed X-Cite, the award will allow engineering teams to experiment with more imaginative design concepts using the semiconductor processes provided by X-FAB as a foundation. Fabless semiconductor companies as well as research establishments experienced ...

UK manufacturer adds specialist PCB capability for hi-rel market

Corintech’s managing director, Pete Cross

Corintech has invested £300,000 in a surface mount production line at its manufacturing facility in Fordingbridge, Hampshire. The Europlacer pick-and-place machine and ancillary services will be located in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and will start production in March. The new machine will give the company a capability in intricate PCB assembly for products used in high reliability medical and aerospace applications. Tim Waterman, ...

Harting boosts power system capability in the UK

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Harting Integrated Solutions has extended its design and manufacturing capabilities in the UK for PCBs capable of transmitting high-power using a range of solutions designed to connect high currents directly onto the PCB. In addition to their normal use for carrying data and signals, backplanes and passive PCBs are used to link the power supply to connected devices. The Harting ...

Zytronic invests £1m to increase touch sensor output

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UK-based manufacturer of touch sensors, Zytronic has invested £1m to increase its manufacturing capacity for large format touch sensors used in digital signage and table surface applications. The firm has expanded the ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanroom area at its manufacturing in Newcastle by 25%. Touch screens are manufactured in cleanroom conditions and Zytronic is increasing throughput of large touch sensors of up ...

Photonics shines brightest for IQE

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IQE, the semiconductor wafer supplier to global mobile chip makers, has signaled ongoing weakness in the mobile and smartphone market segments. Despite this the Newport-based manufacturer said it is has seen an improvement in the second half of the year and is on track to achieve year on year revenue growth. In a trading update, IQE said that weakness in wireless wafer sales ...

Raytheon gets big SiC diode order in Scotland

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Raytheon UK’s foundry has received an order from a major fabless semiconductor manufacturer to mass produce silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky barrier diodes which are used for power conversion. When fabricated from SiC diodes can handle higher voltages than its silicon [only] counterpart, whilst also reducing power losses. Complexities around thermal management systems are simplified too, enabling the creation of smaller, lighter and ...

Europe extends reach of REACH regs

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In connection with the REACH Regulation (EC 1907/2006), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) passed a judgement on 10 September concerning articles that, according to the REACH Regulation, contain so-called ‘substances of very high concern’ (SVHCs). To date, a threshold value of 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) as laid down in Article 7, Paragraph 2 and Article 33 of the ...

Smart factory? It’s all in the software

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Internet connectivity is changing the way manufacturers manage their factories and supply chains. The concept of the smart factory is becoming known as Industry 4.0. Manufacturing processes now rely on internet connectivity and embedded sensor and control systems. It also needs the software tools to manage the production process from supply chain to finished product. An important aspect of Industry ...

JST opens wet processing lab

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JST Manufacturing has opened an applications laboratory where end-users can develop wet chip fabrication processes. The Idaho firm manufactures wet processing equipment, and the lab allows experiments with various chemistries tests on real equipment ranging from immersion and spray tools to dryers. Metrology equipment including a scanning electron microscope and Tencor particle counter is available. “By visiting applications labs, end ...