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SMD to exhibit at 2022 Design-2-Part Nashville

SMD is coming to Design-2-Part Nashville  in Nashville, Tennessee.

SMD will be exhibiting at the 2022 Design-2-Part Nashville September 14th and September 15th in the Music City Center.

The Mid-South Design-2-Part Show is the most efficient place to meet hundreds of high-quality American suppliers of custom parts, stock parts, and manufacturing services. From design and prototypes to production, finishing, and assemblies —get the instant answers you need at this show.

The Nashville show will exclusively feature over 135 American suppliers that can help your business mitigate risk, shorten the supply chain, and get parts manufactured on time.

Visit SMD at booth 206 and speak with Sales Manager Zack Keas for all your circuit board assembly (PCBA), cable and wire harness, and electromechanical box build needs and requirements.

 

Littelfuse to Acquire C&K Switches

Littelfuse to Acquire C&K Switches

Littelfuse, Inc. has acquired C&K Switches a leading designer & manufacturer of high-performance electromechanical switches & interconnect solutions.

SMD to exhibit at 2022 IME South

SMD is coming to IME South in Charlotte, North Carolina.

SMD will be exhibiting at the 2022 IME South June 14th, June 15th and June 16th in the Charlotte Convention Center.

The all-New IM Engineering South is the six-in-one advanced design and manufacturing expo designed to give you a comprehensive view of product lifecycle-from prototype to production. The event features the latest insights and solutions spanning medtech, packaging, manufacturing, automation, plastics, design, and processing.

Visit SMD at booth 1523 and speak with Sales Manager Zack Keas for all your circuit board assembly (PCBA), cable and wire harness, and electromechanical box build needs and requirements.

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Customer Survey Results Q4 2021 and Q1 2022

By Zack Keas on May 19, 2022

An integral part of ISO 9001:2015 is customer satisfaction. If you are not already working with SMD, does your current supplier obtain, monitor, measure, analyze and evaluate your degree of customer satisfaction? If not, how does your supplier continuously improve? Every six months SMD sends a survey to our customers asking for their feedback regarding Quality, Delivery, Quote Turnaround and Overall Satisfaction with SMD. Via SurveyMonkey, we are pleased to be meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality, delivery and overall satisfaction, and continuously improving quote turnaround. Our Net Promoter® Score placed us in the top 25% of 104,486 global benchmark companies with zero detractors.

Contact Us if you would like this level of service and thank to you all our customers completing the survey.

Customer Survey Results Q2 and Q3 2021

By Zack Keas on December  6, 2021

An integral part of ISO 9001:2015 is customer satisfaction. If you are not already working with SMD, does your current supplier obtain, monitor, measure, analyze and evaluate your degree of customer satisfaction? If not, how does your supplier continuously improve? Every six months SMD sends a survey to our customers asking for their feedback regarding Quality, Delivery, Quote Turnaround and Overall Satisfaction with SMD. Via SurveyMonkey, we are pleased to be meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality, delivery and overall satisfaction, and continuously improving quote turnaround. Our Net Promoter® Score placed us in the top 50-75% of more than 118,000 global benchmark companies with zero detractors.

Contact Us if you would like this level of service and thank to you all our customers completing the survey.

Industry Update Regarding Analog Devices and Maxim Integrated

Analog Devices Completes Acquisition of Maxim Integrated

SMD to exhibit at 2021 D&M West

SMD is coming to 2021 D&M West in Anaheim California.

SMD will be exhibiting at the 2021 D&M West  August 10th, August 11th and August 12th in the Anaheim Convention Center.

Visit SMD at booth 3458, and meet one of the leading electronics contract manufacturers in the Southwest to learn more about our experience in manufacturing circuit board assemblies, cables & wiring harnesses, and box builds..

Customer Survey Results Q1 2021

By Zack Keas on June  4, 2021

An integral part of ISO 9001:2015 is customer satisfaction. If you are not already working with SMD, does your current supplier obtain, monitor, measure, analyze and evaluate your degree of customer satisfaction? If not, how does your supplier continuously improve? Every six months SMD sends a survey to our customers asking for their feedback regarding Quality, Delivery, Quote Turnaround and Overall Satisfaction with SMD. Via SurveyMonkey, we are pleased to be meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality, delivery and overall satisfaction, and continuously improving quote turnaround. Our Net Promoter® Score placed us in the top 25-50% of more than 146,000 global benchmark companies with zero detractors.

Contact Us if you would like this level of service and thank to you all our customers completing the survey.

SMD to exhibit at San Antonio Manufacturers Association Virtual Trade Show and Conference

SMD is coming to SAMA Virtual Trade Show and Conference in San Antonio, TX.

SMD will be exhibiting at the 2021 SAMA Come and Make It in Texas Tradeshow and Conference in San Antonio May 12th and May 13th using the virtual world of Virbela.

Visit SMD at booth D32, and meet one of the leading electronics contract manufacturers in the Southwest to learn more about our experience in manufacturing circuit board assemblies, cables & wiring harnesses, and box builds..

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Understanding Fiducial Markers on PCBs

January 14, 2021

By Zack Keas

With a better understanding of What is Needed to Quote Your Circuit Board Assembly, I would now like to discuss Fiducial Markers and the advantages they offer to yield the best possible placement of SMT components.

When your custom PCB is fed into our SMT Pick and Place machines for SMT component placement, the first process our SMT Pick and Place machines look for are the three (3) fiducial markers to recognize the X and Y position of the PCB.  Why is that important, because with a known X and Y position baseline, the SMT Pick and Place machines can optimally place the SMT components.

Now that you know more about the importance of fiducial markers, here are recommendations on how to incorporate them into your custom PCB design.

The fiducial marker is made by placing a non-drilled copper layer in a circular shape.  The fiducial marker must be free from solder mask.

The optimum size of a fiducial marker should be between 1.5mm and 3mm. A clearance area similar to the diameter of the marker must be maintained.

The fiducial marker must maintain a distance of 0.3 inches to the edge of the board, excluding the clearance area of the fiducial marker.

While having fiducial markers on the PCB is ideal, if your board is already in production, or if due to regulatory requirements, adding fiducial markers is not possible, SMD can add these fiducial markers to the breakaway PCB border, aka PCB rails.

SMD is happy to answer any questions you have.  Contact US today and we look forward to hearing from you.