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Technical Library

Embracing a New Paradigm: Electronic Work Instructions (EWI)

Credits: ScanCAD International, Inc.

While there have been quite dramatic and evident improvements in almost every facet of manufacturing over the last several decades there is one aspect of production that remains stubbornly unaffected. Nearly all manufacturing or assembly procedures are created, deployed, and stored using methodologies derived from a set of assumptions that ceased to be relevant fifty years ago. This set of assumptions, referred to below as the "Paper Paradigm" has been, and continues as the dominant paradigm for manufacturing procedures to this day. It is time for a new paradigm (...)

This paper seeks to present an alternative. Instead of enhancing and improving on systems that became irrelevant with the invention of a database, rewrite the paradigm. Change the underlying assertions to more accurately reflect our current technological capability.

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Events Calendar

Intermountain (Boise) Expo & Tech Forum | March 26 | SMTA

IPC High Reliability Forum | May 14 - 16 | IPC

PCB Cleaning Webinar Series | ZESTRON Corporation

Training Courses

IPC Training & Certification Courses

Soldering & PCB Rework Courses

Electronics Experts Needed - Contract Jobs

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An excellent contract job opportunity for consultants or recent retirees

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Industry Associations Events


SMTA - Surface Mount Technology Association is a non-profit international association of companies and individuals (totalling 4,000) involved in all aspects of advanced electronics assembly, surface mount and related technologies.

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IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries is a US-based trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its nearly 2,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed wiring board manufacturing and electronics assembly.

Membership Info | Training & Certification | Online Store | Upcoming Events

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Newsletter Editor - Anna Girouard, 98 Elm Street, Portland, Maine 04101 USA, Tel.207-780-0887.


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