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If you’ve been researching which electronics design and manufacturing company is the best for your business needs, it’s likely that you’ll have been met with a wall of information about specifications and quality standards that the company adheres to. Particularly if your background is in defence, mining or the industrial industries, you’ll be familiar with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and what they mean for your business. IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries – is another certification level to look out for.

So why is it that these acronyms are so important for you to get the right results from your chosen design and manufacturing company?

ISO 9001

The most recent version of this ISO, 9001:2015, is an easy way to recognise that quality processes are in place within a business. Created to help companies review their quality management systems, operating to ISO 9001 keeps standards in place within business processes and heightens their efficiency. ISO 9001 also encourages companies to keep improving their systems.

This is a great signifier for choosing the right design and manufacturing company, as it means that you can have total faith that they’re continually striving to bring their customers the best results possible in a well-documented and audited fashion.

IPC Classes

IPC is the classing system specifically for PCB electronics manufacturing. Every circuit board printed must be classified to one of three levels: Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3; Class 1 being the cheapest standard for general electronics. If you enlist a design and manufacturing company that operates to Class 3 as relevant, you’ll always be satisfied with the longevity, quality and reliability of your electronics. This is particularly crucial if your industry is that of the medical field or defence, where failsafe electronics are pivotal to daily smooth and secure business runnings.

Choose Hetech

Thankfully, at Hetech, we readily conform to ISO 9001 and IPC Class 3 and ensure that our standards are always pushed to be their best. If you want to find out more about how our professional electronics design and manufacturing service can help your business, get in touch with our team today.

If you are planning to outsource the design and manufacture of a printed circuit board, you could save time and money by outsourcing your box build services also. So, what exactly are box build services and why are they beneficial?

What is box build assembly?

Box build assembly is a general term given to all assembly processes in electronics design and manufacture chains other than producing printed circuit boards. Sometimes referred to as systems integration, box build assembly can include anything from placing a circuit board into an enclosure to creating a complex electronic, fully-integrated system.

Why is it beneficial to use the same box build and printed circuit board manufacturing company?

By using the same company to both create your circuit board and complete your box build needs, you are eliminating any room for error as you are trusting one company to complete a full system assembly. Communication between two companies may be limited, causing them to complete the box build services incorrectly or damage the circuit board in their manufacturing process.

Utilising one company to complete both services is a much more cost-efficient option as you eliminate the need to transport your products between two manufacturers. This ensures the final product can be created much more quickly and efficiently.

How can box build assembly create a more reliable product?

Often, turnkey products are much more reliable as a prototype of the product can be created by one manufacturer that is subject to tests before mass production and the product being shipped to the end-user. If flaws in the product are found, the manufacturing company can analyse both the printed circuit board and box build processes to find and eliminate the issue. By outsourcing your design and manufacturing needs to one company, you can have total confidence in the end-result of your product, as the product can be tested more accurately and efficiently.

Hetech electronics design and manufacturing

If you would like to outsource both your printed circuit board and box build assembly needs, trust Hetech. We are your electronics design and manufacturing partner and provide complete turnkey services, so you can rely on us to support you from concept to creation.

Do you require professional PCB assembly services? At Hetech, we offer the highest quality SMT, or surface-mount technology, assembly processes.

As electronics design and manufacturing experts, we have the relevant skills and experience to deliver high-quality assembly services. Our machine room contains the latest technology, is fully ESD compliant and is able to handle PCB assembly projects of all sizes. Our fully automated component feeding, wave soldering and automated inspection ensure every project we complete meets our high standards.

What is SMT?

SMT is the method of mounting components onto circuit boards directly, rather than soldering between two points on a circuit board, known as through-hole. SMT was developed to use PCB space more efficiently and lower production costs, which is why the method is still popular today. Compared to other assembly methods, this process is generally considered more accurate due to its high level of automation.

What are the benefits of SMT?

Size: With SMT, components are smaller in size so more can be fitted onto the board compared to the through-hole assembly process. As the board can be reduced in size, its weight is similarly reduced to 1/10th compared to through-hole assembly.

Cost: PCB manufacturing costs can be reduced as fewer holes are required reducing the amount of drilling required on the circuit board.

Speed: The SMT process can be completed at a much quicker and controlled rate. Every step in the process from component placement to inspection can be automated, preventing human error and creating faster results.

Contact Hetech today

Interested to learn more about SMT or our PCB assembly services in general? Contact us today for more information and to receive a no-obligation quote. An expert member of our team will be more than happy to help you determine if our SMT PCB assembly services are right for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

At Hetech, we were delighted to welcome Park Ridge State High School electronics students to our facility last week to teach them about the local electronics manufacturing industry, and guide them through the opportunities available.

The students were introduced to our manufacturing processes, which are unparalleled in Australia and across the world, during a tour of our large assembly and production floor, onsite warehouse and storage, offices and meeting facilities.

Our highly skilled staff were on hand to answer questions about the manufacture of integrated electronic systems that support a range of industries, including mining, defence, transport, water management and utilities.

As part of the educational visit, the students were also shown how our automated conformal coating machine works by applying a protective polymer film or chemical coating that ‘conforms’ to the circuit board topology.

Its purpose is to protect electronic circuits from harsh environments that may contain moisture and or chemical contaminants.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon with the students and show them around our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

It’s exciting to see more and more electronics students emerging in schools, all enthusiastic, and keen to learn about the exciting world of technology and the opportunities available to them.

However, it’s up to businesses, schools and governments to provide as much assistance and exposure as possible for students, to pursue their career in the industry. We urge anyone who is involved in the electronics or STEM industries to reach out to your local government or schools, even if it is to simply offer an afternoon to show some students around your workplace.

As your electronics, design and manufacturing partner, Hetech is committed to supporting young people and the opportunities available to them in STEM fields, which increase young people’s choices and chances through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Could your business’ processes be improved if everything, from design to creation, was carried out by one supplier? Turnkey product development is a method of utilising one reputable supplier to complete a supply chain, rather than having to connect with and hire multiple organisations. From the initial product design to ensuring the product arrives where it needs to, turnkey manufacturing has multiple benefits, some of which we explore below!

Turnkey Product Development
Your Product Development Partner

1. Streamlined communication

When you only have to communicate with one company, communication can be much more efficient and streamlined. Alternatively, if you were required to speak to multiple different designers, manufacturers and distributors, data-transferring will not only be more difficult, but important ideas and instructions may be lost in communication.

2. Dependable design and manufacturing

Rather than having to research multiple companies, with turnkey product development you only have to communicate with one expert company. This will ensure high-quality at every stage of the production process as the turnkey company will create a product design that they know they will have the technology and expertise to manufacture.

3. Cost-effective

Turnkey product development can reduce costs in freight, component supply, electronics manufacturing and engineering time as this will all be managed by one company. All payments can be paid directly to one company, simplifying your outgoing payments and preventing the need to negotiate finances with multiple establishments.

4. Improved speed

When you work with one company, all departments are in sync and have effective lines of communication. Design and manufacturing teams work together to find and solve product development issues, transferring knowledge between departments. Without turnkey development, one company may cause a significant delay as they do not have the information, tools or experience to complete and solve production diagnostics.

5. Simplify your supply chain management

Turnkey product development requires less human resources to keep a product on track. This simplifies your entire electronics design and development and manufacturing process as your products do not need to be constantly transported or introduced to a new company.

Contact Hetech today

If you’d like to learn more about the turnkey product development services offered by Hetech, contact us today. We are an experienced turnkey design and manufacturing company based in Brisbane.

From all the staff at Hetech, we would like to wish all our clients, suppliers and partners a relaxing Christmas and a prosperous new year!

Hetech’s offices will be closed between December 20th – January 6th.

To contact us at this time, please email support@hetech.com.au and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Ensuring employee safety is the top priority in an electronics manufacturing workplace. One kind of potentially dangerous incident is an electrostatic discharge (ESD), where two objects with differing levels of electric charge come into close proximity. The charge is bounced back and forth between the objects with increasing speed, resulting in it becoming higher. This can result in everything from a flash of stormy lightning to a minor buzz felt between two busy children on a plastic playground slide. In an electrical manufacturing plant, however, a significant ESD can cause major damage to equipment and the delicate electronics that are being assembled. Worse, it can result in sparks, fire and even explosions that can seriously injure employees.

ESD safety equipment is built around the principles of preventing static electricity build-up, and carefully discharging any that has. Most importantly, providing protection from any sudden or unexpected surges that might occur. In electrical manufacturing or engineering environments, one of the best ways to protect workers from ESD is grounding – flooring with anti-static mats or other conductive material that controls and reroutes any dangerous electrical charges.

ESD Wrist Strap

Hetech, with its strong culture of putting safety first, has recently installed new ESD flooring in their factories. Other ESD prevention technologies include special workwear with conductive filaments, like wrist and foot straps, to avoid high charges accumulating on the body. In a large industrial environment, humidity (a natural repellent to the accumulation of electrical charge) control and careful monitoring is also important.

Hetech, certified both in Australia and internationally in electrical safety management, also adheres to international safety standards for operating an Electrostatic Discharge Protected Area (EPA). This not only includes the ESD flooring and safety equipment described above but policies and procedures to assure no delicate electronics are placed in close proximity to materials with a high-charge capacity. In their production of innovative electronics design and technology, Hetech are committed to intrinsically safe products manufactured under the very best conditions for their employees.

Thanks to ESD prevention technology, we have the utmost confidence our production process ensures the highest quality builds with fewer chances of electronic faults. Contact Hetech today for more information on ESD prevention technology, and how to ensure your electrical manufacturing employees are in the safest workplace.

The 5G rollout has begun in Australia, with fixed and mobile internet providers releasing new plans and products across the exciting new network. Mobile device users will benefit from enormous boosts in download speed, almost 100 times faster than the current 4G network at 20 megabytes per second (Gbps). Even at its lowest predicted speed of 100 megabytes per second (Mbps), 5G is still expected to perform at the top speed of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

5G Supercharges IoT Products

Other benefits of 5G include faster latency – the lag time between information sent to and back from a mobile device to the world wide web. This is anticipated to be as quick as 1 millisecond, compared to the current 40 milliseconds on the 4G network. Another major feature expected from 5G is the ability to connect more devices to the same network, without crippling the network speed.

These factors together will be of great benefit to what is popularly termed the ‘Internet of things’ (IoT). For example, 5G in the home won’t just mean faster and better-quality TV streaming. There will also be the chance for a comprehensive home network with multiple smart devices and technology (electronics, virtual assistants, security systems) working faster and more effectively together.

Industry Benefits

For IoT in the mining, manufacturing and engineering industries, the 5G network is potentially game-changing. Highly sensitive and expensive electronic technology will operate with added speed, efficiency and engagement. The fast latency enabled by 5G will allow self-driving vehicles – of major benefit to the mining industry for accessing unsafe areas – to be navigated with increased precision and accountability. The same benefits will apply to other IoT technology such as drones, automated sorting and ‘big data’ artificial intelligence devices. Multiple device network connectivity allows more IoT technology working together with increased productivity, accuracy and efficiency.

Are you ready to implement IoT?

Hetech, as a leader in electronic design and manufacturing, is ready for the 5G revolution. They have already designed a range of electronic devices enabled with IoT, allowing effective implementation via the powerful 5G network into future products.

Contact Hetech, your electronics Design and Manufacturing Partner, to learn more about the potential benefits of 5G in your new product development.

Hetech recently attended The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne. The annual event is Australia’s largest mining EXPO where the world’s leading mining technology, engineering and finance companies showcase their latest innovations.

With the mining industry currently experiencing an unprecedented change in terms of process automation, IoT and AI, this years event was particularly exciting. There were several new technologies and innovations discussed which promise to make mining safer, efficient and more environmentally sustainable in the future.

Here are Hetech’s top five takeaways from this year’s event:

1. Sustainable Mining Innovation and Goals

Environmentally sustainable mining is in focus right now as climate change forces mine owners to reduce their environmental impact. As part of the initiative to create a more sustainable mining industry, the ReThink Sustainability Index was launched at the event which aims to help mines benchmark alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The tool, a joint venture between IMARC and ShineWing Australia, will help mine operators measure their progress towards meeting each of the SDG’s 17 goals for sustainability. It will also highlight strengths and areas of weakness which need to be addressed to meet the industries goals.

2. Digitisation of Mines

The digitisation of mines is starting to bring real efficiency benefits to mine owners. IIoT and other technologies have transformed the way data is collected and monitored. Processes that would have previously taken months can now be carried out instantaneously with little to no human intervention.

One such solution showcased at IMARC was CSIRO’s automated groundwater monitoring system. This innovative system uses sensors to remotely monitor groundwater levels deep in the mine. The data is then fed back to a central computer to provide 24hr monitoring for contaminants. Once certified the system will replace conventional manual water sampling methods, which can take up eight weeks to complete.

Hetech with CSIRO discussing their latest automated groundwater monitoring system.
Hetech MD, Mark Steiner with CSIRO

3. Continuous Operations with Automation

Continuous operation of mines is becoming more prevalent today thanks to the increased adoption of automation systems. Innovations such as remote-controlled vehicles and autonomous underground mining equipment mean workers roles are changing from being based behind the wheel or deep underground to working behind a computer screen.

One such solution was showcased by Hetech. The Australian electronics design and manufacturing company demonstrated its Vanadium Spiral ore sorting machine which is designed to integrate with gravity-fed spiral circuits to autonomously separate minerals. The solution minimises human intervention, reduces risk and helps to improve ore recovery percentages from underground mines.

4. Employee Safety through IoT and Automation

The safety of workers down the mine is of critical importance to mine owners and operators. IIoT and automation technologies can help keep workers safe by providing a range of solutions such as automated miners, tracking of personnel and real-time data collection.

Software company Strata creates software to provide real-time tracking and monitoring of personnel across the mine. The company’s StrataConnect wireless system is designed to work in the harshest conditions and does not require any pre-existing infrastructure or hard-wired backbone for installation. It can also be used for reliable communications between personnel including voice, text, and SOS messages, eliminating the restrictions of traditional TTE communications.

5. Mining Simulation & AI

A combination of technologies including AI, drones and big data have allowed mines to be mapped and simulated in more detail than ever before. This allows operators to predict the environmental impact of mining activities including assaying, drilling, sizing, crushing and transporting before they are carried out.

Simulation Engineering Technologies (SET) is a leader in the field with its SimMIne software used to create accurate models of complex mining systems. The solution allows operators to evaluate the development process in underground mines giving them a far better understanding of production system processes. This information can then be used to limit the environmental impact of mineral extraction and develop mitigation systems for environmental issues before they occur.

Our Final Thought

You can see from the above innovations showcased at IMARC that the transformation of the mining industry is in full swing. Mines are set for the biggest upheaval since the industrial revolution in the next few years as more innovative technology gets rolled out. As a result, mines of the future will be more environmentally sustainable, safer and offer greater efficiency than ever before.

To learn more about how Hetech’s electronics design and manufacturing can assist in improving your mining technology contact us today.

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