Static electricity is not a friend to PCB (printed circuit board) manufacturers. Static can cause component failures and a host of other issues. Products that are “ESD Safe”, meaning they will not generate charge, are a requirement for PCB manufacturers as part of an comprehensive ESD program.
The new venue (Cleveland’s I-X Center) gets a big thumbs up. There was plenty of space for exhibitors as well as the local IPMS club’s model contest, multiple demonstration areas, the make and take area, and ample seating near the food concessions.
Let’s say you are a Contract Manufacturer and you’ve just been awarded a new contract but find you need to convert a production line to 100% ESD safe products. You’re not sure if you can purchase Xuron® tools in this configuration and you may even need some technical assistance. You place a call to your local Xuron Corp. Manufacturer’s Representative and are quickly referred to the appropriate model numbers and specifications and an appointment has been set for him/her to visit your facility to follow-up and provide any needed training.
Not to say that any of you, our wonderful customers don’t treat your Xuron® tools like gold and take the very best care of them, but sometimes it’s nice to share a few tips for care and maintenance:
The Bead & Button show has been on my “wish list” for years. I’ve wanted to be there as an exhibitor, or at very least to walk the show so I could see for myself what it is all about. This is a trade show with a waiting list for exhibitors — unheard of in this day and age. Bead and Button also claims to be the largest consumer bead show in the world. What’s not to be curious about?