White Horse Laboratories Expands Capabilities in Qinghu Facility

Hong Kong – In spite of the global pandemic, White Horse Laboratories, an electronic component testing, training, and quality management company,  has stayed on course in its investment plan for new equipment. “We’ve upgraded our X-ray system here in our Qinghu facility to higher magnification and resolution needed for Failure Analysis,” explained Mark A. Rinehart, […]

What is EVI?

What is Visual inspection? Visual inspection is a key tool in verifying that quality meets your standard. To distinguish the external inspection of the package, pins/terminals, and marking from the internal inspection of the die, bond wires, and lead frame, we refer specifically external visual inspection (EVI). The objective is to identify substandard, and even counterfeit, electronic […]

Testing Outside the Box

When detecting counterfeit MOSFET and other active discrete devices, the first concern is lower power devices being substituted for higher power requirements. The next concern is inferior copies and defective product that are pushed into the supply chain. Over the last few weeks we certainly caught a lot of them. And that was with our […]

Is your Inventory Expired?

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and your 2019 is off an running. In my last article, I discussed that the capacitance value of Class 2 MLCC degrades over time, the majority occurring early in their ‘life’. You should discuss with your engineering team about a lower limit, estimate the […]

Shortages and other Supply Chain Challenges: What’s a Buyer to do?

In my last article, I summarized the causes and effects of the ongoing MLCC shortage. This situation of course creates risk for buyers. And by “buyers” I mean the organization as well as the individual. In times of shortage, how do you ensure that you can continue to supply your production lines? A few thoughts: […]

MLCC Shortage: How did we get there?

The humble multi-layer ceramic capacitor. They had been considered essentially stock items. We didn’t forecast for them, they were just generally available. Now they’re in shortage and you can’t find what you need anywhere. How did we get to this point? There have been a lot of articles about this, but I like to spell […]