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Why Engineering Expertise Matters for Semiconductor Packaging

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Nov 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Collaborative Design Engineering

When it comes to semiconductor packaging, working in collaboration can be beneficial to both the equipment manufacturer, and the packaging partner. While it's true that most micro-fabrication equipment producers have their own design teams with engineering expertise, there are packaging companies that specialize in preparing complex, fragile products for shipping. When you work with a packaging partner that has its own design and engineering team, there are synergies that can directly benefit you.

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3 Reasons to Have A Packaging Partner in Your Supply Chain

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Nov 18, 2015 7:57:39 PM

The Value of Speed, Accuracy and Reliability

When it comes to fast turn-around times, speed, accuracy and reliability are top priorities within the semiconductor industry. For professional suppliers of micro-fabrication equipment, being a go-to vendor that can deliver "just in time" in the fast paced world of semiconductor device manufacturing is imperative. You must respond to your client's production line needs with lightening speed or risk losing your competitive edge.

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7 Tips for Shipping Semiconductor Equipment

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Nov 17, 2015 12:08:25 PM

Crating and Shipping Semiconductor Equipment 

There are several factors that make crating and shipping semiconductor equipment especially challenging. First, the industry's products are constantly changing at exponential speed. Given the nature of the products, typically being shipped from a clean room environment, considerable expertise is required in order to maintain a product's integrity throughout its journey. Finally, because new products are in constant development, design and engineering divisions need to be swift, adaptable and able to collaborate with their packaging company.

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Customizing Trade Show Shipping Cases

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 28, 2015 4:15:58 PM

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Show Case Your Product

Are you gearing up to hit the road with your exciting new product line or your latest design concept? Will you need a new travel case to display your wares? Do you know what to consider before purchasing an ATA case?

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Topics: ATA Cases

A Case for Quality: Why Not to Buy Cheap ATA Cases

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 5, 2015 1:10:00 PM

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Why You Should Invest Upfront in Your ATA Case

It's always tempting to find ways to save, so why pay more for a custom ATA case when there are lower cost alternatives? The reason is straightforward and simple - because spending less initially can end up costing you much more over the long haul. Buyers that try to cut corners on cases typically experience either one or both of these outcomes:

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Guide to Ordering Custom ATA Cases

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 1, 2015 7:46:09 PM

What to Think About Before You Place Your Order

If you are thinking about using an ATA case to protect and transport your product, you may be wondering what questions you need to ask to get exactly what you need and want. Our design engineers are trained to listen and work with you to achieve the best possible result for custom ATA cases. When you speak with one of our team members, it is best to be prepared with a sample product or product pictures, dimensions and other key details - and don't hesitate to be creative. Imagination is the only limit to what's possible with custom ATA cases.

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What Does ATA Stand For?

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Sep 30, 2015 7:52:00 PM

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Setting Standards for ATA Custom Cases 

The Air Transport Association dates back to 1936 with 14 original airline carrier members. ATA cases first acquired their moniker in 1960, when the Air Transport Association established a set of specifications designed to ensure the cases could withstand high-impact airline travel. If a shipper conformed to these specifications, it was possible for a case to be "ATA Certified." Since then, the industry and it's association have changed. Now known as A4A or Airlines for America, explicit certification is no longer offered. However, it is possible to design custom ATA cases within the ATA 300 Compliance rules, (ATA Spec 300) and these rules can still be relied upon as the "gold standard" for shipping by air.  

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How to Deliver Medical Devices to Doctor's Offices and Clinics

Posted by Mark Hoffman

May 27, 2015 3:05:00 PM

How to Safely Deliver Medical Devices

Shipping medical equipment and devices to doctor's offices, clinics, hospitals and other related facilities, raises issues unique to the healthcare industry. Surprisingly, not all hospitals have loading docks designed to handle highly sensitive equipment. This is even more true for doctor's offices and clinics. If you are crating and shipping surgical equipment or other medical devices, here are a few things to think about.

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Select the Right Container for Shipping Medical Devices and Robotics

Posted by Mark Hoffman

May 21, 2015 5:16:00 PM

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Best Practices for Making the Best Packaging Choice

By the time you're ready to ship a sensitive medical device or complex robotic equipment, you've already invested a great deal of time and money in development and production. No doubt you want your product to arrive in perfect, working order. To a large extent, selecting the proper packaging for shipping medical devices or robotics depends on your particular circumstances.

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Tips on Safely Shipping Pre-assembled Devices and Machines

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Apr 24, 2015 12:05:00 PM

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Design Your Crates & ATA Cases for the Job

When shipping advanced electronics such as robotics and medical devices, the importance of delivering equipment preassembled is driven by the customer's need for simplicity. Destinations for such orders range from doctor's offices and clinics to trade shows and laboratories. Whatever the location, the top priorities from a customer's perspective are that the product arrives in working condition and that it works with little or no assembly. How you design your crates or ATA cases for shipping makes a large difference in accomplishing this. We suggest the best way to guarantee safe delivery of pre-assembled products, especially when shipping sensitive and expensive technologies, is to develop a relationship with and work closely with the company designated to crate and ship your product. 

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