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Entech Development Announced

Entech is the latest in a series of local businesses to announce new developments that will increasing their employment.

Entech will upgrade their manufacturing facility to increase capacity to create products for the defence, aerospace and medical technology industries.

Entech, which supplies electronics products and systems to a range of industries, employs about 80 people in Devon Park and also runs a manufacturing plant in China.

Entech managing director Wayne Hoffman said the expansion was the largest single project undertaken by the company.

“The creation of 60 or more positions in our advanced manufacturing facility is exciting for Entech and also for other high-technology design and marketing businesses who need manufacturing services,” he said in a statement.

“High-tech, high-reliability, high-value and niche products represent the future of manufacturing in Australia and we are proud to be at the forefront of the precision electronics market.”  See InDaily 15/1/18

PCB Expo Thailand

Through our membership of The World Electronics Forum (WEF), EIDA will be officially recognised as a Supporting Organisation at PCB Expo Thailand on 10-12 May 2018 at the Challenger 1, IMPACT Exhibition Centre Bangkok.

“PCB Expo Thailand, ASEAN’s only exhibition on printed circuit board manufacturing and electronic assemblies, is organised to bring together the PCB community (manufacturers, buyers, sellers and professionals etc.) on a single platform in Thailand as the country is becoming a growing PCB and electronic component manufacturer.

The PCB Expo Thailand is the opportunity to explore Thailand's electronic and electrical components sector, which is a 60 billion dollar market. It has been thriving and growing exponentially for the last three decades.”

Thailand has been a quiet achiever in the electronics assembly and component space that probably hasn’t got the attention it deserves. There are also technologies that have moved out of the sole domain of the large consumer electronics companies into the realm of industrial and specialised electronics industries that we simply do not see in Australia.

EIDA members who will attend or exhibit can contact for access to exclusive benefits. See also: and

Global Innovation Rankings

Australia ranks 18 in a new survey of global innovation performance.

South Korea was the top performer again in 2017 for the fifth consecutive year. In second place again was Sweden, while Singapore jumped from sixth place to third in the 2017 Bloomberg rankings. Germany (4) and Switzerland (5) were both down one spot. Japan moved up one place to sixth. USA (11) moved down two places.

Australia was ranked below Norway (15), Netherlands (16) and UK (17). Middle ranking nations included Finland (7), Denmark (8), France (9) and Israel (10). 

A significant factor in South Korea, was their strong US patent activity, with Samsung Electronics Co. noted for its strong performance in digital-media equipment, semiconductors and smartphones. The focus on education in Singapore, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines moved Singapore ahead of European countries, Germany and Finland, according to Bloomberg.

The annual index ranks countries based on seven criteria, including their research and development expenditure, productivity and concentration of high-tech public companies. It is possible that if innovation by Australia’s SMEs was included that we would be placed higher.

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State of Electronics

Hobby electronics has not disappeared.  It is alive and growing in new directions including the hacker space movement through developments including Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Python.  The YouTube video linked below has an important reference to the use of Freetronics Kits at a local university at an introductory stage of their undergraduate teaching program. This video is informative and worth the investment of 20 minutes.

Hendon Semiconductors - EIDA Member Feature

Hendon Semiconductors is an Australian company that specialises in the design and fabrication of custom semiconductor integrated circuits.
Hendon Semiconductors was established in 1962 as the Semiconductor Division of Philips, back in the days that Philips also produced radio receivers and CRT’s for their locally built television receivers. As Philips exited manufacturing in Australia the semiconductor business was acquired by its senior management in 1996 and in 2007 became a business division of Legend Corporation.
Today Hendon Semiconductors offers specialised services and capabilities in the
following areas:
  • Electronic and electrical engineering and product design
  • Design and manufacture of Thick Film Hybrids on Ceramic Substrate
  • Electronic manufacturing services (surface mount and through hole technologies)
  • Full in-house testing facilities (visual, in circuit, functional, accelerated life testing)
  • Failure analysis and qualification
  • NATA certified test laboratory
  • Procurement, supply chain and project management 
Key focus in Consumer Electronics, Defence, Medical markets.
Hendon Semiconductors is certified to International Standards ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems, ISO 13485: 2016 Medical Devices - Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System.
Hendon Semiconductors employs 70 staff including 15 engineers and scientists in its Adelaide operation.

Understanding Manufacturing through Blockchain

When aircraft manufacturers today are faced with a problem in a plane that has been in service for many years, they encounter a significant challenge tracing the history of the suspected part or component and chronology of events surrounding it to find the right fix. These could be issues or damages fixed right from the manufacturing process, flight test observations, customisations by lease operators, maintenance observations and changes, damages due to in-flight incidents such as a hard landing or bird strike and pilot logs from in-flight observations and issues.

All this data is spread out in multiple systems across organisations in the supply chain, and data gathering and reconciliation becomes an extremely challenging exercise. Some airlines spend as much as 90% of the time and effort finding and organising the data chronologically, and only 10% of time in finding the fix. And the aircraft are grounded during this time - massive revenue loss for an industry with high asset utilization targets.

Now imagine the savings that would be possible, if there were a system of records that brought together all of the information from all of these sources in one place, all organised in chronological order. With such a system, aircraft could be back in the air within just 20% of the time taken earlier. Enter blockchain!

These examples taken from the aircraft industry also have relevance to all manufacturing industry.


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