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years without an associate having a work-related medical insurance claim; the Matric Limited facility has gone a year without such a claim. “This is a much higher standard than lost-time accidents, which are report- ed to OSHA,” he adds.


Critical Applications Matric Group is a contract man-


ufacturer of electronic assemblies used in the commercial, industrial, medical equipment, and aerospace markets. The company’s capabilities include assembly of circuit boards and cables as well as complete sys- tems of electronics and other compo- nents that are pre-assembled, con- nected, and placed in a ready-to-use enclosure (box-build). Applications for the electronics


produced by Matric Group include use in heavy industrial equipment, high-precision laboratory equipment and measurement devices, life-sav- ing medical devices, and aviation components. Many of the compo- nents manufactured by the company are used in critical applications, in- cluding the wearable defibrillators worn by heart patients, Turner says.


Matric’s engineering staff distinguishes it from its competitors. The company has employees dedicated to aftermarket service as well as engineering and manufacturing.


The company is certified to ISO


9000, AS 9100 and ISO 13485 stan- dards. The company maintains the


wealth of knowledge needed to de- sign and manufacture products that meet regulatory requirements for many agencies including the MSHA and the FDA. The company holds certifications for regulated products including ATEX, IECEX, CSA, ITAR, RoHS, REACH, and UL. When Turner purchased the


company in 1993 from its founders, 60 to 70 percent of its business used through-hole components. Today, the company’s business comprises approx- imately 90 percent surface mount component placement.


Trusted Partners Matric’s engineering staff is


what distinguishes it from many of its contract manufacturing competi- tors. “We can not only help our clients in the design aspects of their products, but because of the way we are structured, we can help cus- tomers maintain the full lifecycles of their products,” Turner says, noting that the company has employees ded- icated to aftermarket service as well as engineering and manufacturing. Once a circuit board or box-


build assembly is designed and engi- neered by either Matric Group or its customers, the company’s staff or- ders all of the components needed for the product to be manufactured. “We always tell people that we


are as much in the materials man- agement business as we are the elec- tronic manufacturing business,” says Turner. He adds the company makes circuit boards that can contain as many as 2,000 components. “All you need is to be short one chip, and you


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won’t be able to assemble a complete product.” The company manages its in-


ventory of parts using an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Once parts are received, circuit boards and other products are as- sembled and tested before being sent to customers. Some of the parts used by Ma-


tric Group on the circuit boards it as- sembles are extremely small. One of the SMT components used by the company in routine production is 0.6 x 0.3 mm (0.024 x 0.012 in.) in size — “roughly the size of the knot on the bowtie on a Lincoln head penny,” says Turner.


Following assembly, each cir-


cuit board goes through an automat- ed optical inspection (AOI) process that compares the components and soldered joints against a master board and product design specifica- tions. The company also uses X-ray equipment to inspect leadless devices on circuit board assemblies and con- ducts functional in-circuit testing of its products. The company continues to in-


vest in manufacturing and other equipment to help it better serve its clients. This includes recently adding inspection and laser etching equip- ment, as well as autoplacers that al- low the manufacturing staff to place


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extremely small components. “We operate with the under-


standing and expectation that we are being entrusted with our customers’ intellectual property, and know we have to take great care in maintain- ing and managing that on their be- half,” he adds. Contact: Matric Ltd., 2099 Hill


City Road, Seneca, PA 16346 % 814-677-0716 E-mail: sales@matric.com Web: www.matric.com r


This article was originally published in the February 2017 issue of Manufacturing Today.


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