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products to meet regulatory requirement for many regulatory agencies including MSHA and the FDA. The company holds certifications for regulated products including ATEX, IECEX, CSA, ITAR, ROHS, REACH and UL.
The vast majority - more than 90 percent - of the circuit boards produced by Matric Group are manufactured
using the surface-mount technology (SMT) method.
SMT involves soldering electronic components directly onto the surface of a circuit board as opposed to using leads that are inserted through holes drilled into the
board before being soldered into place, known as the
through-hole method. The SMT method has largely replaced through-hole assembly on circuit boards because
it allows electronic designs to compress circuits into extremely small footprints, Turner says.
"When I purchased the company in 1993 from its
founders, I would say that around 60 to 70 percent of our
business was through-hole components; today, I would
say that 90 percent of the electronic components we
place are surface mount," he adds.

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the size of the knot on the bowtie on a Lincoln head penny," Turner says.
Following assembly, each circuit board manufactured by the company goes through an automated
optical inspection process that compares the components and soldered joints against a master board and
product design specifications. Matric Group also uses
X-ray equipment to inspect leadless devices on circuit
board assemblies and conducts functional in-circuit
testing of its products.
The company continues to invest in manufacturing and other equipment to help it better serve its
clients. This includes recently adding inspection and
laser etching equipment, as well as equipment that allows the manufacturing staff to place extremely small
components. "We operate with the understanding
and expectation that we are being entrusted with our
customers' intellectual property, and know we have to
take great care in maintaining and managing that on
their behalf," he adds. mt

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The work of Matric Group's engineering staff distinguishes it from many of its contract manufacturing peers.
"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 customers maintain the full lifecycles of their
products," Turner says, noting the company has employees dedicated to aftermarket service as well as engineering and manufacturing.
Once a circuit board or box-build assembly is designed
and engineered by either Matric Group or its customers,
the company's staff orders all of the components needed for the product to be manufactured. "We always tell
people that we are as much in the materials management
business as we are the electronic manufacturing business," Turner says, noting the company makes circuit
boards containing as many as 2000 components. "All you
need is to be short one chip, and you wouldn't be able to
assemble a complete product."
The company manages its inventory of parts using an
enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Once parts
are received, circuit boards and other products are assembled and tested before being sent to customers.
Some of the parts used by Matric Group on the circuit boards it assembles are extremely small. One of the
smaller SMT components used by the company in routine production is .6 by .3 millimeters in size - "roughly
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