Avoiding Headaches from Chinese New Year's Slowdown

Posted on November 02, 2018
by Paul Schwanbeck
As we all know, the Chinese New Year is quickly approaching. The preparation for the Spring Festival starts in late January with the celebration beginning February 5 th, 2019. Most of China’s..
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MFG Day Success

Posted on October 18, 2018
by Ian DeGraff
On October 4 th, 15th and 16
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New 10% & 25% Tariffs

Posted on October 18, 2018
by Ian DeGraff
Trade tensions between China and America continue to flare and new tariffs have gone into effect. On September 24th a 10% tariff on all printed circuit boards made in and imported from China went..
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Excellence in Engineering: Designing for the Smart Home

Posted on October 18, 2018
by Ian DeGraff
Pro-Active Engineering kicked off its first lunch and learn series on September 19th titled “Excellence in Engineering” with Arrow Electronics. Arrow Electronics gave a presentation on designing..
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Pro-Active Engineering Fixes Flawed Design

Posted on August 31, 2018
by Ian DeGraff

Pro-Active Engineering helps JNL meet customer deadlines

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25% Tariff hits Electronic Components

Posted on July 26, 2018
by Ian DeGraff

25% Tariff on Chinese Electronic Components 

We wanted to thank you for being a loyal customer, and to keep you informed of political changes affecting the electronics manufacturing industry. As..

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Global Component Shortage (Part 2)

Posted on July 26, 2018
by Ian DeGraff

4 Ways to Avoid Slowdowns from the Shortages

1. List alternatives for each component on your Bill of Materials (BOM)

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Global Component Shortage (Part 1)

Posted on July 02, 2018
by Ian DeGraff

Understanding Component Scarcity

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Understanding how Delivery Dates are Calculated

Posted on June 28, 2018
by Paul Schwanbeck

Delivery Dates

As Pro-Active Engineering continues to grow and improve our processes to ensure our customers over-all satisfaction, we would like to take the time to define the term “delivery..

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$215k in Equipment & Increased Capabilities 

Posted on March 07, 2018
by Ian DeGraff

Pro-Active Engineering has began 2018 with a $215,000 capital investment in hardware and software designed to improve logistics, traceability, and material handling practices. This investment will..

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Wisconsin State Journal Profiles Pro-Active Engineering

Posted on April 11, 2017
by Ian DeGraff

The Wisconsin State Journal reported on our amazing growth and ITAR certification. Read the story here!

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Broodminder Asks: Can Data Science Save The Bees?

Posted on April 06, 2017
by Ian DeGraff

Pro-Active Engineering Fixes Field Failure Fumble

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Pro-Active Engineering Becomes ITAR Certified

Posted on April 06, 2017
by Ian DeGraff

Madison, WI, March 30, 2017— Pro-Active Engineering, a local leader in electronic manufacturing and engineering services, is proud to announce the completion of the ITAR certification process. The International Traffic in Arms Regulations registration allows Pro-Active Engineering to offer their manufacturing services to government defense projects.

In 2016, Pro-Active had a phenomenal year of growth, with sales increasing by 62%. To meet demand Pro-Active hired a second-shift production team, and opened a third high-speed line increasing throughput by 50%. This increased capacity has allowed Pro-Active to reach out to larger markets, that is when the ITAR certification process began.

The certification process was not without its hurdles, though, the Department of Defense requires a high level of security and sophistication for defense projects. “ITAR meant spending time reevaluating and upgrading our security, documentation, and disposal processes. We don’t want military technology falling into the wrong hands,” said Quality Administrator Andrew Brown. 

ITAR certification turned out to be an even better opportunity than originally thought as military defense spending is poised to increase dramatically. In March 2017, Donald Trump announced a 54 billion dollar increase in military related spending. This unexpected increase in spending will likely create jobs and growth opportunities as industries work to meet the needs of the US. Defense Department.

“We already have had to rethink our growth forecasts, with the increased opportunities from ITAR and more defense spending; we may have a record year,” said Senior Account Representative Deanna Dennison.        

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Wisconsin PCB Assembly Manufacturers

Posted on December 04, 2015
by Toby Klusmeyer

I recently received a call from a prospect who was in search of a PCB design & assembly manufacturer. “Companies like you are hard to find,” he said. Knowing how strong our Wisconsin PCB assembly manufacturers are, it inspired me to create this listing.

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Advantages and Disadvantages to Supplying Your Own PCB Assembly Parts

Posted on November 20, 2015
by Toby Klusmeyer

Business decisions are never black and white, always grey. The strategy of supplying PCB assembly parts to your Contract Manufacturer (CM) is no exception. Understanding all the advantages and disadvantages is critical to prevent this “grey” decision from pushing you into the red.

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Your PCB Assembly Documentation is Key to a Smooth Quoting Process

Posted on November 05, 2015
by Toby Klusmeyer

When it comes to getting a PCB Assembly quote, having a great documentation package goes a long way to getting your quote fast — complete with an accurate price and delivery that will not change after you place your order.

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You Need a Good PCB Assembly Quote But You Need a Good PCB Assembly Partner Even More

Posted on October 25, 2015
by Toby Klusmeyer

As much as you need to shop a PCB Assembly quote, what you need more is a rewarding partnership with a Contract Manufacturer (CM). Here are the top four ways a good CM — combined with a good PCB Assembly quoting process — can benefit you.

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Component Shortages: Good Things Do NOT Come to Those Who Wait

Posted on October 02, 2015
by Toby Klusmeyer

Supply chain disruptions can be caused by many factors, but long lead times for components exacerbate the issue. Let’s look at the four critical points where disruptions occur, and what a Contract Manufacturer should do to help you steer clear of problems.

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Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Fear Component Shortages

Posted on September 16, 2015
by Toby Klusmeyer

From Component Manufacturer to End Customer, a lot can happen in the supply chain to cause lead time issues, like component shortages. Many issues can be anticipated and avoided by a dedicated Contract Manufacturer. Here’s what a good Contract Manufacturer should and could do for you to avoid long lead times.

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6 Communication Steps That Avoid Project Missteps

Posted on September 03, 2015
by Toby Klusmeyer

You thought your job would be finished today. Instead, your manufacturer tells you last-minute that they’ve been waiting on parts and no way will you have the final product until next week at the earliest. Adhere to these six basic rules of communication and you’ll not only avoid communication breakdowns, you’ll also speed up your PCB design and assembly projects.

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