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Three considerations that will expedite your hand controller specification

You want the specification process to be as quick and painless as possible, especially if you need a fast turnaround on your hand controller.

The configurations available to engineers are varied and complex. So, how can you make sure you will receive exactly what you need?

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Factors to consider when selecting a Class 3-trained supplier

The IPC, the global industry association for electronics industries, developed Class 3 to ensure products used in harsh conditions are manufactured to the highest standards. When it comes to defence articles such as hand controllers, Class 3 is the only way to be confident the product will operate in the field as intended.

By selecting a supplier that adheres to Class 3 for every order, you are assured of receiving optimum quality and reliability. Here are some questions to ask potential suppliers to ensure they are delivering to Class 3.

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Get the most out of your legacy equipment with form-fit-function equivalents

We were once contacted by an international customer. The company had a customised helicopter cursor control device that played a vital part in its systems. It also had a problem – after many years the manufacturer was struggling to supply suitably robust replacements for repairs in the field. We proposed a solution – a form-fit-function equivalent that would serve as a drop-in replacement.

We followed up with three prototypes at less than four-week intervals as the design evolved; indeed it went far beyond being ‘just’ a drop-in replacement.

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Why don't we outsource. Here's why.

I was recently discussing our manufacturing process with a customer, and he asked why we don’t outsource any aspect of our assembly or testing. The conversation highlighted an interesting trend in the industry generally – it is reasonably common for manufacturers to outsource in the name of streamlining processes and delivering to faster timescales.

I’ve always believed very strongly in Daco’s keep-it-simple, one-stop-shop approach – we engineer, assemble and test in house. And this is one of the reasons why we are the fastest hand controller company. 

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Class 3: The only suitable manufacturing standard for hand controllers

Military hand controllers must deliver years of active service in the most demanding environments.  To achieve this level of reliability the manufacturing process must adhere to the most stringent quality criteria.

The IPC, the global industry association for electronics industries, has developed a set of standards for soldered electrical and electronic assembly. Called the IPC J-STD-001, it is the preeminent authority for electronics assembly manufacturing worldwide. It is therefore an important standard for military equipment.

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