Factory Spotlight: Freeport

Freeport was established in 1982 and now has more than 30 years of manufacturing experience specializing in high definition digital products. Freeport leads the world in cable assemblies and connector manufacturing with presence in Asia, Europe, and North America. With Summitech’s strong partnership with the Freeport Group, we have since established Freeport USA and are

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My Advice on Sales

I have been in the industry and traveling for over 20 years, and I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people. I have met people from all over the globe, and I have given countless sales pitches. I have learned a lot over my years about sales and people in the industry. Here are some things I

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Perks of Doing Business in Reno

During our business trips visiting customers and factories, many times we are asked, why Reno? Well, the secret seems to be out. Northern Nevada has become a popular place to expand or relocate a business. From large to small, many companies are seeing they can take advantage of what the State of Nevada has to

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Be Careful When Sourcing in China

With the advent of Alibaba and other portals into Chinese manufacturing, it has become commonplace for folks to search for the availability of what they need and then contact the manufacturer directly. However, there are many pitfalls to buying products from people you don’t know and trust, and you must be very careful to avoid

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Factory Spotlight: What is new at Diptronics?

Summitech and Diptronics have worked closely for more than 10 years. Diptronics is one of the leading manufacturers in the world in Dip, Tact, Rotary, Slide, Detector, Multi-Functional, Micro and Illuminated switches.  The company, who is headquartered in Taiwan, opened in 1985 and has continued to expand. They now have five state of the art

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The Value of Teamwork

Background: My name is Michael Leavitt and I am one of the owners here at Summitech. Pete and I opened the company about 19 years ago and I have focused on the sales, business development and growth of the company. I have a passion for what I do and have worked extremely hard from our

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Powering those LEDs – What You Need to Know

Programmable LED strips are fantastic when it comes to adding color patterns to almost anything. But one thing to keep in mind is the power that will be required to run them. Yes, LEDs use much less power than incandescent lights, as most of us know from buying them for our home lighting, but they

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Gamma and LEDs – Adjusting for Brightness

If you’ve ever dimmed a programmable led, you have certainly noticed that the response is non-linear. If you ramp up the duty cycle from zero to one hundred percent, you’ve noticed that the led gets brighter very quickly at the start, then somewhere around the fifty percent mark it stops getting brighter at all. On

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Using A Single Programmable LED ftw!

Most consumer electronics products use indicator lights to display the status of the unit to the customer. Is the power on? Has the unit booted? Is it receiving traffic? These indicator lights are used by technical support personnel to help consumers work through problems they are having. These indicators are almost always LEDs, and they

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USB – Making More with Less

History of USB Universal Serial Bus, or USB, was invented by a consortium of companies (Compaq, DEC, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, and Nortel) in 1994. The intent was to replace the myriad number of cables that were used at the time to connect a personal computer to all the peripherals. Mice, Keyboards, Joysticks, modems, and

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