The following article was published in the First Quarter 2022 issue of Illinois Manufacturing Association magazine.
Contemporary Controls is a long-standing member of the Illinois Manufacturing Association (IMA) and IPC, a global association (headquartered in Illinois) for electronics manufacturers and suppliers. To highlight the electronics manufacturing in Illinois, the IMA published a profile about Contemporary Controls in the first quarter 2022 issue.
Electronics have evolved drastically over the years, and Contemporary Controls' manufacturing capabilities have evolved with it. In the 1980s, the company used what was then state-of-the-art technology, hand wiring circuit boards to printed circuit board (PCB) designs utilizing through-hole integrated circuits. Today, the facility is equipped with a multi-function Surface Mount Technology (SMT) process line that creates lead-free, high-density printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs). The SMT line produces designs with 0402 (1.00mm x 0.50mm) capacitors and resistors supporting 256-pin quad flat pack (QFP) and 337-pin ball grid array (BGA) integrated circuit package types for microcontrollers and microprocessors. These PCBAs are then installed into their enclosures, tested, and stored in their final packaging in an environmentally-controlled warehouse, ready for worldwide shipment.
"Having the entire process, from design and software engineers to manufacturing and shipping, enables us to adapt quickly to the changing times while satisfying the demand of our customers," said Renee Lucente, Manufacturing Supervisor at Contemporary Controls.