Advantages of Partial Wrap Resistors

As sensitive inline RF performance influences new designs, designers are scrutinizing components quite differently. One popular technique being utilized by designers is “planarizing” the components so they align in the same plane as the transmission line in RF applications. Keeping the resistor and the transmission line in the same plane reduce losses and minimizes the effects of capacitance. At DC, the resistor is simply governed by ohms law. However in an RF environment, certain parasitic effects and contributions must be accounted for. The same resistor that performs termination functions adequately at DC or low frequencies can often exhibit different performance at higher frequencies due to unwanted capacitance and inductance present when utilizing various package designs. When using a wraparound, (WA) termination, the resistor forms a small series inductance and the chip terminals form a small shunt capacitance. As frequency increases the capacitance value eventually becomes dominant and must be managed. The partial wrap, PW resistors are designed to be mounted face down and therefore have better parasitic performance than the WA style under similar layout and operating conditions. The terminals are partially wrapped around the side of the chip so when they are mounted face down, the solder joint can [...]

2017-11-07T17:18:49+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Tech Info|

Microelectronic Component Processor

Job Title:   Microelectronic Component Processor Category: Screen Department This Position is Entry Level First Shift Full/Part Time: Full Time Pay Range: Hourly: $10.00 - $16.00 / hour   Primary Responsibility: includes handling and inspection of small electronic components in a climate-controlled high tech manufacturing environment. No experience is necessary. Ideal candidates are able to use microscopes, possess good manual dexterity and are attentive to detail. Manual dexterity is required. Ability to work with small parts and use a microscope is desired.   Job Requirements: Ability to follow written and oral procedures precisely. Ability to handle small components. Ability to see and learn to use a microscope. Ability to do repetitive tasks. Ability to learn to set up software controlled machinery   Education Requirements: None   Benefits: Company standard benefits will be reviewed at the time of interview and include: Vacation Sick/Personal Time Shared Costs for Group Medical Insurance Holidays Profit Sharing   If you would like to be considered for a postion at IMS please send your resume to along with the completed Employee Application

2017-10-24T18:53:19+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Employment Opportunity|

IMS @ EDI CON 2017

IMS is excited to be showing at EDI CON 2017 on September 11-13, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.  Find us close to the front entry at booth 407. EDI CON USA uniquely brings together RF, microwave, EMC/EMI, and high-speed digital design engineers and system integrators for networking, training, and learning opportunities. Attendees come to EDI CON USA to find solutions, products, and design ideas that they can put into immediate practice for today's communication, defense, consumer electronics, aerospace, and medical industries. For more information visit

2017-10-24T18:57:27+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Press Release|

IMS Hires new Marketing Coordinator

IMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Tibbetts as Marketing Coordinator. Laura will be responsible for maintaining our website, advertising design and our marketing communications programs. We’re excited to have her on the Sales and Marketing team. Laura brings a wealth of creativity and experience to IMS. She started her career in Southern California as a production artist for an apparel manufacturing company and quickly moved into an art director position for a large scale screen printing facility. Over the past 16 years, she has owned her own graphic design business working with small businesses to develop brand identity, a strong website presence, and collateral print material. Laura holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

2017-10-10T18:19:55+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Press Release|

Advantages of Multi-Metal Terminations for Non-Magnetic, High Temperature Solder Applications

Introduction Contemporary electronic board designs are becoming more challenging to designers than ever before. In today’s thick film, component applications designers are often faced with a trade-off between process flexibility and component performance. In terms of magnetic sensitive applications, this often requires the use of components that are sensitive to processing or attachment methods and therefore limit options for installation. At times this restricts the use of certain solders, temperatures or multiple re-flow operations. In applications where extreme processing is used with vulnerable components, failure modes can include component detachment or intermittent loss of continuity due to metal leaching of contacts and terminals. In order to understand this challenge and its factors, it is helpful to list the perfect performance characteristics of a thick film component. 1) Withstands high heat 2) Resists high Sn content solder 3) Non-magnetic 4) RoHS compliance 5) Affordability 6) Value diversity In designs where magnetism and RoHS compliance are in demand (i.e. medical imaging) resistance to high temperature solder and “non-magnetic” properties are critical. Unfortunately, they oppose each other from a process perspective. Traditionally, highheat RoHS compliant applications could often be addressed with nickel-barrier parts. These parts are readily available and very durable due to [...]

2017-10-25T15:31:41+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Tech Info|

ThermaBridge™ Specialty Thick Film Component

A ThermaBridge™ is a specialty thick film component developed and offered by IMS for use in the thermal management of electronic devices and modules. These products operate under the simple principle of conducting as much heat energy as possible, while simultaneously serving as an outstanding insulator of electrical energy and signal. The combination of these characteristics makes the ThermaBridge™ a very useful and flexible component that designers use to move heat either in, out, or to balance the temperature between two locations. ThermaBridges™ accomplish this without any fans, power, or moving parts making them useful for every electrical design sensitive to the effects of thermal energy. ThermaBridges™ operate by providing an electrically isolated, thermally active link between high heat generating areas and low temperature heat sinks or other locations within a circuit. According to Fourier, maximizing heat flow from one high temperature area to a lower one is made efficient by limiting the distance between the two points, maximizing the area of the conductive path and optimizing the material’s conductive heat properties. ThermaBridges™ do this by using Aluminum Nitride ceramic and offering a variety of thicknesses, lengths and widths to suit any thermal/mechanical requirement. For example if we take the [...]

2017-10-25T15:42:03+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Tech Info|

Our Town Portsmouth

IMS is please to have been featured on Rhode Island PBS documentary series "Our Town" airing on WSBE on December 2, 2015. The hour long special featured the rich history of Portsmouth including community groups, experiences of its residents and local businesses. Check the segment about IMS here.

2017-10-24T18:58:03+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Press Release|

New Hire Barbara McDonagh as Business Systems/Office Manager

IMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara McDonagh as Business Systems / Office Manager. Barbara will be responsible for overseeing the day to day office operations.  We are excited to have her as part of our team. Barbara brings a wealth of experience, talent, knowledge and skill to this new position. In making the announcement, John Silvia, the President and Chairman of IMS, had this to say, “Her expertise coupled with her knowledge of IMS as our consultant since the 1990’s will not only strengthen and improve our Customer Service, it will empower us to full utilization of the computerized ERP business system.” Since 1992 Barbara was a self employed Business Application Consultant at Fanion, McDonagh & Co., LLC.  She performed needs assessment and analysis to determine the best solution to meet long-term goals as well as day-to-day operations, assisted with customization of existing software systems to provide additional reporting, software replacement search to select the optimum solution for businesses. Barbara’s training services and software expertise will provide the maximum benefits to our business administrative needs.

2017-10-25T12:44:34+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Press Release|

New Hire Jeff Guiggey as Quality Coordinator

IMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Guiggey as Quality Coordinator. Jeff will be responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining the quality management system. Jeff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with 15 years of experience in quality assurance, and 4 years as a department supervisor in a full service consumer products testing laboratory. We are excited to have him as part of the IMS team. In making the announcement, John Silvia, the President and Chairman of IMS, had this to say, “As we work to acquire our AS certification and with our continuous improvement programs to maintain our superb quality, we are very happy to bring Jeff’s expertise into our Quality Assurance Department.” Jeff most recently worked as a sub-contractor for Bureau Veritas where he performed consumer goods factory capability and capacity assessments, quality management system audits, and pre-shipment, final random inspections.

2017-10-25T12:43:49+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Press Release|

IMS Announces New Sales Representative Electron Marketing

International Manufacturing Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Electron Marketing as the exclusive sales representative for Illinois and eastern Wisconsin. Electron Marketing will be instrumental in helping IMS strengthen and extend its presence in this region. Electron Marketing Corporation has been representing manufacturers of passive, power and electromechanical components since 1978. A professional organization providing knowledgeable, committed representation of electronic components. IMS looks forward to a rich and rewarding long term partnership with Electron Marketing. Click here to contact Electron Marketing

2017-10-25T12:44:46+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Press Release|