March Madness: Predicting Basketball Games and Buying Used Test Equipment

I always look forward this time of year.  Winter is finally drawing to a close and we’re enjoying warmer days and more sunshine.  Grass is starting to turn green.  Oh, and “March Madness” is upon us!   For those of you who might not know what that means….it is the college basketball national championship tournament.  Or in other words, something I and probably some of you spend too much time filling out our bracket and trying to predict who is going to make it to the Final Four.  If you are anything like me, you rarely win, but we sure have fun making our predictions, trying to figure out who is going to pull the upset, and following the games.

In some ways “March Madness” is like sourcing used test equipment.  You do your research, identify systems that are a good fit, and then negotiate a price that is attractive and fair.  Surprises sometimes happen, but we do our best to foresee and avoid them.  One of the traits I look for in a team is a squad that plays smart and fundamentally sound.  They’re less likely to turn the ball over and beat themselves, and can sometimes upset a more talented team because of it.

At TEAM A.T.E. we focus on the fundamentals.  We stress the common sense principles of business success:  integrity, customer dedication, problem solving, innovation, and open, straight forward communication with our customers.  We may not be flashy and we aren’t always going to be able to provide the perfect solution.  But you can be assured that we will work to understand your requirement and then provide options that might make sound economic sense for you.  We want to build customer relationships, not simply make a sale.  Like a good team, we practice these principles every day, and hopefully that helps set us apart from our competition.

Lastly, I wanted to remind folks who are attending the IPC APEX show in Las Vegas this to stop by and see us in booth 3410.  We will be introducing a new 3D laser PCBA inspection system called the a3Di.  The a3Di (automated 3D inspection) is a laser based PCBA inspection system that utilizes dual blue lasers to scan and measure a complete PCBA and then generates a color height map.

As you make your predictions I wish you good luck.  And when it comes time to pick a used equipment source please keep us in mind.  If you are looking for a good, fundamentally sound team to pick, give TEAM A.T.E. a call. We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business, and ask that if you have not worked with us before, you give us the chance to do so now or in the future.

Greg Wendell
Account Manager