Author Archives: Mike
As mentioned in our last post, robots were a huge part of Productronica this year. Check out some of the video footage at the CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY YouTube channel.
Robots are the rage this year at Productronica. While German companies are talking up Industry 4.0 (also known as the somewhat misnamed smart factory), the more significant development we’ve seen has to do with the variety and number of robots … Continue reading
Not sure whom Platform Specialty Products has in mind to replace Dan Leever, but it’s not going to be an easy gig. Leever is a second-generation PCB guy whose father, Harold, was MacDermid’s first R&D chemist and eventually led a group … Continue reading
If you missed the SMTA International preshow webinar supported by CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY you can view it online here. Printing solder paste or other conductive material requires zero defects printing if a high first-pass yield is to be achieved when using fine-pitch … Continue reading
A pair of University of Padua researchers have written a really interesting comparison of Foxconn’s management practices in Turkey and the Czech Republic versus those in China. Among the findings: Foxconn relies heavily on a temporary work staff in the CR, … Continue reading
How do various regions compare when it comes to locating EMS plants? Joe Fama, a veteran of 30 years with EMS companies around the world, wanted to explore this question. He developed the initial table below, with some embellishments by … Continue reading