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The End of the Viasystems Era

At long last, the hunter became the hunted. TTM Technologies today announced its pending acquisition of Viasystems. The deal, expected to close in early 2015, will vault TTM to second place among the world’s largest PCB fabricators. No matter how … Continue reading

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Open The Pod Bay Doors, HASL

Does anyone use HASL (hot air surface leveling) anymore? It’s also known as HAL. Prior to the RoHS days, HASL was probably the most common surface finish. You can get it lead-free, but most boards seem to use immersion silver … Continue reading

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Collins Closing

Count me among those sorry to hear the news that Rockwell is closing its printed circuit board fabrication plant. I’ve been through that plant and this is sad to see. I wrote a profile of the plant for PC FAB … Continue reading

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‘Board Talk’

Today we launched Board Talk, the bulletin board for the Printed Circuit Board industry, a service brought to you by UP Media Group, Printed Circuit Design & Fab and CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY magazines. The bulletin board — the URL is www.theprintedcircuitboard.com … Continue reading

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Living La Via Loca

I got an email a few weeks back from one of our customers who is with a semiconductor manufacturer for whom we make evaluation boards.  He asked some good questions that I answered, of course, and I thought this information … Continue reading

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Whose Fault Is It, Anyway?

The change in administration at IPC will inevitably dredge up lots of the past as various factions position themselves for a seat at the table. Those whom hew to the line that IPC’s emphasis over the past decade has shifted … Continue reading

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A New Trend in Assembly Shows?

Years ago, three major events dotted the US electronics assembly trade show landscape. They included Nepcon East, Surface Mount International, and the mother of them all, Nepcon West. While Nepcon West was the undisputed champ, all three shows were worth … Continue reading

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