Tag Archives: SMT

Cost Reduction in Design — More Advice

If you’re looking for the absolute, cheapest possible assembly service, you’ll need to look outside of North America. If you really need a decent price with good quality and good service, you can keep your gaze West of the Atlantic … Continue reading

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Hitachi’s SMT Exit

And then there were … 27? Hitachi’s board today announced plans to exit the SMT component placement business, selling off certain parts of the division and closing the rest. In a press release, the firm said it would transfer the … Continue reading

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Calculating Optimal Solder Paste Printing Aperture Parameters

Folks, A while ago, I developed an Excel-based spreadsheet, StencilCoach, that calculates optimal stencil aperture parameters for several common SMT solder paste printing applications. These applications include standard apertures, passive apertures, pin-in-paste (PiP) apertures, and preforms with pin-in-paste (PiP+) apertures. … Continue reading

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Demonstrating Zero Defects In SMT Production?

Folks, let’s see how Patty is doing at Ivy U … Patty had to admit that she really liked being a professor at Ivy University. No, that wasn’t strong enough; she was ecstatic. The combination of the stimulating and collegial … Continue reading

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Slow Train a Comin’

Where are the next generation of good engineers going to come from? If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked this …. well, you can do the math. A good friend asked me this just today. He … Continue reading

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Surface Mount Technology vs. Workstation Design

In today’s modern SMT assembly facilities, the design and flexibility of the workstation is critical to maintain quality, workflow and ergonomics. Unlike the old, static, welded frame workbenches and workstations of the past that were never moved or reconfigured, the … Continue reading

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Will Juki-Sony Talks Get Others Going?

Industry chatter has long said M&A activity among the major placement companies is inevitable. Yet throughout the gut-wrenching downturn of 2001-02, the widespread pause in 2008-09, and the subsequent fallout starting last spring, nothing concrete took place. Sure, a few … Continue reading

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Talking Cleaning with Mike Bixenman

Folks, There is a lot of interest in cleaning PCBs assembled with no-clean solder pastes. Recently I discussed the topic with my good friend Mike Bixenman of Kyzen. Dr. Ron (DR): Mike, many of the best performing lead-free and lead … Continue reading

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Counting Once, Counting Twice…

Let’s say you have two options: First, you could send in your boards for assembly as individuals. Second, you could send them in a panel. That’s all fine and dandy. For a few, send individuals. For a bunch, panels might … Continue reading

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Ambiguity

It’s pretty important to have unambiguous polarity markings and pin one markings printed on your PCB. In theory, for SMT parts, it really shouldn’t matter; the centroid would take care of the placement orientation. But, you may have noticed that … Continue reading

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