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Smart Glasses Outlook Looking Good

Smart Glasses Outlook Looking Good

LONDON -- 2015 should be a big year for smart glasses with unit shipment growth of nearly 150%, almost of all of which will be in the enterp...  Read More...

IPC Releases 2015 Global Policy Framework

IPC Releases 2015 Global Policy Framework

WASHINGTON – IPC released its Global Policy Framework for 2015, outlining public policy priorities to promote a strong manufacturing economy...  Read More...

ITW Electronics Unit Takes Q4 Sales Hit

ITW Electronics Unit Takes Q4 Sales Hit

GLENVIEW, IL -- Illinois Tool Works' Test Measurement and Electronics business unit today reported fourth-quarter sales fell 3.3% year-ove...  Read More...

Optoelectronics Slows But Can't Stop OSI's Growth

Optoelectronics Slows But Can't Stop OSI's Growth

HAWTHORNE, CA -- OSI Systems today reported net income rose 24.7% over last year on a 9% increase in revenues for the quarter ended Dec. 31....  Read More...

Gartner Foresees 250M Connected Vehicles in Future

Gartner Foresees 250M Connected Vehicles in Future

STAMFORD, CT -- By 2020, there will be a quarter billion connected vehicles on the road, enabling new in-vehicle services and automated driv...  Read More...

Sanmina Reports Fiscal Q1 Revenue Up 15.2% YoY

Sanmina Reports Fiscal Q1 Revenue Up 15.2% YoY

SAN JOSE, CA – Sanmina reported first fiscal quarter revenue of $1.67 billion, up 15.2% year-over-year, and down 1.2% sequentially.  Read More...

EMS Market to Outpace OEM Growth through 2018

EMS Market to Outpace OEM Growth through 2018

NEW YORK -- The worldwide electronics manufacturing services market will grow from $440 billion in 2013 to $639 billion in 2018, a 7.7% CAGR...  Read More...

Non-Volatile Memory Choices Down to 2, Firm Says

Non-Volatile Memory Choices Down to 2, Firm Says

LYON, FRANCE – “The technological choice between STTMRAM/MRAM and RRAM will be made in the next two years.” That's according to a new rep...  Read More...

Semi Gear Orders Down Marginally in December

Semi Gear Orders Down Marginally in December

SAN JOSE — North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers reported 90-day moving average bookings slipped year-over-year in December, ...  Read More...

‘Smart’ Refuse Collection Market to Grow at 43% CAGR between 2014 and 2020

‘Smart’ Refuse Collection Market to Grow at 43% CAGR between 2014 and 2020

LONDON – Smart bins and remote fill-level monitoring solutions for refuse collection are set to grow at a 43% CAGR between 2014 and 2020, sa...  Read More...

iNEMI Conducting Connector Reliability, Metrology Surveys

iNEMI Conducting Connector Reliability, Metrology Surveys

HERNDON, VA – iNEMI has organized two connector-focused projects and is asking for input to define common approaches to industry-wide challe...  Read More...

China’s Electronics Production Up 12% through Nov.

China’s Electronics Production Up 12% through Nov.

BEIJING – In the first 11 months of 2014, large-scale electronics and information manufacturing grew 12% year-over-year in China, saysthe Mi...  Read More...

Scanfil’s 2014 Revenue Up 13.5%

Scanfil’s 2014 Revenue Up 13.5%

SIEVI, FINLAND – Electronics manufacturer Scanfil posted preliminary 2014 revenue of about EUR 214 million ($243 million), up 13.5% year-ove...  Read More...

Atlanta Area EMS Companies Merge

Atlanta Area EMS Companies Merge

LILBURN, GA – Effective Jan. 17, Phoenix Designs has merged with Printed Circuits Corp. and the longtime Atlanta-area EMS company will reloc...  Read More...

Plexus Reports Q1 Revenue Up 24.5%

Plexus Reports Q1 Revenue Up 24.5%

NEENAH, WI – Plexus reported fiscal first-quarter 2015 revenue of $664.7 million, up 24.5 year-over-year, and down 0.23% sequentially.  Read More...

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FEATURES

Removing Markings without Stressing Components

Removing Markings without Stressing Components

Companies often want to have the markings on components removed to make it hard for rivals to easily find out what parts are used on the PCB.  Read More...

A New SPI Tool for Defect Prevention

A New SPI Tool for Defect Prevention

Component tolerances address paste imbalance on individual devices.  Read More...

Cost/Benefit Tradeoffs of Capacitor Part Size vs. Manufacturing Efficiency

Cost/Benefit Tradeoffs of Capacitor Part Size vs. Manufacturing Efficiency

Smaller part sizes require less solder and can eliminate parasitic inductance.  Read More...

Embedded Passive Technology Materials, Design and Process

Embedded Passive Technology Materials, Design and Process

A summary of resistor material selection, evaluations and duplication of a complex digital design.  Read More...

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

A look back at friends and colleagues who left us in 2014.  Read More...

Root Cause Failure Analysis of Dendrite Shorting: A Comparison of Analytical Techniques

Root Cause Failure Analysis of Dendrite Shorting: A Comparison of Analytical Techniques

FTIR, SEM/EDS and ion chromatography used in concert with a pair of extraction methods offered varying degrees of precision.  Read More...

The Factory: Cost Reductions through Energy Transitions

The Factory: Cost Reductions through Energy Transitions

Operational energy management is becoming increasingly important. How the SMT reflow oven has become ground zero for the energy reduction effort.  Read More...

Setting Up the Kaizen Program

Setting Up the Kaizen Program

As a contract manufacturer do you want more results with less effort? The simplest of tools could be the most effective.  Read More...

Lease or Loan? What You Need to Know to Decide

Lease or Loan? What You Need to Know to Decide

As the economy continues to improve more manufacturers are making capital investments to fuel their growth. When business owners and managers consider acquiring...  Read More...

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PRODUCTS

Critical Manufacturing Debuts cmNavigo 4.0 MES Software

Critical Manufacturing Debuts cmNavigo 4.0 MES Software

cmNavigo 4.0 MES software has embedded finite scheduling. Scheduling models plant floor resources and defines the role of each in fulfilling orders in a near-t...  Read More...

Master Bond Offers EP62-1LPSP Epoxy

Master Bond Offers EP62-1LPSP Epoxy

EP62-1LPSP optically clear epoxy is for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. Has a tensile lap shear strength exceeding 2,000psi. Has a non...  Read More...

EMS Introduces 535-11M-3 UV Cure Adhesive

EMS Introduces 535-11M-3 UV Cure Adhesive

535-11M-3 UV-cured epoxy is a low stress, lower glass transition temperature version of 535-10M-1. Is nonconductive and said to cure rapidly when exposed to hi...  Read More...

Ersa Debuts Hotflow 3/20 Reflow Oven

Ersa Debuts Hotflow 3/20 Reflow Oven

Hotflow 3/20 is based on Multijet Ersa heating technology. Has dual, triple and quad track options. Reportedly can increase throughput by as much as 400% witho...  Read More...

Ersa Releases Smartflow 2020 Selective Soldering System

Ersa Releases Smartflow 2020 Selective Soldering System

Smartflow 2020 selective soldering system requires less than 3m² of space. Uses same selective soldering technology as Versaflow. Has universal pallet fastening...  Read More...

Essemtec Debuts Lynx Placement Machine

Essemtec Debuts Lynx Placement Machine

Lynx bridges the gap between Pantera X-plus and Paraquda SMT placers. Is suited for high-mix SMT production. Includes 180 feeder lanes on 0.85 sq. m. Can place...  Read More...

Aqua Klean Releases AKS Ultrasonic Stencil Cleaner

Aqua Klean Releases AKS Ultrasonic Stencil Cleaner

AKS Stencil Cleaner provides microscopic, ultrasonic removal of solder paste and post-solder flux buildup. All-in-one cleaning All “workstations” included in on...  Read More...

SCS Debuts Precisioncoat V Conformal Coating System

SCS Debuts Precisioncoat V Conformal Coating System

Precisioncoat V has conformal coating and dispense valves that move smoothly along the three axis system, with an option to add fully programmable fourth and fi...  Read More...

ViTrox Launches V810 S2 EX AXI

ViTrox Launches V810 S2 EX AXI

V810 S2 EX 3D inline AXI inspects boards up to 482mm x 609mm. Provides support for boards up to 7mm thick and 4.5kg. Board top clearance is enhanced with 50mm a...  Read More...

Vision Components Introduces VC F Series Cameras

Vision Components Introduces VC F Series Cameras

VC F series intelligent board cameras are designed for use in intelligent transportation systems. Are suitable for quality inspection and production control. Ar...  Read More...

CyberOptics Debuts SQ3000 3D AOI

CyberOptics Debuts SQ3000 3D AOI

SQ3000 3D automated optical inspection maximizes features multiview 3D sensors for fast inspection. Incorporates Multi-Reflection Suppression technology (MRS) a...  Read More...

COT Unveils StripFeeder Mini

COT Unveils StripFeeder Mini

StripFeeder Mini is for loading tape-and-reel components onto compact modules for prototyping and high-mix, low-volume applications. Features same design as ori...  Read More...

EVS Rolls Out 500LF Solder Recovery System

EVS Rolls Out 500LF Solder Recovery System

EVS 500LF lead-free version solder recovery system connects to each wave to ensure maximum recovery is maintained throughout the life of the wave solder system....  Read More...

Metcal Introduces Dual Cartridge Hand-Piece, Workstand

Metcal Introduces Dual Cartridge Hand-Piece, Workstand

Dual cartridge hand-piece and work stand are for meeting higher thermal demands, along with five dual-shaft cartridge geometries. Metcal, www.metcal.com (http:...  Read More...

Metcal Releases Scarab Site Cleaning System

Metcal Releases Scarab Site Cleaning System

Scarab Site cleaning system (APR-2000-SCS) reportedly ensures accurate and repeatable cleaning of the component pad. Is an automated system capable of cleaning ...  Read More...

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