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FEATURES

  • IR Rework
    A Novel IR Rework System
    Lead-free raises the reworked board temperature – and increases risk of frying other parts. Dynamic temperature control and sensors help manage the heat.
    Mark Cannon

  • Cover Story
    Mixed Technology Gets Selective
    Through-hole is still a fundamental processing step – most boards today mix SMT and PTH technology. Selective and fountain soldering can reduce skips and opens over traditional wave processes. Here's a primer.
    Scott Buttars

  • Academic Research
    Program for Calculation of Flip-Chip Standoff Height
    A simple Visual Basic file easily calculates bump heights and predicts flip-chip standoff gaps.
    Joshua Ampofo, Richard LaBennett, S. Akwaboa and Dr. F. Ferguson

  • Pb-Free Transition
    Switching to Pb-Free: Wave Soldering
    How to adjust conveyors, pots, preheaters and solder modules for Pb-free processes.
    Markus Walter

  • AOI
    Zero-Defect IC Inspection
    What role does camera view play in catching potential defects? The advantages and disadvantages of inspections performed with orthogonal and inclined cameras.
    Peter Krippner

  • Backend Processes
    0.1 Cent RFID Chip Assembly?
    While the world argues over the "nickel tag," the pursuit is on for technologies that would slash manufacturing costs.
    Hugo Pristauz

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On the cover: Selective soldering is gaining momentum for PTH processing. (Photo courtesy Juki Automation Systems)

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Eastern-US: China’s New Competitor?

Parity emerges among EMS Factories from Asia, Mexico and the US.

For the first time in years we see parity in the Eastern US among EMS factories from Asia, Mexico and the US. This EMS market condition will permit American OEMs (the EMS industry refers to OEMs as customers) to have more EMS pathways to choose from. Now more than ever, such EMS assignments will require deeper investigation relating to the OEMs’ evaluation of manufacturing strategies.

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The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.

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Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

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Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.

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