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FEATURES

  • The Lean Culture
    'Eyes for Waste'
    Celestica's Global Lean Architect explains why going Lean means persistently asking, Is this something the customer would for pay for?
    Robert Hemmant

  • Cover Story
    Interconnects and Their Effect on Automated SMT Placement
    More components than ever can be processed in an automated SMT line. The challenge: to combine the increasing spectrum into a single machine platform to minimize the need for different machine types.
    Frederik Moberg

  • Factory Floor Workcells
    Flexible Manufacturing Systems for Wave and Fountain Wave Soldering
    Using unique solder pots for each alloy is a low-cost, highly efficient solution for mid-volume environments.
    Lee Whiteman

  • Wire Bonding
    Large Diameter Wire Bonding to Organic Boards
    FR-4 substrates are showing up in high rel products as a cost-effective - and proven - alternative to ceramic.
    Mike McKeown and Gerard O'Brien

  • ICT ROI
    The Economics of In-Circuit Testing
    Even small improvements in defect coverage can have a large impact on more expensive downstream verification and diagnosis, repair and retest. A methodology for examining the effect of ICT alternatives on these costs.
    Michael J. Smith

  • Final Finishes
    Know Your Final Finish Options
    Pros and cons of the newest alternative finishes.
    Donald Walsh, George Milad and Donald Gudeczauskas

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Columns

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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Features

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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