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  • RoHS Transition
    Pb-Free Manufacturing from a Tier III EMS Perspective
    The Pb-free transition was daunting even for larger EMS firms, but had a major impact on smaller firms that lacked abundant engineering resources. How did we do it and how has the process matured? Here’s how one company made the switch.
    Greg Caswell

  • Standards Development
    ‘Living Documents, Subject to Change’
    The origins – and future – of standards, the foundation of electronics manufacturing.
    Michael L. Martell

  • Reflow Soldering
    Creating Ideal Solder Joints
    Reflow soldering is a superset of an accurate thermal profile. A poorly devised profile can have devastating (read: expensive) repercussions. Same goes for the stencil.
    Zulki Khan

  • Cover Story
    An Alternative Drying Process for MSDs
    Components baked at 70°C for 24 hr. in a vacuum passed IPC and EIA testing.
    Charles S. Leech Jr.

  • SEAs 2007
    ‘Customer Satisfaction is More than a Score’
    For five-time SEA winner DEK, it’s about continuous improvement, not the highest scores.
    Chelsey Drysdale

  • iNEMI Roadmap
    Optoelectronic Substrates: Will They Happen?
    Optoelectronic interconnects can provide increased bandwidth and other advantages for special applications over copper, but implementation has fizzled. What changes need to occur to make this mainstream?
    Jack Fisher

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On the cover: A novel solution to component moisture problems. (Photos by Kuzma and Li Kim)

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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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