February 2008 Issue Print E-mail
User Rating: / 0
PoorBest 
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 31 January 2008 19:00
February 2008 cover

FEATURES

  • Program Management
    Maximizing Lean
    While customers want flexibility and long-term paths to cost reduction that Lean supports, they aren’t always agreeable to the necessary internal changes. But the smaller the effort, the smaller the result.
    By Todd Baggett

  • Component Packaging
    Copper as a Viable Solution for IC Packaging
    As gold prices spike, some are turning to copper in ball-bonding processes for its conductivity and lower cost.
    By Sheila Rima C. Magno, Jean Ramos, Eduardo Pecolera and Chris Stai

  • Recent Patents
    Embedded Active Components for High-Rel Products
    Inside the missile, a heavy module on the board surface was breaking loose and failing. The answer: A solderless, wire-bonded chip-to-board solution covered with copper "lids" to quell vibration.
    By Jim D. Raby

  • COVER STORY
    XRF Equipment as a RoHS Screening Tool
    A jointly funded industry/DTI collaborative project, led by the National Physical Laboratory, investigated the suitability of XRF techniques for determining the presence and levels of RoHS-restricted substances in typical electronics components. The 15-system study found most – but not all – are viable.
    By Martin Wickham and Dr. Christopher Hunt

FIRST PERSON

MONEY MATTERS

  • Global Sourcing
    Bad parts, like colds, come from anywhere, and no one is immune. A new database might help.
    Mike Buetow

TECH TALK

DEPARTMENTS

Industry News
Market Watch
Product Spotlight
Ad Index
Assembly Insider

On the cover: An NPL study finds XRF systems beat chemical analysis for unit and operational costs, and time to results. (Photo courtesy RMD Instruments)

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2008 17:37
 

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.

Read more...
 
The Human Touch

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

Read more...
 

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.

Read more...
 
Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.

Read more...
 

Search

Search

Login

CB Login

Language

Language

English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish
 

Products

Panasonic Debuts PanaCIM Maintenance with Augmented Reality
PanaCIM Maintenance with Augmented Reality software provides instant communication and information to factory technicians -- when and where it is needed -- so they can respond to factory needs more...