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FEATURES

  • Trade Shows
    What Drives the Crowd?
    A survey of 1,400 North American readers of Circuits Assembly and Printed Circuit Design & Fab finds engineers are most turned on by a great technical conference and location.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Controlling Static
    Mastering ESD Control in Automated Handling Systems
    ESD control has always been critical to high production yields, but programs are generally geared toward operators. The best ESD control programs ensure such equipment is capable of handling highly sensitive devices.
    By Bob Taplett

  • Cover Story
    Beating the RoHS Heat
    Once on the outs over environmental concerns, vapor phase improvements have broadened the process window, reduced changeover time and lowered peak temperatures.
    By Chris Munroe

  • Trade Groups
    Trade Secrets
    Tax-exempt electronics trade associations took in over $110 million in revenues during fiscal 2006. The growth of the sector has led to a first-of-its-kind review of the last three years’ worth of tax filings.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Morey Corp.
    True to Its Roots
    Most EMS companies talk customer service, or technology, or supply-chain management. This family-run Chicago-based company touts something else.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Offshore Expansion
    The Road Abroad – Strategic Alliance or Greenfield Facility?
    A management insider explains the main models for establishing manufacturing in low-cost regions.
    By Paul Plante

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On the cover: After 30 years, vapor phase is finally finding a place in soldering. (Images courtesy R+D Technical Services)

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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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KIC Debuts K2 Thermal Profiler
K2 thermal profiler has plug-and-play hardware and a graphical user interface said to make profiling both quick and easy. Enables each thermocouple to use its own unique process window, while...