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  • Cover Story
    Will Electronics Follow the Sun?
    Those who invested in SMT in the early 1980s benefited from higher demand driven by the Internet, telecommunications and computing products. Those who do invest in alternative energies today might see the same results.
    By Irene Sterian

  • Emerging Technologies
    ‘Warm’ Manufacturing Heats Up
    Low-temperature or room temperature assembly has the potential to improve field reliability, streamline manufacturing and reduce cost.
    By Dr. Alan Rae, Dr. Andrew Skipor and Marc Chason

  • Domestic Production
    Reputation Trumps Recession, China
    Mid-tier EMS providers are alive and well, thanks to rising offshore logistics costs, inflation in China, quality concerns and a growing “Made in USA” fervor.
    By Art Rutledge

  • PWB Rework
    ‘Web Circuits’
    A major OEM has five boards with OSP finish requiring four additional components and the boards. Most companies would re-spin the design. But there’s a less expensive, more elegant solution.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Conformal Coatings
    A Novel Non-VOC Conformal Coating
    Moisture-cure coatings tend to be fast-reacting and could block dispensers. New chemistries, however, have led to a polyurethane pre-polymer, 100% solids material that performs well in SIR and thermal shock tests.
    By Jade Bridges

  • SEA Profile
    Krypton: Benchmarking Customer Satisfaction
    A newcomer to Circuits Assembly’s Service Excellence Awards, Krypton Solutions walked away with the highest overall customer rating for EMS providers with revenues less than $20 million. What drives the emerging EMS firm?
    By Chelsey Drysdale

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On the cover: Jumping into solar cells is expensive, but so was SMT in the 1980s. (Photos by Lucwa and Celestica)

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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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