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FEATURES

  • PWB Procurement
    Auditing a Fabricator
    Bare boards, be they prototype or production, involve distinctly different buying patterns and requirements, and with them, issues OEM purchasers should be aware of. What engineering and procurement should know.
    By Zulki Khan

  • Program Generation
    Cutting Machine Programming Time
    Online programming costs companies a fortune. But how does one create machine programs and have them run perfectly once they get to the machines? This novel process instructs how to avoid repeated online debugging.
    By Edward Faranda

  • Cover Story
    Simultaneous Acoustic Imaging and Surface Mapping
    A new development in acoustic micro imaging makes it possible to map component surface topography at the same time that internal features are imaged. Combining the methods reveals not only the anomaly, but the extent of 3-D distortion.
    By Tom Adams

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On the cover: It’s now possible to map component surface topography and image internal features at the same time. (Courtesy Sonoscan Inc.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2008 19:47
 

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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