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FEATURES

    RETROSPECTIVE
    In Memoriam
    A look back at friends and colleagues who left us in 2010.
    by Mike Buetow

    COVER STORY
    Asteel the One
    Foxconn’s topline growth is enviable, but at least one Tier 2 EMS firm has been expanding almost as quickly, as AsteelFlash is the only Tier 2 (revenues between $500 million and $1 billion) to see sales double over the past decade. CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY goes behind the Asteel curtain to get a glimpse of our EMS Company of the Year.
    by Mike Buetow

    STATIC CONTROL
    ESD Best Practices
    In the case of ESD control, proper practices not only entail high yields, but also no hard or latent defects in parts shipped to customers. Essential features of robust ESD control programs per ANSI/ESD S20.20.
    by Carl Newberg

    SMTAI RECAP
    Good Times in Orlando
    In the technical sessions and on the show floor, SMTAI was a success.
    by Mike Buetow

     

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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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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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