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FEATURES

  • Cover Story
    Could Printed Electronics Replace Traditional Electronics?
    Over the next 10 years, printed electronics will make gains in RFID, displays, packaging, ICs, and alternative energy. But a glorious future isn't set in stone.
    by Randall Sherman

  • CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY Top 50
    The Trials of 2009
    When it comes time to write the story of the EMS industry in 2009, foremost will be the effects of the recession. The subtext, however, will be the dramatic fall of Elcoteq, whose final chapter is still being written. Plus: The 50 largest EMS companies.
    by Mike Buetow

  • Supply Chain Management
    Ensuring Component Integrity from an EMS Perspective
    Short consumer product lifecycles, the electronics industry’s conversion to lead-free components, and general weakness in the global market have increased the speed at which components are becoming obsolete. And legacy products are prone to fake parts.
    by Dennis Gradler

  • 3-D AOI
    Improving Solder Paste Printing through Phase Shift Interferometry
    New measurement technology enables high degrees of verification and confidence.
    by Chrys Shea

FIRST PERSON

MONEY MATTERS

  • Global Sourcing
    Getting vertical.
    Rex Green

  • ROI
    Merger mania strikes again.
    Peter Bigelow

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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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