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FEATURES

  • Vapor Phase Rework
High Thermal Mass, Very High Lead Count SMT Connector Rework Process
Rigorous testing found local vapor phase clearly superior to alternative processes.
by Jim Bielick, Brian Chapman, Mitchell Ferrill, Michael Fisher, Phil Isaacs, Eddie Kobeda and Theron Lewis
  • Apex Recap
New Year, New Outlook
An uptick in attendance on the floor overshadowed a lack of innovations in the booths.
By Mike Buetow and Chelsey Drysdale

FIRST PERSON

EMS hot for LED.

Mike Buetow

FHP Reps’ Keith Favre.

Mike Buetow

Sayonara, electronics engineering?

Pete Waddell

 

MONEY MATTERS

Printed electronics: process revolution?

Randall Sherman

Bad grades.

Peter Bigelow 

 TECH TALK

Inside the iPad.

E. Jan Vardaman

Post-print inspection.

Dr. Rita Mohanty

Hot solder dip: back in vogue.

Al Cable

Implementing a reflow process.

ACI Technologies Inc.

Solder flooding.

Paul Lotosky

Toward grid parity.

Darren Brown

DEPARTMENTS

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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...