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FEATURES

    Screen Printing
    Nano-Coatings for Stencils
    After reviewing several potential candidates for
    stencil fabrication and several potential crossover technologies, nanotechnology rose above all others. Lab tests reveal decreased print variation and question whether smoother surfaces show better paste release. Nano-coated stencils may offer a wider process window and aid process maintenance, but the longevity of such coatings must be reviewed.
    by Ricky Bennett, Ph.D.

    Placement Roundtable
    Vision Quest
    Are today’s component placement machine platforms sufficient for tomorrow’s technology? Under the auspices of SMTA and moderated by Circuits Assembly, the first-of-its-kind roundtable of pick-and-place OEMs set aside the gloves for a few hours and talked technology and markets. What we heard was unprecedented candor and consideration about the challenges for electronics manufacturers today and tomorrow, including flip chips, on-board inspection and (really, really small!) packages of the future.
    by Mike Buetow

     

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MONEY MATTERS

  • ROI
    New year, same challenges.
    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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