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    QA MODELING
    Are Current Qualification Practices Adequate?
    It is well known that devices and systems pass existing QT only to fail in the field. Other devices undergo extensive – and expensive – testing. Is this a problem? And do we truly understand the cost not just of failure, but of excessive test? A new approach to qualifying electronics devices could ensure a predictable, and low, probability of failure.
    by Ephraim Suhir, Ph.D. and Ravi Mahajan, Ph.D.

    SOLDER PROFILE
    AIM Sets Its Targets
    A family run business since 1936, AIM has become one of the world’s five largest electronics solder manufacturers. If only the world electronics industry knew. In an exclusive, Circuits Assembly goes inside the company's vast Montreal manufacturing facilities to find out what makes AIM at once so successful yet so unsung.
    by Mike Buetow

    SCREEN PRINTING
    Testing the Mettle of Stencil Foils
    According to our latest design of experiments, foil alloy does influence paste release: Over an area ratio range of approximately 0.5 to 0.75, the best performers were fine grain stainless steel and electropolished stainless steel.
    by Chrys Shea


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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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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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