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FEATURES

    Productronica Recap
    Evolving and Upbeat in Munich
    The de facto prism through which the industry is observed suggests an industry in recovery – and in full faculty of its senses.
    by Mike Buetow

    PCB Inspection
    Automating First-Article Inspection
    Along with quality improvements that resulted from higher levels of automation in process manufacturing, emerging automated inspection technologies, now with decades of development behind them, are striving to eliminate the potential for human error.
    by Paul Walsh

    Component Procurement
    The Great GAO Counterfeiting Sting
    A US sting broke up a ring selling fake parts to the US Defense Department. But is there a better way to beat the black market?
    by Dr. James A. Hayward

 

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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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Yincae Rolls Out ACP120 Solderable Coating
ACP 120 series anti-oxidation solderable coatings replace nanofilm gold. Are for anti-corrosion and anti-rusting on solderable surfaces on which solder paste, solder preform or a solder ball can be...