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FEATURES

    RoHS Compliance
    Can RoHS Conversion Actually Reduce Product Cost?
    he initial conversion of consumer and other electronics to RoHS was painful and costly at all levels of the supply chain. But over the past six years, many valuable lessons have been learned that can ease the coming transition for the next wave of products pursuing compliance, not to mention older designs that need to be updated. A look at the keys to a successful, economically advantageous conversion.
    by Philip DiVita, David Steele, John Kanavel and 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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Techspray Introduces Fine-L-Kote High Viscosity AR Conformal Coating
Fine-L-Kote high viscosity AR acrylic conformal coating reportedly widens the process window and flexibility. Can use as-is for dipping or thin down for spray systems. Is for selective spray systems...