At Apex, Small (As In Products) Is In PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:55

SAN DIEGO -- IPC Apex kicked off yesterday to strong crowds and a positive vibe that belied the unseasonable chill in the San Diego air.

A number of products were introduced that will challenge previous designs for market share. Universal, Panasonic and Fuji were among those with new placement machines. Speedline showed the latest Camelot dispenser and Momentum printer, both of which shrink previous model footprints. BTU proudly discussed Dyanmo, a lower wattage, smaller platform for convection reflow soldering. On the test side several benchtop analyzers and testers were unveiled by companies big (Agilent) and small (ASC).

Traffic appeared steady throughout the day, never overwhelming but always busy and noisy.



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.

The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.



Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.





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