August 2011 cover



Cover Story
Equipping the PCB Design and Supply Chain with 21st Century Data
It’s an age-old story: A good design is undone at fabrication or assembly by a file transfer format that doesn’t accommodate key data. Yet, we still mechanically accept 30-year-old ways of communicating design intent to manufacturing. Change could finally be brewing, though, as a new industry consortium made up of OEMs, users and CAD/CAM providers drives for standardization across design, fabrication, assembly and test.
by Keith Felton and Hemant Shah

Recycling and Reuse
Benefits of an EMS for the EMS
The right Environmental Management System can help an electronics manufacturing services company monitor and comply with regulatory requirements, set and complete environmental objectives, and prevent pollution.
by Scott Mazur


  • Caveat Lector
    Unrepressing transference.
    Mike Buetow



    • ROI
      Hardly intellectual, and barely property.
      Peter Bigelow
    • Focus on Business
      It’s not me, it’s you.
      Susan Mucha



  • Designer’s Notebook
    Thermal vias.
    Duane Benson

  • Screen Printing
    Scrap the waste.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Selective Soldering
    Two is better than one.
    Al Cable

  • Defects Database
    Eliminating test prints.
    Dr. Davide Di Maio

  • Getting Lean
    Leaning NPI.
    Steve Fraser
  • Technical Abstracts
    In Case You Missed It.

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