September 2011 cover



The Asian Persuasion
The 102 largest (by revenue) fabricators produced approximately 80% of the total worldwide output in 2010. And by and large, China is reaping the gains. In a PCD&F exclusive, we count them down, from Unimicron to Somacis.
by Dr. Hayao Nakahara

Electronics Sustainability
Green Machines
EMS companies are no longer in the business of “just” making solder joints. Environmental and sustainability initiatives now permeate many large organizations. In a Circuits Assembly exclusive, Flextronics’ top engineer explains the world’s second-largest EMS/ODM’s approach to the new green world.
by Mike Buetow

Print Inspection
Man vs. Machine
Does anybody really believe that in 2011 three-fourths of all SMT defects are generated in the print process? Of course not. But we accept this spurious, decade-old, seemingly baseless statistic on stencil printing without question because we know how important a good printing process is to a profitable SMT assembly operation.
by Chrys Shea


  • Caveat Lector
    Finally, a chance for a reset.
    Mike Buetow



    • ROI
      Lining up the schools.
      Peter Bigelow
    • Sherman’s Market
      Foxconn meets Tron.
      Randall Sherman



  • On the Forefront
    3D packaging holdups.
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Defects Database
    Blocked stencil apertures.
    Dr. David DiMaio

  • Solar Technologies
    New life for new materials.
    Tom Falcon

  • Technical Abstracts
    In Case You Missed It.

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