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Technical Diagnostics of Electronics Products: Application of Bayes Formula and Boltzmann-Arrhenius-Zhurkov
(BAZ) Model

For systems where failure-free operation is critical, technical diagnostics can recognize, in a continuous fashion and without dismantling, the ability to continue to function as expected over the long-term.
by Ephraim Suhir, Laurent Bechou and Alain Bensoussan

EMS Company of the Year of the Year
The Creation Resonation
Today's SMT operations rarely vary, which is why Creation Technologies is something of a
revelation in everything from its financial model to its factory layout.
by Mike Buetow

Supply Chain ControlSupply Chain Control
Using DNA to Ensure Component Authenticity
A new marking program for components provides users unalterable and traceable access to the part’s history and origin when marked and shipped by the original component manufacturer. In the case of open-market parts sourced by SMT, they will only be marked after they pass through its counterfeit mitigation and component quality inspection process. A look at how parts are "tagged" and traced.
by Tom Adams

Our dearly departed.
by Mike Buetow



  • Caveat Lector
    'Cooking' up some changes.
    Mike Buetow

  • Talking Heads
    New SMTA president Bill Barthel.
    Jenny Popp





  • Defects Database
    When rework causes rework.
    Dr. Chris Hunt

  • ESD Basics
    Principles for material selection and program decisions.
    The ESD Association

  • Screen Printing
    Height of our concerns.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Soldering
    Void reduction.
    Jochen Lipp

  • Tech Tips
    Hand soldering or selective?
    ACI Technologies

  • Test and Inspection
    The ICT investment.
    Jun Balangue

  • Solar Technologies
    Noncontact methods.
    Tom Falcon

  • Technical Abstracts
    In case you missed it.


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