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  • The Disruptors

    I used to think that with the many brilliant minds in our industry, we would successfully disrupt ourselves -- in other words, the ideas that obsolete our current ways of doing things would be conceived and implemented by one of our own -- maybe some genius in the basement of Apple or Intel or IBM. I'm less confident of that now.

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  • Selecting Reflow Oven Length

    You are putting in a new assembly line to assemble some large boards. Your boss is pressuring you to get another 5-zone oven, as they are cheaper and take up much less space than a 7- or 10-zone oven. But, you are concerned that a 5-zone oven may not have the capacity that is needed to keep up with the component placement machines. Let’s make some calculations and see if your concerns are justified.

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  • Not with a Bang …

    Cemtrex’s run in EMS ended today with a decided whimper. The New York-based company sold its remaining contract assembly assets to a German private equity group for about $7 million. It brings to a close one of the stranger stories …

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  • Ralph Morrison, RIP

    I don’t have all the details, but the industry icon Ralph Morrison passed away Aug. 2. Ralph spent more than 50 years in the electronics industry. He was responsible for teaching thousands of engineers all about the fundamentals of how …

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  • Silicon Valley Not Paved with Gold

    Is the bloom off the rose in the Silicon Valley? For years, manufacturers have insisted on putting factories in the greater San Jose area. The CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY Directory of EMS Companies lists hundreds of entries with Silicon Valley zip codes. …

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  • Trade Wars Battlefield Goes Beyond US-China

    The tension between Japan and South Korea further complicates an already cloudy memory market picture. DRAM prices are already threatened by a global inventory glut, leading Gartner to forecast a 4% price drop this year.

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  • What’s the Difference?

    Here’s the headline: F-35 Jets: Chinese-Owned Company Making Parts for Top-Secret UK-US Fighters” Sounds dramatic. As it turns out, Exception PCB, a UK-based fabricator, is building circuit boards for the next-gen airfighter. And Exception is owned by Shezhen Fastprint, the …

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  • Laminate Consolidations Continue to Stack Up

    AGC continued its consolidation of the laminates market this week, reeling in Taconic for an undisclosed amount. The Japanese company also acquired Nelco last winter, giving it two of the remaining US-based PCB materials manufacturers. That leaves Isola and Rogers …

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  • Designing User Experience for the Factories of Tomorrow

    by Olga Zinoveva, Senior Software Engineer, Bright Machines The User Experience (UX) discipline in the technology sector has evolved rapidly over the last two decades and we’ve all witnessed the changes.  For example, the transition from button-based phones and keyboard-only interfaces …

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  • Leadership Failure! What Will It Cost You?

    What can you do if you have an employee or leader who has poisoned the well?

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Mike Buetow

CAVEAT LECTOR

Spinning in circles.

Mike Buetow
Peter Bigelow

ROI

A lesson in lean training.
Peter Bigelow
Greg Papandrew

Board Buying

Shake that distributor!

Greg Papandrew
David Bernard
 

TEST AND INSPECTION

Voiding under QFNs.
David Bernard, Ph.D.

 
Robert Boguski

TEST AND INSPECTION

Trade show sociology.

David Bernard, Ph.D.
Gerardo Ruelas

GETTING LEAN

An unusual solution for odd-form part inspection.

Gerardo Ruelas
Bob Willis

DEFECT of the month

Avoiding 01005 termination lift.

Bob Willis
   
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