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NEWS

US Purchasing Managers Bullish on 2017

US Purchasing Managers Bullish on 2017

TEMPE, AZ — Economic growth in the US will continue in 2017, say the nation’s purchasing and supply management executives in their December ...  Read More...

USI's November Sales Take Big Leap Forward

USI's November Sales Take Big Leap Forward

TAIPEI -- Universal Scientific Industrial reported November revenues rose 15.5% year-over-year to NT$14.7 billion ($461 million).  Read More...

Cal-Comp's Nov. Sales Slip

Cal-Comp's Nov. Sales Slip

BANGKOK -- Cal-Comp Electronics reported preliminary consolidated sales fell 18% year-over-year in November.  Read More...

Lite-On Warms in November

Lite-On Warms in November

TAIPEI -- Lite-On Technology reported consolidated revenues in November rose 13.4% year-over-year to NT$21.3 billion ($671 million).  Read More...

This Time, Smartwatches Can't Keep Up with Wearables

This Time, Smartwatches Can't Keep Up with Wearables

FRAMINGHAM, MA – While the smartwatch market took a tumble this quarter, the overall wearables market grew 3.1% year over year in the third ...  Read More...

Report: Military, Aerospace Only N. American PCB Market Expected to Grow in 2016

Report: Military, Aerospace Only N. American PCB Market Expected to Grow in 2016

BANNOCKBURN, IL — Printed circuit boards for military and aerospace applications are the only vertical market segment expected to grow in 20...  Read More...

Pillarhouse Far East Sales Up 35% in 2016

Pillarhouse Far East Sales Up 35% in 2016

CHELMSFORD, UK – Selective soldering firm Pillarhouse reported 2016 sales in the far east are at an all-time high.  Read More...

October Global Semi Sales Up 5.1%

October Global Semi Sales Up 5.1%

WASHINGTON — Global semiconductor sales reached $30.5 billion in October, up 5.1% year-over-year and 3.4% sequentially, says the Semiconduct...  Read More...

German PCB Market Dips in September

German PCB Market Dips in September

FRANKFURT, GERMANY -- Germany region printed circuit board manufacturers reported falling orders in September versus a year ago.  Read More...

African Startup to Tackle Smartphone Assembly

African Startup to Tackle Smartphone Assembly

JOHANNESBURG -- A local startup company will begin production of smartphones here next quarter, making it the first cellphone manufacturer i...  Read More...

Early Xmas Gift: Mycronic Boosts 2016 Outlook

Early Xmas Gift: Mycronic Boosts 2016 Outlook

TABY, SWEDEN -- Mycronic today raised its sales outlook in 2016 16% over its previous revenue forecast.  Read More...

DfR Solutions to Host Solder Joint Webinar

DfR Solutions to Host Solder Joint Webinar

BELTSVILLE, MD – DfR Solutions is hosting a webinar Dec. 8 on developing damage models for solder joints exposed to complex stress states. ...  Read More...

Forecast: Global PC Shipments to Decline 6.4% in 2016

Forecast: Global PC Shipments to Decline 6.4% in 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Worldwide PC shipments are forecast to decline 6.4% year-over-year in 2016, says the International Data Corp. This is an im...  Read More...

Q3 Server Market Vendor Revenue Down 7%

Q3 Server Market Vendor Revenue Down 7%

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market declined 7% year-over-year to $12.5 billion in the third quarter of 2016, say...  Read More...

IDC: Global Tablet Shipments to Decline 12% in 2016

IDC: Global Tablet Shipments to Decline 12% in 2016

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to decline 12% to 182.3 million shipments in 2016, says the International Data Corp...  Read More...

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FEATURES

Was RoHS Worth It?

Was RoHS Worth It?

Ten years after the controversial mandate to ban lead went into effect, those on the front line of the switch reflect on what was learned.  Read More...

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

A look back at friends and colleagues who left us in 2016.  Read More...

Managing Your Environmental Waste

Managing Your Environmental Waste

An outline of procedures for determining and recycling hazardous material.  Read More...

Rigid-Flex PCB Design for an Innovative Helmet-Mounted Display

Rigid-Flex PCB Design for an Innovative Helmet-Mounted Display

Developing a wearable high-speed board with severe timing constraints.  Read More...

Advanced Acoustic Methods for Locating Flip Chip Faults

Advanced Acoustic Methods for Locating Flip Chip Faults

Echoes can reveal otherwise elusive defects beneath the die.  Read More...

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PRODUCTS

ACE Launches Elite Series Selective Soldering Systems

ACE Launches Elite Series Selective Soldering Systems

Elite Series inline selective soldering systems have interchangeable modules that can mix and match inline flux and preheat modules.  Read More...

HWTrek Updates Project Development Hub Software

HWTrek Updates Project Development Hub Software

The HWTREK Project Development Hub update adds cloud-based collaboration features to improve IoT manufacturing supply chain visibility and transparency and incr...  Read More...

FKN Systek Rolls Out S100 Depaneling Saw

FKN Systek Rolls Out S100 Depaneling Saw

S100 table top depaneling saw for singulating printed circuit board panels is up to 12" long. Diamond saw blade is 2.95" in diameter and 0.022" t...  Read More...

Rehm Debuts VarioFlex Curtain Coating Nozzle

Rehm Debuts VarioFlex Curtain Coating Nozzle

VarioFlex curtain nozzle is for selective conformal coating processes. Provides application via dispensing, spraying, jetting and curtain casting on-the-fly. Is...  Read More...

Fluke Adds LabView, MatLab Software to IR Cameras

Fluke Adds LabView, MatLab Software to IR Cameras

Fluke software integrates high-resolution thermal data from TiX580, TiX560, TiX1000, TiX660, TiX640 and TiX620 infrared cameras with National Instruments' LabVI...  Read More...

Master Bond Releases X5TC Elastomeric Adhesive

Master Bond Releases X5TC Elastomeric Adhesive

X5TC one-component elastomeric system has a thermal conductivity of 10-12 BTU•in/ft2•hr•°F [1.44-1.73 W/m•K] while maintaining solid electrical insulation prope...  Read More...

FKN Systek Debuts N200 PCB Panel Singulator

FKN Systek Debuts N200 PCB Panel Singulator

N200 punch separates round and odd-shaped panels without dust. Is a top-down air-operated punch for singulating tab-routed PCB panels one tab at a time. Upper a...  Read More...

Panasonic Launches PanaCIM WIP Software

Panasonic Launches PanaCIM WIP Software

PanaCIM Work-in-Process software is suited to track and control production, from receiving to shipping. Is a configurable, intuitive framework that integrates d...  Read More...

USI Introduces Max-1200 Coating System

USI Introduces Max-1200 Coating System

Max-1200 coating system leverages nozzle-less ultrasonic spray head for thin, uniform application of coatings, such as anti-reflective, CdCl2, anti-smudge, adhe...  Read More...

Alpha Rolls Out OM-353, OM-535 Solder Pastes

Alpha Rolls Out OM-353, OM-535 Solder Pastes

Alpha OM-353 is an ultra-fine feature print and air reflow-capable solder paste ideal for assemblies sensitive to component warpage or processes that require cl...  Read More...

USI Releases Prism 800 Coating System

USI Releases Prism 800 Coating System

Prism 800 coating system leverages nozzle-less ultrasonic spray head technology for thin, uniform application of coatings such as photoresists, EMI shield coati...  Read More...

FKN Releases Flat PCB Trays for WIP Handling

FKN Releases Flat PCB Trays for WIP Handling

Flat PCB Trays for work in-process handling hold up to 25 0.12"-thick cards at 0.65" pitch. Are lightweight and sturdy. Flat PCB trays hold up to 25 P...  Read More...

EMS Introduces 561-854 Conductive Adhesive

EMS Introduces 561-854 Conductive Adhesive

EMS 561-854 conductive adhesive for die-attach applications with small- to medium-size die and tantalum capacitors is designed to cure in one minute at 170ºC. I...  Read More...

Kester Launches SF855-LR Soldering Flux

Kester Launches SF855-LR Soldering Flux

SF855-LR soldering flux is a low-solid, low-residue, no-clean, non-rosin organic flux designed for use in tabber and stringer equipment of PV through soldering ...  Read More...

Mek Supplies GTAz Stereoscopic Imaging AOI Head

Mek Supplies GTAz Stereoscopic Imaging AOI Head

GTAz optical head comes on PowerSpector and SpectorBOX AOI machines. Delivers stereoscopic imaging using nine high-speed (90 Fps) cameras operating in full 24-b...  Read More...

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