When to Outsource Rework
The cost savings can be compelling. But how do you ensure that quality levels are maintained?
Calibrating the Value of Execution Speed
Three case studies show why American manufacturing remains viable for unit assembly because the combination of project requirements makes for competitive total costs when balanced against lead times, business model preferences and support.
Bruce Kolek and Bill Fraker
Trends in Placement
Building in Clusters
How intelligent feeders and better software are cutting changeover time.
Pb-Free Rework Differences and Practices
No lead means using four heating zones and one cooling zone for reflow.
Switching to Pb-Free
The gritty details of changes needed in PCB materials and components.
Auditing an EMS Firm for Pb-free Capability
Knowing your pre-audit needs can save time and costs during the site visit.
Pb-free process standards.
Celestica’s CEO Craig Muhlhauser.
The tricks of global trade.
On the Forefront
A perfect match?
Dr. Ken Gilleo
Characterizing machine specs.
Pb-free or die!
Soldering SAC-finished components with SnPb.
Solderability and joint design.
Countdown to Lead-Free
Components and alloys, part 1.
Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee
Untrapping flux under PQFNs.
Direct Logix’s new DfM tool.
Productronica Product Preview
On the cover: Brainy ideas for U.S. manufacturers. (Cover photo courtesy of Reptron)