October 2005 cover

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  • Business Management
    When to Outsource Rework
    The cost savings can be compelling. But how do you ensure that quality levels are maintained?
    Bob Wettermann

  • Cover Story
    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.
    Gerry Padnos

  • Pb-Free Rework
    Pb-Free Rework Differences and Practices
    No lead means using four heating zones and one cooling zone for reflow.
    Zulki Khan

  • Process Change
    Switching to Pb-Free
    The gritty details of changes needed in PCB materials and components.
    Markus Walter

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On the cover: Brainy ideas for U.S. manufacturers. (Cover photo courtesy of Reptron)

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