2008 Issues

FEATURES

  • Soldering
    Reflow Soldering with a SnCu Eutectic Pb-Free Alloy
    A design of experiment identifies differences in soldering between SAC alloys and SnCuNi.
    By Gerjan Diepstraten

  • Cover Story
    Improving OEE in High Mix Facilities
    The growing negative overall equipment effectiveness trend can be seen throughout North American facilities, with rates sometimes falling to 50%. Manufacturers can, however, boost OEE through proper process control.
    By States Mead

  • RF Production
    Effectively Managing RF Design in Utility Metering Applications
    EMS companies can provide the missing link between meter expertise, good distribution channels and the ability to easily develop RF products.
    By Roger Allcorn

  • Pb-Free Rework
    Solder Joint Reliability of Different BGAs Reworked Using Low Melting Point Pb-Free Alloys
    Low melt rework process performed on 0.093" and 0.125" thick boards under nitrogen found thermal fatigue life may be comparable or slightly better than that of components reworked using conventional SAC 385.
    By Simin Bagheri, Polina Snugovsky, Zohreh Bagheri, Craig Hamilton and Heather McCormick

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    Not this time.
    Mike Buetow

  • Talking Heads
    Assembleon’s Dr. Jan Michiels
    Mike Buetow

MONEY MATTERS

  • Focus on Business
    Weathering the storm.
    Susan Mucha

  • Global Sourcing
    The biggest fabricators.
    Dr. Hayao Nakahara

TECH TALK

  • On the Forefront
    Breathing lessons.
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Screen Printing
    Alden’s printing.
    Dr. Rita Mohanty

  • Better Manufacturing
    What role government?
    Peter Grundy

  • Tech Tips
    Water-based fluxes.
    American Competitiveness Institute

  • Wave Soldering
    Common defects.
    Ursula Marquez de Tino

  • Pb-Free Lessons Learned
    Eroding myths of copper.
    Chrys Shea

  • Materials World
    Epoxy fluxes.
    Dr. Renzhe Zhao

  • Process Doctor
    Clean as a ROSE.
    Terry Munson

  • Equipment Advances
    Seho’s Go Soldering Line.

  • Technical Abstracts

DEPARTMENTS

Industry News
Market Watch
Product Spotlight
Ad Index
Assembly Insider

On the cover: Achieving a well-balanced flow from prep through production. (Photo: Panasonic Factory Solutions)

FEATURES

  • PWB Procurement
    Auditing a Fabricator
    Bare boards, be they prototype or production, involve distinctly different buying patterns and requirements, and with them, issues OEM purchasers should be aware of. What engineering and procurement should know.
    By Zulki Khan

  • Program Generation
    Cutting Machine Programming Time
    Online programming costs companies a fortune. But how does one create machine programs and have them run perfectly once they get to the machines? This novel process instructs how to avoid repeated online debugging.
    By Edward Faranda

  • Cover Story
    Simultaneous Acoustic Imaging and Surface Mapping
    A new development in acoustic micro imaging makes it possible to map component surface topography at the same time that internal features are imaged. Combining the methods reveals not only the anomaly, but the extent of 3-D distortion.
    By Tom Adams

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    Two tech titans team up.
    Mike Buetow

  • Talking Heads
    Jabil’s Tony Allan and Jeff Cavanaugh.
    Mike Buetow

TECH TALK

  • Screen Printing
    Bigger and better.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Better Manufacturing
    Don’t rip the rep.
    Phil Zarrow

  • Tech Tips
    Where there’s HOP, there’s fire.
    American Competitiveness Institute

  • Soldering
    Lead and Pb-free: All mixed up.
    Ursula Marquez de Tino

  • Test and Inspection
    To the programming house.
    Stacy Kalisz Johnson

  • Process Doctor
    What cleaning really does.
    Terry Munson

  • Pb-Free Lessons Learned
    Cost of ownership.
    Chrys Shea

  • Getting Lean
    Reliability analysis and process variability.
    Ryan Wooten

  • Component Advances
    Molex’s Solder Charge Interface

  • Technical Abstracts

DEPARTMENTS

Industry News
Market Watch
Product Spotlight
Ad Index
Assembly Insider

On the cover: It’s now possible to map component surface topography and image internal features at the same time. (Courtesy Sonoscan Inc.)

FEATURES

  • Cover Story
    Will Electronics Follow the Sun?
    Those who invested in SMT in the early 1980s benefited from higher demand driven by the Internet, telecommunications and computing products. Those who do invest in alternative energies today might see the same results.
    By Irene Sterian

  • Emerging Technologies
    ‘Warm’ Manufacturing Heats Up
    Low-temperature or room temperature assembly has the potential to improve field reliability, streamline manufacturing and reduce cost.
    By Dr. Alan Rae, Dr. Andrew Skipor and Marc Chason

  • Domestic Production
    Reputation Trumps Recession, China
    Mid-tier EMS providers are alive and well, thanks to rising offshore logistics costs, inflation in China, quality concerns and a growing “Made in USA” fervor.
    By Art Rutledge

  • PWB Rework
    ‘Web Circuits’
    A major OEM has five boards with OSP finish requiring four additional components and the boards. Most companies would re-spin the design. But there’s a less expensive, more elegant solution.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Conformal Coatings
    A Novel Non-VOC Conformal Coating
    Moisture-cure coatings tend to be fast-reacting and could block dispensers. New chemistries, however, have led to a polyurethane pre-polymer, 100% solids material that performs well in SIR and thermal shock tests.
    By Jade Bridges

  • SEA Profile
    Krypton: Benchmarking Customer Satisfaction
    A newcomer to Circuits Assembly’s Service Excellence Awards, Krypton Solutions walked away with the highest overall customer rating for EMS providers with revenues less than $20 million. What drives the emerging EMS firm?
    By Chelsey Drysdale

  • 2008-09 Circuits Assembly Buyers Guide

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    iNEMI: Rooted in history?
    Mike Buetow

  • Talking Heads
    Kester’s Bill Spring and Jeff King.
    Mike Buetow

MONEY MATTERS

  • Focus on Business
    When selling, go positive.
    Susan Mucha

  • Global Sourcing
    ‘Mis-’leading indicators.
    Jennifer Read

TECH TALK

  • On the Forefront
    Hopping on PoP.
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Screen Printing
    Stencil design mistakes.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Tech Tips
    The hardest cuts.
    American Competitiveness Institute

  • Wave Soldering
    Protecting your pot.
    Ursula Marquez de Tino

  • Pb-Free Lessons Learned
    The head-on-pillow epidemic.
    Chrys Shea

  • Process Doctor
    Plugged microvia residues.
    Terry Munson

  • Materials World
    New silicone technology.
    Dr. Renzhe Zhao

  • Technical Abstracts

DEPARTMENTS

Industry News
Market Watch
SMTA Int'l Product Preview
Ad Index
Assembly Insider

On the cover: Jumping into solar cells is expensive, but so was SMT in the 1980s. (Photos by Lucwa and Celestica)

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