August 2013 cover

 

FEATURES

Designer Salary Survey
Better with Age
Our annual survey finds PCB designers are an even more experienced crowd, with concerns about workload, yet increasingly lucrative compensation.
by Chelsey Drysdale

Screen Printing
The Future of Printing Technology
What’s in store? Novel deposition methods, new stencil architectures, “virtual” panelized PCBs, and faster, more highly-utilized print platforms.
by Mark Whitmore

Cleaning
Determining Critical Cleaning Process Parameters for QFNs
Results of a two-phase study aimed at complete cleanliness underneath leadless devices or QFNs, using both lead-free water soluble and lead-free no-clean solder pastes.
by Umut Tosun, Naveen Ravindran and Michael McCutchen

 

FIRST PERSON

 

MONEY MATTERS

 

TECH TALK

  • Screen Printing
    Stencil tension.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Materials World
    Improving hole fill.
    Karl Seelig and Carlos Tafoya

  • Process Doctor
    Scratching the surface.
    Richard Burke

  • Test & Inspection
    Let’s get small.
    Mark Lau

  • Solar Technologies
    A sunny forecast.
    Tom Falcon

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