Plexus Ups Profits in Fiscal Q2
Written by Mike Buetow   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:45

NEENAH, WI -- Plexus on Wednesday announced fiscal second-quarter net income rose 3% year-over-year to $18.5 million despite flat sales. For the period ended March 29, the EMS provider reported revenue of $557.6 million, toward the upper end of previous company guidance and up 4% sequentially.

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AsteelFlash to Shutter Owego Plant
Written by Mike Buetow   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:20

OWEGOAsteelFlash has filed a notice with the state of New York indicating plans to close its manufacturing plant here by the end of June. A total of 34 workers will be laid off, the last of the 150 employed when the Paris-based EMS company acquired the site as part of its purchase of Catalyst Manufacturing Services in Jannuary 2012.

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Columns

Eastern-US: China’s New Competitor?

Parity emerges among EMS Factories from Asia, Mexico and the US.

For the first time in years we see parity in the Eastern US among EMS factories from Asia, Mexico and the US. This EMS market condition will permit American OEMs (the EMS industry refers to OEMs as customers) to have more EMS pathways to choose from. Now more than ever, such EMS assignments will require deeper investigation relating to the OEMs’ evaluation of manufacturing strategies.

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The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.

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Features

Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

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Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.

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