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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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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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