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FEATURES

  • Life After Lead
    The Greening of Electronics
    After a half-century of reliance on lead, we have entered an era where we are flying mostly blind. This is just the first of a sweeping wave of environmental impacts on product design and product life.
    Dan Shea

  • Cover Story
    Improving Hand Soldering Operational Costs and Process Control
    Equipment purchase decisions for soldering stations should guarantee high process stability at low running costs. Advances in intelligent equipment mean manual soldering and process control can finally go hand-in-hand.
    Mark Cannon, Bob Klenke and Phil Zarrow

  • RoHS Best Practices
    Getting RoHS Ready
    The E.U. RoHS directive, which goes into effect this month, is hardly the only environmental law with which manufacturers must comply: everywhere in the world legislation looms on the horizon. Five steps to preparing your company on a global basis.
    Dave Purvis

  • Annual Buyers Guide
    Circuits Assembly's Annual Guide to Products and Services

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On the cover: A new soldering station adds process control to the labor-intensive operation. (Photo courtesy ERSA GmbH )

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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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