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FEATURES

  • Procurement
    'Re-Sourcing' Outsourced Electronics
    It's called a "priceberg": 80% of the risk may be hidden below the waterline in startup and ramp-down, where management costs per units sold tend to be the highest. Building a harmonious, minimally disruptive dual-sourcing strategy requires an understanding of priceberg composition.
    Ed Grimes

  • Customer Service
    What Your Field Service Representative Wants You to Know
    They are like firefighters. When you need them, you need them now. The results can be tense, technical – and funny.
    Frank Murch

  • PCB Design Trends
    Understanding Outsourced PCB Layout
    Here are an EMS provider's insights into the stages of PCB layout, for which key components include corporate standards and OEM-EMS collaboration.
    Paul Barsley

  • Cover Story
    Maintaining Customer Satisfaction during EMS Acquisition Integration
    Customers of EMS firms aren't buying an end product; they are buying the capabilities, systems, processes and internal culture used to manufacture their product. This in turn puts pressure on the EMS company to manage expectations – and move quickly.
    Todd Baggett

  • Case Study: Preforms
    In the Hot Zone
    In the competitive oil and gas drilling industry, a project's success – and a company's reputation – can hinge on seemingly insignificant variables such as a few degrees of temperature on a circuit board. That was quite literally the issue facing a major oil-exploration company as it performed data-collection tests at a client's wells sunk deep in the Indian Ocean.
    Cheryl Ross

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On the cover: EPIC's wave solder equipment changes profiles based on each assembly's bar codes. (Photo courtesy EPIC Technologies)

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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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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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