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FEATURES

  • INEMI Roadmap
    Converging Products, Expanding Supply Chain
    The “iNEMI Roadmap 2007” edition, available this month, provides a more global perspective than any previous version, with representation from all major regions. Here, future research, development and implementation needs are identified.
    Jim McElroy

  • Wave Solder Fluxes
    Wave Soldering Flux Selection for Pb-Free Assembly
    Both the manufacturing and end-use environments play big roles in flux selection. A look at the design, process and reliability implications of each major type of flux.
    Chrys Shea, Sanju Arora and Steve Brown

  • Lean Manufacturing
    Effective Lean Six Sigma Deployment in a Global EMS Environment
    The fusion of Lean Six Sigma has achieved results more effectively and efficiently than either quality program does alone. Here’s how to avoid the most frequent cause of failure: putting it into practice.
    Dr. Harjinder Ladhar

  • Cover Story
    Quickturn BGA Reballing
    A new, quickturn technique for reinstalling balls on “BGA” components relies on laser-cut polyimide stencils and fixtures, and is designed to place new solder balls onto array-style components in small volumes (fewer than 100 devices).
    Bob Wettermann

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  • Caveat Lector
    Machine software is the next big thing.
    Mike Buetow

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On the cover: Balls are re-soldered onto a grid array. (Photo courtesy Cookson BEST)

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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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KIC Debuts K2 Thermal Profiler
K2 thermal profiler has plug-and-play hardware and a graphical user interface said to make profiling both quick and easy. Enables each thermocouple to use its own unique process window, while...