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FEATURES

  • SEAs 2007
    EFD’s Customer Service Metrics
    The company has held a lock on the SEA materials category. Here’s why.
    Chelsey Drysdale

  • Cover Story
    Understencil Cleaning for Process Repeatability
    Ramping the cleaning frequency means lower throughput. There are, however, elegant and novel alternatives.
    Trevor Warren

  • Solder Testing
    Solder Paste Thixotropy Impacts Rheometric Results
    Attempts to meet ISO/TS 16949 have informed that a solder paste’s thixotropic history has a major impact on its rheometric characterization repeatability and reproducibility. A novel sample preparation method reduces the thixotropy impact in conjunction with enhanced plate/plate rheometry.
    Ineke van Tiggelen-Aarden and Eli Westerlaken

  • EMS Business Models
    An EMS Provider That Doesn’t Build Boards
    Taking “focus” to the extreme can mean giving up SMT assembly too. How one EMS firm chooses what to build – and what not to.
    Dawn Poirier

  • Products and Services
    2007 Circuits Assembly Buyers Guide
    A valuable resource for locating surface mount and electronics assembly suppliers.

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On the cover: Proper stencil cleaning boosts end-product consistency. (Photo courtesy DEK)

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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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