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FEATURES

  • ESD Control
    Walking on Water
    Winter’s dry air means less humidity – and more static. High-pressure humidification systems can improve air quality and reduce energy costs.
    By Pierre Husson

  • Cover Story
    Flux Selection for Lead-Free Wave Soldering
    This design of experiments clarifies the best types, best available flux within each type, and process limits for each, and also discusses the gaps between the capability of existing flux chemistries and requirements of Pb-free assembly, industry standards and customer expectations.
    By Douglas Watson, Jasbir Bath and Pan Wei Chi

  • Component Inspection
    An A-to-Z Guide to X-Ray Inspection, Part II
    The second of a two-part article looks at practical recommendations for production sampling and viewing various part types.
    By Dr. David Bernard

  • Productronica Recap
    Evolution in Action
    At Productronica, the most radical sight was the transit strike. But the venerable show didn’t disappoint.
    By Mike Buetow

  • iNEMI’s Emerging Technologies
    Research Priorities for the Electronics Industry
    The merger of micro and nano, chemical, and other sensors with micro- and nano-electronics could mean disruption ahead.
    By Alan Rae, Ph.D., Robert C. Pfahl, Ph.D., and Charles Richardson

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    Sanmina-SCI: Poised for recovery?
    Mike Buetow

  • Talking Heads
    Syncro’s Ed Childress and why managing risk is essential to EMS companies.
    Mike Buetow

MONEY MATTERS

  • Focus on Business
    For EMS firms, finding the right trade show to reach customers is tricky business.
    Susan Mucha

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On the cover: A DoE studies wave-soldered SMDs and through-hole parts. (Cover photo by Vladimir Sazonoff)

Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2008 08:55
 

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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