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  • Nepcon China
    China Goes ‘Upmarket’
    Among Chinese suppliers, the learning curve is clearly shortening, making the annual Shanghai show a must-see. But can what some call the world’s leading SMT show fend off a competitive challenge?
    By Mike Buetow

  • Inovar
    Out of the Garage
    The snow-capped mountains of Cache Valley provide an eye-pleasing backdrop to a cresting EMS company.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Cover Story
    Improving Production Line Performance
    Balanced lines are thought to be standard for efficient production, yet in some cases, the total buffer capacity has to be spaced unevenly. The latest research shows why deliberately unbalancing the buffers may be beneficial.
    By Dr. Sabry Shaaban and Dr. Sarah Hudson

  • Productivity Tools
    Manufacturing Steps Onto the Enterprise IT Stage
    The concept of a single, comprehensive information solution collapses when one enters the manufacturing, quality and process engineering offices, and certainly the factory floor. This has led to a new category of “enterprise level” tools called manufacturing operations system (MOS) software.
    By Jason Spera

  • Wave Control
    Measuring and Controlling Wave Height and Dwell Time
    When something changes in the process, the solder wave is often the culprit. A novel direct measurement, closed-loop system can resolve problems regulating critical parameters such as wave height and dwell time.
    By Ken Kirby




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On the cover: Correctly designed unbalanced lines can increase throughput. (Photo by Tom Mc Nemar)

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2008 10:46


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.

The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.



Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.





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