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FEATURES

  • Buyers Guide
    2009-10 Circuits Assembly Buyers Guide
    Our annual guide to suppliers of equipment, materials and services for electronics assembly.

  • Cover Story
    A Novel Six Sigma SnPb Solder Paste
    Although Six Sigma principles have been used in the industry for years, for the most part they have been applied to PWB fabrication or assembly processes – not to product development, and certainly not to soldering materials themselves. The recent development of a new SnPb solder paste, however, combined modern raw materials and the application of these principles.
    By Steve Ratner, Martin Lopez, John McMaster, Frank Murch and Mike Skrzat

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    The EMS sector's ongoing profit problem.
    Mike Buetow

MONEY MATTERS

  • Talking Heads
    Sanmina-SCI’s Sundar Kamath talks alternative energies.
    Mike Buetow
  • Focus on Business
    How program managers can beat the recession.
    Susan Mucha

TECH TALK

  • Screen Printing
    The effect of printing and reflow on broadband boards.
    Dr. Rita Mohanty
  • Reflow Soldering
    When wetting rears its ugly head, check for missing pads.
    Ursula Marquez de Tino
  • Materials World
    Mitigating tin whisker risks through conformal coatings.
    Dr. Renzhe Zhao

 

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On the Cover:A new approach to solder paste development gets rid of "trial and error"

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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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