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FEATURES

  • Cover Story
    Research on Ionic Cleanliness Testing Alternatives to IPA/Water
    A study of alternative solvent mixes was undertaken to establish whether IPA-water mix could be improved. Following a down-selection of potentially suitable solvents, the mixes were applied to commonly available flux residues. The revelation: IPA water is limited as a cleaner and should not be a standard for analytical extraction tests.
    by Harald Wack, Ph.D., Syed Ahmad and Joachim Becht, Ph.D.

  • iNEMI Roadmap
    Information Management Gaps for Board Fabrication and Assembly
    Within board fabrication and assembly, improvements in information management are needed in several areas. The link between design and manufacturing, part traceability, and PWB systems all have new needs that can be addressed by improved systems.
    by Eric Simmon

  • Leda Corp.
    Aerospace Design and Assembly in Surf City USA
    When Boeing needs prototype assemblies, it jets on down to Leda Corp. With a new building and equipment set, Leda is preparing to take off.
    by Chelsey Drysdale

  • Chip Packaging
    3-D IC Bonding
    Supply-chain roles are changing, with EMS firms expected to take a bigger chip-packaging role. New 3-D ICs provide an opportunity to expand services. Here's a look at how these packages are bonded, including the advantages and limitations of each technology.
    by Chris Sanders

FIRST PERSON

MONEY MATTERS

  • Global Sourcing
    The supply chain works best when diligence and consistency rule the relationships.
    Charlie Barnhart
  • Focus on Business
    Ramping EMS sales efforts.
    Susan Mucha

TECH TALK

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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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