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FEATURES

  • ATE Boards
    Processes for Building Test Boards
    Test load board assembly has unique nuances and quirks that most assemblers may not properly translate.
    by Marilyn Ta

  • KeyTronicEMS
    Of Mice and Men
    In the topsy-turvey world of electronics manufacturing services, KeyTronicEMS has turned 23 straight quarterly profits. For its unique but systematic approach to the EMS rollercoaster, and its stellar performance in all types of environments, KeyTronicEMS is our 2009 EMS Company of the Year.
    by Mike Buetow

  • Paste Deposition
    Optimizing Solder Paste Printing
    Counterintuitively, the trend analysis shows keep-out distance has little or no effect on paste transfer efficiency and height for 0402 and SOP type pads.
    by the iNEMI Solder Paste Deposition Group

  • Cover Story
    PoP Assembly Process Fundamentals
    Package stacking is proving ideal for a variety of applications requiring greater functionality, higher performance and a smaller footprint: Stacking pre-tested package sections enables a high degree of flexibility for designers, permitting virtually any combination of memory to be combined with any logic chipset.
    by Vern Solberg and Phil Damberg

  • Retrospective
    In Memoriam
    A look back at friends and colleagues who left us in 2009.
    by Mike Buetow

  • Circuits Assembly 2010 Buyers Guide

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    Productronica productive, foretelling.
    Mike Buetow

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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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