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FEATURES

    Conformal Coatings
    Current Trends in Conformal Coatings
    An automotive recovery is driving demand for silicone coatings, but in general, custom formulations are becoming the new norm.
    by Frank Hart

    EMS Outlook
    The Worldwide Industrial Electronics Assembly Markets Defined
    Industrial products make up an attractive, profitable industry for many EMS suppliers, and the potential for growth remains high because more than three-fourths of the segment remains in-house. A look at the state of outsourced test & measurement, clean energy and process control electronics build.
    by Randall Sherman

 

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MONEY MATTERS

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    It's not about survival.
    Peter Bigelow


TECH TALK

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:44
 

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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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