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FEATURES

    NTI-100
    The 90-10 Split
    Currency fluctuations had a big impact on the largest 104 printed circuit board manufacturers in 2011. Still, while making up less than 4% of the world's shops, the NTI-100 contributed more than 80% of the revenue.
    by Dr. Hayao Nakahara

    Markets
    2011: A Very Good Year for EMS
    After an extraordinary 2010, no one expected another large jump in contract electronics manufacturing sales in 2011. But that’s just what happened. A look at the trends, including near-shoring.
    by Randall Sherman

    EHS
    Environmental Impacts and Control for the Electronics Manufacturer
    Environmental impacts will be different between manufacturers, but the goal is the same: to identify, control and improve. Here's a methodology to identify and institute controls to mitigate negative impacts to the environment.
    by Scott Mazur

    Talking Heads
    P.D.-NCAB Deal Accelerates the Changing Channel
    David Wolff discusses the decision behind board distributor P.D. Circuits' sale to NCAB.
    by Mike Buetow

 

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MONEY MATTERS

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    Migration inflation.
    Peter Bigelow


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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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