• Flex Assembly
    Installing Flash LEDs on Flex
    Recommendations on soldering and bending processes when components are mounted on a flex circuit.
    Shereen Lim

  • Pb-Free Soldering Profiles
    Processes and Their Parameters
    Although many important aspects required to establish the “ultimate” profile for wave or reflow soldering have not yet been investigated, several can be used as a starting point.
    Markus Walter

  • Cover Story
    Use of Closed-Loop Process Controls in Dispensing
    Tests show that a two-component epoxy adhesive will change in viscosity over time and cause a direct change in the amount being deposited. Yet a simple weight measurement can be used to calibrate a dispensing process.
    James Klocke

  • Encapsulant Materials
    Low Pressure Molding: A Primer
    Low pressure molding reduces the process steps required by conventional potting techniques and is now in use for complete encapsulation of PCBs.
    Frank Ongkiehong and Steven Dufresne

  • Productronica Recap
    Still the King of Shows
    Three standout products made royal debuts at the world’s largest electronics equipment fair.
    Mike Buetow

  • Pb-Free Rework
    Hand Solder Rework of Pb-Free PTH and SMT Packages
    A study of over 1300 Pb-free components proves Pb-free hand solder rework can be performed reliably. The top variable: Operator experience.
    Alan Donaldson


  • Caveat Lector
    A manager worth remembering.
    Mike Buetow

  • Talking Heads
    Motorola’s Aroon Tungare.
    Mike Buetow


  • Focus on Business
    Locating EMS operations.
    Susan Mucha

  • Global Sourcing
    Evaluating a Pb-free line.
    Guy Martindale and H.R. Chai


  • On the Forefront
    From tragedy comes opportunity.
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Screen Printing
    Chip attachment and encapsulation.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Soldering Tips
    Nondestructive BGA inspection.
    American Competitiveness Institute

  • Wave Soldering
    Warm up to ‘frosty’ joints.
    Gerjan Diepstraten

  • Test and Inspection
    Adjustments for Pb-free parts.
    Jens Kokott

  • Countdown to Pb-Free
    Tin whisker management, part 2.
    Joe Smetana and Ron Gedney

  • Process Doctor
    Debunking white residues.
    Terry Munson

  • Software Advances
    Mentor’s Expedition Enterprise.

  • Technical Abstracts


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On the cover: Closed-loop dispensing made easy. (Photo of XyFlex Pro+ courtesy Speedline Technologies)

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