The Lean Culture
'Eyes for Waste'
Celestica's Global Lean Architect explains why going Lean means persistently asking, Is this something the customer would for pay for?
Interconnects and Their Effect on Automated SMT Placement
More components than ever can be processed in an automated SMT line. The challenge: to combine the increasing spectrum into a single machine platform to minimize the need for different machine types.
Factory Floor Workcells
Flexible Manufacturing Systems for Wave and Fountain Wave Soldering
Using unique solder pots for each alloy is a low-cost, highly efficient solution for mid-volume environments.
Large Diameter Wire Bonding to Organic Boards
FR-4 substrates are showing up in high rel products as a cost-effective - and proven - alternative to ceramic.
Mike McKeown and Gerard O'Brien
The Economics of In-Circuit Testing
Even small improvements in defect coverage can have a large impact on more expensive downstream verification and diagnosis, repair and retest. A methodology for examining the effect of ICT alternatives on these costs.
Michael J. Smith
Know Your Final Finish Options
Pros and cons of the newest alternative finishes.
Donald Walsh, George Milad and Donald Gudeczauskas
Proving RoHS compliance.
An interview with Qualitek.
Focus on Business
Puzzles with missing pieces.
Dr. Jonathon Linton
Don't outsource; automate!
On the Forefront
More power to you.
Dr. Ken Gilleo
Lessons from Asia.
Tell me lies.
How do Pb-free finishes hold up?
American Competitiveness Institute
Design for good solderability.
Test and Inspection
All shook up.
Selective soldering's residual effects.
EVS's dross recovery system.
AT Expo and Nepcon South China Product Previews
On the cover: Tips on which nozzles work with certain parts. (Photo courtesy Mydata Automation AB)