• 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?
    Robert Hemmant

  • Cover Story
    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.
    Frederik Moberg

  • 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.
    Lee Whiteman

  • Wire Bonding
    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

  • Final Finishes
    Know Your Final Finish Options
    Pros and cons of the newest alternative finishes.
    Donald Walsh, George Milad and Donald Gudeczauskas


  • Caveat Lector
    Proving RoHS compliance.
    Mike Buetow

  • Letters

  • Talking Heads
    An interview with Qualitek.
    Mike Buetow


  • Focus on Business
    Puzzles with missing pieces.
    Dr. Jonathon Linton

  • Global Sourcing
    Don't outsource; automate!
    Michael Sivigny


  • On the Forefront
    More power to you.
    Dr. Ken Gilleo

  • Screen Printing
    Lessons from Asia.
    Joe Belmonte

  • Better Manufacturing
    Tell me lies.
    Phil Zarrow

  • Soldering Tips
    How do Pb-free finishes hold up?
    American Competitiveness Institute

  • Wave Soldering
    Design for good solderability.
    Gerjan Diepstraten

  • Test and Inspection
    All shook up.
    Wayne Tustin

  • Process Doctor
    Selective soldering's residual effects.
    Terry Munson

  • Equipment Advances
    EVS's dross recovery system.

  • Technical Abstracts


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On the cover: Tips on which nozzles work with certain parts. (Photo courtesy Mydata Automation AB)

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