Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent annually to determine general strategic directions for SMT production equipment requirements. A turnkey line can simplify purchasing, machine compatability and service.
A Primer on AOI and AOT
Not all AOI systems are the same, but the big differentiator is programming time. Some systems take one to two days, others require only three to four hours for the same job.
Manufacturing in Vietnam
The lowest fully burdened labor rate in an educated workforce is just one reason companies like Intel are investing in this Southeast Asia nation.
'Choosing to Lead'
Siemens this month launches a new placement platform in North America. Guenter Lauber, vice president of Siemens' electronics assembly equipment division in North America, talks about the new platform, the future addition of such features as optical inspection, and the process by which equipment is introduced and evaluated around the world.
Environmental and Mechanical Stress Testing of Pb-Free and SnPb Solder
Soldered boards subjected to accelerated aging tests showed that Pb-free solder beats SnPb on lead pull, but not shear force.
Programming and the Problem of Yield
Optimized sockets should combine the durability and signal integrity of test sockets and the standardization (and cost) of burn-in versions.
Nick Deppen, Erik Orwoll and Robert Duff
Cleaning Flux Residue in Hand Solder Rework and the Effects on SIR
An investigation of the hand rework cleaning process found that SIR endpoint readings tend to be higher following IPA cleaning.
Dover: weak-kneed or prescient?
Unovis Solutions' Roland Heitmann.
Focus on Business
One basket, but how many eggs?
Another side of procurement.
On the Forefront
A new model for IC packaging and assembly houses.
E. Jan Vardaman
For IC deposition, dispense or print?
A trashy topic.
American Competitiveness Institute
Solder ball formation.
Product performance risk.
Speedline's new printer inspection tool.
ATExpo and Mexitronica Product Previews
On the cover: Siemens' Guenter Lauber with the company's new equipment platform. (Photo courtesy Siemens A&D)