Pb-Free Manufacturing from a Tier III EMS Perspective
The Pb-free transition was daunting even for larger EMS firms, but had a major impact on smaller firms that lacked abundant engineering resources. How did we do it and how has the process matured? Here’s how one company made the switch.
‘Living Documents, Subject to Change’
The origins – and future – of standards, the foundation of electronics manufacturing.
Michael L. Martell
Creating Ideal Solder Joints
Reflow soldering is a superset of an accurate thermal profile. A poorly devised profile can have devastating (read: expensive) repercussions. Same goes for the stencil.
An Alternative Drying Process for MSDs
Components baked at 70°C for 24 hr. in a vacuum passed IPC and EIA testing.
Charles S. Leech Jr.
‘Customer Satisfaction is More than a Score’
For five-time SEA winner DEK, it’s about continuous improvement, not the highest scores.
Optoelectronic Substrates: Will They Happen?
Optoelectronic interconnects can provide increased bandwidth and other advantages for special applications over copper, but implementation has fizzled. What changes need to occur to make this mainstream?
Show me(ans) the money.
Photo Stencil’s Keith Favre.
Focus in Business
Trimming the excess.
The top PWB fabricators.
On the Forefront
Wafer thin, but getting bigger.
E. Jan Vardaman
‘Sensing’ a huge medical advance.
Narrowing your supplier list.
Wire harnesses and cable routing.
American Competitiveness Institute
Setting up the wave.
Ursula Marquez de Tino
Test and Inspection
Data: that big CAD.
Stacy Kalisz Johnson
The power of incremental improvements.
Marty Neese and S.M. Kong
Inovaxe’s MSD storage unit.
On the cover: A novel solution to component moisture problems. (Photos by Kuzma and Li Kim)