Walking on Water
Winter’s dry air means less humidity – and more static. High-pressure humidification systems can improve air quality and reduce energy costs.
By Pierre Husson
Flux Selection for Lead-Free Wave Soldering
This design of experiments clarifies the best types, best available flux within each type, and process limits for each, and also discusses the gaps between the capability of existing flux chemistries and requirements of Pb-free assembly, industry standards and customer expectations.
By Douglas Watson, Jasbir Bath and Pan Wei Chi
An A-to-Z Guide to X-Ray Inspection, Part II
The second of a two-part article looks at practical recommendations for production sampling and viewing various part types.
By Dr. David Bernard
Evolution in Action
At Productronica, the most radical sight was the transit strike. But the venerable show didn’t disappoint.
By Mike Buetow
iNEMI’s Emerging Technologies
Research Priorities for the Electronics Industry
The merger of micro and nano, chemical, and other sensors with micro- and nano-electronics could mean disruption ahead.
By Alan Rae, Ph.D., Robert C. Pfahl, Ph.D., and Charles Richardson
Sanmina-SCI: Poised for recovery?
Syncro’s Ed Childress and why managing risk is essential to EMS companies.
Focus on Business
For EMS firms, finding the right trade show to reach customers is tricky business.
On the Forefront
The cycle continues.
E. Jan Vardaman
‘Ware’ it well.
Waiting for the revolution.
Selective soldering with Pb-free alloys.
Ursula Marquez de Tino
Circuit board cleanliness.
Pb-Free Lessons Learned
The engineer’s guide to chemistry.
Solder spheres and packages.
Dr. Renzhe Zhao
On the cover: A DoE studies wave-soldered SMDs and through-hole parts. (Cover photo by Vladimir Sazonoff)