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  • Trade Shows
    What Drives the Crowd?
    A survey of 1,400 North American readers of Circuits Assembly and Printed Circuit Design & Fab finds engineers are most turned on by a great technical conference and location.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Controlling Static
    Mastering ESD Control in Automated Handling Systems
    ESD control has always been critical to high production yields, but programs are generally geared toward operators. The best ESD control programs ensure such equipment is capable of handling highly sensitive devices.
    By Bob Taplett

  • Cover Story
    Beating the RoHS Heat
    Once on the outs over environmental concerns, vapor phase improvements have broadened the process window, reduced changeover time and lowered peak temperatures.
    By Chris Munroe

  • Trade Groups
    Trade Secrets
    Tax-exempt electronics trade associations took in over $110 million in revenues during fiscal 2006. The growth of the sector has led to a first-of-its-kind review of the last three years’ worth of tax filings.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Morey Corp.
    True to Its Roots
    Most EMS companies talk customer service, or technology, or supply-chain management. This family-run Chicago-based company touts something else.
    By Mike Buetow

  • Offshore Expansion
    The Road Abroad – Strategic Alliance or Greenfield Facility?
    A management insider explains the main models for establishing manufacturing in low-cost regions.
    By Paul Plante

FIRST PERSON

  • Caveat Lector
    Fueled up.
    Mike Buetow

  • Letters

  • Talking Heads
    Nihon Superior’s Tetsuro Nishimura.
    Mike Buetow

MONEY MATTERS

  • Focus on Business
    Where trust trumps execution.
    Susan Mucha

TECH TALK

  • On the Forefront
    Embedded applications are coming up.
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Screen Printing
    Verification and traceability.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Tech Tips
    Intermittent BGA connections.
    American Competitiveness Institute

  • Wave Soldering
    Air and joints.
    Ursula Marquez de Tino

  • Test and Inspection
    Cutting AOI data to size.
    Jeff Bishop

  • Process Doctor
    Inline vs. batch cleaning.
    Ravi Parthasarathy

  • Pb-Free Lessons Learned
    Concerns from the board level.
    Chrys Shea

  • Getting Lean
    Optimizing flow.
    Robert Hemmant

  • Materials World
    Package-on-package configurations.
    Dr. Renzhe Zhao

  • Equipment Advances
    Juki’s FX-3 placement machine.

  • Technical Abstracts

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On the cover: After 30 years, vapor phase is finally finding a place in soldering. (Images courtesy R+D Technical Services)

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