China Goes ‘Upmarket’
Among Chinese suppliers, the learning curve is clearly shortening, making the annual Shanghai show a must-see. But can what some call the world’s leading SMT show fend off a competitive challenge?
By Mike Buetow
Out of the Garage
The snow-capped mountains of Cache Valley provide an eye-pleasing backdrop to a cresting EMS company.
By Mike Buetow
Improving Production Line Performance
Balanced lines are thought to be standard for efficient production, yet in some cases, the total buffer capacity has to be spaced unevenly. The latest research shows why deliberately unbalancing the buffers may be beneficial.
By Dr. Sabry Shaaban and Dr. Sarah Hudson
Manufacturing Steps Onto the Enterprise IT Stage
The concept of a single, comprehensive information solution collapses when one enters the manufacturing, quality and process engineering offices, and certainly the factory floor. This has led to a new category of “enterprise level” tools called manufacturing operations system (MOS) software.
By Jason Spera
Measuring and Controlling Wave Height and Dwell Time
When something changes in the process, the solder wave is often the culprit. A novel direct measurement, closed-loop system can resolve problems regulating critical parameters such as wave height and dwell time.
By Ken Kirby
As the earth moves.
iNEMI’s Dr. Haley Fu.
Correlating 2-D and 3-D SPI.
Dr. Rita Mohanty
Feeling heat over China.
Copper dissolution gets the yank.
Ursula Marquez de Tino
Soldering SAC-finished parts with SnPb solder.
American Competitiveness Institute
Test and Inspection
Quick looks at the latest in boundary scan.
Ted T. Turner
Quick analytical tests for surface cleanliness.
Ravi Parthasarathy, Dr. Harald Wack and Dr. Helmut Schweigart
Pb-Free Lessons Learned
Diagnosing fab problems.
The design scale.
Eastern Advances (324KB PDF in Chinese)
Why you need DfX.
Keyan Zhao and Sanqian Cai
Semicon West Product Preview
On the cover: Correctly designed unbalanced lines can increase throughput. (Photo by Tom Mc Nemar)