RoHS Conversion for Medical Devices
Product marketing and component supply chain concerns are pushing many medical companies to assess RoHS conversion. Either way, companies face risks. The risks and considerations to take into account include tin whisker mitigation, analysis and criteria / rating methods; design changes and verification; material availability and cost; and component obsolescence and sourcing.
By Kim Sharpe
Supporting Full-Service Customer Requirements at the Regional EMS Level
OEMs, especially in medical, automotive, avionics and defense, want greater levels of value-added support from EMS providers. And the transition to RoHS manufacturing is driving a need for better process traceability to support OEM studies of the impact of new processes on long-term product reliability. This article discusses typical OEM process traceability requirements; strategies for automating process monitoring and real-time corrective action throughout the SMT process; benefits of the Process Window Index (PWI) in a multi-customer manufacturing environment; and examples of ways OEMs can team with EMS firms to translate improved process visibility to improved product quality.
By Jeff Roberts
Milwaukee Electronics Co.
MEC is distinct for its extreme use of Lean at all points within the facilities; the depth of consideration to the roadblocks–not just to process flow, but to customer deliverables; and a startling emphasis on understanding the role marketing plays in customers’ strategies.
By Mike Buetow
Fakes get high-tech.
Celestica’s Dave Ellison and Peter Tomaiuolo.
Focus on Business
Defining the service package.
On the Forefront
R&D not on P/L.
E. Jan Vardaman
Broadband printing suggestions.
Dr. Rita Mohanty
The education foundation.
Wirebonder pattern recognition.
American Competitiveness Institute
Don’t shrink from these holes.
Ursula Marquez de Tino
Applications of FTIR.
Pb-Free Lessons Learned
A mystery no longer.
The Defects Database
Defect analysis, online and interactive.
Dr. Davide Di Maio
By Chris Munroe
Phase change materials.
Dr. Renzhe Zhao
On the cover: As RoHS spreads its reach, implantable medical devices will eventually need to go Pb-free too. (Cover illustration by Max Delson)