To avoid misunderstandings, purchasers should compare the accuracy and DPMO specifications at the IPC reference speed, and should ask for reference speeds for their specific application, rather than just relying on raw IPC figures.
By Sjef van Gastel
Top 50 EMS Companies
The $50 Billion Club
The gap between the Top 10 EMS companies and their smaller rivals is striking. But to make our exclusive list of the largest EMS companies in 2008 involves first reaching $200 million in sales.
By Mike Buetow and Chelsey Drysdale
The Changing Role of OEM Product Development Engineering Teams
OEM engineering teams are being asked to do more with less on a regular basis. Result: Product development teams and suppliers see changes in the way they collaborate. A look at the types of changes likely to be driven by product development team downsizing and areas where a focused supply base can help fill the gaps.
By Duane Benson
In the failed cases we see in our research, the cost of replacing a supplier far exceeds savings sought by the continuous cost reductions. OEMs start spending many dollars to chase pennies.
Like SMT many years ago, it appears embedded passives may be the industry's next leap of faith.
When solderability is causing defects, the use of nitrogen in reflow may be beneficial. For optimal cost-effectiveness, nitrogen should be applied only in the reflow areas.
Ursula Marquez de Tino
Test and Inspection
It is well documented that the farther up the production line a defect is found, the less expensive it will be to repair. These economic times leave no room for a $1 billion warranty extension.
Stacy Kalisz Johnson
On the cover: IPC-9850 is a basic industry reference, but doesn’t tell the whole story.