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  • Productronica Recap
    Trading Up
    For the first time in 10 years, we saw the sun in Munich. Is it a sign of a new dawn for the industry? OK, no, but amid tepid expectations, Productronica turned out stronger than expected, again defying gravity and the pundits to remain the mother of all trade shows.
    by Mike Buetow

  • CAM
    Improving Fabrication Yields
    A large portion of manufacturing yield is tied up in the CAM process, and these "fabrication planners" can make the difference between profits and losses. Plus: The designer's role.
    by Zulki Khan

  • X-Ray Inspection
    X-Ray Imaging of Pb-Free Solder Joints
    Inspecting Pb-free solder joints requires consideration be given to the implications of the material differences exhibited by the elements present to ensure that optimal image quality is maintained. When optimizing the tube, the actual adjustments are highly dependent on the thickness and mass of the solder joint for various components.
    by Dr. Evstatin Krastev


  • Caveat Lector
    "Conflict metals" fight deepens.
    Mike Buetow
  • Talking Heads
    CyberOptics' Kitty Iverson.
    Mike Buetow


  • Focus on Business
    Hiring's golden age.
    Susan Mucha


  • On the Forefront
    Potential derailments.
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Better Manufacturing
    Improving test coverage by design.
    Andrew Murrietta

  • Screen Printing
    Embedded passives: nothing but a win.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Selective Soldering
    Defect-free selective soldering.
    Ursula Marquez de Tino, Ph.D.

  • Wave Soldering Troubleshooting
    Solder on the mask.
    Paul Lotosky

  • The Defects Database
    Plating-related opens.
    Dr. Davide Di Maio, Ph.D.

  • Process Doctor
    Debunking subjective cleanliness assessments.
    Harald Wack, Ph.D.

  • Materials World
    Type 4 solder standards.
    Jie Bai

  • Solar Technologies
    Solar Power International was a return to the past.
    Chrys Shea

  • Tech Tips
    Boundary scan extends its use.
    ACI Technologies Inc.

  • Technical Abstracts
    In case you missed it.



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