January 2012 cover

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Productronica Recap
Evolving and Upbeat in Munich
The de facto prism through which the industry is observed suggests an industry in recovery – and in full faculty of its senses.
by Mike Buetow

PCB Inspection
Automating First-Article Inspection
Along with quality improvements that resulted from higher levels of automation in process manufacturing, emerging automated inspection technologies, now with decades of development behind them, are striving to eliminate the potential for human error.
by Paul Walsh

Component Procurement
The Great GAO Counterfeiting Sting
A US sting broke up a ring selling fake parts to the US Defense Department. But is there a better way to beat the black market?
by Dr. James A. Hayward




  • Talking Heads
    Avnet’s Alex Iuorio.
    Mike Buetow



    • ROI
      Where Procurement is failing.
      Peter Bigelow
    • Focus on Business
      Mentoring networks.
      Susan Mucha



  • On the Forefront
    Will 2012 bring a reprieve?
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Selective Soldering
    Retinning new components.
    Alan Cable

  • Tech Tips
    Which selective soldering type is best?
    ACI Technologies Inc.

  • Defects Database
    Paste slump remedies.
    Dr. Chris Hunt

  • Solar Technologies
    Passing markers on the road.
    Tom Falcon

  • Process Doctor
    When not to clean.
    Mike Bixenman

  • Getting Lean
    The design driver.
    Carlos Rodriguez and Hilario Apodaca

  • Technical Abstracts
    In Case You Missed It.

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