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BEST Site Visit
BEST: On the Go
From a motor home to a 25,000 sq. ft. factory outside Chicago, BEST not only offers a wide variety of rework/repair services, it is navigating a new path for the EMS of the future.
by Mike Buetow

Bare Die Coatings
Protecting COB Devices with Glob Top Encapsulants
Bare die and their connecting wires have no protective plastic package, and can easily become corroded by moisture or chemicals. Encapsulating the die and wires in a protective shell is critical to ensuring long-term assembly reliability.
by Venkat Nandivada

PCB Repair
Board Repair Made Easy
The small size and spaces make fixing a substrate or interposer a painstaking undertaking. A new novel board repair kit just might be the solution.
by Terence Q. Collier

Top 10 PCB Rework Mistakes
Why touch-up should be used sparingly, if at all, and other helpful hints.
by Bob Doetzer



  • Caveat Lector
    Brokering a new model.
    Mike Buetow

  • Talking Heads
    Asteelflash's Gilles Benhamou.
    Mike Buetow



    • ROI
      The design-manufacturing gap.
      Peter Bigelow

    • Focus on Business
      Social media for the EMS.
      Susan Mucha



  • On the Forefront
    Technology makeover?
    E. Jan Vardaman

  • Screen Printing
    Printing for power electronics.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Tech Tips
    TSOP bridging.
    Robert Dervaes

  • Soldering
    Vapor phase misconceptions.
    Jochen Lipp

  • Test and Inspection
    Functional turnkey.
    Adrian Ababa

  • Defects Database
    Packing MSDs.
    Dr. Chris Hunt

  • Materials World
    TMV PoP protection.
    Jie Bai

  • Technical Abstracts
    In Case You Missed It.

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