February 2013 cover



    Cover Story
    Lead-Free Assembly Design for Manufacturability Considerations
    The changeover to lead-free has brought with it serious implications for many key design rules. A look at the system-level management requirements and key DfM elements shown to improve overall yield, quality and reliability of high-complexity, high-reliability hardware.
    by Matt Kelly and Mark Hoffmeyer, PH.D.

    Factory Layout
    ‘U Turn’
    How one EMS company slashed production time by half by switching from a straight line flow to a “U” shaped layout.
    by Per Jennel

    Quality Assurance
    Availability Index and Minimized Reliability Costs
    A model for quantifying how the total cost of improving and maintaining reliability can be minimized, and the relationship of that minimized cost to the availability index.
    by Ephraim Suhir, Ph.D., and Laurent Bechou, PH.D.

    ESD Basics
    How Much Protection Is Enough?
    Five questions to ask concerning ESD protection.
    by The ESD Association





  • ROI
    The great equalizer.
    Peter Bigelow

  • Focus on Business
    Evaluating technology improvements.
    Susan Mucha




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