A look back at friends and colleagues who left us in 2014.
Root Cause Failure Analysis of Dendrite Shorting: A Comparison of Analytical Techniques
A study of 25 conformal-coated, no-clean assemblies after environmental testing for 40°C/90%RH for 168 hr. revealed FTIR, SEM/EDS and ion chromatography need an assist when determining the true source of contamination.
by Terry Munson
Cost Reductions Through Energy Transitions
Operational energy management is becoming increasingly important. How the SMT reflow oven has become ground zero for the energy reduction effort.
by Volker Feyerabend
Giving it away.
GHS Timeline Update
The latest OSHA hazard communication requirements go into effect next year, impacting manufacturers and all facilities which use chemicals. Are you ready?
by Scott Mazur
Printing Miniaturized Devices for the Automotive and Industrial Manufacturing Sectors
The automotive and industrial electronics sectors have several large challenges in using sub-microcomponents, including the addition of large devices on the same product, harsh environmental concerns and safety and reliability demands. All these issues require a highly capable heterogeneous solder paste printing process. This work investigates a solution for printing fine-pitch footprint devices next to traditional larger-footprint ones at high yields.
by Clive Ashmore and Mark Whitmore
Who will we have left to rely on when the chips are down?
Libra Industries Finds Its Balance
The Ohio EMS company alternates acquisitions and organic growth modes as it evolves from a family run firm to becoming a major regional player.
by Mike Buetow
Study of Various PCBA Surface Finishes
An investigation of post-reflow solder spread, voiding performance of BGA and QFN devices, and cross-sectional analysis rates six surface finishes under three use conditions.
by Georgie Thein, David Geiger and Murad Kurwa
An industry icon passes on.
What we can learn from the grocer.
FOCUS ON BUSINESS
In search of the real India.
A touch of the grape.
Dr. Chris Hunt
The race for whisker-free solder.
Karl Seelig and Tim O’Neill
TEST AND INSPECTION
Let’s hear it for the old guys.
When 8Ds can be good.