Reducing Variation Through 'Intelligent' Stencils
Stencil variation arises from equipment error and human intervention. A study reveals sources of variation and a system for controlling them.
Chrys Shea, Valentijn Van Velthoven, Ron Tripp and Ranjit Pandher
Next-Generation Interchangeable Foils
Said to be easier to load and unload and safer to use, new and improved foils are finding a home in high-mix manufacturing.
An On-Board Mass Calibration System for Liquid Encapsulation
For dispensing epoxy, engineers often focus on short-term pump repeatability as an equipment selection and qualification criterion, though it is useful only as a snapshot of pump capability. More important, as this investigation reveals, is the ability to quickly and easily measure and adjust the process centering over time.
Considerations for Implementing Lead Free
Planning to upgrade or replace your line to meet new lead-free standards? Be sure you know what you're in for.
ATExpo Product Spotlight
What's new at the annual ATExpo trade show later this month.
New packages: smaller and greener.
The Fine Pitch
Q&A with Neil MacRaild, DEK Americas general manager
On the Forefront
Tin whiskers: Still scratching after all these years.
E. Jan Vardaman
Focus on Business
Three EMS providers discuss challenges and opportunities of adopting lead-free practices.
The six elements of a successful program.
Moisture plus flux residues add up to failures.
Industry News / Market Watch
ON THE COVER - Eye of the needle: improving dispensing repeatability through weight management tools. (Photo courtesy Speedline Technologies.)