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  • For Tom Hicks, Like Father Like Son?

    Those who have been in the PCB industry since at least 2001 will likely remember the New York buyout firm known as Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst. Better known as Hicks, Muse, they laid waste to the industry, buying up …

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  • AR/VR: What’s New?

    CES 2020 offers the latest augmented and virtual reality technology, creating immersive experiences across industries from health care to agriculture and manufacturing to retail.

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  • CES Updates

    From CES, get a first-hand video look at emerging technologies that are pushing boundaries of innovation in vehicle technology. https://vimeo.com/383851852

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  • Dispelling The ‘Five Ball Rule’

    Michel writes: Dr. Ron, when if comes to SMT printing of solder paste, why do some people use the five-ball rule for rectangular apertures and the eight-ball rule for circular apertures? Michel: The “Five Ball Rule” is another metric that …

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  • At AltiumLive, Lots of Sun (and One Big Cloud)

    by Brooke Anglin One of the first things I heard when I arrive at AltiumLive last week was was how much they loved the recap of the event my colleague Chelsey Drysdale wrote last year. They added that Chelsey truly captured …

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  • What a Waste

    I like articles like this one from Forbes — even if they are out of date, because they cast attention on the intrinsic complexities of manufacturing. But, while Forbes may think manufacturing inefficiencies cost the industry $8 trillion a year …

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  • Submit an Abstract to SMTA Pan Pac

    Folks, This coming February will be my third SMTA Pan Pac. Pan Pac is a very enjoyable and rewarding conference. It is small enough that you can get to know all of the speakers, yet large enough that there is …

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  • The Disruptors

    I used to think that with the many brilliant minds in our industry, we would successfully disrupt ourselves -- in other words, the ideas that obsolete our current ways of doing things would be conceived and implemented by one of our own -- maybe some genius in the basement of Apple or Intel or IBM. I'm less confident of that now.

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  • Selecting Reflow Oven Length

    You are putting in a new assembly line to assemble some large boards. Your boss is pressuring you to get another 5-zone oven, as they are cheaper and take up much less space than a 7- or 10-zone oven. But, you are concerned that a 5-zone oven may not have the capacity that is needed to keep up with the component placement machines. Let’s make some calculations and see if your concerns are justified.

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  • Not with a Bang …

    Cemtrex’s run in EMS ended today with a decided whimper. The New York-based company sold its remaining contract assembly assets to a German private equity group for about $7 million. It brings to a close one of the stranger stories …

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Mike Buetow

CAVEAT LECTOR

Spinning in circles.

Mike Buetow
Peter Bigelow

ROI

A lesson in lean training.
Peter Bigelow
Greg Papandrew

Board Buying

Shake that distributor!

Greg Papandrew
David Bernard
 

TEST AND INSPECTION

Voiding under QFNs.
David Bernard, Ph.D.

 
Robert Boguski

TEST AND INSPECTION

Trade show sociology.

David Bernard, Ph.D.
Gerardo Ruelas

GETTING LEAN

An unusual solution for odd-form part inspection.

Gerardo Ruelas
Bob Willis

DEFECT of the month

Avoiding 01005 termination lift.

Bob Willis
   
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