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Evaluate Soldering in a Nitrogen Atmosphere

Soldering in a nitrogen atmosphere can improve solder joint quality and manufacturing yields. Performing circuit assembly in an inert gas atmosphere offers many benefits, especially for lead-free products assembled under high process temperatures, where oxidation and contamination of ...
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JTAG/Boundary Scan Makes Dependable Test Connections

Shrinking, densely populated printed-circuit boards (PCBs) and electronic assemblies make efficient electronic testing of electronic products ever more challenging. Compact assemblies and components create serious issues in terms of mechanical test-point access when it is time to develop ...
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Methodology Helps Detect Counterfeit Components

Counterfeit components are now a real concern in electronics assembly, not just for expensive items but more and more for lower-costing components. Many involved in PCB assembly will admit to having received counterfeit components in the past, and/or know someone who has. A counterfeit ...
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Optimizing OEE: A Key to Successful Onshoring

Electronics manufacturing production is returning to American shores. Moving production to China or other offshore locations is no longer as attractive now as it was a decade earlier, with labor rates climbing and manufacturers gaining a clearer understanding of hidden costs connected ...
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Setting Test Straight With A Novel Fixture Solution

In-circuit-test (ICT) fixtures have been a cornerstone of electrical testing for the past several decades. However, there have been few, if any, significant advances in this field over the past 20 years. ICT fixtures have steadily become more complex, which in turn increases the turnaround ...
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Understencil Wipe Cleaning Yields Improvements

Understencil wiping has gained growing interest over the last several years. Due to the use of ever smaller components and increasingly dense interconnections in the design of printed-circuit boards (PCBs), stencil cleanliness is more important than ever, both inside the aperture wall ...
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Why Automatic Thermal Profiling Outperforms Manual Approaches

Electronics manufacturers are constantly seeking improved performance for reduced cost. As part of electronic manufacturing, one of the last manual tasks to make the transition to automation is thermal profiling. Yet, the technology for real-time thermal automatic profiling (AP) certainly ...
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