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Continuous Temperature Monitoring During Reflow Soldering
By D. Uhlemann, pro-micron, Dr. H. Bell and S. Schorner, Rehm Thermal Systems, and A. Kraus, Kraus Hardware
The expansion of monitoring and traceability to the soldering process is long overdue. Not only required by OEMs in the automotive industry, but also manufacturers from the fields of medical technology, aviation and aerospace place high demands on their suppliers to document and trace ...
Energy Focus Builds LED Boards for U.S. Government
By Gail Fao, Business Development Leader, Energy Focus, Inc.
As a result of the U.S. Federal Government's "Buy American Act", there is a significant demand for energy-efficient LED board assemblies and lighting products created in the United States. LEDs are used by the government for research and development projects for the Department of Energy ...
Instant Reflow Oven Changeover in a World of Short Production Runs
By MB Allen, Product Manager, KIC Thermal
Spreading beyond its traditional North American and European markets, the industry trend characterized by short production runs and frequent line changeover shows no signs of slowing. Improved technologies for line balancing, production planning, smart feeders, MES, and others are being ...
Spinnaker: Where Partnerships Are as Important as Technology
By Carlos Ferreira, Process Technician — SMT, Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing
In the high-mix world of domestic contract manufacturing, having the right tools for a variety of different products is vital. To one New England-based EMS company, Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing, having the right partner to provide the tools is just as important. One such partner ...
Sunstone Kicks Into Gear for Vance & Hines
By The Staff of Sunstone Circuits
The Fuelpak FP3 is a capable and cost-effective fuel management solution, which is currently available for Delphi-equipped Harley-Davidson motorcycles. "This modification can impact fuel economy and performance as it alters the air/fuel ratio, causing the bike to run much leaner," ...
The Day the Internet Broke
By Philip Stoten (
I often go to a coffee shop to write. I feel I need a change of scenery and a chance to spend an hour or two without the constant interruption of Skype, LinkedIn, we-chat, iMessage, and email. A flight works just as well, but when I'm at home, my local coffee shop provides that temporary ...
Design for Test in the U.S. Market
By W. Scott Fillebrown, CTO, Libra Industries, Inc.
The market for US-made electronics is made up of products with platinum-quality reliability. The mix is mainly higher-technology and lower-production quantity assemblies. In many cases, in-circuit bed of nails testing is not an option due to its development time and cost — not to ...
Ember Industries' Spark Cannot Be Doused
By Rob Cardenas, Production Manager, Ember Industries
Under water. Not good for pick-and-place machines, but that's what Rob Leonardis, President of Ember Industries, found in his San Marcos facility. On May 24, 2015, the SMT lines were drowning in 33 inches of flood water. Over Memorial Day weekend rains had swelled the Blanco and San ...
Great Lakes Engineering: Committed to Community
By Megan Jergens
For almost 30 years, the team from Great Lakes Engineering has proudly supported both its customers and community. Founded under the name Electro-Precision by John M. Carr, a talented chemical engineer, he grew the company by photochemically machining etched parts and surface-mount ...
Nathan Trotter & Co.: A Rich Past and A Bright Future for Solder Bar
By Evan Morris, Vice President of Production, Nathan Trotter & Co.
Founded on the banks of the Delaware River in 1789, Nathan Trotter & Co. first began as a metal-importing company. Nathan Trotter himself provided tin to colonial craftsmen who turned it into pewter. More than 225 years later, the company is now a large manufacturer of tin and tin alloys ...
Nextek Partners with YESTECH for Tomorrow's Inspection Tech Today
By Justin Langford
High-reliability production means building assemblies as flawlessly as possible. Meeting the needs of this niche market is EMS company Nextek. Founded in 1995, the company offers advanced design, analytical and manufacturing services, prototype/NPI services, and box assembly to OEMs ...
Skills Shift and Robotics
By Philip Stoten (
When we talk about the changes to the make-up of the labor market, or the skills mix and how that might shift as a result of greater automation, we all use very different language. In the West, there's a desire to be politically correct, to avoid discussions about lost jobs to robots ...
Sonobond Ultrasonic Technology Assembles Batteries
Melissa Alleman, Sonobond Ultrasonics
Battery manufacturers are responding to the need for affordable, renewable energy storage. To accommodate the demand, some are turning to environmentally-friendly ultrasonic technology to assemble their products. Right now, wind and solar account for about 6 percent of the United States ...
Toward the Foundry Model in Packaging for the Semiconductor Industry
By Marco Koelink, Business Development and Commercial Manager, APC
When TSMC opened the first dedicated semiconductor foundry in 1987, the industry was changed. The design force of a whole new sector of fabless design houses was released into the marketplace. The back-end of the process, packaging, has historically not followed the same route. Although ...
FSInspection Improves Saline Lectronics' Process with HDMag
By Mario Sciberras, President, Saline Lectronics
Saline Lectronics is an electronic contract manufacturer based in Saline, Michigan, specializing in manufacturing innovative electronic assemblies with lean methodology and advanced technology. Over the last 13 years, the company has built a reputation for being customer-centric by ...
Is 2016 the Year of IoT?
By Philip Stoten (
The first industrial revolution was built on machines lubricated by oil. The current revolution is built on computers lubricated by data, and just as those who controlled the sources and distribution of oil became rich and powerful in the last millennium, those controlling data are ...
Meeting Product Needs with Conformal Coatings
By Anna-Katharina Peuker, Marketing/Public Relations Manager, Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Conformal coating can provide numerous benefits in electronics manufacturing. Above all in the manufacturing of products, where the product has to remain defect-free in spite of considerable environmental influences, conformal coatings can provide protection for complex electronic components ...
National Circuit Assembly: Doing What it Takes
By Kathryn Cramer
Central Texas has become a vibrant hub of technology. Industry giants Dell, Apple, and others have clustered there — and brought with them millions of dollars of investment. However, these large companies are not the only reason the area's technology sector continues to grow. Much ...
Industry 4.0 in Action: productronica Surpasses Expectations
By Philip Stoten (
I just returned from productronica in Munich to get an email from my editor updating my copy deadline from urgent to desperate, so being booked on a flight to San Francisco for IDTechEx Wearable event on Monday I decided to explore whether productronica met my previously published ...
Nordson Yestech Helps Keep GMI's Values Strong
By Jay Handley, Vice President of Business Development, General Microcircuits, Inc.
Since 1980, General Microcircuits, Inc., (GMI) has been providing simple solutions for electronic circuit board manufacturing. The company continually launches new products and refines existing ones, supporting the entire process from concept through production, and serving the industrial ...
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