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Building Versatility into High-Throughput X-Ray Inspection


3D inspection at high speed is just as important for automated X-ray inspection (AXI) as it is for automated optical inspection (AOI). With time-optimized image acquisition technologies and efficient handling, in-line X-ray performance is increasing. There is also the potential to automate ...

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Comet Combines X-Ray, Plasma and E-Beam Technology at Lab One


Combining different equipment and technologies in one place can be a daunting task, but it is one that The Comet Group has met head-on in Silicon Valley. Comet's Lab One comprises three technology groups — YXLON, Plasma Control Technologies (PCT) and ebeam — in one location in ...

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Developing a Strategy to Implement Smart Manufacturing


Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing revolve around leveraging advanced technologies to maximize productivity, quality and responsiveness, minimize waste, and meet market demands for rapid delivery and product individualization. Only a smart infrastructure, with digital communications ...

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Enhanced Manufacturing Services 4.0 Part 3: Finding Gold in Production and Test Data


When looking at quality data from products returned by end users, there is a key metric: no fault found (NFF). According to a report published by consulting firm Accenture, around 70 percent of all product returns in the U.S. were characterized as NFF. Cost-wise, including returns processing ...

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INGUN Creates RF Probe for Quantum Computing Applications


Step-by-step, quantum computing architectures are being inched from laboratory-type environments to the full-scale introduction of universal quantum computers. INGUN has helped to develop an interconnect solution which replaces traditional bond wiring. This has paved the way for scalability ...

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INOVAR Partners with MIRTEC for Continuous Quality Improvement


To support multiple manufacturing sites and to meet the increasingly complex demands of its customers, EMS provider INOVAR, Inc., partnered with MIRTEC to improve the quality of its products. Recently, the company purchased MIRTEC's 3D AOI and SPI systems for both its Logan, Utah, and ...

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Mega Trends from CES and productronica


Each January, CES, the world's largest consumer electronics show, displays technologies that will drive the electronics manufacturing throughout the year. Just six weeks after productronica in Munich, it was rare to have conversations at both shows that had so much in common. ...

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Micro Analog Becomes Largest Speedprint Customer in U.S.


Micro Analog, Inc., (MAI) operates six SMT lines: two high-volume, two medium-volume and two for low-volume, high-mix manufacturing. The high-mix lines account for 70 percent of the company's production changeovers — typically between 18 and 25 per week. With such a mix of products ...

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The Soldering Corner: Eliminating Non-Wetting and De-Wetting


De-wetting occurs when the pad or component lead wets fully, but retracts and leaves large parts of the pad or lead without solder. Non-wetting means that there is no solder on either the lead or the pad. The end result is either a severely weakened or failed electrical and mechanical ...
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"Cradle-to-Grave" Soldering Solutions for SMT Assembly


Any U.S. manufacturer who starts out in the PCB assembly industry needs a complex assortment of equipment and materials. This includes a source for solder bar, wire, fluxes, pastes, and more. There is a wide range of choices, but many of them are offshore. To choose a vendor and qualify ...

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Agents of Change: What Will Disrupt the SMT Industry in 2018?


This past year we saw the challenges of the connected factory, breakthroughs in modular and compact production equipment, and the issues surrounding the generation of manufacturing data and how it can be leveraged brought to the fore. These trends are quickly moving from concept to ...

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Automated Touchscreen Testing with Air-Activated Capacitive Probes


Now even the need for human touch is being replaced by test probes. INGUN's new PKS-399 series of air-activated, capacitive test probes mimic human fingers for automated touchscreen testing.
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Brigitflex Takes Challenging Boards from Concept to Creation


It takes a unique perspective and a lot of expertise to build the PCBs that others turn down. These boards often have challenging dimensions, novel materials and embedded elements, but in the end, still have to be delivered functioning to the customer.

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Eliminating Harmful Airborne Pollutants in Electronics Assembly


All soldering processes produce airborne pollutants that can have harmful effects on employees, equipment and products. Soldering today comprises a variety of processes, including wave, reflow, dip, hot air, selective, laser, vacuum, and vapor phase soldering.

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Seven Manufacturing Industry Predictions for 2018


This year was a stellar year for the electronics manufacturing industry. Real progress has been made toward the smart factory/Industry 4.0 nirvana that we have been talking about for so long.

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Smart Factory Technology is Not Only for the Big Players


Tier one EMS companies are investing heavily in smart technologies. But, how relevant is Industry 4.0 and the smart factory for the average electronics manufacturer? The first question is why? What is the motivation for any investment and what is the justification? Any new trend or ...

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Stripping Costs From Photoresist Processing


Silicon and compound semiconductor wafers undergo many critical procedures during the microfabrication process, including the recurring stripping of photoresist. This is the light-sensitive material (liquid or film) that is deposited during various steps of wafer production. Reexamining ...

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Swissbit Enables "IoM Security Ready" Manufacturing


The progress toward smart factories, intelligent, adaptive production lines, and automated supply chains is picking up steam. Whether we call it IoM (Internet of Manufacturing), IoT (Internet of Things), IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), or Industry 4.0 — the concept is, at its core, all about ...

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Vapor Degreasing — Changing Perspectives in Medical Device Cleaning


Particulates, oils and inorganic contamination build up on nearly every medical device during manufacturing. It can be challenging to identify a cleaning process that is suitable for the complex assemblies, intricate shapes and delicate parts.

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Individualized Customer Service Key to EMS Success


To run an effective manufacturing enterprise, it takes much more than a building containing tools and equipment. Like a successful sports franchise, building a talented team with the right level of commitment can often take years.
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