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Creating an Efficient Convection Soldering System with Vacuum and Pyrolysis


Demand for power electronics systems, such as IGBTs (insulated-gate bipolar transistors), is on the rise. The booming markets of e-mobility, LED-based lighting, photovoltaics, and wind power systems require fast, efficient, high-power electrical switching.

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Creating the Best User Experience for Wire Processing Equipment


As consumers, we pay attention to the look and feel of our smartphones, car interiors, kitchen appliances, keyboards, and apps. In fact, when we encounter substandard design, we notice it right away. We demand and expect a good user experience from the products we use in our personal ...

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EMI Shielding: Improving Sidewall Coverage with Tilt Spray Coating


EMI shielding has always been an important component of RF devices, but the demands of today's Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, wearable, and IoT devices have created a special set of hurdles for the manufacturing engineer. These devices rely on different radio frequencies that can interfere ...

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Enhanced Manufacturing Services 4.0: Philosophy and DfT 4.0


Industry 4.0 is the widely-used name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing. The concept is being applied by many in order to create the smart factory. Within the modular elements of smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, ...

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QA on the Fly - Fast, Accurate AOI and XYZ Measurement


In general, you can have very fast sensors that are not so accurate, or very accurate sensors that are not so fast. Having both at the same time has been critical to CyberOptics' development.

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The Economics of Die Attach Voiding in LED Assemblies


Improvements in high-brightness LED technologies are making these devices useful for general illumination. But, before LEDs can completely replace outmoded light sources, their thermal management schemes need to be further developed to ensure consistent color quality and long operational ...

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Ambient Shadow Moiré Warpage Measurements Reduce Defect Rates


The electronics assembly industry is being challenged with materials, components and assemblies that are more prone to warpage-induced defects both pre-reflow and in-between reflow stages. The majority of traditional warpage and deformation testing has taken place in a controlled environment ...

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Flexible Industrial PC Production with SEHO Selective Soldering


In 1983, Siemens Karlsruhe began manufacturing augmented standard PC technology to meet its customers' demanding industrial requirements. The operation has grown to become a 4,500-employee operation, the fifth-largest Siemens AG location in Germany. Optimized production steps carefully ...

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Magnetic Attraction: Combining M12 Connectors with Transformers


Transformers play a major role in today's Ethernet communications technology; without them, broadband data transfer with high signal integrity would be nearly impossible. Typically, network devices and cabling sections have to be galvanically isolated from each other in order to protect ...
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Smart Reflow: Industry 4.0 is Actually Delivering


Some companies may find the change to Industry 4.0 overwhelming, though it is one of the most exciting developments in the manufacturing industry in decades. It promises vast improvements for both manufacturers and their customers.

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Smarter, Faster, Leaner: The Democratization of DFM


Design for manufacturing (DFM) software for printed circuit boards has been around since the mid-1990s. It began with bareboard fabricators who wanted to make sure that they fully understood the design they received, in order to avoid any manufacturing issues. When PCB designers got ...

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Visual Work Instructions are the GPS of Manufacturing


Operating in a high-mix, low-volume environment, effectively navigating the manufacturing process can be complex and difficult. But there are reliable solutions to help steer manufacturers toward the most efficient processes. One of these is the company Visual Knowledge Share (VKS) ...

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X-ray Uncovers the Best and Worst of BGA Assembly


BGA technology is touted as the ideal interconnect solution because it uses solder balls as leads to provide a reasonable level of self-alignment. That means that there is some tolerance in the placement accuracy, which is a direct function of the size and density of the BGA.
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Benchmarking RFID Readers for Maximum Tag Performance


From trains and warehouses to hospitals and libraries, RFID systems are delivering greater efficiency, security and productivity to workplaces around the world. With the growing popularity of products and solutions that offer the convenient connectivity made possible by the Internet ...

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Breaking Records: Koh Young Delivers 10,000th Inspection System


Koh Young Technology, one of the fastest-growing 3D inspection systems providers worldwide, recently delivered its 10,000th inspection system, a Zenith AOI machine, to a large Chinese automotive supplier. The Zenith system is designed to measure the true profilometric shape of components ...

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Industry Voices: A Breakout Year for the IoM


From every corner of the electronics manufacturing industry we are hearing about the Internet of Manufacturing (IoM) or one of its various appellations, including Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This trend is changing rows of discrete machines into efficient ...
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Managing Thermal Energy with a Finely-Tuned Adhesive


Heat, vibration, moisture, and dust can all wreak havoc in electrical systems. With the miniaturization of components, heat or thermal management becomes an even more critical factor in the design process. Managing heat in processing, heat dissipation, and thermal expansion and contraction ...

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Progressive Cavity Pumps Enable Vital Precision and Repeatability


Up until roughly five years ago, operators of manual and automated dispensing lines had little ability to achieve highly-accurate, consistent application of adhesives, epoxies and other fluids. This was especially difficult for small depositions, when working with viscous materials ...

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Spectrum Ups the Sensitivity of Modular Digitizers


Spectrum Instrumentation has added an option, M4i.22xx-ir40m, to its successful, high-speed 22xx series of digitizer products that increases their sensitivity and absolute resolution for low amplitude signals in the ±40 mV up to ±0.5V range. The current products are optimized ...

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Ultrasonic Piezo Transducers for Smart Sensors


Piezoelectric transducers are based on electro-ceramic materials that convert mechanical power into electrical power and vice versa. There are two effects. First, when a force is applied, an electric charge is generated (direct piezo effect). Then, when an electric field is applied ...

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