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Bubble-Free Potting of High-Voltage Capacitors for Medical Engineering


An increasing demand for high-voltage capacitors in medical devices is causing manufacturers, such as Fischer & Tausche Capacitors (FTCAP), to reexamine their potting processes.

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Building Fiber Optic Strain Sensors into Metal Components


Conventionally attached to the outside of a component or device, sensors detect and respond to external stimuli, controlling the equipment on which they are mounted. Now, it is possible to build sensors into the metal matrix of a piece of equipment with 3D metal printing.

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Expanded ASM and RIT Partnership Delivering Results


One year ago, ASM and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) expanded a nearly two-decade-long partnership, installing an advanced SIPLACE SX placement platform and a DEK Horizon 01iX stencil printer at RIT's Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (CEMA) lab. Since June ...

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Integrating Functional Electronics into 3D Injection-Molded Plastics


A new technology from TactoTek, in-mold structural electronics (IMSE) production, is ridding developers of complex, multi-part electronic assemblies with mechanical buttons and switches. IMSE replaces these devices with single-piece solutions that are thin, light and strong ...

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New Touch Encoder Technology Makes User Experience More Intuitive


Industrial designers are always looking for ways to improve user interface controls by combining functionalities of rotary switches, pushbuttons, trackballs, potentiometers, and touchscreens. In doing so, they can reduce component costs and streamline the user experience. New touch ...

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PLC Security Critical to Today's Automated Factories


PLCs (programmable logic controllers) are user-friendly microprocessor-based specialty computers that carry out control functions, many of which have high levels of complexity. As security concerns grow around factory automation, getting up to speed with the different types of PLC security ...

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Using Self-Programming Software to Accelerate 3D Inspection


Programming inspection systems can be tedious and time-consuming, but much of this manual effort can be eliminated with new self-programming software. Saki Self-Programming (SSP) requires only a few clicks and takes less than 10 minutes to complete a program. This system can program ...

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What's Next for Visual and Optical Inspection?


It is difficult to decide which system is best for inspecting and ensuring circuit board integrity. This is complicated, since the requirements of the application, work environment and sample are the primary considerations. Also, where a traditional inspection system may have been sufficient ...

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Clean and Efficient Recycling for SMT/PCB Metals Waste


From solder dross to paste residues on consumable products, such as used stencil wipes, solder paste jars and syringes, electronics manufacturing produces metal-bearing residues and wastes in all kinds of forms. Even though RoHS has taken most of the lead out of the PCB manufacturing ...

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Coating Complex Electronics with Flexible Dispensing Systems


The use of conformal coatings and materials is rising, offering the protection necessary for complex electronic products to function in harsh environments. To provide that protection, numerous conformal coatings and materials are available, such as acrylics, silicones, epoxies, urethanes ...

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Intelligent, High-Speed Component Counting with X-Ray Technology


Downtime should never be caused by poor planning and inventory control. Downtime on the line should only ever occur as a result of a planned setup, changeover or other scheduled event. Including accurate component counting as a part of daily inventory management is key for continuous ...

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Quality-Driven Production Drives Inspection and Measurement in M2M Communication


Quality is more important than ever, as the electronics industry faces new technologies, market realities and the race toward the smart factory, with its Industry 4.0 and machine-to-machine (M2M) initiatives.

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Silver Sintering: A Reliable Alternative to Lead-Free Bonding


The challenges of working with lead-free bonding materials are now facing stiff competition from silver (Ag) sintering. Ag sintering, or low-temperature diffusion bonding is gaining popularity for its excellent electrical and thermal conductivity. Due to some interesting optical properties ...

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Solving Wave Solder Issues with In-Process AOI and Rework


The industry has been pushing to remove wave soldering from the through-hole assembly process for a number of years. This is not always possible, due to the speed and volume requirements of the production line. Common wave-associated soldering problems, such as bridging between pins ...

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Transitioning the Factory from "Smart" to "Intelligent"


Industry 4.0 initiatives that connect the production equipment in the SMT line, such as IPC's CFX initiative, are critical to the design of today's smart factory. So are smart storage towers or smart stencil storage systems. On the other hand, the "intelligent factories" of the future ...

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AMBER's Wireless Applications Kit for Raspberry Pi Makes Evaluation Simple


From decentralized intelligence and cyber-physical systems to the smart home and smart factory — the Internet of Things (IoT) is being brought to the fore. However, the IoT does not only mean connecting devices using the Internet. When cables get in the way and Wi-Fi is not practicable ...

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Design-for-Testability Verified with Hardware Emulation


On the production/testing floor, is it better to pass a failing device or to reject a good one? Obviously both are bad choices. If you reject a good device, you shoot yourself in the foot, since you lower the yield of your manufacturing facility and take a hit to profits. But, if you ...

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Machine Vision Products: Designing the Future's Inspection Machines


When Machine Vision Products, Inc., (MVP) was founded 25 years ago, cell phones were in their infancy and portable electronics simply didn't exist. The majority of manufacturing was through-hole, the i486 was the main computing platform and Windows 3.1 was flashy and new.

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Measuring Surface Flatness with Acoustic Micro Imaging Tools


Acoustic micro imaging tools, or acoustic microscopes, are well-known for their ability to pulse ultrasound into a sample, collect the echoes and create acoustic images. These images show the desired depth without harming the sample. These tools can even create nondestructive cross-sections ...

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Precise Measurement of Surface Free Energy Promotes Superior Adhesion


The process of determining the ideal plasma treatment that will resolve a challenging bonding or adhesion issue is an exact science, often the domain of chemists and physicists. However, with multiple options and chemistries at their disposal, coming up with the ideal plasma "recipe ...

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