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Industry Voices: Perspectives on the Internet of Manufacturing


We've been hearing about Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the Internet of Manufacturing (IoM) for some time, but the concept is finally being realized. The smart factory movement is poised to completely overhaul conventional manufacturing. We asked a number ...

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JTAG Integrated with PCB Design Tools Broadens Capabilities


Many engineers think that JTAG is simply an interface for inserting breakpoints to debug the software running on a CPU. It may surprise them to learn that JTAG is included in many integrated devices that do not have a debug interface. While this includes FPGAs and CPUs, it also extends ...

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Probing the Future of Battery Array Testing


Acculogic has developed a novel way to test battery arrays, using its automated flying probe system, the Flying Scorpion. With a marked increase in demand for batteries on the horizon, such as for electric vehicles (EVs), mobile energy storage, solar power, and energy-efficient homes ...
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The Benefits and Risks of Copper Pillar Bumped Flip Chips


Traditional solder bumps are being bumped aside by copper pillar technology. Used as a first-level interconnect, copper pillar technology is increasing in popularity as a way to deal with decreasing feature sizes on silicon, mobile device form factors, and other technical challenges ...
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Are All Cleaning Wipes Created Equal?


Wipes are used across almost every type of industry for a huge variety of cleaning tasks. In fact, wipes are so widely available that it is all too easy to take them for granted and to treat them as little more than a throwaway commodity. Like Rodney Dangerfield might have put it, wipes ...


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ASM Presents World-Class Placement for Mid-Speed Applications


Mid-speed, high-mix manufacturers have often found themselves between a rock and a hard place when deciding on the best placement technology for a dynamic assembly environment. While many features of higher-speed systems, such as vision inspection, placement head flexibility and easy ...

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Direct Manufacturing and Support Integral to Scienscope Success


Starting out by manufacturing basic stereo zoom microscopes used for SMT inspection and rework, Scienscope was founded in 1995 to meet the growing need for reliable, general-purpose optical and video inspection solutions for the electronics and PCB industries. Since then, through painstaking ...


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Good Chemistry: Studying PCB Cleaning Processes


The ability to effectively clean a PCB has been complicated by the ban of CFCs and HCFCs, which offer outstanding solvency power and low surface tension to dissolve and remove contaminants within minutes, leaving electronics clean and dry. Meanwhile, the exponential growth of miniaturized ...

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How to Properly Calculate Reflow Temperature Gradients


The theory is simple: Process electronic assemblies in spec every time and the result is a quality product. In practice, however, this is much more difficult for numerous reasons, including normal and abnormal process variations, human error, and many other factors.

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In and Out of Flux: Choosing the Right Flux for Selective Soldering


The flux chosen for the selective soldering process has a direct and significant impact on solder joint quality, long-term reliability and overall soldering performance. Fluxes essentially fall into three basic categories: low-solids/no-clean fluxes, rosin fluxes (full/high-solids rosins ...


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INGUN and Goepel Partner for High-Speed Digital Testing


Thorough signal integrity tests are required for high data rates and high-frequency applications. In today's world of complex electronic designs, it is becoming critically important to fully characterize electrical connections and transmission lines, going far beyond simple "go-no-go ...

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Innovation Takes More Than Good Tools


Using the right tool is essential to getting a job done right. But, what determines the "right tool" for the job? When asked, one individual replied with the question, "The right tool for what?" Another stated, "The wrong tool will get the job done wrong!" These pragmatic responses ring true. Essentially ...

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JTAG Pushes Boundary Scan Envelope

Eindhoven, the Netherlands — JTAG Technologies is premiering several new hardware products for PCB testing and in-system device programming, and is also introducing its collaborative product with Altium — JTAG Maps.

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Making a Splash with Water-Resistant Digital Devices


The trend in consumer electronics has always been to make devices faster, smarter, and with ever-expanding capabilities. But, waterproofing has become a new focus of global electronics manufacturers and many brands are rushing to include this benefit to ensure they are not left behind ...


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Optimizing Multi-Board System Design


Designing electronic systems has become measurably more complex during the past decade. Many of the products that we use today are, in fact, complex interconnected systems. Simply put, a "system" is a hierarchical integration of sub-components that are combined to create a product. ...


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Precision Vibration Isolation in the Cleanroom


For decades, pneumatic air tables have been the workhorse for reducing vibrations in cleanrooms for manufacturing and research, where critical micro-engineering instrumentation is employed. But just as technology has steadily pushed the boundaries into nano-applications in microelectronics ...

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The Impact of LV 214-4: German Automotive OEM Connector Test Spec


A primary goal of every manufacturer is ensuring that they create quality products. Standards and specifications from various organizations provide guidelines by which manufacturers can measure different areas of quality, while also providing the end user with the assurance that they are purchasing ...
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Post-Reflow Acoustic Micro Imaging


Before plastic-packaged ICs and other component types are mounted on a board, they are frequently inspected by a variety of methods including acoustic micro imaging tools to ensure quality. Ultrasound is able to reveal structural defects in ICs, flip chips, ceramic chip capacitors and ...
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Reducing the PCB Bone Pile: Optimizing Test Strategy


Having worked within an established company in the world of PCB assembly testing for many years we still come across companies (OEMs) who will tell us, "We don't need to test, because we demand that the contract manufacturer (CM) only send us 100 percent working boards." But, demanding ...
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Using Conformal Coating to Protect Sensitive Electronics


To give electronic devices the longest possible operational lifespan, conformal coating was developed to protect components, and ensures that today's electronics function properly in a variety of harsh conditions. Despite the unrelenting miniaturization of components, a suitable coating ...
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