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Cover and ESD Protection for Shielded Fixture Kits
By Matthias Zapatka, CTO, INGUN USA
INGUN's fixture kits are well-known for their ease of operation and cassette design. Expensive dedicated fixtures can only cover one device under test (DUT). INGUN's fixture kits can be reused for several devices — simply by swapping out the insert, while keeping the same frame and ...
Enhanced Manufacturing Services 4.0 Part 2: NPI Driven by Test Coverage
By Christophe Lotz, President and CEO, ASTER Technologies, LLC
The purpose of any test solution is to maximize test coverage, ensuring that the majority of defects are detected, while minimizing the test cost. If a product is not tested well enough, poor-quality products can be devastating to a manufacturer's reputation. If a product is tested ...
Evaluating EMS Providers from Two Angles: Supply Chain and Engineering
By Jeff Elliott
The ideal contract manufacturer is more than a transactional supplier, but a partner who improves both the product and process. When OEMs outsource PCBs or electronic box build assemblies, the primary criteria when selecting a contract manufacturer have always boiled down to cost, quality ...
Machine Optimization: Is it Artificial Intelligence?
By Bjorn Dahle, President, KIC
Whether we hype it and call it artificial intelligence (AI) or the more modest "machine optimization," reflow oven optimization software is a great example of a smart machine.
New Solder Attach Technologies Streamline Application-Specific Assembly
By the Staff of Interplex Holdings Pte., Ltd.
Manufacturers have been pre-tinning component solder leads for years, but mostly for through-hole technology. SMT and lead-free soldering have made this type of preparation difficult, until now.
Reliability Fundamental to the Reed Relay's Long Success
By Graham Dale, Technical Director, Pickering Electronics
A reed relay, if used correctly, is a near-perfect device with a low-resistance metallic switch path and inherent isolation between the control voltage operating the coil and the signal being switched. Reed relays contain a reed switch, a coil for creating a magnetic field, an optional ...
The Art of Efficient Enameled-Copper Wire Soldering
By Florian Schildein
Tightening thermal requirements for copper wire and connectors, especially in the automotive supply and consumer goods industries, are driving innovation in selective soldering. For more than 20 years, EUTECT
GmbH has been developing and manufacturing selective soldering modules ...
Ultra-Low Frequency Vibration Isolation Stabilizes Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
By Patrick Roberts
The tunable microwave-frequency alternating current scanning tunneling microscope (ACSTM) can record local spectra and local chemical information on insulator surfaces, much like the conventional STM can do for metals and semiconductors. Spectroscopy in the microwave frequency range ...
Advances in Thick-Film Ceramic Technology
By Sebastian Löeffler, Günter Reppe, Angela Rebs, Marcus Herrmann, Christopher Mauermann, Alexander Kaiser, and Karl-Heinz Fritz, Cicor Advanced Microelectronics & Substrates GmbH
Thick-film, hybrid ceramic substrates have provided a base for high-reliability circuits in the space, avionics, medical, and industrial markets for years. Along with new interposer substrates for mass production based on polymers, silicon and glass, thick-film ceramic can be a solution ...
Breathing Easy: Indoor Air Quality and Production
By Scott Snell, Purex, Inc.
For many of us, long gone are the days of working outdoors in the sunshine, with a satisfying breeze to keep us moving when we feel fatigued. These days, most of us work inside. Although being out of the elements is nice, most of us breathe the air that is available at our workplace ...
Customized Logistics Systems with Electronic Interfaces
By Christine Schulze
As the smart factory ideal becomes reality, a well-developed system of supply chain management with intelligent interfaces for procurement automation is of particular importance. Such systems increase the security of supply and the quality of processes, which leads to both reduced process ...
Infrared Technology is Bringing the Heat
By Ed Sullivan
Infrared heating technology has become prevalent among the industrial ovens, dryers and heaters used by a multitude of manufacturers. The OEMs that manufacture these ovens and heaters use infrared heating elements, which are more energy efficient, cheaper to operate, provide controllable ...
The Case for PC-Based Machine Control over Traditional PLCs
By Michael L. Martel
Over time, PC-based machine control has encroached upon, and ultimately gained dominance over, traditional, reliable PLC (programmable logic control) controllers. There are many different reasons, but perhaps the most important benefit directly attributable to this development has been ...
IC Temperature Test: Thermal Stream vs. Direct Thermal Head Systems
By Lior Yosef, CTO, Mechanical Devices Ltd.
Temperature forcing systems allow engineers to test ICs and other devices for reliability in different environments under controlled conditions. Thermal stream systems and direct thermal head systems can be used to create extreme temperatures that mimic real-world scenarios in order ...
Product Highlight: PI's HexAlign Microrobot
By Scott Jordan, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P.
Since the first photonics/telecom boom in the late 1990s, PI (Physik Instrumente) has been creating microrobots for optics alignment. Originally developing the technology for astronomical telescopes, the positioning systems are now put to use in a variety of ways throughout the photonics ...
Redefining Benchtop ATE with Mixed-Signal IO Systems
By Peter van den Eijnden, Managing Director, JTAG Technologies
Many digital electronics designs now contain some form of JTAG/boundary-scan to aid structural board testing or in-system device programming. However, accessing the JTAG feature in a reliable and repeatable manner has always been somewhat neglected by boundary-scan technology and programmable ...
Smart Assembly and Test in Cable and Harness Manufacturing
By Margaret Bishop, Ph.D., CAMI Research, Inc.
Since quality and productivity are the main priorities in cable and harness manufacturing, test engineers typically turn to PC-based cable and harness testers. PC-based systems are operated by an autonomous (rather than embedded) computer and offer superior flexibility when developing ...
Soldering for Aerospace's Harsh Environment
By Yusaku Kono, Marketing Director, Japan Unix Co. Ltd.
Environmental conditions are harsh at the edge of space. The temperature is extremely cold, reaching -50°C (-58°F) and ultra-low air pressure of 240 hPa at altitudes above 10,000 meters (33,000 feet). Winds whip at speeds up to 190 mph (300 kph) in the jet stream. Aircraft ...
The Transition to Flexible Automation
By Kristi Schilloff, Channel Marketing Manager, Universal Instruments Corp.
If implemented correctly, automation can help a company scale its demand requirements, reduce and fix production costs, improve quality, eliminate health and safety issues, and most importantly, realize a more substantial ROI faster and more efficiently.
Top-Side Preheat and Avoiding Board Warp in Selective Soldering
By Jonathan Wol, President, Pillarhouse USA, Inc., and Simon Smith, Marketing Manager, Pillarhouse International Ltd.
Closed-loop top-side preheat generally refers to any preheating unit that presents energy from above the PCB and is used for heating the board to a specific temperature, as well as holding it at this value throughout the process. The system must include some form of temperature measuring ...
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