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Automated Cleaning Processes Improve Quality and Increase Volume
By Ed Sullivan
The consistent purity of the materials used to fabricate electronic components is critically important to their performance. To achieve the levels of purity necessary for semiconductor-grade silicon chips, MEMs, biotechnology, LED panels, and photovoltaics, the materials must be cleaned ...
Compliance: A Tough Approach to Replacing Conventional SMT Adhesives
By Jonathan Knotts, Brian Violette, and Daniel Morgan, Creative Materials, Inc.
Die attach, staking, underfilling, glob topping, encapsulation, damming, and filling processes are all part of the job when populating circuit boards. With such a variety of processes, it is no surprise that many types of polymer composite compounds are needed. The many SMT materials ...
Futuristic Trends in Battery Charging Technology
By Edward McMahon, CEO, Epec Engineered Technologies
The global market for batteries today exceeds $83 billion, and according to research from the Fredonia Group, it will grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7.8 percent through 2019 as devices continue to proliferate. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries make up the largest ...
Laser Wire Stripping — Focused on the Science of Interconnects
Adrian Thomas, Regional Sales Manager, Laser Wire Solutions Ltd.
Laser wire stripping was developed to mitigate the risk of damaging delicate wire conductors that is always present when using traditional mechanical wire stripping tools. First developed by NASA in the 1970s, and used for the space program, laser wire stripping allowed the shuttles ...
Reducing the Expense of Servicing Diaphragm Dispensing Valves
By Can La, Product Manager, Techcon Systems
An exponential increase in the availability and use of two-part epoxy adhesives is providing valuable benefits for a growing number of manufacturing applications. Often enabling significantly faster and more dependable bonding than conventional adhesives, two-part adhesives are able to ...
Reliable Soldering for Medical Equipment
By Yusaku Kono, Marketing Director, Japan Unix Co., Ltd.
Medical devices require exceedingly high quality and reliability due to their role in safeguarding human lives. Such devices are designed from specialty components and materials that are not typically seen in consumer electronics. Soldering precision components, which may be extremely ...
Switch On and Get Started with Equipment from Rehm
By Anna-Katharina Peuker, Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Blaubeuren-Seissen, Germany — The electronics industry is constantly facing new challenges in the processing of components — from handling the smallest parts to achieving the highest standards in void-free solder joints, and increasing quality through resistant conformal coatings ...
Taking Charge of ESD Caused by Tapes and Labels
By Dave Genest, Marketing Communications Manager, Polyonics, Inc.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is present in everyday life, and its effects range from mildly unpleasant to extremely dangerous. From taking static-charged clothes out of the dryer to touching a lamp after shuffling your feet across a rug in dry weather, to storm clouds creating lightning ...
Ultrasonic Welding Meets Needs of Complex Automotive Electronics
By Melissa Alleman, Vice President, Sonobond Ultrasonics
Sonobond Ultrasonic's metal welding technology has been developing alongside the growing number of increasingly complex electronic components, especially those in the automotive industry. The company offers wire-to-terminal welders that produce single point ground terminals, and can ...
When Lightning Strikes — Keeping Aircraft Flying
By Jason Evans and Joseph Kane, MK Test Systems, Ltd.
If you travel regularly by air, then it is quite likely that while flying through a thunderstorm your plane was struck by lightning. You probably weren't aware of it, and that is the way it should be. A lightning strike is a safety-critical event and happens so frequently that it can ...
Do We Really Need SMT-Specific Material Management?
By Mark Ogden, ASM Assembly Systems LLC, Suwanee, GA
Successful manufacturing of electronics in North America requires a great deal of flexibility. With demands for so many different electronic products, including complex modules, prototypes, small lot sizes, pre-production runs, short runs, tight deadlines, and the need for high quality ...
Solder Paste Is Temperature Stable in Transit and in Production
By Ian Wilding, Global Solder Products Development Manager, The Electronics Group of Henkel,
Transporting and storing electronic solder paste materials has long been a challenging task and many involved in electronic assembly have long hoped for a change in basic solder paste characteristics. Refrigerated transport results in added costs for cold packing and overnight freight ...
Tangible Returns on Factory Investment
By Michael Ford, Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, OR
A solid return-on-investment (ROI) analysis based on real and tangible data can reveal a great deal about a electronic manufacturing facility. But applying what might have been learned from the analysis is not always simple, as some factories will benefit and some will continue to experience ...
Tin-Lead and Lead-Free Solder Pastes Help Reduce Head-In Pillow Defects
By Jasbir Bath, Roberto Garcia, Noriyoshi Uchida, Hajime Takahashi, Gordon Clark, and Manabu Itoh, Koki Company Ltd.
Head-in-pillow (HIP) component soldering defects represent a growing problem for electronic product manufacturing in consumer, industrial, and military markets. These defects occur due to incomplete merging of BGA/CSP component solder spheres with molten solder paste during solder reflow ...
In-System Programming Works In-Line
By Natalie Hunter, Marketing Communications Manager, BPM Microsystems, Houston, TX
The key advantage of in-system programming is that it allows design engineers and production manufacturers to integrate semiconductor device programming and testing into a single step, eliminating the need to program a device before board placement. Flash memory is often preprogrammed ...
Avoiding the Threat Posed by Counterfeit Cables
By David Gallagher, Lead Product Manager, L-com Global Connectivity, North Andover, MA
The popular myth about the cabling business is that it is "commoditized", meaning that you can get cables, connectors, and other components from a variety of manufacturers and only need to worry about price. That is a dangerous myth, however, as in any high tech industry, and is exploited ...
Swiss Machining Solves Sticky EMS Problems
By Curt Couch, President, Count On Tools, Inc., Gainesville, GA
Recent growth in LED technology and solid state lighting has provided the electronics manufacturing industry with viable solutions for its addition into today's electronic devices. This has led to an increased demand for LED nozzles.
Why Internal Metrology Doesn't Work
By Michael Cieslinski, Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, Buffalo Grove, IL
Doing more with less has been the standard operating procedure in manufacturing for the past ten years. Everyone looks for where they can cut corners. Many placement machines have the ability to self-calibrate and then provide their users with capability numbers. In an attempt to save ...
Stencil Printing Process Tools for High Yield Processing
By Clive Ashmore, DEK Printing Machines Ltd., 11 Albany Road, Weymouth, Dorset, UK
Miniaturization raises a number of issues for the stencil printing process. How small can we print? What are the tightest pitches? Can we print small deposits next to large for high-mix technology assemblies? How closely can we place components for high density products? And then on ...
How Profiling Technology Produces 100% Yields
By Dipak Patel, Owner/Manager, and James Boyd, Process Engineer, Krypton Solutions, Plano, TX
Krypton Solutions, a contract manufacturer in Plano, Texas, operates in a highly competitive marketplace for electronics assembly services. The company prides itself on using advanced technologies to exceed its clients' demands for high-quality, cost-effective solutions. To this end ...
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