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Aerosol Jet Printing: An Evolutionary Dispensing Solution


Moore's Law, the concept that the number of transistors in a semiconductor device doubles roughly every two years, can be applied to consumer electronic device performance as well. While the number of components that drive the electronics packaging and assembly industry will not double every two years, product miniaturization, coupled with increased functionality continues to push manufacturing solutions to meet greater production demands....

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Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance


As the medical device industry continues to grow rapidly, manufacturers must contend with a variety of challenges as they differentiate their products in a highly competitive marketplace. Greater emphasis is being placed on the functional coatings that are applied to stainless steel ...

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Miniaturized Wireless Medical Wearables


Small chip antennas used in RF-enabled medical devices have traditionally required a designated ground "keep out" area to minimize interference from other components and ensure the ideal radiation pattern for wireless signals. In some cases, this reserved space can eat up as much as ...

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Nitrogen Generation's Critical Role in Soldering


A controlled atmosphere is absolutely necessary for electronic manufacturing, as it requires very particular temperatures, timing, structures, and environments. For this reason, nitrogen gas has been used successfully to create and maintain clean, dry, inert atmospheres. Nitrogen is ...

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The Hybrid Digital-Physical Future of Electronics Assembly


The majority of today's consumer electronics are supplied from Asia, primarily through contract manufacturers who rely heavily on manual assembly. This is a ripe market for automation, and a clear trend.

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What's Next for IoT Platforms?


From the increased value provided by edge computing to security improvements using blockchain technology, Internet of Things (IoT) platforms across the board are coming online. The intelligent, digital mesh of the IoT is evolving. Today, enterprises are looking ahead to see how these ...

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Plasma Treatment: Dropping the Failure Rate


Whether in daily manufacturing or the development of new processes and products: surfaces and their properties play an increasingly important role in nearly all industrial areas. The surface of materials often have to be pretreated to prepare them for processes that will follow.

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Selective Soldering: Pushing the Envelope


The entire concept of selective soldering is being squeezed as the demands for high quality soldering increase while board space continues to shrink. Today's challenge is to reduce the nozzle sizes available.

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Why IPA-Water Extraction Fails!


The performance requirements for mission critical electronic assemblies are constantly increasing as component failures, particularly in the aerospace, automotive, medical and military industries, are simply not an option. Since failures are often due to insufficient cleanliness, cleaning ...

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Advances in Fluid Dispensing Save Time, Production Costs


Automated fluid dispensing has been an integral part of the electronics assembly line for high-volume manufacturing for many years. Even jetting, which was introduced by Nordson ASYMTEK in 1994, is now an established technology. As electronic components become smaller and more complex, ...

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Vapor Phase Making Strong Comeback


Vapor phase, also known as condensation soldering achieves a very gentle, reliable, and repeatable process. Vapor phase reflow was used back in the 80s — during the early days of surface mount technology — due to its excellent heat transfer capability. Heat transfer in vapor phase ...

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Inline Wire & Cable ID


Many OEMs require that individual wires and cables used in their products be clearly identified with a mark or label. For some, such as in the military and aerospace markets, wire and cable identification (or "wire ID") is mandatory and the process is governed by stringent specifications ...

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X-Ray Imaging: Some need-to-Know Basics


Electronic technology has given a great boost to real-time x-ray imaging. A tube was developed that could intensify the light from the intensifying screen. Called an "image intensifier," it is a vacuum tube with an input phosphor. Photons are converted to light and the light is converted ...

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Thick Film Heaters Go Anywhere


It's a well known fact that passing current through a thick film resistor can transform it into a heating element. Such a phenomenon is a nuisance in thick film hybrid circuits where resistors need to operate at low temperature without long-term degradation to their electrical properties ...

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Detecting & Avoiding Counterfeits


While the majority of counterfeit cases reported are associated with independent distributors, it's important to not label them as the cause, but rather to look to them for solutions. Understanding their processes and the measures...

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A Universal Vision Solution for Robotics


A major Italian integrator of vision guided robotic solutions, Evolut, has already asserted itself as the specialist company in its field. The company has installed over 1100 robotic systems, including 850 with Cognex vision systems, which enable the robots to automatically recognize and ...

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Ultra-Flat Membrane Potentiometers Enable Smart Engineering


Membrane potentiometers have changed the way engineers think about sensing. With some only 0.5mm thick, ultra-flat membrane potentiometers have product characteristics...

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Sunstone and National Instrument Collaborate; Simplify PCB Prototyping

Mulino, OR — Sunstone Circuits® has joined forces with National Instruments (NI) to offer an integrated PC board prototype and quick-turn design environment, enabling NI Multisim and NI Ultiboard customers to easily order prototype PC boards via the Sunstone ECOsystemsm Design Environment.  ...
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Justifying AOI and Automated X-Ray


Two of the guiding philosophies for the implementation of test and inspection technologies are prevention and detection. Prevention places the priority on process control and elimination of defects by implementing corrective action. Detection focuses inspection efforts on ensuring that ...
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Combining Board Cleaning and Testing


The U.S. space agency NASA has some of the most stringent electronics requirements in existence, and for good reason. NASA people still shudder over the most tragic example ever of a suspected circuit board cleanliness failure — January 27, 1967, when a circuit assembly in an Apollo ...
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