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ASM Munich Named "Factory of the Year"

Munich, Germany — ASM Assembly Systems has been named the overall winner in Produktion magazine's annual "Factory of the Year/Global Excellence in Operations" contest. Sponsored by Produktion and by consultancy A.T. Kearney, the respected award recognizes the exceptional flexibility ...
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Handling Heat with Shrinking Metamaterials

Cambridge, MA — Almost all solid materials, from rubber and glass to granite and steel, inevitably expand when heated. Only in very rare instances do certain materials buck this thermodynamic trend and shrink with heat. For instance, cold water will contract at temperatures between 0 and 4°C (32 ...
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MWA's Megan Wendling Receives SMTA Awards

Naples, FL — Megan Wendling, president of global electronics marketing and assembly consultancy firm MW Associates, has been honored with two awards by SMTA China. She has received the organization's Councilor of the Year award, for the eighth consecutive year, along with the Long Service award. ...
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Carbon Nanotube Transistors May Replace Silicon

Madison, WI — Will Moore's Law continue to dominate semiconductor development, or will silicon finally reach its limits? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, may have found just the answer that the semiconductor industry has been anticipating for many years. The answer may well be ...
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New Approach to Determining How Atoms Are Arranged

Raleigh, NC — Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a novel approach to materials characterization, using Bayesian statistical methods to gain new insight into the structure of materials ...
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Digital Forensics Rescues Retro Video Games and Software

Palo Alto, CA — Some 25,000 software and video game titles, as well as the original box covers and other period artwork they shipped with have been rescued from oblivion. They represent a collection belonging to a young man named Stephen Cabrinety who filled his home with video games and software ...
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IPC: Final 2015 PCB Market Report

Bannockburn, IL — The North American PCB Market Report, published by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® reported IPC's final estimates of 2015 market size for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits in North America. Although North American PCB production decreased 4.3 percent in 2015 ...
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Indium Corporation Wins Global Technology Award for Indium10.1HF

Clinton, NY - Indium Corporation was presented with the Global Technology Award for Solder Paste for Indium10.1HF Solder Paste at SMTA International (SMTAI) Conference in Rosemont, Ill. 

Indium10.1HF Solder Paste is a halogen-free, no-clean formula that delivers ultra-low voiding in bottom terminated components (BTCs). The flux is specifically engineered to improve reliability by minimizing voiding while also providing excellent wetting, lower solder beading, and reduced solder balling to meet IPC specifications. Indium10.1HF also minimizes slumping and resists head-in-pillow defects. 


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Wacker Chemie Opens Polysilicon Plant in Tennessee


Charleston, TN — Wacker Chemie AG, in what is the Munich-based company's largest single investment to date, has opened a $2.5 billion production site in Charleston, Tennessee. At full capacity, the plant will produce 20,000 metric tons of pure polysilicon per year. The company expects ...

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Test Driving the Toyota Mirai


West Sacramento, CA — It's a Shell gas station, but the sign above the fuel pump says "LINDE," and on the end of the island, it says "Hydrogen." Okay, it's a hydrogen fueling station, and the gas is supplied by specialty gas provider Linde. As of this writing, it is the northernmost ...


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North American PCB Shipments Up 5.6%

Bannockburn, IL — Total North American PCB shipments in April 2016 were 5.6 percent above the same month last year, causing year-to-date growth to remain at 5.5 percent for the first four months of the year. Compared to the preceding month, April shipments were down 16.8 percent.
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Saki: True 3D Makes the Difference


In today's litigious world, 3D automated X-ray inspection has become a necessity, especially in the automotive, medical, and aerospace industries. When boards are exposed to high heat, voids can result in explosions and electrical failures. Head-in-pillow and non-wetting solder joints ...

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Global Warming Danger to Coastal Cities

Albuquerque, NM — In Norfolk, Virginia, an East Coast city that's home to the world's largest naval station and important seaports, catastrophic flooding could damage more than homes and roads. A new study from Sandia National Laboratories assesses how much the city, its region and the nation would ...
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20-Layer PCB Made from Single CAD File

Bannockburn, IL — The electronics industry has never settled on a single approach for moving printed board design data to manufacturing. With the release of IPC-2581B, Generic Requirements for Printed Board Assembly Products Manufacturing Description Data and Transfer Methodology, design engineers ...
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Asteelfash Moving Towards New Heights

NEUILLY-PLAISANCE, FRANCE - Asteelflash, leading global Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) company, has had tremendous results in 2015, with its revenue strongly growing compared to 2014. The French-owned company is on the edge and investing resources in offering the most relevant footprint to its customers, along with new capabilities and cutting edge value added services.

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U.S. Navy's Next-Gen Jammer to Lead 10-Year, $5 Billion Electronic Attack Market

NEWTOWN, CT - (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In its newly updated "The Market for Electronic Attack Systems" intelligence report, Forecast International projects that $5.1 billion (in FY16 U.S. dollars) will be spent on the production of major electronic attack (EA) programs from 2016 through 2025. The top contractors during this timeframe as they relate to this sampling of leading EA systems will be Raytheon, Harris, Northrop Grumman, and Thales.


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LPKF: New Laser Solutions for Innovative Interconnects at Semicon West

TUALATIN, OR - LPKF Laser & Electronics has announced it will exhibit at Semicon West which will be held July 12-14 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.

LPKF, a leading manufacturer of laser systems for electronics manufacturing, will showcase its new solutions across the semiconductor packaging spectrum in booth 6257.

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Quantum Information Transfer: From Microwaves to Motion to Light

Gaithersburg, MD — When a long-awaited quantum information network finally arrives, in whatever form, it will incorporate two essential technologies: a method of generating and manipulating quantum bits (qubits); and a method of moving those qubits from one network node to another one far away without ...
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New Ways to Make Glass-to-Metal Seals

Albuquerque, NM — Components housed in stainless steel for protection against extreme environments encountered in the aerospace and defense industries require paths for electricity to power and communicate with them. Those paths in turn need a reliable insulation seal to prevent contact with the metal case ...
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PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Increases to 1.04

Bannockburn, IL — IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released the January 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders slumped in January, but orders continued to outpace sales, bringing the book-to-bill ratio up to ...
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