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Publication Date: 03/1/2012
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Prototype Quality : Getting More Than You Pay For

The prototype fabrication process is of critical importance in catching design errors early and effectively. It is the prototype hardware, after all, which verifies the original design intent embodied by the CAD file contents; the relationship is symbiotic. When a design team puts their ...Read More
Getting the Most out of Selective Soldering

Selective soldering is a flexible, adaptable process that is increasingly applied to an ever-widening range of soldering tasks. Indeed, selective soldering has moved beyond the role of being a problem application solution and into the soldering production mainstream. Flexible innovations ...Read More
Automated Laser Soldering and Inspection

Laser-powered selective soldering offers some very special benefits, including extremely precise soldering areas, along with a high level of programmable versatility. Now Apollo Seiko has put together a very special laser system — a single phase, multi-power laser which accepts input ...Read More
Process Control Strategies for EMS Assemblers

Besides improper design methods, it is well documented that the Assembly setup and placement process contributes to 15 to 20 percent of the most common SMT defects, such as missing parts, wrong parts, misplaced parts, and wrong polarity. In addition, 50 to 65 percent of Board Assembly ...Read More
Really Managing PWB Supply

The harsh upheaval of the US PWB market has changed the dynamics by which suppliers and users of PWBs interact. Fabricators have become brokers, blurring the lines between manufacturer and re-seller. Further, aggressive roll-up companies have consumed dozens of former fabricators, eliminating ...Read More
Manual Handling of Delicate Parts

Handling parts during assembly can entail the use of a variety of different tools. Larger parts can be handled easily by hand without the assistance of any special tooling. Bus as parts become smaller and more fragile, specialized handling tools become more important. For many decades ...Read More
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