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Choosing Carrier and Cover Tape for Tape-and-Reel (Oct 9, 2009)

Tape-and-reel component packaging can determine the speed and operation effectiveness of pick-and-place feeders and equipment. Curtis Maynes, 3M Electronic Solutions Division, explains the types of carrier and cover tapes, how they affect pick-and-place operation, and what is available on the market for better feeder speed, higher accuracy with miniaturized components, and ESD protection.

New Facility Improvement Products: Carts, Conveyors, Gas Control, and More (Jul 14, 2009)
These new products from Bliss Industries, Matheson Tri-Gas, Terra Universal, Seika, Virtual Industries, and other companies provide component and PCB storage and transportation around the electronics manufacturing facility. Products include chassis carts, MSD storage, barcode labels and readers, stencil frames, and more.
New Products: Placement Systems, Feeders, and Carriers (Jun 16, 2009)
Following are the new pick-and-place machines, substrate handlers, components, and feeders for SMT and through hole component placement from Juki, Bliss Industries, Leader Tech, Assembleon, Panasonic Factory Solutions of America, Siemens, and MYDATA.
BOM Products: Components, Circuits, and Associated Services (May 18, 2009)
Following are the bill of materials (BOM) products recently released by component manufacturers, PCB suppliers, connector companies, and other industry suppliers, including Wall Industries, Vishay, Hirose, Premo, Aimtec, and Screaming Circuits.
BOM Products: Components, PCBs, and Associated Tooling (Apr 13, 2009)
Following are the new connectors, components, PCB materials, and tooling options such as lead trimmers and wire crimpers available to increase assembly density, improve reliability, and deal with challenges such as harsh environments and high frequencies.
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Applied Nanotech Selected to Develop Tin Whiskers Remediation Techniques (Nov 23, 2009)

Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. (OTC BB: APNT) was selected by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to receive an award of approximately $500,000 for the development of non-contact methods for mitigation of tin whiskers from electronic devices. ANI will partner with the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) on this project.

Webinar Available on REACH (Nov 23, 2009)

PTC and Tech-Clarity presented a webcast, "Prepare Your Products - and Your Business - for REACH," which reviews recent developments with the REACH regulation, how products and businesses will be impacted, and how leading companies are responding to the REACH challenge despite limited time and resources. Speakers are Jim Brown, president, Tech-Clarity and John Fox, director, product and market strategy, PTC.

Conformal Coating Webinar Available for Download (Nov 20, 2009)

DYMAX Corporation recently hosted a webinar, “Conformal Coating at the Speed of Light: UV Conformal Coating from Start to Finish.” The webinar focuses on cost savings of UV and how to qualify and maintain an effective UV conformal coating process.

November EMS Indicators Report Released (Nov 19, 2009)

Charlie Barnhart & Associates LLC released its Leading Indicators report for November 2009. The report includes latency factors, such as global cost of labor, corporate costs by EMS type, and mark-up percent by volume/sector. Hysteretic factors include geographic pacing, sector pacing, capacity utilization by geography, and solution cycle by EMS type. Finally, probability factors covered include risk constants by geography.

TT Electronics Targets Medical Equipment Manufacturers (Nov 18, 2009)

TT electronics’ component divisions — AB Mikroelektronik, BI Technologies, IRC, OPTEK Technology, Semelab, TT ims and Welwyn — are highlighting a range of products and services for the medical market. From passive components to optoelectronics and semiconductors, TT electronics’ products are being specified for a number of applications in medical equipment. In addition to components, TT electronics also provides complete solutions through advanced manufacturing services for medical systems, including design support, application engineering assistance, and advanced testing for medical electronics.

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