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Optimizing a Standard Print Process Eases Mixed Technology Assembly (Dec 1, 2009)

Consumers continue to expect increased functionality in ever smaller electronic products. However, this demand stretches the rules of design-for-manufacture (DfM) and leaves circuit assemblers to wrestle with the combination of decreasing feature sizes coexisting with larger components. Clive Ashmore, DEK, explains how print process control can increase productivity when large and small components coexist on a PCB.

Emerging Materials for EMS: Modifiable Silicone Foams Reduce Contamination (Oct 27, 2009)

Silicone foams are highly adaptable products for potting, gasketing, and encapsulation. Michelle Velderrain, NuSil Technology, explains the benefits of silicone foams, and how their materials properties can be tailored for processability, chemical resistance, temperature cycling, vibration dampening, and other functions.

Conformal Coating New Products (Oct 19, 2009)

New products for electronics coating and encapsulation include halogen-free coatings and adhesives from DYMAX; an IR epoxy cure system from IRphotonics; a tack-free, low-hardness conformal coating from Master Bond; acrylic- and epoxy-based systems from Rudolph Bros.; and a UV/visible-light-curable silicone potting and sealing material from DYMAX.

New Thermal Management Products (Oct 13, 2009)

Whether metal preforms, two-part epoxies, gap filler pads, films, or other materials, these products are designed to dissipate heat away from thermally sensitive or high-heat components to heatsinks, copper planes, the air, or other thermal interface materials (TIMs).

New Stencil Products (Oct 6, 2009)

New stencil products for solder paste printing are designed for cleaner paste release, tighter aperture control, and other user benefits. Stencils, paste print monitors, and process control software debut from DEK, Transition Automation, Photo Stencil, Ascentech, Thin Metal Parts, and Cookson Electronics Engineered Products.

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DEK and Stencil Franchisee AGI Demonstrate Advanced Printing Technology (Dec 1, 2009)

 Showcasing the latest expansion of its global stencil network, DEK and new franchisee AGI Corporation opened the doors of their manufacturing operation to local customers in the Americas. Attended by both leading EMS and OEM electronics firms and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, the DEK-AGI Open House was designed to highlight the company’s stencil production expertise. 

Lenovo Reaquiring Mobile Phone Unit (Nov 30, 2009)

Personal computer maker Lenovo Group said Friday it is joining the race to develop products that link phones and PCs by buying back a mobile phone business that it sold last year, reports the Associated Press (AP).

IDC Releases EMS Industry Forecast 2009-2013 (Nov 30, 2009)

Michael J. Palma, senior research analyst in the semiconductors team at IDC, published the “EMS Industry Forecast 2009–2013: Hints of Recovery” report. This IDC update provides IDC's electronic manufacturing services (EMS) industry forecast from 2008 through 2013. It includes forecasts for the EMS and original design manufacturing (ODM) sectors, product segments, and regions. This update also reviews the state of the industry and core forecast scenario and assumptions.

Henderson Forecast: Computer Equipment (Nov 30, 2009)

Though the recession has virtually decimated the computer industry, Henderson Ventures analysts predict double-digit computer industry gains by 2011. This year, the traditional Q’04 holiday bump in sales is expected to reappear, after being waylaid last year by the onset of the financial crisis.

PCB Fab Partnership: Electronic Interconnect Collaborates with Flex Interconnect Technologies (Nov 25, 2009)

PCB design, engineering, and manufacturing provider Electronic Interconnect (EI) will engage in a cooperative agreement with Flex Interconnect Technologies (FIT — Milpitas, CA) to jointly provide a wider range of PCB products. EI specializes primarily in rigid PCB types, while FIT provides design and manufacturing to final assembly of flexible circuits, rigid-flex, and HDI flex.

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Volume 23, Issue 6
November 2009
Printing Videos
The A-Line at IPC Midwest produces a PCB assembly with jet solder printing, dual-head pick-and-place, reflow, and depanelization.; Assembly; cab; ipc; IPC Midwest; Juki; Mydata; Senju; smt; The Morey Corp; Steve Pollock, sales manager at Essemtec, demostrates the printer, pick-and-place, and lead-free convection reflow oven that comprise their turnkey line.; complete line; Essemtec; lead-free reflow; manufacturing line; pick and place; printer; reflow; SMTAI; turnkey manufacturing; John Byers, Asymtek, debuts the SelectCoat SL940 dispensing system for conformal coatings and other materials. ; apex; Asymtek; conformal coating; dispense; dispensing; vision; Dick Johnson, DEK, walks Gail Flower through the Instinctiv V9 machine optimization software.; apex; DEK; Instinctiv V9; machine optimization; Printing; software; Mike Foster of Dynatech/Samsung walks Gail Flower through the SM series complete SMT line at the show. Featured equipment includes screen printer, pick-and-place systems, and more.; apex; Dynatech; pick-and-place; printer; samsung; smt line; Asymtek's Greg Wood, vice president of sales, talks to Gail Flower at Semicon West 2008.; Semicon West 2008 asymtek packaging; Jim Price of Sony Manufacturing Systems America debuts the SI-P850 screen printer and SI-V200 AOI system to North American assemblers at the show.; AOI; inspection; Printing; screen printer; Sony Manufacturing Systems; Frank Piracci, Asymtek, shows the S822 dual-lane shuttle for higher-throughput CSP underfill.; apex; Asymtek; chipscale package; CSP; dispensing; underfill; Demonstrations and discussions of next-generation printers, printing software, dispensers, conformal coatings, stencils, and other dispensing technologies.
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Eastern European Near-sourcing on the Rise

Much has been made of the attendance numbers at productronica 2009 this year in Munich, Germany. As economic reports have trumpeted a better 2010, and electronics manufacturers have started to see a ramp in RFQs and orders, productronica’s attendance...

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It was a better-than-expected IPC Midwest tradeshow and conference in Schaumburg, IL this September. The A-Line live electronics assembly line attracted interest as each piece of automated equipment performed its task to build a mixed-assembly board with...

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