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New Test and Inspection Products (Nov 17, 2009)

JTAG Technologies released JTAG Live; Surface Mount Technology Corp debuted the SMART platform; Pickering Interfaces introduced RF Matrix LXI switches; Vi TECHNOLOGY upgraded its inspection offerings; Marantz entered solder paste inspection (SPI); and ASSET debuted IC test.

Test Program Set (TPS) Migration: ROI for Functional Test Upgrade (Nov 3, 2009)

Test program set (TPS) migration solutions address the problem of legacy automated test equipment (ATE) systems that support validation of military/aerospace systems experiencing end of life (EOL) issues. Robert Peet, SEICA, will review a cross section of ATE systems from both a hardware and software perspective, with specific emphasis on the challenges and solutions for test program sets using LASAR™ simulation. Migrating existing TPS from legacy systems* to current technology can be done at considerably reduced time and cost with modern TPS software migration tools. These allow for easy conversion and migration of functional test (FT) programs, with minimal debug. By retaining features such as guided probe, fault dictionary, and many others, test programs developed as far back as the 1970s are easily ported to state-of-the-art testers without losing functionality. Legacy programs can also be enhanced (post-migration) with new software tools. Modern migration tools, combined with hardware advances, can improve test coverage and diagnostic capabilities.

Test and Inspection Round Up: The Equipment Users' Needs (Nov 2, 2009)

In Part I of this article, we asked test and inspection equipment providers for their perspectives on equipment evolution and contemporary challenges. In Part II, we ask what test and inspection customers want from their equipment, and look at examples of difficult test/inspection problems and how to solve them.

New JTAG, ICT, Cleanliness, and Other Test Products (Aug 11, 2009)
(August 11, 2009) — Following are the new products in boundary scan, functional test, ionic contamination, flying probe, combination systems, and other diagnostics and test equipment for the electronics industry.
Surface Mount Technology Industry News
IPC Study on the EMS Industry Forecasts Growth Through 2013 (Nov 17, 2009)

Despite economic setbacks in 2008 and 2009, the world market for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) will continue to grow, according to a report released by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries. The comprehensive EMS study, 2008-2009 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry, presents data and analysis on the EMS industry examining critical trends and providing forecasts, including the potential for market expansion.

The Demographics of productronica 2009 (Nov 16, 2009)

productronica 2009, November 10–13 in Munich, attracted 1,150 exhibitors and 28,000 visitors. 39% of exhibitors came from outside of Germany, while 42% of attendees were internationally based. Of all productronica attendees, 91% were decision makers, up from 88% in 2007.

Worldwide Electronics Manufacturing Services Vendor Shares and Market Update (Nov 14, 2009)

Electronics.ca Publications released a report on the EMS industry vendor shares throughout Q’02 2009 for EMS and ODM sectors.

Rework Companies Merge: FINETECH GmbH Acquires Martin GmbH (Nov 14, 2009)

FINETECH GmbH aquired Martin GmbH, a manufacturer of rework and dispensing equipment located in Wesseling, Germany. The transaction was announced during productronica 2009, where both companies exhibited. Chris Underhill, Finetech, noted the complementary systems that Martin will bring to the Finetech rework and repair lines, as well as the cultural similarities for the two companies.

Kyzen Sdn. Bhd. Inaugurates New Facility in Penang (Nov 14, 2009)

Kyzen opened its cleaning products facility in Malaysia, announced in the October 2009 news, Kyzen Equips Application Laboratory in Penang, Malaysia.  Dato’ Lee Kah Choon, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Invest Penang, honored Kyzen and its Malaysian subsidiary Kyzen Sdn. Bhd. by inaugurating the Penang, Malaysia, facility.

Test and Inspection Videos
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