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   5/23/2018      Go to SMT007.com  SMT007 Magazine


Combining Strengths Synergistically: PDS and Green Circuits

Power Design Services (PDS) and Green Circuits have just announced their merger agreement effective May 21, 2018. I-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties recently sat down with Joe O’Neil and Matthew Becker of PDS, along with Ted Park of Green Circuits, to get the full scoop.

RTW IPC APEX EXPO: Inspection Technology Developments

Brian D'Amico, president of Mirtec Corp., speaks with I-Connect007 Technical Editor Pete Starkey about the challenges of miniaturization, increasing component density, and the shadowing of small components by taller ones, and how Mirtec has developed its inspection technology to ensure they remain at the leading edge.

Under the Hood: Solder Joint Reliability
It has been long established that packages using NSMD BGA pads were more resilient than ones with SMD pads to fatigue-induced solder joint cracks. However, NSMD pads in previous investigations on 292MAPBGA and 416PBGA packages failed sooner in AATS testing due to an alternate failure mode: substrate Cu trace cracks. This article looks into the effects of substrate material and package pad design on solder joint reliability of 0.8 mm pitch BGA.

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Ball Screw Driven Pick and Place for Under $55K
One of the best-selling models of Manncorp’s popular MC Series of pick and place machines, the MC-385 combines advanced, top and bottom, Cognex vision-on-the-fly with servo-driven, X-Y-Z-θ axes and positional encoders for ±30 μm placement accuracy…a level of precision and capability essential for placement of 01005 chip components, ultra-fine-pitch QFPs, μBGAs, and other advanced SMDs. Up to 128 intelligent tape or stick feeders can be arranged around its 13.8" x 17.1" placement area. Click for more info.

     • Science & Technology

Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
The world is a big place, but it's gotten smaller with the advent of technologies that put people from across the globe in the palm of one's hand. And as the world has shrunk, it has also demanded that things happen ever faster - including the time it takes to charge an electronic device.

Making Driverless Cars Change Lanes More Like Human Drivers Do
In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to assemble and too complex to analyze on the fly; or they’re so simple that they can lead to impractically conservative decisions, such as never changing lanes at all.

Supersonic Waves May Help Electronics Beat the Heat
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory made the first observations of waves of atomic rearrangements, known as phasons, propagating supersonically through a vibrating crystal lattice—a discovery that may dramatically improve heat transport in insulators and enable new strategies for heat management in future electronics devices.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: The PCB Assembler’s Guide to… Conformal Coating for Harsh Environments - Written by Phil Kinner of Electrolube, this micro eBook addresses a myriad of conformal coating materials and process considerations for achieving reliable performance in harsh environments. Kinner simplifies the many available material types and application methods, and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each. This book is a must-read for anyone in the electronics industry who wants a better understanding of conformal coatings. Download now!

     • SMT007 News

Green Circuits and Power Design Services Merge to Form EMS Powerhouse
In order to continue to meet the ever-expanding requirements of the manufacturing industry, Power Design Services (PDS) and Green Circuits have entered into a merger agreement effective May 21, 2018.

Alpha to Feature Low-Temp Solder at Ontario SMTA Expo & Tech Forum
Alpha Assembly Solutions will be promoting its low-temperture technologies and reclaim services at the 2018 Ontario SMTA Expo & Tech Forum being held on Wednesday, June 6 at the Edward Village in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

Kimball Electronics to Acquire Global Equipment Services
Kimball Electronics Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets and assume certain liabilities of GES Holdings Inc., Global Equipment Services and Manufacturing Inc., and its subsidiaries, for approximately $50 million plus the assumed liabilities.

Aegis and CalcuQuote Partner to Offer MES and RFQ Management
This combination of MES and RFQ software will allow manufacturers to respond faster to changing customer and market demands, resulting in increased efficiency for their business operations and consistently satisfied customers.

Metcal to Showcase Hand Soldering Solutions at SMTA Upper Midwest Expo
Metcal has announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA Upper Midwest Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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