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SMT Week Newsletter - An I-Connect007 Publication

   1/17/2018      Go to SMT007 SMT Magazine


Tips & Tricks: Assembly Panelization

Thoughtful PCB array and panel design can reduce line stoppage, improve changeover time and reduce material scrap. Fiducial location and design are good aids to prevent mistakes, but may still result in line stoppage. If you have fiducial recognition issues, making the shape of the mask opening different than the fiducial feature may help the vision system discern the target feature easier.

Improving Design, Manufacturing and Assembly Teamwork
Many electronics manufacturers tend to compartmentalize or "silo" their departments, such as the design team versus assembly-related functions. The relationship between design and manufacturing can too often be disconnected or otherwise poor, which stalls productivity and increases bottom-line costs. By identifying and addressing these gaps, this financial hemorrhage can be reduced, and profitability increased.

Assigning IDs Within the Internet of Things
Networking devices and machinery is in full swing. However, despite all the Industry 4.0 enthusiasm, there are voices of caution: Secure your communication. For this, identification of the participants is one requirement and special SD cards offer a surprisingly simple and flexible solution.

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Real Time X-Ray Imaging of Multi-Layer PCBs, BGAs, CSPs
Manncorp kicks off 2018 with the addition of x-ray inspection to its extensive selection of equipment for SMT and mixed technology PCBs. The new MX1 features a high voltage (80kV), computer-controlled x-ray tube with a 35 µm focal spot, providing the power necessary for detection of a variety of defects including bridging, voids, and missing balls. The MX1’s standard camera features continuous zoom magnification from 4X to 50X and variable angle viewing up to 45°. An upgrade to the x-ray tube boosts magnification to 225X. Click for more info.

     • Science & Technology

A Major Step Forward in Organic Electronics
Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics have developed the world’s first complementary electrochemical logic circuits that can function stably for long periods in water. This is a highly significant breakthrough in the development of bioelectronics.

Hydrogen Cars for the Masses One Step Closer to Reality
UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars.

Making Waves for Ultrahigh Definition Displays
Flexible ultrahigh resolution displays have benefits for next-generation mobile electronics, such as point-of-care medical diagnostic devices. KAUST has developed a unique transistor architecture that boosts the performance of the display circuitry.

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ALPHA® SAC305 Ultrafine Cored Wire for Fine Pitch Component Soldering. Both PCB and component size has become increasingly smaller in recent years creating a strong demand for ultrafine wire (diameter ≤0.20mm) technology. ALPHA® SAC305 Ultrafine Cored Wire was developed for fine pitch component attachment and manual rework by robotic soldering or manual soldering and maximizes the potential of fine wire application in high density boards. Available in different diameter size and flux content. AlphaAssembly.com.

     • SMT007 News

AIM’s Dr. Mehran Maalekian to Present at IPC APEX 2018
AIM Solder is pleased to announce that Dr. Mehran Maalekian, Research & Development Director, will present at the IPC APEX EXPO 2018 taking place February 27–March 1, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Dr. Maalekian will share his extensive knowledge of and review the industry needs for solder alloys that can execute effectively in harsh service conditions and examines potential solutions for failed or flawed applications.

Indium Corporation Announces New Corporate Leadership

Indium Corporation has promoted Greg Evans to CEO, and Ross Berntson to President and COO. Former CEO and company owner William Macartney III will continue serving as the Chairman of the Board. As CEO, Evans will focus, primarily, on the company’s long-term mission and strategies. His work will ensure the ongoing growth and vibrancy of Indium.

Super Dry Totech Launches LTS2, Comprehensive Long-Term Storage Solutions
LTS2, Long Term Storage Solutions, is a new service offered by dry storage and humidity control specialist Super Dry Totech. The service is designed for those companies that need to store components long term without risk of degradation, but do not wish to make the investment in capital equipment and are looking for a flexible and scale-able off-site warehousing solution.

CalcuQuote to Exhibit at IPC APEX Expo 2018
For the second consecutive year, CalcuQuote, a software and professional services provider to the EMS industry, will exhibit at the upcoming IPC APEX Expo 2018 in San Diego, California.

Alpha Introduces Revolutionary Low-Temp Solder Paste to Address High-Warpage Assemblies
Alpha Assembly Solutions is introducing ALPHA OM-550, a new low-temperature chemistry paired with Alpha’s HRL1 alloy for assemblies with temperature-sensitive substrates, components and high warpage chips.

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