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June 16, 2021 

ICAPE Group Offers Boots on the Ground Support in Asia

Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

Nolan Johnson speaks with Roger Harts about some of the current complications around manufacturing electronics in China and how ICAPE Group works as a vital supplier partner to OEMs and companies hoping to manufacture in Asia.

Nolan Johnson: Let’s do an introduction, Roger.

Roger Harts: I am director of ICAPE USA and have been for the last five years... More >

SMT News & Articles
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Surface Prep vs. Cleaning

Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

Nolan Johnson learns the differences between surface prep and cleaning in a discussion with cleaning expert Tom Forsythe of KYZEN, who says the two are not exactly one and the same with technical jargon around the topic varying from industry to industry. 

Nolan Johnson: Tom, let’s start by talking about the difference between cleaning and surface prep. These two terms have different implications, and yet they all tie back to reliability for the assembler... More >


I-007e Micro Webinars: Implementing Digital Twin Best Practices
Have you ever wondered what a digital twin is? Are you interested in learning ways to optimize and streamline data flow? Siemens’ Jay Gorajia teaches viewers how to leverage the digital twin concept. The goal of the series is to define a blueprint for organizations seeking to digitalize and optimize their design to manufacturing processes and manufacturing operations. Register here to view one or all of the brief, topical segments.

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The Government Circuit: Advocating for the Entire Electronics Supply Chain

Chris Mitchell, IPC

As we approach the midway point of 2021, it remains a busy time for IPC advocacy efforts. 

Across all regions where IPC has an advocacy presence, the policy debate is still dominated by COVID-19 recovery efforts and climbing out of the economic crisis. 

Here in Washington, we are encouraged by recent policy discussions that indicate a bipartisan commitment to U... More >


7 Years and Running: Lasting Equipment & Support from Manncorp - In a remote area of Ecuador, Manncorp customer, Antonio Ricaurte has been thriving. In 2013, he came to the USA to purchase an MC1400 Stencil Printer, MC392 Pick and Place, CT90L Pass-Through Conveyor, and a CR4000C Reflow Oven for his company, AR Technologies. For 7 years, they have been running this entire Manncorp equipment line without issue, despite a lack of local SMT support. How is this accomplished? A mix of in-person visits & remote services from our dedicated tech, Andy Scheer, has helped build a lasting relationship between our company and theirs. Learn more.

This Month's Jobs
Maintenance Technician

Inspects work-related conditions to determine compliance with prescribed operating and safety standards. Operates power-driven machinery and uses equipment and tools commonly used to maintain facilities and equipment...

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Marketing Coordinator/Writing Strategist: Embedded Software

Location: Portland, Oregon or USA (remote)

Job Number: 242982

Seeking a technology communications change maker! Siemens Digital Industries Software is looking for a content creator for its embedded software group...

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More Job Opportunities


Blackfox Offers In-Person and Online IPC Training and Certification - Blackfox has opened its facilities to in-person IPC Training and Certification with a thorough and documented safety plan for all. At Blackfox, we do not take working under these conditions lightly, and have made many changes to mitigate the risk of exposure in our facilities. If preferred, Blackfox also continues to offer online IPC training and certification in either English or Spanish from the comfort of your home or office. Click for more info.

Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

Surface Prep and Protection

One key factor to a strong, reliable, successful solder joint is ensuring the right conditioning of the surfaces to be soldered. Then, once the solder joints are in place, protecting those joints from environmental stresses is crucial. In this issue, we investigate the current state of cleaning and coating as forms of surface preparation and protection...

Download the PDF of this magazine to your library.


  • Surface Prep vs. Cleaning Interview with Tom Forsythe
  • The State of the Coating Industry by Phil Kinner
  • Cleaning and Inspection by Graham Naisbitt
  • Cleaning and Coating Webinar Highlights by Phil Kinner
Links and Events


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