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May 18, 2022 

Foundations of the Future: Optimizing Engagement Through Webinars

Charlene Gunter du Plessis, IPC

To support students in high school and college by sharing information about the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer, the IPC Education Foundation wanted to ensure that irrespective of the current academic landscape sharing the insights, knowledge and stories from experts should continue to enable students to conveniently attend irrespective of location or circumstance. Webinars have become an extremely useful tool.

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SMT News & Articles
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Knocking Down the Bone Pile: Reworking of SMT Connectors with Center Ground Connection

Bob Wettermann, BEST, Inc.

Connectors such as those pictured in Figure 1 are challenging to rework as they generally have a high density, tight spacing of connector pins as well as a ground connection running through the center of the body of the part. The generic term for these types of connectors are surface mount center ground connectors. These surface mount connectors are designed for parallel board-to-board, flex-to-board, and cable-to-board configurations, and are generally compatible with both infrared and forced air convection rework heating methods. Specifically, a popular type of this connector configuration is a mezzanine connector which connects two parallel printed circuit boards in a stacking configuration.

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Blackfox: The World’s Premier IPC Training & Certification Center
Blackfox Training Institute offers training & certification in all 6 IPC certification programs covering all aspects of electronics manufacturing. Certification is available for all levels including Operator (CIS), Standards Expert (CSE) and Trainer (CIT) in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Chinese. Blackfox Master IPC Trainers have hundreds of years of combined manufacturing experience to ensure the highest level of content delivery and expertise. Experience the Blackfox difference today!

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Nolan’s Notes: Changing Expectations

Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

For our May 2022 issue of SMT007 Magazine, we wanted to learn more about the challenges for high-mix, low-volume EMS firms building high density boards, and how they’re coping with those challenges. What we learned was that the high-density challenges, per se, were actually few and far between. What has been causing new headaches, however, is component packaging because of the unpredictability in the supply chain.

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Higher Feeder Capacity, Faster Job Changeovers - In High Mix, Low Volume production, the key to faster changeovers is high feeder capacity. At Manncorp, we recommend pick and place machines with at least 128 feeder ports, like the MC385V2V. For an upgrade, choose the 160-feeder-port MC389. For inline application, go with the MC388 which will hold 192 feeders (256 as batch). Pair your machines with the KFTA3D smart feeders to improve throughput even further by monitoring part quantities, locations, and more on the built-in screen. View our full pick & place selection and learn more about our feeders on our website.

This Month's Jobs
Field Sales Engineer, North America

LOCATION: New Hartford, NY


The Field Sales Engineer, North America, is responsible for serving as Indium Corporation’s lead sales contact and customer advocate to maintain existing sales and to drive new qualifications and sales of Indium Corporation products and services through effective account management and coordination of efforts throughout Indium Corporation’s Metals, Compounds, Solar and Reclaim (MCSR) organization...

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US-Based Technical Sales Specialist

Polar Instruments, Inc. (Beaverton, OR) is looking for an additional US-based technical sales specialist to assist in selling our growing family of PCB signal integrity tools for the PCB fabrication/design industry and the electronics supply chain...

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Looking for talent?
Our readership is a great place to find people with circuit board supply chain industry experience. Contact us today to get your ad posted in all three of our monthly magazines and on the website.

Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

Managing High-Mix Work on the Shop Floor

The requirements for assembly continue to move toward smaller components and higher densities. But what are the challenges that accompany this steady shift? In a series of interviews, articles and columns, we learn what assemblers are really facing...

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  • Exploring High Density With Axiom interview with Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett
  • Finding Solutions in the Quoting Process by Duane Benson
  • The Data Format Effect on Business Costs interview with Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett
  • Optimize Throughput: High-Mix, Low Volume Manufacturing by Emmalee Gagnon
  • Fractional Materials and High-Mix Manufacturing by Michael Ford
  • Changing Expectations by Nolan Johnson
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