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   10/18/2017      Go to SMT007 SMT Magazine


The Role of Bismuth (Bi) in Electronics, Part 1

In this column series about bismuth, Dr. Jennie Hwang starts with its elemental properties: where it is usually mined, its safety data, and application areas—in the chemical world, the metals industry, and electronics. She also writes about how bismuth compounds improve the performance some electronics devices, such as varistors.

It's Only Common Sense: Marketing Your Contract Manufacturing Company

We often focus on North America’s shrinking PCB fabricator landscape, which is are now down to less than 200 shops. But there are well over 1,000 contract electronics manufacturers in existence, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone knows about the big guys like Celestica, Flextronics, Sanmina and Plexus.

Counterfeit: A Quality Conundrum

The rise in the ingress of counterfeit materials into the supply chain has made them prolific, though yet, the extent is understated. What needs to be faced now is the need for incoming inspection, but at what cost to industry, and does anyone remember how to do it?

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FREE WEBINAR, Nov 7: Automated 2D/3D X-Ray Inspection of Single-Sided and Double-Sided PCBs, Inline and at Production Speeds - 100 % test coverage even at speeds that meet the high demands of production line cycle times: historically known issues when it comes to X-Ray inspection. Selective-area and full-surface X-Ray inspection are two completely different strategies that warrant a closer look. The webinar will conclude with an explanation of the optimum balance between image quality and inspection depth. Click to Register Now.

     • Science & Technology

Bridging the Terahertz Gap
Optical frequency combs are widely-used, high-precision tools for measuring and detecting different frequencies — a.k.a. colors — of light. Unlike conventional lasers, which emit a single frequency, these lasers emit multiple frequencies simultaneously.

Flexible ‘Skin’ Can Help Robots, Prosthetics Perform Everyday Tasks by Sensing Shear Force
Engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA have developed a flexible sensor “skin” that can be stretched over any part of a robot’s body or prosthetic to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration that are critical to successfully grasping and manipulating objects.

Drones to Grow Mind of Their Own
The use of drones is gaining popularity among environmentalists and law enforcement officials alike due to the robots’ ability to reach far-flung locales not easily accessible to humans. A person typically sets the drone on a pre-determined path to collect data.

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Full Line of SMT Assembly Equipment for 48” LED Panels
Manncorp offers a complete selection of SMT assembly equipment, designed exclusively to meet the unique requirements of LED lighting manufacturers and subcontractors. Fully-automatic inline, semi-automatic, and even manual stencil printers provide frame capacity and squeegee stroke for 48" boards. Multi-head pick and place systems deliver up to 15,000 CPH and provide flexibility for placement of SMD LEDs and driver components. Heavy-duty depanelers allow singulation of thick alumina substrates. Click for more info.

     • SMT007 News

Electrolube Awarded Automotive Standard IATF 16949
Demonstrating its continuing commitment to achieving excellence in manufacturing and service provision, Electrolube has been awarded the International Automotive Task Force's new global quality management standard, IATF 16949. Replacing ISO/TS 16949, the IATF 16949 standard establishes the requirements for a quality management system covering the design, development, manufacture, installation and servicing of automotive products, and the achievement of best practice in all these activities.

KIC and SmartRep Intro Real-Time Dashboard, Traceability and Data Analytics at productronica
KIC will exhibit with SmartRep in Hall A2 Stand 361 at productronica 2017, scheduled to take place November 14–17, 2017 at the Messe München in Munich, Germany.

Metcal to Showcase CV Technology at productronica for the First Time
Metcal has been making a strategic move in industrial ingenuity by introducing multiple new products in this year. At productronica 2017, which is scheduled to take place November 14–17, 2017 at the Messe München in Munich, Germany, Metcal will showcase its brand new Connection Validation (CV) selective soldering system, along with a range of soldering tools.

Goepel to Hold Webinar on 2D/3D AXI on November 7
Goepel electronic will be conducting a free webinar titled "A Look at the Technology in Practice – Fully Automated Inspection of Hidden Solder Joints and Voids" on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11 AM EST.

Zentech Secures United States Navy Blanket Order Agreement
Zentech–Fredericksburg Operations, formerly Colonial Assembly and Design, has received a United States Navy Blanket Order Agreement (BOA) for rapid technology integration of Special Mission Equipment (SME) on both manned and unmanned platforms in support of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) and Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PMUAS).

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