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October 13, 2021 

Learn How to Avoid Solder Defects With New Book Authored by Indium Corporation

I-Connect007 Editorial Team

The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to… Solder Defects—the latest title in the I-007eBook library—is specifically dedicated to educating the printed circuit board assembly sector and serves as a valuable resource for people seeking the most relevant information available. 

Solder defects in surface-mount assembly have been an issue for decades. The combined challenges of Pb-free soldering and ever-increasing miniaturization have resulted in new or exacerbated defects in electronics assembly, but there are proven ways to avoid these defects... More >

SMT News & Articles
Featured Content

Increase Production Yield by Investing in Leading-Edge Equipment

Brent Fischthal, Koh Young America

As we wind down 2021, we eagerly anticipate the new year, which should bring new opportunities. With the start of the new year, we often see new capital equipment budgets roll out, and production engineers and operations managers begin to evaluate how to best spend their newfound resources to improve the processes. There are multiple papers readily available from industry experts like Chrys Shea of Shea Engineering about the significance of solder paste inspection (SPI) equipment... More >


Protect Your Electronics from Extreme Environments - Electronic Coating Technologies is an expert when it comes to helping manufacturers with protective materials and application services for their electronics applications. For over 20 years, we’ve been engaging and partnering with customers through every step of their manufacturing process. We work with leading suppliers to offer the highest quality products and state-of-the art equipment. Whether we show the viability of the design and application through our subcontract services and/or prove the concept through demonstration at ECT facilities working with our distribution partners, you can expect unmatched expertise and service. Let us help.

Featured Content

Foundations of the Future: Awarding Students with Scholarships

Charlene Gunter du Plessis, IPC

The value of a scholarship is more than just the ability to cover short-term tuition. A scholarship affords students the opportunity to pursue long-term goals: delivering a return on the initial investment that will benefit the student, his or her family, and the broader community for years to come. A college education is increasingly crucial. Scholarships are an ever more important way to pay for that education and the IPC Education Foundation provides scholarships and awards that support skills pathways and prepare students to start a meaningful career in the electronics manufacturing and assembly industry... More >


Don’t Waste Data! - One of the key benefits of using data effectively is boosting prediction accuracy, which requires a deep understanding of the data and domain expertise. Smart manufacturing strategies give businesses greater adaptability by providing better control and visibility into supply chain and optimizing the capacity to build more products, faster. Learn data management strategies to dramatically shorten NPI cycles and time to market with The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to Smart Data: Using Data to Improve Manufacturing. Download your copy now!

This Month's Jobs
Field Application Engineer

Perfect Point Precision Carbide Tools, a leading supplier of circuit board cutting tools, is looking to add to our technical staff to enhance our customer support team at our Santa Ana repointing facility...

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Laminator Technician

Printed Circuits, a fast-growing printed circuit board fabricator, offers excellent opportunities for advancement and growth in a dynamic manufacturing environment full of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment...

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Solutions from the SMT Solver - Risk assessment and management can make or break the success of your SMT programs and products. Ray Prasad provides technical solutions for management action. He can help you develop a strong internal SMT infrastructure. He can 1) audit your manufacturing site to improve quality; 2) help you develop in-house DFM and Process documents; and 3) train your engineers on SMT design and manufacturing issues. Contact him at, Tel +1-503-332-3215.

Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

CapEx Planning

Now more than ever, market drivers, technical advances, factory automation and customer demand are pushing assembly capabilities into new territory. With these advancements, comes the need to incorporate new equipment or even new facilities. In this issue, we investigate strategies and tactics for planning capital expenditures...

Download the PDF of this magazine to your library.


  • CapEx Planning With Summit Interconnect with John Vaughan, Greg Halvorson, and Brett McCoy
  • Maximizing ROI and Usage of Test Equipment by Dirk de Waart
  • Book Excerpt: Factory Automation–Planning and Implementing by Happy Holden
  • Fane Friberg on Capital Expenditure Project Planning with Fane Friberg
  • Perfecting the Application of Conformal Coatings Without a Capital Investment by Zsolt Pulai
  • Financing Simplifies Process Improvement through Capital Expenditures by Emmalee Gagnon
  • Increase Production Yield by Investing in Leading-Edge Equipment by Brent Fischthal

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