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Business and Technical Developments at Super Dry Totech
At the recent SMT Hybrid Packaging show in Nuremberg, Germany, I-Connect007 Technical Editor Pete Starkey visits Super Dry Totech and spends a few minutes with CEO Jos Brehler and Sales Manager Terry Morgan to talk about the rationale behind ASYS Group's acquisition of stake in Super Dry Totech, as well as the latest technology developments happening at the company.

Grow Your Own Training Programs
Negative connotations about manufacturing jobs as dirty, repetitive, and boring have plagued the industry for the last 20 years. Manufacturing lacks the sex appeal that jobs in tech use to entice potential employees. Due to the great shortage of skilled workers and the lackluster image of the industry, manufacturing companies have had to re-evaluate and re-design their HR strategies to recruit, hire and train new employees.

Mentor Graphics: Connecting the Manufacturing Environment
Oren Manor serves as the director of business development for Mentor Graphics Valor Division. In this interview with SMT Magazine, Manor discusses the latest updates in their OML community, their case study regarding Phoenix Contact’s implementation of their IoT solution in its facilities, and what’s new in ODB++.

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Avoid low-class voiding with a high reliability solder paste. ALPHA® OM-358 is a RoHS compliant, halogen-free solder paste designed to provide low voiding performance. This ultra-low voiding, high reliability solder paste has excellent printing and residue cosmetics and is REACH compliant. ALPHA® OM-358 is available with Innolot and SAC 305 alloys. AlphaAssembly.com.

     • Science & Technology

Sound Over Silicon: Computing's Wave of the Future
With a total of $1.8 million in funding from the W.M. Keck Foundation and the UA, materials science and engineering professor Pierre Deymier explores how to build a quantum computer that uses sound instead of quantum particles such as electrons to process information.

The Next Industrial R(evolution)
In 1981, as an employee for Graco Robotics, Al Hufstetler often visited manufacturing sites to program and service robotic systems. Inside the dark, poorly ventilated facilities, Hufstetler wore earplugs to block out the sounds of welding automation and die machines stamping sheet metal. In these buildings, machines ran around the clock, and emissions poured unchecked from smokestacks.

Off-the-Shelf Power-Generating Clothes Are Almost Here
A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but materials scientist Trisha Andrew at the University of Massachusetts Amherst could make one today. They have invented a way to applybreathable, pliable, metal-free electrodes to fabric and off-the-shelf clothing so it feels good to the touch and also transports enough electricity to power small electronics.

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Blackfox is your #1 Source for Online Training Materials
Why spend 100's of hours and thousands of dollars developing courses when all you have to do is simply download exceptional training programs from Blackfox! From hand soldering to mechanical assembly, we have the courses to fit your company's needs. Our materials are packaged individually by course or divided into bundles by shop floor function so you only pay for what you need. Click NOW for a full list of available courses.

     • SMT007 News

Kyzen's Dr. Mike Bixenman Discusses Non-Standard Test Methods at ICSR
Kyzen CTO Mike Bixenman will present at the International Conference on Soldering & Reliability (ICSR), which will be held in conjunction with the Toronto SMTA Expo & Tech Forum. His research paper will discuss the use of non-standard test methods to design PCB features that allow the flux to outgas during reflow; test both ionic contamination and surface insulation resistance under a site specific component; selection of solder paste; reflow process conditions; and, optimization of the cleaning process.

Alpha to Feature Recycling Services and Innovative Products at Upper Midwest SMTA Expo & Tech Forum
Alpha Assembly Solutions will feature its Recycling Services at the upcoming Upper Midwest SMTA Expo and Tech Forum, which will be held on June 22 at the DoubleTree Minneapolis-Park Place. The company will also showcase its new material set combinations, which represent various pastes, tacky fluxes, cored wire, and wave soldering fluxes that are tested with one another to achieve greater reliability.

Indium’s Brook Sandy-Smith Presents at SMTA Empire Expo
Indium Corporation’s Brook Sandy-Smith, Technical Support Engineer for PCB Assembly Materials, will present at the SMTA Empire Expo and Tech Forum on June 15 in Liverpool, New York. Her presentation will review traditional and emerging methods to characterize flux residues and cleanliness of finished assemblies, including SIR, electrochemical migration, ROSE extraction, and other emerging test methods.

Electrolube India Awarded ISO 9001-2015 Certificate
Electrolube India has received one of the world’s most recognized standards, the ISO 9001-2015. This standard is based upon verification of a number of quality management principles demonstrated by an organization. ISO 9001-2015 requires a strong customer focus and a culture of continual improvement.

Zentech Joins Discussion on Strengthening US Manufacturing at IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2017
Matt Turpin, president and CEO of Zentech Manufacturing Inc., and other senior executives from leading electronics manufacturing companies, all members of IPC, gathered in Washington, D.C. for IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2017 to advocate for a pro-growth, pro-advanced-manufacturing policy agenda.

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