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September 15, 2021 

Zulki’s PCB Nuggets: WBAN Steps Into PCB Microelectronics Assembly

Zulki Khan, NexLogic Technologies, Inc.

A new miniature wireless network is stepping out of academic journals, into micro-miniature medical device applications, and subsequently onto the PCB microelectronics assembly floor. 

It’s called WBAN, which stands for wireless body area network. Medical OEMs and their design engineers have been anticipating such a development to help launch and expand remote tele-health patient monitoring products... More >

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Review: Emerging Opportunities for Additive Electronics

Pete Starkey, I-Connect007

The special feature at SMTA’s virtual Additive Electronics TechXchange 2021 was a presentation by Dr. Matthew Dyson, senior technology analyst at IDTechEx, entitled “Emerging Opportunities for Additive Electronics.”

Introduced by SMTA meetings and events manager Karlie Severinson; moderators were Lenora Clark, director of autonomous driving and safety technology at ESI Automotive, and Tara Dunn, vice president of marketing and business development at Averatek... More >


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.

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Maggie Benson's Journey: Making Progress on Uptime

Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corporation

Editor’s note: Indium Corporation’s Ron Lasky continues this series of columns about Maggie Benson, a fictional character, to demonstrate continuous improvement and education in SMT assembly.

Maggie was entering the main engineering building of Ivy University to see her mentor, Professor Patty Coleman. Patty had suggested that Maggie hire several Ivy U engineering students to work on the process improvement projects at Benson Electronics to improve productivity and reduce costs... 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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Wet Process/Plating Technician - 3rd Shift

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

BOMs and the Supply Chain

This month in SMT007 Magazine, we’re considering the bill of materials (BOMs) and the unique challenges facing procurement and manufacturing under current market conditions. Components are hard to find, which is a situation that starts the discussion, of course...

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  • The Bill Comes Due: BOMs and the Digital Twin Interview with Michael Ford
  • A Multi-Tenant PLM Software Solution Interview with George Lewis
  • Whizz is Da BOM Interview with Muhammad Irfan
  • BOM Connector: A Ready-built Solution Interview with Kevin Decker-Weiss and Mark Laing
  • BOMs and the Supply Chain From an Assembler’s Point of View Interview with Duane Benson
  • Luminovo Cuts BOM Waste, Improves OEM/EMS Communication Interview with Sebastian Schaal
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