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December 5, 2018 

What is ESD and Why Should We Worry About It?

Pete Starkey, I-Connect007

Stroke the cat or walk on the carpet on a dry day in winter, then touch the door handle. Ouch! If electrostatic discharge (ESD) can make us jump, imagine the effect it may have on microelectronics. The realities of ESD, how static charges are generated, how they can be transferred to electronic components and the damage they can do, and what practical controls are required to protect components, assemblies and equipment from damage – these topics were explored and clearly explained in a webinar on beginners' guide to ESD, presented by SMTA Europe Technical Committee members Dr... More >

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I-Connect007 Research and Results

I-Connect007 Research

Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007

In a recent SMT007 survey, we asked our readers how inspection has helped them improve their manufacturing process. Here are just a few of the answers, edited slightly for clarity.

John Meyer, Methode Electronics Inc.: "Inspection quickly catches placement defects."

Gregory J. Vance, Rockwell Automation: "Identify defects earlier at the assembly process, enabling the issue(s) to be resolved, reducing the overall quantity of defects long term."

Christopher Jones, Prescient Wireless: "We analyze the inspection data to identify if the manufacturing process needs to be adjusted or if an operator needs to be retrained."

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Electronic Manufacturing Files: What We Need for PCB Assembly

Duane Benson, Screaming Circuits

As PCB assemblers, manufacturing is all about taking data and delivering good working circuit boards. It can be just data, as in full turn-key, data plus some parts, or a partial turn-key or a kitted job. Regardless of whether you're sending parts and boards or having us buy everything, PCB assemblers need good data, and a lot of it.

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Does Medical Device Reliability Worry You Sick?
Eric Camden
One World, One Industry: IPC Legislative Victories Reached with Outstanding Member and Industry Support
John Mitchell
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This Month's Jobs
We Are Recruiting!

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IPC APEX EXPO 2019 Preview

The medical electronics market is blowing up, and there doesn’t seem to be a ceiling. A recent report estimates that the global medical device market will reach $409.5 billion by 2023, expanding at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2018 to 2023.


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