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SMT Week Newsletter - An I-Connect007 Publication

   7/26/2017      Go to SMT007 SMT Magazine


The Role of Industry Associations in Training and Education
Industry associations, such as the IPC and the SMTA, help advance the electronics manufacturing industry through standardization, training, education, advocacy, and interaction through trade events, exhibitions and symposiums. They help members to become aware of the latest technology developments happening in their industry verticals, and of the market trends shaping the direction of the industry.

Using Lead-Free BGAs in a Tin/Lead Soldering Process
Several electronic market segments, such as those electronics used in harsh environments or that have life/system critical functionality, remain exempt from lead-free material restrictions such as the RoHS legislation. While these market segments can use solder containing lead, it is increasingly difficult to procure advanced components in non-ROHS compliant configurations. This article discusses several aspects of having lead-free BGA components in a tin/lead soldering process.

Counterfeit Electronic Components Identification: A Case Study
Counterfeit electronic components are finding their way into today's defense electronics. The problem gets even more complex when procuring diminishing manufacturing source parts. This article provides a brief introduction to counterfeit prevention and detection standards, particularly as they relate to the aerospace and defense sector.

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ALPHA® OM-550. The revolution is coming. Heat has taken a toll on your bottom line long enough. Introducing ALPHA® OM-550 HRL1 – the most revolutionary advancement in solder paste since the introduction of lead-free. OM-550 cuts the soldering temperature required for SAC alloys by 50 degrees C, while dramatically reducing power consumption and carbon emissions. The result is a highly reliable, cost effective, energy sufficient soldering process with up to 99% less warpage and significantly fewer defects. Learn more at AlphaAssembly.com.

     • Science & Technology

A New Kind of Camera Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality
A new camera that builds on technology first described by Stanford researchers more than 20 years ago could generate the kind of information-rich images that robots need to navigate the world. This camera, which generates a four dimensional image, can also capture nearly 140 degrees of information.

Nanoparticles Could Spur Better LEDs, Invisibility Cloaks
In an advance that could boost the efficiency of LED lighting by 50% and even pave the way for invisibility cloaking devices, a team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new technique that peppers metallic nanoparticles into semiconductors.

Metallic Substrates for Future Semiconductor Technology and Green IT
An international research team headed by the Jülich chemist Dr. Hilde Hardtdegen was the first to develop high-performance transistors on a metallic carrier material. The metal substrate not only reduces the heating of the semiconductor and conducts most of the heat effectively, but also makes the device more stable.

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     • SMT007 News

Saki America Appoints Alex Malek as Vice President Sales & Service, North America
Saki Corp. announces the selection of Alex Malek as vice president of sales and service for North America and Sivilay (Nick) Sengmany as an application/field service engineer. Malek will head sales and service for Saki's 2D and 3D automated optical, 3D automated solder paste, and 3D in-line x-ray measurement and inspection systems in the US and Canada.

Senator Ron Johnson Discusses U.S. Policy Priorities in Townhall Discussion with VirTex MTI
Executives and staff at VirTex MTI's facility in Wisconsin held a town hall on July 21 with U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) on the federal policy issues facing the advanced manufacturing industry. Senator Johnson participated in a tour of the facility, getting a first-hand look at new innovations and technologies.

KIC Appoints Ryan Wilshusen Engineering Manager
KIC has appointed Ryan Wilshusen as its engineering manager. He joins the company with more than 16 years of experience as an electrical engineer with respected companies, such as HP, and various industries, including medical, industrial, aviation and consumer.

CalcuQuote to Debut Purchasing Application for EMS at SMTA International
CalcuQuote will launch a new procurement software for EMS companies at the SMTA International Expo 2017.

Indium to Host Seminar on Solder Joint Reliability for Automotive Electronics in Taiwan
Indium Corporation will partner with 3S Silicon Tech Inc. to host a technology seminar on solder joint reliability for automotive electronics on August 11, 2017, in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

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