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Knowledge, Vision & Wisdom Jan 29, 2015
The Robotic Explosion
Today for better or worse we're witnessing an explosion in robots. What will these robots look like and what will they do? What impact will they have on productivity, employment and personal satisfaction? What are the opportunities and threats? We'll show you.
Technology Briefing
Consensus for Baking Prior to Rework?
What is the industry consensus for baking out moisture in circuit board assemblies prior to convection rework, localized mini-wave rework, or hand soldering rework?
Board Talk
Problems with Insufficient Barrel Fill
Problems with Insufficient Barrel Fill
We are seeing insufficient barrel fill (60-75%) during lead free wave soldering. Can you point to some reasons why we may be seeing this?
Ask the Experts
Discover New Facts About Parylene Coating
Diamond MT
Learn about the parylene deposition process, the main benefits of parylene, and the most common applications of parylene in a new free fact sheet titled Parylene 101 from Diamond-MT.
Diamond MT
 
Rigid Flex That is Built to Last
Printed Circuits, Inc.
Once you have made the decision to package your electronics with rigid flex, it makes sense to pick a production partner who can build it right.
Printed Circuits, Inc.
 
Reliability of No-clean and Water-soluble Solder Pastes
Reliability of No-clean and Water-soluble Solder Pastes
The purpose of this paper is to highlight the differences between two families of solder pastes to guide users in their choice.
Analysis Lab
Design and Construction Affects on PWB Reliability
In this paper the author reviews the general trends in design like the use of non-functional pads, or nickel as part of the surface finish and rank the overall robustness of each.
Production Floor
A World of Reflow Soldering Solutions
Vitronics Soltec
Vitronics Soltec's reflow ovens provide unmatched ease of use. Esterline Technologies says their XPM3i reflow "is an engineer's dream come true!"

Vitronics Soltec
 
Lead-free Compatible Selective Soldering
JUKI
The FlexSolder W510 Selective Soldering System is a low cost, lead-free compatible, superior-quality system, offering high flexibility.
Juki Automation Systems
 
Enhancing Reliability of PB-Free Solder Joints
This paper reviews the physical properties of different underfills and how they affect performance through reliability testing.
Materials Tech
Investigation into Printing Miniaturized Devices
Investigation into Printing Miniaturized Devices
Paper investigates a solution to ensure a high yield process where fine pitch devices can be printed alongside traditional larger footprint devices.
Production Floor
Circuit Technology Center
 
EPTAC
 
Use of Nitrogen for Hand Soldering
Is there any reasonable way to hand solder without flux to totally eliminate cleaning? Is there such a thing as using nitrogen in a local area while hand soldering?
Ask the Experts
TOF SIMS Analysis for SnO Determination
TOF SIMS Analysis for SnO Determination
During the production of Lead-Free Hot Air Solder Leveling (LF HASL), non-wetting issues in several components were found including BGA pad.
Analysis Lab
Insignum - Laser Marking Systems
ASYS
The INSIGNUM series of laser marking systems from the ASYS Group provides a complete line of solutions to fit virtually any application. From compact standalone systems to fully automatic in-line solutions.
ASYS Group Americas Inc.
 
Innovative No-clean, Halide-free Tacky Flux
Henkel
Multicore TFN700B is a no-clean, halide-free tacky flux formulated to address the challenging requirements of package-on-package applications.
Henkel Corporation
 
PCBA Cleaning with Sodium Bicarbonate
Is there an effect on PCBA long-term reliability when cleaned with a sodium bicarbonate scrub followed by DI water rinse to remove tarnishing of silver immersion plating?
Board Talk
A Nanotech Solution for Bed Bugs
A Nanotech Solution for Bed Bugs
Research in nanotechnology has led to a promising solution to an ancient problem: bed bugs.
Technology Briefing
Maintenance with Augmented Reality
Panasonic
For any factory regardless of equipment brand, this PanaCIM® solution helps efficiently manage maintenance.
Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America
 
New 5705/USB Mixed Signal JTAG Tester at IPC Apex
JTAG
A unique combination of JTAGs' TAP Controller Interfaces + digital and analogue I/O in a compact desktop package. Learn more at APEX Booth # 918
JTAG Technologies
 
         
Solder Paste Ingredients vs. Performance
Solder Paste Ingredients vs. Performance
Paper provides an overview of the solder paste development and benchmarking processes, and introduces a method for assessing a solder paste's robustness.
Materials Tech
Henkel
Control for Cost-Effective Selective Soldering
Control for Cost-Effective Selective Soldering
Paper gives a comprehensive survey about the process steps to monitor and control a cost-effective selective soldering process.
Production Floor
Europlacer's NEW Intelligent Feeders - ii-Feed
Europlacer
ii-Feed is a fully 'intelligent', fast-loading feeder; enabling accurate tape indexing and optimum productivity. ii-Feed Elements are compatible with all Europlacer machines. Learn more...
Europlacer North America
Flux Residue Visible After 3 Months
After 3 months at the customer site, we see white marks on the PCBA bottom side. The customer claims the white marks are flux residue.
Ask the Experts
Thermally Conductive, B-Staged Epoxy Film
Master Bond
Master Bond FLM36 is a flexibilized epoxy that delivers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity, electrical insulation and withstands rigorous thermal cycling. As a film it offers uniform bond line thickness and limited squeeze out.
Master Bond
The Phantom Switch
The Phantom Switch
A flat panel switch turned on but only when a nearby door was slammed shut. What was causing the switch to activate?
Mysteries of Science
MicroLine 2000 Inline Laser Depaneling
LPKF Laser & Electronics
MicroLine 2000 is powered by UV lasers that make clean, burr-free cuts, to eliminate mechanical stress and limits thermal stress. Perfect for depaneling substrates from FR4 to ceramics.
LPKF Laser & Electronics
Printed Circuit Inc.
Cartoon
"I understand the importance of green technology, but explain to me again why we need solar-powered paperclips."
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