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Aerosol Jet Printing: An Evolutionary Dispensing Solution


Moore's Law, the concept that the number of transistors in a semiconductor device doubles roughly every two years, can be applied to consumer electronic device performance as well. While the number of components that drive the electronics packaging and assembly industry will not double every two years, product miniaturization, coupled with increased functionality continues to push manufacturing solutions to meet greater production demands....

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Functional PVD Coatings Improve Medical Device Performance


As the medical device industry continues to grow rapidly, manufacturers must contend with a variety of challenges as they differentiate their products in a highly competitive marketplace. Greater emphasis is being placed on the functional coatings that are applied to stainless steel ...

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Miniaturized Wireless Medical Wearables


Small chip antennas used in RF-enabled medical devices have traditionally required a designated ground "keep out" area to minimize interference from other components and ensure the ideal radiation pattern for wireless signals. In some cases, this reserved space can eat up as much as ...

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Nitrogen Generation's Critical Role in Soldering


A controlled atmosphere is absolutely necessary for electronic manufacturing, as it requires very particular temperatures, timing, structures, and environments. For this reason, nitrogen gas has been used successfully to create and maintain clean, dry, inert atmospheres. Nitrogen is ...

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The Hybrid Digital-Physical Future of Electronics Assembly


The majority of today's consumer electronics are supplied from Asia, primarily through contract manufacturers who rely heavily on manual assembly. This is a ripe market for automation, and a clear trend.

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What's Next for IoT Platforms?


From the increased value provided by edge computing to security improvements using blockchain technology, Internet of Things (IoT) platforms across the board are coming online. The intelligent, digital mesh of the IoT is evolving. Today, enterprises are looking ahead to see how these ...

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Funding New Solder Purchases by Recycling Metals Waste


It is quite a leap for an electronics manufacturer to go from paying to have its metals waste hauled and disposed of to getting paid to have its solder dross and metals waste carried away. That is exactly what happened to Nashville, Tennessee-based Link Electric and Safety Control ...

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More Than a Decade After RoHS: The Landscape of Lead-Free Solder


The implementation of RoHS was the end of "easy" soldering for most PCB assemblies. Lead-bearing solders, such as the well-established eutectic Sn63Pb37 had been well-defined and optimized for soldering. Lead-based solders wet very well, even in applications with occasional borderline ...

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Putting "Design" Back into Design for Test


Typically, PCB production and design for test (DFT) engineers work in different silos, often with little communication between them, making testing costly and less effective. This especially impacts industries where reliability and quality routinely protect human lives, such as in the ...

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Scanning Acoustic Microscopy: From Lab to Fab


The demand for equipment that can perform non-destructive imaging and materials analysis has increased significantly for silicone ingots, wafers, integrated circuits (ICs), MEMS, and other electronic packages produced by the billions. Today, however, the continuously evolving high-volume ...

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The Benefits of Well-Engineered Dummy Components


Dummy components, also known as mechanical samples, are the exact mechanical equivalent of fully functional, electronically active components. Dummy SMD components are available in all popular IC fine-pitch packages (test die) including PoP, TMV, WLP, BGA, flip chip, CSP, QFP, LQFP ...

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Thermal Processing Expertise Reaches Across Industry Boundaries


The ability to carefully control temperature and atmospheric conditions inside a closed chamber is critical to a range of industries, from something as simple as drying to semiconductor packaging and solar cell processing. BTU International, Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance ...

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Thermosyphons: Design Theory


Managing large amounts of heat in any application is always a challenge. Heat transfer mechanisms generally rely on solid metal to conduct thermal energy away from its source. An alternative method, a thermosyphon, is a highly effective heat transfer device that uses the phenomenon ...

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Bubble-Free Potting of High-Voltage Capacitors for Medical Engineering


An increasing demand for high-voltage capacitors in medical devices is causing manufacturers, such as Fischer & Tausche Capacitors (FTCAP), to reexamine their potting processes.

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Building Fiber Optic Strain Sensors into Metal Components


Conventionally attached to the outside of a component or device, sensors detect and respond to external stimuli, controlling the equipment on which they are mounted. Now, it is possible to build sensors into the metal matrix of a piece of equipment with 3D metal printing.

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Expanded ASM and RIT Partnership Delivering Results


One year ago, ASM and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) expanded a nearly two-decade-long partnership, installing an advanced SIPLACE SX placement platform and a DEK Horizon 01iX stencil printer at RIT's Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (CEMA) lab. Since June ...

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Integrating Functional Electronics into 3D Injection-Molded Plastics


A new technology from TactoTek, in-mold structural electronics (IMSE) production, is ridding developers of complex, multi-part electronic assemblies with mechanical buttons and switches. IMSE replaces these devices with single-piece solutions that are thin, light and strong ...

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New Touch Encoder Technology Makes User Experience More Intuitive


Industrial designers are always looking for ways to improve user interface controls by combining functionalities of rotary switches, pushbuttons, trackballs, potentiometers, and touchscreens. In doing so, they can reduce component costs and streamline the user experience. New touch ...

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PLC Security Critical to Today's Automated Factories


PLCs (programmable logic controllers) are user-friendly microprocessor-based specialty computers that carry out control functions, many of which have high levels of complexity. As security concerns grow around factory automation, getting up to speed with the different types of PLC security ...

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Using Self-Programming Software to Accelerate 3D Inspection


Programming inspection systems can be tedious and time-consuming, but much of this manual effort can be eliminated with new self-programming software. Saki Self-Programming (SSP) requires only a few clicks and takes less than 10 minutes to complete a program. This system can program ...

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