September 2011



The Asian Persuasion
The 102 largest (by revenue) fabricators produced approximately 80% of the total worldwide output in 2010. And by and large, China is reaping the gains. In a PCD&F exclusive, we count them down, from Unimicron to Somacis.
by Dr. Hayao Nakahara

Advances in Dual Spindle Technology
For years it appeared laser technology would replace traditional mechanical drilling. As it turns out, the two processes complement each other. Mechanical circuit board processes have advantages, such as ease-of-adjustment and lower cost. Moreover, dual spindle technology can ramp productivity heavily.
by Volker Feyerabend

Electronics Sustainability
Green Machines
EMS companies are no longer in the business of “just” making solder joints. Environmental and sustainability initiatives now permeate many large organizations. In a Circuits Assembly exclusive, Flextronics’ top engineer explains the world’s second-largest EMS/ODM’s approach to the new green world.
by Mike Buetow

Print Inspection
Man vs. Machine
Does anybody really believe that in 2011 three-fourths of all SMT defects are generated in the print process? Of course not. But we accept this spurious, decade-old, seemingly baseless statistic on stencil printing without question because we know how important a good printing process is to a profitable SMT assembly operation.
by Chrys Shea





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