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Designing PCBs for Mil Spec
29 May 2019, Cirtech Electronics
In the field of electronics, Mil Spec – or Military Specification – has a very clear and understood meaning. It denotes equipment designed and made to exacting standards, in accordance with precise rules ...

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Continued success for Zetech’s stencils division
30 April 2019, Zetech, Editor's Choice, News
Best known for supplying SMT (surface mount technology) equipment and consumables for printed circuit board assembly for 33 years, Zetech is enjoying success with its more recently established stencils ...

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How to analyse blind via hole failures
27 March 2019, Editor's Choice
It has become common practice to use blind, filled and stacked vias in many portable electronics products. Experience has shown that this method of interconnection is reliable, provided the fabrication process is well defined and controlled.

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PCB microsectioning – paying attention to detail
27 March 2019, Cirtech Electronics, Editor's Choice
In our high-tech world, it’s easy to overlook the importance of the humble printed circuit board (PCB). Buried in each electronic gadget or appliance there’s always at least one PCB and each one has ...

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X-ray dose considerations
27 March 2019, MyKay Tronics
The benefits of using X-ray technology in the electronics industry to inspect printed circuit board assemblies are well proven. This article summarises X-ray radiation dose, and the techniques that ...

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Product development issues explored in new video
27 March 2019
Printed circuit broker, Elmatica, recently released a new film about product development, explaining why cooperating with an experienced partner could be a smart move. “We have several times seen the ...

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Flux management system earns APEX award
27 March 2019, MyKay Tronics
BTU International was awarded a 2019 NPI award in the reflow soldering category for its new Aqua Scrub flux management technology. The award was presented to the company during a ceremony that took place ...

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Solder dross recovery system
27 March 2019, Electronic Industry Supplies
Stannol’s Solder Saver is a mechanical device to reduce dross, which occurs as an unavoidable side effect in wave soldering systems. According to its manufacturer, solder consumption can be reduced by ...

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Water-soluble solder paste
27 February 2019, Techmet
Indium has released Indium6.6HF solder paste – a new water-soluble, halogen-free solder paste that is compatible with both tin-lead and lead-free alloys. It is designed to provide enhanced stencil printing ...

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Affordable soldering station
27 February 2019, Electronic Industry Supplies
The Industa 550 soldering station, available from Stannol, is an affordable unit characterised by easy operation and universal fields of application. The temperature is easy to set using a potentiometer, ...

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Stencil underside cleaning and manual post-cleaning
27 February 2019, Testerion
According to experts, between 60 and 70% of all defects and failures during or after the soldering process are attributable to defects in the printing process (Figure 1). In general, these are faulty ...

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What you need to know about the Hermes standard
EMP 2019 Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook
Taking advantage of modern TCP/IP communication and XML data format technologies, Hermes is effectively a replacement of the more than 20-year-old SMEMA standard.

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Contract electronics manufacturing in SA
EMP 2019 Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook
We asked representatives from two leading South African contract electronics manufacturers to share some of their insights into this complex landscape.

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BGA optical joint inspection criteria and test methods
EMP 2019 Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook
BGA failures occur for component, printed board, process or design related reasons, and on some occasions, both X-ray and optical inspection cannot easily provide the answer.

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Eight things to consider when planning a flex or rigid-flex board
EMP 2019 Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook
The adoption of flexible circuits is growing because it offers a huge variety for seamless interconnections, lighter weight, improved reliability and compressed constructions.

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Directory of Suppliers 2019
EMP 2019 Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook


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Realising the expectations of AOI
EMP 2019 Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook, Zetech
With the resurgence of the electronics interconnect manufacturing industry, there is renewed emphasis on automated optical inspection (AOI). Long-time users are in the market for new and improved technology, ...

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Supporting the future through reliability and protection of power electronics
EMP 2019 Electronics Manufacturing & Production Handbook, Vepac Electronics
The need to reduce climate change is prevalent, with global recognition of its impact resulting in many targets being put in place to ensure that dramatic changes in our energy usage occur. The EU has ...

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