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SMT Express, Issue No. 6 - from
Volume 1, Issue No. 6 Wednesday, November 24, 1999
Special Announcements

more belowNEPCON Supports SMTnet for the Fourth Straight Year
more belowSMTnet and Circuit Technology Center Break New Ground

Featured Articles

Purchasing Management
The Essentials of Outsourcing High Level, High Tech, Electronic and Electro/Mechanical Systems
by Peter C. Gordon
From time to time, all senior executives of Corporate America are faced with the many and diverse issues related to either growth or downsizing, often times referred to as "right-sizing".

In either case, there is concern for the return on investment in capital equipment, rationalization for brick and mortar, the addition of overhead or company lay-offs, inventory management and just plain cash flow.

Traditionally, in considering outsourcing, there has not been a variety of solutions from which executives can choose. Vested interests from your various management disciplines, as well as unavailable essential services from the outside world, have not given you many options.

Rework Management

Rework Management and Optimization
By John Cudmore
Rework and repair of PCBs will always be part of the assembly process, regardless of our efforts to eliminate it. Rework shows its face in many forms, such as engineering change orders, product upgrades or revisions, and general process errors. Unfortunately, rework is one of the more unpredictable and variable parts of the assembly process. In fact, no other single function in the process negatively affects profitability more than rework. This is mainly because of its labor-intensive nature, probability of damage/scrap, cost of training and length of time spent on work in progress. This presents a problem. Successful companies are beginning to realize that the high cost of rework can be kept in check by employing proper rework management and optimization. Most of the profitability loss due to rework occurs through costly decisions on a day-to-day basis relating to rework. Unfortunately, most companies view rework as an afterthought and, eventually, find themselves vulnerable to the variability and negative benefits of scale normally associated with rework.

Sales and Marketing

Internet Marketing for the Electronics Industry
by Cunli Jia and Keith Luke
A note from Cunli: Over the past four and half years, I worked for SMTnet to build a site to support the electronics manufacturing community. I am very proud to have been a part of the process in establishing SMTnet, and am pleased to see the new SMTnet team continue to build content and features to fulfill the original mission. While I have taken a position with a New York based media company, I remain a member of the SMTnet community. I look forward to continuing a relationship with the many friends I have found here over the years. I will try to participate in both the Express and the Forums in the area of Internet marketing. I would also like to invite others to submit articles on innovative ways to use the Internet, and SMTnet, to build a successful business.

Being successful on the Internet means having a strategy for your site. You need to identify target audiences, and determine what content is most appropriate for each group, be they end users, distributors, suppliers, or even your own employees. In many cases developing an Internet strategy involves rethinking your own business information priorities, from how you handle routine internal communications, to how you structure channel marketing outlets. This article is meant to be the first of a series of articles by SMTneters who will share Internet marketing strategies and practical suggestions on using the internet.

SMTnet Site News

NEPCON Supports SMTnet for the Fourth Straight Year
Its official! NEPCON has joined SMTnet as the exclusive home page advertiser for the fourth straight year. We continue to be enthusiastic about our relationship with the NEPCON Shows, and their organizer, Reed Exhibitions. NEPCON has been a supporter of our community since its inception in 1996. They saw - and continue to see - the value in reaching our targeted audience of electronics manufacturing professionals.

We view our relationship with the NEPCON shows as a true partnership. Their support, and our shared vision of a site serving the electronics manufacturing community, has been instrumental in building the site that serves you today.

The NEPCON shows continue to be "must attend" events for industry professionals. With shows in Anaheim, CA, Boston, MA, Dallas, TX, and Philadelphia, PA, NEPCON offers the ideal opportunity to meet with your peers, promote your business' interests, and learn about important trends and developments directly from leading industry professionals.

SMTnet is proud to promote these events, and encourages our members to recognize NEPCON for its continuing support. For information on dates, registration, and availability for NEPCON 2000 shows click here.

SMTnet and Circuit Technology Center Break New Ground

Circuit Technology Center of Haverhill Massachusetts has joined with SMTnet to form a unique and exciting partnership. Beginning November 19th the SMTnet Electronics Forum will appear simultaneously on the Circuit Technology Center site. Visitors to either site will be able to read and post messages that will instantly appear across both sites.

Jeff Ferry, President at Circuit Technology Center, approached SMTnet with the concept of "broadcasting" the forum as another way to add to the online guides and multitude of other pages about electronics manufacturing they have on their web site. Adding the interactive content of the Electronics Forum, to the Circuit Technology Center site at will enhance their site, while expanding participation in the forum.

On The Move
Just recently, SMTnet moved onto a dedicated server. Once we have resolved issues arising from the move, it will give us more power and control so we can enforce a higher quality standard for servicing our users than was possible before. The specifications, Dual Pentium III 500s, 512Meg Ram, backup power, 3 10Gig 10K rpm Ultra SCSI drives with RAID 5 controller, 50Gig backup tape, and dual power supplies, allow for plenty of room for SMTnet to grow with redundancy needed in protecting the site's data. The server connects directly to multiple T3 lines and is close to home base for the added benefit of directly maintaining the server.

Publish Your Papers and Promote Your Company
As SMTnet prepares for the next issue of the SMT Express, we are looking to our readers for articles and papers to feature. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 8th, however, submissions will be accepted any time for future issues. If you have anything you wish to offer, such as papers you have written, book reviews, anecdotes, commentaries, or anything we haven't thought of, please send it to SMTnet.

The SMT Express is sent to thousands of electronics manufacturing professionals worldwide each month. This is a great opportunity to promote yourself and/or your company for free.

What's Happening in the Industry
Sales Engineer Irvine, CA
Product Engineer/Quality Technician Somerset, KY
SMT Technician Knoxville, TN
Depreciation Law Put on Hold
In spite of significant congressional support, a three-year depreciation schedule for equipment used in the printed wiring board and electronics assembly industries will not be realized in 1999 ...
NEPCON West 2000 Offers New Ways and Sources to Evaluate Electronic Assembly Equipment
APEX Keynote to Focus on Supply Chain Management

Upcoming EventsCalendar of Events

DEK Manufacturing Open House Weymouth, UK Dec. 7
Practical IC Fabrication Seminar Burlington, MA Dec. 8-10
AMRC/TMRC Meetings San Diego, CA Dec. 8-9

SMTnet Content Report
SMTnet is the most informative electronics industry Web site on the Internet. We are constantly adding more content and intend to keep you informed of our progress since the last issue of this newsletter.

Search or browse the sections below for topics of interest to you.

Electronics Forums 448 new messages
PCBCE Mart 174 new items
Career Center 13 new jobs and resumes
SMT News 35 new stories
Directory 29 new companies


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