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SMT Express, Volume 2, Issue No. 11 - from
Volume 2, Issue No. 11 Friday, November 17, 2000
Special Announcements

Sign up to participate in the discussion with Robert Abell.SMTnet's OnBoard Forum
to Feature Robert Abell

November 27, 2000 8:00 AM EST to November 29, 2000 5:00 PM EST

Bob has 33 years experience in the areas of distance education and technology-based training. Since 1995, working with Newbridge Networks (now Alcatel) and with Lucent Technologies, among others, he has concentrated his efforts on electronics-manufacturing workforce training - in areas such as Soldering, ESD prevention, Component identification, and Inventory management. Prior to founding Rovell Enterprises in 1981, Dr. Abell was with Athabasca University, a pioneering distance Education University.

Issues of interest are obtaining, training, re-training, re-certifying, and retaining staff for manufacturing operations.

Dr. Abell looks forward to fielding questions from Monday, November 27th through Wednesday, November 29th.

Featured Articles

Marketing New feature article category!
Making The Most Of Your Web-Site (Part One)
by Matt Rivero (mattrivero )

You're missing an opportunity. You need to be working on your web-site. You may be working on your first web-site, upgrading your initial effort from a couple years ago, adding advanced features like flash animations, or doing e-commerce using an on-line shopping cart. Whatever your current situation, you need to be working on...

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Training Software Review
Learnsoft Electronic Manufacturing Suite
by Dr. Robert Abell

Reviewed by Dave Fish (davef ), Pandion Electronics, Inc.

If you are [or someone in your company is] involved in developing training courses for product staff, get the Learnsoft demonstration disk to see how much time you [they] have wasted attempting to duplicate Rovell Enterprises, Ltd. efforts. The Learnsoft Electronic Manufacturing Suite training program is an excellent approach for developing a new or supplementing an existing introductory training program for...

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Book Review
Vibration Analysis For Electronic Equipment - 3rd edition
by Dave S. Steinberg

Reviewed by Dave Fish (davef ), Pandion Electronics, Inc.

A study that related field failures to the operating environment of electronic equipment showed that about 55 percent of the failures are due to high temperatures and thermal stress, 20 percent to humidity, and 20 percent to vibration and mechanical shock. Dave S. Steinberg, in the 3rd edition of "Vibration Analysis For Electronic Equipment", provides methods for analyzing and preventing failures in this latter group. This is an excellent book that is a must read...

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Apex 2001 - Interview
APEX 2001 - An Interview with IPC President Denny McGuirk
Interviewed by Kim Sterling (Kim Sterling ), IPC

Q. There's some confusion as to why and how APEX emerged. Can you explain the background of APEX and how it began?

McGuirk: The idea for APEX was not initiated by IPC staff, as many might think. We did not say, "Let's put on a show to compete with existing events," because IPC wanted to increase its involvement with exhibitions. The initiative started when the exhibitors, our members, came to us and asked if we could, working with the exhibitors themselves, put on a show that was fair, focused and cost-effective.

Throughout the course of those discussions a strong relationship was built with the equipment manufacturers and the staff at IPC. We offered a proposal...

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What's Happening in the Industry
Sr. SMT Process Engineer Downers Grove, IL
SMT Process Engineering Manager Denver, CO
Process Development Engineer Microelectronics Pine Bush, NY
Tyco Agrees To Acquire Lucent Power Systems Business
Pembroke, Bermuda, November 13, 2000 - Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC; LSE: TYI; BSX: TYC) a diversified manufacturing and service company, today announced that it has agreed to acquire....
Philips to acquire ADAC Laboratories in $426 million transaction
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Milpitas, California, U.S.A. -- November 13, 2000: Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) and ADAC Laboratories (NASDAQ: ADAC) announced today that Philips has agreed to acquire all of ADAC Laboratories' common stock for approximately $426 million, or $18.50 per share ...
Pioneer-Standard Electronics Earns Cleveland Area Knowledge Industry Company of the Year Award
CLEVELAND, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Pioneer-Standard Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PIOS), one of the world's largest distributors of electronic components and computer systems, headquartered in Cleveland, has been honored Knowledge Industry Company of the Year by ...

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