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MSD Issues
Critical Manufacturing Issues Associated With Moisture Sensitive Devices (MSD)
by Francois Monette (fmonette ), Cogiscan, Inc.

The moisture sensitivity of plastic IC devices is a real and serious assembly issue that has been around since the introduction of surface mount technology in the early 1980s. Moisture diffusion in an electronic package is a complex phenomenon that...

This article was published in cooperation with SMT Magazine. SMT Magazine provides information to the SMT community and offers Free Subscriptions to their readers. SMTnet and SMT Magazine look forward to providing the industry with timely information, helping members of the SMT community to solve problems and anticipate trends.

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Book Review
Developing and Managing Engineering Procedures
by Phillip A. Cloud

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

There are those that issue requirements, seemly without having a clue of how to fulfill those requirements. And there are those that have the ability to describe how to do something. "Developing and Managing Engineering Procedures" by Phillip A. Cloud provides hands-on techniques for developing an engineering procedure program...

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Book Review
The Bar Code Book: Reading, Printing, Specification, and Application
by Roger C. Palmer

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

"The Bar Code Book: Reading, Printing, Specification, and Application" by Roger C. Palmer covers the latest technology behind the bar codes and scanners that companies use every day. It's an excellent reference for anyone with hands-on responsibility for bar coding. The book provides valuable practical advice on inventory control, work-in-process tracking, shipping/receiving, EDI, retail environments, warehousing, health care, and many other...

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Sizzles and Steaks
by Tim Lee
Reprinted, with permission, from WebCMO

According to a classic story, marketing has two components: steaks and sizzles: people want steaks but buy sizzles. I think we may understand the relationship between one-to-one marketing and CRM better by using...

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SMTnet Site News

SMTnet Conducts Marketplace Survey
SMTnet has sought to further develop its website through the input of its users. Their vision is to enlarge their online community and neutral network through their global web portal and provide one of the largest online exchange facilities in the Surface Mount Technology industry. SMTnet is improving its site, to facilitate the two-way exchange between providers and users of the products, services, and information related to electronics manufacturing.

As a first step in this direction, SMTnet has taken on the project to design a better version of its Marketplace. With several thousand items listed in the Marketplace, responsible for millions of dollars in transactions, users of SMTnet have already displayed great interest in the current Marketplace. To illustrate this, one of the enthusiastic users once said: "If I have equipment that I would like to sell quickly, I can post it in the Marketplace and sell it within 1-3 days". Results from a survey have shown that 86% of its users place high value on the Marketplace. They either visit the Marketplace daily or weekly to keep up to date with the latest postings. Through feedback from its users, it was discovered that improvements were needed to meet new demands. SMTnet called in the help of the users of the Marketplace to give them their views on functional improvements. The results of this survey were very constructive and gave a better insight to the user's needs. Through the input of its users, SMTnet has been able to design a new Marketplace, which will be launched early April 2001. SMTnet would like to thank those who responded to our survey.

The Marketplace is not the only component of the site that SMTnet is trying to improve. The Marketplace was placed high on the priority list of projects, because of the feedback from its site users. With the changes that have been made, SMTnet is hoping not only to please its current users, but also to encourage other companies to visit the Marketplace if they would like to buy or sell equipment. For those interested in viewing the marketplace, please click here.

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. 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. Also, please read the submission guidelines.

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. In addition, a complete archive of past issues is avaiable at, so your work will continue to be read long after the newsletter is released.

What's Happening in the Industry
Representative for PCB Assembly Irvine, CA
Region Sales Manager - Northwest/California CA
Test Engineering Manager CA
Viscom Announces Strategic Cooperation With Advanced X-Ray Incorporated (AXI)
Norcross, GA -- Viscom X-Ray GmbH from Hanover, Germany has announced a strategic cooperation with Advanced X-Ray Incorporated (AXI) of Buford, Georgia, USA. Representatives of both companies met in Hanover, Germany.....
PTC Receives Multi Million Dollar Follow-On Order from Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
Needham, Mass. - February 28, 2001 - PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the product development company, today announced a multi-million dollar follow-on order from Axcelis Technologies, Inc. Axcelis, headquartered in Beverly, Mass., is one of the largest semiconductor equipment manufacturers in the world. The company's purchase of additional...
PTC Channel Partner Program Continues to Gain Momentum
Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), today announced a new analysis package that equips two of the company's proven spectrum analyzer models to perform a suite of automated tests for the Bluetooth protocol, an emerging wireless Local Area Network (LAN) technology...

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SMTnet Content Report
SMTnet is the most informative electronics industry resource on the Internet. New content is constantly being added, so we provide you with this content report to keep you informed of our progress since the last issue of this newsletter.

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Career Center 44 new jobs and resumes
SMT News 109 new articles
Directory 53 new companies

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