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SMT Express, Volume 3, Issue No. 6 - from
Volume 3, Issue No. 6 Friday, June 15, 2001
Special Announcements 1st Annual Tech Golf Tournament

In Conjunction with Interface Tech News

Saturday, September 29, 2001 Annual Tech Golf Tournament - Saturday, September 29, 2001

Sponsors Are Needed For The 1st Annual Golf Event!

As Tournament Sponsor, your Company would be:

  • Provided with an outstanding and unmatched opportunity to meet and play with dozens of highly regarded corporate decision makers from the tech-manufacturing sector, in a casually elegant setting.
  • Provided with four (4) Ambassador Passes for the Golf Tournament, with pre-registration matching of your Ambassadors with selected business prospects during the golf tournament itself, and post-tournament festivities.
  • Provided with four (4) Ambassador Passes for the Lobster Dinner, with pre-registration matching of your Ambassadors with selected business prospects for the post-tournament ceremonies and buffet.
  • Included (with corporate logo) in all print advertising, including the Interface Tech News ad campaign of 3 full page, 4-color ads promoting the Golf Tournament to 35,000 tech-oriented readers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
  • Included (with corporate logo) in all on-line marketing, including personalized e-mailed invitations to���s database of some 5,000 tech-manufacturing decision makers throughout New England and the world.
  • Identified in all press releases and any radio ads.
  • Introduced and thanked at the Tech Tournament as a Sponsor.
  • Provided with an 8���x12��� table (other more suitable accommodations can be arranged) at the Tech Tournament for your Company���s promotional materials, including an area from which to hang your corporate banner.

PLUS (subject to full sponsorship support):

  • Corporate name and logo on the 4,000 copy glossy premier issue of the Annual Tech Tournament Guide, which we will be producing and broadly distributing to ���decision-makers��� within the tech-manufacturing sector, in advance of the Event.

OnBoard Forum

SMTnet's OnBoard Forum to Feature Gil Zweig

June 18, 2001 8:00 AM EST to June 22, 2001 5:00 PM EST

In developing it's innovative X-ray systems; Glenbrook Technologies draws on two decades of experience in the science of X-ray luminescent phosphors. Gil holds 20 patents and has published basic research papers in both medical and scientific journals.

As a member of the technical subcommittee IT2-31 of the National Association of Photographic Manufacturers (formerly the American National Standards Institute), Zweig was active in setting US standards for medical X-ray film and intensifying screens. He is also a reviewer for the technology transfer program of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology.

In 1994, Zweig was named an "Inventor of the Year" by the Inventor's Congress and Hall of Fame at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, for the patented X-ray camera technology he developed for Glenbrook's inspection systems.

Topic Summary

Real-Time X-Ray Inspection has become a critical production and laboratory tool when analyzing the integrity of solder bonds of various type components assembled on Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

While the most prevalent component type today are BGAs, X-ray inspection is also proving to be useful for a variety of other advanced packages like Flip Chip and CSP. Interpretation of these images or "signatures" can be a complex process, when they are correlated to process control issues.

Glenbrook, has been in the X-ray Inspection business exclusively for over 18 years, and has pioneered the use of X-ray inspection in electronic fabrication.

Featured Articles

PCB Assembly Techniques (For Prototyping)
PCB Assembly Techniques
by Harvey Twyman , University of Kent at Canterbury

"I'm sure you've noticed the rapid decline in the availability of certain dual-in-line components."

"The devices might still be available but only in a Surface Mount form."

"So how do you construct PCBs using these *tiny* devices?"

"To enable you to keep up with the technology, this article contains a series of special techniques that only require Low Cost Hand Tools..."

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ROI from ERP
Why the Controversy over ROI from ERP?
by R. Michael Donovan
Reprinted, with permission, from R. Michael Donovan & Co. Inc.

In past columns, I have emphasized what should be done to make ERP a good investment. It is very common, however, for companies to take a big leap of faith with ERP and supply chain management systems. Unfortunately, more than 90 percent of the companies that have implemented ERP have not had a truly successful implementation the first time around. Despite the recent rash of articles about the limited returns from ERP, however, the ROI potential is...

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Strategic Customer Satisfaction Study is Not a Good Strategy
by Tim Lee
Reprinted, with permission, from WebCMO

To most companies, conducting CS study is a bottom-line strategy. Companies try to increase their competitive advantages through CS studies. They also want to increase profits directly through...

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SMTnet Site News's Distributed Content Now Available At

The SMTA has teamed up with to deliver Forum content through Most popular for their long-standing message board, provides a two-way exchange between providers and users of the products, services, and information related to electronics manufacturing. The Forum is the most active posting board in the industry and now available at using Distributed Content technology.

The Forum on enables visitors to post and reply to questions and to get answers directly from one another within the maintained graphic and navigation layout of Discussion topics range from technical manufacturing processes to purchasing management; including design for manufacture and contract manufacturing issues, the Forum provides access to valuable content and an archival database of Forum entries.'s Distributed Content technology marks a notably progressive development for and is a good example of what the future holds for Internet development in general, explains SMTA director of publications Jesse Katzman. Shared information and functionality can be exchanged directly between two sites that are driven by similar Web-compatible databases, and therefore dynamic information is able to be posted from multiple locations with up-to-the-second timing. The idea is that the wheel does not need to be recreated, and that a potentially extended audience is not instead being divided between multiple, separate environments.

Also, the recently launched OnBoard Forum by, in addition to the greater Forum content, highlights prominent professionals in electronics manufacturing to moderate discussions regarding timely issues affecting the industry. Topics raised during these thought-provoking, live discussions are reverberated in the Forum during the interview session. To date, featured moderators have included Charles A. Harper, Author of Electronic Packaging and Interconnection Handbook; Lee Goldberg, Author of Green Electronics/Green Bottom Line; Bob Willis, Electronic Presentation Services; Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee, Indium Corporation of America; Erick Russell, ViTechnology; Dr. Paul Vianco, Sandia National Laboratories; Robert Abell, Rovell Enterprises; Jason Spera, Aegis Industrial Software; Bill Schreiber, Smart Sonic Corporation; and Eyal Duzy, Orbotech.

For more information regarding SMTnet, visit, SMTnet: 207-780-0887. For more information regarding developments to, contact Jesse Katzman, SMTA: 952-920-7682 or

The SMTA membership is a network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies and related business operations.

Visit The New Online Bookstore

Recently launched the new bookstore. When you visit the bookstore, you will see that not only the format is a lot different, as we tried to make the listings more complete and interesting for you. We also made it possible for you to order items directly through You can now buy your books, CD-ROMs, and video's related to Electronics Manufacturing on

Coming soon, you will also be able to buy multimedia courses on and subscibe to (free) industry magazines. Remember, we are here to serve you and make your life easier, by providing you with the most far-ranging and relevant information you can get as an industry professional in our online community.

Publish Your Papers and Promote Your Company

As 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 available at, so your work will continue to be read long after the newsletter is released.

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SMTnet Content Report
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