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SMT Express, Volume 3, Issue No. 11 - from
Volume 3, Issue No. 11 Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Featured Articles

Increasing Profits
Line Balancing The Route To Profit In Electronics Manufacturing
by Anton Mandos and Paul Gerits , Assembl�on b.v.

The electronics business has been a rather heated, if not over-heated, environment for many years. This has lead to a forgiving climate regarding inefficiencies, as resources have not been stretched and getting products out has been top priority. It might now be time to invest in some reflection...

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Middle Market Acquisition
The Real Impact of Economic Conditions on Middle Market Acquisition Prices
by George M. Spilka , George Spilka and Associates

After 20 + years of transacting middle market acquisitions, I know the factors that affect the attainment of premium prices. Middle market acquisitions are transactions ranging in price from $1 million to $200 million. Many middle market executives mis-takenly believe that external economic conditions significantly impact the timing and pricing of these deals. This is a gross misconception. Economic conditions...

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Book Review
Dimensioning and Tolerancing Handbook
Edited by Paul J. Drake

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

This book includes an extraordinary consolidation of cutting edge information and innovative authors that are truly on the "bleeding edge of technology". In the language of the day, these techniques fall under the umbrella of "variation management". It aims to improve mechanical design and...

Buy this book at the Bookstore

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Seeing From Your Customer's Point of View
Six Ways to Increase Sales

by Dr. Kevin Nunley
Reprinted, with permission, from Kevin Nunley Associates

The better you can describe your best customers, the more products and services you can sell. How do you...

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SMTnet Site News

Expanded offerings in Bookstore

SMTnet is proud to announce that the bookstore has been expanded with additional publications. The additional publications promoted on SMTnet are from the SMTA and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The SMTA is a non-profit international association of companies and individuals (totaling 4,000) involved in all aspects of advanced electronics assembly, surface mount and related technologies. The association is dedicated to the advancement of the electronics industry through member education and interaction. Added to the bookstore are all their recent conference proceedings. TEEX provides technical training seminars in process technologies for the semiconductor industry.

Training: As a beginning towards industry related training course offerings on SMTnet, the expanded publications promoted in the bookstore from TEEX reflect the topics and issues from their different training seminar offerings. In the near future, SMTnet strives to launch a new section on the site that will support other training course offerings as well.

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.

What's Happening in the Industry
Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager Philadelphia, PA
Sales Representative West Jefferson, NC
Design Engineer Spartanburg, SC
IEEE committee approves 802.11g standard
An IEEE committee has ratified an 802.11g wireless LAN standard, paving the way for the standard's finalization by the IEEE body next...
EMS companies turn to Asia for passive components
Major EMS providers are turning to emerging passive component vendors in China, Korea, and Taiwan to source their needs in the Far East, putting added pressure on well-established players in the...
Motorola chief hints at eventual chip unit sale
Motorola Inc.'s chairman of the board and chief executive, Chris Galvin, hinted this week that the company might consider the sale of its struggling semiconductor business once that unit returned to...

Upcoming EventsCalendar of Events

ISPA 2001 Singapore Nov 26-30
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