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SMT Express, Volume 4, Issue No. 3 - from
Volume 4, Issue No. 3 Thursday, March 21, 2002

Featured Articles

Controlling Moisture-sensitive components
Automating the control of Moisture-sensitive components - Benefits and ROI Analysis
by Jean Lamontagne, C-MAC Electronic Systems Inc. and Fran���ois Monette , Cogiscan Inc.

The control of moisture-sensitive devices (MSDs) prior to SMT reflow is a critical assembly issue that has a direct impact on final product reliability and customer satisfaction as well as manufacturing costs....

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Drying Moisture Sensitive Components
A Low Temperature Alternative to High Temperature Oven Bake-Out Drying of Moisture Sensitive Components
by Charles "Stu" Leech Jr. , Altos Engineering, Inc.

Surface Mounted Devices (SMD's) volumes continue to increase. These delicate packages keep shrinking in size and growing in complexity. The trend demands that the PCB assembler pay closer attention to the reliability issues resulting from ingested moisture in the plastic packages.

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Book Review
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from Texas Engineering Extension Service

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

The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is a state agency that provides training, retraining, continuing education, manufacturing assistance, business assistance, and technology transfer services on an extension basis to businesses, industries and public and private agencies. TEEX, a member of the Texas A&M University System, is comprised of several divisions that provide training, products, and services.

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What's Happening in the Industry
Component Engineering Services Manager Ohio
Director of Sales - Silicon Valley California
Sales Representatives Somerset, UK
Valor Partners with Syncron Technologies to Offer First Automated Footprint Generation Solution
DSanta Clara, Calif. ��� 19th March 2002 ��� At PCB Design Conference West today, Valor Computerized Systems (Neuer Markt: VCR) a global leader in providing collaborative engineering solutions to the PCB industry, announced a technology partnership with a newly launched design environment service provider, Syncron Technologies, to deliver the first automated...
IPC Claims Legislative Victory
March 18, 2002 --Richard Heimsch, president of DEK International (Flemington, NJ), has accepted an invitation from the IPC SMEMA Council to chair the APEX��� 2003 steering committee. APEX, the IPC SMEMA Council's Electronics Assembly Process Exhibition and Conference, opened in March 2000 as an industry-driven forum focusing on electronics assembly products and...
Signs of Growth Signal Advanced Packaging Recovery
A new report from Frost & Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) reveals that the electronic advanced packaging industry generated revenues totaling $6.61 billion in 2001. Although revenues for ball grid arrays, chip-scale packages, multi-chip modules, quad flat packs and small outline packages were much less when compared to 2000, total revenues should recover quickly...

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