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SMT Express, Volume 4, Issue No. 5 - from
Volume 4, Issue No. 5 Thursday, May 23, 2002

OnBoard Forum

Who's OnBoard?
Jim Zanolli
Begins: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 12:00 PM ET
Ends: Friday, May 31, 2002 5:00 PM ET

Jim Zanolli President of Teka Interconnection Systems looks forward to leading a discussion regarding assembly methods for through-hole connectors on mixed technology PCB assemblies.

Featured Articles

US Manufacturing: Creating Value
US Manufacturing: Creating Value
By George E. Danis, President & CEO of IntegraTECH Solutions

In the last few years, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), especially in the communication, computing and networking sectors, have attempted to refocus their efforts on product design and marketing. This resulted in an unprecedented divesture of their manufacturing assets to "Tier One" Electronic Contract Manufacturers (ECMs).

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Inventory Reduction
Inventory Reduction: Effectively Turning Excess Into Cash
by R. Michael Donovan

In virtually all manufacturing companies, there is a direct correlation between inventory levels and overall business performance. According to Harold Geneen, the legendary financial genius and former chairman of ITT, "all the problems of business end up in inventory."

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Machine Capability Measurement
Machine Capability Measurement on SMT Equipment
by Romain Schmitt, Jean Marie Guillet - Solectron Technology, Inc.

The increasing need for control of every process during SMT manufacturing can be attributed to the miniaturization of components such as 0201's, chip scale packaging (CSP), flip chip (FC) and the stride toward increasing capacity and throughput.

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Book Review
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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Book Review
Reflow Soldering Processing and Troubleshooting SMT, BGA, CSP and Flip Chip Technologies
from Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee

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

This is an excellent book for manufacturing design and process engineers. It is written using a very practical, hands-on approach that provides engineers the means to increase their understanding of the principles of soldering, flux, and solder paste.

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What's Happening in the Industry
Surface Mount Production Manager Minnesota
President / General Manager California
Agent Illinois
Aspocomp EMS chooses DDE�s Supermax ECAD
May 23, 2002 � DDE - EDA A/S, provider of advanced EDA solutions for PCB, MCM and Hybrid design, announces that the Aspocomp Group in Finland has purchased the Supermax ECAD layout solution for design of Thick Film Hybrid circuits...
Contaminants And Moisture Can Disrupt Your Electronics
The "Contaminants And Moisture Can Disrupt Your Electronics" course will meet on June 10-12, 2002, at Texas Research International, NTIAC (Nondestructive Testing Information Analysis Center), 415 Crystal Creek Drive, Austin, Texas...
- San Diego, CA � Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced today it has released its new line of Automated Accelerated Reliability Test Systems (AARTS)...

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SMTnet Content Report for April 2002
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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Marketplace 508 new items
Career Center 13 new jobs and resumes
SMT News 118 new articles
Directory 138 new companies

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