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Can You Afford Not To Improve in 2009?

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Can You Afford Not To Improve in 2009?

Times are tough! Sales are down around the globe and it's getting more and more difficult to make a buck in the electronics industry. We all now have our cell phones and our big HD TV Screen at home so little of our materialistic world is unsatisfied. So how do we keep the doors open in 2009, let alone assure our future in the 21st Century?

Since income is a function of sales and expenses, and sales are down, that only leaves cost reduction as our option. We can reduce headcount reduction but that doesn't really change our underlying ability to deliver value. In fact, with lay-offs we loose so much of that seasoned veteran talent we depended on in the first place to stay competitive.

So how do we cut costs and still deliver value? There are a few key steps any organization can take to find opportunities to regain profit.

Credit / Source: Michael Weekes Whataboutquality LLC

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Industry Profiles

Interview with Chris Underhill, General Manager of Finetech USA

Interview with Ken Bliss, CEO & VP Engineering of Bliss Industries, Inc.

Interview with Claudio Orefice, President of High-Tech Conversions

Interview with Steve Brodeur, Program Director of Milara Inc.

Interview with Kevin Laphen, President of Practical Components Inc.

Interview with Florian Schildein, Marketing Manager of Essemtec AG

Interview with Tom Mealey, Executive VP of Virtual Industries, Inc.

Interview with Bob Douglas, President of Inovaxe Corporation

Interview with David Wolff, President and Founder of P. D. Circuits Inc

Interview with Todd O'Neil, Product Manager of Juki Corporation

Interview with Tim Nolte, Global Marketing Director of BPM Microsystems

Interview with Don Naugler, General Manager of VJ Electronix, Inc.

Interview with Chris L. Coccio, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO of Sono-Tek Corporation

Interview with Neil MacRaild, President of Ovation Products

Interview with Tom Carlin, President of Inovar, Inc.

Interview with David Suihkonen, President of R&D Technical Services Inc.

Interview with Bryan Gass, Vice President of Techcon Systems

Interview with Jim D. Raby, PE, Technical Director, STI Electronics, Inc.

Interview with Robert Dervaes VP of Technology of FINE LINE STENCIL, Division of FCT Assembly

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Localization of the temperature sensors on the PCB

Posted by Gheorghe Carnu

Where can I find some hints about placing the temperature sensors on the pcb when determining the reflow profile? I'm interested especially in the case of a pcb having BGA's... »»

TSOP lead deformation

Posted by John

Can anyone help me determine the acceptability level for lead deformation (see attachment). The outer two leads on the left side were bent during the pick and place centering operation... »»

Soldering problem with Au plating PCB

Posted by peterc

I have a problem with nonwetting Au finish after second cycle of reflow soldering doublesided boards. Solder nonwetted pcb pads (is wicked to component terminations). Either these pads or some of non component pads became discoloured... »»

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Circuit Board & Layout Issues for EMC Compliance

Seminar/Course | Premier EDA Solutions Ltd.

Tue, March 03, 2009 | Roebuck Hotel, Ware, Herts SG12 9DR, UK

A one-day class being conducted on a daily basis for the week of January 26th at our Oroville facility. Hands-On, Hand Solder Training & Certification for Lead & Lead Free Solders... »»

EIPC Winter Conference Amsterdam

Seminar/Course | EIPC

Thu, February 12, 2009 | Holiday Inn Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Day 1, Thursday February 12, 8:30-18:10 h Keynote: China's PCB Industry: Friend or foe? How to build partnership and minimize risk and surprises Ivan Ho, IHO Consulting... »»

SMTA Anaheim Academy

Seminar/Course | SMTA

Tue, February 10, 2009 | Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA

SMTA Anaheim will be held February 10-11, 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center in conjunction with Electronics West. This year's program will feature six half-day Courses led by leading instructors in the industry.... »»

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Library Management with Altium Designer...

Dallas SMTA Expo & Tech Forum...

Lets Talk About Flux & Lead Free Solder...

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Career Center


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Manufacturing Representative

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Post Falls, ID, USA

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Lakewood, CA, USA

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Sr. Process & Quality Engineer

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Houston, TX, USA

Seasoned Process & Quality Engineer. Degreed Chemical Engineer. 20+ years in Electronics Semiconductor manufacturing. Proficient in Quality Statistical tools, Design of Experiments, FMEAs, APQP, PPAP...»»

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Industry Associations Events


SMTA - Surface Mount Technology Association is a non-profit international association of companies and individuals (totalling 4,000) involved in all aspects of advanced electronics assembly, surface mount and related technologies. Membership Info

SMTA Certification for SMT Processes and Six Sigma Green Belt


Next Event: Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium


IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries is a US-based trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its nearly 2,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed wiring board manufacturing and electronics assembly. Membership Info

Training & Certification Programs

Standards & Publications - Online Store

Next Event: It's Not Easy Being Green: Compliance with Legislation and Customer Requirements

Call for Participation for IPC APEX EXPO 09

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