SMTA Additive TechXchange Keynote: An Outlook on Advanced PCB Fab

October 20, 2020 | Pete Starkey, I-Connect007

Organised as a virtual event by Lenora Clark of ESI Automotive and Tara Dunn of Omni PCB, SMTA’s Additive TechXchange addressed additive technology specifically in the context of the electronics industry. Pete Starkey details the keynote presentation, an outlook on advanced printed circuit board fabrication, from Jeff Doubrava, managing partner at Prismark Partners.

90% Solder Dross Recovery: Eliminate Waste, Save Money

October 20, 2020 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

The impact of 90% solder dross recovery can have a substantial impact on reducing waste and increasing cost savings. Nolan Johnson recently spoke with Jay Hardin, MS2® product manager at P. Kay Metal, about the process and benefits of efficient solder dross recovery, as well as product roadmaps, the soldering machine market, and raw materials supply chain for solder alloy manufacturing. As Jay says, “For many companies, the savings are in the thousands or millions” of dollars.



Operational Excellence: Process Effectiveness Qualification

October 6, 2020 | Alfred Macha, AMT Partners

Traditional supplier qualification processes have been forced to rapidly change to new approaches as suppliers have been affected by shelter-in-place directives across the globe. Alfred Macha discusses the fundamentals of assessment...

Lean Digital Thread: DFM Is Now as Easy as Spellcheck

September 30, 2020 | Sagi Reuven, Siemens Digital Industries

In past columns, Sagi Reuven has written about topics mostly related to the shop floor. In this column, he talks about design for manufacturing (DFM). It is clear to everyone in the Industry 4.0 era that the holy grail is to close the...

X-Rayted Files: A Century of X-Rays in the Automotive Industry, Part 1

September 29, 2020 | Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron

If you have read any of Bill Cardoso's previous columns, you know that he is passionate about X-rays, cars, and electronics. In this column series, he talks about some of his idols, including Curie, Roentgen, Marconi, Galvin, and...

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