Improving Solder Paste Printing

December 12, 2017 | Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007

Of the three elements involved in the solder paste printing process—stencil, solder paste, and printer—the stencil is considered one of the major factors affecting the transfer efficiency, accuracy, and consistency, of solder pastes into the pads, especially with the continuing trend towards miniaturization.

Two Questions to Ask Yourself with PCB Continuous Strips of Parts

December 11, 2017 | Duane Benson, Screaming Circuits

Sometimes, you don't want to buy a reel, full or partial, but still want your PCB parts all in one continuous strip. Everyone wants to use up their odds and ends, but once those are gone, it's easier for you if each part is one strip. If you want to save a little money and can use a longer turn-time, you might want to choose a short-run production service with continuous strips.


Ten Things EMS Providers Must do to be Great

December 11, 2017 | Dan Beaulieu, DB Management

With EMS companies, its becomes more important than ever to stand out from the rest of the crowd. So many EMS companies are vying for business that if a company wants to be truly successful, it has to come up with ways to distinguish...

The Role of Bismuth (Bi) in Electronics, Part 2

December 8, 2017 | Dr. Jennie Hwang, H-Technologies Group

Part 2 of Dr. Jennie Hwang's article series outlines the Bi effects on 63Sn37Pb solder material, which have been substantiated by years of field performance prior to lead-free implementation. This should serve as the sound baseline...

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