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Ralf Wagenfuehr, plant manager at Rehm Thermal Systems, speaks with I-Connect007 Managing Editor Stephen Las Marias during the recent NEPCON South China event in Shenzhen about the need for a common communications platform or interface as the industry moves toward Industry 4.0. He talks about how their new ViCON software can help manufacturers achieve the smart factory vision.
Wagenfuehr also discusses how vacuum technology helps eliminate voiding in reflow soldering.
Watch the Interview Here
Ken Horky, Peterson Manufacturing
Thoughtful PCB array and panel design can reduce line stoppage, improve changeover time and reduce material scrap. Fiducial location and design are good aids to prevent mistakes, but may still result in line stoppage. If you have fiducial recognition issues, making the shape of the mask opening different than the fiducial feature may help the vision system discern the target feature easier.
Another year is over in the SMT industry. 2017 saw a myriad of hot topics, including Industry 4.0, the millennials’ entry into the manufacturing space, and alternative solder materials, to name a few. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 columns from SMT007 over the past year.
Jonas Sjoberg, Chris Nash, David Sbiroli, and Wisdom Qu, Indium Corporation
Use of new technologies poses a number of challenges for solder paste selection, PCB design, assembly process, and reliability. The type of end product will have different challenges, concerns, and requirements in all aspects. The assembly line for many of these end products will look very similar, but specification limits would be different.