EPP Europe P2/2018

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<p><b>EDITORIAL</b></p>

Dear Readers Secure detection of voids In electronics manufacturing, when there is a need to examine a rejected printed circuit, manual X-ray (MXI) is a good choice. Automatic optical inspection may not be sufficient, especially for QFNs, BGAs, and even LEDs. If a one hundred percent examination of…

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<p><b>EDITORIAL</b></p>

<p><b>Integrated Smart Factories need software solutions on all levels</b></p>

ASM PT, an equipment supplier to the electronics manufacturing industry, is investing in the Portuguese company, Critical Manufacturing, a developer of MES software.  Both companies signed a deal to that effect in late July in Porto. In this interview, Guenter Lauber, the CEO of ASM PT´s SMT…

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<p><b>Integrated Smart Factories need software solutions on all levels</b></p>

<p><b>Self-regulating environment with smart factory technologies</b></p>

Guy De Winne, Plant Manager from Newtec, discusses how the company is gearing towards the Industry 4.0 smart factory vision by continuously evolving their methods and processes, as well as, incorporating their own ideas to keep a competitive advantage. He also discusses acquiring smart factory…

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<p><b>Self-regulating environment with smart factory technologies</b></p>

<p><b>Coating made easy with Rehm and Electrolube</b></p>

A collaboration that benefits electronics manufacturers around the world: That is what the cooperation between Rehm Thermal Systems and Electrolube is all about. The interaction between coating systems and lacquers ensures optimum results during jetting, dispensing, spraying or curtain coating. “…

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<p><b>Coating made easy with Rehm and Electrolube</b></p>

<p><b>Quality management systems certification</b></p>

Nordson Asymtek, a Nordson company that specializes in dispensing, jetting, and coating equipment and technologies, announced that it has received ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certification from DNV GL. The certificate scope covers the design and manufacture of automated fluid dispensing…

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<p><b>Quality management systems certification</b></p>

<p><b>Connecting everything: smart, safe, secure</b></p>

Entire world of electronics in one place Smart, reliable, and secure networking at all levels is the focus for electronica trade fair and conference for electronics, to be held on November 13 – 16, 2018, in Munich, Germany. Organized by Messe München, the show will expand this year not only in size…

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<p><b>Connecting everything: smart, safe, secure</b></p>

<p><b>The future of mobility, health, and environment</b></p>

Opportunities and challenges of digitalization Semicon Europe 2018 (13 th to 16 th November) in Munich calls out to all segments and areas of the microelectronics industries, including semiconductors, and LEDs, MEMs, printed/organic/flexible markets. It gives the opportunity to connect the biggest…

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<p><b>The future of mobility, health, and environment</b></p>

<p><b>Innovative technology coming together</b></p>

Successes of the future Returning at the San Diego Convention Center, IPC Apex Expo will take place from January 29 th to the 31 st , 2019. With this year’s focus “Technology’s future comes together”, it will be paced with far-reaching ideas and insights for the electronics manufacturing industry.…

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<p><b>Innovative technology coming together</b></p>

<p><b>Air handling of new technologies</b></p>

6th ULT Symposium Effective air handling technologies are very important to many industries, not only for the purposes of the quality of products, but also for the safety of employees and the environment. Air purification systems and air drying processes are needed during the processing of a variety…

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<p><b>Air handling of new technologies</b></p>

<p><b>System integration in microelectronics continues to stay strong</b></p>

SMT Hybrid Packaging with its new name in 2019 Located in Germany, the city of Nuremberg is known for many things, including the meeting point for the microelectronic industry. 434 exhibitors demonstrated their innovative products at this year’s SMT Hybrid Packaging show. From all backgrounds of the…

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<p><b>System integration in microelectronics continues to stay strong</b></p>

<p><b>Fast in-line X-ray secures quality</b></p>

Hidden structures clearly revealed High-quality systems for automatic optical inspection (AOI) of electronic assemblies offer as standard features both high throughput and 3D. For hidden solder joints, more and more electronics manufacturers want to employ in-line X-ray systems (AXI) as well. Again…

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<p><b>Fast in-line X-ray secures quality</b></p>

<p><b>Putting pedal to the metal with adhesives</b></p>

Using light-activated epoxy resin for reliable sealing They are the secret stars of many technical products. Whether in the automotive sector, mechanical engineering, white goods or tools: Microswitches that reliably detect on and off are essential for the long-lasting and trouble-free functioning,…

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<p><b>Putting pedal to the metal with adhesives</b></p>

<p><b>Digging deeper into MES</b></p>

Creating visibility and control of potential disruptions for final production The top level of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) deliver benefits in the factory, coinciding with business goals and requirements, and managing the flow of production for final products and sub-assemblies. Delving…

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<p><b>Digging deeper into MES</b></p>

<p><b>First-class safety and reliability – for the entire life of the aircraft</b></p>

Conventional condensation soldering for longevity When boarding an aircraft, very few people think about how sophisticated and complex the technology is. Safety and reliability is taken for granted, as these flying giants are trusted without hesitation. Although this is by far the safest means of…

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<p><b>First-class safety and reliability – for the entire life of the aircraft</b></p>

<p><b>Reflow profile vs. solder structure at the joint</b></p>

In today’s SMT circuit assembly, lead-free tin-silver-copper (SAC) alloy composition solder pastes, such as Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu (SAC305), are commonly used. The solder structure of a lead-free SAC alloy composition solder paste consists of a Sn phase and a Sn-Ag eutectic phase, with an intermetallic…

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<p><b>Reflow profile vs. solder structure at the joint</b></p>

<p><b>PRODUCT UPDATES</b></p>

High speed welding robot reduces spatter Panasonic Robot & Welding, a Business Division of Panasonic Industry Europe, has come out with their latest technology, Super Active Wire Feed Process (S-AWP). Akira Saito, Product Marketing Manager: “This innovative process combines two aspects that were…

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<p><b>PRODUCT UPDATES</b></p>

<p><b>Creating a better and safer world</b></p>

Partners for energy As an expert for power stability, NR Electric (NR), headquartered in the Chinese city of Nanjing, specializes in comprehensive solutions for power generation, transmission and distribution. With over 20 years of experience in high-tech innovations, the company provides a complete…

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<p><b>Creating a better and safer world</b></p>

<p><b>Miniaturized electronic devices increase cleaning complexities</b></p>

Picking the correct method for flux and paste formulations The world’s insatiable need for technology is changing the face of electronic device design and production. Miniaturized electronic products have driven consumers’ expectations to have the smallest, most portable and most powerful devices…

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<p><b>Miniaturized electronic devices increase cleaning complexities</b></p>

<p><b>Connectivity for improved utilization and quality</b></p>

M2M communication for continuous monitoring and support With the accelerated pace of Industry 4.0 and smart PCB manufacturing implementation in electronics manufacturing, process engineers and production managers need more tools and solutions to analyze defects that determine their root causes and…

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<p><b>Connectivity for improved utilization and quality</b></p>

<p><b>Testing for electrochemical consistency</b></p>

Process and Materials Interaction investigation (PMI) There are several methods accepted for determining the electrochemical reliability for electronic assemblies. These procedures are typically designed to either simulate humid environments in accelerated lifetime testing, or assess the species of…

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<p><b>Testing for electrochemical consistency</b></p>

<p><b>The powerful impact of protecting future LED lighting applications</b></p>

Improving the growth of animals, plants and algae Jade Bridges describes some interesting applications of LEDs and looks at how modern protective compounds and thermal management materials are enhancing the performance and prolonging the life of LED lighting units exposed to challenging indoor and…

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<p><b>The powerful impact of protecting future LED lighting applications</b></p>

<p><b>Volumetric dispensing without contamination</b></p>

Tidy workplace and precise results Franklin Electric, a manufacturer of water and fuel pumps, faced a difficult challenge when tasked with optimizing dispensing processes at their Czech production site. The objective was to reduce the waste of UV curing material during the application process. …

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<p><b>Volumetric dispensing without contamination</b></p>

<p><b>PRODUCT UPDATES</b></p>

Smart dispensing robot, valve controllers and pneumatic applicators Techcon, a provider of precision fluid dispensing technologies presents the TSR2000 smart dispensing robot, their recently released smart valve controllers, and the new TS2560 series pneumatic applicators. The TSR2000 smart…

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<p><b>PRODUCT UPDATES</b></p>

<p><b>Testing platforms adapts to evolving requirements</b></p>

Innovating test & measurement for the semiconductor industry The rapid pace of development in the electronics industry requires companies to be very responsive and adaptable to the dynamic landscape of innovations and disruptive technologies. The semiconductor test system manufacturer Advantest has…

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<p><b>Testing platforms adapts to evolving requirements</b></p>

<p><b>PRODUCT UPDATES</b></p>

Fast and reliable inspection of THT assemblies An angled-view camera module in the AOI system THT Line, from Göpel electronic GmbH, enables higher fault detection, especially for hidden components. In addition, the automated test program generation and optimization with MagicClick is also available…

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<p><b>PRODUCT UPDATES</b></p>

<p><b>Measurements of wire and insulation resistance</b></p>

High potential testers used on long cables Copper cables surround all aspects of modern technology, and despite increasing applications for fiber optics in communications, copper conductors will continue to be employed to deliver power, effect electrical control, and carry signal data inexpensively…

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<p><b>Measurements of wire and insulation resistance</b></p>

<p><b>Driving M2M communication</b></p>

Accurate and reliable data with inspection hardware and self-programming software Long-term accuracy and stability of assembly equipment and the data transmitted to other assembly equipment are keys to M2M communication. This is especially true of automated optical inspection (AOI) and automated…

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<p><b>Driving M2M communication</b></p>

<p><b>Investigating damage on assemblies for quality assurance</b></p>

The creation of technical evidence Failures due to defective electronic components are expensive, but they can be prevented or at least mitigated by quality control as early as possible in the production process. Analytical test methods, such as the FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer),…

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<p><b>Investigating damage on assemblies for quality assurance</b></p>

<p><b>PRODUCT UPDATES</b></p>

Laser scanning reduces inspection times by half An injection moulded plastic parts and electronic components producer, Lukov Plast, reports faster inspection cycles with the Nikon Metrology LC15Dx laser scanner. Increasing customization and complexity of the parts, which are used mainly in vehicle…

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<p><b>PRODUCT UPDATES</b></p>