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Four Hidden Materials Handling Costs Every OEM Should Know

March 22, 2019 | Neil Sharp, JJS Manufacturing

Many of the expenses within your electronics manufacturing business are highly visible and undergo regular scrutiny. But there can also be much to be gained by keeping track of those less obvious material costs that may not be formally accounted for in your monthly reporting.

Inspection of BGAs After Rework

March 21, 2019 | Bob Wettermann, BEST, Inc.

After removing and replacing a ball grid array (BGA), the acceptability of the interconnection of the solder balls to the PCB should be assured, because this assurance and the criteria for that assurance are the customer’s outgoing inspection criteria.





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The Cost of Quality and the Higher Cost of Failure

March 13, 2019 | Eric Camden, Foresite

If you are shopping a new product around to multiple contract manufacturers (CMs), and if all other things in two separate CMs are equal including price and delivery times but one offers a more comprehensive ongoing quality monitoring...

The Role of Bismuth (Bi) in Electronics, Part 5

March 7, 2019 | Dr. Jennie Hwang, H-Technologies Group

The fifth part of this column series addresses the most interesting, yet intricate, aspect of the subject—plausible underlying operating mechanisms among the four elements (Sn, Ag, Cu, Bi) in a SnAgCuBi system. This article...

Punching Out! Why Sell to a Private Equity Group?

February 27, 2019 | Tom Kastner, GP Ventures, Ltd.

One category of buyers that is often overlooked is private equity groups. PCB/PCBA owners either think that their company would not be of interest to a non-strategic buyer, or they have a negative impression of financial buyers. Here...

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