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Indium Corporation's Dr. Ron Lasky, Senior Technologist, discusses the importance of indium tin oxide (ITO) in touchscreen and flat panel technology in a video available here.
As part of the Electronics Assembly with Phil Zarrow series, Lasky and SMT manufacturing expert Phil Zarrow, President and Principal Consultant for ITM Consulting, review how ITO is used to enable flat panel and touchscreen technologies.
"Indium metal and ITO are among the most important materials in the modern world," according to Lasky. "The very nature of metals is that they're opaque; it's a matter of physics. So, scientists had to find a material that both conducts electricity and is transparent – and ITO is the solution. ITO’s transparency enables flat panel displays and touchscreen technology."
Dr. Lasky, holder of the prestigious SMTA Founder's Award, is a world-renowned process expert and a Senior Technologist at Indium Corporation. He is also a Professor of Engineering and the Director of the Cook Engineering Design Center at Dartmouth College. He has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and optoelectronic packaging and assembly. Dr. Lasky has authored six books, and contributed to nine more on science, electronics, and optoelectronics. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at several colleges, teaching more than 20 different courses on topics ranging from electronics packaging, materials science, physics, mechanical engineering and science, and religion. Dr. Lasky holds numerous patent disclosures and is the developer of several SMT processing software products relating to cost estimating, line balancing, and process optimization. He is the co-creator of engineering certification exams that set standards in the electronics assembly industry, worldwide.
Zarrow has been involved with PCB fabrication and assembly for more than 35 years. In addition to his background in automated assembly and cleaning, Zarrow is recognized for his expertise in surface mount reflow soldering technology, and in the design and implementation of SMT placement equipment and reflow soldering systems. His extensive hands-on experience also includes set-up and troubleshooting through-hole, and SMT processes throughout the world.
About Indium Corporation
Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, thermal management, and solar markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, Indium has global technical support and factories located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
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