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Altus Group will be showcasing new and innovative equipment from many of its suppliers at the upcoming What's New in Electronics (WNIE) Live 2018, to be held from September 25–26 at NEC Birmingham. Altus will be at Stand E54.
Among its highlights at the show are the SPI and AOI systems from Koh Young, X-ray and component counters from Sciencescope, and BGA inspection systems from Optilia, to name a few.
Apart from being co-located with five other industry events, WNIE LIVE 2018 will feature the IPC Connected Factory eXchange (CFX) IIoT Experience; Embedded Live Conference and Expo; EMC UK Technical Conference and Expo; hand soldering competition; and an awards night.
For more information on the event, click here.
Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007
Majority of the respondents in our survey answered that reliability is the biggest impact of low-temperature soldering on PCBAs. Issues they highlighted include the strength of the solder joints, "uncooked" solder, insufficient solder, and solder not adhering properly, to name a few. However, they did note that once the process becomes mainstream, proven and an industry standard, they expect low-temperature soldering to result to higher quality PCBAs.
David Geiger, Robert Pennings, and Jane Feng, Flex
Components continue to shrink in the SMT world, and the next evolution of passive components includes m03015 (009005) and m0201 (008004). The m03015 and the m0201 components will see primary adoption in products that require further miniaturization, which would be SiPs. These modules would then be assembled into products through attachment, another assembly, or via other interconnect methods. This article explores the development of an assembly process (SMT only) for the m03015 component.
Neil Blundell, Blundell Production Equipment
Wave soldering involves using waves of molten solder that act as glue to attach electrical components to the PCB. While this process is expedient and efficient in producing high-quality products, it sometimes experiences glitches that can be prevented or corrected. This article explores some of the main issues and how to remedy them.