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The PCB assembly industry is edging closer to the true vision of Industry 4.0. With IPC’s Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) standard—a common machine communications standard for the electronics assembly supply chain—electronics manufacturing is on its way to become even smarter.
The October 2018 issue of SMT007 Magazine looks at the latest developments in the CFX standard and its overall impact on the PCB assembly process.
Read the October 2018 issue of SMT007 Magazine, now on the virtual newsstand, and available for delivery in your e-mailbox by subscribing here.
Be sure to download the PDF version for future reference.
Michelle Te, I-Connect007
It’s officially fall, and that means it's time to start planning your trade show attendance. To help you make decisions about when and where to go, we’ve put together a list of industry trade shows. It has been two long years with no or few in-person trade shows, and we’ve felt it. So, now we’re back in business and ready to hit the road. Do you have a show or conference to add to our list? Let us know!
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Solder defects in surface-mount technology (SMT) assembly have been an issue for decades. Further, the combined challenges of Pb-free soldering and ever-increasing miniaturization have resulted in new or exacerbated defects in electronics assembly, but there are proven ways to avoid defects. This book will be especially beneficial to PCB assemblers in improving their assembly processes and the reliability of the end-product, eliminating field failures, and reducing costs.
Mark Laing, Siemens Digital Industries Software
New product introductions (NPIs) and customization have been increasing rapidly over the past few years—with the results that the already-small profit margins in electronics assembly are shrinking even further. Fifteen years ago, the PCB was the product. Today, most products are a system, with multiple PCBs, cables, and enclosures. Many manufacturers want to provide turn-key products that have multiple BOMs, making the assembly process even more complicated.