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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.
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Doug Donahue, VP Business Development, Entrada Group
With its competitive production costs, good logistical access, a skilled and deep talent pool and state-of-the-art technology, Mexico now produces everything from flat-screen televisions to smartphones and other consumer devices employing surface-mount technologies. Here's how Mexico’s strengths in electronics manufacturing services (EMS) evolved, and why more and more electronics manufacturers are moving to the country.
Mike Baldwin, Spectrum Assembly Inc.
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Craig Stott, Ed Sermanoukian, and Girish Wable, Nypro
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