Top 10 Most-Read SMT007 News of 2018


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1. Elbit Systems Wins $17M Electronic Warfare Contract

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded an approximately $17 million contract from a European country to supply a range of advanced ground-based Electronic Warfare (EW) and Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) systems. The contract will be performed over a two-year period.

2. PDR Joins Forces with USM Reps in Mexico

PDR has partnered with USM Reps its manufacturers’ representative. Eduardo Ortiz will represent PDR’s IR rework systems throughout Mexico (excluding Baja), the Central America region and El Paso, Texas.

3. PDR Offers IPC 7711/7721 Rev. C Courses

PDR, an industry recognized leader in IR rework since 1986, is pleased to announce that it now offers courses through its PDR Alliance Network for the new IPC 7711/7721 Rev. C standard – the rework and repair of electronic assemblies – which now includes focused infrared technology as a method for the removal and replacement of components.

4. IPC Volunteers Honored for their Contributions to Industry at IPC APEX EXPO 2018

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries presented Committee Leadership, Distinguished Committee Service and Special Recognition Awards at IPC APEX EXPO 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center. The awards were presented to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and expertise through IPC committee service.

5. IMI Climbs in Automotive EMS Ranking

Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (IMI) is now the 5th largest automotive EMS company worldwide in terms of revenue size at the end of 2017, according to the latest release of New Venture Research in July of 2018.

6. Sanmina Achieves FDA Registration at Its India Facility

Sanmina Corp. has received FDA registration at its manufacturing facilities in Chennai, India, enabling the company to manufacture finished medical instruments and devices in India.

7. Benefits of Low-Temp Soldering: I-007eBook Now Available

Tired of solder joint failures? Get your head off the pillow! Learn about opportunities and solutions provided by low-temperature soldering in I-Connect007’s newest micro eBook: The Printed Circuit Assembler’s Guide to… Low-Temperature Soldering.

8. iNEMI White Paper: Mitigating Creep Corrosion with Effective Test

The innovative flowers-of-sulfur (FoS) corrosion chamber developed by the project team is inexpensive and easy to maintain; and it allows the temperature, relative humidity, sulfur and chlorine content to be reasonably well controlled within the chamber.

9. CTS Reports Strong Sales and Earnings Growth in Q1 2018

Sales were $113.5 million, up 13.4% year-over-year. Sales to automotive customers increased 11.9%, and sales of electronic components increased 16.2%. The Noliac acquisition, completed in May 2017, added $2.6 million of sales in the first quarter of 2018.

10. IPC Study: Salary Budgets are Rising

Average growth in salary budgets in 2017 and 2018 for the 49 contract electronics manufacturers and OEMs that contributed data to the study was a full percentage point higher than average pay increases in both years, indicating an expanding workforce.

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