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Seika Machinery, Inc., a leading provider of advanced machinery, materials and engineering services, is pleased to introduce the new Sawa SCI-MCC (Mask Condition Checker) designed for metal stencil opening inspection.
The Sawa SCI-MCC checks metal stencil cleanliness easily in a simple, cost-effective system. The system performs a full inspection of solder residue and particle deposit on metal stencil openings after cleaning. Solder residue and particles that is too small to detect visually can be easily detected by SCI-MCC.
All of the openings in a specified area can be inspected with SCI-MCC. Additionally, each mask can be traced by a registered control number. Pre-registration of Gerber data is not required.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
I recently spoke with Rob Boguski, president of Fremont, California-based Datest and an SMTA vice president and board member. Rob explained why today’s test customers are asking for more information than the traditional pass/fail, offers a preview of SMTA International, and gives an update on SMTA’s planning strategy for the next five years.
Dr. Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corp.
It may be difficult to see any bright spots in the current and recent economic situation. We have all experienced the devastation of the pandemic, supply chain issues, and most recently, inflation. However, as a senior technologist for an international materials supplier (Indium Corporation) and a professor of engineering at an Ivy League research university (Dartmouth College), I offer these four silver linings for those of us in the electronics industry.
Narahari S Pujari and Krithika PM, MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions
The interdigitated back contact (IBC) is one of the methods to achieve rear contact solar cell interconnection. The contact and interconnection via rear side theoretically achieve higher efficiency by moving all the front contact grids to the rear side of the device. This results in all interconnection structures being located behind the cells, which brings two main advantages. First, there is no frontside shading of the cell by the interconnection ribbons, thus eliminating the need for trading off series resistance, losses for shading losses when using larger interconnection ribbons. Second, a more homogeneous looking frontside of the solar module enhances the aesthetics.