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January 2018

New Equipment

SMT007 Magazine looks into the key considerations when investing in new equipment—not just on who’s got the latest and the greatest, but on how people decide what to buy, when to buy it, and how those decisions are made.

September 2016

Military and Aerospace

In this issue we look into the latest military and aerospace electronics technology trends, manufacturing challenges, and outlook, and how they impact the PCB assembly industry.

May 2015

Paste Printing & Component Placement

This month, experts from Flextronics, Ericsson AB, MTEK Consulting AB, and Speedline Technologies contribute to our features focusing on paste printing and component placement. 

September 2013

Test & Measurement

This issue features Julie Silk's article "Brittle Failure in Pb-free BGA Solder Joints"

December 2017

Solder Paste Printing

The solder paste printing process accounts for almost 70% of PCB assembly defects. We review the critical factors causing these issues in the solder paste printing operation.

August 2016

Voices of the Industry

We take a pause from covering technology trends, challenges, and next-generation solutions this month. Instead, we are focusing on our readers—to give a voice to their thoughts on the industry, companies, jobs, interests, and even pain points.

April 2015

Soldering Technologies

This month, experts from Indium, Inventec, Vitronics, Micronic Mydata and BEST Inc. weigh in on soldering technologies and solutions, from reliability issues to position accuracy machines and alternatives to polyimide tape, and more!

December 2013

Our Columnists Speak

At the end of each year, our contributors look back at the year that was, and make predictions about the upcoming 12 months.

November 2017

Communication for Manufacturing Improvement

This month we look into the issues facing assemblers when dealing with HDI boards, and highlight why close collaboration and communication with the  designers right from the very start will ensure assembly success.

July 2016

PCBA Test and Inspection

This month, we focus the discussion on test and inspection technologies that help identify PCB assembly defects for the improvement of associated manufacturing processes.

March 2015

Thermal Management

Industry experts from Indium, Mentor Graphics, and Alpha Circuit are on hand this month to guide us through issues related to thermal management, including latest trends, alternative approaches and streamlining PCB thermal design. 

November 2013

Rework, Modification & Repair

No one likes to repair packages. Rework & repair of advanced packages is becoming increasingly complex, not to mention costly. Explore how to repair large area and column grid array assemblies. 

October 2017

The Perfect Solder Joint

There are many perspectives and challenges in creating perfect solder joints. We present parameters and strategies that can help assemblers improve their soldering process to achieve reliable solder joints.

June 2016

Solder Paste Printing: Challenges and Solutions

This month, we address the challenges, best practices, and critical factors to consider in solder paste printing amid tighter tolerances and smaller pitches, lines and spaces.

February 2015

Tin Whiskers

This month, SMT Magazine is jam-packed with feature contributors who take on those pesky tin whiskers, with articles from our expert contributors.

October 2013

Lead-Free Developments

Lead-free Developments: It’s been over seven years since RoHS became the law of the land in Europe but many OEMs & EMS companies still find themselves facing increasing challenges related to lead-free processes.

September 2017

Rework & Repair

There are many challenges when it comes to the rework and repair of PCB assemblies. This month, our technical authors highlight the strategies they suggest to improve the process.

May 2016

Reducing Handling Errors

This month, SMT Magazine features strategies to help reduce handling errors and improve efficiencies in your assembly lines.

January 2015

Structural Electronics and 3D Printing

It’s a new year, and we’re celebrating by focusing on a new, up-and-coming technology that could have a real effect on our industry: structural electronics.

September 2014

Automation

This month, a few of our feature contributors examine the impact of automation on PCB assembly, from quality concerns to cost savings, while others take on the role of robots. Don’t miss this comprehensive coverage of automation for PCB assembly.

August 2017

Assembly Training and Education

This month, we take a look into the importance of workforce training and education on the continuous improvement of the PCB assembly process.

April 2016

Process Engineering

This month, SMT Magazine features strategies for improving process engineering to achieve an efficient, reliable, and reproducible assembly and manufacturing processes.

December 2014

Outlook for 2015

Our year-end issue takes a look forward to 2015, with features from Mentor Graphics, Sanmina, Alpha Circuit and IMI, that discuss the supply chain, SMT advancements and more. 

August 2014

Printed Electronics Assembly

Printed electronic circuits have been in development for years, but PEC has only recently achieved commercial acceptance. And most technologists have more questions than answers about PEC.

July 2017

Military & Aerospace

In this issue we look into the latest technology trends, new manufacturing challenges, and outlook for the military and aerospace markets, and how they are impacting the PCB assembly industry.

March 2016

Strategies for Increasing Profit

The March issue features strategies for building the highest yield on the lowest cost possible to provide the greatest value to your customers.

November 2014

Rework & Repair

This month, experts from OK International / Metcal, Ersa GmbH, and BEST Inc. weigh in on rework & repair topics ranging from challenges for mobile devices to new technology for rework systems and more!

July 2014

Tin Whiskers

This month, our resident SMT experts take on the phenomenon of tin whisker, from a comprehensive breakdown of its formation to risk management. Don’t miss this issue!

June 2017

The Need for 3D Inspection

This month we look into the myriad challenges in inspection, and highlights the need for newer AOI technologies to improve production yields and ensure reliability.

February 2016

What's New?

This issue of SMT Magazine features the latest technology and process developments happening in the SMT, PCB assembly and EMS industries, and what to expect in the future.

January 2013

Management

The January issue contains an interesting mix of feature articles chosen to help you manage your business.

June 2014

Thermal Management

SMT Magazine turns up the heat this month with features focused on thermal management from AT&S, Dow Corning and Heraeus Precious Metals.

May 2017

Help Wanted - Growing Your Team

This month, we explore the challenge of finding the right talent in the electronics manufacturing industry.

January 2016

Medical Electronics

We examined the medical market to learn what impact it has on the electronics industry and where it might be in five years. This issue also covers key trends driving medical electronics and the challenges and opportunities in the industry.

February 2013

Coating and Cleaning

Coating and Cleaning are the two focuses in this month's edition of SMT. Learn how to make good decisions in this issue.

May 2014

Test & Inspection

Be it X-rays, drop shock performance or tweaking test fixtures to meet today's needs, we've got it covered in this issue...

April 2017

Achieving Soldering Excellence

It is of the utmost importance that the soldering process should be perfect. But soldering is just too complex a process, and further complicating the situation, the requirements and technologies vary between our industry’s market segments.

December 2015

Making the Connection: Associations

The spotlight this month is on industry associations, their goals, pivotal roles in technology advancements in EMS and SMT industries, and how they are helping their members on their journey to manufacturing success.

March 2013

Legislation and Environmental Issues

Our March issue includes several articles on the subject of Legislation and Environmental issues.

April 2014

Assembly III

In Part 3 of our assembly process series, SMT Magazine uncovers what happens after the soldering process in an issue devoted to cleaning and coating. 

March 2017

The Wide World of Flex

We take a look into the different challenges that assemblers face when dealing with flex circuits, and highlights strategies to address them in this issue.

November 2015

THE DATA FACTOR(Y): Looking at the Industrial Internet

This month we explore how the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), data, and  analytics can help electronics assemblers take their manufacturing processes to the next level.

April 2013

SMT Assembly Processes Part I: Stencil Printing

SMT Assembly Processes Part I: Stencil Printing. This is the first part of our two-part series on assembly processes.

February 2014

Assembly

SMT Assembly, Part 1: It might be a short month, but we’re not short on features—contributed by leading industry experts from Shea Engineering Services, Nordson ASYMTEK, DEK, and Universal Instruments Corp.

February 2017

New Technologies

In this issue we highlight some of the latest technologies aimed at addressing the current manufacturing challenges in the electronics assembly industry.

October 2015

Cycle Time Reduction

In this issue, we offer strategies and technologies that will help electronics assemblers reduce cycle times in their processes to improve their efficiencies and increase their productivity.

May 2013

SMT Assembly Processes Part II

SMT Assembly Processes Part II: The Soldering Technology Edition. This is the 2nd part of our two-part series on assembly processes.

March 2014

Assembly II

In Part 2 of our assembly process series, we help make the connections! This month, solders, soldering & solderless technology are the focus, with features from Flextronics, the Aerospace Corp., and an IPC APEX EXPO preview!

May 2018

5G: Testing the Future Impact

In line with its significant improvement over current generation of wireless technologies, 5G also offers device and systems manufacturers a challenge—electrical and functional testing, among others—as they deal with the technology’s millimeter wave frequencies.

January 2017

Plating and Surface Finishing

We look into the impact of plating and surface finishing in PCB assemblies in this issue. These processes especially effect solderability and solder joint reliability.

September 2015

Cars: The Driving Force in the Electronics Industry

In the "Cars" issue of SMT Magazine we highlight the latest technological advances in automotive electronics and illustrate how this sector is driving the electronics assembly, testing and inspection industries.

June 2013

High-reliability

This month, SMT Magazine features articles by industry experts on high-reliability issues facing a range of sectors: mil/aero, medical, counterfeit components, and more!

January 2014

Reliability

It’s all about reliability this month, with features from Trace Labs, Nihon Superior, Cisco BFK Solutions, Steve Williams, and more!

April 2018

Automotive Electronics

A look into the latest developments, challenges, and opportunities in automotive electronics, and why this market continues to drive the overall electronics manufacturing industry.

December 2016

Sales and Marketing

In this issue, we look into the challenges for sales and marketing executives in the PCB assembly industry, and the key attributes of a salesperson, and provide effective sales strategies to use to be successful in this industry.

August 2015

The War on Process Failure

This month, we take on those pesky process failures—from soldering defects and device cleanliness, to challenges of mission-critical product and the link between head-in-pillow defects and warpage. 

July 2013

Thermal Management

The July issue of SMT Magazine is hot! Hot! HOT!

March 2018

PCBA 4.0

This month, we examine how Industry 4.0 trends and the increasing power of data impact the PCB assembly industry.

November 2016

The Via Issue

This issue of SMT Magazine looks into the impact of vias on PCB assemblies.

July 2015

Supply Chain Management

This month, SMT Magazine tackles the supply chain—from various approaches to making it work for you, to what history has shown about its many iterations, and how some suppliers are setting the bar very high for the future of supply chain management.

October 2014

Alternatives to Soldering

This month, experts from Lockheed Martin and Verdant Electronics present their perspective on cutting-edge alternatives to soldering. Other contributors include CML EurAsia and Jabil Circuits.

February 2018

Communicating with Your Customers

This month’s issue of SMT007 Magazine highlights the challenges between the customer-supplier relationship, the feedback that matters, and how electronics assemblers ensure 100% customer satisfaction.

October 2016

Leadership

In this issue we look into what makes a great leader, and the changing roles of the leader in the PCB assembly industry.

June 2015

Test & Inspection

This month, feature contributors from Keysight Technologies, XJTAG, Göpel and Sonoscan shed light on the trends and challenges of test and inspection.

August 2013

High Density Packaging

With packages becoming denser all the time, how does this affect the PCB assembly process? In this issue, our expert contributors explain the ins and outs of high-density packaging.

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