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October 14th, 2019
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A miniature “electroadhesive” stamp can pick up and place down objects as small as 20nm wide – about 1,000 times finer than a human hair. The inventors say the technique can be scaled up to a manufacturing setting to print micro- and nanoscale features, for instance to pack more elements onto ever smaller computer chips. .

Altium releases Altium Designer 20 PCB ECAD.

VJ Electronix introduces XQuik III high-speed component counter.

Rigol Technologies debuts RSA3000E spectrum analyzer.

On the latest episode of Reliability Matters, Indium's Kay Parker discusses SMT solder paste printing and her experience as a new engineer in the electronics assembly industry.

The October issue of PCD&F/CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY is now available.

A Taxing Idea
It was 16 years ago this month when a group of Chicago-area printed circuit board manufacturers stuck a flag in the ground and declared themselves the new vanguard of the American industry. At an early meeting, leaders called free trade “the seed of our own destruction,” and railed against the devastation of the domestic fab industry.

Mike Buetow



IDC says worldwide shipments of traditional PCs, comprised of desktops, notebooks and workstations, reached 70.4 million units in the third quarter, up 3% year-over-year.

MLCC and thick film chip resistor manufacturers are experiencing price increases in feedstock metals as they enter the fourth quarter, meaning higher chip prices could follow.

Registration for CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY's 2020 NPI Awards is now open.

Jabil is planning temporary closures over the holiday season of its facilities in South San Jose, Fremont and Livermore, furloughing 909 workers.

The US Chamber of Commerce called the announcement that the US and China have reached a phase one trade agreement "a ray of hope for the US-China trade relationship."

ACI Technologies will host an open house at its manufacturing factory in Philadelphia on Nov. 5.

Consumer spending on technology is forecast to reach $1.69 trillion in 2019, an increase of 5.3% over 2018, IDC said.

Naprotek named Paramjit Singh senior director, engineering/QMS.

Cleaning Before High-Temperature Aging
Flux becomes increasingly tenacious the longer it sits on the board.

Bob Willis



From the pages of
The PCB Fabricator, as Seen Through a First-Timer's Eyes
An experienced engineer takes their first trip to a board shop.
by Mike Buetow

From the pages of
When and How to Clean/Flush Selective Coating Equipment
Build-in cleaning time during chemistry changeovers and after extended line shutdowns.
by Matt Eveline


Oct. 23-25: IMPACT-IAAC 2019 Conference , Taipei, Taiwan
Oct. 24: Additive Electronics Conference: PCB Scale to IC Scale, San Jose, CA
Nov. 6-7: Midwest Design-2-Part Show, Indianapolis, IN
Nov. 12-15: Productronica, Munich, Germany
Dec. 4-6: HKPCA International Electronics Circuit Exhibition, Shenzhen, China
Jan. 28–30: DesignCon, Santa Clara, CA
Feb. 4-6: IPC Apex Expo 2020, San Diego, CA
Feb. 10-13: Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium, The Big Island of Hawaii
Apr. 27-30: Zuken Innovation World Americas 2020, Coronado, CA


Email industry press releases or links to the editors of CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY or PCD&F: pr@upmediagroup.com.

           10/7/19 TREND
Sn $7.38 Down
Pb $0.95 Up
Ag $254.09 Down
Cu $2.56 Down
             Aug. TREND
Semi equip. billings -10.5% Up
ICs -15.9% Down
PCBs 1.02 Up
Computers/elec. products 5.48 Up

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