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August 18th, 2018
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TECH NEWS

BY STACKING AND CONNECTING LAYERS OF STRETCHABLE CIRCUITS on top of one another, engineers have developed an approach to build soft, pliable “3-D stretchable electronics” that can pack a lot of functions while staying thin and small in size.

INEMI will host a webinar on its reliability in harsh environments project Sept. 6.

MORE THAN 100 COMPANIES will exhibit at PCB West this year, ranging from the leading PCB design software vendors to key value-added resellers to top international board fabricators.

ZUKEN is now accepting abstracts for Zuken Innovation World (ZIW) 2019, to be held Apr. 15-17 in Hilton Head, SC.

TEARING DOWN the iPhone X live: Next month at PCB West!

SAKI debuts self-programming SPI/AOI software.

VISION ENGINEERING announces TVM – field of view measurement system.

NORDSON SONOSCAN unveils Gen7 C-SAM.

TAGARNO develops Image Comparison app.

TEST AND INSPECTION
X-ray Focus and Power – Transmissive and Reflective Targets
In last month’s column I explained the impact a transmissive or reflective target style of x-ray tube will have on the available magnification of an x-ray system.
DAVID BERNARD, PH.D.

David Bernard

 

















BUSINESS NEWS

GLOBAL HOME AUDIO MARKET hardware shipments increased 23% in 2017, and revenues were close to $14 billion.

CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY is accepting entries from distributors for the annual Service Excellence Awards (SEAs) – the premier awards program in electronics manufacturing.

NORTECH SYSTEMS reported net sales for the June quarter of $28.5 million, down 5.3% year-over-year.

CEMTREX’S electronics manufacturing unit reported fiscal third quarter net sales of $11.2 million, down 21.6% year-over-year.

SECOND QUARTER PCB sales in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria grew 2.1% year-over-year and fell 5.2% sequentially.

UP MEDIA GROUP will hold a workshop on controlling noise in PCBs featuring Rick Hartley in Chicago in October.

NORTHSTAR ELECTRONICS, an aerospace contract electronics manufacturer, has plans to become an OEM soon.

NORTECH SYSTEMS president and CEO Rich Wasielewski today announced he will be retiring.

ALL GREEN RECYCLING has reportedly developed an environmentally friendly process for recovering precious metals from PCBs.

NEWAYS GROUP managing director Oliver Seifert will step down on Oct. 31.

KYZEN named Michael McCutchen global product line manager, advanced technology.

DEFECTS DATABASE
Can the Solder Stand the Heat?
Too much heat during reflow can force solder out of a BTC. Figure 1 shows examples of solder beads after reflowing bottom termination components (BTC).
MARTIN WICKHAM

Martin Wickham

 


















TECHNICAL ARTICLES

From the pages of
PRINTED CIRCUIT DESIGN & FAB:
How to Ensure Your Design Complies with Complex Flex Circuit Design-for-Manufacturing Requirements
With multiple assemblers involved in most projects, how can you speed up the development process?
by Naoyuki Sugaya and Steve Watt


From the pages of
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY:
Automotive Electronics Moving into the Next Generation
Internet access, electrification, new safety requirements and autonomous vehicles are coming down the road.
by Chuck Richardson

EVENTS

Sept. 5-7: Semicon Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan
Sept. 11-13: PCB West 2018, Santa Clara, CA
Sept. 12-13: Southern California Design-2-Part Show, Long Beach, CA
Oct. 14-18: SMTA International 2018, Rosemont, IL
Oct. 25-26: PCB2Day: Control of Noise, EMI and SI in High-Speed Circuits, Chicago, IL
Nov. 13-16: Semicon Europa, Munich, Germany
Nov. 14-15: Midwest Design-2-Part Show, St. Charles, MO
Dec. 13-15: Semicon Japan , Tokyo, Japan
Jan. 29-31: IPC Apex Expo 2019, San Diego, CA


SUBMISSIONS

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

METALS PRICES
           8/13/18 TREND
Sn $8.93 Down
Pb $0.96 Down
Ag $224.39 Down
Cu $2.74 Down
     
 
BOOK-TO-BILLS
             June TREND
Semi equip. billings 8.1% Down
ICs 20.5% Down
PCBs 1.05 Down
Computers 5.43 Down
     

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