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January 21, 2019 

The Future of the Customer Experience in Mobility

Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007

Based on the protocol stack that starts with 5G, moves up to AI, and continues to layer integrations and user interfaces and experiences on top of those lower-level technologies, how does this all apply to the current mobile experience? A panel on the future of mobility with representatives from several major companies covered this and more at CES... More >

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I-Connect007 Research and Results

Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007

In a recent SMT007 survey, we asked the following question: " What are your challenges when it comes to solder paste selection/qualification?" Here are just a few of the replies, slightly edited for clarity.

Jon Ashton, Vergent Products: “The IPC/J-STD test methods are applied to all new pastes. This leads to all manufacturers saying that their material ‘meets the requirements’ but the rest of their pitch is all marketing. There needs to be a simple battery of tests, using a simple (cheap) PCB test vehicle, that can qualify a given paste in a specific process. This also applies to cleaning residues. Finally, the old pastes are still available. There is no reason to disturb an existing qualified process with a paste change. As such, they hang on forever to the long tail.”

Allen Bennink, VAL Engineering Sciences Inc.: "Usage of end product, and powder size and chemistry (of metal and flux carrier)."

Bob Rooks, Trak Microwave: “ROHS, age of components, and halogen-free RMA flux.”

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Eight PCB Assembly Tips for 2019

Duane Benson, Screaming Circuits

It's now 2019, and all I'll say on the coming year is that we are in for a wild ride. The last few years have been pretty crazy, and 2019 looks to continue that trend but amped up. While predictions might be fun to muse upon, they really won't help you get your job done. So, here's my top eight pieces of PCB assembly advice for the coming year to make up for that.

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It’s Only Common Sense: A Word From the Future—CES 2019
Dan Beaulieu
Standard of Excellence: Keep Your PCB Supplier Sharp
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This Month's Jobs
Service Engineer USA

Limata GmbH, a provider of direct imaging system solutions for the global PCB manufacturing industry and adjacent markets, is looking for qualified candidates to fulfill the role of service engineer in the United States...

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A fantastic opportunity has arisen within Electrolube, a progressive global electrochemicals manufacturer. This prestigious new role is for a sales development manager with a strong technical sales background (electro-chemicals industry desirable) and great commercial awareness...

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