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In this issue, we examine how fabs work with their design customers, educating them on the critical elements of fabrication needed to be successful, as well as the many tradeoffs involved. How well do you really know your customer? What makes for a closer, more synchronized working relationship?
In this issue, the biggest names in PCB manufacturing share their economic outlook for the upcoming year and beyond. As you will see, they were all bullish on our industry, but there was some apprehension as well. No one wants to get burned by another the supply chain disruption.
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New IPC Report Details How PCB Makers Address Tech TrendsJune 1, 2015 | IPC
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes
PCB Technology Trends 2014, a global biennial study published this month by IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries, is now available. The survey-based study shows how PCB manufacturers are meeting today’s technology demands and looks at the changes expected by 2019 that will affect PCB fabricators and their suppliers of materials and equipment.
Based on data collected from 158 companies worldwide, the 173-page PCB technology trends study presents the aggregate data segmented by application for five key segments: computers and telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial and automotive electronics, medical electronics, and military and aerospace electronics.
The study covers such issues as: clock speed, heat dissipation, operation cycles, product life expectancy, environmental operating range, lamination cycles, board thickness, layer counts, line width and spacing, via diameters, aspect ratios, use of embedded technologies, surface-mount land dimensions, I/O pitch, test density, recyclable content, component size, and numbers of leads, solder joints and components per board area.
Among the many interesting findings, the study reports that nearly half of the responding PCB manufacturers for computer and telecommunications applications expect their highest clock speeds in 2019 to exceed 25 gigahertz. This segment had the highest clock speed predictions. The military and aerospace segment reported that heat dissipation is a design-limiting factor in half of their devices currently, which is the highest of the five applications studied, and they expect that percentage to rise in the next four years. More than one-third of responding companies in the military and aerospace segment are currently embedding passive components in their boards. Embedding of passive and active components is expected to increase substantially by 2019 for all five applications studied.
PCB Technology Trends 2014 is available free to companies that participated in the survey. Other companies may purchase the report by visiting IPC’s online store. The price for IPC members is $675 and $1,350 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase the report, click here.
IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.
Indium Corporation to Showcase Proven EV Products and High-Reliability Alloys at Productronica China02/28/2024 | Indium Corporation
As a materials pioneer and trusted partner in electric vehicle (EV) and e-Mobility manufacturing, Indium Corporation is proud to showcase its high-reliability alloys and soldering solutions at Productronica China, March 20-22, in Shanghai.
Absolute EMS, Inc., an award-winning EMS provider of turnkey contract manufacturing services, continues to harness the power of nitrogen to enhance the quality, reliability and efficiency of their manufacturing processes. The company’s state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with nitrogen reflow ovens and selective soldering machines, ensuring consistent, high-quality results for every project.
KYZEN, the global leader in innovative environmentally friendly cleaning chemistries, will exhibit at the SMTA Monterrey Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the Cintermex Convention Center, Hall 2A in Monterrey, Nuevo León. KYZEN will showcase the new aqueous chemistry AQUANOX A4618 in addition to highlighting stencil cleaning chemistries KYZEN E5631J and CYBERSOLV C8882.
The challenges of the Corona crisis have further accelerated this trend. Many companies now offer only online events, whether due to time or cost reasons. However, at Rehm Thermal Systems, you have a choice: the provider of thermal systems for various industries offers a variety of short, concise online webinars and complements them with in-depth in-person seminars on various topics.
Hentec Industries/RPS Automation, a leading manufacturer of selective soldering, lead tinning and solderability test equipment, is pleased to announce that Dynamic Grid has ordered a Hentec Industries/RPS Valence 3508 selective soldering system.