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The Custers
2014 & 2015 growth at moderate pace

The global electronic supply chain is growing, but this expansion is currently at primarily single digit rates. Compared to the same 3-month period a year earlier world semiconductor shipments are up 11.5%, PCBs up 5.2%, electronic equipment up 2.8% and the Global PMI leading indicator up 3.3%.
The JPMorgan/Markit Economics Global PMI has been in expansion territory (PMI>50) for the last few years however regional performance varies.
Perhaps strangely the USA and Europe are currently expanding faster than many Asian countries with China and Japan in recent contraction modes.  

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Joe Fjelstad
Component selection for SAFE designs continued

Last month’s column examined some important considerations when setting out to on harnessing the power of SAFE (Solderless Assembly For Electronics) technology. That discussion is continued this month. The reader will perhaps remember that the column looked into the advantages of choosing components which shared three basic fundamental physical features. First was the suggestion that the components selected be of either LGAs or QFN format. These bottom-terminated component formats assure there is greatest uniformity in terms of component lead planarity. 

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Craig Hillman
Physics of failure

When I tell people that I am a practitioner of physics of failure, the response is typically predictable:
I either get a blank look, or a large smile breaks out as if landsman has been discovered after many years in the wilderness.
What is physics of failure? In some respects, that is a good question. Historically, there are some nice academic definitions that will tend to put you to sleep.  

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Events News

Metcal is a premier sponsor of the third annual IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition and IPC World Championship Monday, January 6, 2014 Metcal has announced that it is a premier sponsor of the third annual IPC APEX ...
Yamaha Motor IM Europe celebrates double-digit 2013 growth, looks toward 2014 after busy Productronica Thursday, December 19, 2013 Yamaha Motor Intelligent Machines Europe welcomed influential electronics manuf...
SMTA International 2013 best papers announced Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The SMTA is pleased to announce the Best Papers from SMTA International 2013...

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SMTA International 2014

The SMTA International conference includes focused technical tracks covering Manufacturing and Assembly, Advanced Packaging, Substrates, Soldering, and Quality and Reliability.  Technical sessions will be held on Monday through Thursday.  Tutorials are half-day educational courses offered on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. Thursday’s tutorial on “Reliability 360: How to Verify Design Robustness Early in the Process” is free for SMTA and IPC members who register in advance.

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SMT Hybrid Packaging 2014

From 6 – 8 May 2014 the SMT Hybrid Packaging, the leading exhibition for System Integration in Micro Electronics, opens its doors in Nuremberg. One highlight for young engineers is in hall 9. Here, the Beratungsgruppe Wirth + Partner offers a free of charge career consulting. It includes among other things a target oriented career coaching and an application package’s checking service. A job board informs about vacant positions of present exhibitors and enables the interested visitors to have a first face to face discussion with the prospective employer.

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IPC APEX Expo 2014

Changing technologies that are driving the electronics industry will be center stage throughout the IPC APEX EXPO® technical conference, which takes place Tuesday, March 25 to Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

In keeping with the event’s theme, “New Ideas … For New Horizons,” industry experts will present 100 technical papers detailing original research and innovations in the areas of board fabrication and design, electronics assembly and test.

Visit our Show Central area for IPC APEX Expo 2014 to see what's in store on the show floor.


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