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JANUARY 2019 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 101 5 SMT Electrolytic Capacitor Solder Joint Criteria and Integrity Investigation E The body configuration of SMT electrolytic capacitors results in the solder joints being only partially visible for optical inspection purpos- es. Therefore, the use of ade- quate reflow soldering pro- cesses is critical for producing solder joints that are acceptable for their end-product use environment. 6 EMS Installs Two Panasonic NPM-W2 Machines E Electronic Manufacturing Solutions Limited (EMS) has installed two new Panasonic NPM- W2 machines. 7 Overcoming the Challenges of Miniaturization with New Stencil Technologies, Part 1: Solder Paste Release E Product miniaturization continues to challenge capabilities in both design and manufacturing in the surface-mount assembly process and has the potential to increase first- pass defects more than ever. Looking at these first-pass defects, time and time again, the solder paste printing process is identified as the largest contributor. This two-part column will look at solder paste release during print- ing, and how new stencil technologies can reduce first-pass defects. 8 Rehm Seminar in Korea Draws a Crowd E Topics such as Industry 4.0, China Smart Man- ufacturing 2025, Artifi- cial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are currently heavily influencing the evolution of traditional manufacturing. 9 Smart Factory a Reality: IPC APEX EXPO 2019 Hosts Two Production Lines E Creating the next generation of digital Industry 4.0 technology standards, IPC will again take a major step forward at IPC APEX EXPO 2019, featuring two live produc- tion lines, at which visitors can see and expe- rience achievements made in digital standards development over the past year. J Defense Speak Interpreted: PERM—Pb-free Electronics Risk Management E In this column, we explore PERM—the Pb-free Electron- ics Risk Management Con- sortium. No, the group mem- bers do not all have curly hair! The name was chosen around 2008 by a group of engineers from aerospace, defense, and harsh environment (ADHE) organizations. For the latest news and information, visit Subscribe to our newsletters or premium content at my I-Connect007.

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