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88 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2019 Electronic Manufacturing Files: What We Need for PCB Assembly E As PCB assemblers, manufacturing is all about taking data and delivering good working circuit boards. It can be just data, as in full turn-key, data plus some parts, or a partial turn-key or a kitted job. Regardless of whether you're sending parts and boards or having us buy everything, PCB assemblers need good data, and a lot of it. 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 purposes. Therefore, the use of adequate reflow soldering processes is critical for producing solder joints that are acceptable for their end-product use environment. Overcoming the Challenges of Miniaturiza- tion 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 printing, and how new stencil technologies can reduce first-pass defects. Electrolube on Managing Thermal Interfaces and Conformal Coatings E Electrolube's Jade Bridges, global technical support manager, speaks with I-Connect007 Technical Editor Pete Starkey about how to manage thermal management interfaces for maximum heat transfer efficiency. She also provides an update on conformal coatings. Dr. Cortney Baker to Keynote WIE Reception at IPC APEX EXPO E Dr. Cortney Baker, nationally recognized author- ity on women in leadership, will speak at the IPC APEX EXPO Women in Electronics reception on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Powerful Prototypes: What Is Your Supply Chain Telling You About Components? E Right now, many, many parts are in short supply, or unavailable with extraordinarily long lead times. Allocation is the word of the day and substitutions are your friend. Sure, electronics components shortage happens every now and then in this industry. It's a periodic nuisance, but what should you do for the long term? Read on. Understanding the Benefits of CFX E In an interview with SMT007 Magazine, David Fenton, group customer support manager for Blakell Europlacer, discusses the technical chal- lenges and the impact of the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) initiative on the PCB assembly industry, and what manufactur- ers can expect from this electronics assembly connectivity standard. How to Avoid Supply Chain Disruption this Chinese New Year E To avoid any negative impact on deliveries or lead-times during the Chinese New Year, the best tactic is to start planning early. And while there's no need to panic buy, you'll definitely want to think ahead when communicating with your PCB suppliers.

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