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76 SMT007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2019 Smart Factories Are Smart With Their Components: Are You? E Have you ever been in a situation where your production has stopped because you do not have the correct component? How about a sig- nificant unknown shortage in your stockroom that cannot be explained by production or the store's team? Maybe you have been in the dif- ficult situation of trying to explain that the lead time of a product has increased to your end customer? Read on. MIRTEC Partners with Southwest Systems Technology E MIRTEC has appointed Southwest Systems Technology Inc. as its manufacturers' repre- sentative. With offices in Texas and Mexico, Southwest Systems Technology will provide sales and support for MIRTEC's award-winning inspection systems in the states of Texas, Okla- homa, Arkansas, and Louisiana. KIC and Mentor Partner on Integrated Thermal Process Technology for Industry 4.0 E KIC announces technology collaboration with Mentor, a Siemens Business, leveraging KIC's professional knowledge on thermal processes and Mentor's comprehensive expertise on SMT manufacturing towards Industry 4.0. More Than Inspection: It's Process Improvement E Barry Matties speaks with Brian D'Amico, president of MIRTEC, about the current state of machine-to-machine communication in the industry, and how the inspection company is interfacing with the different manufacturing languages currently available to gather predic- tive data and feedback from every inspection step to eliminate future defects. Rehm: From Challenges Come Opportunities E Strong connections bridge even the widest dis- tances—whether spatially or technically in the case of the Hermes standard. By participating in this initiative, Rehm Thermal Systems is al- so contributing to making system networking within SMT manufacturing easier, quicker and more efficient in the future. SMS Selects Metcal CV-500 System E Smart Made Simple's (SMS's) strategic capital equipment partner Metcal has selected them as the first company in the U.K. to trial the New Metcal CV-500 system, the latest addition to their connection Validation family of prod- ucts. EMS Installs Second MEK AOI Machine E Electronic Manufacturing Solutions (EMS) Limited has installed a new MEK PowerSpec- tor GTAz+GDAz 550BTL CE 9 camera inline AOI machine. IPC Commends Passage of FIRST STEP Act E John Mitchell, president and CEO of IPC, is- sued the following statement on the U.S. Sen- ate's vote this week to enact a criminal justice reform bill called the FIRST STEP Act. Powerful Prototypes: Eight PCB Assembly Tips for 2019 E 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 pre- dictions 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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