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86 SMT007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2019 1 X-Rayted Files: Just Because You Can't See the Problem Doesn't Mean It's Not There! E In this new column, Dr. Bill Cardoso will cover everything related to X-rays from cool historical facts to the latest in technological advancements, starting with the discovery of X-rays in 1895. 2 eSMART Factory Conference 2019, Day 1 E The recent eSMART Factory Conference in June in Dear- born, Michigan, was the sec- ond annual conference on the smart factory. SMTA described it as "A technical conference with a focus on electronics manufacturing from software systems/pro- cesses to augmented reality and smart inspec- tion." In this article, Happy Holden gives us the highlights of the conference. 3 The Mannifest: Custom Reflow Ovens and Curing E It seems that a lot of compa- nies in today's market are buy- ing specialized ovens for cur- ing. Did you know that most SMT reflow ovens can be mod- ified by the manufacturer (and quite easily too) for curing applications? In most cases, these ovens will also still work for SMT reflow, eliminating the need to waste pre- cious floor space on a second oven. 4 The Government Circuit: Recession Fears, Trade Wars—What Can We Do? E Despite many strong economic indicators, recent news reports are filled with growing concerns about the risk of a U.S. and global recession in the next 12–24 months. Amid a prolonged trade war between the U.S. and China, and an "inversion" between long-term and short-term bond yields, a recent survey found that 74% of economists predict the next recession will hit by the end of 2021. Editor's Picks from Dr. Bill Cardoso Happy Holden Chris Ellis

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