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MAY 2021 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 93 5 Plexus Announces Construction of Manufacturing Facility in Bangkok, Thailand E Plexus, a global player in complex prod- uct design, manufacturing, supply chain and aermarket services, announced that it broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Bangkok, ailand. 6 Global Connections: Staying in Spec E To ensure that your custom cable assembly meets required specifications, the fabricator needs a well-equipped labora- tory. e laboratory requires a variety of specialized test equipment to ensure that the cable harness assembly meets and exceeds expected results. Typical required laboratory equipment includes high voltage test units, environmental salt spray chambers, state of the art tempera- ture cycling units, ultraviolet aging simulators, strain and stress relief measuring equipment, and bending and flexing test equipment. Col- umnist Cooler Cao explains. 7 Absolute EMS Invests in High-End, Large Format Wave Solder System E Absolute EMS, Inc., a provider of turnkey and consignment manufacturing services, has invested in a large format JAGUAR N450 high- end lead and lead-free wave soldering system. 8 Excerpt: The Printed Circuit Assembler's Guide to... SMT Inspection: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond, Chapter 1 E Today, optical inspection systems are the preferred solution for in-line quality control in the SMT industry. Systems such as solder paste inspection (SPI) or automated optical inspection (AOI) systems for pre- and post- reflow are almost standard in every produc- tion facility. 9 10 Ways to Identify Counterfeit ICs E While other visual inspection techniques provide important insight into component qual- ity and authenticity, nothing exceeds X-ray inspection for fast, accurate, non-destructive evaluation. J IPC CFX Update v1.3 E ere are some very interest- ing additions in this release, including messages for predic- tive maintenance and smart energy management. As CFX is an IPC standard, the indus- try is assured of open content, designed to evolve Industry 4.0 manufacturing for every- one. For the latest news and information, visit Subscribe to our newsletters or premium content at my I-Connect007. Cooler Cao Bill Cardoso Michael Ford

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