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JUNE 2021 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 95 nologies, forced air flow and fluid cooling may also be used, however, these may not be suit- able for all devices as they may require extra space or technology to successfully imple- ment. is again shows the flexibility of ther- mal management compounds that can be used at the interface of a component and heat sink device, thus improving heat dissipation from the source. Heat dissipation in compact electronic assemblies is a vital design issue, which, if not fully appraised at the design stage, could cause premature product failure and loss of supplier reputation. Most electronic components are low power and produce negligible amounts of heat in their operation, however some devices, such as LEDs, power transistors, CPUs, and power diodes produce a significant amount of heat. Failure to effectively dissipate this heat away from the component or device can also lead to reliability concerns and reduced oper- ational lifetimes. Sufficiently implementing thermal management at the early design phase and evaluating it from concept to manufactur- ing will create reliable devices with an extended life expectancy. ere's a lot to consider when selecting the appropriate thermal manage- ment material, however, our technical support team can help designers find the right solution for specific heat transfer challenges. I hope this column has been useful and of course, we are always happy to help and advise. In the mean- time, watch for my next column on thermal management. DESIGN007 Jade Bridges is global technical support manager at Electrolube. To read past columns from Elec- trolube, click here. Download your free copy of Electrol- ube's book, The Printed Circuit Assembler's Guide to… Confor- mal Coatings for Harsh Environments, and watch the micro webinar series "Coatings Uncoated!" Nolan Johnson speaks with Roger Harts about some of the current complications around manufac- turing electronics in China and how ICAPE Group works as a vital supplier partner to OEMs and com- panies hoping to manufacture in Asia. Harts is the director of ICAPE USA and has been for the last five years. ICAPE USA is a member of ICAPE GROUP, a global printed circuit board company, also manufactur- ing custom-made technical parts. According to Harts, with roughly 2,500 custom- ers, ICAPE delivers 22 million circuit boards a month, and another five million custom- made technical parts. Johnson: We wanted to focus on ICAPE Group's work in China. Let's start with an overview; what's happening in China for ICAPE Group? Harts: Even though our corporate headquarters is in Paris, France, our largest office is in Chang'an, just outside of Shenzhen, where we have over 250 people working in different departments such as engineering, purchasing, laboratory testing, qual- ity, logistics, etc. Because of the pandemic it's very difficult to travel to China, to audit factories and main- tain working relationships, but because of the size of our office in China, we can provide those types of ser- vices to customers. Prior to the pandemic, we flew in a lot of people to tour facilities and offices, and we worked with them to audit factories as well. Our China office has become a true advantage. In fact, it is the largest office for any company with a similar business model. Click here to continue. ICAPE Group Offers Boots on the Ground Support in Asia Roger Harts

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