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94 SMT007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2021 TOP TEN Foundations of the Future: IPC's Generous Support to Upskill Students The electronics industry faces the challenge of attracting talent. The IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) aims to help solve this challenge by increasing awareness of the industry and equip- ping students with valuable industry-standard education to better prepare motivated students for careers in electronics. Knocking Down the Bone Pile: Cleaning of 'No Clean' Fluxes in PCB Rework The original intention of a "no clean" solder was to eliminate the post PCB assembly cleaning process while still not risking any performance or long-term reliability degradation. Some industry surveys indicate that about one-half of assemblers using no clean flux chemistries clean the PCB after assembly. SMT Perspectives and Prospects: Digital Manufacturing—Just-in-Case or Just-in-Time Under the dynamic global-macro factors and the burgeoning digital manufacturing platforms, the construct that is solely based on just-in-time inventory management as a stand- alone practice could be proven inadequate. Considering both just-in-time and just-in-case appear to be a pragmatic model to operate in the digitized enterprise; perhaps a "comforting" approach as well. XRF Analysis Adds to Spirit's Test Services Spirit's new Hitachi EA6000VX bench analyzer can inspect the material composition of your product. XRF inspection is es- sential in military and aerospace supply chains to verify that leads and finishes contain the correct ratio of lead to prevent whiskering.

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