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98 SMT Magazine • August 2015 1 Inspection: The Last Line of Defense Traditionally a non-value-added step, inspection is still the best, last line of defense against defects and a bad reputation. in this interview by i-con- nect007 publisher barry Matties, viscom's guido bornemann discusses the true value of inspection and how to best use the tools to prevent defects, including head-in-pillow, from being shipped to customers. 2 Taking the Human Out of Hand Soldering: Is it a Must? At the recent nEPCon Show in Shanghai, i-Con- nect007 publisher barry Matties stopped by the WKK booth where Japan unix (represented by WKK in china) was displaying its new robotic sol- dering technology. in this interview, general Man- ager Hirofumi Kono explains why this new tech- nology makes so much sense. 3 Parylene and Wearable Devices The life of a wearable device is harder than it might seem. it could be exposed to summer in phoenix or winter in Minneapolis. it also gets exposed to corrosive spray when it is taken to the beach or on a boat. considering such challenges, this article talks about why parylene is the most appropriate choice for conformal coating compounds when it comes to protecting wearable devices. 4 Reliability Study of Bottom Terminated Components This article series discusses bottom terminated components (bTc), and the stress and strain on these components when it comes to solder joints. in part 1, the authors look at the impact of large voids at the thermal pads of bTc components and their impact on solder joint reliability. toP ten Recent Highlights from SMT007 98 SMT Magazine • August 2015

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