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80 The PCB Magazine • October 2016 1 Weiner's World People in the printed circuit and electronic packaging in- dustries often ask me about re-shoring. My response generally is that re-shoring is a myth. It seems that when- ever I try to contact someone by email I get an automated response stating, "I am cur- rently in China and will return to my office on…" 2 Happy's Essential Skills: Computer-Aided- Manufacturing, Part 1— Automation Protocols I have addressed automa- tion planning previously in this series, so I hope by now you realize the difference between automation and mechanization. In printed circuit fabrication and as- sembly, most of what is ad- vertised is mechanization. But when you get to assembly test, then you begin to see true auto- mated solutions. 3 All About Flex: FAQs on RoHS for Flex Circuits In 2003, the European Union (EU) adopted RoHS, which restricts the use of certain materials in elec- tronic products and elec- tronic equipment. The intent is to reduce the environmental impact of known hazardous materi- als and has driven changes in manufacturing processes and materials used to manufacture a wide array of electronic products. 4 EPTE Newsletter: Sony Sells Battery Division to Murata Large electronics companies in Japan continue to lose market share in the global arena. This erosion of market share has had a rip- ple effect on Japa- nese printed circuit manufacturers that supplied these electronic companies; when they sneeze, printed circuit manufacturers catch cold. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCB007

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