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100 SMT Magazine • January 2017 The Value-Added Chain and its Dependence on Clean Air Analysis of possible impacts of airborne pol- lutants on indirect activities within the value- added chain shows that all three subdivisions are concerned. • Production resources and rooms must not be polluted • Product quality and cleanliness must be guaranteed under all circumstances— restricted functionality is intolerable • Employee protection is of highest importance—regulatory bodies determine the demands to be achieved Extraction and filtration in electronics pro- duction goes far beyond the vacuum clean- er principle. It is not just a case of dirt remov- al but to eliminate hazardous substances in the air that may have negative impacts on humans, machines and products, and consequently on the entire value-added chain. SMT Reference 1. Porter, Michael Eugene, Competitive Ad- vantage, Free Press, New York 1985. Stefan Meissner is the head of corporate communication at ULT AG. THE INFLUENCE OF CLEAN AIR ON THE VALUE-ADDED CHAIN IN ELECTRONICS PRODUCTION Figure 4: Soldering fume extraction at manual workplace—utilization of a suction pipe mounted on an extraction arm. To know more about the challenges of dealing with millennials in manufacturing, and, of course, the unique advantages that they bring to the table, read Davina McDonnell's column Millennials in Manufacturing. Millennials in Manufacturing 101: How to Get Millennials to Join Your Electronics Manufacturing Company Step 8: Integrate a gamepad in your equipment for control and monitoring. s

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