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Top Story September 28, 2016
Leaning on Suppliers: The Push to Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing continues to gain momentum with companies around the globe, improving their operational, financial, & customer service performance. Manufacturing ...

Industry News
GE Plugs into Industrial Internet
Plugging utilities and factories into Web services and third-party apps is no easy feat. Just ask Rich Carpenter, the executive behind the Industrial Internet Control ...
EE Times
Bringing IoT data into public clouds is getting easier
The formidable processing power and analytical tools available in public clouds could make industrial IoT more effective and less expensive. But bringing IoT ...
LED bulbs can bring heat
I had a CFL fail the other day at our upstate house but when I went to the local hardware store to buy a replacement, there was nothing like it to be found. I did ...
iPhone 7 sales may be lower than the iPhone 6s, analyst claims
Right out of the gate, the iPhone 7 appeared to be just what Apple needed to make analysts forget about disappointing iPhone sales. The iPhone 6s, if you recall, marked ...
Big Computer Makers Cozy Up to Microsoft's Cloud
Cloud computing has thrown computer makers into a forbidding landscape where prospective customers have incentives to rely on external service providers rather ...
The Wall Street Journal
Test for Spray Fluxer Uniformity
How can we verify that our spray fluxer is uniformly spraying flux over the entire surface of our circuit board? What's new in the world of spray fluxing? The Assembly ...
Circuit Insight - Board Talk

IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip Tested for Deep Learning
The deep learning software driving the modern artificial intelligence revolution has mostly run on fairly standard computer hardware. Some tech giants such as Google ...
IEEE Spectrum
6 Tips for Goal-Setting That, Trust Me, They Don't Teach You in College
Years ago, my boss, who's the vice president of human resources at our company, asked me to write my goals for the year. Having never had any training in, and no ...
Recommended Lead to Hole Ratio
What is the proper minimum gap between a round conductor lead and a PCB hole that will allow for a proper solder fill?
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
Wearable Devices to Reach 501M Shipments by 2021
ABI Research forecasts global wearable device shipments to increase from nearly 202 million in 2016 to more than 501 million by 2021. While roughly 17% of these will ...
Electronics Purchasing Strategies
iNEMI Lead-free Wave Soldering Project
Paper provides an understanding of how wave soldering parameters correlate to performance and in selecting process parameters.
Circuit Insight - Production Floor
Amazon's Newest Ambition: Competing Directly With UPS and FedEx
Just before the morning rush hour on a recent Thursday, a brigade of vans rolled up to a low-slung warehouse near Los Angeles International Airport. Workers in bright ...
The Wall Street Journal

Dutch Startup Touts Ethically Responsible Supply Chain
Dutch startup Fairphone is basing its business model on its ability to source components for its smartphones from ethically responsible suppliers and production ...
4 Ways to Motivate Employees to Achieve Phenomenal Results Every Day
Motivating your employees day-in and day-out is no easy task. But, if you want to keep them engaged, productive, and happy, then it's a necessity if you want your ...
Gartner Says Organizations Need to Master Two Dimensions of Mobility
With the convergence of devices, bots, things and people, organizations will need to master two dimensions of mobility, according to Gartner, Inc. CIOs and IT leaders ...
Worldwide Security Appliance Market Growth Driven by Strong UTM Performance in the First Half of the Year, According to IDC
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Security Appliance Tracker, the total security appliance market showed positive year ...
Apple still leads in smartwatch sales, but sector growth slow, says Kantar Worldpanel
As of July 2016, 15.2% of US consumers owned either a smartwatch or fitness band compared to 8.1% for the four major markets in Europe - the UK, Germany, France ...
Bringing Far-flung Manufacturing Operations into Line
The simplest analysis for manufacturing a new printed circuit board (PCB) assumes that once you have decided on specifics, including parts, assembly equipment ...
Rising notebook demand causing shortages in many components
With demand for notebooks stronger than expected and notebook component suppliers conservative about their shipments, several components including panel, battery ...
Press Releases
STI Electronics Receives Industry Award for Manufacturing Services
KYZEN Receives Its 55th Award for Cleaning Chemistries at SMTAI
Alpha to Feature New Product Innovations at SMTA Austin Expo
ZESTRON® EYE Global Success by the Numbers
CyberOptics Wins the Global Technology Award for AOI
Ersa Wins Industry Award for Its Selective Soldering Capabilities
Horizon Sales Receives Its Fourth Consecutive GTA during SMTAI
Batch Circuit board Cleaner and ROSE Tester in one Machine
Optomec to Showcase 3D Printed Electronics at Sensors Midwest
PVA Introduces Spectra, the Redesigned UV Light Curing System
Kester to Exhibit at the SMTA Guadalajara Expo Forum 2016
Imagination licenses UltraSoC IP
SMTAi paper regarding Edgebond Adhesive for enhancing BLR
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Ask the Experts
Solder Balls During Selective Soldering
When selective soldering the secondary side, we are producing solder balls on the primary side. We are also ...
Responses by:
Todd O'Neil, Business Development Manager, Scienscope
Alan Cable, President, ACE Production Technologies
Georgian Simion, Engineering and Operations Management, Independent Consultant
Peter Biocca, Senior Market Development Engineer, Kester

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Quote of the Day
"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
Alexander Hamilton
What Year Was It?
Ted Williams Last Player to Bat .400
Ted Williams Last Player to Bat .400
The Boston Red Sox's Ted Williams plays a double-header against the Philadelphia Athletics on the last day of the season and gets 6 hits in 8 trips to the plate, to boost his batting average to .406.
The day was Sep 28. What year was it?
Sep 27, 2016: SMTA International Electronics Exhibition
Oct 5, 2016: Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum
Oct 11, 2016: Austin (CTEA) Expo & Tech Forum
Oct 18, 2016: IWLPC- Wafer-Level Packaging Conference & Exhibition
Oct 19, 2016: Long Island Expo & Tech Forum
Oct 20, 2016: Intermountain Utah Expo & Tech Forum
Oct 24, 2016: SMT-BGA-BTC Design & Manufacturing
Cartoon of the Day
"Information security is becoming a big problem here. Do you still have my Captain Crunch decoder ring, Ma?"
Copyright © Randy Glasbergen
Test Your Knowledge Answer
What is the most common non-contagious disease in the world?
Answer: Tooth decay