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April 19, 2019
Worker Shortages Plague EU Electronics OEMs
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The electronics industry has enjoyed strong growth in 2017 and 2018, but the ability to find and retain skilled workers has remained a critical challenge. It’s been a recurrent theme in the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly factory index, and now the European Union (EU) fears its workforce will be stressed as electronics employment grows. A shortage of skilled workers is the industry’s top business ...
EBN
New Apple lab uses robots to rip apart devices for recycling materials
Apple Inc is notorious for keeping what happens in its laboratories a closely guarded secret. But the iPhone maker plans to share openly everything that happens ...
Reuters
Handling Risk Mitigation in Hand Soldering
Some hand soldering systems evaluate joint quality by calculating the intermetallic compound formation/ providing an enclosed loop feedback (qualitative output). But ...
Technical Paper
China's Huawei makes second attempt at Brazil smartphone market
China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is making a second attempt at cracking the Brazilian smartphone market, the fourth-largest in the world, with the launch of two ...
Reuters
Strategies For Ensuring a Smooth Assembly Process
New Generation of Conformal Coatings for Challenging Operating Environments
US Army & nScrypt Direct Digitally Manufacture 3D Printed Circuit Structure
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Apple, Qualcomm Deal Leaves Open Questions
Apple and Qualcomm announced that they have dropped all litigation in a multi-billion-dollar patent licensing dispute that has dragged on for more than two years ...
EPS News
U.S. Congress Finally Gets Some Good Ideas About IoT Security
In 2016, attacks such as the Mirai botnet took down several popular websites, and in doing so, brought attention to the need for security for Internet of Things (IoT) ...
IEEE Spectrum
Automakers invest heavily in electric vehicles despite still-low demand
Demand for electric vehicles remains low in the U.S. market, but industry executives at the New York auto show this week said they are pushing ahead with billions of ...
Reuters
Next iPhone could feature an ultra-wide lens
A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by 9to5Mac details the cameras in the next-generation iPhones. The report confirms previous rumors ...
TechCrunch
China Stimulus Not Good Enough. Beijing Planning Even More.
Good thing you didn't short China. China's stimulus measures have helped the market all year. Wall Street loves it because it's money in the bank. But Beijing thinks ...
Forbes
Why AI Isn't the Death of Jobs
A probable outcome for companies that use AI only to increase efficiency. Companies using AI to drive innovation are likely to increase head count than reduce it. ...
Circuit Insight - Technology Briefing
Check out this 'iPhone Z' folding phone concept
While a number of companies are embracing the idea of a foldable phone, we haven't heard much from Apple about any plans it may have to jump on the bandwagon. ...
TechSpot
5 Unexpected Business Decisions You Should Negotiate
Cash flow problems kill small businesses every year. Wouldn't it be nice to cut some costs and give your company more room to grow -- and yourself less reason to ...
Entrepreneur
Tiny Solder Balls After Reflow
We have been seeing tiny solder balls across our PCB's after reflow. We have baked the boards, cleaned the PCB and stencil with alcohol, used brand new paste, had ...
Circuit Insight - Ask the Experts
Forecasters turn to array of technology to fight floodwaters
An arsenal of new technology is being put to the test fighting floods this year as rivers inundate towns and farm fields across the central United States. Drones, ...
The Washington Post
Samsung gets reports of Galaxy Fold screen problems, raising specter of Note 7 fiasco
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it has received "a few" reports of damage to the displays of samples of its upcoming foldable smartphone, raising the prospect of a ...
Reuters
U.S., China Aim for Early-May Announcement on Trade Deal
Senior U.S. and Chinese officials are scheduling more face-to-face trade talks in an effort to reach a deal by early-May that President Donald Trump and his Chinese ...
Bloomberg
Don't Worry, Be H(AI)ppy
Can we trust artificial intelligence now that some AIs are getting so sophisticated it’s beyond human capacity to understand them? Can we rely on AI programmers ...
EE Times
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QFN Open Solder Joints
We are experiencing opens on assembled QFN components at a rate of approx 9%. This component has 2 rows of pads and the failure only appears in rows near the component center. See the yellow area ...
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Georgian Simion
Engineering and Operations Management, Independent Consultant
Kay Parker
Technical Support Engineer, Indium Corporation
Brien Bush
Manufacturing Applications Specialist, Cirtronics Corp.
Richard D. Stadem
Advanced Engineer/Scientist, General Dynamics
Edithel Marietti
Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Northrop Grumman
T.J. Hughes
Manufacturing Engineer, Esterline Interface Technologies
Leo Lambert
Vice President, Technical Director, EPTAC Corporation
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AIM to Participate at SMTA Wisconsin Chapter Expo & Tech Forum
AIM Solder is pleased to announce their participation in the upcoming SMTA Empire Chapter Expo and Tech Forum taking place on May 7, 2019 at Milwaukee ...
AIM Solder
Indium Corporation Earns International Automotive Quality Recognition
Indium Corporation has earned IATF 16949:2016 management system certificates for five of its solder manufacturing facilities in Clinton and Utica, NY, USA ...
Indium Corporation
Metcal to Showcase Connection Validation @ SMTconnect in Nuremburg, Germany
GreenSoft Technology, Inc. Releases Solution to EU REACH Challenge
BTU International Partners with the JW Corporation in Canada
MacDermid Alpha to Promote High Reliability Die Attach Solutions at PCIM
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Sierra RF to Represent Super PCB at Two SMTA Expos in May
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