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The August 2017 edition of The PCB Magazine is now available.
Exactly what defines process step elimination and/or automation? So many possibilities! Does it include reducing the number of steps in manufacturing a PCB? Eliminating queue times, inspection or cleaning steps? Is automation adding a hoist to your plating line, or conveyorizing everything? These considerations and more by industry experts will give you plenty to think about as the summer sun sets on the horizon.
Read all about it this month in The PCB Magazine, now on the virtual newsstand and available for delivery in your e-mailbox by subscribing here.
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Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
This year’s event had a well-chosen and varied programme featuring presentations on process chemistry and R&D consortia, a discussion of controversial standards proposals and a review of the experiences of commissioning new technology in a start-up factory.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
This month, we can call our theme PSE&A—a fancy acronym for process step elimination and automation. Sounds straightforward, but what exactly do we mean by “process step elimination?” Does it refer to shortening the numerous steps involved in making a printed circuit board? There sure are a lot of them, but they all must be necessary—or why would we have them?
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
Barry Matties speaks with Optomec’s Pascal Pierra about their LENS printer systems and Aerosol Jet technology, which allows manufacturers to print applications like sensors and antennas on 3D objects. The process is significantly faster and greener than competing technologies.