What Onshoring Means for North America
The 2013 update to the study, "On-Shoring in the Electronics Industry: Trends and Outlook for North America," published by IPC, confirms that companies have continued to locate new operations in North America and are returning some existing operations to the region.
Report Recommendation: IPC's Forecast for N.A. PCB Industry
How many times have taken part in a discussion about our business and started guessing about the size of the market, how much business is left in North America, or what the size of the flex market is? I know that it happens to me all the time. I have to ask, "Why are we guessing?"
Stacked Packages Moving Into Spotlight
IPC's Terry Costlow relates: "Heinz Oyrer, the senior marketing manager for automotive at ams, casually mentioned a couple of changes occurring in the high-reliability components sold to automakers. The company makes magnetic sensors, power devices, and wireless components for autos as well as consumer and industrial markets."
Printed Electronics: Chemical Industry Wins
The chemical industry will end up with most of the added value from printed electronics, one of the fastest growing technologies in the world. Worth over $50 billion to the materials and chemicals industry in 2024, the resultant devices and processes are of vital interest to industries as diverse as consumer goods, healthcare, aerospace, electronics, media, and transit.
What's New in Solderable Finishes?
With the need for increased reliability and compatibility for lead-free assembly, the supply chain continues to improve the performance of solderable finishes. Latest developments include post-treatment additives for improved corrosion resistance, fourth-generation OSP, improved performance for ENIG. Finally, the future of ENEPIG is discussed.
TTM Technologies Q2 Net Sales Up 4%
"Overall results for the second quarter were in line with our guidance," said Kent Alder, CEO. "During the quarter, we experienced broad-based strength in our networking and communications end market in both Asia Pacific and North America. We saw some softness in our computing end market while our other end markets remained steady."
Design for Profitability: Avoiding Fabrication Issues and Minimizing Costly Revisions
At last, PCB designers are finally realizing the power they wield: They have the power to design profit into the board, or, conversely, increase costs and remove profit from the PCB. Mark Thompson reviews the challenges fabricators routinely face and presents typical DFP solutions affecting the bottom line.
Trouble in Your Tank: Optimizing the Soldermask Process, Part 2
Soldermask ink wet weight and rheology will influence not only how much ink is deposited onto the board, but will also help determine mask coverage over conductors, says columnist Michael Carano. Good practice includes ink thixotropic properties, and transverse--laminar air flow over the boards--during flash off and tack dry.
I-Connect007 PCB Asia Week: Market Drivers
Although some PCB companies, such as Ichia, are seeing revenues drops in June, most companies are bullish for the rest of the year. TPT and Tripod are expected to benefit from Samsung and LG's commencing production of ultra HD TVs. Kinsus, meanwhile, is forecast to achieve a 10% growth in Q3, driven by orders for low-end to mid-range smartphones.
Microvia Fabrication: When to Drill, When to Blast!
As today's designs become increasingly dense, PCB fabricators' capabilities are tested--especially when drilling for microvias. By using DFM rules, fabricators can match the best method of manufacturing with the type of microvia incorporated into a design. Moreover, many fabricators will be surprised to discover which capabilities they may already have in-house.
The Future of PE: Assuming the Shape of 3D
Ken Church, CEO of nScrypt Capital, enthusiastically speaks about the future of electronics, specifically 3D printed electronics. Imagine, resistors and capacitors that print directly onto a third dimension--a UAV with active printed 3D electronics built into the shape of a wing or a table the shape of a computer. He even predicts a melding of the PCB industry to printed electronics.
Hall of Fame Roundtable Welcomes Lionel Fullwood
Guest Editor Bob Neves moderates this roundtable panel of IPC Hall of Famers and welcomes Lionel Fullwood, who was inducted into the IPC Hall of Fame along with Ray Prasad. Neves, Dan Feinberg, Gene Weiner, and Fullwood discuss their common link.
Nordson's Q2 Sales Up 21% to Record $382 Million
"Our team continued to deliver value to our customers at a high level across the diverse end markets we serve, while also focusing on continuous improvement initiatives, resulting in another excellent quarter," said President and Chief Executive Officer Michael F. Hilton.
Innovation, R&D, Training Key Strategies for OMG Electronic
Global Business Manager Chris Hrusovsky discusses OMG Electronic Chemicals' focus on product innovation, direct customer support, and on-site technical service. He also explains his company's model of direct tech support and continued investment in the North American, European, and Asian markets.
The Future Is Closer Than You Think!
Dr. Kaku, famous as a theoretical physicist, futurist and populariser of science, held the attention of a packed San Diego Convention Center audience with his views on the way technology could dramatically reshape how people would live and play 20 years into the future.
Future Drill and Lamination Products from Matrix
Jim Alves, regional sales manger for Matrix Electronics, joins Guest Editor Mark Thompson to discuss the benefits and the future of his company's Megtron multilayer laminate. Edson Bosetti, product manger, joins the conversation to speak about Matrix's other drill and lamination products.
Maskless DI System a Smart Solution for Prototron
"American-made," "a great value," and "impressive technology"--these are just a few of the reasons Prototron recently decided to invest in a Maskless DI system. Guest Editor Stuart Hayton finds out more by speaking with Dave Ryder, president, and Mark Thompson, CID, of Prototron, and Maskless Lithography, Inc. President and CEO Bill Elder.
Understanding Environmental & Conflict Minerals Regulations
To help electronics manufacturers better understand today's compliance requirements and sustainability trends, IPC will hold two back-to-back events, "IPC Conflict Minerals Update: Developing Industry Practices" and "It's Not Easy Being Green: Regulatory and Sustainability Update" in Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 3-5, 2013.
The Ins and Outs of Technology Roadmaps
Technology roadmaps serve multiple purposes in the industry and they come in many shapes and sizes, from technical to environmental. Jack Fisher, Interconnect Technology Analysis; Michael Weinhold, EIPC; Chuck Richardson, iNEMI; and Dale Kersten, Sanmina, discuss the many sides of technology roadmaps.
High-Speed Boards Need Automated Checking
A set of PCB protos typically costs $250,000 or more, not to mention a couple of months of schedule. The solution is to assemble the pieces of the system to see if they function correctly, and it's faster and cheaper to do so in a simulation than to wait for hardware prototypes. Michael Steinberger wonders why automated checking of serial channel interconnects is still not common, and he offers some tips.
Taiyo Coatings: Covering All Things PCB
Bob MacRae and Donald Monn, sales managers for Taiyo America, join Guest Editor Kelly Dack to discuss legend inks, laser direct imaging, and their company's new PRISM coating solution.
Interdyne Reveals New Mechanical Drilling Technology
Mike Jennings, vice president, sales and marketing of Interdyne Systems, explains how the company's new, patented machines use a wing in the X direction and linear motors on the drill heads in the Y and Z direction, reducing the mass of motion dramatically and allowing for high-speed and high-hit-count drilling of small and high-aspect ratio holes.
Aismalibar Unveils Thermal Laminate for LED
Aismalibar's Jeff Brandman, president, North America, and Aaron Harlow, director of customer relations and technical support, join Guest Editor Joe Fjelstad to discuss the benefits of a new aluminum-based laminate which addresses the important challenges encountered in the manufacture of LED substrates.
HABI: Enabling Photo-Lithography in Electronics for 50 Years
Hexaarylbiimidazole, better known as HABI, is a photoactive material that rapidly initiates free radical polymerization. Original applications were in lithographic printing plates, photoresists, and other light-sensitive systems. Since then, the digital revolution has changed the use and requirements of photopolymerization compositions in modern electronic systems, including PCBs.
Best of Show: Industry Veterans Weigh In
Pete Starkey, Joe Fjelstad, Dan Feinberg, and John Andresakis talk shop at the culmination of IPC APEX EXPO 2013. The industry veterans weigh in on technology and machinery present on the show floor this year, where the industry is headed, and the importance of an organization like IPC.
Manufacturing Renaissance: For Show or For Real?
Editor Ray Rasmussesn feels that it really never made sense to send most U.S. manufacturing to China. For some products, China was a no-brainer, but for many others it wasn't the lowest-cost producer. Now, he says more and more companies are beginning to figure that out.
OEM Press Systems Moving Forward
Mary Quinlan, sales manager, talks about the loss of company founder Jon Copp, his legacy, and the company's plans for the future. With solid engineering and operations, OEM Press Systems is introducing a series of new, innovative systems to the market.
A Techie Book Review: Pulse Plating
This book features chapters covering all aspects of pulse plating, from the fundamentals to the equipment and processes for the deposition of a range of metals. Conveniently, the book is arranged in four sections that start with the fundamentals and then move through implementation to applications and, finally, special systems.