The article focuses on the use of three-dimensional (3D) printing in electronics industry. Topics include the important role of 3D printing in businesses that manufacture hard products and its benefits, the potential application of 3D prototyping methods in the manufacturing of electronics equipment without using solder, and the conservation of time when using 3D printing technique in making rapid prototypes.
SEMICONDUCTOR industry, INTEGRATED circuits industry, ELECTRONIC industries, and PRINTED circuits
The article offers news briefs related to the semiconductor industry. The new MC-400 bench top pick-and-place machine bring prototyping, short-run, and low-volume PCB assembly jobs. The TAP-Isolator, a special module has been introduced by GOEPEL Electronic Ltd. electronic to improve interference immunity in serial scan operations.
ELECTRONIC industries, ELECTROPLATING, ALLOYS, and SOLDER & soldering
The article reports on the importance of lead-free solder alloy in adjusting reflow profiles, assembling with nitrogen, and designing boards in the U.S. It states that a drop-in lead-free replacement for tin or lead solders will allow assemblers to shorten time-consuming prototyping, testing, and development work. It notes that additional dopants may be beneficial to overcome stiffening effects seen when copper is used in solder alloys, especially for assemblies under high strain rates.
ELECTRONIC industries, MANUFACTURES, INDUSTRIAL management, BUSINESS finance, and FINANCIAL statements
The article focuses on managing an electronic manufacturing service (EMC) business. EMC entrepreneurs should be aware of the methods of assessing the company's performance and potential growth by looking unto the company's financial statements. There are several aspects to be considered in analyzing electronic industries, such as international links, design capability, quick-turn prototyping, niche technology, and customer diversification.
The article provides a glimpse of acquisition trends in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry. Companies are being acquired to establish local prototyping locations or add diversification to EMS service offerings. Successful EMS companies are becoming more vertically integrated to offer additional services to their customers under one business structure. In the EMS world, it is cheaper to buy capabilities than to develop new processes or methodologies. The largest EMS companies today own design, materials, plastics, optics, assembly, test and integration capabilities.