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The Importance of Drying in PCB Cleaning

MicroCare

There are four steps to successfully cleaning PCBs (printed circuit boards). Wet, scrub, rinse and dry. The wet, scrub and rinse operations are obvious. Wet the board with a pure cleaning fluid. Scrub it using a good quality scrubbing brush. Then rinse it off with more clean fluid.  However, the dry step is often overlooked […]

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Why You Should Clean a No Clean Flux

Microcare

Many small-component PCBs (printed circuit boards) are assembled today with no-clean solder pastes. No-clean solders were formulated to speed up the manufacturing process by eliminating the need for cleaning circuit boards after reflow. The solder paste did not need to be removed and could stay in place without any detrimental effect to the function, performance […]

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How test equipment for connectors has contributed to the evolution of automotive electronics

Ingun

The development of the automobile towards a climate-neutral, networked and autonomous vehicle ultimately depends on the progress of the electronics installed. The real-time transmission of data not only poses technological challenges for components such as connectors, but also requires efficient testing technology that helps to ensure quality and reduce costs. The steady increase in the […]

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Modern Electronics Require Updated Cleaning Methods

Microcare

Benchtop cleaning is an important step in the assembly of printed circuit boards. Whether it be during initial manufacture or during post-reflow assembly, it is critical that you properly clean PCBs before moving on to the next step in the manufacturing process. Before shipping brand-new or repaired circuit boards out the door, manufacturers need to […]

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4 Types of PCB Contamination and How to Remove Them

Microcare

Modern electronics are everywhere in our world, making life better for nearly every person on the planet. And today’s electronic components are smaller and more complex than ever before. Manufacturers are squeezing micro components like CSP, flip chip, micro BGA and QFN packages into tighter spaces on the PCBAs.

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WHITE PAPER – Fast Thermal Characterization and Testing of Your Electronic Devices

Keysight

Save Time and Reduce Costs During Product Development Why Do You Need Fast Thermal Characterization? The thermal characterization process is often a rigorous and painstaking task. It involves wiring setups of multiple temperature points and measuring other types of signals such as voltage, current, resistance, and more. To accurately characterize the prototype product, you need […]

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4 Things to Consider When Using a DAQ as a Data Logger

Keysight

There is a growing trend across all industries to design feature-rich products. The more features added to a product, the more complex the test development becomes. So, how do you improve your test development cycle time, choose the right components and setup to optimize your test time, and improve the accuracy of your test system? […]

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True 3D AOIs to improve your production quality

Koh Young

Abstract 3D Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems have become an integral solution for the surface-mount technology (SMT) industry. These systems have become more important for manufacturers, because they provide incomparable reliability to help maintain high quality of boards with thousands of solder joints. However, does this mean every 3D AOI can be the ultimate gatekeeper […]

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32kHz Design for Lower Power Applications

Geyer Quartz Technology

Reducing Power Consumption for 32kHz Quartz Crystal Oscillator Circuit   Abstract   The intent of this investigation is to show the advantages of 32kHz crystals with reduced CL and lower ESR over conventional 32kHz crystals with regard to power consumption, oscillation allowance, starting time and drive level. The following draft confirms the advantage of the use of […]

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Comparison of a Crystal Oscillator to a MEMS Oscillator – Crystal vs MEMS – Oscillator Performance

Geyer Electronic

Comparison of a Crystal Oscillator to a MEMS Oscillator Crystal vs MEMS – Oscillator Performance Abstract The Selection of an oscillator for electronic devices and communications system equipment is a major factor affecting system performance.  In this application note, we have measured and will compare two different types of oscillators: 1. A fundamental Quartz Crystal oscillator and […]

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The UK PCB industry and facing the electronics challenges of the future

PCB fabricators in the UK are facing the challenges of being able to make the PCB’s that the designers need to accommodate these modern packages. This is no easy challenge, fabricators based in Asia and other European countries are providing their customers with advanced capabilities that not long ago were not possible. Not only do […]

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Industry 4.0 – Calling for Standards

By Kim Sauer, Scoop (@kimsauermedia)

Industry 4.0 is gaining even more momentum. It was a dominant theme at Nepcon South China – there it’s called ‘Made in China 2025’ – and no doubt it will be a key topic at SMTAI in a couple of weeks’ time. In fact, I’ll be there conducting a number of round-table discussions at the […]

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Baking Printed Circuit Boards – Why and How

Bob Willis

“Only bake boards when rarely necessary and review the need periodically to avoid the unnecessary process stage. Often when you start to bake, it becomes the norm and in a   couple of years everyone forgets why they started. Baking can have a marked effect on the solderability of the PCB so avoid it, it makes […]

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