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Proof Of Design


This article updates one I wrote for Printed Circuit Fabrication Magazine in December 1991. Actually, this article trashes that - and about time. I was much too kind then talking about how to control the HASL process. I really couldn't say it was uncontrollable, as no one, at that time, would have believed such an "advanced", save us all technology could be flawed. Well, it's time to dispel that bunk though some still love the stuff, and there are many staunch defenders selling equipment and process elements as well as those using its effects...


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Rich Larue

Used by electronics manufacturers ProntoTEST-FIXTURE designs the "bed of nails" test fixture and generates circuit description files your Automatic Test Equipment (ATE). Instantly finds non-probable nets, optimizes probe placement and size, creates fixture fabrications files, etc.

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Electronic Manufacturing Exchange #48


Sale Type: Online Auction

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Best Video Soldering Tips


Bob Wettermann

BEST Instructors have put to video demonstrations of common hand soldering skills. These are not designed to be in place of live one on one training where repetitive skills and subsequent one on one feedback is given. Rather they are quick refreshers designed to be viewed if a specific skill has not been practiced in a while.



UP2000 with grid-lok question

Posted by Sr.Tech

We have a UP2000 with grid lok installed on it. We run several assemblies that have component pads close the edge of the board. The side clamps hold the stencil up off the board and we are either getting insufficients or excessive solder paste in those locations.... ��

4790 replacement

Posted by rip

We are looking at replacing our aging 4790 for something. We are replacing our GSM1 with an Advantis. We are a prototype shop and do runs of 5 to 30 normally and once in a while a run of 300. So we are looking for flexibility and ease of set up... ��

HASL board for Press Fit

Posted by Bing

We are using HASL board for Press Fit, without problem in the past until recently. Now we are seeing the solder in the PTH melt and block partially the PTH hole during the reflow. It gives problem when Press Fit. Anyone has advice on this?... ��

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