Editors' Top 10 SMT News Stories of 2014


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The past year brought plenty of interesting news items to our readers around the world. As part of our annual industry review, the editors at I-Connect007 have pulled together a list of the top 10 news stories from the pages of SMT Online. Join us for a look back at the top news of the past year.

At #10, IPC Certifies Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard: IPC-1755 was developed under a globally recognized, industry-consensus standards process, which makes it easier for companies to use a single standard for all international operations. Support from AIAG, CFSI, and JEITA highlight the global support for this effort. The association's experience in developing industry-consensus data exchange standards helped standardize the data fields.

At #9, Industry Volunteers Receive IPC President's Award: In recognition of their significant contributions of time, talent, and ongoing leadership in IPC and the electronics industry, six long-time IPC volunteers were presented with IPC President's Awards at IPC APEX EXPO at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At #8, Flextronics Enters New Agreement with RocTool: Flextronics began using RocTool technologies in 2011. However, the new global license expands the agreement to include RocTool's latest injection molding processes for composites and plastic injection and innovations for con

At #7, IPC Updates Electronics Assembly Standards: The documents have been updated to include technical advances in solder on plastic SMT components, new criteria for P-style and solder-charged Butt/I SMT terminations, a change to void criteria for BGAs, and enhancements to the language within the documents to provide ease of use and clarity.

At #6, Celestica: Q4 Meets Guidance; 2013 Revenue Down 11%: "We continued to improve profitability throughout 2013, despite a challenging business environment. We also delivered value to our shareholders through share repurchases, while continuing to make the necessary investments in support of our long-term strategy," said Craig Muhlhauser, president and CEO.

At #5, Javad EMS Adds Large Board Line: With the use of HDI printed circuit boards, more densely populated boards using high pin count BGAs, QFNs and LGAs, micro BGAs, and smaller and smaller devices including 10005s, it seems that assemblies should be getting smaller in size.

At #4, IPC Voices Stand on RoHS2 Substance Revisions: IPC highlighted its disagreement with the UBA identification and ranking of TBBPA as a second highest priority substance for potential restriction under the RoHS Directive. According to an EU Risk Assessment, TBBPA has been found to be safe for human health and the environment and should not be considered for further assessment under the Directive.


At #3, "PERM Council Pb-free Research Priorities" Released by IPC: The association's PERM Council has released a white paper that identifies priority research areas regarding the impact and risks associated with the implementation of lead-free materials in electronics. The research areas include tin whisker failure modes and risk mitigation, complex systems logistics, and lead-free interconnections.

At #2, New Board Members Welcomed by SMTA: The SMTA is pleased to announce its election results for the Board of Directors for the term that began at SMTA International (September 28-October 2, 2014). Debbie Carboni, Kyzen Corporation, was elected as new VP of Expos. Richard Henrick, Sanmina Corporation, was appointed to the Planning Committee.

And, at the #1 spot, IPC Elects Board of Directors: The Nominating and Governance Committee of the IPC Board of Directors presented four candidates for election at the IPC Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO. Three candidates were elected as board officers and will serve two-year terms. One candidate was elected as a first-term director and will serve a four-year term.

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