Lights Out

Bastin, Lisa Hamburg
August 2004
Circuits Assembly;Aug2004, Vol. 15 Issue 8, p7
Trade Publication
The ultimate manufacturing facility is a lights out kind of place. Profiles adjusting themselves; closed-loop feedback humming along, tweaking printing, placement and other bugbears of manufacturing; and, ultimately, perfect assemblies whisking off the line with shiny solder joints and long lives before them, and, there's no need for post-production inspection, rework or many humans, so the assemblies are dandily jumping themselves into boxes ready to be shipped. There are standards; reams of technical documents and white papers; and manufacturing laboratories and centers of excellence set up to explore these technologies, all in the attempt to drive out process abnormalities, drive up yield and drive down cost. The National Maritime Center in Arlington, Virginia, assists the maritime community in gaining and using the services of the Coast Guard, which is now under the helm of the Department of Homeland Security.


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