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Circuits and Devices Magazine, IEEE

Issue 4 • Date July 1988

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  • Quality and innovation [Japanese electronics industry]

    Publication Year: 1988 , Page(s): 3 - 8
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    The growth of product quality in Japan is described, and it is shown that it can depend on the social climate as much as on the techniques used. The present level of Japanese quality can be explained by the struggle to alleviate the hardships Japan believes it experienced during and immediately after the Second World War. Innovation is discussed, covering the role of R&D laboratories. experimenting with customers, and what is termed graceful growth. The transition to integrated circuits by US and Japanese firms is examined.<> View full abstract»

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  • Some reliability problems of surface-mounted devices

    Publication Year: 1988 , Page(s): 9 - 13
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    The general characteristics of suitable SMT (surface mount technology) substrates are outlined, and various substrate materials are considered. Adhesion between devices and substrates is discussed. In particular, the effects of cycle strains and stresses, problems related to solder and contact metals, and electromigration problems are examined.<> View full abstract»

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  • Automation: a view from the front office

    Publication Year: 1988 , Page(s): 14 - 17
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    The automation of repetitive manufacturing processes is discussed in the context of a widely perceived diminishing of a so called competitive edge in the US. The goal is to provide a framework for thinking about automation in the US factory. The opportunities, risks, and issues are discussed. Some observations on how to approach an automation project are made.<> View full abstract»

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