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Send News Releases For SMTAI Product Preview VOLUME 31 - NUMBER 8 Product Preview:

NEPCON South China


By Rob Matheson, MIT News Office

Advanced Screening for Bombs and Nuclear Threats

Scienscope’s AX15 100c X-ray component counter is one of many innovative manufactur- ing products that can be seen at NEPCON South China. Product Preview starts on. . .

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The IoT and device-to-device communications

Asteelflash Group provides EMS services and expertise in electronics design including IOT applications in medicine. Scalable automation strategies from Demco Automation can be applied in several industries and manufacturing pro cesses as well as in custom applica- tions.

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Production and Packaging

Combining thick-film with advanced technologies for fine-line structuring to deliv- er high quality base sub- strates; transitioning from PLC to PC control to keep ahead of the competition; ex- amining labor productivity levels and indoor air quality -- all beginning on…

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Passport Systems’ scanner detects radioactive and other suspicious materials through the walls of cargo containers.

Market for Lithium Ion Batteries is Booming

By Ed Sullivan

Tulsa, OK — Unprotected, the ele- ment lithium is explosive; give it ac- cess to the water vapor in the atmos- phere, and it becomes extremely dangerous. This has been known for many years, and at first steered technology developers away from the

now-popular battery component. First discovered in 1817 by Swedish scientist Johan Arfvedson, it took a full year before an effective method could be found to isolate the element. Today, the market for lithium

batteries and battery packs is boom- ing. With extensive applications in automotive, IT, aerospace, consumer electronics, and a myriad of indus- trial sectors, the usage of recharge- able lithium batteries is growing throughout the world. The market for lithium ion batteries alone is ex- pected to exceed $30 billion in the next few years. Lithium has an atomic number

of 3, coming hard on the heels of hy- drogen and helium, with an atomic weight of only 6.94, making it espe-

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Cambridge, MA — Terrorist attacks have added a new urgency to the in- creased screening of cargo coming in- to the U.S. This has given rise to a company dedicated to helping the U.S. Department of Homeland Secu- rity and other organizations world- wide to better detect nuclear and oth- er threats at borders and seaports. Launched in 2002, Passport

Systems developed a scanner, backed by decades of research, that can auto- matically “fingerprint” radioactive or other suspicious material through a truck, cargo container or other con- cealed package, and alert authorities immediately. Today, Passport, co-founded by

MIT physics professor emeritus William Bertozzi, has two commer- cial scanners: the cargo scanner, a

facility used at borders and seaports, and a wireless radiation-monitoring system used at public events and other potential high-risk terrorist targets. The company’s cargo scanner,

called SmartScan, inspects trucks carrying cargo and automatically identifies any “actinides” (radioactive elements) that may signal a dirty bomb, weapon of mass destruction, or explosive. The scanner can also catch contraband such as drugs, to- bacco and firearms. This year, under a contract issued by Homeland Secu- rity’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Of- fice, the company deployed its first SmartScan inspection facility at the Port of Boston’s Conley Container

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IPC Releases New Market Reports

Bannockburn, IL — IPC is introduc- ing three new quarterly subscription reports. “The value of these reports is the unique quality of the data, which is collected directly from the industry by IPC and is not available from any other source,” says Sharon Starr, IPC director of market research. . Re- ports include:

Global Solder Market Report. The report covers trends in solder and flux consumption, including growth rates, tin/lead vs. lead-free ratios, and an industry growth out- look for coming year. It will also be available soon in Mandarin Chinese.

PCB Assembly Equipment Mar- ket Report. The report includes trends in the equipment market, growth rates, and anticipated change for the coming year.

Global Process Consumables Market Report. The report shows growth rates in the wet chemistry market and an industry growth fore- cast for next year. The reports are based on IPC’s

current industry surveys. This means the information subscribers receive is built on reliable data gathered from representative samples of companies. Combining the latest data with in- sightful graphs, these special reports help electronics industry executives identify opportunities, understand trends, and plan for changes in the business environment. Web: r

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