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with around 80 guests from the elec- tronics manufacturing industry, aca- demia and local government toasted a collaborative future for education and R&D. Dr. Manian Ramkumar, interim


dean of RIT’s CAST and founder of the CEMA lab, highlighted the impor- tance of deep industry involvement on the part of academic institutions. Dr. Ramkumar has been recognized for his work in SMT packaging, manufac- turing and systems integration — par- ticularly in the field of package-on- package technology — and is a mem- ber of both the SMTA and IMAPS. He stated that the market for SMT com- ponents is expected to grow almost nine percent over the next five years, totaling around $5.5 billion. It is this extraordinary growth


and rapid advancement in technolo- gy that is spurring private compa- nies to develop stronger ties to tech- nical institutions. According to Jeff Timms, managing director of ASM Americas, the expectations for Amer- ican workers are growing in complex- ity. “No more bolting wheels onto Chevrolets,” he said. The partnership between ASM


and RIT allows the company to dele- gate projects to the university to which it would not otherwise be able to de- vote the time and resources. The uni- versity benefits by giving its students real-world technological challenges to solve with the most up-to-date manu- facturing equipment available. Dr. Anselm, who spent a decade


working in the industry as a failure analysis expert before joining RIT’s CAST, expressed the importance of students being exposed early on to the industry’s big issues. Currently, these include further component miniaturization, new materials, and new combinations of technology, such as the blurring of silicon compo- nents and photonics. At a poster session, several RIT


students exhibited work on topics that included alternatives for lead-


July, 2017 ASM, RIT and R&D...


free solders using bismuth, adhe- sives in photonics, and solder paste scooping defects in relation to stencil aperture size, among others. At the heart of the partnership is


the CEMA lab and its director’s dedi- cation to practical education and the advancement of technology. In addi- tion to the lab’s SMT line, which in- cludes both SPI and AOI capability, it contains a range of test equipment, such as a HASS chamber, as well as humidity, thermal cycling and ther- mal shock systems. “A lot of EMS com- panies in the area would be envious of


Irene Sterian, president and CEO of reMAP, discusses bismuth-containing solder


pastes with a group of attendees during the poster session.


what we have here,” said Dr. Anselm. The lab also houses a variety of mi- croscopy tools, an acoustic imaging system, and a selective solder system. To remain competitive, Ameri-


can manufacturers must focus on raising a generation of well-trained, pragmatic workers. This starts at the level of community involvement, ex- tends to universities, and on to the industry level, where engineering students may very well take promi- nent positions. While not the only one of its


kind, this partnership between ASM and RIT is a rare and collaborative furthering of education and technolo- gy development. By partnering with the industry, investing in students, and by offering the CEMA lab’s serv- ices to the community for failure analysis or specific challenging proj- ects, RIT is finding a balance be- tween academia and industry. Web: www.asm-smt.com r


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Tech-Op-Ed ........................... 4 Tech Watch ........................... 10 Supply Chain ........................... 12 People.................................... 14 Business News......................... 16 Business Briefs........................ 17 Management......................... 18 EMS .................................... 20 ElectronicMfg. Prods............. 24 Production............................ 44 Partnering............................. 46 Distribution........................... 48 New Products....................... 78 High-Tech Events................... 88 Editorial Calendar................. 88 Advertisers Index................... 90


Special Focus: Test and Automation.................. 50


Product Preview: Semicon West............................. 64


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