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Swiss researchers develop X-ray tomography for 3-D imaging of 34-nm transistor on a chip

March 16, 2017

Researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland have reportedly made detailed 3-D images of a commercially available computer chip, marking the first time a nondestructive method has visualized the paths of a chip's internal 45-nm-wide wiring and its 34-nm-high transistors clearly without distortions or deformations.

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Barcelona scientists bond chips to circuit boards with ink containing silver nanoparticles

March 16, 2017

A team of researchers at the University of Barcelona has reportedly demonstrated a new bonding technique for surface mounted devices in which an inkjet printer with ink that incorporates silver nanoparticles bonds the devices.

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Nikon PCB inspection system features intuitive navigation of electronic devices

March 16, 2017

Nikon Metrology, Brighton, Mich., introduces the XT V 160, a highly flexible and cost-effective electronics and semiconductor inspection system designed for production facilities and failure analysis laboratories.

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One Minute Mentor: Nitriding in Fluidized-Bed Reactors at Low Temperatures

March 16, 2017

In nitriding treatment furnaces, the heating is done electrically, and the fluidizing gas composition is chosen to provide the optimum chemistry for the desired surface treatment (usually a mixture of NH3 + N2, with CH4 added when nitrocarburizing is desired).

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Wisconsin Oven composite curing ovens feature temperature uniformity of ±5°F

March 15, 2017

Wisconsin Oven Corp., East Troy, Wis., has shipped three electrically heated, heavy-duty walk-in ovens with temperature uniformity of ±5°F for composite curing.

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Seco Warwick enables constant control of temperature in multi-chamber heat-treat furnaces

March 14, 2017

Seco Warwick, Meadville, Pa., announces that its engineering team has designed an innovative technology for continuous control over the heating and cooling of the entire cycle in multi-chamber furnaces.

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Lucifer Furnaces benchtop furnace heat-treats BeCu pins in nitrogen atmosphere

March 14, 2017

Lucifer Furnaces, Warrington, Pa., has shipped a customized benchtop heat-treating furnace to R. Hueter Co., Beverly, Mass., a CNC machine shop, to harden beryllium-copper pins.

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Sinterite installs process development furnace at China research center

March 14, 2017

Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company, St. Marys, Pa., recently installed a continuous belt furnace for development of sintering, brazing, annealing, and heat treatment applications at the new Air Liquide Shanghai Research & Technology Center.

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Dynacast to acquire Signicast, the world’s largest investment casting manufacturer

March 13, 2017

Dynacast International, Charlotte, N.C., has signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire Signicast LLC, a highly automated and vertically integrated manufacturer of precision investment cast parts.

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Meridian, Birmingham City U. partner to cut cost of diecast magnesium parts

March 13, 2017

Birmingham City University, England, has signed an exclusive partnership with Meridian Lightweight Technologies, Plymouth, Mich., to showcase magnesium diecast components as viable alternatives for luxury car makers and the aerospace industry.

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