The Top 5 From 2011

5. “Equipping the PCB Design and Supply Chain with 21st Century Data,” by Keith Felton and Hemant Shah. Electronics data transfer never gets old.

4. “Nano-Coatings for Stencils,” by Dr. Ricky Bennett. Nano-coatings took the industry by storm in 2011. Some 20 years after they were first conceived, nano-coatings have finally arrived.

3. “Benefits of an EMS for the EMS,” by Scott Mazur. “EMS” in this case also stands for environmental management system. Mazur, a Benchmark Electronics engineer, tackles this most important area.

2. “Testing the Mettle of Stencil Foils,” by Chrys Shea. Shea never disappoints.

And coming in at number one:

1. “Are Current Qualification Practices Adequate?” This QA opus, by Ephraim Suhir, Ph.D. and Ravi Mahajan, Ph.D. , has been so popular, it already ranks among our top 5 all time.
Well done, everyone! And thanks for reading.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow