2016 was a very productive year for iNEMI and our members. In addition to 16 new organizations joining our member roster, we launched 11 new projects and completed five. During the year we had more than 300 participants from member organizations involved in our collaborative projects. Many of the project teams reported on their work at external conferences and workshops in the US, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Germany and France.
Throughout the year, we worked on improving our member communication and engagement. Many of you will have noted the new iNEMI website, LinkedIn postings and blogs. In November, we held the first of what will become a quarterly member update webinar. These updates will allow us to brief our members on iNEMI activities on a regular basis with a focus on key ongoing projects. Our very successful research webinar series also continued throughout the year with four webinars from leading research institutes on a variety of topics. In response to member interest, iNEMI organized or co-sponsored key workshops and events, including the packaging and substrate workshop, the medical symposium (with SMTA), FutureCar symposium (with Georgia Tech), an automotive roundtable at ESTC, and a recycling workshop at Electronics Goes Green.
We thank all of you who have participated in iNEMI activities this year and look forward to working with you again in 2017.
NEW iNEMI MEMBERS
iNEMI is pleased to welcome three new members:
Saki Corporation — The first representative is Atsushi Kitabatake; and the alternate representative is Robert Laurent. Headquartered in Tokyo, Saki develops and provides inline automated optical inspection (AOI) systems for printed circuit board production lines producing mother modules for various electrical devices.
5N Plus — The first representative is Amir Nobari; and the alternate representative is Michael Benson. 5N Plus is the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products. Fully integrated with closed‐loop recycling facilities, the company is headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada.
ViTrox Technologies — The first representative is Seow Zi Yang; and the alternate representative is Wee Kah Khim. ViTrox designs and manufactures innovative automated vision inspection equipment and system-on-chip embedded electronics devices for the semiconductor and electronics packaging industries. The company’s headquarters is in Penang, Malaysia.
A Japan member briefing is scheduled for February 17, hosted by IBM’s Tokyo Research Center in Kawasaki, Japan. This half-day, face-to-face meeting is an excellent opportunity to strengthen relationships and share information among iNEMI members in Japan.
Phase 2 of the Connector Reliability Test Recommendations Project continues work started in Phase 1 by further defining levels of connector stress. The team plans to map these stresses onto the tiers established in Phase 1. In addition, the group plans to define a way to verify this research with a Phase 3 test vehicle.
Project sign-up ends January 31
Development of Cleanliness Specification for Expanded Beam Connectors, Phase 2
This project is being organized to develop recommendations for visual inspection criteria for fiber optic single-mode and multi-mode connectors. The project will be focused on development of a cleanliness specification for expanded beam connectors in “non-clean” data center environments.
The Value Recovery from Used Hard Disk Drives Project is conducting a short survey to identify the challenges associated with creating a circular economic model for hard disk drives. It takes 15 minutes to complete, and the results will be incorporated into the project’s final report. If you work with HDDs, please take this survey.
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