Research Plans

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    Consortium 2015 Research Plan

    The Advanced Research in Electronics Assembly (AREA) Consortium will fund manufacturing relevant research to provide an understanding of emerging technologies in materials, reliability and assembly process to AREA Principals. The research plan ranges from academic research on fundamentals to topics directly applicable to current manufacturing needs. The objective is to provide AREA Principals with meaningful data that enable sustainable assembly process improvements, maximization of yields and improved product reliability.

    The AREA Consortium appreciates that our Principals have little time or resources to devote to research beyond critical product needs. Therefore Principals of the AREA Consortium are encouraged to view the consortium staff as an extension of their own engineering team, devoting critical research time and physical resources to emerging topics of interest. To support the efforts of providing Principals with the most up-to-date information, including project milestones and timely research results, a comprehensive website with on-demand content is made available (

    The AREA Consortium research plan is Principal driven, consortium manager prioritized, and consortium staff executed. Research is based on current and near term future needs of the electronics manufacturing industry. This research plan is updated annually so that topics remain relevant and pragmatic. The consortium manager and staff define the research plan in close partnership with AREA Principals and the AREA Steering Committee (Steering Committee). The manager and staff execute the research plan using the resources and facilities of the Universal Instruments Advanced Process Laboratory along with adjunct university capabilities as needed.

    The primary focus for 2015 will be the initiation and/or the completion of the projects outlined in this document. Additional topics are added throughout the year as materials are provided and interests develop given that resources are available. The 2015 research plan topics have been categorized into three key thrusts: Materials, Reliability, and Assembly Process Development.

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Consortium Deliverables

The charter of the AREA Consortium is to convey the body of research performed and knowledge acquired directly to the Principals in a practically useful manner. This is achieved by providing information in various formats and transfer means including accessible databases, reports, recommendations, as well as design guidelines and test protocols.

Reporting of Results
The AREA manager and staff will provide access to project reports and experimental data via the protected consortium web site. General consortium meetings will be held in the greater Binghamton, NY area for the purposes of scientific/technical discussions. The AREA Manager and staff will inform Principals on specific technical issues, experimental results, or general project status. Presentations made at these meetings, with audio commentary, will be accessible on-line to Principal companies shortly thereafter. In addition, Principals are encouraged to contact and/or visit the Advanced Process Laboratory individually for more effective communication and knowledge transfer. Project needs may require the AREA staff to solicit the involvement of suppliers as limited project participants but limit their access to knowledge generated on their products

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