Research Plans

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    Consortium 2018 Research Plan


    The Advanced Research in Electronics Assembly (AREA) Consortium executes manufacturing relevant
    research to provide an understanding of emerging technologies in materials, reliability and electronic
    assembly process for AREA Principals. Research ranges from scientific investigations on fundamental
    materials behavior to engineering topics directly applicable to manufacturing challenges. In every case,
    the objective is to provide AREA Principals with meaningful results that enable sustainable assembly
    process improvements, maximization of yields and improved product reliability.

    The AREA Consortium appreciates that our Principals often encounter resource constraints that limit
    internal research activities critical to their product needs. They are therefore encouraged to view the
    consortium research 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. Longer term reliability evaluation projects may extend into subsequent plan years as needed
    to complete testing. 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 and
    faculty expertise as needed.

    The primary focus for 2018 will be the careful execution of the projects outlined in this document.
    History indicates that additional topics will be added throughout the year as our capabilities develop,
    member interests evolve and materials are provided. The 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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