Design for Product Build
Selected web site: organisations

This grouping is of universities, Government organisations and industry groups, all of which are active in electronics manufacture, and most of which are not-for-profit, or started out that way. There is usually a fairly thin dividing line between this group and the Entry Tools page, the latter being dedicated to sites whose main function is the provision of links.

Selected web sites: organisations
Now known as APICS—The Educational Society for Resource Management, the former American Production and Inventory Control Society has since expanded its focus to include a full range of programs and materials on individual and organizational education, standards of excellence, and integrated resource management.
ASM International present themselves as a society for materials engineers and scientists, most of which is unfortunately only available to subscribers.
The BMP Best Manufacturing Practices Centre has useful general material on manufacturing practices, methods, and procedures in design, test, production, facilities, logistics, and management, with ‘How To’ books and downloads.
British Standards Institute index with search facility helps you locate the standard you want, which can be down-loaded as a PDF file that is personalised with your details as a copyright precaution. In order to be able to use this, you have to login using an Athens username, which must be obtained through the Bolton Library.
The CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center at the University of Maryland is “dedicated to providing a knowledge and resource base to support the development of competitive electronic components, products and systems”. Unfortunately public access is restricted to abstracts.
Case Western Reserve University is the unlikely site for a very comprehensive basic treatment of polymer and liquid crystals, which is also a good example of how material may be taught on the web. If you get fed up with the “Virtual Textbook”, you can enjoy playing with the experiments in the “Virtual Lab”.
The chemicals used in electronics are in many cases quite hazardous. This site gives links on information which is of interest to more than those involved in emergency planning.
EFSOT-Europe is an international project on next generation “Environmentally-Friendly SOldering Technologies”. Lots of relevant information here, and a very worrying quiz game at that illustrates some issues relating to lead-free labelling.
This link is to the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Virtual Library hosted at Monterry Tech. Very strong on research institutions (worldwide) and information resources, products and services.
The Electronic Components, Assemblies, & Materials Association (ECA) represents US manufacturers and suppliers of passive and active electronic components, component arrays and assemblies, and commercial and industrial electronic equipment and supplies. Useful links to suppliers at
This “green portal” hosted by the European Commission has a wide environmental remit. Lots of information on policies, but serious information takes some finding. There is, however, a specific page ( which gives links to environmental legislation, though even this is hard going.
Redesigned web site for the European Institute of Printed Circuits, who organise Europe wide conferences – less useful and dynamic than the American IPC.
FlipChips Dot Com is an independent site intended to help users choose the right micropackaging process and suppliers and keep up with developments. There is a free newsletter, but probably the most useful item is in the tutorials section at, where you will be able to study the whole of the flip chip process.
John Grout’s Poka-Yoke page for information on mistake-proofing, ZQC, & fail-safing. John and Doug Stewart received the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence in Research for their paper “The Human Side of Mistake-Proofing”.
The Institution of Electrical Engineers in London. An excellent library, with an on line database which you can search for key words. Also a source of career guidance and professional help of all kinds.
The US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Web site has a number of links, and contains indexes for the latest issues of the Transactions of its many interest groups. The site also has a powerful search engine. Unfortunately, little detailed information is available without membership or payment.

The IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society at is “the leading international forum for scientists and engineers engaged in the research, design and development of revolutionary advances in microsystems packaging and manufacture”.
(American) International Microelectronic and Packaging Society. This site contains a publications list and links to other sites. Includes latest issues of Advancing Microelectronics.
Formerly known as the Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronics Circuits, now with a wider brief as ‘IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries’. This US trade association sets world-wide standards for printed circuit assembly, and acts as a focus for ‘road-mapping’ the future. Go to Knowledge/Technical Resources/Download to access free downloads such as sections of the IPC-TM-650 Test Methods Manual in PDF format; go to Business Resources for links to IPC supplier member Web sites. Separate web site for lead-free issues at
The Federation of the Electronic Industries (FEI) has now been absorbed within Intellect, a larger body representing the whole of the electronics and software industry.
The International Tech Roadmap for Semiconductors is organised by Sematech International, with inputs from many leading players. If you want to find out what’s happening, then there are occasional web-casts, but, as with all road-mapping activities, there is a lot of data to absorb and the basis of the information given is not necessarily clear. However, the group of pdf files that comprise the 2003 edition (and the 2004 update) is nicely organised, so that it is easy to find your way to topics of interest, such as assembly and packaging.
IVF: Swedish Institute of Production Engineering Research. Works with engineering companies and suppliers to develop new technologies and new applications. Also involved in technology dissemination and monitoring of international developments.
The web site of JEDEC Solid State Technology Association (the semiconductor engineering standardisation body of the Electronic Industries Alliance), hosts free JEDEC and EIA specs, and is also used to post updates to joint IPC specifications. Quarterly Solid State Times newsletter (PDF format). Needs free log-in for specifications.
This lead-free site, not well linked to the main IPC site given in Entry links, houses IPC technical papers on lead-free electronics assembly and is a major resource for information. Not to be confused with the similar!
MatWeb is a searchable database of material datasheets that is particularly useful for information on polymers, non-ferrous metals and ceramics. Most of the material is available without subscription.
Although the Georgia Tech ‘Phase Diagram Web’no longer works, this NIST page will link you to sources of phase diagram information.
The electronics interconnection group at the UK National Physical Laboratory at Teddington are a good source of information on trends in electronics interconnection technology through their Soldering Science and Technology Club and reports.
Search ANSI National Standards Systems Network by topic, title, developer, and/or spec number for standards information from many sources. Beware: searching for PCB gets you loads of worrying stuff on polychlorinated biphenyls!
The Printed Wiring Board Resource Center is a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on environmental resources for the PWB manufacturing industry, but also has a searchable database of papers from proceedings of IPC-sponsored technical conferences from 1996 on. You need to register (free) to get access to much of this site.
USA Dept. of Defense Reliability Analysis Center. Was a recommended site for free downloads and information on a wide variety of topics on quality and reliability, but has now gone commercial!
The Scots Guide to Electronics was developed by Jim LeSurf of St Andrews University and was designed to help students learn about components, circuits and the use of electronics.
SEMATECH is a global consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers. A wide range of technical reports is available at as are a dictionary of semiconductor terms ( and a comprehensive list of acronyms and abbreviations used in the semiconductor industry ( ).
Semizone is a mostly commercial enterprise related to the Stanford Centre for Professional Development. Their resources page may be of interest to those needing to know more about semiconductor fabrication.
Trying to identify a device? The SMD Codebook, run by a Scottish Radio Amateur contains SMD device codes, data, equivalents and pinouts in on-line HTML format.
For those interested in the history of science, this is the link to the Smithsonian and “The Chip Collection” of the National Museum of American History – do have a look at their “chip fun” link to the NMAH “invisible collection”.
The Surface Mount Technology Association is a professional network, rather than a repository of technical data, but their Knowledge Base is available for a fee. If you are a SMART Group member, you can currently register (via SMART) with SMTA for no additional charge.
Tin Research Institute’s lead-free soldering centre. Excellent for updated information on lead-free issues. A partner in the AMI4982 module.
Underwriters Laboratories’ principal concern is setting standards for safety. There is nothing free on their site, but you will undoubtedly become aware of UL standards, particularly as they affect the flammability of the materials used in electronics.
“Macrogalleria, the internet mall where you netsurfers can learn all kinds of nifty stuff about polymers and polymer science!”. Run by the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. Simple explanations, but cover some real depth. For example, has a good description of differential scanning calorimetry.


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