November 2013 Issue
Vol. 7 No. 9
What makes a good SMT line?
An SMT machine is an expensive piece of equipment. Hence, buyers need to plan very strategically prior to making a purchase as there are many choices offered by various companies. This article covers the recent advances in SMT machines, and features all that the market currently offers. We have also talked to several manufacturers of SMT equipment, to know about their expectations from the Indian market
|Govt Schemes & Policies|
Scheme offers Rs 15 mn to set up test labs
The scheme has been brought in to strengthen the available testing infrastructure and expand the network of testing labs in the country to ensure electronic goods comply with notified standards
Top 15 Solar players in India
The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was launched with a bang in January 2010. And, during Phase I, Batch I, the solar industry in India received the right fillip, and was at its peak during 2010-12. In fact, 2012 was a landmark year as India’s installed capacity crossed 1 GW. The Phase 1 of the Mission ended in March 2013, but Phase II could not start off as per schedule. According to industry speculation, the already-delayed launch of Phase II may get delayed further due the upcoming assembly elections, lack of clarity over the percentage of domestic content that would be mandatory, and other procedural delays. This has dampened the spirits of the industry, which is witnessing a major dip in its growth...
| ||EMS Zone|
New entrant into EMS sector, SGV Industries
plans to enter overseas markets
The company plans to shift from doing job work to taking on turnkey projects, where it will supply ready to use products to its clients. It also plans to provide turnkey solutions and services, and establish an overseas presence in Europe and the US
Demand for wireless cameras yet to pick up in India
Though wireless cameras have potential in India, so far, their adoption rate has been
disappointing. However, this segment is forecast to grow faster in the coming years,
thanks to the booming demand for security
| ||SMT Focus|
The lates in SMT Soldering Machines
SMT soldering machines are a crucial part of the manufacturing process as they help to ensure consistent soldering quality in a product. These machines cover an array of equipment, including SMT reflow soldering (reflow ovens), SMT/BGA soldering stations (used for single component placement/removal) also known as SMT/BGA rework stations, and SMT discrete soldering equipment, that is, soldering stations, hot tweezers, infra red guns, etc. By using SMT soldering machines, manufacturers can improve the thermal conductivity and lower the assembly costs because less labour and solder paste are required. Today, these machines are very technologically advanced and use the latest soldering technology, which can reliably solder surface mount components. Here are some new machines that were launched in the last one year.
With green solutions trend picking up, opportunities for Reva are boundless
He grew up with a vision—a vision that all cars on the roads of Bengaluru are powered by electricity. He lived his dream defined by green cars. At a very young age, he set automotive benchmarks that the world followed. He made a tiny, odd-looking electric car, which is now on the roads of Delhi, Bengaluru and 24 countries across Europe, USA and Asia. This ‘madein-India’ brand constitutes the largest deployed fleet of electric cars in the world, and made his company the first to successfully commercialise electric cars.Meet Chetan Maini, chief executive officer, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles...
| ||In the News|
Govt gets proposals worth Rs 263 bn and Rs 252 bn to set up semiconductor fabs at Noida and Prantij
The Cabinet now seeks proposals from more chip manufacturers before giving the final nod
|In the News|
Compulsory registration deadline extended to Jan 3: A breather to electronics firms during festive season
The three-month extension gives a relief to the electronics firms that would otherwise not have been able to import or sell products during the festive season. However, it is speculated that the January 3 deadline will be further extended, in case, general elections are announced earlier
| ||In the News|
ELCINA-EFY Awards announced
Two special awards have been added to recognise the contribution and overall performance of companies in EMS and SME sector
|In the News|
Traders incur huge losses as sales dip to all time low due to free fall of rupee
In the current scenario, most traders are opting for hedge funds. According to industry experts, this guards against a falling rupee, but foregoes gains if the rupee rises during the period. Traders also warn against too much hedging as it can be counter-productive
| ||In the News|
ELCINA elects Subhash Goyal as its new president
A veteran in the EMS business, Subhash Goyal was in ELCINA’s executive committee for the last four-five years, serving the industry in several capacities
|In the News|
ReneSola bets big on solar energy in India
The company plans to capture 25 per cent of India’s solar market and 50 per cent of its grid market by 2020
| ||In the News|
SMTA India chapter kicks off once again
With the current growth of the electronics manufacturing industry, a need was felt for SMTA India to play a stronger role, particularly to keep the Indian electronics industry up to date with global technology
The latest in LED drivers and controllers
LED drivers and controllers are current control devices that replace the need for resistors. These drivers respond to the changing input voltage while maintaining a constant amount of current (output power) to the LED, as its electrical properties change with temperature. They are commonly used for blinking, dimming and colour mixing of LEDs in various applications, and are classified into three groups voltage-switch drivers, constant-current drivers and Flash LED drivers. In this section, we feature some of the LED drivers and controllers that were launched in the last six months. However, companies like STMicroelectronics, Infineon and NXP Semiconductor have not
launched any new LED drivers and controllers during this period.
| ||New Products|
| ||T&M Focus|
The latest in signal generators and analysers
Signal generators or function generators are electronic devices that generate repeating or non-repeating electronic signals (in either the analogue or digital domains). They are generally used to design, test, troubleshoot and repair electronic or electroacoustic devices. Major factors that are presently driving the signal generators industry are the rapid developments in the communications industry, huge potential in the Asia Pacific market, and continuous growth of the demand for signal generators in the aerospace and defence sectors. In this section, we feature signal generators and analysers that were launched in India in the past seven months. However, companies like Teledyne LeCroy, Yokogawa, Aeroflex have not launched any products in this space in this period.
The latest in sensors and transducers
A transducer is a device that converts a signal in one form of energy to another form like electrical, mechanical, electromagnetic (including light), chemical, acoustic or thermal energy. While the term ‘transducer’ commonly implies the use of a sensor or detector, any device which converts energy can be considered a transducer. A sensor, on the other hand, is used to detect a parameter in one form and report it in another form of energy, often an electrical signal. There are many types of sensors like temperature, pressure, level, proximity and displacement sensors. In this section, we feature some sensors and transducers that were launched in the last six months. However, companies like Murata, Analog Devices, STMicroelectronics and Freescale Semiconductor have not launched any of the featured products during this period.
| ||Epower Focus|
The latest in industrial batteries
I ndustrial batteries are classified on the basis of their chemical composition—lead acid, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride and lithium ion. Sealed acid battery varieties can be further divided into two major categories—flooded and sealed. Due to the advances in battery technology, batteries like sealed maintenance-free VRLA batteries now require minimal maintenance. In this section, we feature
some of the new launches in industrial batteries over the last one year.
India authorised to certify electronics & IT products
India has received the status of ‘authorising nation’ under the international common criteria recognition arrangement. In a press release, the Ministry of Communications and IT announced that this will allow India to test IT and electronics products, and issue certificates that will be accepted throughout the globe...
| ||New Projects|
New manufacturing facility & solar plants
|Events & Calendar|
| ||Facts & Figures|
Set-top box market in India
With phase III of digitisation of cable TV networks in India completing on September 30 and phase IV nearing its completion by December 31, 2013, about 75 million set-top boxes (STBs) are required, said Supriya Sahu, joint secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. The key factors contributing to this market growth is compulsory digitalisation requirement of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The STB market in India has also been witnessing an increased number of government regulations that favour domestic vendors.
| ||In Conversation|
Post BP Solar’s exit, we are focusing on exports with renewed vigour
Counted among the giants in the Indian solar industry, Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd operates in three areas of business. The first is as an EPC player, building projects ranging from the kW scale to very large ones of 100 MW or more. Its products business includes home lighting products, power packs, lanterns, etc, and it also manufactures modules and cells at its Bengaluru facility. It has a module capacity of 125 MW and cell capacity of 180 MW. After the exit of BP Solar, Tata Power Solar is focusing on its exports business with renewed vigour, with special emphasis on Europe and USA. In a conversation with Richa Chakravarty of Electronics Bazaar, Rahul Budhwar, vice president, manufacturing and business development, Tata Power Solar, discusses BP Solar’s exit from the joint venture (JV), as well as its marketing strategies, future plans and upcoming projects.
|In the News|
Agilent splits once again
With the bifurcation, the two companies will be able to implement growth strategies, business policies and practices, uniquely suited to their individual markets and customer needs
| ||In the News|
Govt gives in-principle approval to Bhiwadi electronics cluster in Rajasthan
Though the final approval is still awaited, this is the third greenfield EMC approved by DeitY in a span of two months