Mike Konrad has known Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall for many years. Phil, Jim, and what they describe as their brothers, operate ITM Consulting, a consulting and advisory firm for the electronics assembly. Phil and Jim also produce a question-and-answer program, answering technical assembly-related questions in an equally valuable and humorous manner. As you will hear, Phil and Jim, while taking their customer’s problems seriously, don’t take themselves too seriously, which is one of the things Mike loves about them.
Bright Machines is a developer of hardware and software smart automation tools for electronics manufacturing. It was founded a year ago by former executives from Autodesk and Flex, and currently employs about 350 workers around the world. Josh Ewing, head of strategy & corporate development, speaks with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.
Collins Aerospace's Doug Pauls chaired the IPC committee to implement a new cleanliness testing specification. IPC J-STD-001G Amendment 1 which is now active. Doug explains the new requirements of this standard and provides suggestions on how to comply with Reliability Matters host Mike Konrad.
PCB Chat host Mike Buetow catches up on the weekly news in electronics manufacturing. This week: Changes at the top at Nordson and Benchmark, heterogeneous packaging solutions, startup Patchr's new PCB placement and layout software, and EMS earnings reports.
Patchr is a startup that recently launched a PCB design software for hobbyists and educators. The new place-and-route tool integrates with PCB manufacturers such as OSH Park and MacroFab, and milling machines like Bantam Tools. CEO and founder Eric Schneider speaks with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow about the company's launch, the inspiration for the new E-CAD system, and whether he thinks Patchr offers a possible solution for enterprise customers.
Dr. Craig Hillman of DfR Solutions speaks about designing for reliability. Electronics for space and automotive applications are discussed.
With the rapid expansion of IOT, many circuit assemblies are now functioning in unfamiliar environments, many of these environments are harsh. Additionally, many new electronic applications control critical systems such as automotive electronics. This webinar focuses on the influence contamination plays on reliability of circuit assemblies, particularly when operated in harsh environments.
Several contamination-related failure mechanisms are presented including electrochemical migration (dendritic growth, parasitic leakage) and conductive anodic filament (CAF). Methods to determine how clean is clean enough are discussed.