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Reliability Matters: Episode 19 -  A Conversation about Display Technologies and Reliability-Improving Production Methods

Reliability Matters: Episode 19 -  A Conversation about Display Technologies and Reliability-Improving Production Methods

July 10, 2019

Anders is a UK-based manufacturer of display and embedded controller products for a variety of industries including medical, marine, industrial, home, and much more. Anders' general manager Paul Mullen and display and input technology manager Mike Logan speak with Mike Konrad from their London headquarters.

PCB Chat Episode 42: Wally Rhines of Mentor on the Q1 EDA Data

PCB Chat Episode 42: Wally Rhines of Mentor on the Q1 EDA Data

July 8, 2019

Wally Rhines, chairman emeritus of Mentor and spokesman for the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Governing Council discusses the latest PCB and semiconductor design software market results with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

PCB Chat Episode 41: Steve Pudles of Zentech

PCB Chat Episode 41: Steve Pudles of Zentech

June 25, 2019

Steve Pudles has held executive positions in management and engineering at electronics manufacturing services companies for more than 30 years. Last month, he led a team that acquired Zentech, a mid-Atlantic US-based EMS company that focuses on the military and aerospace markets. He speaks about the company's strategy and the background to the deal with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

Reliability Matters: Episode 18 - A Conversation with Saturn Electronics’ Yash Sutariya about PCB Fabrication

Reliability Matters: Episode 18 - A Conversation with Saturn Electronics’ Yash Sutariya about PCB Fabrication

June 25, 2019

Yash Sutariya is the President of Saturn Electronics Corporation, Saturn Flex Systems, and Saturn PCB Services, all PCB-centric operating entities. Today, we’ll discuss what every buyer of printed circuit boards should be concerned about and Yash will offer a few auditing tips that would be helpful when auditing or selecting a PCB supplier. Yash is the author of "PCB Reliability: Auditing Your Supply Chain to Insure It," a paper he presented at SMTAI 2018.

Episode 17 - A Conversation with Brian D’Amico about AOI and SPI Best Practices

Episode 17 - A Conversation with Brian D’Amico about AOI and SPI Best Practices

June 10, 2019

Automated optical inspection (AOI) and solder paste inspection (SPI) system supplier Brian D'Amico covers AOI and SPI best practices with Mike Konrad. Modern circuit assemblies are difficult, if not impossible, to inspect without the aid of advanced inspection systems. Brian has been in the electronics assembly equipment industry for 36 years. His knowledge (and passion) for inspection technology is truly impressive.

PCB Chat Episode 40: Zach Dismukes of Bowman Analytics

PCB Chat Episode 40: Zach Dismukes of Bowman Analytics

June 3, 2019

Zach Dismukes is manager of sales and service for Bowman Analytics on the West Coast and a specialist in XRF products. He has spent the past decade in XRF and x-ray technology. He also has a masters in chemistry from the University of Illinois.

He discusses use of XRF as a quality control tool, measuring coating thickness, compares benchtop versus handheld units, and explains how to ensure consistency throughout the workday with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

SMT Wars: Lessons Learned from a Contract Manufacturer and Their Customer Who Sued Them

SMT Wars: Lessons Learned from a Contract Manufacturer and Their Customer Who Sued Them

May 28, 2019

What happens when an electronic contract manufacturer follows their customer’s instructions to the detriment of the product? Product failures, blame, drama, and a really big lawsuit. 

Mike Konrad reviews the trials and tribulations of a contract manufacturer and their customer. Assembly residue-related failures (ECM) contributed to product failures, product recalls, and, ultimately, a multi-million-dollar lawsuit. 

Misguided “best practice” techniques only made matters worse. This podcast will discuss what factors contributed to the “perfect storm” of product failures. Factors that go as far back to original product designs, printed circuit board fabrication, storage and handling, assembly, testing, and coating. While mistakes were made all along the way, product failures could have been avoided with a few simple process changes, adding mere pennies to the cost of each assembly while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation.

The Screw-Ups Episode 3 - Solder Paste Handling

The Screw-Ups Episode 3 - Solder Paste Handling

May 20, 2019

What's the optimal way to handle and store solder paste for electronics assembly? Tim O'Neill of AIM Solder shares advice and tales from the front in the latest edition of The Screw-ups.

 

 

PCB Chat Episode 39: Jim Barry of PCB Technologies

PCB Chat Episode 39: Jim Barry of PCB Technologies

May 16, 2019

Jim Barry is sales & marketing manager and technical liaison at PCB Technologies, a fabricator of rigid, rigid-flex and flex PCBs for high-rel applications. Jim has been in the PCB industry since the 1970s, and has prior experience with flex fabricators like Parlex and Eltek and EMS companies including Bull Technologies. He is one of the presenters at the upcoming SMTA Capital Chapter Technical Day in June. This all-day workshop features three talks on DFM/design for reliability/thermal and RF mitigation concerns. He previews the workshop with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow.

PCB Chat Episode 38: Kent McLeroth of Zuken

PCB Chat Episode 38: Kent McLeroth of Zuken

May 7, 2019

Kent McLeroth has been chief executive of Zuken Americas since 2015. He joined the PCB design software developer in 1995 after more than a decade designing hardware for a major defense contractor, where he was a Zuken customer. He discusses Zuken's growth, strategic acquisitions and outlook with PCB Chat's Mike Buetow.