PCB Chat
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.

PCB Chat Episode 37: Kyle Miller of Zuken

PCB Chat Episode 37: Kyle Miller of Zuken

April 30, 2019

Kyle Miller is Zuken's manager of Lightning, Design Force and related routing technology. He has a doctorate in artificial intelligence, and is heading Zuken's efforts into applying AI and machine learning to develop next-generation PCB placement and routing. He speaks with PCB Chat's Mike Buetow from Zuken Innovation World, where he gave a presentation on the progress of AI in ECAD, and why designers shouldn't fear for their jobs.

Reliability Matters: Episode 14 - An Interview with Reliability Expert Fred Schenkelberg

Reliability Matters: Episode 14 - An Interview with Reliability Expert Fred Schenkelberg

April 30, 2019

Fred Schenkelberg is an international authority on reliability engineering. He is the reliability expert at FMS Reliability, a reliability engineering and management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Fred left Hewlett Packard’s Reliability Team where he helped create a culture of reliability across HP to assist other organizations. His passion is working with teams to improve product reliability, customer satisfaction, and efficiencies in product development; and to reduce product risk and warranty costs. Fred has bachelor's of science in physics from the United States Military Academy and a master's of science in statistics from Stanford.

Reliability Matters: Episode 13 - A Conversation with KIC’s MB Allen About Thermal Management and Reliability

Reliability Matters: Episode 13 - A Conversation with KIC’s MB Allen About Thermal Management and Reliability

April 23, 2019
Most of our episodes feature guests representing specific segments of the electronic assembly industry. Today’s episode is no exception. My guest on this episode is MB Allen from KIC. KIC provides thermal profiling hardware and profiler software tools that help define, measure, monitor, and improve thermal processes for electronics manufacturing services. Today, more than ever, thermal management is vital to ensuring a proper reflow or soldering process. There is a direct link between proper reflow profiles and reliability, which makes this topic relevant for any conversation about reliability. 

MB Allen is manager of applications and sales for the Americas and Europe. Formerly a product manager MB coordinated the advancement of new products and features to accommodate customer needs. Her technical expertise, relationships with valued partners and customers, and many years of experience aid in the future development and improvements of her company's product offerings. MB has worked in the electronics industry for 31 years and been associated with KIC for 30 years with both national and international positions.

We discuss thermal management and assembly thermal profiling as a means to better reliability.

PCB Chat Episode 36: Simon Fried of Nano Dimension

PCB Chat Episode 36: Simon Fried of Nano Dimension

April 23, 2019

Simon Fried is president, chief business office and cofounder of Nano Dimension, a leader in additive manufacturing systems. He speaks about creating buried capacitance and Nano Dimension's new process for mounting components to the sides of printed circuit boards with PCB Chat's Mike Buetow.