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Reliability Matters: Episode 9 - An Interview with Dr. Mike Bixenman about Cleaning Challenges, Chemicals, Components, and Cleanliness Testing

Reliability Matters: Episode 9 - An Interview with Dr. Mike Bixenman about Cleaning Challenges, Chemicals, Components, and Cleanliness Testing

March 25, 2019

Mike Bixenman is one of the founders of Kyzen and serves as its chief technology officer. He is well-known within the electronics assembly industry and is a featured speaker at industry conferences and symposiums around the world. He is chair of the IPC Cleaning and Coating Conference held every other year in Chicago and is the technical chair for SMTA Europe’s Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference held annually in Amsterdam. He also received the IPC President’s Award and has chaired the IPC Cleaning Handbook Task Group.

"Bix" talks with host Mike Konrad about cleaning for reliability, challenging components and fluxes, methods to determine how clean is clean enough, and how and why he cofounded Kyzen Corp.

The Week Today - Mar. 18 - 22, 2019

The Week Today - Mar. 18 - 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

PCB Chat host Mike Buetow catches up on the weekly news in electronics manufacturing. This week: New electronic material discoveries, expansions in Southeast Asia, company earnings reports.

Reliability Matters: Episode 8 - Cleaning Roundtable

Reliability Matters: Episode 8 - Cleaning Roundtable

March 19, 2019

On this episode, Mike Konrad hosts a roundtable discussion on the subject of cleaning circuit assemblies after reflow. After all, contamination removal is exclusively performed to increase the reliability of circuit assemblies and the products they are installed in. 

With the rapid expansion of electronics due partly to automotive and IOT, cleaning of circuit assemblies has increased dramatically and with that, challenges to cleaning have also increased. Because cleaning is commonly an “end of the line” procedure, it frequently falls victim to assembly procedures earlier in the assembly process. As a result, cleaning technology (equipment, chemical, processes), must be reactive to overcome the challenges presented by the assembly process.

Today, we’re going to discuss some of the challenges to cleaning and to do so, I’ve recruited a panel of experts. Today’s cleaning roundtable features a number of experts from Zestron, a company known for manufacturing innovative chemical solutions for the electronic assembly and semiconductor markets.

PCB Chat: The Screw-Ups, Episode 2

PCB Chat: The Screw-Ups, Episode 2

March 19, 2019

In The Screw-Ups,  we talk to experts in electronics manufacturing about specific problems they’ve encountered and offer up potential solutions. Tim O’Neill has nearly 25 years experience with solder materials, primarily with AIM Solder, where he is currently technical marketing manager. He explains the nature of soldering residue at the rework station, and steps that can be taken to mitigate it.

Reliability Matters Episode 7 - A Conversation with ITM Consulting’s Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall

Reliability Matters Episode 7 - A Conversation with ITM Consulting’s Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall

March 14, 2019

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.

PCB Chat Episode 33: Josh Ewing of Bright Machines

PCB Chat Episode 33: Josh Ewing of Bright Machines

March 7, 2019

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.

Reliability Matters: Doug Pauls on IPC J-STD-001G Amendment 1

Reliability Matters: Doug Pauls on IPC J-STD-001G Amendment 1

March 6, 2019

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.

The Week Today - Feb. 25 - Mar. 1, 2019

The Week Today - Feb. 25 - Mar. 1, 2019

March 1, 2019

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.