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RM 68: Chris Denney and Melissa Hough

RM 68: Chris Denney and Melissa Hough

May 27, 2021

Mike Konrad joins Chris Denney (Worthington Assembly) and Melissa Hough (CircuitHub) on the Pick-Place Podcast . This is the first of a two-part interview.

 

In this episode we are joined by Mike Konrad to chat about board cleaning best practices. Mike founded  Aqueous Technologies in 1992 in response to the Montreal Protocol and the resulting international treaty banning most popular cleaning/defluxing solvents. Their board cleaning equipment assists manufacturers with increasing product reliability while saving both water and energy, reducing the industry's environmental impact.

 

In addition to being the President of Aqueous Technologies, he is also a fellow podcaster and runs the Reliability Matters Podcast, which discusses reliability of circuit assemblies, reliability "best practices" and success stories.

 

In the first part of this conversation we delve into the history of board cleaning, the electronics the industry's transition to primarily using no-clean flux, and why more and more companies are reintroducing board cleaning back into their assembly process.

 

If you want to listen to us get into the nitty-gritty details of how to implement a proper circuit board cleaning process, make sure to listen to the second half of this episode.

Chris Denney may be reached at cdenney@worthingtonassembly.com

Melissa Hough may be reached at melissa@circuithub.com

 

C2C 3: Mike Scimeca of FCT Assembly on Entrepreneurship

C2C 3: Mike Scimeca of FCT Assembly on Entrepreneurship

May 27, 2021

Episode # 3 of the Concept to Creation Podcast is now available. My guest is Mike Scimeca of FCT Assembly. Mike founded his first business in 1991. Today, he owns nine businesses units. Mike shares his successes, failures, challenges, and advice for budding entrepreneurs.

 

Mike may be reached at:

mscimeca@fctassembly.com

 

RM 67: Rework/Repair Expert Norman Mier of Best Inc.

RM 67: Rework/Repair Expert Norman Mier of Best Inc.

May 17, 2021

Norman Mier is a retired veteran of the US Marine Corps with over 20 years of experience in the electronics rework and repair industry. He received his training through the Navy's Micro Miniature (2M) Electronic Repair Program. He has progressed through every level of rework and repair recognized in the industry. Norman has also earned the highest certifications awarded by IPC in electronics training, being certified as a Master Instructor in IPC A-610, IPC J-STD-001D, IPC/WHMA-A-620 and IPC 7711/7721.

He has worked through BEST for several electronics industry leaders and created tailored courses for their equipment. This also includes providing training to technicians and engineers in surface mount and advanced surface mount technology. The knowledge Norm has brought to these companies has been invaluable to their process improvement efforts. His skill has also been a major factor in keeping BEST training at the forefront in the electronics-training field.

Norman may be contacted at nmier@solder.net.

Video version: https://youtu.be/VpFBJtiRl1U

 

 

C2C: Out of the Box Manufacturing Founders Allison and Chad Budvarson

C2C: Out of the Box Manufacturing Founders Allison and Chad Budvarson

May 17, 2021

Concept to Creation Episode 2 

Allison and Chad Budvarson are a husband and wife team that founded and operates Out of the Box Manufacturing, a Renton Washington-based contract manufacturer. They share how they founded their company, their challenges, successes, and what motivates them. They also provide sage advice for navigating both business and home life.

Allison Budvarson: allison@obmfg.com

Chad Budvarson: chad@obmfg.com

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