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RM 95:  SMTA SMT Certification Course Authors Dr. Ron Lasky and Jim Hall

RM 95: SMTA SMT Certification Course Authors Dr. Ron Lasky and Jim Hall

May 9, 2022

Mike Konrad speaks with Dr. Ron Lasky and Jim Hall, authors of the SMTA SMT Certification Courses (along with Phil Zarrow) about the content of these courses. He also speaks with course students, Claire Hotvedt of Indium Corp. and Tom Watson of Kimball Electronics about their experience taking the courses and the value they received.

SMTA offers two certification courses:

• SMT Processes
• Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Each SMTA Certification program is a three-day offering consisting of a 1.5-day workshop on topics in SMT Processes or Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. The program concludes on days two and three with an open and closed book examination (SMT Processes) and open book examination (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.)

This is not an entry-level program. Basic algebra will be used in the workshop and examination. This challenging examination requires both written answers and calculations with the intent to enable the attendee to establish competitive credentials as "Certified" by the SMTA in SMT Processes or Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

More information on the SMTA certification courses is available here:
https://smta.org/page/certification

RM 94: Dr. Ron Lasky on His Many Books

RM 94: Dr. Ron Lasky on His Many Books

April 28, 2022

Dr. Ron Lasky talks about the many books he has authored on SMT processes and production efficiencies.

Dr. Ron Lasky is a Senior Technologist at Indium Corporation, as well as a Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College, where I have twice had the privilege of speaking on the Dartmouth campus to his students. If you're like some people who view the next generation of young adults skeptically and pessimistically, I can assure you your view would quickly change after spending time with his students. Dr. Lasky has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and optoelectronics packaging at IBM, Universal Instruments, and Cookson Electronics. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at several colleges, teaching more than 20 different courses on topics ranging from electronics packaging, materials science, physics, mechanical engineering and science, and religion.

Dr. Lasky holds numerous patent disclosures and is the developer of several SMT processing software products relating to cost estimating, line balancing, and process optimization, all subjects of paramount importance in today's hyper-competitive environment. He is the co-creator of engineering certification exams that set standards in the electronics assembly industry worldwide. Dr. Lasky was awarded the Surface Mount Technology Association’s (SMTA) Technical Distinction Award in 2021 for his "significant and continuing technical contributions to the SMTA." He was also awarded SMTA's Founder’s Award in 2003.

Dr. Lasky holds four degrees, including a Ph.D. from Cornell University in materials science, and is a licensed professional engineer.

He has authored six books, and contributed to nine more, on science, electronics, and optoelectronics, 

RM 93: Dr. Kunal Shah on Ni-Less ENIG

RM 93: Dr. Kunal Shah on Ni-Less ENIG

April 19, 2022

Kunal Shah, Ph.D., is president and chief scientist at Lilotree, a manufacturer of novel surface finishes for circuit boards. He explains the advantages of surface finishes utilizing the thinnest thickness of gold as well as Ni-Less ENIG surface finishes to Mike Konrad.

PCB Chat 96: The Latest HDP Initiatives with Jack Fisher and Madan Jagernauth

PCB Chat 96: The Latest HDP Initiatives with Jack Fisher and Madan Jagernauth

April 12, 2022

Jack Fisher is project facilitator of the High Density Packaging User Group, also known as HDP, and Madan Jagernauth is marketing director and project facilitator.

They discuss HDP's new technology direction initiative, which focuses on projects to support enabling technologies, and share details of some of those new programs.

They also invite nonmembers to their first face-to-face meeting in two years, taking place May 18-19 in Austin, TX. Nonmembers may attend the May 18 session and the facilities tour of Novacentrix.

 

PCB Chat 95: Latest PCB ECAD Market Data with Wally Rhines

PCB Chat 95: Latest PCB ECAD Market Data with Wally Rhines

April 4, 2022

On this episode of PCB Chat we discuss the fourth quarter 2021 market numbers from the ESD Alliance, which were released the week of April 4, 2022.

Our guests are Wally Rhines, who spent more than 45 years in in semiconductor and PCB design as an executive with Mentor Graphics and before that, TI; and Merlyn Brunken, whose is the longtime market intelligence director with Siemens Digital Industries, formerly Mentor.

 

This podcast is brought to you by PCB East, the original conference for the #electronics #design, #manufacturing and #assembly industry on the East Coast. Coming to Marlboro, MA, on April 11-13, with the one-day exhibition and a day's worth of free technical sessions on April 12. Visit pcbeast.com for details.

RM 92: IPC Apex Expo Conversations: Reflow Thermal Control / Automated Device Programming

RM 92: IPC Apex Expo Conversations: Reflow Thermal Control / Automated Device Programming

March 23, 2022

Recorded at IPC Apex Expo in San Diego, Mike Konrad has conversations with two guests.

Marco Sanchez from SMT North America talks about thermal control of reflow ovens. marco.sanchez@smtna.com

Colin Harper of BPM talks about automatic device programming.

colin_harper@bpmmicro.com

RM 91: Conversations from IPC APEX Expo - Inspection Systems - Contract Assembly - and Pirates!

RM 91: Conversations from IPC APEX Expo - Inspection Systems - Contract Assembly - and Pirates!

March 17, 2022

Mike Konrad talks with four guests:

Jesper Lykke from Viscom talks about inspection systems.

jesper.lykke@viscomusa.com

 

Greg Papandrew from Direct PCB talks about PCB buying and his new book "PCB Basics for Buyers": greg@boardbuying.com

 

Kevin Huo from EM Solutions talks about fast-turn contract assembly.

kevinh@emsolutionstech.com

 

And Michelle Ogihara from Seika USA talks about the advantages of joining trade associations.

michelle@seikausa.com

PCB Chat 94: Michael Kirschner on Sustainability Standards

PCB Chat 94: Michael Kirschner on Sustainability Standards

March 10, 2022

Michael Kirschner is president of Design Chain Associates, where he helps manufacturers understand and ensure that their products comply with health and environmental regulatory, customer and market requirements.

He has broad expertise in areas including semiconductor quality and reliability, software design and development, hardware design, development, and manufacturing as well as manufacturing processes and supplier/supply base management.

The background enables him to help manufacturers assess and improve supply chain risk, readiness and performance, and achieve (and go beyond) compliance with product-related health, environmental and social regulations like REACH, RoHS, Circular Economy and EcoDesign, WEEE, Conflict Minerals, California's Proposition 65 and Safer Consumer Products, as well as performance standards like IEEE-1680.n (EPEAT), and customer demands around the world.

He speaks with PCEA chief content officer Chelsey Drysdale on the open comment period for RoHS 3, the circular economy, and why environmental and sustainability standards have yet to achieve their goals.

RM 90: Mike Adamson on Component Storage

RM 90: Mike Adamson on Component Storage

February 24, 2022

While it may seem like an untimely topic given the current supply chain shortages, storage systems for electronic components are an important part of the electronic assembly industry. While we are still in the midst of a supply chain crisis, sooner or later this will be solved and the question of where to put all of our components will be waiting for us to answer. It's often said we don't have time to work on the important because we're so busy working on the urgent.

Mike Konrad's guest is Mike Adamson, product manager for Inovaxe, a provider of material handling products and services for the electronics assembly industry. In today's hyper-competitive electronics assembly industry, efficiency and optimization are key to maintaining competitiveness.

Mike received a bachelor's in physics from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse as well as bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In addition, he earned an MBA in marketing from Lynn University.

PCB Chat 93: Mack Technologies on EMS Manufacturing in Mexico

PCB Chat 93: Mack Technologies on EMS Manufacturing in Mexico

February 14, 2022

Mack Technologies is one of the largest privately held US-based EMS companies. It recently moved into a 164,000 sq. ft. facility in Juarez, effectively doubling its footprint there.

President Will Kendall and VP of operations, Juarez Oscar Gonzalez speak with PCB Chat host Mike Buetow on the demand behind the expansion, the local employment situation, and moving product over the US-Mexico border.

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