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Board Talk is presented by ITM Consulting

Phil Zarrow
Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting
With over 35 years experience in PCB assembly, Phil is one of the leading experts in SMT process failure analysis. He has vast experience in SMT equipment, materials and processes.


Jim Hall
Jim Hall, ITM Consulting
A Lean Six-Sigma Master Blackbelt, Jim has a wealth of knowledge in soldering, thermal technology, equipment and process basics. He is a pioneer in the science of reflow.

ITM Consulting
* EMS Qualification, Evaluation and Selection
* SMT Process Consulting and Troubleshooting
* SMT Process Development and Set-up
* SMT Process Audits
* Lead-free Process Readiness Audits
* SMT Process Optimization
* On-Site Workshops
Programs are sorted by published date, most recent first.


Step Stencil Setup
Step Stencil Setup
When shifting from standard solder paste stencils to step stencils, should we change the pressure or attack angle? Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall, The Assembly Brothers, answer this question and share their own experiences.
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What is Ideal Humidity for Final Assembly?
What is Ideal Humidity for Final Assembly?
What is ideal humidity within a final assembly facility? No soldering involved. The facility is used for final box build.
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Acceptable Rate for Head in Pillow?
Acceptable Rate for Head in Pillow?
We have rejects in 2-3 per 15,000 PCBs that look like Head in Pillow. Should we tinker with the reflow process, or is this reject rate acceptable? Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, The Assembly Brothers, share their experiences.
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Should Apertures be Home Plate or Inverted Home Plate?
Should Apertures be Home Plate or Inverted Home Plate?
Should stencil the aperture be home plate or inverted home plate? You know the performance difference between the two types. Which one is better?
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Is Customer Approval Required for Class 3 Repair?
Is Customer Approval Required for Class 3 Repair?
A non-aerospace customer's board was repaired without authorization. Does an IPC document state that customer approval is required for class 3 repairs? The Assembly Brothers, Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall, answer this question.
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What Rate is World Class for SMT Machines?
What Rate is World Class for SMT Machines?
What rate is considered world class when it comes to pick performance for SMT placement machines? Can you define pick performance?
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Is No-Clean the Trend for QFN Components?
Is No-Clean the Trend for QFN Components?
Is there a move to no-clean for QFN components, or will certain technologies have to continue using a traditional cleaning process? The Assembly Brothers, Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall, answer this question.
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Top Side Reflow Causing Solder Balls
Top Side Reflow Causing Solder Balls
When selective soldering the secondary side, we are producing solder balls on the primary side. What can be done to prevent this from happening?
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Solder Pallets With Titanium Inserts - Yes/No?
Solder Pallets With Titanium Inserts - Yes/No?
Our pallet manufacturer recommends titanium inserts to allow larger apertures near closely spaced surface mount components. Are they worth it? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, share their insights.
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Should We Measure Solder Paste Thickness?
Should We Measure Solder Paste Thickness?
On average, how many locations should we measure our PCBs to confirm our solder paste thickness? Our PCBs are approximately 10" by 10".
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