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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.

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Selective Solder Pot Temperatures
Selective Solder Pot Temperatures
What temperature should the solder pot in our selective soldering machine be? Should the temperature be different from our wave system? Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall, The Assembly Brothers, share their own experiences.
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Cure for the Grape Effect
Cure for the Grape Effect
We are processing lead-free boards with large components. Our smaller parts are showing the grape effect. What is the best solution for this?
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Trends for Printing Ultra Miniature Chips
Trends for Printing Ultra Miniature Chips
What are the current trends and practices for printing ultra-miniature chips, a la 01005? The Assembly Brothers, Phil and Jim, take a look and share their opinions.
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Solder Paste Inspection - When and Why
Solder Paste Inspection - When and Why
Our facility is pushing us to purchase a 3D solder paste inspection system. Are these systems common and under what condition should we consider buying one?
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Cleaning R.F. Circuits - Aqueous or Vapor?
Cleaning R.F. Circuits - Aqueous or Vapor?
We clean R.F. assemblies by hand but want to switch to an automated process. Which process would be better vapor degreasing or aqueous? Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, The Assembly Brothers, answer this question.
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Consensus for Baking Prior to Rework?
Consensus for Baking Prior to Rework?
What is the industry consensus for baking out moisture in circuit board assemblies prior to convection rework, localized mini-wave rework, or hand soldering rework?
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Will Typical No Clean Paste Pass an SIR Test?
Will Typical No Clean Paste Pass an SIR Test?
Will a typical no clean paste pass an SIR test? Is it really clean enough for a conformal coating and 20 years of service? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, share their own experiences and insight.
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What is Causing Dimples in Blind Via Pads?
What is Causing Dimples in Blind Via Pads?
Recently we encountered defects on some bare boards from our supplier. The defect is a small dimple. What might be the cause of this defect?
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How Do You Remove Oxidation from PCBs?
How Do You Remove Oxidation from PCBs?
What is the best method for cleaning bare PCBs with small amounts of oxidation? I know that proper storage and handling may help. Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, The Assembly Brothers, answer this question and share their own experiences.
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Proper Exhaust Pressure for Reflow Ovens?
Proper Exhaust Pressure for Reflow Ovens?
What is the proper exhaust pressure for a reflow over? Where should we measure the pressure? How should we measure pressure?
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