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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.


Is There a Spacing Spec for SMD Components?
Is There a Spacing Spec for SMD Components?
Is there a minimum spacing requirement or should we apply SMT components to comply with SMT pick and place systems on the market? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, answer this question.
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Is HASL a Good Choice for Surface Finish?
Is HASL a Good Choice for Surface Finish?
We are using a lead-free hot air solder leveling board finish. Our boards have bottom-terminated components. Is this the best choice?
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Has My Flux Expired?
Has My Flux Expired?
What specific attributes occur in an expired flux? How do you know if a flux is bad and shouldn't be used? Are there any simple tests? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, share there expertise and shed some light on these questions.
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Long Term Component Storage
Long Term Component Storage
We need to store SMD components for at least 10 years. What do you recommend for a humidity and temperature settings?
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Processing Circuit Boards with BGAs On Both Sides
Processing Circuit Boards with BGAs On Both Sides
What is the best way to process a 30 mil circuit board assembly that has micro BGAs that need to be soldered to both sides? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, answer this question.
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What Causes Solder Balls During Hand Soldering?
What Causes Solder Balls During Hand Soldering?
We have experienced solder balls during automated reflow. Now we are finding solder balls during the hand soldering.
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Seeking Alternatives to Solvent Cleaning
Seeking Alternatives to Solvent Cleaning
We are currently using a mix of trichloroethylene and IPA for cleaning in the ratio of 10 to 90. We are looking to eliminate the use of trichloroethylene and request your input. The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, share their insight.
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What is the Life Span of a Profile Board?
What is the Life Span of a Profile Board?
What is the life span of a profile board? How many times can I use one test board to profile a reflow oven before throwing it away and why?
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Should We Invest in 3D Optical Inspection?
Should We Invest in 3D Optical Inspection?
We are correcting many solder defects. The search for defects is taking too long. Should we go with a 3D AOI system to save inspection time? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, share their experiences and insight.
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Dross Contamination After Selective Soldering
Dross Contamination After Selective Soldering
We have discovered a fine low density dross on PCBs after selective soldering. The dross is difficult to see. Is there an effective way to clean this?
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