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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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Opens With Assembled QFN Components
Opens With Assembled QFN Components
We are experiencing opens on assembled QFN components at a rate of approximately 9%. The component has two rows of pads and the failure only appears in rows near the component center. Our boards are double-side reflow and this component is mounted on the first side.

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Conductive Epoxy: Pros and Cons
Conductive Epoxy: Pros and Cons
What are the advantages and disadvantages of electrically conductive epoxies? The Assembly Brothers stick to the basics and shed some light on this question.
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Component Moisture Question?
Component Moisture Question?
We mistakenly assembled circuit boards using BGA components that were not properly stored. Can we now rebake the assemblies? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, offer their take and suggestions.
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When is it Time to Shift from Hand to Wave Soldering?
When is it Time to Shift from Hand to Wave Soldering?
We assemble simple through-hole circuit boards. What are the main factors to consider when shifting from hand soldering to wave soldering?
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What is the IPC Definition for Uncommonly Harsh?
What is the IPC Definition for Uncommonly Harsh?
IPC 610 and other documents define class three to include products where the end use environment may be uncommonly harsh. Does anyone have guidelines for how uncommonly harsh may be defined? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, address this question.
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Solder Paste - Type 3 or Type 4?
Solder Paste - Type 3 or Type 4?
What are the determining factors when switching from type 3 solder paste to type 4 solder paste for the solder paste printing operation?
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How To Strip Tin-Lead Solder From SMT Pads for RoHS
How To Strip Tin-Lead Solder From SMT Pads for RoHS
Is it possible to scrub the pads of a PCB to bring it back into compliance? 63-37 solder was mistakenly used to hand solder parts. Somebody put out the wrong material for the manual soldering operation. The Assembly Brothers review this challenge.
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What is an Acceptable Level of Exposed Copper?
What is an Acceptable Level of Exposed Copper?
Is there an acceptable level of exposed copper on gold plated circuit boards where all the conductors are gold plated?
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Demise of the Plated-Through Hole?
Demise of the Plated-Through Hole?
How long do you expect the industry will continue to use through hole components? I can envision connectors being used for some time, but what about the other component types? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, answer these questions.
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We Need Leaded BGAs, But They're Only Available Lead-Free
We Need Leaded BGAs, But They're Only Available Lead-Free
Today's topic of discussion is orientated to those who are the exemptees for lead-free and have to cope with a lead-free world.
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