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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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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? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, answer these questions and share their own experiences.
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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?
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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? The Assembly Brothers, Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall, answer this question.
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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?
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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". The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, answer this question.
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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?
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Why Should We Consider Smart Feeders?
Why Should We Consider Smart Feeders?
In selecting a new pick and place line, why should we consider smart feeders? How can we justify the added cost? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, discuss these questions and share their own insight.
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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?
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Cure for the Grape Effect
Cure for the Grape Effect
We are processing lead-free boards with large components that require high heat temperatures and slow conveyor speeds in a reflow oven that does not use nitrogen. Our smaller parts are showing the grape effect. What is the best solution for this since we cannot increase the conveyor speed or lower temperatures?
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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?
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