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IPC Medical Industries Technical Conference: Lead-Free Reliability Readiness

Posted on 24st August, 2012 by Mark Pilkington

Sponsored by Philips Healthcare
November 7-9, 2012

Wyndham Hotel-Boston
Andover, Massachusetts

This event provides working knowledge that you need for implementation of lead-free electronics manufacturing processes in the medical sector.

  • Engineering challenges and potential solutions will be discussed: materials selection, reliability, testing, and supply chain quality control.
  • Take home practical applications that you can utilize today, from technical experts who will share lessons learned from their experiences with the leaded-to-lead-free conversion process in their own operations, and those of their suppliers.
  • Connect with the colleagues who can help you work most efficiently

The July 2014 deadline for regulatory compliance applies only in Europe at this time, but it is a wake-up call for all organizations in the medical sector with global sourcing and distribution.



WORKSHOP   9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Challenges of Conversion: From Leaded to Lead-Free Operation

Leo Lambert, Vice President – EPTAC Corporation
Umut Tosun, CTO – ZESTRON America

This course presents the challenges of converting to lead-free from a leaded operation.

Process awareness issues based upon the conversion will be covered, with specification changes implemented with introduction of new alloys

What You Will Learn

  • Differences in the metallurgy
  • Process changes necessary for implementation
  • Laminate and material changes involved in the conversion
  • Thermal profile differences
  • Lessons learned since introduction of lead-free materials in the industry
  • Criticality of Cleaning

Your Instructors

As technical director for EPTAC Corporation, with special expertise in metallurgy and soldering, Leo Lambert oversees content of course offerings and provides expert consultation: he develops, troubleshoots, and audits manufacturing processes.  Co-author and Master Instructor for one of the most widely-utilized industry training programs (IPC A-600 for Acceptability of Printed Boards) Leo has over 30 years of experience in electronics quality and acceptance criteria.

Umut Tosun is the application technology manager at ZESTRON America. He has published in leading electronics manufacturing publications and presented technical papers and studies at international conferences.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany.

TOUR   3:30-5:00pm Customer Visit Center at the Philips Healthcare offices



Technical Conference


7:30 am          Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am          Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Po Tse, Sr. Reliability Risks Manager – Philips Healthcare

8:15 am          Keynote: Reliability Priorities for Lead-Free
Dr. Peter van der Heide, Sr. Director of Product Creation Process – Philips Healthcare

9:00 am          Tin Whiskers: Detection, Formation, Mitigation
Bob Landman, Technologist – H&L Instruments

9:45 am           PERM (Pb-free Electronics Risks Management) Status Report
Anthony Rafanelli, Ph.D, P.E., Engineering Fellow – Raytheon

10:30 am         BREAK

10:45 am         Past, Present and Future Lead Free Projects within HDPUG
Marshall Andrews, Executive director – HDPUG (High Density Packaging User Group)

11:30 am         Roles and Responsibilities within Medical Electronics Manufacturing Organizations
Mulugeta Abtew, Senior Manager – Sanmina-SCI

12:15 pm         LUNCHEON

1:15 pm           Lead-Free PCB Testing : Experiences in the Medical Sector
Raj Kumar, Vice President of PCB Technology – Viasystems

2:00 pm           Simulation-Based Reliability Assessment of RoHS compliant Electronic Equipment
Michael Osterman, Ph.D., Research Associate – CALCE, University of Maryland

2:45 pm           BREAK

3:00 pm           Sherlock II Prediction Model for Reliability
Craig Hillman, Ph.D., CEO and Managing Partner – DfR Solutions

3:45 pm           Lead-free PCB Cleanliness Requirements
Dr. Mike Bixenman, CTO – Kyzen Corporation

4:45 pm           Concluding Remarks

5:00-6:30pm    NETWORKING RECEPTION at the Wyndham Hotel – for all event participants



Technical Conference (continued)


7:30 am           Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am           Benefit, Risk, and the FDA
Keynote: Elisabeth George, Vice President Global Regulations & Standards  –  Philips Healthcare and Peter Tortorici, Ph.D., New Product Development Manager – Medtronic

10:00 am         BREAK

10:15 am         Optimal Choices for Lead-Free Soldering Materials
Carl Seelig, AIM Solder

11:00 am         Supply Chain: Lead-Free Quality Concerns and Expectations
Ravi Nabar, Ph.D,  Sr. Director of Supplier Quality – Philips Healthcare

11:45 am         Concluding Remarks

12:00 am         ADJOURN


Special Contributors

  • Dr Aidan Turnbull, Principal Head of WEEE, RoHS & EcoDesign – ENVIRON International

Guide to the RoHS2 EN 50581 Standard, distributed on-site and at www.bomcheck.net/rohs

  • Bruce Kline, Technology Licensing Manager – Mayo Clinic
  • Riccardo Corridori, Environmental Affairs Manager, COCIR

European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical, and Healthcare IT Industry – Sustainable Competence in Advancing Healthcare

  • Mark Kohorst, MITA /NEMA

National Electrical Mfg Assoc, Business Information Services/Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance



Contact the IPC Manager of Professional Development at AnneMarieMulvihill@ipc.org   or   +1 847-597-2827


  • Workshop on November 7, 2012
    $250 (IPC Member)
    $350 (Standard Industry Rate)
  • Technical Conference November 8-9, 2012
    $525 (IPC Member)
    $625 (Standard Industry Rate)                       

Wyndham Boston Andover
123 Old River Road
Andover, MA 01810

To make reservations:  call +1 978-975-3600 and state that you are with IPC to receive the discounted rate of $99/night.  Special rate is available until all discounted rooms are booked – or until Friday, October 19, 2012.

Have a question about training or IPC certification?

EPTAC has the knowledge and expertise to help you train your staff, understand your process, and increase production. We are committed to answering your questions promptly, and we look forward to hearing from you.