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Hot Topics: Solder Mask Bubbles and Mask Flaking, Solder Balls, RoHS Cable Coating and More

We receive questions on a daily basis, some relative to training and certification, but the bulk on process issues and whether they are acceptable based on the standards or not. Ever wonder if you were the only one dealing with a particular problem? Well you are not alone. In this webinar we will break down a variety of topics and work to shed some light on how to address them in your design and production process.

Selecting the Correct Training Programs for Your Employees

With all the electronics training programs out there and certifications to be had, how do you know which programs are the best fit for you and for your employees? In this webinar, we will try to clarify and hopefully simplify your decision-making process and allow you to select the correct programs for the correct employee tasks and prevent costly mistakes on training or certifications you may not need.

IPC Standards 2020 Committee Updates and What’s Coming

If you did not get a chance to attend the APEX IPC 2020 Committee Meetings or workshops this year, then this webinar is an opportunity for you to get the Cliff Notes, Spark Notes, or whatever your call summaries these days, on what is changing and occurring with the IPC Standards you work with each and every day.

Understanding What [Brackets,Brackets,Brackets] Mean in J-STD-001

If you have ever worked with IPC J-STD-001 in your life, you have inevitably come across the SHALL’s and SHALL NOT’s littered throughout the document and the brackets that follow. Do you really understand how to interpret their meaning? We might be able to help.

Updates on Industry Changes in IPC Standards and Certification Training

You have enough to do dealing with the requirements of your hectic work schedule, so let us help bring you up to speed on the changes occurring with the IPC Standards and the Certification Programs they impact.

Counterfeit Components: Your First Steps Towards a Mitigation Plan

Counterfeiting has become somewhat prevalent these days, more so in some industries than in others. If there is a profit to be made, this hidden market will find it. When it comes to electronic components, especially in the electronics arena where reliability is involved, there is a deep concern that what you produce as a final product is not compromised in either design or manufacturing.

FAQs: Clarification and Interpretation of a Variety of IPC Standards

We receive a variety of questions, each and every day regarding electronics manufacturing that, for the most part, come down to interpreting and understanding various IPC Standards and applying them to day to day operations.

IPC-A-600 or IPC-6012 – Which Standard is Right for Me

Standards, standards and more standards. When it comes to bare printed circuit boards, two key documents stand out, the IPC-A-600 “Acceptability of Printed Boards” and IPC-6012 “Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards”. With that said, which document is important to you and more importantly how do you use these standards and apply their requirements in everyday situations?

Gold Embrittlement: When Gold Removal is a Must

We hear/are asked this question all the time. When do I need to remove gold plating and why do I have too? Give us a moment to explain this issue, why it is required, when it is necessary and how removal is usually performed.

New Amendments to IPC-A-610F & J-STD-001F and What You Need to Know

You may or may not be aware that the IPC has released Amendments to the popular IPC-A-610F and J-STD-001F, but you may not be aware that they contain not only corrections to the current document revisions, but additional requirements not previously mentioned in the existing standards.

Tempered Leads, Class 3 Rework, Toe Fillets and More

We receive, almost on a daily basis, questions regarding production issues, standards and specification interpretation and just plain old, what is wrong with this manufacturing process. During this webinar, we would like to share some of the issues that other production people …

A Review of IPC-6012 and Who This New Certification Can Help

IPC-6012 “Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards” has been around for a while, but what you might not know, is that this document provides the foundation for the requirements that are found in the IPC-A-600 “The Acceptability of Printed Boards”.

Understanding What “The Lead is Discernible” Really Means

Yes, this simple term “discernible” is still debated to this day by many in the electronics manufacturing industry and a continually confusing concept for new students to grasp. Used throughout IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001, understanding this definition is critical to the application of the standards and their principles to the production process.

Tinning: Critical Care of Soldering Tips in a Lead Free Environment

Yes, we all know that you should be tinning your soldering iron tips between times of usage, but do you really understand the fundamentals of doing so, how it impacts heat transfer, time on a board pad and ultimately the quality of the solder joint and reliability of the component itself?

Selecting the Correct Crimp Terminal for the Job

So you have been crimping terminals to wires for years. Find the wire size, match it with the specified crimp terminal and you are on your way. Right? Well there is a bit more to it. What size terminal do you use if you have multiple wires being placed in one crimped terminal?

Damage Prevention When Soldering Ceramic Chip Capacitors

Ceramic chip capacitors have been around for years and used in a variety of assemblies, but as their size has shrunk over time, their susceptibility to damage has continued to rise. Add to this, the transition to lead free soldering materials, which have imposed more rigidity and reduced flexibility on solder joints, resulting in additional stress issues on these small devices.

Magnet Wire and Getting a Great Solder Connection

Magnet wire has been used for years in the electronics industry in everything from transformers, inductors, motors, electromagnets and on and on. What you may not know is that all coatings are not created equal and some wires can have multiple layers of poly insulating films on them.

Soldering Flux: Your Friend or Foe?

Yes, we have all heard that flux is your friend in the soldering process, but considering the multitude of chemistries out there and the ever-changing applications, a flux could quickly turn into an enemy and a detriment to your process and the longevity of a product.

IPC-AJ-820A – The “How and Why” of All Things PCB

Did you ever wonder why there are all these requirements in IPC-A-610, J-STD-001, IPC-7711/7721, or for that matter any of the other IPC design or manufacturing standards? If you are looking for the “devil in the details” well you have found it.

IPC-7095C – The Definitive Source for Everything BGA

You’ve heard the saying “the world is shrinking.” Well, in more ways than you think. With the ever increasing proliferation of smart, hand held and mobile devices and the continued shrinking of the electronics they hold, you have to know that there is an ever increasing demand for the electronic devices that make this all possible. The BGA.

Review Questions – Our Top 10 Commonly Asked Soldering Questions This Year

The year is half over and in looking back; we receive numerous questions every day from our customers and visitors to our site. Some are very application or process specific and others are common stumbling blocks or issues we run into from day to day. So we thought we would compile a list of our Top 10 and rattle them off to you.

The Fundamentals of Solder Joint Design – Part 2 – Surface Mount Technology (SMT)

Part 2 in this series, has everything to do with Surface Mount Technology, or more importantly surface mount components. In the previous discussion we explained that the majority of these solder joints fail by many years of fatigue, or more importantly, by stress fractures occurring over years of cycling in the environment. We continue with this series.

The Fundamentals of Solder Joint Design – Part 1 – Through Hole Technology (THT)

Have you ever wondered if you have created the perfect solder joint, or for that matter one that is strong enough for the particular application it is being used in? Sure we can pull test and stress the solder joint, but these things don’t fail that way. They fail by many years of fatigue, or more importantly, by stress fractures occurring over years of cycling in the environment.

Dealing With the Order of Precedence When Using IPC Standards

We hear it all the time and you probably do as well. Are we building to J-STD-001 or IPC-A-610? Are we inspecting to IPC-A-610 or J-STD-001? Do these standards even play well together? How do I determine which standard is applicable to what I am doing? Are there other documents that I should be looking at as well, like IPC/WHMA-A-620, IPC-A-600, or for that matter IPC-6012? Confusing or confused?

The Proper Use of Training Instructor Guides in Delivering IPC Certification

Well, you have just received your new Instructor Certification and you are off to teach your students all the latest and greatest technology and standards. Armed with an Instructor Guide, you prepare for your classes, but do you understand the importance of the guide and how to use it? Or maybe you are a seasoned veteran at training and have long since tossed the guide aside in your normal class to class activities. Is that a good thing?

Selecting the Right Training Programs for Employees in Electronics Manufacturing

With so many standards, certifications and training programs out there, how do you know which ones are right for you, or your labor force, when performing the different tasks in the manufacturing of electronic or electrical products?

Selecting the Right Tools, Solder and Flux for Soldering Your Product

Have you ever wondered if you are using the right tooling, materials, or chemistry for the product you are working on in the soldering operation? Have been given a new product to put into production and you are confused as to where to start in the selection process?

How to Create the Perfect Solder Joint

It is what we strive for in the electronics manufacturing process, the creation of the perfect solder joint. So many factors enter into this process, but there is one that is constantly discussed in every specification and standard, that even though we do not see it with the unaided eye, is critical to creating that perfect solder joint every time.

The Need for Gold Removal on Solderable Surfaces

Gold removal from component solderable surfaces has, for many years, long been required, but do you really understand the value of, or why we go through this process?

Counterfeit Components – Determining Your Plan of Attack

Yes, have all heard about the issue of counterfeiting in the electronics market. But is it a threat for you? Is it fact or a fabrication to place additional regulations on your production environment?

Addressing the Issues Around Solder Joint Voids in Surface Mount Components

Yes, we are still discussing this issue. It seems to continue to appear. Someone, somewhere has found voids in their solder joints on BGAs, or other surface mounted components. What are you suppose to do?

Understanding Soldering Assessment Programs

Are you hiring? Are you cross training? Do you need to transition existing employees to your electronics assembly area? Do you need to assess, maintain, or monitor your current production quality levels?

Increased Need for ESD/EOS Training, Audits and Compliance

Electrostatic Discharge and Electrical Overstress (ESD/EOS) issues are everywhere. It is literally a jungle out there when it comes to battling and securing an area that is “safe” for electronics assembly and handling.

Understanding Solderability Testing for Printed Circuit Boards and Components

J-STD-002 “Solderability Tests for Component Leads, Terminations, Lugs, Terminals and Wires” and J-STD-003 “Solderability Tests for Printed Boards” have been around for quite a while. Although they are mentioned in any J-STD-001 certification program, do you really know what they contain?

Where do Blow Holes in Solder Joints Come From?

Blow Holes in solder joints has been a continued heated discussion in this industry for a long period of time. Do you really know what the acceptable conditions are and all of the causes for this particular phenomenon?

What’s New in the Leading PCB Document, IPC-A-600 Revision H

It’s official. IPC-A-600, Acceptability of Printed Boards is now at Revision H. Complete with new subject materials, pictures and a better correlation with other documents like IPC-6012 and IPC-6013, this standard is better than ever. Take a moment to review with us why the new standard is so improved that you have to take a

Interpreting IPC-A-600 Requirements for Annular Rings and Laminate Cracks

From time to time discussions arise over the accept/reject criteria in IPC-A-600 and IPC-6012 for annular rings and laminate cracks. In this webinar, we will try to demystify the requirements from the two standards regarding these issues, and allow you to make better production and quality decisions on your products. Topics we will be reviewing

Mid Year Update: A Review of Some Commonly Asked Questions

Well can you believe that the first half of the year has already past? With hundreds of questions asked about topics ranging from solders to component mounting, we decided to take a brief moment and discuss a few of the most popular issues that come up from time to time. So if you have a

IPC 2010 APEX Conference

Well the IPC 2010 APEX Conference has come and gone and if you are wondering what you missed, when it comes to all the technical programs and standards, then look no further. Join us for a brief webinar, where we will review the release of new document revisions, such as IPC-A-610E, J-STD-001E, IPC-A-600H and IPC-6012C

And the Winner is? – The Skilled Worker

Industry these days continues to push for more education, degrees and knowledge which is all well and good, yet least we forget that dependable and repeatable skills will continue to have a direct impact on the quality of your product and the bottom line. Join us for a moment as we discuss why your focus

Plated Through Hole Fill: Understanding the Process and Assembly Requirements

Plated Through Hole Fill is always a hot topic of conversation and we continue to get questions about process issues and acceptable requirement criteria for PCB assemblies. Take a moment to listen in on what the latest acceptable criteria is and what process issues can impact this critical component of any PCB Assembly. Topics we

Change is Coming: New Revisions J-STD-001E, IPCA- 610E and IPC-A-600H

Well if you did not have a chance to visit IPC Midwest, there were numerous committee meetings on training and the industry standards we work with every day. Take a moment to get a brief update on the changes that will be coming down the pike that may affect how you inspect, accept and perform

Understanding the Three Threats to PCB’s: Delamination, Measling and Crazing

Back by popular demand, this triple threat to PCB Fabrication is not only a challenge to deal with, but a set of defects that have to be addressed. This webinar will discuss the definition of delamination, measling and crazing, their differences and what the accept/reject criteria is according to IPC-A-600 and IPC-6012. Topics we will

FAQ Series: Top Five Manufacturing
 Issues For August 2009

EPTAC Corporation is not only the leading provider of electronics training and certification, but we provide continuous technical support for hundreds of questions asked by our customer base. Second in a series, once again we tackle some of the issues in the industry that may or may not be near and dear to your heart.

Top 5 Manufacturing Issues for the Month

EPTAC Corporation is not only the leading provider of electronics training and certification, but we provide continuous technical support for hundreds of questions asked by our customer base. This webinar is a chance for us to share some of these issues with you, so that you may benefit and avoid any productions challenges or just

Getting Involved with the Development and Maintenance of IPC/EIA J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610

Two of the most widely referenced standards in the electronics industry are the IPC/EIA J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, but did you know how these documents are updated and maintained by their associated IPC Committees? Learn how you can and should be a part of these

IPC/EIA J-STD-001 by the Numbers: Understanding the Key Supporting Documents

There is always one document that steals the show, in this case IPC/EIA J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, but are you aware of the top five(5) supporting documents that are critical to this one standard and directly impact the quality of both incoming and outgoing products? Take a moment to become familiar

Forward and Backward Soldering Compatibility

Just when you thought you understood all this lead and lead-free production, components of all types, leaded and lead-free start showing up in a variety of assemblies. How do you live in a world with only lead-free components that may end up in a leaded process and on the flip side, leaded components that might

PCB Delamination: Understanding What Separation Anxiety Is Really All About

Are you having laminate separation issues with your printed circuit boards? Delamination is showing up more and more today due to increased thermal pressures on assemblies. So how do you address these issues? Learn how this occurs in the production and assembly process, how to deal with it and understand the difference between true delamination

Common Wave Soldering Manufacturing Issues

So many questions and so little time. We receive multiple questions each and every day and they continue to build regarding soldering assembly, procedures, materials and chemistry. Take a moment to hear our top 5 questions and time permitting allow us to answer a few of yours. Who knows, we may solve a puzzler for