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Untangling Your Electronics Training and Certification Needs

Untangling Your Electronics Training and Certification Needs

With so many program and course offerings out there it is hard to decipher what you may or may not need to meet your everyday operational requirements, let alone any certifications you may need for contractual obligations. Let us take some time to demystify the IPC offerings by enlightening you on what the programs are

Inspection: Part II — PCB Assembly Inspection — Getting It Right

Coming off of the recent discussion, you should be starting to realize that inspection is not so much applying the accept/reject criteria of IPC-A-610 “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”, though it is key, but rather being able to alter your thought process to allow you to visually identify subtle deviations in the norm and then apply

Inspection: Quick Tips & Techniques for PCB Assembly Inspection

So you understand IPC-A-610 “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies” and are ready to inspect, but where do you start as you stare at a printed circuit board assembly fresh from the line? It can be a daunting task, but if you know how to look, what to look for each pass and how to focus in

Boards: Get the Bare Facts on Bare Boards

You are probably aware of IPC-A-610 “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies” which covers the accept/reject criteria for stuffed printed circuit boards, but you may not be aware that there are other standards that help you deal with issues relative to bare printed boards covering design, fabrication and inspection. We take a look at IPC-A-600, IPC-6012 and

Assembly – Understanding the HARD(ware) Side of IPC-A-610

The Accept/Reject Criteria for soldered joints right? That is what IPC-A-610 “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies” is all about. Well, yes and no. There is a lot more that goes into an assembly than just soldered connections. This HARD(ware) from the board, screws, wire, handles, latched, heat sinks and formed components all have criteria that must

Training: Do You Really Need All This Certification Stuff?

You see it everywhere you turn in electronics assembly. There is training and/or certification for so many operations in the production process, but what do you choose? How does this certification compare to that one? Is it really worth the time? Is it worth the cost? T ake a moment to learn about a variety

Key Tips & Techniques for Manually Reflowing of Solder Paste

Did you know that when quickly heating solder pastes it can volitize off the fluxes and carrying vehicles leading to a poor solder joint? This program discusses whether this is an acceptable practice and under what conditions manual reflowing of solder paste can be effectively accomplished. Lean the proper techniques, tooling and procedures to create

Defects: Lead Protrusion & Damaged Pins

Questions always arise about how much lead protrusion is enough or too much. This session will review issues related to lead protrusion in both supported and unsupported holes and what is considered acceptable or a defect. In addition, if you have damaged pins, are they “fixable” and what does IPC-A-610 allow you “to do” or

Q & A on Solder Resists and Conformal Coatings

The majority of boards built today are coated with solder resist or solder mask as it is sometimes referred, but care should be taken to make sure that this process does not result in contamination. We will take a look at this concern along with issues you may want to consider if you want to

Flux Classification – Part 2: Selecting the Right Flux for Your Application

Understanding how a flux in general can impact your production process is important to any soldered assembly. Selecting the right flux for a particular job is crucial to the quality of the final product. Identifying all the materials and how they interact with each other takes on a whole new meaning in making the right

Flux Classification – Part 1: Interpretation of J-STD-001 and J-STD-004 Regarding Fluxes

J-STD-001 “Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies” and J-STD-004 “Requirements for Soldering Fluxes” are two critical industry documents for interpreting and classifying fluxes used in any soldering process. This webinar will provide a brief view of fluxes from the perspective of: Material and Process Nonconformance Material Requirements Flux Requirements Flux Identification   If you