The Pick, Place, Podcast is a show where we talk about electronics manufacturing and everything related to getting a circuit board into the world. Join hosts Chris Denney from Worthington and Melissa Hough from CircuitHub as they discuss the pcb assembly process, design tips that will make your manufacturer love you, and talk to industry guests.
The nitty gritty details on solder
We're back! In this episode we talk about what we were busy doing on our "break", the different types and formats that solder comes in, and some unfortunate consequences that sometimes occur while eating chips.
All the Tricks and Gotchas in Surface Mount Assembly (Repost from the Coriolis Effect)
Last week Chris was a guest on the Coriolis Effect, a podcast hosted by Bil Herd and Ben Jordan. Since we are still on hiatus (and because the episode was so great) we decided to repost the conversation.
Don't worry, we expect to be back next episode with some new, fun and content and plenty of pet peeves!
Custom tooling to the rescue
Sometimes things are difficult to build....enter the help of custom tooling! In this episode, we highlight some of the applications for which we might order custom tooling, how they can help us assemble boards more efficiently and accurately, and some things you might want to do if you'd like to avoid custom tooling becoming necesesary.
Benefits of intrusive soldering
Intrusive soldering, also known as pin-in-paste, is a method that uses solder paste to solder the thru-hole leads instead of hand soldering, wave soldering, or selective soldering. If designed properly, it's a great way to save time and money during pcb assembly. In this episode, we discuss how intrusive soldering is done, challenges associated with this process, and design recommendations.
Wurth USB-C Guide
Our favorite USB-C port
The role of flux in PCB assembly
Flux is friend. Not foe.
To create a solder joint, you have a lot working against you. Boards, parts, the air...it’s all very cold compared to the melting point of solder. Those are easily overcome with a good heat source in the way of a soldering iron, wave solder, or selective solder. However, none of this will do you a lick of good without flux because metal oxide is the biggest challenge you have to combat.
In this episode, we go over flux's role in fighting the oxide layer that forms during PCB assembly, the basic chemistry of flux, what cold solder joints are, and more.
Debugging PCB Assemblies
It's a fact of life that defects and failed boards will sometimes occur, which is why it's so important to have a debugging procedure prepared to help your CM know how to move forward. In this episode, we talk about best practices on how to work with your CM when these problems arise.
Hi there! Just finished the first full episode and I’m so excited to catch up! I’ve been a solder technician for almost 2 years mostly working on power, audio, and video cables as well as modifying headphones. Recently I’ve been getting trained to do some circuit board work and wanted to get a better understanding of the world. That’s how I came across this pod and I love it!
Thanks you guys, content is awesome, sorry for being the cause of most of those pet peeves!!!
Very insightful! Looking forward to learning more about the world of EMS!