Reliability Matters is a podcast on the subject of reliability of circuit assemblies. Reliability "best practices" and success stories are discussed. This podcast features interviews with subject matter experts in the electronic assembly industry.
All electronic production segments which effect product reliability are on the table. This includes contamination, coating, cleanliness assessment, inspection, building for harsh environments, reflow, printing, failure analysis, board fabrication, and much more.
Episode 83: A Conversation with Thermal Management Expert Miles Moreau
Miles Moreau is KIC’s General Manager, has been with KIC for nearly three decades. He draws his deep and rich expertise from managing multiple business units across four continents spanning operations, field service, and sales and marketing channels. His expertise is in thermal management and that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about today.
We’ve discussed how to profile a board on this show. Today, we’re going to talk about profiling an oven and a wave soldering machine, and how, when done correctly, may reduce the number of times one has to attach thermocouples to a circuit board and run it through an oven or wave soldering machine.
Miles' Contact Information:
Episode 82: A Conversation with Solder Paste Expert Paul Salerno
My guest today is Paul Salerno. Paul holds an MBA with specialization in finance and marketing from Rutgers Graduate School of Business. He is the Global Portfolio Manager at MacDermid Alpha Electronic Solutions with expertise in product lifecycle management and development of strategic technology roadmaps for the global surface mount technology business. Paul works with customers in both Europe and Asia with customers in automotive, computing, communications and consumer electronic markets.
Paul and I discuss soldering materials including "high reliability" solder paste, low and ultra-low solder pastes, and design-for-use solder paste selection processes.
Paul may be reached here:
Portfolio Manager, SMT
Episode 81: IPC APEX Expo 2022 Technical Program
On this episode, I spoke with IPC's Chief Technologist Matt Kelly and IPC Technical Program Co-Chairs Stan Rak (SF Rak Company) and Bev Christian (HDP User Group) about the upcoming IPC APEX Expo 2022 live technical conference.
We discuss the following topics:
• IPC's "Factory of the Future Pavilion"
• IPC's 3-Hour Professional Development Courses (31 courses!)
• IPC's Technical Program (4 technology tracks each with 29 technical presentations.
• IPC's Poster Sessions
IPC APEX Expo 2022 takes place January 22-27 in San Diego, CA.
More information is available here:
IPC APEX Expo 2022
Professional Development Course information is available here:
Technical Conference info is available here:
Episode 80: Cheryl Tulkoff & Greg Caswell's Book "DESIGN FOR EXCELLENCE IN ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING"
My guests Cheryl Tulkoff (She/Her) and Greg Caswell discuss their new book "Design for Excellence in Electronics Manufacturing" (published by Wiley and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Wiley).
Cheryl and Greg are giving away a free copy of their new book (a $130 value)! Listen or watch this episode to learn how to win their informative book.
DESIGN FOR EXCELLENCE IN ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING
An authoritative guide to optimizing design for manufacturability and reliability from a team of experts Design for Excellence in Electronics Manufacturing is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art book that covers design and reliability of electronics. The authors—noted experts on the topic—explain how using the DfX concepts of design for reliability, design for manufacturability, design for environment, design for testability, and more, reduce research and development costs and decrease time to market and allow companies to confidently issue warranty coverage.
By employing the concepts outlined in Design for Excellence in Electronics Manufacturing, engineers and managers can increase customer satisfaction, market share, and long-term profits. In addition, the authors describe the best practices regarding product design and show how the practices can be adapted for different manufacturing processes, suppliers, use environments, and reliability expectations. This important book contains a comprehensive review of the design and reliability of electronics covers a range of topics: establishing a reliability program, design for the use environment, design for manufacturability, and more. Includes technical information on electronic packaging, discrete components, and assembly processes shows how aspects of electronics can fail under different environmental stresses.
Written for reliability engineers, electronics engineers, design engineers, component engineers, and others, Design for Excellence in Electronics Manufacturing is a comprehensive book that reveals how to get product design right the first time.
Episode 79: A Conversation with Arch Systems' Dave Trail about Industry 4.0
I spoke with Dave Trail from Arch Systems about Industry 4.0.
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Episode 78: SMTAI is Back LIVE!
SMTA's Surface Mount Technology International is back as a live event! The team behind the show and conference discuss the various activities taking place at SMTAI including the exhibition floor, professional development courses, technical presentations, special events and more.
SMTAI 2021 takes place November 1-4 in Minneapolis, MN. More information and registration is available here: