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August 2008

 

Dear Subscriber;
In this edition of the BEST newsletter we are discussing:

  • Schedule of fall classes
  • A "cool" project to cool off with

We were fortunate to have a wonderful turnout for the recent  rework symposium that was held at BEST on Thursday, August 14th at BEST Inc in Rolling Meadows.  Speakers  from OK International, VJ Technologies and BEST spoke on various rework technologies and practices. In addition, there were demonstrations from the BEST staff , Chemtronix and PACE. Engineers saw how to do it !

Congratulations are in order to the BEST team which was rewarded with a INC Top 5,000 fastest growing companies in America award.

Do not forget to mark your calendars for BESTFest, our grand re-opening party taking place the week of IPC-Midwest / ATExpo in Chicago. If you are coming in from out of town this is your chance to see our newly-remodeled space and have some fun with games, food and drinks after the show!
                     BESTFest
Do not forget to see our new capabilities movie!

Thanks!

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Bob Wettermann
President, BEST Inc

Solder Tips

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BEST Video Soldering Tips

Check out the newest gold cup wire insertion and prep tips. BESTInstructors have put together video demonstrations of common hand soldering tips and skills. These are not designed to be in place of live one on one training where repetitive skills and subsequent one on one feedback is given. Rather, they are quick refreshers designed to be viewed if a specific skill has not been practiced in a while.

 

Mobile Solder Trainign Center
Time to Schedule Your Class As the kids go back to school and you are considering the same.

BEST has released its full fall schedule of IPC and BEST classes.

IPC classes include:
  • IPC A610 Acceptability criteria
  • IPC A620 Wire/Cable Acceptability Criteria
  • IPC JSTD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC 7711/21 Rework/Repair of PWBs and
BEST classes include:
  • Lead Free Hand Soldering
  • Lead Free Rework and Repair
  • BGA Rework
  • SMT and Advanced SMT Hand Soldering
  • Mixed Technology Hand Soldering

Call Katy Radcliff at (847) 797-9250 to schedule a class.

 
 

BESTFest
Portable 12V
Air Conditioner --Cheap and easy!

Hot this summer? Looking to cool down? Here's a cool project....The basic concept is to use a boating bilge pump to circulate iced water through a heater core, thereby chilling it, and to use a pair of 12V box fans to blow air through the heater core.

It is very compact and portable, lightweight without the ice, no environmentally not-so-friendly chlorofluorocarbons, hydrogenated chlorofluorocarbons, or hydrofluorocarbons. It is also very quiet and operates off 12VDC. The only disadvantage is that it the ice will melt after 30-60 minutes of operation, depending on the size of your cooler.

Some of the Materials include the following:
Ice Chest - The Igloo Ice Cube 14 would work,well, as do the Cool 16 and the MaxCold 24.
Heater Core-You can find these on eBay for 99 cents to $20, or from an auto store for around 20 bucks, or at an auto salvage yard.
Box Fans and Blade Guards- Under $10 on eBay.
Bilge Pump-$10.44 for a 500GPH unit at Wal-Mart

Get the complete instructions here.

 
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IPC Recertification Time
Cost Effective 12V Air Conditioner
 
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ASK THE EXPERT
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BEST's "Ask the Expert" column is designed to give one-one dialogue between a questioner and our master instructor Kris Roberson. Specification, processing and inspection questions are asked and answered here.

 
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
 
New BEST Logo

BEST epoxy repair kits are designed by artisans who have been repairing circuit boards for many years; therefore the right tools have been included in this general epoxy repair kit.  This kit includes (10) 2 gm packs of resin/hardner, orangewood sticks are included to assist with forming and bending traces for easy placement, and a stainless steel dental pick.  The resin/hardner is pre-measured to ensure every handler will achieve optimum results. See more....


BEST INDUSTRY FORUMS
 

This Industry forum is a discussion area where opinions are given on equipment and processes, help is given on process problems and  resources for problem-solving and troubleshooting are shared.

 
 5 Practical "Lean" Tips
 

The SMTA Wisconsin will be holding its next meeting on Thursday September 4th at the Silver spring Golf Club near the Milwaukee airport . Terry Martin from Milwaukee Electronics will be speaking on the lessons learned and economics gained in implementing lean manufacturing practices. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or find out more information.

 
Looking for Soldering Techs/Laborers?
BESTFest

BEST recently worked with the local organization to introduce/train them in the basics of soldering skills. Please call Bob Wettermann at 847-797-9250 if you have an opening for such an individual. We are recommending a few of them who have a good attitude, have good communications skills and can learn quickly on the job.

 

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