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August 2009 Vol. 2, Iss. 22

 

Dear Subscriber;

Uur newest analytical tools include a high-powered 300X microscope with DIC. This will allow us to help you diagnose  process problems you have via a dye and pry or cross-sectioning process.

If you are near the Detroit or Northern Ohio areas we invite you to either our IPC A-610D CIS training class to become certified or attend the technical discussion on the "Nuiances of IPC A-610D" at the end of September.

Our family clan just returned from an RV vacation visiting several national parks in the West. After much family time and lots of fresh air it was time to return home. We did not have the adventures of the Munro family in the movie "RV" but did have an enjoyable-action packed vacation. In response to this experience please find a fun RV story at the end of this newsletter.

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Best wishes for a fun summer,

Bob Wettermann
President, BEST Inc
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Cross Sectioning to Diagnose Process Problems

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BEST Inc provides microsectioning services along with professional advice to help you get to the root of process problems. While some types of PCB of PCB assembly defects are visible, many times their extent can only be realized when microsectioning of the suspect area is done. Armed with this information suppliers can be brought into the problem-solving equation and manufacturing engineering can more quickly get to the root of the problem area.
More on process troubleshooting services here.



IPC A610 CIS Certification Training Comes to Michigan

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BEST is bringing its training offering on the road at the end of the summer.
Students will be instructed on:

Terms and Definitions
Handling Electronic Assemblies
Mechanical Assemblies
Component Installation Location/Orientation
Soldering
Cleanliness
Marking and Coatings
Laminate Conditions
Discrete Wiring Assembly
Surface Mount Assemblies  

Worker proficiency students will be evaluated on their mastery of the IPC-A-610D material through end-of-course tests that have both open-book and closed-book components. Students must receive an average of at least 70% on both tests. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, participants will receive an IPC certification that is valid for 24 months .

A610 Cost: $275 per student  (handbook extra)
Location: Holiday Inn, 21100 Haggerty Road, Northville Township, MI 48167
Call (847) 797-9250 to register as the class size is limited!

Complete class info here:

 
 
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The Parrot That Wouldn't Shut Up

Marty, an RV'er , travels in his motorhome with a talkative but foul-mouthed parrot. One day in a campground near Albuquerque, New Mexico, the bird's swearing got to be too much. So Marty grabbed it by the throat and yelled "Stop it!" But only minutes later, the bird was swearing again.
The next day, the bird yelled so loudly that the couple next door in a large Winnebago came by to demand its silence. Desperate, Marty locked the bird in a kitchen cabinet. But it didn't help: the bird kept right on swearing.
The next day, the bird was even worse. So, as a last resort, Marty tossed it into his spacious freezer inside his RV. After five minutes, all was quiet. Worried the bird might be freezing, Marty took it out. "I'm sorry," confessed the suddenly polite bird. "I promise to never swear again."
Marty was astonished. He couldn't understand the change in attitude.
"By the way," asked the parrot, "what did the chicken do?"

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Microsectioning Services       

MI IPC A610CIS       

The RV and the Parrot

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Component Retinning

A610 On-Line Recertification

Repair and Testing Services

 
 
    SAVE  THE DATE! SMTA MI Chapter Technical Session Sept 29
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BEST Inc., in conjunction with the SMTA MI Chapter, will be holding a technical discussion on Tuesday September 29th at 6:30PM. One of the BEST instructors will lead a discussion entitled "The Nuiances of IPCA610D" Bring your burning questions / examples to the discussion.
Contact Mark Hoch at Debron Electronics at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

 
 
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BEST can take a bite out of your rework costs. Call (847) 797-9250 and ask Laura how we may be able to help!
 
 
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if you want to do reballing on your own EZReball(TM) preforms are the way to go. Order an evaluation kit to try this process on your own

 
Through Hole Repair Kit
 
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BESTThrough-hole 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 through-hole repair kit.  This kit includes a large number of flat flange eyelets in a good variety of sizes, which are recommended when a low profile or clearance factor is required.  The swage tool base and fixture allow for easy replacement of these eyelets.  Professional stainless steel tweezers grab and hold the eyelets while you are replacing or repairing plated through-holes making the repair process simpler.

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BEST process engineers and technicians can answer your questions on PCB rework, repair and assembly.

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