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March - 2012

 

Dear Electronics Assembly Colleague:
Last week at APEX I had the pleasure of visiting San Francisco on the stop back from San Diego. My wife and I toured the "Rock" (Alcatraz), saw whales at Reyes Point, drank wine in Rutherford Valley and got a tour by a great naturalist through the Muir Woods. The photo below shows off the majesty of those 1,000-1,500 year old trees.

Thanks to all of the attendees at the presentation we gave "Practical Tips for Rework of Advanced Packagees" in San Diego at APEX; you had some great questions for us!


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We are in the throws of planning this year's techjnical symposium on BGA assembly/repair. We will have excellent speakers on area array DFM, placement, inspection, cleaning and rework. Mark your calendars for August 21st.

I also invite you to the SMTA Indiana event on March 20th where I will be leading a discussion on "High Thermal Mass Rework."

Bob Wettermann
President, BEST Inc.

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BEST Begins Solder Training at Military Bases

BEST can now has experience in working directly on a military base. Several of the BEST trainers have been able to gain access to the base and blend there military backgrounds with commercial experience to provide an outsourced training solution.

Call Katy at (847) 797-9250 for details.

New Training Tip Videos Up

For several years BEST has been producing a variety of Soldering Tip videos. These videos are designed to be used in your training program or be a reference for you DIYers out there on proper soldering techniques. See the complete list on our YouTube Channel. We are on the "Soldering Geek" channel.
Recently we released the following:

  • ESD Packaging
  • ESD at professional soldering tech's workstation
  • IPC T-50 overview
  • SMT hand printing using a metal stencil

Keep checking back.
Let us know what other topics might be on your wish list.

BEST Launches New Gold Replating Kit

Check out the new BEST PCB gold replating kit. This is only $350.00. More info on how to repair damaged gold fingers is here.
 
 
NEW Gold Finger Repair Kit
Order from our new soldertools.net web site and receive a free, personalized laser-engraved USB drive. See www.soldertools.net.
 
Vocab
Vocab

exegesis

"ek·suh·JEE·sis" which is a noun.

 

The vocabulary you use tells others your level of intellect.

 

Definition/s:

 

exposition, explanation; especially : an explanation or critical interpretation of a text   

 

Usage:

"For his senior thesis, John wrote an exegesis of the novels of D. H. Lawrence."

 
Snowman Pic Contest
Now that winter is in full swing in Chicago we wanted to have you check out some funny snowman pics on our Facebook page. Add your own-best picture by the end of winter wins a "techy" prize!
 
SMT Printing Symposium Select Videos Now Available
Several of you who could not make our sold out SMT Printing Symposium asked for the materials. We have put up a page with video of the highlighted sessions. Look at them over lunch time in your office to learn from the best.
 

February - 2012

 

Dear Electonics Assembly Collegue:
Over the holidays I got a chance to ride a snowmobile through mountainous country on some wooded trails. It was a first-time experieence for all of the family. The vistas were gorgeous and it was fun to let it rip in the valleys!

Check out our invitation video to an IPC advanced rework seminar which we will be teaching in San Diego. There are a few spaces left in this hands-on session! It will be held on March 1st and is called "Practical Tips for Rework of Advanced Packages:PD51"

APEX 2012 Advanced Rework Invitation

APEX 2012 Advanced Rework Invitation

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In addition to the above, look for our webinars on the IPC (next one being Feb 2nd) and SMTA web sites. We are also in the midst of planning an area array technology symposium in August on area array DFM, placement, inspection and rework. Stay tuned.

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Bob Wettermann
President, BEST Inc.

CktBdAnimated

New Training Tip Videos Up

For several years BEST has been producing a variety of Soldering Tip videos. These videos are designed to be used in your training program or be a reference for you DIYers out there on proper soldering techniques. See the complete list on our YouTube Channel. We are on the "Soldering Geek" channel.

Over the holidays we had a chance to release several more new tips. These new topics include the following:

  • ESD Packaging
  • ESD at professional soldering tech's workstation
  • IPC T-50 overview
  • SMT hand printing using a metal stencil

Keep checking back as many others are "already in the can" and just need to be edited.
Let us know what other topics might be on your wish list.

BEST of CES 2012

The MicroVision PicoP 2nd generation HD laser projector really caught my attention. This is an OEM pico projector. Last year the technology was still in its infancy but now it has really come of age. It displays 720p HD video while being able to be built in to a variety of OEM products. Think of projector phones and mobile entertainment systems. Cool! See a good wrap up on the show here

Chicago Area Training-Last Minute IPC Classes

BEST will be holding the following classes at its Rolling Meadows, IL location. Check these out as we do not hold too many of these CIS classes in Chicago:

  • IPC 7711 CIS Rework Certification Jan 30-Feb 1
  • IPC A-610 CIS Certification Feb 2 and 3

Call Katy at (847) 797-9250 for details.

Last Chance to WIN an Amazon Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire
So far 3 Kindle Fires have been given away in Oct, Nov and Dec. The last one will be given away for Jan new customers. First time orders placed by January 31st with a value of at least $100.00 on
will be registered to
win
an Amazon Kindle Fire!
 
 
Prototype Metal Stencils
SMT Prototype Stenci
 
BEST prototype metal stencils are designed for hand printing those 1-5 boards where you are hand-placing the components. No frame. Just a fast foil only stencil with folded up edges for easy handling. $125.00. Ships within 24 hrs of checkplot approval.
 
Vocab
Vocab

Assiduous

"as·sid·u·ou" which is a adjective.

 

The vocabulary you use tells others your level of intellect.

 

Definition/s:

 

Constant in application or attention. Unceasing, persistent.   

 

Usage:

"Assiduous cancer research will lead us to a cure."

 
BEST Snowman Pics
Now that winter is in full swing in Chicago we wanted to have you check out some funny snowman pics on our Facebook page. Add your own-best picture by the end of winter wins a prize!
 
SMT Printing Symposium Select Videos Now Available
Several of you who could not make our sold out SMT Printing Symposium asked for the materials. We have put up a page with video of the highlighted sessions. Look at them over lunch time in your office to learn from the best.
 

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