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June - 2012

 

Dear Electronics Assembly Colleague:
We had a great start to the summer with Chicago's Bike the Drive event. We and over 20,000 cyclists rode on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive along Lake Michigan.

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We are beginning to firm up the planning for this year's technical symposium on BGA assembly/repair. We will have excellent speakers including Dr Lasky, Chris Shay and Norman Mier. Mark your calendars for August 21st.
I also invite you to the SMTA Minnesota (Rochester) on June 7th.
Wishing a great summer!

Bob Wettermann
President, BEST Inc.

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Developing Practical PCB Inspection Skills

While IPC-A-610 offers the skills required to identify target, process indicator and defect conditions found on PCB assemblies, it offers no practical inspection skills. A recently-developed BEST inspection skills class offers a full day course to augment the skills learned and tested in IPC-A-610.
Class instruction is designed to teach attendees the skills of inspection and how to develop inspection strategies for a PCB. Class participants will learn and be taught skills in inspection of throughhole, SMT components as well as wires and cables using real assemblies. Students and their instructor will get a chance to learn from each other as experiences are exchanged while discussing classroom findings.
Call Bob at (847) 797-9250 for details.

2nd Half of 2012 Solder Training Schedule
Hand solder training

BEST is pleased to announce its second half of the year training schedule. Look for the pdf version here or look at the following page to see it on our web site. BEST performs certification training at locations in its home offices in Chicago as well as Minneapolis, Huntsville and near Raleigh, North Carolina. Our mobile training center can also come to you with a fully-outfitted solder training vehicle. This offers you the availability of a professionally-outfitted solder training center right at your location.

FAST TURN Component Printing Stencils
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BEST now produces component printing stencils for a variety of different rework machines (SRT, OKI,PACE, etc). With our vast experience in contract PCB rework as well as our hands-on experience in component rework printing and stencil design we are your new source for component printing stencils. Unlike many machine vendors we do it all in house for faster turns in 2-3 days. Call Chris Edwards at (847) 797-9250.
 
Vocab
Vocab

pip

"(pip)" which is a verb.

 

The vocabulary you use tells others your level of intellect.

 

Definition/s:

 

to peep or chirp, to break out from the shell  

 

Usage:

"As Fiona's watch pipped 8AM she knew she was late for her meeting."

 
Gold Plating Repair Kit for PCBs
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If you need to repair gold fingers or other gold plated areas of your PCB check out the BEST gold replating kit.
 
Flux Dip Plates-FAST TURN Avail from BEST
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BEST now  manufactures flux and dipping paste dip plates. Whether you have an OKI, PACE, SRT or Airvac machine we can be your faster turn dip plate supplier turning these custom-machined pieces in 2-3 days.

Call Chris Edwards at (847) 797-9250 for further details.
 

May - 2012

 

Dear Electronics Assembly Colleague:
Happy Cinco de Mayo! The celebration of our neighbor's heritage as well as the current AZ vs US supreme court case is causing me to pause and (and hopefully you) reflect on the immigration question.

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I am really conflicted on the immigration question. On one hand my Libertarian beliefs and own family history of legal immigration points to "throwing them out". One of the few jobs that the federal government is charged with is securing our boarders-yet they obviously cannot get that right! My parents came over "on the boat" through legal immigration channels, learned the language, assimilated and became productive American citizens.
On the other side of the coin is the human perspective. I personally have a relationship with numerous immigrants who have escaped their homeland, worked hard to make a life here for their families (as well as sending money back home). It is also difficult to see their kids born in the US shut out of scholarship opportunities in going to college. I feel for their situation.


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We are beginning to firm up the planning for this year's technical symposium on BGA assembly/repair. We will have excellent speakers including Dr Lasky, Chris Shay and Norman Mier. Mark your calendars for August 21st.

I also invite you to SMTA North Carolina (Charlotte, NC) on May 23rd and SMTA Minnesota (Rochester) on June 7th.

Bob Wettermann
President, BEST Inc.

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Outsource Your "Push Line" Hand Soldering

Do you have a large project requiring lots of "touch" labor?
Consider BEST for your hand soldering solutions. We have a staff of highly-skilled hand soldering techs that can get you through your short-term "jam". We have immediately available highly skilled and trained resources for these projects. Our soldering techs have many years of highly-developed skills and are trained in the IPC standards.
Why hassle with temporary workers (if you can even find them) who are unskilled and do not even know all of the nuances of handling PCBs let alone hand soldering.
Let us see how we can be of service.
Call Laura at (847) 797-9250 for details.

PoP Stacking and Rework

BEST has been working with local developers and contract assemblers on POP assembly for several years.
Stacked packages offers the flexibility of different processor/memory combinations while reducing board real estate.
There are numerous challenges associated with these package types including:

  • Package warping due to their thin construction
  • Inspection due to the stacked ball over ball construction
  • Placement accuracy due to their ultra fine pitch
BEST PCB Pad Repair Kit
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The BEST Trace Repair kit includes the tools and materials needed to reliably replace traces or damaged traces on PCB's. This kit includes a variety of traces. See how to repair traces
PCB Trace Repair Method Using Epoxy | BEST, Inc.
PCB Trace Repair Method Using Epoxy | BEST, Inc.
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Order from our new soldertools.net web site and receive a free, personalized laser-engraved USB drive. See www.soldertools.net.
 
Vocab
Vocab

trumpery

"(trmp-ree)" which is a noun.

 

The vocabulary you use tells others your level of intellect.

 

Definition/s:

 

showy but worthless finery 

 

Usage:

"She may look confident and stylish with all of those accessories, but underneath all of that trumpery is an insecure girl trying to make her way in the world."

 
New NPI Step Stencil Approach
Stepped Stencil
If you need a solution for NPI stencils where there are BOTH power components and fine pitched devices on the board try using a step stencil. This solution is delivered in 24-48 hours. See the study on this new stencil approach here.
 
Cross Sectioning
Cross sectioning shows us several things about a solder joint interconnection. How well did the solder ball mix with the solder paste? What does the intermetallic look like? Are there voids at the interface? How thick is the intermetallic layer? Let us help you diagnose these issues.

Call Laura Ripoli at (847) 797-9250 for further details.
 

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