April 2015


April 2015

Dear Electronics Colleague:

I had the privilege last month of visiting Georgia Tech as part of my son's "vetting" of engineering schools. They had a great area for ME's where laser cutting, water jetting, 3D printing and other technologies could be used by students for their inventions and classes. Thanks to the students who showed us around-it was very inspiring! 


This is a picture (undoctored) of a weasel riding a woodpecker. Have you ever wondered how certain animals migrated to a given location?

Our continued teaching and presentation schedule is listed below.    


Reballing Webinar   !  !

Reballing Webinar  

Tues, April 21-SMTA.ORG Webinar 

Reballing 101-Part I  (Noon-1:30PM)

Tues, April 28-

Reballing 101-Part II  (Noon-1:30PM)

You can sign-up here


Also, keep a look out for our tech symposium on "Building Electronics Using Ultra Small Devices" scheduled for October 1st in Chicago!


Bob Wettermann

President, BEST Inc.


Instructors Too Busy to Teach?

BEST Inc.can provide customized courses, as well as IPC certification training solutions. We can teach in your training area, at a BEST Inc. location, or in our unique mobile training center where we bring everything to you.


IPC-A-610 Revision F training materials will be released in mid-April time frame (CIT April 3, CIS April 17).     

The JSTD-001 Revision F training materials are now out. Call us to schedule for your recertification to the latest standard.

Call Alex Conley with any questions on the portal or these release dates.

Buy the IPC-A-610F here.

Buy the IPC-JSTD-001F here.


Pad and Trace Repairs    

Via in Pad BEFORE   

Via in Pad AFTER Repair 

If you are in need of reducing your "bone pile" of repairs requiring pad repairs call in the BEST artisans. Our highly skilled staff can repair, replace or add both pads and traces to your critical printed circuit boards. Even pads with integral vias in pad.

Call Laura Ripoli

at 847.797.9250 for further details or send her a photo and GERBERs at  

IPC Certification Detroit, MI 


BEST  has put together its IPC training center  in the Detroit area. For those customers in the Detroit area, including neighboring Cleveland, Toledo, Toronto and Northeast IN, we invite you to train closer to your "home". BEST will be instructing students in IPC A-610, A-620 J-STD-001, 7711/21, as well as other BEST solder training classes in this location.

If you are an instructor in the Detroit area call us to arrange for a re-certification.

Call Alex Conley (847) 797-9250 for how this may impact you and your company.


VectorGuard(TM) Adapter for Stencils 


BEST Can provide stencils that fit the DEK Vectorguard(TM) system. With the latest adapter technology from QTS, BEST can be your 2nd source for DEK Vectorgaurd(TM) stencils.  They work just as well and reliably as foils produced by Vector Guard, but now you can get your stencil from BEST Inc.  


Apshen`s aluminum cap and injection molded base fit onto the edge of stencil foils. They`re quick to attach and make a solid connection for the life of the stencil. The inward edge of the cap is beveled to a thin edge so as not to interfere with printing stepped stencil areas that may be adjacent to the outer edges of the foil.

BEST has the knowledge, the experience and customer service to get your stencils to you.   Call Katy at 847.797.9250 or send her your details at

Trivia Contest-April
April 2015

Steve Zanola of Cincinnati Electronics was the first to answer last month's trivia question regarding who was crushed by the imperial walker. The answer was Dak Ralter.   There were a total of 9 people entered for the lightsaber drawing from last month.

In anticipation of the new Star Wars movie being released, we will continue to offer Star Wars prizes for all of the monthly winners. This month it is again a set of (10) Darth Vader wine charms. At the end of the year, all winners (right answer within (1) day of the question coming out, not just that months' winner) will be eligible to win a working light saber.  

Question for March 2015:

What does the song "Purple People Eater" have in common with Stormtroopers?


TED Talk

An Ultra Low Cost Education


Turn off your TV! Learn something! Listen and learn from a TED Talk.

An ultra-low-cost college degree

An ultra-low-cost college degree

In this TED Talk, you can hear both sides of the argument, "Ultra Low-Cost Higher Education?". Learn about the pros and cons and make up your own mind.

It can be seen here.


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