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SMT Express, Volume 3, Issue No. 2 - from
Volume 3, Issue No. 2 Thursday, Febuary 15, 2001
Special Announcements

SMTnet's OnBoard Forum to Feature Bill Schrieber

Febuary 19, 2001 8:00 AM EST to Febuary 23, 2001 5:00 PM EST

Bill Schreiber is President and founder of Smart Sonic Corporation and has over 18 years experience in industrial cleaning technologies. He introduced 440-R SMT Detergent and developed the first ultrasonic stencil cleaning process in 1990. The Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaning Process and 440-R SMT Detergent is the only Certified Cleaning Technology of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the industry�s only cleaning process verified environmentally safe, user safe and effective by the U.S. EPA�s Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program. The process has been acknowledged with two SMT Vision Awards, the Canadian High Technology Award and is currently nominated to receive the EPA�s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Topic Description
Stencil cleaning has been identified as the most hazardous process with the greatest potential environmental impact associated with printed circuit board assembly. In addition, it is estimated that over half of all solder defects are the result of screen-printing problems. Particularly when smaller components are required, a less than clean stencil, or a stencil that has been altered by the cleaning process, will increase misprints while decreasing throughput and profitability. Bill looks forward to fielding questions regarding environmental, health, safety and efficacy issues associated with cleaning SMT stencils, misprinted PCBs and related tooling used in the SMT printing process, from Febuary 19th through Febuary 23rd

Featured Articles

Pin Probe Testing & Solder Paste Residues
Considerations For The Pin Probe Testing Of No-Clean Solder Paste Residues
by David Suraski (davidsuraski ), AIM, Inc. and
Matt Parker (mparker ), QA Technology, Inc.

Due to the increasing popularity of no-clean soldering processes and the relatively large amount of flux residue left by no-clean solder pastes (especially during intrusive reflow), ensuring the reliability...

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Book Review
Modern Electronics Soldering Techniques
by Andrew Singmin

Reviewed by Dave Fish (davef ), Pandion Electronics, Inc.

In "Modern Electronics Soldering Techniques", Dr. Andrew Singmin covers just about everything needed to learn the art of hand soldering in electronics. He goes beyond the basic elements of soldering and discusses other aspects of...

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Book Review
Statistical Process Control For Surface Mount Technology
by William Samuel Messina

Reviewed by Dave Fish (davef ), Pandion Electronics, Inc.

"Statistical Process Control For Surface Mount Technology" by William S. Messina, Ph.D. gives practical guidance on using statistical process control [SPC] techniques on the surface mount technology [SMT] production line to aid in achieving specified quality levels. In this book...

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Most Valuable Customers
by Tim Lee
Reprinted, with permission, from WebCMO

The concept of "Most Valuable Customers" is hot. It is not only because this concept is used by many popular marketing theories (such as one to one marketing, CRM and etc.), but also because it meets the optimal decision standard: to put a company's efforts in the most profitable...

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What's Happening in the Industry
Field Applications Engineer Des Plaines, IL
Senior Sales Engineer Binghamton, NY
Field Engineer/Software Irvine, CA
IPC Releases 2000/2001 Technology Roadmap
IPC- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the release of The 2000/2001 National Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections.....
USI Offers Dual Flux Option
AMESBURY, MA- Ultrasonic Systems, Inc. now offers a dual flux supply option for Opti-Flux and Econo-Flux spray fluxing systems. Ideal for contract manufacturers, the option enables the operator to switch flux types as required by different processes. The new option utilizes two flux lines...
Tektronix Adds Bluetooth Measurement Options to Spectrum Analyzer Line
Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), today announced a new analysis package that equips two of the company's proven spectrum analyzer models to perform a suite of automated tests for the Bluetooth protocol, an emerging wireless Local Area Network (LAN) technology...

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