Board Talk



Board Talk is presented by Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall of ITM Consulting.
Phil Zarrow
Phil Zarrow - With over 35 years experience in PCB assembly, Phil is one of the leading experts in SMT process failure analysis. He has vast experience in SMT equipment, materials and processes.
Jim Hall
Jim Hall - A Lean Six-Sigma Master Blackbelt, Jim has a wealth of knowledge in soldering, thermal technology, equipment and process basics. He is a pioneer in the science of reflow.
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Is There a Spacing Spec for SMD Components?
Is There a Spacing Spec for SMD Components?
Is there a minimum spacing requirement or should we apply SMT components to comply with SMT pick and place systems on the market? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, discuss this question.
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Maximum Board Temperature During Tin-Lead
Maximum Board Temperature During Tin-Lead
IPC discusses the maximum top-side board temperature for BGAs to be 150 degrees C during a tin-lead wave solder. How is this temperature was determined?
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Is HASL a Good Choice for Surface Finish?
Is HASL a Good Choice for Surface Finish?
We are using a lead-free hot air solder leveling board finish. Our boards have bottom-terminated components. Is this the best choice? Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, The Assembly Brothers, reflect on this situation.
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Connector Bowing During Reflow Process
Connector Bowing During Reflow Process
I have a connector that is bowing during lead-free soldering. When the connector is put through an oven on its own no bowing takes place. What is causing this?
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Has My Flux Expired?
Has My Flux Expired?
What specific attributes occur in an expired flux? How do you know if a flux is bad and shouldn't be used? Are there any simple tests? The Assembly Brothers, Jim Hall and Phil Zarrow, answer these questions and share their own experiences.
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