The SMTA Dallas Reliability Symposium is the most recent in a series of technical symposiums hosted by Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). The event brings together global leaders to discuss best-in-class processes in their own areas of expertise.
Indium Corporation's Kim Flanagan, Technical Support Engineer, will present DPAK Voiding: A Study to Determine the Origins of DPAK Voiding. Her presentation will analyze why a DPAK exhibits more voiding than other types of BTCs. Voiding results based on an analysis of serveral process variables, such as adding weights to the tops of DPAKs and cutting off the leads of DPAKs, will give insight into the pysics behind DPAK voiding, and provide an answer to the roots cause with a goal on how to remedy the phenomenon.
John Hoffman, Technical Consultant at MicroCare, will present Cleaning for Reliability in Electronics. His presentation will examine how cleaning can be an important tool for enhancing reliability in a production engineer’s toolbox. Successful critical cleaning involves first identifying the contaminant and then selecting the best combination of cleaning fluids and equipment to effectively remove it. Balancing these factors properly can enhance cleaning reliability.
Bubba Powers, Manager, Technical Services for Weller Professional Tools – North America, will discuss the Reliability of Robotics for Electronics Manufacturing. He will give an overview of the process of automation in the soldering workplace, and discuss what factors are critical for high-reliability electronics in both manual and automated manufacturing environments.
Flanagan provides technical support and guidance on process steps, equipment, techniques, and materials to customers. In addition, she provides technical training to staff and industry partners. Flanagan began her career with Indium Corporation through the company’s summer college internship program, working in the Quality Department. She remained with Indium Corporation as a part-time Quality Engineering Technician while she finished her bachelor’s degree in Physics from Le Moyne College and joined the technical support team in December 2016.
Hoffman has specialized in the field of critical cleaning for more than 50 years. Hoffman helps companies update their critical cleaning processes to improve productivity, and boost quality in a safe, economical, and environmentally-acceptable manner. He is an expert on vapor degreasing, modern cleaning fluid technologies, and thermodynamics. He helps companies enhance their cleaning processes in industries as diverse as electronics, metal finishing, transportation, photonics, medical devices, and aerospace.
Powers has been with Weller in varying positions of leadership for almost four decades. For the past three decades, he has primarily been involved in technical and application support for the electronics market. He has authored several white papers and hosted webinars pertaining to industry challenges, standards, and applications. Powers served as a committee chairperson on the ESD Association Standards team for ANSI/ESD S13.1-2015 Electrical Soldering/Desoldering Hand Tools. Powers holds a certification as an IPC 7711/7721 CIT Instructor. He continues to support the industry’s many challenges for automation and hand soldering applications in the marketplace.
Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, the company has global technical support and factories located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
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