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Chapter Tutorial Program (CTP)

CTP

Chapter Tutorial Programs (CTP's) are one-day technical events hosted by local chapters that feature a single instructor on a topic that is suited to that particular region. The purpose is to address the latest information or most recent issues on a specific technology.

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Cancellation Policy: Registration fees will be refunded (less a $75 processing fee) if written notice is postmarked two weeks prior to the event date. Cancellations received within two weeks prior to event date will not be refunded to cover costs incurred.


Upcoming Chapter Tutorial Programs

June 9, 2015
Capital Advanced SMT Chapter Tutorial Program

October 15, 2015
LA/Orange County Chapter Tutorial Program: Zen and the Science of Electronic Assembly



Capital Advanced SMT Chapter Tutorial Program

Enabling Implementation of Advanced Technologies


Instructor: Denis Barbini, Universal Instruments

June 9, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ZESTRON Americas
11285 Assett Loop
Manassas, VA 20109
(703) 393-9880


Featuring Hands-On Learning & Demos in Zestron's Technical Center!
Price:
  • Members: $200
  • Non-Members: $275 (A one-year Individual SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price.)
  • Capital Chapter Officers: $100
  • ZESTRON Employees: $100
  • Student Chapter Members: $50
  • Student Non-Members $55 (A one-year Student SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price.)


  • Great Value! Half the cost of a tutorial at SMTA International and offered right in your backyard. Lunch, coffee breaks, course handouts, and a certificate of completion are all included in the cost, along with instruction by one of our best!

    Introduction:
    Universal Instruments Corp’s Advanced Process Laboratory works with countless novel technologies in electronics manufacturing. From fine pitch printing, to PoP, 01005, LGA/BGA and novel laminate materials. Incorporating these enabling technologies presents the challenges – process change requirements? Yield, and ultimately reliability, impacts? These novel technologies demand intense research and provide a unique perspective for design for manufacturability (DfM) and reliability (DfR). These lessons reveal through discussions of material selection, current electronics research, and case studies. Further review of design considerations for many advanced assembly processes as well as various types of analytical techniques for materials characterization round out the course.

    What you will learn:

  • Trends in component evolution & how to overcome the associated implementation challenges
  • Best practices in assembly – printing, inspection, placement, & soldering
  • Understanding challenges in materials – alloys, pastes, PCB finishes, etc…
  • Analytical testing techniques & how to identify root causes for production failures.
  • Lead-free laminate selection & testing procedures: Can your board withstand 9x reflow?
  • Learned lessons from actual failure analysis case studies

    Who should attend:

  • Quality Engineers
  • Failure Analysis Engineers
  • Reliability Engineers
  • Procurement Specialists
  • Design Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Project Managers



    About the Instructor:

    Denis Barbini Denis C. Barbini, Ph.D.
    Denis is the Associate Director of the Universal Instruments’ Advanced Process Laboratory. He started his career in the electronics manufacturing world after earning his Doctorate in Chemistry from Binghamton University. His current focus is identifying the critical needs in emerging technologies and electronics assembly processes in order to develop specific research and development projects. Denis has authored hundreds of peer reviewed articles, several books and presented to thousands of his peers on the results of his research over the past 14 years. Denis has traveled the electronics manufacturing world visiting over 30 countries providing guidance and solutions to people and companies designing and manufacturing devices such as cell phones and computers to pacemakers and aerospace devices. These companies look to implement cost effective, reliable and robust processes that deliver the specified functionality and reliability. Denis volunteers his time serving on the board of the Surface Mount Technology Association. For the past 7 years, his focus has been on implementing new programs that deliver leading edge technology solutions for the user.


    Contact Karen Frericks at 952-920-7682 with questions.

  • Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.






    LA/Orange County Chapter Tutorial Program: Zen and the Science of Electronic Assembly

    Instructor: Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting

    October 15, 2015
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Check-In)
    Paradigm Contract Manufacturing LLC
    11562 Knott Street, Unit 13-14
    Garden Grove, CA, 92841-1823
    PH - 714-889-7074
    FAX - 714-893-1801

    Price:
    Members - $200
    Non-Members - $275 (A one-year Individual SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price)
    LA/Orange County Chapter Officers - $100
    Student Members - $50
    Student Non-Members - $55 (A one-year Student SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price)

    Great Value! Half the cost of a tutorial at SMTA International and offered right in your backyard. Lunch, coffee breaks, course handouts, and a certificate of completion are all included in the cost, along with instruction by one of our best!

    Introduction:
    You have the responsibility and resources to improve the productivity of an assembly operation….what do you do? This course drives awareness and solutions to the adverse impact that non-optimal assembly practices and processes have on the product quality and financial success of electronic assembly businesses. A comprehensive perspective on problem issues is developed for the most currently critical electronic assembly process, materials (both existing and emerging), equipment, procedures, and methods. Most importantly, practical solutions are presented. Key issues that consistently result in assembly problems and low yields are identified and resolved. This seminar is intended for anyone involved in directing, developing, managing and/or executing assembly line operations including managers, line supervisors and line engineers involved in manufacturing, design and quality engineering.

    Topics Covered:

  • Introduction
  • Optimization Objective
         - Getting the Most Productivity from an Existing Line
         - Definition of "Best Practices"
  • Best Preactices in the Assembly Process
  • Solder Paste Printing Process Best Practices
  • Pick and Place Best Practices
  • Reflow Soldering Best Practices
  • Wave and Selective Soldering Best Practices
  • Cleaning vs No-Clean Considerations and Best Practices
  • Best Practices Concerning "Challenging Technologies"
         - QFNs
         - Ultra Miniature Components (0201s, 01005s, ultra-fine pitch BGAs and CSPs)
  • Q & A


    Who should attend?
    This course is intended for Manufacturing, Process, Design, Test and Quality Engineering personnel as well as Management who are involved in the production of surface mount or mixed technology assemblies.

    Phil Zarrow About the Instructor:

    Phil Zarrow
    Phil Zarrow has been involved with PCB fabrication and assembly for more than thirty-five years. His expertise includes the manufacture of equipment for circuit board fabrication and assembly of through-hole and surface mount technologies. In addition to his background in automated assembly and cleaning, Mr. Zarrow is recognized for his expertise in surface mount reflow soldering technology and in the design and implementation of SMT placement equipment and reflow soldering systems. Having held key technical and management positions with Vitronics Corporation, Excellon-Micronetics and Universal Instruments Corporation, he has extensive hands-on experience with set-up and troubleshooting through-hole and SMT processes throughout the world. During his tenure as Director of Technology Development for GSS/Array Technology, Mr. Zarrow was responsible for specifying and setting up medium- and high-speed assembly lines, as well as investigating and implementing emerging and leading-edge technologies, equipment and processes.

    Since forming ITM Consulting in 1993, Phil Zarrow has helped numerous clients in such areas as

  • SMT Implementation and Assembly facility set-up
  • SMT Assembly and Soldering Failure Analysis
  • EMS/Supplier Process and Quality Assessment Audits
  • Counterfeit Component Avoidance and Interception Programs
  • Manufacturing yield improvement
  • Equipment Evaluation and Selection
  • No-clean and lead-free solder paste evaluation and process implementation
  • SMT Manufacturing Process Audits and process improvement
  • On-site training for all levels of personnel
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM) specification development
  • Reflow of Through-hole feasibility, development and implementation
  • Implementation of new component packages including QFN, BGA, CSP and Flip-Chip
  • SMT process equipment benchmark testing and evaluation
  • SMT product development
  • Lead-free Process Implementation and Optimization
  • Technical evaluations related to business acquisitions and mergers
  • Technical assistance in legal disputes

    Mr. Zarrow is a popular speaker and workshop instructor. He has chaired and instructed at numerous seminars and conferences in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. He has published many technical papers and magazine articles as well as contributed a number of chapters to industry books. He is co-author of the book, "SMT Glossary- Terms and Definitions". Mr. Zarrow holds two US Patents concerning PCB fabrication and assembly processes and audit methodologies.

    Phil is a member of IPC, SME, IMAPS, a co-founder of ITM Consulting, and is a past national level officer and national director of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). He was also Chairman of the Reflow Committee for SMEMA. He was the recipient of the SMTA's Member of Distinction Award (1995) and Founders’ Award (2000). Mr. Zarrow has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Circuits Assembly Magazine and won awards for his writings "On the Forefront" and “Better Manufacturing” columns. He is currently producer and co-host of IPC Update's “Boardtalk” audio program.




    Contact Karen Frericks at 952.920.7682 with questions.

  • Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.