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Selective Soldering a Big HIT at Henkel

Lead-Free & Tin/lead Selective Soldering, Design, Quality Control & Practical Defect Solutions
Tuesday 15th October, Henkel, Hemel Hempstead
SMTA Europe organised its first workshop at the offices of Henkel in Hem and the delegates voted it 9 out of 10 for technical content and facilities.
Delegates and workshop leader, Bob Willis, were the guests of Richard Boyle for the day. Richard has often organised events at his facility for members of the SMART Group now SMTA Europe. The day started off with introductions and the information on the facility and most importantly lunch and refreshments.
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Workshop Delegates at Henkel Listening to Bob
Bob presented all of the topics on the day with multiple question sessions all supported by Richard. The session also included a couple of demonstrations, test solder mask surface tension which is important for fluxing and conformal coating. SMTA Europe also offer on site training sessions for groups of staff in the UK and main land Europe.
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Testing of solder mask with Dyne Pens, one of the methods discussed in the workshop
Bob took the opportunity to showcase the SMTA Interactive training courses which are available online. These now include a course dedicated to Selective Soldering created by SMTA Europe. During the day each step in the selective process was discussed along with common process problems and, most importantly, design. The key to success in any manufacturing process is the design. Component selection, PCB layout and of course surface finish and reliability were covered.
"We hope to be running more workshops in the coming months to supplement our online webinars and European Conferences," said Keith Bryant, SMTA Europe Chairman.
Outline of the workshop and topics covered:
  • Why use selective soldering
  • PCB design rules for selective soldering
  • Flux requirements for selective soldering
  • Compatibility of solder masks and lead-free solder
  • Setting up lead-free profiles, you must profile a selective process!!!
  • Solder alloy choices
  • Copper dissolution with selective
  • Flux contamination and corrosion issues
  • Automated through hole inspection
  • Soldering defects on selective – Causes and Cures
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Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference 2020

April 21 - 23, 2020
Location: Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands

21 April, Professional Development Course
22-23 April, Technical Conference

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport

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SMTA Europe hosts the Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The conference focuses on building reliable electronics used in power electronics and harsh environments.

Thermal, power and signal integrity requirements can present challenges when on devices that operate within harsh environments. Component integration, paired with a growing complexity of the package architectures, larger form factors and higher interconnection densities increase the risk of in-field failures. Over powering or over heating of a device can have serious consequences including internal package failure, down-stream device errors and second level interconnect solder joint failures. Soldering residues are more problematic, and if not understood, can result in both intermittent and complete device failure.

This conference tackles the challenges and best practices for building reliable electronic devices that will perform to design standards when used in harsh environments. Specific topics include building reliable high density assemblies, power electronics, electric hybrids, product assembly challenges, cleaning, coating, process control, and monitoring and tracking production hardware. Challenging areas such as high temperature soldering, solder material advances, and new standards are presented.

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Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
April 21, 2020
Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference 2020 Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands  

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Our Chapter Leaders

Technical Committee : Ian Fox  (Rolls-Royce Control Systems)

Technical Committee : Phil Kinner  (Electrolube)

Technical Committee : Helmut Oettl  (Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH)

Technical Committee : Peter Starkey  (Starkey Technical Services)

Technical Committee : Karthik Vijay  (Indium Corporation)

Technical Committee : Jeremy Smallwood  (Electrostatic Solutions Ltd)

Technical Committee : Bob Willis  (

Technical Committee : Richard Boyle  (Henkel Electronics)

Technical Committee : Maurice Dore  (Valeo Detection Vision Systems)

Technical Committee : Stuart Ronald Saunders  (The Manufacturing Technology Centre)

Technical Committee : Steven Dowds  (MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions)

Technical Committee : Graham Naisbitt  (GEN3 Systems)

Vice-Chairman : Nigel J Burtt  (Renishaw PLC)

Chairman : Keith Bryant  (KB Consultancy)

Board Liaison : Richard Coyle (Nokia Bell Labs)

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Global Members of our Chapter

INVENTEC Performance Chemicals

Micro Systems Technologies Management AG

Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Celestica Inc.


Henkel Electronics

Henkel Electronics


Inventec Performance Chemicals

Inventec Performance Chemicals

Inventec Performance Chemicals

InventecPerformance Chemicals

Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies

Micro Systems Engineering GmbH



Nokia Siemens Networks

Plexus Corp.

Plexus Corp. (UK) Ltd.

Specialty Coating Systems, Inc.


Corporate Members of our Chapter

Asteelflash Group

GEN3 Systems

HumiSeal Europe Ltd.

INVENTEC Performance Chemicals


Kostal Ireland GMBH




Micro Systems Technologies Management AG


Norcott Technologies Ltd

Peters Research GmbH & Co. KG

Princeps Electronics Limited


Rolls-Royce Control Systems

Valeo Detection Vision Systems

Professional Members of our Chapter

KwikTic Ltd

The Solder Connection

Zen Production Equipment Limited

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica, Inc. Collins Aerospace Creation Technologies Inc. Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO INVENTEC Performance Chemicals ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Corporation L3HARRIS Lenovo System Technology Company Limited, Shenzhen, PRC MacDermid Alpha Electronic Solutions Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Bell Labs Plexus Corp. Samtec Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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