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Introduction of a New SMT Miniaturization Test Vehicle

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 5:00 PM
Location: Rick’s Café (Chung King Chinese Restaurant) in Billerica, MA

SMTA Boston Chapter and iMAPS New England cordially invites you to attend a joint meeting on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at Rick’s Café (Chung King Chinese Restaurant) in Billerica, MA

Introduction of a New SMT Miniaturization Test Vehicle
By Chrys Shea, President of Shea Engineering Services

Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Rick’s Café
446 Boston Road, Billerica, MA 01821
Located in O’Connor True Value Hardware Plaza
right off Billerica Center; Tel.: (978) 262-9922
Cost: SMTA/iMAPS Members $25 / Non-Members & Walk-ins $30
Meeting Agenda:

5:00 PM Registration (limited to 1st 60 people)
5:00 – 6:00 PM Networking
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 7:15 PM Announcements / Introductions
7:15 – 8:45 PM Technical Presentation
8:45 – 9:00 PM Questions & answers
9:00 PM Meeting Adjourns
Detail Topic: In the world of solder pastes, one size does not fit all, which is why there are so many variants to choose from.  The myriad of options can be overwhelming, and matching the right product to any given operation can be confusing, time consuming and costly:

  • Solder paste has many conflicting properties – one that prints well may not pin test well, or one that minimizes voiding may not reflow well, and tradeoffs must be considered 
  • Developing test methods takes a great deal of engineering time and experience
  • Executing the tests requires engineering and production line time
  • Production boards are expensive test vehicles and may not test every property
  • Laboratory test boards often require a lot of manual setup and may not test every property, requiring multiple boards, setups and test runs
This presentation details the process of turning a laboratory board into a production line-ready kit available that is available from a dummy component supplier:

  • Updating the PCB layout to improve sample sizes, embed DOEs and reduce cost
  • Full documentation on the PCB including placement and ODB++ files with included BOM for easy programming
  • An assembly configurator that calculates sample sizes and component costs as the user inputs the number of PCBs they want to print and populate
  • Stencil and PCB support designs
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to execute a test that evaluates 20+ solder paste properties in 30 prints and 5 hours of line time
  • The score card that enables the assembler to customize their selection criteria for their operation, understand the potential tradeoffs, and make a data-driven decision on their next process chemistry
Speaker Bio: Chrys Shea is the President of Shea Engineering Services, a consulting firm that produces technical studies and communications tools for the electronics manufacturing industry.  
Chrys is an SMTA “Member of Technical Distinction,” an SMTA “Distinguished Speaker” and four-time of the SMTAI “Rich Frieberger Best of Conference” award winner for her research on solder paste printing.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from URI.

Payment Instructions:
Pay at the Door: Members: SMTA/iMAPS $25.00 Non-Members & Walk-ins: $30.00

Questions? Contact:
President : Michael G. Jansen  (Raytheon Company)

Our Chapter Leaders

President : Michael G. Jansen  (Raytheon Company)
Phone : 978-470-7598

Vice President : Louis Feinstein  (DS Solidworks)
Phone : 781-810-7261

Secretary : Claire Jamieson  (NCAB Group USA)
Phone : 603-362-1034

Treasurer : Charles Bickford  (Wall Industries Inc.)
Phone : 603-778-2300

VP of Technical Programs : Joe Kwong  (Draper)
Phone : 617-258-1746

VP of Membership : Neeta Agarwal  (Benchmark Electronics)
Phone : 603-879-7002

VP of Marketing & Communications : Peter Bigelow  (IMI, Inc)
Phone : 978-373-9190

Board Liaison : Timothy Jensen (Indium Corporation)
Phone Contact : 315-853-4900

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