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Double Feature Meeting Notice Sept. 2019


The SMTA Arizona/Sonora Chapter is making a comeback, come join us with a great meeting and world-renowned speaker!

2019 SMTA Arizona/Sonora Comeback Meeting
The Deadly Sins of SMT
Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting
September 25th, 2019
3331 E. Hemisphere Loop
Tucson, AZ, 85706
September 26th, 2019
2343 W. Medtronic Way
Tempe, AZ 85281            
•             Members In Advance:  $15
•             Non-Members In Advance:  $25
•             Members at the Door:  $20
•             Non-Members at the Door:  $30

Cost includes:  Dinner, Technical Presentation, Facility tour
Payment Instructions: Cash or check at the door. Please register On-line by 5pm, September 24th via Paypal Link on Arizona/Sonora Chapter Web Page at
•             Registration/networking: 3:45 – 4:10pm
•             Facility Tour: 4:15pm
•             Dinner/Presentation: 4:45pm - 5pm
This outstanding professional development program was made possible with support from SMTA Arizona/Sonora Chapter.

THANK YOU to our Hosts:

“The Deadly Sins of SMT Assembly”
Everyone has heard of the “7 Deadly Sins” that will, supposedly, lead one to Hell.  There are also the “Deadly Sins” of SMT - there are more than just 7 – and they can make your assembly process a “hell on earth”.
During the course of ITM’s assembly process audits and troubleshooting consulting work, we tend to see trends in the types of errors and problems.  In other words, a lot of people are making the same mistakes.  The resulting process problems wreak havoc with an impact on assembly yields ranging from 5 to 20%.  In addition to this direct cost, there is also additional financial impact with regard to time spent reworking and repairing, the on corrective action by QC, Engineering and Management, and, of course, “do-over”.
This workshop identifies the “deadly sins” of SMT assembly, both for Pb-free and “leaded” processes.  Besides the symptoms and consequences of each type of error, root-cause, rectification and prevention techniques will be presented.  Best Practices will be discussed for each of the key process steps. The workshop will, thus, provide the participant with an understanding of how to identify and correct the most common SMT assembly problems.  It will include identification of vendor and source problems including components and materials as well as design related problems.  
Areas of General Process “Sins”
•             Utilization of Process Feedback Data
•             Design for Manufacturability and Assembly 
•             In-Process Inspection and AOI
•             MSD
•             Procedures and Documentation
•             Stencil Printing (design & cleaning)
•             Component Placement and Feeders
•             Reflow Soldering (parameters and nitrogen)
•             Wave Soldering
•             Inefficiency (unbalanced lines and excessive downtime)
Q & A and Discussion

This presentation 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 

ABOUT 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 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 throught 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 anbd 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 fabricationa dn assembly processes and audit methodologies.
Phil is a member of IPC, SMTE, IMAPS, a co-founder of ITM Consulting, and is a past national level officer and national director or 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 Forfront" and "Better Manufacturing" columms.  He is currently producer and co-host of IPC Update's "Boardtalk" audio program.
Contact Natasha Dennison at with questions.

Our Chapter Leaders

Acting President : Natasha Dennison  (Finetech)

Treasurer : Thomas A. Dunn  (Phase 4, Inc.)

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Mark Northrup  (Raytheon Company)

Technical Committee Chair : Cary Davis  (Colibri Circuits)

Vice President - Tucson : Victor Salazar  (Universal Avionics)

Vice President - Phoenix : Scott Moser  (Acculogic, Inc.)

Board Liaison : Emmanuel SimTus

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