SMTA Webinars and Webtorials

Webinars and Webtorials

Listen to outstanding speakers without leaving your desk. No travel budget? No problem. SMTA Webinars and Webtorials are a great solution for getting the latest information on electronics assembly and advanced packaging at the best price.

Upcoming Webinars and Webtorials

Mar 25, 2019 Free Pre-Conference Webinar: Harsh Environment Failure - Causes & Cures

Mar 29, 2019 FREE Webinar: Key Design Variables that Impact Electrochemical Reliability of Electronic Devices

Apr 29, 2019 Webinar: Flexible Circuit Board Design & Assembly with Lead-Free Alloys

May 20, 2019 Webinar: Successful X-Ray & Optical Inspection in a Tin/Lead or Lead-Free Process

Jun 17, 2019 Webinar: Lead-Free Selective Soldering, Design, Quality Control & Practical Defect Solutions

Jul 15, 2019 Webinar: Vapour Phase & Convection Reflow with Lead Free – Selecting the Reflow Process

Aug 12, 2019 Webinar: Conformal Coating - Successful Implementation & Quality Control

Looking for a past webinar? Check the knowledge base.


Webinar vs Webtorial: What's the Difference?

Free Webinars (4 per year!)
One session lasting 60 minutes
Cost: Free for SMTA members
$95USD for non-members

Paid Webinars:
One session lasting 90 minutes
Cost: $25USD for SMTA members
$95USD for non-members

Webtorials:
Two sessions lasting 90 minutes each (3 hours total)
Cost: $200USD for SMTA members
$300USD for non-members

Each registrant is allowed one phone line connection for as many site employees as can be accommodated by your AV facilities. Multiple connections must be individually registered.

If you have any questions, contact Ryan Flaherty, ryan@smta.org +1-952-920-7682.

If you are interested in presenting a webinar or webtorial, contact Jenny Ng, jenny@smta.org +1-952-920-7682 or submit your abstract here.






Free Pre-Conference Webinar:
Harsh Environment Failure - Causes & Cures

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Monday 25th March at 2.30pm UK Time (10:30am US Eastern Daylight Time)

Join Keith Bryant & Bob Willis to find out more about the demands on Electronics in Harsh Environments as they showcase the  challenges faced by design and process engineers worldwide. Including some of the key issues that are faced in Power Electronics, Automotive, High Voltage, Assembly and High Reliability Products.

For the third year running SMTA Europe present the Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference and Exhibition 2-4th April in Amsterdam for more information visit: https://www.smta.org/harsh/

Still unsure if you should be in Amsterdam or need more info to convince your boss.  This is an ideal way of seeing in advance some of the people you will meet and things you will learn from industry experts, plus you will be able to show examples of what you have learned on the different failure modes in electronics.

By attending this FREE webinar, you also have the opportunity of winning a FREE pass to attend one day of the conference!

Topics include:

  • High Temperature
  • Condensing Environments
  • Water Immersion
  • Mechanical Strain
  • Corrosive Environments

Registrations are being taken through a third party - Register Now.









FREE Webinar:
Key Design Variables that Impact Electrochemical Reliability of Electronic Devices

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Friday 29th March @ 11:00am Penang Time GMT+8
(Thursday, March 28 @ 11:00pm US Eastern Daylight Time GMT -4)

Presenters: Dr. Mike Bixenman and Debbie Carboni, KYZEN Corporation

Free for all – only members will get access to recorded presentation!

Overview

Highly dense Printed Circuit Assemblies build in more functionality using leadless and bottom terminated components. As these components reduce in size, the distance between conductors narrows. Reliability of these devices requires a high level of cleanliness, especially residues that are ionic in nature. The cleanliness question has been a topic area of concern over the past five years. To address this growing concern IPC – J-STD-001G, Amendment requires objective evidence to establish acceptable and unacceptable levels of residues on production hardware.

This webinar will teach important design variables that impact electrochemical reliability of Electronic Devices. The significant elements of influencing residues levels include:

  • Flux or flux-bearing materials
  • Cleaning agents
  • Changes in manufacturing suppliers
  • Changes in solder mask
  • Changes in printed board fabrication processes or surface metallization
  • Geographic change in manufacturing location

The webinar will identify and teach methods for screening materials and processes. From these methods, the attendees will gain a better understanding toward identifying and analyzing risks associated with contamination. They will learn about advanced control measures to eliminate these risks and their effects. The webinar will teach new methods for monitoring the effectiveness of these controls.

 

About the Presenters

Dr. Mike BixenmanDr. Michael Bixenman, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and cofounder of KYZEN, has over 30 years of experience in the design of electronic assembly cleaning materials and process integration. Sharing his research, knowledge and experience is Mike’s passion as he is the author and co-author of over 100 technical papers and presentations presented all over the world. He believes in the power of collaboration, by working with others to solve problems quickly. An active member of several industry associations, he has chaired and led many committees, symposiums, and task groups that are committed to understanding the cleaning and reliability challenges of today’s ever-changing electronics industry. Dr. Bixenman holds four earned degrees, including a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

 

Debbie CarboniDebbie Carboni's involvement in the electronics industry started more than 20 years ago and has encompassed a diverse set of experiences that give her a deep knowledge of cleaning chemistry, equipment and processes. Having been with KYZEN for over 10 years, Debbie is dedicated to providing customers and partners with the highest quality customer support and service as well as ensuring that they receive the best technical solutions. Her extensive real world experience helps guide engineers during qualification to ensure success in production conditions. Debbie’s dedication to the electronics industry has included a number of roles and voluntary positions in many of the industry’s leading associations, and is currently serving her second term on the SMTA Board of Directors as the Vice President of Expo. After attending Northern Arizona University, Debbie remains knowledgeable through numerous technical conferences and leading-edge research. Debbie has authored and co-authored several papers related to cleaning solutions and regularly presents at and attends industry events such as; SMTA International, Cleaning and Coating Symposium, ICSR, Apex. Always willing to share, Debbie is an excellent resource with lots of experience and passion.

Registrations are being taken through a third party - Register Now.









Webinar:
Flexible Circuit Board Design & Assembly with Lead-Free Alloys

Bob WillisMonday 29th April @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

Overview

Flexible circuits is another packaging technology which has seen a growing and wider acceptance in the electronics industry. The advantages of surface mount reduced weight; decreased size can be further enhanced by flexible circuitry. In many cases, it is a misconception that flexible circuits have to flex, they don't; many flexibles are designed purely to aid the circuit design and assembly into the final product. In this case the substrate is only flexed or formed once. The range of constructions for circuit manufacture are wide but the basics are similar to existing printed circuit production. The design and selection of the manufacturing methods can affect the final cost of the circuit and need to be considered in detail prior to manufacture. Where design departments have limited experience useful reference material is available to engineers worldwide with the release of Flexible Circuit Technology, Third Edition by Joe Fjelstad and other publications.

 

Topics include:

  • Flexible Design for assembly
  • Manual assembly and soldering
  • Automatic assembly process requirements
  • The need for baking flexible circuits
  • Flexible circuit pallets for automatic assembly
  • Screen printing, placement, reflow soldering & AOI
  • Manual hand soldering and de-soldering
  • Rework of conventional and surface mount
  • Solder joint Inspection
  • Process defects on flexible circuits and during assembly

In preparation for the event and to ensure you are equipped to get maximum benefit from the event, read our Webinar Guide.

The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar.

All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here

Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.









Webinar:
Successful X-Ray & Optical Inspection in a Tin/Lead or Lead-Free Process

Bob WillisMonday 20th May @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

Overview

Area Array Technology is part of mainstream electronics but until recently very few good inspection criteria were available in the industry. The assembly process for BGAs is fairly well understood for Tin/Lead alloys but with the move to Lead-free assembly, new QFN and LGA packages have critical issues to consider during inspection. The webinar covers optical and x-ray inspection of solder joints for both Tin/Lead and Lead-free terminations. It includes an introduction to the Lead-free assembly process with specific attention to BGA and area array devices. It provides a step by step guide to the procedure of inspection for optical and x-ray showing you how to do it. Inspection criteria are included for x-ray and visual criteria on different lead-free terminations and pad surfaces.

 

Topics include:

  • Procedures for inspection joints optically and by x-ray
  • Inspection criteria for joints
  • Identification of key joint features
  • Other indicators of possible failures
  • Common BGA & bottom mounted failures

 

In preparation for the event and to ensure you are equipped to get maximum benefit from the event, read our Webinar Guide.

The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar.

All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here

Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.









Webinar:
Lead-Free Selective Soldering, Design, Quality Control & Practical Defect Solutions

Bob WillisMonday 17th June @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

Overview

For many organisations through hole components will remain a reality for many years. More and more surface mount components are used in design, through hole is in decline, however the reality is connectors, transformers, switches, LCD displays and electrolytic capacitors are still necessary in many products. So what is the most reliable and cost effective solution to through hole soldering in a lead-free environment? Selective soldering has become more popular in the last few years for small and large companies alike. Selective wave and point soldering are both options but what are the realities with lead-free and high temperature solder alloys.

 

Topics include:

  • 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
  • Soldering defects on selective – Causes and Cures

 

In preparation for the event and to ensure you are equipped to get maximum benefit from the event, read our Webinar Guide.

The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar.

All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here

Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.









Webinar:
Vapour Phase & Convection Reflow with Lead Free – Selecting the Reflow Process

Bob WillisMonday 15th July @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

Overview

Having grown up with IR and Vapour Phase Soldering VPS during the introduction of surface mount technology its fail to say that some processes never die they just get better. Convection reflow took over from IR technology and changed the way industry looked at vapour phase but now its back. For some companies VPS never went away a simple one profile process, in Japan high end application used VPS during the introduction of lead-free technology

Both convection and vapour phase can produce reliable lead-free assemblies, there are advantages and disadvantage to any technology but they both work well and can be very cost effective that is what our surveys have said. We also bring ten years of experience with lead-free using both techniques to the conference

In this webinar the instructor will look at all aspects of the different processes, soldering performance and yield from different joint terminations, solder finishes and joint structures. Each delegate will also receive a FREE set of Bob Willis Inspection Wall Charts covering reflow soldering of lead-free terminations and common defects found in manufacture 

 

Topics include:

  • Vapour phase and convection reflow overview
  • Process parameters
  • Nitrogen/inert environment myths
  • Advantages & disadvantages of the process options
  • Design and layout considerations for VP
  • PCB solder finishes for VP & convection
  • Vapour phase materials and cost
  • Batch or inline operation
  • User experiences with VP materials and equipment
  • Profiling boards assemblies in both processes
  • Solder paste requirements
  • Comparing single and double sided reflow yields
  • Soldering flexible assemblies
  • Inspection results for reflow soldering

In preparation for the event and to ensure you are equipped to get maximum benefit from the event, read our Webinar Guide.

The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar.

All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here

Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.









Webinar:
Conformal Coating - Successful Implementation & Quality Control

Bob WillisMonday 12th August @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

Overview

Conformal coating has provided benefits to industry for many years either in the high reliability market sector or where products have to deal with extreme environmental conditions. Different industries like telecommunications, automotive and consumer products benefit from the use of selective coating.

This session will provide a simple guide to the use of coatings, their application and process, product benefits, inspection and quality control. A practical session will also allow delegates to examine coated boards using different materials and inspect the coating application. Bob Willis will outline the most common coating problems, solutions and address your specific issues in this webinar session.

 

Topics include:

  • Why Conformal Coat
  • Coating Process Options
  • Cost of coating assemblies
  • Correct design for coating
  • Inspection & Quality Control of Coating
  • In-house or Contracting Services
  • Inspection of coatings & methods

 

In preparation for the event and to ensure you are equipped to get maximum benefit from the event, read our Webinar Guide.

The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar.

All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here

Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.




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