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Recent Advances in X-ray Technology

Presenter: Keith Bryant
Company: Consultant and Chairman SMTA Europe
Date Published: 8/7/2019

Description: Taking x-ray images goes back over 100 years. Since then, there have been numerous advances in x-ray technology and these have been increasingly applied in helping the manufacturing of electronic components and assemblies, as well as in their failure analysis.

Most recently, this has been rapidly driven by the reduction in device and feature size and the movement to using newer, lower density materials within the structures, such as copper wire replacing gold wire as the interconnection material of choice within components. Another driver for developments is the engineering of single 3D packages with multiple chips stacked vertically one on top of the other, which results in smaller and more efficient packaging of devices.

In order to meet these challenges and those in the future, there have been a number of recent key improvements to the vital components within x-ray systems.

The choice of available technologies, however, means selecting the tube/detector combination, which is optimum for a particular electronics inspection application, is no longer so clear-cut. For example, one configuration may provide certain benefits that are applicable for one area of electronics inspection, whilst being less valid for others. This webinar will review the various x-ray tube and detector types that are available and explain the implications of these choices for electronics inspection in terms of what they provide for inspection regarding image resolution, magnification, tube power, detector pixel size and the effects of detector radiation damage, amongst others.

About the Presenter

A fully qualified engineer, Keith has over thirty years’ experience in Electronics Manufacturing.  He is well known and respected for presenting technical papers at many high-profile events around the world and for his many published articles and interviews.

He started his career in this industry with bare printed circuit boards in the early days of multi-layer technology, moving through to contract manufacturing. He had ten years’ experience with advanced materials and soldering systems before working with high technology x-ray and AOI Systems, again for 10 years.

Then for almost 3 years Keith worked as a technology and business consultant, assisting many of the major industry names and being Technology Editor for an Industry magazine for part of that time.

Since 2017 he has been Global Sales Director of the leading X-ray manufacturer. He was Chairman of the SMART Group for 11 years and is now Chairman of the recently formed SMTA Europe.



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