Calendar of Events


August 2003

August 7


Featuring Rob Rowland of RadiSys Corporation

Low Volume Surface Mount Assembly
Rob Rowland, RadiSys Corporation
Thursday, October 16
Skyworks Solutions, Irvine, CA
9:00AM - 4:30PM
Registration: $160/$220
SMTA members/non-nembers

Lunch and course handouts are included in the price of the Chapter Training Program.

What You Will Learn
Low volume surface mount assembly processes are unique and challenging. This workshop identifies and examines the critical success factors associated with low to medium volume, high mix surface mount assembly. Participants will examine low volume assembly from multiple viewpoints including assembly processes, process control, manufacturing operations and related industry standards. When these topics converge successfully a robust low volume assembly operation has been established.

The morning session is devoted to semi-automated and automated equipment and processes related to standard, fine pitch and ball grid array components on simple and complex single or double-sided mixed technology assemblies. The following printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) processes will be covered: printing, dispensing, placement, reflow soldering, wave soldering, selective soldering and cleaning. A four step approach, which includes theory of operation, recommended operating parameters, process control and related industry standards, will be used to explain each assembly process. Subject matter related to adhesive, solder, flux, solder paste and stencil design will also be covered in detail.

The afternoon session covers printed circuit board (PCB) surface finishes and moisture sensitive components and their impact on the assembly process. The discussion continues with an overview of manufacturing operations related topics including assembly line design, continuous flow assembly, lot size considerations, inspection methods (optical and x-ray) and performance measurement. A critical subject will be rapid setup and changeover methods, which includes a case study example. A list of assembly equipment suppliers is also included with the course material.

  • Low volume assembly processes and equipment
  • Adhesive and solder paste application
  • Component placement, including BGA
  • Reflow, wave and selective soldering
  • Adhesive, solder, flux and solder paste
  • Cleaning and no-clean applications
  • PCB surface finish and moisture sensitive devices
  • Assembly line layout and material handling
  • Visual factory management techniques
  • Optical and x-ray inspection methods
  • Process control and process quality planning
  • Rapid setup and changeover methods
  • Related industry standards (IPC, EIA, SMEMA)

  • Rob Rowland of RadiSys Corporation About The Instructor
    Rob is currently the Process and Supplier Engineering Manager at RadiSys Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. Rob has focused on surface mount and through-hole mount manufacturing technology for the past 20 years. He is an active member of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA), where he served 2 terms as a chapter president and 4 terms as technical director of SMTA International. In 1999 he received the Founders Award from the SMTA.

    He was also an active member of the Surface Mount Council (SMC) where he served as editor of the Status of the Technology, Industry Activities and Action Plan. Rob is a frequent author and speaker at industry trade events. He also writes a monthly manufacturing column for SMT magazine in addition to serving on the editorial advisory board. Rob is the co-author of the book Applied Surface Mount Assembly. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Weber State University.
    Who Should Attend
    This workshop is intended for individuals who are starting a new surface mount assembly operation or individuals who are interested in fine tuning their existing surface mount assembly operations. The information presented in this workshop will be beneficial to anyone involved with surface mount assembly including manufacturing, process and quality engineers, engineering and manufacturing managers or supervisors, and equipment operators. Some basic knowledge of surface mount technology is helpful but not essential.

    Contact SMTA education & chapter coordinator Espi MacMillan with any further questions.

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