Calendar of Events



November 2019

November 1

Dallas Chapter: New Developments in Digital Computed Tomography (CT) for Nondestructive Failure Analysis of PCBA’s and PCBF’s  +

Aboca’s Italian Grill, 100 S Central Expy #63, Richardson, TX 75080

New Developments in Digital Computed Tomography (CT) for Nondestructive Failure Analysis of PCBA's and PCBF's

Speaker: Robert Boguski, President, Datest

Event Details

  • Who: SMTA Members, Non-members, Students, and Guests are welcome - forward to others!
  • When: 11am-1pm on November 1, 2019
  • Where: Aboca’s Italian Grill, 100 S Central Expy #63, Richardson, TX 75080
  • Why: Meet others in the industry to help solve your technical problems. Come to the meeting, even if this isn’t a key topic of yours, the problem solving networking is great!


  • FREE for New Members since prior meeting
  • $10 for Committee Members
  • $20 Members, employees of Corporate member companies, 1st time guests, and students
  • $25 non-members, students, & guests – same price
  • Cash at the door or credit card on-line

Get your tickets!



Digital Computed Tomography, or CT Scanning, has advanced in equipment and techniques to such an extent that it has now become the method of choicein many applications where workmanship, fabrication, and component defects are difficult and sometimes otherwise impossible to find.

This presentation will discuss the current state of the technology (hardware as well as software); some of the basic physics underlying the methodology; and relative strengths and weaknesses of CT Scanning versus other methods, from the standpoint of results as well as cost. Numerous examples will be shown, with an emphasis on PCBA and PCBF failure analysis and defect detection. 


Robert Boguski, President, Datest

1981 graduate of The University of San Francisco (BA Economics).  Robert has worked in the electronics packaging and interconnect manufacturing and testing business, primarily in management positions, since he was a teenager (1975).  22 years in the bare board business, 12 years in the EMS business, and 14 years in the testing and test engineering business (Some overlap with EMS). Robert is the Owner and President of Datest, a test engineering and failure analysis company located in Fremont, California.  Robert and/or his Company, Datest, are members of SMTA, IPC, and IEEE. Datest is also a member of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) as well as the Eurpoean Institute of Printed Circuits (EIPC). Since 2013 Robert has co-authored the Test and Measurement column for Circuits Assembly Magazine.  Robert is also currently the President of the SMTA Silicon Valley Chapter.


November 6

Wisconsin Chapter: WI SMTA comes to Madison area ! Pro Active Engineering hosts Dale Lee on Wednesday November 6th  +

The Round Table 1611 N. Bristol St. Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Hello WI SMTA Members and Friends,

The WI SMTA Officer team is excited to be bringing a technical presentation and tour to the Madison area!  Please join us on Wednesday November 6th when we welcome Dale Lee to present on BGA’s, LGA’s, QFN/DFN’s – Oh My, Can Traditional DFM Survive .  

The  detailed agenda is below.  Please note that dinner and the technial presentation  is off site from Pro Active at The Round Table and the facility tour will take place after (around 7pm)
  • 4:30pm    Registration and Networking
  • 5:00 pm   Welcome and Dinner
  • 6:00pm   BGA’s, LGA’s, QFN/DFN’s – Oh My, Can Traditional DFM Survive, Presented by Dale Lee
  • 7:00 pm   Facility Tour at Pro Active Engineering (350 Business Park Dr.  Sun Prairie WI)
  • 8:00 pm   Meeting adjourned

Please spread the word for this great Technical Presenter and come see the Pro Active Engineering facility!

November 6

Ohio Valley Chapter: Encapsulates and Coatings Technical Meeting  +

Lorain County Community College (DEC 132 A/B - 151 Innovation Dr, Elyria, OH 44035)

Building: Desich Entrepreneurship Innovation Center
Room: DEC 132 A/B
Date: Wednesday, November 6th 2019

Proposed Schedule:
- 9:00 am - 9:30 am      Registration Check-in
- 9:30 am - 10:30 am    Mike Skinner of Dow : General Overview of Tech. in Coatings
- 10:30 am - 11:30 am  Jeff Bowin of Henkel:  Low Pressure over mold
- 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Lunch
- 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm   Jim Stockhausen of ELANTAS PDG Inc: Trends and Developments in Electronic Protection Materials
- 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm     Johnny Vanderford : MEMS Programs and Updates
- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     Facility Tour: LCCC Electronic Assembly Manufacturing Center (Sneak Peak)

Hotels and Accomodations:
- Homewood Suites by Hilton on RT 254, just call reservation and mention you are visiting LCCC. 
- The Hampton Inn & Suites by the old Midway Mall is a sister property of the Homewood Suites so they may offer extended pricing for LCCC involved travelers.  Mention -LCCC they should receive our rate or if they are a public organization a government rate may be available. 
- A more ‘active’ area the DoubleTree by Hilton in Westlake provides good rates we work with Kim Barker and she can be reached at or 440-617-2361. 
- Stocker Center uses the Country Inn & Suites (Griswold Rd) for performers and they can be reached at or 440-324-0099.

November 6

Massachusetts (Boston) Chapter: Evening Meeting at Raytheon Company in Andover, MA  +

Raytheon Company, 350 Lowell Street, Andover, MA 01810

SMTA Boston Chapter, IEEE Reliability Chapter, and IMAPs NE cordially invites you to an evening meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 2019 at Raytheon in Andover, MA.
Secure Location Logistics: Pre-registration is required (remember to use full name include middle name as appear on ID when registering) to attend this event and open to US citizens only, no walk-ins are allowed.  Must have either state issued driver’s license or passport to gain access to facility.  Last factory tour starts at 5:15 PM and must be in the café by this time so arrive early if you plan on attending the factory tour (visitor are required to wear closed toe and heel footwear are required for the tour).  Must arrive at the security gate at Raytheon, Andover by 5:45 PM or will be turned away.
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Raytheon Company
350 Lowell Street, Andover, MA 01810
Cost: SMTA/IEEE/IMAPs Members $25; Non-Member  $30

Meeting Agenda:
4:00 – 6:00 PM 
Registration and Sign in, Socializing, Networking
4:15 – 6:00 PM 
Factory Tours: (every 15 min; duration 45 min.)
  1. CCA SMT lines and soldering robots
  2. CAVE
  3. Materials Lab Area
  4. FA Lab, ETL, and Keyence Booth in Cafe
6:00 – 7:00 PM  Dinner and Announcements (SMTA/IEEE/iMAPS)
7:00 – 7:15 PM  Raytheon Welcome by John Powers – Ops Mgr.
7:15 – 7:35 PM  Failure Analysis Capabilities - Recent Case Studies
7:35 – 8:00 PM  Using IPC Standards to Mitigate Counterfeit Risks
8:00 – 8:45 PM  Technical Presentation: QFN Voiding
8:45 PM  Q&A
9:00 PM  Raffle - Adjourn

Our meeting sponsor:

Presentation:  Failure Analysis Capabilities - Recent Case Studies
Speaker:   Prisco Tammaro, at Raytheon
Presentation:  Using IPC Standards to Mitigate Counterfeit Risks  Click here to download this presentation
Speaker:   Cameron Shearon, Principal Materials Engineer at Raytheon
Bio:  Cameron Shearon is a Principal Materials Engineer at Raytheon’s IDS Division, co-chair of IPC 1782, and a SMTA Distinguished Speaker.  Cameron has given invited speeches at many international events.  He earned a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University.  He obtained a Physics minor for his BS and a Solid State Science minor for his MS.
Cameron initiated and chaired the development of IPC 1782, a global component traceability standard that contains four traceability levels for materials and four independent traceability levels for the process that was completed in record time with the help of many outstanding contributors, IPC Staff support, and his leadership.  As a result of his contribution to this standard, Cameron received a Committee Leadership Award from IPC at IPC APEX EXPO 2017.
Prior to his current role, he has worked as a Process Engineer in a Wafer Fab, Failure Analysis Engineer and Product Safety Engineer in an R&D Environment, a Lead Quality Engineer with AT&T’s Global Supply Chain, and a Reliability Engineer with AT&T Labs.
Technical Presentation:  QFN Voiding
Speaker:   Norman Armendariz, Ph.D. Engineering Fellow at Raytheon
Bio:  Dr. Armendariz is an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon responsible for materials engineering design, materials analysis, process equipment development, and production support associated with the manufacturing of CCA- circuit card assemblies used in missiles, smart munitions, ground based radars, and mobile sensors across multiple US and international sites. Norm has over 20 years of industrial experience, having worked for Lockheed/NASA, Motorola, TI and Intel, and as Director of Labs / Asst. Engr. Prof. at American University. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Chemical Engr. from New Mexico State University, MS in Materials Science Engr. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BS Metallurgical Engr. from Colorado State University, with 9 US patents and 27 peer-reviewed publications. 

Our 2019 Expo Sponsors:

For more information visit:
To register for this event visit: Click Here or copy this address to your browser:
Please use your full name when registering including your middle name in the first name block of the registration form.  Registration dead line is Friday, Nov. 1st, 2019.

Additional Info:   Safety eyewear are required to be worn in specific areas (safety glass will be provided for use while in these areas).

November 7

Atlanta Chapter: Chapter Meeting & Social  +

Anderby Brewing

Atlanta SMTA Patrons we want to say THANK YOU for your patronage and Non-Members we have a special just for YOU!
Come join us on November 7, 2019 at the latest addition to Atlanta’s growing Brew Masters Anderby Brewing
This will be a social gathering and our technical presentation will be presented by Preston Smelt on Brewing and DRINKING Beer!
The Event:
Individual Members this event is 100% FREE, you will get 2 Pints of your choosing from their taps and snacks.
Non-Member we would love to have you come join us. If you prefer to stay a Non-Member that’s okay, the event is $25 BUT if you sign up on or before the event to become an Individual Member, well you guessed it IT’S FREE! Sign up to be an individual member at
The Date and Time:
November 7, 2019 4:30-8PM
The Place:
Anderby Brewing
110 Technology Parkway
Suite 200
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

November 7

Penang Expo and Tech Forum  +

Location: Eastin Hotel
1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay
11900 Bayan Lepas


Please see the Penang Chapter Page for More Information on Technical Sessions and Expo Materials.


Please see the Penang Chapter Page for More Information on Technical Sessions and Expo Participation.


Technical Presentation Schedule





0900 - 0945

Smart Logistics Solution of Electronics Manufacturing

Billy Shen


1000 - 1045

Thermal Shadow Moiré To Cross-Section Correlation Study

HT Poh


1100 - 1145

Introduction of Electroform Stencil and Technologies & Silver Sintering

Richard Tang & Eugene Wee



1330 - 1415

CONNECT - VISUALIZE - PROACT, A practical solution for SME and MNC in digital transformation towards industry 4.0

Gary Leong


1430 - 1515

Characterize and Understand Functional Performance of Cleaning QFN Packages on PCB Assemblies

Hardip Singh


1530 - 1615

Ultra- Fine Dispensing Heterogeneous Integration

Kenneth Thum


1630 - 1715

Gas Application Technologies for Soldering Process Optimization

Eric Vong

Air Products


Please complete the registration form and return to

November 11

Webinar: Low Temperature Solder Benefits and Process Concerns  +

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

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


The use of low temperature soldering is gaining interest in the industry to reduce cost, prevent component and PCB damage and improve reliability. It’s different but that does not mean it cannot be introduced into your process with existing process equipment. Generally speaking, solders used regularly in assembly reflow at over 220°C, low temperature solders reflow at under 180°C. There are some organisations predicting a large growth in low temperature materials in the next two to three years for multistep soldering.

Many companies have been using tin/bismuth alloys for some years reducing cost on PCBs and energy. Other companies have been using tin/indium for rework of lead-free area array packages with success. There are savings to be made even if the cost of the solder alloy is much more expensive provided you consider the total cost of manufacture. Bob produced the first book, video and interactive CD-ROM on pin in hole intrusive reflow, so he is in a good position to help engineers achieve high yields with low temperature materials.

Topics include:

  • Why use low temperature solder
  • Benefit over lead-free alloys
  • Materials available
  • Reflow soldering and rework results
  • Reliability with mixed alloys
  • Inspection results

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 the slides will be provided after the webinar.

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

November 12 - 15

productronica 2019  +

Accelerating Innovation

Messe München
Munich Germany

Future technologies, industry trends, growth markets. Investment decision-makers, industry experts. From around the world. At the right time and the right place. Only at the World's Leading Trade Fair for Electronics Development and Production. Welcome to productronica 2019.

Experience innovations up close and at a very early stage at the world’s leading trade fair. The two trend topics of this year's industry platform are Smart Maintenance and Smart Factory. 

November 14

Georgia Institute of Technology Student Chapter Chapter: Tech Talk by Eric Lange on “Engineering in Product Development”  +

MRDC 4211

Bio: Eric Lange is a design engineer at Kids 2 and Georgia Tech grad, BSME. He has seven years of end to end product development experience with consumer goods, specializing in design for manufacturing and usability. His products have been nation-wide best sellers and award winners under brands like Baby Einstein, Ford, Disney, Ingenuity, and Bright Starts. In his spare time, he acts as the Retention Chair for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and is the Chair and Co-founder of the Toy and Game Design Association.


Topic Overview: Over 30,000 new products enter the market every year. The product development process guides those products from being sketches on a napkin to something sitting in your Amazon cart. Learn where to start and what steps to follow to turn an idea into a manufacturable good. 

November 19

Indiana Chapter: SMTA Indiana's Final 2019 Symposium  +

8225 E 56th St, Indianapolis, IN 46216

SMTA Indiana's Final 2019 Symposium

Our final symposium of 2019 takes place on November 19th, 2019 at Indesign Product Engineering and Development LLC. The purpose of this symposium is to delve into topics related to DFM for PCBs. The symposium will cover topics:
  1. DFM in PCB prototyping - by Michael Kidd - Mike is a PCB designer with over 30 years’ experience in new product development as a Senior Electrical Designer at Indesign and as a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs.  He has experience in multi-layer, double-sided, single-sided, blind and buried via printed circuit board technologies, as well as carbon inks, silver inks, flex circuits and surface mount technologies (Fine-pitch, BGAs).  Mike also has experience with Cadence Allegro, OrCAD CIS and Mentor Graphics systems.  He has designed PCBs for manufacture in many factories around the world and is well-versed in DFM and DFT.  He is the team leader for Indesign’s ECAD group and serves at as the Engineering Services manager at Indesign.  He has an A.S. degree in Industrial Drafting from Vincennes University.  Mike is a Certified Interconnect Designer – CID.
  2. Low Temperature Solder: Developing a Mixed Alloy for property fusion - by Claire Hotvedt - Claire Hotvedt is a Product Development Specialist for the PCB Assembly business unit based at Indium Corporation Headquarters in Clinton, NY. She is responsible for facilitating the transition of new solder paste products from developmental stages into fully launched and marketable solutions. Claire al¬¬so oversees product characterization and creation of marketing material to assist the sales team.
    Prior to joining Indium Corporation in 2018, Hotvedt held two engineering positions one at Orthogonal, Inc. and one at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
  3.  Lean Six Sigma in relation to Continuous Improvement - by  Tom Watson - Tom is the Continuous Improvement Manager at the Kimball Electronics Jasper, Indiana facility. Kimball Electronics is a leading contract manufacturer of durable goods electronics serving a variety of industries on a global scale.Tom will be speaking about how Kimball Electronics uses Lean Six Sigma to drive productivity improvements throughout the company. Tom has a Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College and an MBA from Regis University. Tom is a Certified Master Black Belt.Tom is also the Chair of the Evansville-Owensboro Chapter of ASQ and holds the ASQ Certified Quality Engineer Certification.

In addition, we will get a chance to tour Indesign's Indianapolis facility. See our itinerary below:
Symposium Itinery
Time Subject Speaker
10:00 AM – 10:05 AM Chapter Welcome Mike Young
10:05 AM – 10:30 AM InDesign Welcome Ron Kern
10:30 AM – 11:10 AM DFM in PCB prototyping Michael Kidd
(Indesign LLC)
11:10 AM – 11:20 AM Break
11:20 AM – 12:00 PM Durafuse LT: Developing a mixed alloy process for property fusion Claire Hotvedt
(Indium Corporation)
12:00 PM – 12:40 PM Lunch
12:40 PM – 1:20 PM Lean Six Sigma in relation to Continuous Improvement Tom Watson
(Kimball Electronics)
1:20 PM – 1:30 PM Break
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Indesign Facility Tour

To RSVP please click here or copy the link below into your browser. Once you have RSVPed you will be redirected to PayPal. Once at PayPal you can use your personal PayPal account or pay via credit card as a guest.  Please see the table below for the cost of attendance.  
Cost of attendance and payment
Before November 17, 2019 Early Registration
Members $20.00
Non-members $30.00
After November 18, 2019 Late Registration
Members $25.00
Non-members $35.00

Please RSVP first and once you have done so you will be redirected to PayPal.

Company Location

Indesign is located on the NE side of Indianapolis at 8225 East 56 Street. See map below



November 19

Advanced Electronics Assembly Conference  +

Novotel Budapest Centrum
Budapest 1088 Hungary

November 21

Great Lakes (Chicago) Chapter: SMTA Great Lakes – Fuji America Corporation Tour & Head-In-Pillow Presentation  +

Fuji America Corporation, 171 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

SMTA Great Lakes Chapter Meeting
Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Location: Fuji America Corporation
  171 Corporate Woods Parkway
  Vernon Hills, IL  60061
2:30-3:00 pm Registration/Networking
3:00-3:30 pm Fuji America Corporation Tour/Demo
3:30-4:00 pm Presentation:  “Test Method for Head in Pillow” – Gene Dunn
4:00-4:30 pm Presentation:  “Recent Advances in the 2d and 3d X-ray technology for detection of Head-In-Pillow and other common SMT defects” – Evstatin Krastev, Ph.D.
4:30-4:45 pm Adjournment
Members $30.00
Non-Members $35.00
  **Pay via Cash/Check (onsite) or Credit Card (via PayPal - see button during RSVP process)
SMTA Great Lakes – Fuji America Corporation Tour & Head-In-Pillow Presentations
“Test Method for Head In Pillow”
By Gene Dunn – Plexus Corporation
In this presentation, the work done by the HDPUG consortium on a standardized test procedure for simulating and observing head in pillow formation and defects will be covered.
About the Speaker:
Gene Dunn is a Sr. Staff Process Engineer at Plexus and is Regional Subject Matter Expert for SMT Equipment and Process.  His main responsibilities include equipment and material selection, process development and yield improvement.  Previous Gene worked at Panasonic and AT&T in various SMT and Microelectronic engineering and management roles.  He holds a BS in Engineering from Univ. of Illinois- Urbana & an MBA from Northwestern.
“Recent Advances in the 2D and 3D X-ray technology for detection of Head-In-Pillow and other common SMT defects”
By Evstatin Krastev, Ph.D. – Nordson Dodge
The need to non-destructively inspect electronic components and assemblies is the main driver behind the development and advancements of the X-ray inspection technology for the electronics industry. In many cases, X-ray inspection is the only available technique for non-destructive inspection of optically hidden solder joints like BGA, QFN, Through Hole components. In this talk we will discuss the latest developments in the 2D and 3D X-ray technology for detecting Head-In-Pillow and other common SMT defects. Real life examples and cases will be discussed in detail. 
About the Speaker:
Evstatin Krastev, Ph.D.
Director of Applications
Nordson Dage
Dr. Krastev is Director of Applications at Nordson Dage responsible for the X-Ray and Bondtester lines.  He holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Physics from Michigan State University. He has also valuable experience working as a software engineer and hardware design engineer.
During the last 25 years Dr. Krastev has been actively involved in the fields of testing and inspection for the microelectronics and NDT industries. During the last 14 years at Nordson Dage, Evstatin was instrumental building a strong global applications team supporting customers and sales.
Evstatin has published numerous articles in leading magazines discussing advanced topics in the spheres of bond testing, 2D and 3D X-ray inspection. He is a well-known expert in the industry and is working closely with key customers and consortia developing new standards and testing techniques.
RSVP to Gerri Noble at or via the SMTA Great Lakes Chapter Webpage or by clicking HERE.

November 21

Oregon Chapter: SMTA Oregon Chapter: November Technical Meeting. Tolerance Mistaken  +

Axiom Electronics, 9845 NE Eckert Dr. Suite 200, Hillsboro, OR 97006

Tolerance Mistaken: Impacts of not properly addressing limitations of material, industry standards and assembly process limitations
Electronic assemblies today are smaller, lighter with increased functionality per unit area and/or volume.  The rate of new technology adoption is increasing through develop ever smaller packages with finer lead spacing and substrates with finer lines and spaces.  However, design methods, industry standards, materials and manufacturing processes utilized during the product development and production process have not progressed to meet these new demands and thus many of the tolerance margins that were considered insignificant and acceptable in the past are now critical to high yield, reliable products.  This presentation will highlight issues with today’s electronic designs and impacts when material limitations, industry standards and assembly tolerances are not adequately address during design, PCB fabrication, assembly and test.
I. Industry Standards Limitations (IPC/JEDEC)
II. Component Package Technology
  A. New Packaging Technologies
  B. Units of Measure (Metric vs Imperial)
  C. Land Pattern Design
III. PCB Design
  A. Laminate Limitations
  B. Via hole closure
  C. Copper etching effects (pad/trace size)
  D. Solder mask design
IV. Leadless Component Packages (DFN, QFN, LGA, Chip)
  A. Solder mask/silk screen
  B. Thermal balance
  C. Thermal expansion/shrinkage
V. Assembly Technology
  A. Material compatibility
  B. Tolerances - assembly/tooling
  C. Clean/No-clean

Dale Lee. 
Senior Staff DFX Strategy Engineer
Plexus Engineering Solutions
Dale is a Senior Staff DFX Strategy Engineer with Plexus Corporation primarily involved with DFX analysis, root cause failure analysis and definition/correlation of design, process and tooling impacts on assembly processes and manufacturing yields.
Dale has been involved in surface mount design, package & process development and production for over thirty years in various technical and managerial positions.  These activities have included research, development and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies and interconnect techniques, design and development of Chip Scale Package (CSP) & Ball Grid Array (BGA) packages, PCB & PCBA support, DFM/DFX analysis of flex, rigid-flex & rigid PCB/PCBA’s including supply chain, process qualification and new process introduction for domestic and foreign low, medium and high volume production applications for consumer products, defense/aerospace and medical devices. 
Dale has authored multiple technical articles and papers and is a frequent instructor/presenter globally on topics including PCB and SMT design, assembly, cleaning, and DFM/DFX.  He is a past recipient of the Surface Mount Technology Association’s “Excellence in Leadership” award.  He has been or is very involved with multiple industry associations (SMTA, IPC, INEMI), industry standards development, and symposium/ conference technical development committees.


November 21

Advanced Electronics Assembly Conference  +

Oradea 410051 Romania

November 25

Webinar: Overcoming Challenging X-Ray Problems  +

Organized by SMTA Europe

Monday 25th November @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time
(9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Keith Bryant, Chairman SMTA Europe


As with all inspection technology, x-ray has to evolve to keep pace with the advances in components and products. Most recently, this has been driven by the continued reduction in board, 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 and dies becoming thinner and thinner. But we also see an increase at the other end of the spectrum with IGBTs, super capacitors and battery applications requiring high power and high-resolution images for Failure Analysis and inspection. 

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. In particular, there is a new x-ray tube type that permits high magnification inspection at improved resolution yet retains high tube power and stability under these conditions, allowing good x-ray flux for inspection of the smallest features and excellent repeatability of measurements and auto inspections.
This presentation will look at various x-ray tube and detector types that are available and explain the implications of these choices in terms of what they provide for inspection regarding image resolution, magnification, tube power, and detector pixel size, amongst others. We will look at x-ray images at both ends of the spectrum, high power with high-resolution and low power with high-resolution, using IGBTs and LEDs as examples.


About the Presenter

Keith Bryant

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.
from 2017 to 2019 he was Global Sales Director of the leading X-ray manufacturer. Recently reverting to a Consultancy role allowing him more freedom to pursue other projects, including i4.0.

He was Chairman of the SMART Group for 11 years and is now Chairman of the recently formed SMTA Europe, last year he was presented with the SMTA International Leadership award.

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