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 Expert  108506

Expert in Surface Mount Technology


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Tennessee (TN)
USA
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Expert has been involved with surface-mount assembly for the past 18 years. He has extensive knowledge of solder paste printing, component placement, reflow and wave soldering, cleaning, inspection, and repair. He is familiar with materials, component packages, and the related technologies. Expert has set up several low-, medium-, and high-speed assembly lines. He has authored numerous technical papers and articles on the various surface-mount assembly processes.
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printed board assembly

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printed circuit board soldering

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surface-mount assembly

Expert has authored the SMT Glossary: Terms and Definitions and several course textbooks on solder paste printing, SMT design for manufacturability, SMT manufacturing, SMT soldering, and emerging SMT technologies. In addition to helping his clients select equipment and set up process lines, Expert gives seminars on SMT assembly processes as well as issues related to materials, printing and deposition, placement, reflow, cleaning, no-clean, inspection, and repair. Expert and his associates stay current on all aspects of emerging technologies through his work with clients and via his numerous contacts throughout the industry.
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surface-mount technology

Expert has extensive experience with the design and development of surface-mount equipment, especially component placement and reflow soldering equipment. His firm operates as an SMT independent testing lab, where he benchmark tests manufacturers' equipment to help clients recognize both strengths and weaknesses. He stays aware of the latest developments in assembly equipment and strategies and maintains a sophisticated database on features and capabilities of SMT assembly equipment available on the market. Over the years, he has written several technical papers on SMT equipment selection in key industry magazines.
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surface-mount equipment

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surface-mount equipment selection

Being familiar with all aspects of fine-pitch technology (FPT) and its integration into SMT assembly processes, Expert has helped his clients work with FPT devices down to 12 mils, as well as with fine pitch alternative packages such as ball grid array, tape-automated bonding, very-small packaged array, and chip-on-board technologies.
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fine-pitch technology

Expert helps his clients gain process efficiency with ball grid array (BGA) package technology. He has worked with design guidelines, solder paste printing and deposition, placement, reflow, cleaning, no-clean, inspection, and repair. He stays current with the latest package developments, including mini-BGA and super-BGA, equipment, and technique improvements.
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ball grid array package

Expert has experience with chip-on-board assembly, having worked with clients who use this technology. He is familiar with materials and related processes, including wire bonding and chip attachment.
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chip-on-board technology

Widely recognized in the industry for his work in SMT reflow soldering, Expert has been involved with state-of-the-art convection dominant reflow ovens and writes extensively on the subject. He works with clients on all aspects of SMT and fine-pitch soldering, including design for manufacturability guidelines, solder paste printing and deposition, placement, reflow, cleaning, no-clean, inspection, repair, and workmanship standards with a goal towards solder defect reduction. His firm serves as an SMT equipment testing lab, working regularly with reflow soldering equipment. Expert has worked extensively developing the single center reflow soldering process, where through-hole components are soldered along with surface-mount components using a reflow system. He also serves as Chairman of the Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association (SMEMA) Reflow Standards Committee.
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reflow soldering

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solder paste application

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solder paste technology

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solder selection

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surface-mount solder joint

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surface-mount soldering

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fine-pitch soldering

With over 20 years of experience in the electronics manufacturing industry, Expert has worked extensively with through-hole assembly processes and equipment, including insertion, soldering, and wire/component prep. He has been involved with SMT since its inception in the late 1970s. He is knowledgeable of SMT processes, materials, and equipment, including solder paste, adhesives, printing, placement, reflow, cleaning, inspection, and repair.
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electronics manufacturing

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printed wiring assembly

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printed-wiring board assembly process

Expert is widely recognized in the industry for his work in SMT reflow soldering involving vapor phase (also known as condensation inert soldering). He has written numerous technical papers, articles, and a course textbook on the subject. He also teaches reflow soldering courses.
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vapor-phase reflow soldering

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vapor-phase soldering

Besides having been involved with the design of pick-and-place machines, Expert has written numerous technical papers, articles, and a selection matrix on the subject. He has worked with clients on all aspects of SMT and fine-pitch component placement. His firm works regularly with placement equipment manufacturers in benchmark testing of their products.
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odd component printed circuit board placement

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chip shooter

Expert has helped clients work with no-clean solder paste qualification and implementation to the no-clean soldering process. He has written papers on this subject and works with the major solder paste manufacturers to stay current with the latest developments and process parameters.
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no-clean flux

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no-clean solder

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no-clean soldering

Expert has worked with solder paste qualification, including no-clean solder pastes. He has written several papers on solder paste printing and reflow soldering. He keeps in close contact with the major solder paste manufactures to stay current with the latest developments.
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solder paste

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solder paste quality assurance

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solder paste quality control

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solder paste stenciling

Expert has worked extensively with through-hole assembly processes and equipment and can answer question on insertion, soldering, and wire or component prep. He often helps clients, many of which have "mixed technology" boards, convert from through-hole to surface-mount technology. He has also worked extensively developing the single center reflow soldering process, where through-hole components are soldered along with surface-mount components using a reflow oven.
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through-hole technology


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Nashville, Tennessee;  Clarksville, Tennessee;  Murfreesboro, Tennessee;  and Owensboro, Kentucky.

Often requested
with this expert:

Soldering Technology, Printed Circuit Boards, Intermetallic...
Surface Mount Solders
Printed Wiring Board Assembly
Electronic Assembly, Electronic Packaging

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1975   BS   Business Administration   Rider College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1995 to

 

(Expert's Firm)

 

PRESIDENT AND CEO

 

Consulting in SMT process technology including process troubleshooting, equipment and material evaluation/selection and contract assembly selection and mediation. Also provide in-house courses in SMT processes and areas.

1992 to 1995

 

(Expert's Firm)

 

Vice President and CEO

 

SMT Process consulting and education

1993 to 1994

 

(Expert's Firm)

 

Manager of Technology

 


1987 to 1993

 

Vitronics Corporation

 

Product Manager

 


1983 to 1987

 

Excellon-Micronetics

 

Product Manager

 


1981 to 1983

 

Test Systems, inc.

 

Regional Manager

 


1977 to 1981

 

Universal Instruments Corporation

 

Regional Manager

 



Publications:
Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Butterwith-Heineman.  
 - ITM Publications.  
 - SMT Magazine  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Overview: OEM manufacturer of low-volume/high-mix, highly complex Class 3 PCBAs for use in NASA and AWACS satellite systemsObjective: End customer (TRW) wanted 3rd party assessment and certification of fabrication and assembly processesActions: ITM audited both PCB fabrication and PCB assembly processesImprovements: Recommendations were implemented resulting in client receiving both ITM Fabrication and Assembly Certification. Improved yields were realized. TRW was satisfied with improvements and client has since been re-certified.
  • Overview: OEM manufacturer of high-volume/medium-mix Class 2 automotive engine management control and entertainment systemsObjective: Corporate management wanted review of assembly process and quality systems with goal of improving throughput and yieldsActions: ITM audited two facilities in the US and two facilities in Mexico Improvements: Recommendations improved product quality and first-pass yield. Areas of improvement included lack of documentation adherence and process control problems. Implementation of scaling back excessive lean manufacturing resulting in improved quality.
  • Overview: OEM manufacturer of low-volume/medium-mix Class 3 medical equipment per FDA and other specsObjective: Field failure of heart/blood perfusion system manufactured for client prompted investigation of supply chainActions: ITM audited design and box-build/test facility, PCB fabricator and PCB assemblerImprovements: Documentation was found to be weak in key areas and root cause of field failure was identified. While improvements were recommended in test, box-build, final assembly and DFMA, another CEM was ultimately qualified based upon ITM guidelines.
  • Overview: High-volume/low-mix Class 2 uninterruptable power supplies/battery backup systems assembled in Philippines by Korean CEMObjective: Client was converting assembly processes and materials to lead-free for purpose of compliance with the EU RoHS directive Actions: ITM performed process audit and lead-free gap analysis to assure world-class practicesImprovements: Recommendations included quality systems, material control and process procedures. Follow-up audit determined improved quality yields and RoHS compliance. ITM certified the lead-free assembly process.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in PCB Assembly / IC Failure.
  • Expert in Solder joint issue on electronic device.
  • Expert for consulting on Solder Surface Mounts.
  • Intota expert for consulting on PCB assembly cell development.
  • Soldering expert services for consulting on Solder equipment/process development.
  • Reflow solder expert needed for consulting to improve pick & place, solder paste print and reflow solder steps in COB assembly processes.
  • Laser soldering expert for consulting on designs and process for selective laser soldering applications and appropriate testing.
  • Solder flux expert for consulting on solder flux residue characterization and control.
  • Plastic expert engineer for consulting on injection molding manufacturing.
  • Expert for consulting on SMT Scheduling Optimization.
  • Soldering expert for consulting on Automatic Soldering Electronic Assembly.
  • Expert in reflow soldering for consulting on Reflow Soldering Process.
  • Expert in wire bonding for consulting on developing a surface mount chip that has (3) two pad dies.
  • Soldering expert for consulting on wave soldering of electronic thru hole components.
  • Soldering expert for consulting on soldering for cable lead to silver frit on glass.
  • Expert for consulting on Bright Tin/Lead plating recommendation.
  • Expert for consulting on Solder resist - new business development.
  • Expert in solder joint analysis for evaluation of several failed solder joints on a test printed circuit board.
  • Expert in component assembly guidelines for consulting on footprint, assembly and cleaning guidelines for SMT.
  • Expert in PCBs for consulting on recommending some areas of focus for solder process improvement.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has done Expert Witness work in matters related to Intellectual Property (patent litigation), international manufacturing, outsourcing, and forensic.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in litigation expert witness.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Asia   He has worked on-site at electronic manufacturing facilities in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, India, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Europe   He has worked on-site at electronic manufacturing facilities in Sweden, England, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.
North and South America   He has worked on-site at electronic manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico and Canada as well as in Brazil and the Domincal Republic.
Middle East   He has worked on-site at electronic manufacturing facilities in Israel
Africa   He has worked on-site at electronic manufacturing facilities in South Africa.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   Expert has some experience with Spanish.

Market Research:
Expert is well acquainted with the SMT manufacturing world: OEMs, CEMS, equipment and material manufacturers.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Expert is a popular lecturer and is well-known worldwide for his workshops and seminars in Surface Mount Technology, Green and Lean Electronic Manufacturing and Assembly, Leading and Bleeding Edge SMT Technologies and Design for Manufacturability among other SMT and assembly related topics.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of: * SMT assembly equipment (pick-and-place, printing, reflow, cleaning, inspection, dispensing) * Component packaging and assembly (BGA, fine pitch, TAB, COB, MCM).


 

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