Preventing the Big 7 Mistakes of SMT Assembly with Expert Phil Zarrow


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The Philadelphia branch of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA Philly) is kicking things off with a meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Bucks County in Trevose, PA.  

Phil Zarrow, a popular speaker and workshop instructor, will conduct “The Deadly Sins of SMT” workshop that identifies the “deadly sins” of SMT assembly, both for lead and lead-free processes. This will be an excellent course in the business of SMT by a nationally recognized expert. 

Zarrow has chaired and instructed numerous seminars and conferences throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. He has published many technical papers and magazine articles, as well as contributed a number of chapters to industry books.   

Some of the topics covered include design for manufacturability: specification development; SMT implementation; SMT assembly and solder process failure analysis; manufacturing yield improvement; no-clean and lead-free paste evaluation and process implementation; and QFN, BGA, CSP, flip chip special considerations for the new components. 

The meeting agenda is as follows: 

  • 3-3:15 p.m.: Meet & Greet - Snacks and beverages served
  • 3:15 p.m.: Welcome by Michael Prestoy, Acting President of Philadelphia Chapter
  • 3:20 p.m.: Welcome by SMTA HQ, Tanya Martin
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Presentation “The Deadly Sins of SMT” by Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting
  • 4:45 p.m.: Q&A and Wrap Up 

The registration cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and free for student members. Those who sign up as new members also will receive free admission. To register for the event, e-mail Karen Frericks at karenchapters@smta.org or click here.

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