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StenTech Inc., the leading multinational SMT Printing Solutions company, is pleased to announce that Greg Starrett, Director of Sales, will present at the Long Island Chapter In-Person Technical Meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. The event will be held at Zebra Technologies and will cover the topic of "Fine Feature Paste Printing, Stencil Design and Solder Technology."
As consumers demand more functionality in increasingly compact devices, the process window for PCB assembly has become narrower due to the miniaturization of component patterns. The presentations will explore how printing machine technology, stencil manufacturers, and solder paste manufacturers have adapted to meet this challenge.
Attendees will learn about the latest advancements in printing machine technology, including new print head technologies and vision systems developed for greater precision. Additionally, solder paste manufacturers have designed materials to provide stable transfer efficiencies, improved wetting, and low voiding properties. They continue to develop smaller particle size solder paste and improved flux chemistries for smaller aperture printing.
Mr. Starrett will discuss how stencil manufacturers have developed new technologies, materials, and techniques such as electroformed stencils and nano coatings to improve print quality and increase the printing process window.
This meeting promises to be informative and valuable to anyone involved in the PCB assembly process, particularly those who are dealing with fine pitch component patterns on PCBs.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
At the Atlanta SMTA Expo and Tech Forum, I met Neil Hubble, president of the metrology systems provider Akrometrix. If you’re not sure exactly what metrology entails, you’re in luck. In this interview, Neil explains why metrology is becoming a critical part of PCB manufacturing. We also discuss the company’s capital equipment, testing services, and why Akrometrix counts many of the top PCB and semiconductor manufacturing companies in the world as their customers.
Ed Zamborsky, Thermaltronics
During factory visits, I've witnessed what’s happened to our workforce after the pandemic. Sometimes it looks like operator separation for social distancing, working extra shifts to cover for lost or missing employees due to illness, workers who now work from home, or they have simply found working no longer suits them. One possible solution when you can’t hire skilled technicians is to look at automation, particularly automation for soldering. For many it was a “feature piece” for the obligatory factory tour just to demonstrate to potential customers they are forward thinking. Now it’s a reality to solve a true workforce shortage issue. But why use a robotic soldering system?
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Successful skills training is a crucial part of the onboarding process and can take experienced staff members away from their primary jobs on the manufacturing floor. Effective training to onboard new employees can not only speed up the ramp-up times, but can also be customized to a company’s specific needs. We posed these four questions about new hire training to Sharon Montana-Beard, vice president of sales and operations at Blackfox.