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Reliability Matters is a podcast on the subject of reliability of circuit assemblies. Reliability "best practices" and success stories are discussed. This podcast features interviews with experts in the electronic assembly industry. All electronic production segments which effect product reliability are on the table. This includes contamination, coating, cleanliness assessment, inspection, building for harsh environments and more.

Reliability Matters is a podcast on the subject of reliability of circuit assemblies. Reliability "best practices" and success stories are discussed. This podcast features interviews with experts in the electronic assembly industry. All electronic production segments which effect product reliability are on the table. This includes contamination, coating, cleanliness assessment, inspection, building for harsh environments and more.
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Reliability Matters is a podcast on the subject of reliability of circuit assemblies. Reliability "best practices" and success stories are discussed. This podcast features interviews with experts in the electronic assembly industry. All electronic production segments which effect product reliability are on the table. This includes contamination, coating, cleanliness assessment, inspection, building for harsh environments and more.

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English


Episodes

Episode 18 - A Conversation with Saturn Electronics' Yash Sutariya about PCB Fabrication

6/25/2019
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Yash Sutariya is the President of Saturn Electronics Corporation, Saturn Flex Systems, and Saturn PCB Services, all PCB-centric operating entities. Today, we’ll discuss what every buyer of printed circuit boards should be concerned about and Yash will offer a few auditing tips that would be helpful when auditing or selecting a PCB supplier. Yash is the author of PCB RELIABILITY: AUDITING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN TO INSURE IT, a paper he presented at SMTAI 2018.

Duration:01:02:02

Episode 17 - A conversation with Brian D'Amico about AOI and SPI best practices.

6/10/2019
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My conversation with Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) and Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) system supplier Brian D'Amico covers AOI and SPI best practices. Modern circuit assemblies are difficult, if not impossible, to inspect without the aid of advanced inspection systems. Brian has been in the electronic assembly equipment industry for thirty six years. His knowledge (and passion) for inspection technology is truly impressive.

Duration:00:54:34

Episode 16 - SMT-WARS- Lessons Learned from a Contract Manufacturer & Their Customer Who Sued Them

5/27/2019
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SMT-WARS Lessons Learned from a Contract Manufacturer and Their Customer Who Sued Them What happens when an electronic contract manufacturer follows their customer’s instructions to the detriment of the product? Product failures, blame, drama, and a really big lawsuit. Mike Konrad reviews the trials and tribulations of a contract manufacturer and their customer. Assembly residue-related failures (ECM) contributed to product failures, product recalls, and, ultimately, a multi-million-dollar...

Duration:00:48:49

Episode 15 - Scoop TV Interviews Mike Konrad

5/14/2019
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Welcome to another episode of Reliability Matters. I’m coming to you from Baltimore MD where I am speaking at the IPC High Reliability Conference. This is our 16th episode. We began this podcast journey in January 2019. Every week this year, we released a new episode. Many of the past 15 episodes featured interviews with various industry experts in a variety of subjects including X-ray, thermal management, cleaning and cleaning materials, failure analysis, design for reliability and other...

Duration:00:11:09

Episode 14- An Interview with Reliability Expert Fred Schenkelberg

4/29/2019
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An interview with reliability expert Fred Schenkelberg. Fred Schenkelberg is an international authority on reliability engineering. He is the reliability expert at FMS Reliability, a reliability engineering and management consulting firm he founded in 2004. Fred left Hewlett Packard’s Reliability Team where he helped create a culture of reliability across HP to assist other organizations. His passion is working with teams to improve product reliability, customer satisfaction, and...

Duration:01:02:20

Episode 13 - A Conversation with KIC's MB Allen About Thermal Management and Reliability

4/23/2019
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Most of our episodes feature guests representing specific segments of the electronic assembly industry. Today’s episode is no exception. My guest on this episode is MB Allen from KIC. KIC provides thermal profiling hardware and profiler software tools that help define, measure, monitor, and improve thermal processes for electronics manufacturing services. Today, more than ever, thermal management is vital to ensuring a proper reflow or soldering process. There is a direct link between proper...

Duration:00:48:03

Episode 12 - An Interview with FLITE's Michelle Ogihara and Sherry Stepp on Women in Electronics

4/16/2019
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An interview with US Ambassadors of FLITE (Female Leaders in Tech Everywhere), Michelle Ogihara and Sherry Stepp on the subject of women in electronics and FLITE's mission to build a platform based on real-life experiences to help raise the visibility of females in technology.

Duration:00:48:46

Episode 11 - Tips and Tricks for Successfully Cleaning Circuit Assemblies

4/9/2019
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Tips & Tricks for Successfully Cleaning Circuit Assemblies In the last half of the 20th century, cleaning of circuit assemblies was a standard assembly practice. The abolishment of popular CFC-based cleaning solvents ushered the introduction of "no-clean" assembly processes. For much of the electronic assembly industry, cleaning became nonexistent. Due to assembly and component miniaturization and the explosion of both IOT and automotive electronics, which places many circuit assemblies into...

Duration:01:11:27

Episode 10 - An Interview with Dr. David Bernard - All About X-Ray Inspection

4/2/2019
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X-ray has come a long way since its discovery in 1895. Originally used in the medial field, X-ray technology has been integrated into many industrial sectors including the electronic assembly industry. Dr. David Bernard is an expert in X-ray technology within the electronics industry. Dr. Bernard and I discuss the modern use of X-ray technology, applications within the electronic assembly industry and the skills required to interpret the images produced.

Duration:01:04:05

Episode 9 - An Interview with Dr. Mike Bixenman about Cleaning Challenges, Chemicals, Components, and Cleanliness Testing

3/25/2019
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Episode 9 features an interview with Dr. Mike Bixenman. We’ll be talking about cleaning for reliability, challenging components and fluxes, methods to determine how clean is clean enough, and how and why he co-founded Kyzen Corporation. Mike is one of the founders of Kyzen Corporation and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Mike is well known within the electronic assembly industry and is a featured speaker at industry conferences and symposiums around the world. Mike is the Chair of the...

Duration:01:05:22

Episode 8 - Cleaning Roundtable

3/19/2019
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On this episode, we’re hosting a roundtable discussion on the subject of cleaning circuit assemblies after reflow. After all, contamination removal is exclusively performed to increase the reliability of circuit assemblies and the products they are installed in. With the rapid expansion of electronics due partly to automotive and IOT, cleaning of circuit assemblies has increased dramatically and with that, challenges to cleaning have also increased. Because cleaning is commonly an “end of...

Duration:01:10:33

Episode 7 - A Conversation with ITM Consulting's Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall

3/12/2019
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I’ve known Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall for many years. Phil, Jim, and what they describe as their brothers, operate ITM Consulting, a consulting and advisory firm for the electronic assembly located in Springfield, TN. Phil and Jim also produce a question and answer program, answering technical assembly-related questions in an equally valuable and humorous manner. As you will hear, Phil and Jim, while taking their customer’s problems seriously, don’t take themselves too seriously, which is one...

Duration:00:53:28

Episode 6 - An Interview with Collins Aerospace's Doug Pauls

3/4/2019
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Collins Aerospace's Doug Pauls chaired the IPC committee to implement a new cleanliness testing specification. IPC J-STD001-G Amendment 1 which is now active. Doug explains the new requirements of this standard and provides suggestions on how to comply.

Duration:00:58:48

Episode 5 - An Interview with Dr. Craig Hillman - Design for Reliability

2/26/2019
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Episode 5 features an interview with Dr. Craig Hillman of DfR Solutions. The theme of this episode is design for reliability. Dr. Hillman expresses some interesting views on circuit assemblies for space and automotive applications and as well as battery reliability.

Duration:00:43:56

Episode 4: Improving Reliability of Circuit Assemblies in Harsh Environments

2/11/2019
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With the rapid expansion of IOT, many circuit assemblies are now functioning in unfamiliar environments, many of these environments are harsh. Additionally, many new electronic applications control critical systems such as automotive electronics. This webinar focuses on the influence contamination plays on reliability of circuit assemblies, particularly when operated in harsh environments. Several contamination-related failure mechanisms are presented including electro-chemical migration...

Duration:00:49:40

Episode 3 - An Interview with Johns Hopkins' APL Engineer, Wendy Casker

2/7/2019
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Changing a customer's mindset is often difficult. When a process is working well, we often resist changing the process, even if the change provides a better result. This is the "Good is the Enemy of Great" syndrome. My guest, Wendy Casker of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory tells of us how she introduced a "better process" to her space customer.

Duration:00:39:10

Episode 2- When Failure Happens - An interview with Failure Analysis Investigators

12/17/2018
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What happens when failure happens? This episode features Failure Analysis Investigators Eric Camden and Paco Solis. Together, they discuss stories from the field and some "interesting investigations".

Duration:01:06:51

Episode 1 - An Interview with SMT Guru Bob Willis

12/12/2018
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This episode of Reliability Matters features an interview with SMT guru, Bob Willis.

Duration:00:46:39

Reliability Matters Episode 0

11/11/2018
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Reliability Matters is a podcast on the subject of reliability of circuit assemblies. Reliability "best practices" and success stories are discussed. This podcast features interviews with experts in the electronic assembly industry. All electronic production segments which effect product reliability are on the table. This includes contamination, coating, cleanliness assessment, inspection, building for harsh environments and more.

Duration:00:02:23