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PCB Chat 79: Bruce Mahler on the Ohmega-Ticer Merger

PCB Chat 79: Bruce Mahler on the Ohmega-Ticer Merger

June 23, 2021

Merger and acquisition activity took a bit of a breather last summer as Covid protocols kicked in, but has really heated up since calendar flipped to 2021. Our guest is Bruce Mahler is Vice president and general manager at Ohmega and Ticer Technologies. Both are recent additions to Quantic Electronics, a newly formed umbrella company focusing on electronics components and materials. We break down what that means for printed circuit board engineers today on this episode of PCB Chat.

 

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PCB Chat 78: Peter Bigelow on 50 Years in PCB Fabrication

PCB Chat 78: Peter Bigelow on 50 Years in PCB Fabrication

June 11, 2021

IMI Inc., a printed circuit board fabricator in Haverhill, MA, celebrated its 50th anniversary in May. CEO and president Peter Bigelow joins Mike Buetow to discuss the company's golden anniversary, its focus on niche PTFE boards, and how manufacturing in the US might attract new talent for future prosperity.

 

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RM 69: Part 2 Mike Konrad, Chris Denney and Melissa Hough on the Pick-Place Podcast

RM 69: Part 2 Mike Konrad, Chris Denney and Melissa Hough on the Pick-Place Podcast

June 9, 2021

Mike Konrad a guest on the Pick-Place Podcast with Chris Denney (Worthington Assembly) and Melissa Hough (CircuitHub). This is the second of a two-part interview.

This episode gets us into the nitty gritty details of how to implement a proper circuit board cleaning process.

In the first part of this conversation (RM 68) we delve into the history of board cleaning, the electronics the industry's transition to primarily using no-clean flux, and why more and more companies are reintroducing board cleaning back into their assembly process.

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PCB Chat 77: The Top 50 Electronics Manufacturing Services Companies

PCB Chat 77: The Top 50 Electronics Manufacturing Services Companies

June 1, 2021

Each year CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY publishes its rankings of the 50 largest EMS/ODM companies. Editor in chief Mike Buetow offers a recap of the Year of Covid, and provides insights on a few under-the-radar trends that could have seismic effects down the road.

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RM 68: Chris Denney and Melissa Hough

RM 68: Chris Denney and Melissa Hough

May 27, 2021

Mike Konrad joins Chris Denney (Worthington Assembly) and Melissa Hough (CircuitHub) on the Pick-Place Podcast . This is the first of a two-part interview.

 

In this episode we are joined by Mike Konrad to chat about board cleaning best practices. Mike founded  Aqueous Technologies in 1992 in response to the Montreal Protocol and the resulting international treaty banning most popular cleaning/defluxing solvents. Their board cleaning equipment assists manufacturers with increasing product reliability while saving both water and energy, reducing the industry's environmental impact.

 

In addition to being the President of Aqueous Technologies, he is also a fellow podcaster and runs the Reliability Matters Podcast, which discusses reliability of circuit assemblies, reliability "best practices" and success stories.

 

In the first part of this conversation we delve into the history of board cleaning, the electronics the industry's transition to primarily using no-clean flux, and why more and more companies are reintroducing board cleaning back into their assembly process.

 

If you want to listen to us get into the nitty-gritty details of how to implement a proper circuit board cleaning process, make sure to listen to the second half of this episode.

Chris Denney may be reached at cdenney@worthingtonassembly.com

Melissa Hough may be reached at melissa@circuithub.com

 

C2C 3: Mike Scimeca of FCT Assembly on Entrepreneurship

C2C 3: Mike Scimeca of FCT Assembly on Entrepreneurship

May 27, 2021

Episode # 3 of the Concept to Creation Podcast is now available. My guest is Mike Scimeca of FCT Assembly. Mike founded his first business in 1991. Today, he owns nine businesses units. Mike shares his successes, failures, challenges, and advice for budding entrepreneurs.

 

Mike may be reached at:

mscimeca@fctassembly.com

 

RM 67: Rework/Repair Expert Norman Mier of Best Inc.

RM 67: Rework/Repair Expert Norman Mier of Best Inc.

May 17, 2021

Norman Mier is a retired veteran of the US Marine Corps with over 20 years of experience in the electronics rework and repair industry. He received his training through the Navy's Micro Miniature (2M) Electronic Repair Program. He has progressed through every level of rework and repair recognized in the industry. Norman has also earned the highest certifications awarded by IPC in electronics training, being certified as a Master Instructor in IPC A-610, IPC J-STD-001D, IPC/WHMA-A-620 and IPC 7711/7721.

He has worked through BEST for several electronics industry leaders and created tailored courses for their equipment. This also includes providing training to technicians and engineers in surface mount and advanced surface mount technology. The knowledge Norm has brought to these companies has been invaluable to their process improvement efforts. His skill has also been a major factor in keeping BEST training at the forefront in the electronics-training field.

Norman may be contacted at nmier@solder.net.

Video version: https://youtu.be/VpFBJtiRl1U

 

 

C2C: Out of the Box Manufacturing Founders Allison and Chad Budvarson

C2C: Out of the Box Manufacturing Founders Allison and Chad Budvarson

May 17, 2021

Concept to Creation Episode 2 

Allison and Chad Budvarson are a husband and wife team that founded and operates Out of the Box Manufacturing, a Renton Washington-based contract manufacturer. They share how they founded their company, their challenges, successes, and what motivates them. They also provide sage advice for navigating both business and home life.

Allison Budvarson: allison@obmfg.com

Chad Budvarson: chad@obmfg.com

PCB Chat 76: David Bernard on X-ray Inspection

PCB Chat 76: David Bernard on X-ray Inspection

April 28, 2021

David Bernard, Ph.D., describes a coming presentation on x-ray inspection, including understanding how the system works, how magnification works, detectors and sensitivity, handling various solder types (hint: it's the material density that matter), and why users should "stop wasting time with things their x-ray cannot do."

Bernard's three-hour webinar, Getting the Best from Your X-Ray Inspection System, takes place May 20. For information, click here: pcb2day.com/webinars.

RM Episode 66: Dr. Ron Lasky and Students

RM Episode 66: Dr. Ron Lasky and Students

April 27, 2021

Dr. Ron Lasky (Professor at Dartmouth College) and three of his students -- Annaka Balch, Nadia Clement, and Raaga Kannan -- talk about the papers they wrote and presented at SMTA's Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium in Hawaii in 2020, as well as a new paper to be presented at the same conference in 2022.

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