Real Time With... SMTAI 2013
Video Index

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PCB
All Flex, Dave Becker

Tips on Qualifying a Flex Fabricator
Dave Becker, VP of sales for All Flex, discusses the current state of the flex industry, and he offers some tips on qualifying a flex manufacturer, based on his article in "The PCB Magazine."
Amitron, Tom Massman

Amitron Leverages Indian Facility
Tom Massman, accounts manager with Amitron, discusses his company's long history. He also explains how the company uses its Indian manufacturing facility to its best advantage.
Dragon Circuits, Raj and Gunny Babaria

Dragon Circuits: Old Company, New Name and Ideas
Raj and Gunny Barbaria acquired North Texas Circuit Boards and began rebuilding the failing company. After shedding some longtime employees and investing in new equipment, the two say they are ready to make Dragon Circuits into a 21st century technology company. They also discuss their drive to make PCBs attractive to the next generation.
Sunshine Circuits, Jimmy Fang, Steve Beaudin

Sunshine Circuits Embraces Advanced Technology
Jimmy Fang and Steve Beaudin of Sunshine Circuits discuss the Chinese manufacturer's focus on using advanced technology. Sunshine is the first Chinese company licensed to use Integral Technology's Zeta laminates.
EMS
3M, James T. Adams

3M Features System Solution for Cover Tapes
James T. Adams, applications engineering specialist with 3M, discusses the company's system solution for cover tapes and carrier tapes. He explains how 3M seeks out customer input during new product development.
AIM, Karl Seelig

AIM Compares Lead-Free Alloys
Since RoHS went into effect, many users have been confused about the pros and cons of the various SAC flavors. Karl Seelig, VP of technology for AIM, discusses his SMTAI presentation, which compares a variety of lead-free alloys.
ASM, Technica, Jeff Timms, Frank Medina

ASM Expands With Technica Partnership
ASM CEO Jeff Timms and Technica CEO Frank Medina discuss their new partnership, which is helping to expand ASM's market share.
Alpha, Michael Previti

Alpha SACX Alloy Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Michael Previti of Alpha discusses the papers his company is presenting at SMTAI, as well as the SACX alloy's 10th anniversary.
Aqueous, Mike Konrad

Aqueous Cleans up With Batch Cleaning Process
For years, batch cleaning was the butt of jokes. But environmental and budgetary concerns have led to batch eclipsing the in-line cleaning process. Aqueous CEO Mike Konrad explains how the batch cleaning equipment they sold in 2012 saved millions of gallons of water, and he discusses the company's popular cleaning workshops.
Blackfox Training Institute, Al Dill

Blackfox Expands With Veteran Training Services
Al Dill, CEO and founder of Blackfox Training Institute, discusses his company's tremendous growth over the past few years. Blackfox offers training for veterans, including a program that allows vets who pass the curriculum to secure jobs at Lockheed Martin.
FISNAR/Ellsworth Adhesives, Steve Kohnle

Ellsworth Offers Turnkey Chemical Solutions
Steve Kohnle is VP of sales for FISNAR, which is part of Ellsworth Adhesives. He explains how Ellsworth is able to utilize its resources to meet the needs of customers worldwide.
ITM , Jim Hall

The 10 Deadly Sins of Electronics Manufacturing
Jim Hall, principal of ITM Consulting, discusses his SMTAI workshop that focused on the 10 deadly sins he's found while auditing manufacturers. Lust, ignorance...it's all there!
Indium, Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee

Lead-Free Solder Alloy Update
Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee, VP of technology at Indium, discusses the papers he's presenting at SMTAI. The papers all focus on lead-free solder alloys, but with different operating temperatures.
Indium, Dr. Ron Lasky

Medical RoHS Exemption Ends in 2014
The EU's medical exemption for RoHS ends in July 2014. But Dr. Ron Lasky of Indium has a recommendation for a high-rel lead-free solder: SACM, which includes manganese.
Indium, IPC PR

Indium Awarded First IPC-J-Std 004 Validation
Indium Corporation was awarded the industry's first IPC-J-Std 004 validation. Rick Short and Tim Jensen of Indium join IPC's Randy Cherry for the announcement during SMTAI.
Indium, IPC, Dave Torp

IPC Launches J-Std-004 Validation Service
IPC has developed a new validation service to determine if fluxes conform to J Standard 004. IPC's Dave Torp discusses the importance of this accomplishment.
Indium, Tim Jensen

Indium Receives First IPC-J-Std-004
Indium Corporation has received the first IPC J Standard 004 validation. The validation was for 10 fluxes. Tim Jensen of Indium discussed the significance of this validation.
Indium, Tim Jensen

Head-in-Pillow vs. Non-Wet Open Defects
Head-in-pillow defects are often confused with non-wet opens. Indium's Tim Jensen and Dr. Ron Lasky discuss the difference between the two, and present several solutions.
Indium, Tim Jensen

The Origin of the Graping Defect
Dr. Lasky and Indium's Tim Jensen discuss the origin of the graping defect, as well as several potential solutions.
Mentor Graphics, Michael Ford

Paper: Replacing Hindsight With Insight
Michael Ford, marketing development manager with the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics, discusses his SMTAI paper, which offers ways to "replace hindsight with insight" on the shop floor.
Mentor Graphics, Michael Ford

Mentor Focusing on Total Material Control
Mentor's Michael Ford explains his customers' demand for "total material control" over all shop floor and warehouse locations, and what is required to make it all happen.
Mentor Graphics, Michael Ford

The Quest for Live Shop Floor Information
Michael Ford, marketing development manager of the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics, details the value that customers see in being able to access shop floor information in real time.
Mirtec, Brian D'Amico

Mirtec Develops its own Camera Systems
Brian D'Amico, president of Mirtec, explains why the company decided to begin developing its own camera technology. Now the company even sells camera systems to its rivals.
Nordson Dage, Keith Bryant

Nordson Creates Test and Inspection Group
Keith Bryant explains why Nordson is merging two of its subsidiaries, Dage and YESTECH, to form a new test and inspection group. He discusses how the new unit will be able to better serve its customers.
Nordson, Roberta Foster-Smith

Nordson ASYMTEK Introduces New High Speed, High Accuracy, Precision Dispensing System
Roberta Foster-Smith, global marketing communications manager for Nordson, discusses the latest dispensing technology at ASYMTEK, the Spectrum II. She also updates us on Nordson's other subsidiary companies.
Panasonic, Brent Fischthal

Panasonic Ready for Any Mix, Any Volume
Brent Fischthal, sales manager for Panasonic Factory Systems, discusses the group's "Any Mix, Any Volume" initiative. This is part of the company's plan to dispel the myth that Panasonic only deal with high-volume manufacturing.
Speedprint Technology, Mark Brawley

Speedprint Looks to Take NA Market Share
Speedprint moved into the North American market two years ago. Now, VP Mark Brawley believes the company is poised to grab a bigger slice of the market. He discusses some of the attributes that help differentiate Speedprint in a crowded field.
StenTech, Matt Kehoe

SIPAD Benefits From StenTech Acquisition
Matt Kehoe recently sold his company, SIPAD, to StenTech. Now a technical director with StenTech, Kehoe explains how the acquisition helped SIPAD, and how he now focuses on sales instead of worrying about administrative tasks.
Super Dry, Rich Heimsch

Super Dry: Bleeding Edge Moisture Management
One byproduct of the EU's RoHS legislation has been an increased focus on moisture management, especially by European companies. Rich Heimsch explains how Super Dry leverages its knowledge of moisture control to help meet the needs of bleeding-edge customers.
TechLead, Chuck Bauer

Characterizing Consumer Demand Worldwide
Chuck Bauer, managing director of TechLead, helps global companies with strategic planning. He explains how consumer demand for eletronics in North America differs from that of third-world countries, and what manufacturers should do to handle this dichotomy.
Transition Automation, Mark Curtin

Transition Automation Offers Innovative Squeegies
Transition Automation CEO Mark Curtin explains the philosophy behind his company, and discusses his longtime interest in creating more efficient squeegies.
Universal Instruments, Martin Anselm

New SMTA Board Member Bullish on Industry
Martin K. Anselm, PhD., is a new member of the SMTA board. He explains how he plans to help the SMTA contribute to the EMS industry. Martin also updates us on the latest news from Universal, as well as the AREA Consortium's expansion.
YESTECH, Don Miller

Miller: YESTECH Ready for Future
Don Miller, founder and president of YESTECH, looks back on the founding of his company, as well as the acquisition by Nordson and merging of YESTECH with Dage.
Zestron, Sal Sparacino, Umut Tosun

Zestron Keeps an "Eye" on Bath Concentration
Zestron is presenting a paper on its new Eye technology at SMTAI. Sal Sparacino and Umut Tosun explain how the Zestron Eye helps measure and control cleaning bath concentration.
Design
EPTAC, Leo Lambert

EPTAC Expands Into Design Certification
Leo Lambert, VP of EPTAC Corporation, says the company has been on the move lately. After years of providing manufacturing training, EPTAC now offers IPC Certified Interconnect Designer training, with design instructor Gary Ferrari heading up the design effort. EPTAC has also expanded into a variety of new locations, including Canada.
Featured
3M, James T. Adams

3M Features System Solution for Cover Tapes
James T. Adams, applications engineering specialist with 3M, discusses the company's system solution for cover tapes and carrier tapes. He explains how 3M seeks out customer input during new product development.
AIM, Karl Seelig

AIM Compares Lead-Free Alloys
Since RoHS went into effect, many users have been confused about the pros and cons of the various SAC flavors. Karl Seelig, VP of technology for AIM, discusses his SMTAI presentation, which compares a variety of lead-free alloys.
ASM, Technica, Jeff Timms, Frank Medina

ASM Expands With Technica Partnership
ASM CEO Jeff Timms and Technica CEO Frank Medina discuss their new partnership, which is helping to expand ASM's market share.
All Flex, Dave Becker

Tips on Qualifying a Flex Fabricator
Dave Becker, VP of sales for All Flex, discusses the current state of the flex industry, and he offers some tips on qualifying a flex manufacturer, based on his article in "The PCB Magazine."
Alpha, Michael Previti

Alpha SACX Alloy Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Michael Previti of Alpha discusses the papers his company is presenting at SMTAI, as well as the SACX alloy's 10th anniversary.
Amitron, Tom Massman

Amitron Leverages Indian Facility
Tom Massman, accounts manager with Amitron, discusses his company's long history. He also explains how the company uses its Indian manufacturing facility to its best advantage.
Aqueous, Mike Konrad

Aqueous Cleans up With Batch Cleaning Process
For years, batch cleaning was the butt of jokes. But environmental and budgetary concerns have led to batch eclipsing the in-line cleaning process. Aqueous CEO Mike Konrad explains how the batch cleaning equipment they sold in 2012 saved millions of gallons of water, and he discusses the company's popular cleaning workshops.
Ben Barber Career Tech Academy, Rob Goodson

Tech Kids Show Off Robotics Prowess at SMTA
Guest Editor Rick Short talks with Instructor Rob Goodson and his students of the Ben Barber Career Tech Academy about why they're here at SMTA and what companies can do to bring new blood into the industry.
Blackfox Training Institute, Al Dill

Blackfox Expands With Veteran Training Services
Al Dill, CEO and founder of Blackfox Training Institute, discusses his company's tremendous growth over the past few years. Blackfox offers training for veterans, including a program that allows vets who pass the curriculum to secure jobs at Lockheed Martin.
Dragon Circuits, Raj and Gunny Babaria

Dragon Circuits: Old Company, New Name and Ideas
Raj and Gunny Barbaria acquired North Texas Circuit Boards and began rebuilding the failing company. After shedding some longtime employees and investing in new equipment, the two say they are ready to make Dragon Circuits into a 21st century technology company. They also discuss their drive to make PCBs attractive to the next generation.
FISNAR/Ellsworth Adhesives, Steve Kohnle

Ellsworth Offers Turnkey Chemical Solutions
Steve Kohnle is VP of sales for FISNAR, which is part of Ellsworth Adhesives. He explains how Ellsworth is able to utilize its resources to meet the needs of customers worldwide.
ITM , Jim Hall

The 10 Deadly Sins of Electronics Manufacturing
Jim Hall, principal of ITM Consulting, discusses his SMTAI workshop that focused on the 10 deadly sins he's found while auditing manufacturers. Lust, ignorance...it's all there!
Indium, Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee

Lead-Free Solder Alloy Update
Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee, VP of technology at Indium, discusses the papers he's presenting at SMTAI. The papers all focus on lead-free solder alloys, but with different operating temperatures.
Indium, Dr. Ron Lasky

Medical RoHS Exemption Ends in 2014
The EU's medical exemption for RoHS ends in July 2014. But Dr. Ron Lasky of Indium has a recommendation for a high-rel lead-free solder: SACM, which includes manganese.
Indium, IPC PR

Indium Awarded First IPC-J-Std 004 Validation
Indium Corporation was awarded the industry's first IPC-J-Std 004 validation. Rick Short and Tim Jensen of Indium join IPC's Randy Cherry for the announcement during SMTAI.
Indium, IPC, Dave Torp

IPC Launches J-Std-004 Validation Service
IPC has developed a new validation service to determine if fluxes conform to J Standard 004. IPC's Dave Torp discusses the importance of this accomplishment.
Indium, Tim Jensen

Indium Receives First IPC-J-Std-004
Indium Corporation has received the first IPC J Standard 004 validation. The validation was for 10 fluxes. Tim Jensen of Indium discussed the significance of this validation.
Indium, Tim Jensen

Head-in-Pillow vs. Non-Wet Open Defects
Head-in-pillow defects are often confused with non-wet opens. Indium's Tim Jensen and Dr. Ron Lasky discuss the difference between the two, and present several solutions.
Indium, Tim Jensen

The Origin of the Graping Defect
Dr. Lasky and Indium's Tim Jensen discuss the origin of the graping defect, as well as several potential solutions.
Mentor Graphics, Michael Ford

Paper: Replacing Hindsight With Insight
Michael Ford, marketing development manager with the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics, discusses his SMTAI paper, which offers ways to "replace hindsight with insight" on the shop floor.
Mentor Graphics, Michael Ford

Mentor Focusing on Total Material Control
Mentor's Michael Ford explains his customers' demand for "total material control" over all shop floor and warehouse locations, and what is required to make it all happen.
Mentor Graphics, Michael Ford

The Quest for Live Shop Floor Information
Michael Ford, marketing development manager of the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics, details the value that customers see in being able to access shop floor information in real time.
Mirtec, Brian D'Amico

Mirtec Develops its own Camera Systems
Brian D'Amico, president of Mirtec, explains why the company decided to begin developing its own camera technology. Now the company even sells camera systems to its rivals.
Nordson, Roberta Foster-Smith

Nordson ASYMTEK Introduces New High Speed, High Accuracy, Precision Dispensing System
Roberta Foster-Smith, global marketing communications manager for Nordson, discusses the latest dispensing technology at ASYMTEK, the Spectrum II. She also updates us on Nordson's other subsidiary companies.
Panasonic, Brent Fischthal

Panasonic Ready for Any Mix, Any Volume
Brent Fischthal, sales manager for Panasonic Factory Systems, discusses the group's "Any Mix, Any Volume" initiative. This is part of the company's plan to dispel the myth that Panasonic only deal with high-volume manufacturing.
SMTA, Ryan Flaherty

Show Wrap-Up: Attendance Up For SMTAI
SMTA Director of Communication Ryan Flaherty and Editor Andy Shaughnessy review the SMTA International show. Despite the on-again, off-again rain in the Ft. Worth area, traffic in the aisles was strong for much of this show, the first since the IPC committee meetings were added to SMTAI.
Speedprint Technology, Mark Brawley

Speedprint Looks to Take NA Market Share
Speedprint moved into the North American market two years ago. Now, VP Mark Brawley believes the company is poised to grab a bigger slice of the market. He discusses some of the attributes that help differentiate Speedprint in a crowded field.
StenTech, Matt Kehoe

SIPAD Benefits From StenTech Acquisition
Matt Kehoe recently sold his company, SIPAD, to StenTech. Now a technical director with StenTech, Kehoe explains how the acquisition helped SIPAD, and how he now focuses on sales instead of worrying about administrative tasks.
Sunshine Circuits, Jimmy Fang, Steve Beaudin

Sunshine Circuits Embraces Advanced Technology
Jimmy Fang and Steve Beaudin of Sunshine Circuits discuss the Chinese manufacturer's focus on using advanced technology. Sunshine is the first Chinese company licensed to use Integral Technology's Zeta laminates.
Super Dry, Rich Heimsch

Super Dry: Bleeding Edge Moisture Management
One byproduct of the EU's RoHS legislation has been an increased focus on moisture management, especially by European companies. Rich Heimsch explains how Super Dry leverages its knowledge of moisture control to help meet the needs of bleeding-edge customers.
TechLead, Chuck Bauer

Characterizing Consumer Demand Worldwide
Chuck Bauer, managing director of TechLead, helps global companies with strategic planning. He explains how consumer demand for eletronics in North America differs from that of third-world countries, and what manufacturers should do to handle this dichotomy.
Transition Automation, Mark Curtin

Transition Automation Offers Innovative Squeegies
Transition Automation CEO Mark Curtin explains the philosophy behind his company, and discusses his longtime interest in creating more efficient squeegies.
YESTECH, Don Miller

Miller: YESTECH Ready for Future
Don Miller, founder and president of YESTECH, looks back on the founding of his company, as well as the acquisition by Nordson and merging of YESTECH with Dage.
Zestron, Sal Sparacino, Umut Tosun

Zestron Keeps an "Eye" on Bath Concentration
Zestron is presenting a paper on its new Eye technology at SMTAI. Sal Sparacino and Umut Tosun explain how the Zestron Eye helps measure and control cleaning bath concentration.
Events
SMTA, Ryan Flaherty

Show Wrap-Up: Attendance Up For SMTAI
SMTA Director of Communication Ryan Flaherty and Editor Andy Shaughnessy review the SMTA International show. Despite the on-again, off-again rain in the Ft. Worth area, traffic in the aisles was strong for much of this show, the first since the IPC committee meetings were added to SMTAI.
Show Floor
Ben Barber Career Tech Academy, Rob Goodson

Tech Kids Show Off Robotics Prowess at SMTA
Guest Editor Rick Short talks with Instructor Rob Goodson and his students of the Ben Barber Career Tech Academy about why they're here at SMTA and what companies can do to bring new blood into the industry.