O V E R V I E W 

Over the past twenty years, the electronic manufacturing industry has seen cleaning (defluxing) become more necessary and more challenging. Never before, has the removal of contamination from circuit assemblies been so important to a product's overall reliability. Increasing component and assembly densities, decreasing standoff heights, higher reflow temperatures, and increased reliability expectations have created a "perfect storm" that is driving manufacturers to seek cleaning and other reliability-related solutions.

Experts from cleaning chemicals and equipment, soldering materials, thermal profiling, and x-ray will present valuable and technically relevant information.

 Join us in Raleigh or Asheville for a free one-day Cleaning and Reliability workshop. Presenters from Aqueous Technologies, Kyzen, KIC, AIM Solder, and Dage X-Ray, will cover cleaning / defluxing processes, cleanliness testing,  failure analysis, profiling, X-Ray, and other related topics.

 This workshop will be presented free of charge. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited so reserve your seat today.


P R E S E N T E R S:

Michael Konrad
Aqueous Technologies

Mike Konrad has worked continuously within the electronics assembly equipment industry since 1985. Mike is President of Aqueous Technologies Corporation, North America's largest manufacturer of fully automated defluxing and cleanliness testing equipment. Mike has served on the US Navy's EMPF Manufacturers Committee in the late 1980's, has been a member of the SMT Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, IPC's APEX Exhibitor's Committee, was a contributor to IPC-CH-65A Guidelines for Cleaning of Printed Boards and Assemblies, and has published dozens of articles and two books on cleaning and cleanliness testing.  

Debbie Carboni
North American Manager
Kyzen Corporation
A natural-born leader, collaborator and problem solver, Debbie Carboni  (Debbie) brings high energy and focused solutions to customers, partners and the electronics cleaning industry.  Launching her career at an early age in assembly cleaning and tooling industries, today Debbie shares almost 20-years of diverse experience with us, including deep knowledge of electronics cleaning equipment and processes. Debbie is uniquely dedicated to the electronics manufacturing industry and community. She enjoys her active volunteer work on the SMTA Board of Directors, as the Vice President of Expo’s and is actively involved with many of the SMTA chapters.  You’ll see her present and leading a wide variety of industry events across North America each year, including presenting at SMTA chapter meetings,  technical expos and workshops. Always ready to share her deep  understanding of cleaning equipment and processes, Debbie is an excellent resource relative to emerging cleaning technologies. 

MB (Marybeth) Allen

MB Allen is the Product Manager for KIC.  As such she coordinates the advancement of new products and features to accommodate customer needs as KIC adds to its portfolio for the electronics industry. Her technical expertise, relationships with valued partners and customers, and many years of sales experience aid KIC in the future development, improvement and sales of the company's product offerings. MB has worked in the electronics industry for nearly 30 years and been associated with KIC for 26 years with both national and international positions.

Kevin Pigeon
AIM Solder
Kevin is a Senior Applications Manager with AIM Solder since June 28, 2000. Kevin is an SMT Engineer with  over 30 years experience with both OEM and EMS manufacturers, including Texas Instruments, Tactical RF, Telco Systems, and U.S. Assemblies. Kevin is an IPC Certified Engineer whose specialties include:  Circuit Board Manufacturing Thru-Hole and Surface Mount, Process Control, Training, and Troubleshooting, as well as  New Product Research and Test & Development.

John Travis
Dage X Ray
John Travis is the Sales Manager for Nordson Dage and Nordson Yestech responsible for sales and X-Ray applications for the Northeast region. He has many years of experience with various applications and inspection techniques using digital x-ray imaging. He brings over 28 years of experience in the electronics industry and has been involved in application engineering and the sales of x-ray inspection equipment for the last 12 years.


Tuesday April 12 Raleigh HC
Thursday, April 14 Asheville NC
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Breakfast and Lunch Provided 


Raleigh NC
April 12 2016:




NC State
930 Main Campus Drive
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27695

Asheville NC
April 14 2016 

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Maple Building
340 Victoria Road
Candler, NC 28801




For additional information,
please contact:
Chad Cisneros
(951) 298-8879



Reliability Workshop
Cleanliness Testing

Tuesday, April 12 Raleigh NC
Thursday, April 14 Asheville NC 
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM  

Once commonplace, the process of removing flux and other contamination from post-reflow circuit assemblies virtually disappeared in the latter part of the 20th century. Cleaning was replaced by the use of no-clean flux and the residues were commonly allowed to remain on the assembly. 

 Today, component and assembly miniaturization, higher temperature reflow profiles, and increased reliability expectations have combined to reduce the volume of allowable contamination acceptable on an electronic assembly. The removal of flux and other process residues and cleanliness testing are among the fastest growing yet least understood processes in electronic assembly industry today. 

 This one-day technical workshop will answer many common questions about cleaning, cleanliness testing, profiling, failure analysis, inspection, and other reliability related topics.  

 The workshop is free and seats are limited.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Cleaning & Reliability Workshop

April 12 Raleigh NC
April 14 Asheville NC 


8:00AM – 9:00AM

Registration and Breakfast.
Opportunity to meet the speakers who are experts in their field and ask specific questions about your process challenges.

9:00AM – 9:10AM

Welcome & Introduction
Bob Doetzer - Circuit Technology Inc.

9:10AM – 10:10AM

Michael Konrad - Aqueous Technologies
"A Candid Conversation About Cleaning"
This "conversation-style" presentation covers several popular cleaning-related subjects and provides answers to popular questions including:

  • Many of us haven't cleaned for more than twenty years. Why do we need to clean now?
  • How much assembly contamination is acceptable?
  • What's the true cost of cleaning?
  • How are most assemblers cleaning their assemblies?
  • Do I need a chemical to clean?
  • What's the environmental impact when I clean (am I solving one problem and creating another)?
  • Are there any alternatives to cleaning?

10:10AM – 10:20AM


10:20AM – 10:50AM

Mike Konrad - Aqueous Technologies
"How Clean is Clean (Enough)?"

The last time post-reflow cleanliness standards were updated was more than thirty years ago. This presentation covers the various cleanliness assessment tools including their pros and cons. Interpretation and explanation of cleanliness standards and expression of contamination will be discussed. Also, recommended cleanliness standards will be provided. 

10:50AM – 11:00AM


11:00AM – 12:00PM

Debbie Carboni- Kyzen Corporation
"What My Son and Your Assembly have in Common!"
We use soap during our daily lives because it cleans better than water only!  Would you wash your laundry with only water?  How about your hands? Cleaning assemblies are very much the same. While water cleans some things, there is dirt left behind.   Cleaning with chemistry/"Soap" to remove RMA is a given.  Why would I need use a chemistry to clean water soluble flux, after all it is water soluble? And this No Clean paste, why would I ever clean a material that is designed to "Not" be cleaned? Chemicals are confusing and toxic, especially with the new GHS symbols.  A common misconception is cleaning is complicated and requires a specialized chemist, especially when using soap. What does chemistry really buy me besides added costs? Come learn how your modern cleaning "soaps" are easy to use and environmentally friendly. Join our tech day session to learn from real case studies how using a chemistry improved the process, product reliability, and actually saves money.  

12:00PM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 1:40PM

MB Allen - KIC
“Improve Productivity In A High Mix Environment – Reflow Related”

  - US Marketplace
  - Challenges
  - Solutions
  - Future

1:40PM – 1:50PM


1:50PM – 2:40PM

Kevin Pigeon - AIM Solder
"A Practical Guide to Optimizing Solder Paste Performance for Ultra-Fine Feature Printing"

This presentation provides a detailed explanation of how to optimize solder paste performance from receiving to reflow. Discussion topics include paste handling, stencil design, printer set up and common defects. The presentation incorporates theory with best practice to inform the process engineer of the how, what and why of solder paste use.

2:40PM – 2:50PM


2:50PM – 3:50PM

John Travis - Dage X Ray
“Defect Recognition and Failure Analysis With High Resolution X Ray and 3D Computer Tomography”
This presentation is designed to give you a better understanding of how to interpret PCB level defects using Digital High Resolution X-Ray. You will be exposed to many different types of solder related defects such as head-in-pillow, dendrites, cracks and fractures in BGA’s and solder level opens. This seminar will give you a better understanding of what you are going to see using today’s high magnification, high resolution digital x-ray systems and offer recommendations for proper inspection techniques.

3:50PM – 4:30PM

Individual Process Questions and Solutions