Where and When:

Tuesday, June 7
8:30AM - 4:40PM 

Green Dragon Tavern and Museum
6115 Paseo del Norte
Carlsbad, CA 92011

S P E A K E R S 

Michael Konrad
Aqueous Technologies
Mike is an industry expert on the removal of contamination from circuit assemblies. Mike has published dozens of technical articles on the subjects of cleaning, cleanliness assessment, and environmental mitigation. Mike is a featured speaker at industry events and workshops worldwide. 

Naveen Ravindran
Application Engineer
Naveen Ravindran, M.S.Ch.E., is an Application Engineer at ZESTRON Americas.  Mr. Ravindran is an active member of the SMTA as well as the IPC. He has contributed to multiple case studies performed in collaboration with major cleaning equipment manufacturers. He was instrumental in the extensive technical paper series “Key to Low Standoff Cleaning” as well as the lead-free and eutectic screening series completed at ZESTRON’s Technical and Analytical Center in Manassas, VA.  Mr. Ravindran graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras, India, and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. He has been with ZESTRON Americas since October 2006.

Brian D’Amico
Brian has over 33 years of experience in the electronics manufacturing and test equipment industry.  He started out his career in field service and applications engineering with Eaton Corporation’s Memory Test Systems Division.  This is where he developed strong technical skills as well as an enthusiasm for effectively managing customer expectations. Brian has worked for Contact Systems in both Thru-Hole and SMT assembly systems.  He also worked with MYDATA and Quad Systems Corporation. In 2004 Brian established MIRTEC Corp, MIRTEC Co LTD’s North American Sales and Service Division with his business partner Chanwha Pak.

Wanda O’Hara
Technical Service Engineer 
Wanda O’Hara is a Technical Service Engineer with Henkel Electronic Materials LLC., headquarters located in Irvine, CA. Wanda provides applications and technical support to North America customers for Henkel’s solder product portfolio including solder paste, cored wire, fluxes, and bar solder.  Wanda has authored several product process guidelines, technical publications, and engineering manuals. She is a member of IPC and participates in standards development committee meetings. Wanda has a BA degree in Biology/Chemistry and has been with Henkel for 15 years. 

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.

Gustavo Arredondo
Technical Manager
ParaTech Coating
Gustavo Arredondo is the Technical Manager for Para Tech Coating. He has been at Para Tech for 18 years performing various functions, and as Technical Manager for 13 years. He is responsible for product development servicing multiple industries; Aerospace, Military, and Medical, to name a few. 


Chad Cisneros 
Aqueous Technologies 

O V E R V I E W 

In the demanding world of electronic assembly, profits and losses are influenced directly by reliability. Today's customers demand the highest levels of product reliability frequently at the lowest possible costs.

The Southern California Reliability Workshop features experts from several fields all pertaining to reliability. This free workshop features experts covering:

  • Cleaning (Equipment and Process)
  • Cleaning Materials
  • Cleanliness Assessment
  • Thermal Profiling
  • Conformal Coating
  • Automated Optical Inspection (AOI)
  • Pb-Free Soldering Materials

Our panel of expert speakers will present relevant technical data, best-practices, and other helpful information designed to assist engineers in their quest for improved reliability.

Join us in Carlsbad California for this valuable one-day workshop. Attendance is free and seating is limited. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

A G E N D A 

8:30AM - 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 - 10:15AM

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?
  • How clean is clean enough? 

10:15AM - 10:30AM


10:30AM - 11:30PM

Naveen Ravindran - Zestron
PCB Reliability with No Clean and Water Soluble Fluxes 
Using No Clean and/or Water Soluble solder paste? Trends within the electronics industry are increasingly moving towards miniaturized components, increased board density and reduced standoff heights, driving the need for precision cleaning regardless of the paste types used. For high reliability applications, cleaning is a requirement in order to prevent critical failure mechanisms. This presentation discusses the need to clean No Clean fluxes and the limitations of a water only cleaning system for cleaning Water Soluble fluxes. In addition, the impact of thermal profile variation on PCB reliability and best practices for accurate concentration monitoring will be reviewed.

11:30AM - 12:15PM


12:15PM - 1:15PM

Brian D’Amico - Mirtec
"The Electronics Manufacturing Industry Requirement for 2D and 3D Inspection Technology"
Technological achievements within the electronics industry have led to ever increasing PCB density and complexity.  As the manufacturing process becomes more complicated, there is an ever increasing probability for defects to occur on finished PCB assemblies thereby providing an equal level of complexity for the inspection process. For years the electronics manufacturing industry has relied solely upon two-dimensional (2D) inspection principles to test the quality of workmanship at each phase of the electronics assembly line; post solder deposition, post placement and post reflow.  The advent of 3D inspection technology, however, provides electronics manufacturers a much needed competitive edge with which to maximize efficiency, increase first pass production yields, and reduce the need for non-value added rework and repair. It is important to understand, however, that there are advantages and disadvantages associated with both 2D and 3D inspection technology.  Therefore, in order to achieve the highest level of quality assurance, manufacturers must employ a combination of both 2D and 3D inspection technology throughout the manufacturing process.

1:15PM - 1:30PM


1:30PM - 2:30PM


2:30PM - 2:40PM

2:40PM - 3:40PM

Wanda O’Hara - Henkel
"Room Temperature Stable Solder Pastes"
A review of features, benefits and overall cost savings of using room temperature stable Pb-free no-clean and water washable solder pastes"


MB Allen - KIC
“Improve Productivity In A High Mix Environment – Reflow Related” 
- US Marketplace 
- Challenges 
- Solutions 
- Future

3:40PM - 4:40PM

Gustavo Arredondo - ParaTech
Conformal Coating Best Practices
The presentation will focus on all aspect of parylene chemical vapor deposition. It will cover the description of parylene films, its relation to other conformal coating, the description of the actual parylene deposition and deposition equipment. Best-practices including surface preparation will be discussed.