In collaboration with SMTA, Nikon Metrology contributes to a series of upcoming webinars concerning X-ray inspection for printed circuit boards. Kamran Iqbal of Nikon Metrology, an expert on the subject will discuss with X-ray researcher, Bob Wetterman of BEST Inc., a contract rework and repair facility in Chicago.
Who should attend?
- SMT assembly process engineers and technicians responsible for production or new product introduction processes
- SMT quality personnel interested in helping improve end-of-line yields and identifying root causes of failures
- OEM supply chain engineers responsible for supporting and/or assessing SMT assembly contractors
- Engineers and technicians just entering the SMT field who want to master the science and art of x-ray inspection
With the ever increasing trend towards miniaturization and the use of components with non-visual inspect able criteria, X-ray as QC tool is becoming a necessity even to the Tier 1 PCBA assembly area. Devices with pads underneath the device such as QFNs, LCCCs and LGAs have become the most placed component body style.
Without x-ray the inspection and quality inspection cannot be made. Couple this to other devices such as traditional BGAs and ever finer-pitch connectors and the need for x-ray imaging augmenting optical inspection is getting to be a necessity. Even older throughhole devices, with lead-free solders and large thermal masses will test the ability to create proper hole fill. Verification of this hole fill becomes increasingly necessary.
What can I expect to learn?
- Understand the most important specifications in procuring a modern x-ray machine
- Understand how x-ray inspection is used to inspect a variety of electronic component body styles including leadless devices, area array devices, high density connectors, throughhole connections and standard SMT components
- Understand how x-ray inspection is used for inspection, defect analysis and troubleshooting in the SMT process
- Understand how industry standards tie in with the use of x-ray inspection
To learn more about Nikon Metrology X-ray systems, click here.