I learned more in two days than I learned in 25 years as a soldering technician.
Senior Engineering Technician
Science of Soldering© is the best value for the dollar I have encountered in the last thirty years.
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I learned more in a day and a half of the Science of Soldering© class than I did in two weeks of soldering class given by the Navy.
Patrick M. Schweiger
Supplier Quality Engineer
Erie, PA 16509
Everyone here really did enjoy the classes. They all raved about it.
Senior Supplier Quality Manager
Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
The theoretical education in day one followed by a full day of both "good" and "bad" hands-on in day two is near priceless.
Anthony "Tony" Nichols
Motivo Engineering LLC
Gardena, CA 90248
I've been soldering electronics, from vacuum tube lugs to fine-pitched SMD, for 45 years learning by trial and error and from people teaching MIL-SPEC classes. If the joint looked bright and shiny, it was good - or so I thought.
Jim's class, Science of Soldering©, was an eye opening experience that taught our group what makes a good solder joint and the techniques to achieve a good joint along with other interesting techniques to minimize damage to components.
Jim covers the science behind soldering with language that everybody in our group (intern, production, technicians, & engineers) understood. Even our 15 year old summer intern, her first time soldering, was able to follow along. The course material and hands-on sessions were presented in a logical progression that kept the participants engaged.
My advice about the course: Clear your mind of what you have learned in the past about soldering. You'll probably have a few head-slapping moments as he unfolds the "obvious".
Chief Gizmologist (Engineer)
I want to thank you for providing Meridian Cable with the best soldering training I've seen in my 30 years of manufacturing. Your approach, blending the underlying science and real world practices, made for an enjoyable and eminently understandable program. As you know our group ranged from line operators to design engineers and every one of them was impressed with the knowledge we received.
St. Augustine, FL 32095
When someone had the idea of bringing in an expert of soldering we all thought the idea was crazy, but now that we had the expert in and trained our employees we know that it was a great idea! We have had some failures in the past that we now know were related to improper solder joints. The class uncovers multiple variables that are critical in creating a proper intermetallic bond between the two materials you are trying to solder. The training was very informative to our production team as well as some of our quality and engineering personnel. I highly recommend Jim Smith and his training at EMS. Thanks Jim!
Ritz Instrument Transformers, Inc.
Lavonia, Georgia 30553
Since 1981, Electronics Manufacturing Sciences has provided the training and hands-on support that make our clients the best-in-class in reliability and efficiency. We focus on soldering because it is both the core process of electronics manufacturing and the most misunderstood.
Science of Soldering© will increase your
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We specialize in high reliability fields such as medical, automotive, telecom, defense, avionics, and utilities but have clients in all industries that use solder. (For example, we developed the process for soldering rear window defroster clips to glass for automobiles and solved problems with leaking auto radiators.) If soldering is involved, we have the expertise and teaching skills to make the process more robust and efficient.
Most clients are located in the United States but several dozen are in Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America and Asia.
And we come to you. All classes are taught at your location.
We pioneered the use of no-clean fluxes in automotive and telecom electronics (and are now very active in saving clients from dangerous fluxes that are wrongly sold with the "no clean" label). Long before lead–free solder became common, we were advising clients about the challenges they would encounter in both processing and product performance — and how to make the switch to lead-free easily.
We also offer consulting, process development and problem solving services. Unlike consultants working for manufacturers of chemicals or equipment, Electronics Manufacturing Sciences is completely independent. We do not sell any tools, chemicals, or equipment. Since we have no conflicts of interest, you can be confident that all our advice is based solely on what is in your best interests rather than what will line our pockets.
Most consultants keep clients in the dark and constantly dependent on the consultant's advice. We're different. Our mission is to provide all the knowledge you need to be self-sufficient. We'll give you the knowledge and hands-on help to establish world-class processes and procedures and we'll give followup advice for free. If you want to see us, we will come to you; but you won't need to see us often.
Soldering training was developed more than 60 years ago in the vacuum tube era to meet the process issues of the day. No one then worried about overheating components. After all, the parts being soldered were solid metal vacuum tube sockets and wires. In fact, the primary heat concern was under-heating because:
But things changed. Solid state components replaced vacuum tubes. Unlike vacuum tubes, these components were soldered rather than socketed. This meant that components were now subjected to the soldering heat. And the internal bonds of these components degrade when heated.
The dangers of overheating were well known in the early days of solid state components. Work instructions required mechanical heat sinks to draw away heat that would otherwise flow into the component. But heat sinks can't be used with today's tiny components. Without heat sinks, "industry standard" training guarantees component damage.
More recently, another problem has appeared. Historically, most parts were plated with tin or tin/lead. These were easily "soldered" because the surfaces melted during the "soldering" and flowed together with the melted solder. (Technically, surfaces that melt are not soldered; they are welded.) But modern lead–free surfaces do not melt at soldering temperatures and those surfaces must be deoxidized before solder flows.
Lead–free components has produced an epidemic of wetting defects that technicians disguise by using the iron to push the solder into an acceptable shape, using higher temperatures, and leaving the iron on the connection longer. (At soldering iron temperatures, solder will stick to an oxidized surface but not form the intermetallic bond necessary for reliability. Even worse, this ensures heat damage to components. For this reason, hand soldered connections that meet the visual requirements may not truly be reliable; reliability depends on the way in which the appearance was achieved.)
Science of Soldering© is very different. Find out more here.
Our Science of Soldering© classes for operators and technicians, engineers and managers teach soldering as the integrated system it really is, not as a patchwork of unrelated and poorly organized statements. The critical lessons about chemistry, metallurgy, physics and mechanics are provided through elaborate videos, experiments, demonstrations, discussions, workbook exercises and process problem troubleshooting. All the lessons are tied together in logical sequence without reliance on jargon, ensuring that everyone will understand no matter their level of formal education.
Science of Soldering© is also available as a self-contained DVD-based program for use by your own instructors.
Over the years, we have been leaders in important process developments. We devised the technique for prevention of heat damage during hand soldering (and are still the only source for the technique through our Science of Soldering© education).