37 Years of Soldering Leadership

Since 1981, Electronics Manufacturing Sciences has provided the knowledge and hands-on support that enable electronics manufacturers to achieve best-in-class reliability and efficiency. Our clients include the world's largest corporations and many companies still in the startup phase.

We focus on soldering because it is both the core process of electronics manufacturing and the most misunderstood. Most of our work is with electronics manufacturers but we work with 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. We have also done extensive work with mechanical medical devices as well as medical electronics.) If soldering is involved, we have the expertise and teaching skills to make the process more robust and efficient.

Our Science of Soldering© is the only soldering training and certification that teaches soldering for what it is  —  a scientific process, not a random collection of erroneous hunches and arbitrary rules.

Science of Soldering© was created by James A. (Jim) Smith, PhD ABD. Jim began work in electronics assembly in 1965 and founded Electronics Manufacturing Sciences in 1981 to teach soldering as a unified science.

"Soldering was seen as a dark art and process engineers operated by the seat of their pants," Jim explains. "Defect rates were horrendous. We devised Science of Soldering© to provide the missing process knowledge in terms that everyone in the factory could understand and use. We showed that perfect soldering is not only possible but easy. The whole point of  Science of Soldering© is to make perfect soldering easy and inexpensive."

Many thousands of engineers, operators, technicians and managers worldwide have attended Science of Soldering© classes in their companies. Jim’s soldering workshops have also been featured in NEPCON professional development programs throughout North America and Europe.

A specialist in process development and troubleshooting, Jim has helped set up new manufacturing plants and reconfiguring existing plants in more than 15 countries.

In addition to teaching, Jim is active in root cause analysis and resolution of product failures. For more than 35 years, Detroit automakers have turned to Jim when problems arise in product launches. Jim has designed and implemented soldering process improvements in hundreds of electronics manufacturing facilities on four continents including pioneering work in the use of no-clean fluxes and lead-free solders in automotive and telecom electronics.

Jim’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide. His quality management  book with Frank Whitehall Optimizing Quality in Electronics Assembly: A Heretical Approach (McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, NY 1996) changed the way electronics reliability is understood and managed. His column Unconventional Wisdom appeared monthly in Assembly Magazine for more than ten years and he remains a regular Assembly contributor.

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Our Science of Soldering© is the only soldering training and certification that teaches soldering for what it is  —  a scientific process, not a random collection of erroneous hunches and arbitrary rules.

Science of Soldering© was created by James A. (Jim) Smith, PhD ABD. Jim began work in electronics assembly in 1965 and founded Electronics Manufacturing Sciences in 1981 to teach soldering as a unified science.

"Soldering was seen as a dark art and process engineers operated by the seat of their pants," Jim explains. "Defect rates were horrendous. We devised Science of Soldering© to provide the missing process knowledge in terms that everyone in the factory could understand and use. We showed that perfect soldering is not only possible but easy. The whole point of  Science of Soldering© is to make perfect soldering easy and inexpensive."

Many thousands of engineers, operators, technicians and managers worldwide have attended Science of Soldering© classes in their companies. Jim’s soldering workshops have also been featured in NEPCON professional development programs throughout North America and Europe.