As a US Air Force certified aircraft welder, I learned the process of soldering in 1990 and through subsequent 20+ years of experience and training, and industry association seminars, I thought I had learned everything there was to know about it...I was wrong.
Jim Smith from Electronics Manufacturing Sciences just concluded his Science of Soldering© course here in Skaneateles..He wowed me and our technical team with his practical, comprehensive approach and truly unique insights into the science of the soldering process. We are now in the process of updating all of our soldering process specs in Skaneateles to reflect our new knowledge. This is NOT A-610 or J-STD-001 certification/training! That’s not what we need.
Jim develops and teaches all of his courses personally. He knows his stuff and stands out, among the many programs that I’ve evaluated. I highly recommend the Science of Soldering© hands-on program for any GE facility/ supplier, worldwide, who solders and experiences failures/latent-failures/defects and has struggled to find the true root-cause.
Lean Leader/Sus. Proc. Engineering Manager
GE Inspection Technologies
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Science of Soldering© class provided by Jim Smith was one of the best trainings that our EE Team ever had. Provided materials and hands-on classroom instructions were well prepared and all our questions were well answered. Our team enjoyed the hands-on portion explaining physics and chemistry behind the soldering "Recipe." Jim helped us to define our PCA/PCB manufacturing requirements and we are working with our suppliers to revise their soldering process. Jim has been very professional in responding to our questions – if he is not traveling or in class his response was almost immediate.
I highly recommend the class to anyone that uses soldering in their manufacturing process.
Chief Technology Officer - Electrical
Paragon Products, LLC
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Technical Operations Manager
Rohde & Schwarz North America
Columbia, MD 21046
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It’s been my experience that soldering, especially hand-soldering, is a forgotten process in most manufacturing facilities, using the same techniques, tools, and training that were used 20 years ago when I started soldering (these were even old back then!). However, in those 20 years the components being soldered have become far smaller, and much more sensitive. This leaves a significant opportunity for improvement in our processes to reduce heat damage, touch-time, rework, out-of-box failures, latent failures, and scrap.