Reliability Matters

Reliability Matters

Reliability Matters is a podcast on the subject of reliability of circuit assemblies. Reliability "best practices" and success stories are discussed. This podcast features interviews with experts in the electronic assembly industry. All electronic production segments which effect product reliability are on the table. This includes contamination, coating, cleanliness assessment, inspection, building for harsh environments and more.... Show More

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October 27, 2020 58 min
Episode 54: A Conversation with Michael Ford about Digital Twin
Michael Ford and I talk about Digital Twin, its purpose, value, and its future.

Michael Ford, Sr.
Director of Emerging Industry Strategy
Aegis Software

Michael Ford has more than 30 years working within the electronics assembly manufacturing space.

Michael has a degree in Electronics from the University of Wales, Michael started his career with Sony in the UK, creating softw...
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Episode 53: Meet the Press - A Conversation with Industry Journalists about the State of the EMS Industry

In this episode, I speak with Mike Buetow, Editor In Chief of Circuits Assembly and Printed Circuit Design and Fab magazines, Trevor Galbraith, publisher of Global SMT and Production magazine, and Philip Stoten of Scoop TV. We discuss the state of the electronics assembly industry, the affects of COVID-19 on our industry, emergi...
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Episode 52: A Conversation with Conformal Coating Expert Dr. Sean Clancy of HZO
Dr. Sean Clancy and I discuss the various types of conformal coatings designed to protect circuit assemblies from moisture and other hazards. We discuss coating best-practices and current IOT-based products that are increasing the need for protecting circuit assemblies from harsh environments.

Dr. Sean Clancy is the Director of Coating Technology at HZO,...
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Episode 51: A Conversation with X-Ray Expert and Entrepreneur Dr. Bill Cardoso

Bill started his first company in Brazil at age 17 and sold it a few years later to move to the US to work for the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to do nuclear and high energy physics research. As the Department Head for Systems Engineering and after a 10-year long career at Fermilab, He moved from Chicago to southern Califo...
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Episode 50 - A Conversation with IPC's Matt Kelly on IPC Technology Focus & Investment

IPC’s New Chief Technologist Matt Kelly talks about Factory and Supply Chain of the Future Modernization

In this new leadership role, Kelly will help IPC’s members to engage in latest technology trends and supply chain transformation that continues to evolve across the electronics industry. He will work to define the scope of what future pr...
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Episode 49 - A Conversation with SMTA's Global Executive Director Tanya Martin and SMTA President Greg Vance about SMTAI 2020's new virtual format.

Numerous exhibitors are taking part in this new format. More than 100 technical presentations and papers will be available on-demand. Additionally, nine 3.5 hour professional development courses will be presented live!

Register to attend the virtual exhibition and technical confe...
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Episode 48: A Conversation with David Alexander, a China supply chain expert about Importing from and Exporting to China.

We are all familiar with the pros and cons of importing goods from China. China supply chain expert David Alexander discusses pros and cons of doing business in China. David also discusses the lesser known opportunities of exporting US goods to China and China's appetite for western brands.

David is the Founde...
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Episode 47: A Conversation with Environmental Sustainability Expert Matthew Chalkley

Matthew Chalkley has over 26 years of supply chain experience in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Matthew has held a number of senior operational management positions within, engineering, manufacturing, materials management, procurement, and customer order fulfillment.

Matthew was the Global Program Manager for IBM’s Supply...
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Episode 46: "The Experts" - A Special Episode Featuring a Conversation with Four Industry Experts

Mike Konrad joins Dr. Jennie Hwang, Phil Zarrow, Bob Willis, and Ray Prasad to discuss several industry topics including the pandemic, common technical issues, training and support, and other interesting topics.

A video version of this podcast is also available here:
https://vimeo.com/433866207/d0f9ac8f65

Dr. Jennie Hwang
jennie.h...
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Episode 45: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Jackson About Reliability
Dr. Chris Jackson discusses reliability and his five-part article series entitled "3 Ways to do Reliability Allocation."

Dr. Chris Jackson is the founder of Acuitas, a company dedicated to reliability.

Chris founded Acuitas in 2010. He was awarded his mechanical engineering degree from the University of New South Wales, and has since receive a Masters in PhD ...
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Episode 44: A Conversation with Dr. Jennie Hwang About Reliability

Dr. Hwang's wide-ranging career encompasses international business operations, sustained leadership in worldwide manufacturing and technology services, innovative research, intellectual property management, global leadership positions, as well as corporate and university governance.

Dr. Hwang held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin., SCM Corp., Sherwi...
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Episode 43: A Conversation with Cal State University's Dr. Mike Stull about Entrepreneurship and Today's Challenging Times

Dr. Mike Stull is the Director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He also serves as Chair for the Department of Management in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration and academic director for entrepreneu...
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Episode 42: A Conversation with X-Ray Expert Keith Bryant

Keith discusses the advantages of x-ray technology, its practical uses, and common mistakes made when using x-ray technology.

Keith's Bio:
A fully qualified engineer, Keith has over thirty years’ experience in Electronics Manufacturing. He is well known and respected for presenting technical papers at many high-profile events around the world and for his many published ar...
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Episode 41: A Conversation with Better Board Buying's Greg Papandrew About Ways to Buy Boards Better. Should you purchase boards overseas or domestically? What questions should you ask your board vendor? Greg answers these and other board-buying questions.

Our guest is Greg Papandrew, co-founder of Better Board Buying. Greg is the author of PCB Basics for Buyers. Greg can be reached here:
Greg Papandrew
greg@boardbuying.com
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Episode 40: A Return Conversation with SMT Guru Bob Willis. Thirty nine episodes after Bob's first appearance on Reliability Matters he returns to discuss life as a consultant in the electronics assembly industry.

Bob can be reached at:

Bob Willis
2 Fourth Avenue,
Chelmsford, Essex,
CM1 4HA England
Tel: +44 (0)1245 351502
https://www.bobwillis.co.uk
bob@bobwillis.co.uk
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Episode 39: A Conversation with Advanced Assembly's Mark Hughes and Greg Ziraldo About Producing Reliable Assemblies Within a CM Environment.

During this interview, we discuss two papers:
Introduction to Reliability in Electronics: Tools and Metrics for Anticipating Device Failure
by Mark Hughes
https://tinyurl.com/rxmntru

Cosmic Mishaps: How Cosmic Rays Can Disrupt Your Design
Part 1: https://tinyurl.com/smccuf7
Part 2: https://tinyu...
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Episode 38: A Special COVID-19 Episode - A Conversation with Circuits Assembly Magazine's Editor in Chief Mike Buetow

Mike and I discuss the state of the industry amid the COVID-19 crisis. Mike provides a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of our industry and provides his view from Productronica and APEX.
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Episode 37: A Conversation with IPC's President and CEO Dr. John Mitchell

Dr. John Mitchell talks about the state of the industry, COVID-19 (Corona Virus), and the future of the electronic assembly industry.
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Episode 36: A Conversation with "Board Talk" hosts Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall.

Welcome to a special episode of Reliability Matters, recorded live at IPC APEX Expo, thanks to my friends at Scoop TV. You may hear some background noise as I’m not in my usual studio rather, I’m on a busy and rather loud trade show floor.

Today, we are bringing back two previous guests, Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall of ITM Consulting. Phil ...
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Episode 35: A conversation with Dr. Darren Williams of Sam Houston State University about cleaning processes and materials.

Dr. Williams has been at SHSU since 2004 teaching Physical Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and graduate courses in Spectroscopy and Thermodynamics. He came to Huntsville from the US-DOE Pantex Plant in Amarillo. He taught at West Texas A&M University for four years after obtaining his Ph.D. from Oregon Stat...
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