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Space Coast Defect Analysis and Design (DFM) and Process Troubleshooting Chapter Tutorial Program

Instructor: Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting 

October 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mack Technologies
7505 Technology Drive
Melbourne, FL 32904
(321) 725-6993

Registration Deadline is September 22!
  • Members: $200
  • Non-Members: $275 (A one-year Individual SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price.)
  • Space Coast Chapter Officers: $100
  • Student Chapter Members: $50
  • Student Non-Members $70 (A one-year Student SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price.)

Great Value! Half the cost of a tutorial at SMTA International and offered right in your backyard. Lunch, coffee breaks, course handouts, and a certificate of completion are all included in the cost, along with instruction by one of our best!

We don’t assemble electronics in a “perfect world”. Defects happen! This course examines Failure and Root Cause analysis of PCBA defects. Detection and determination methodologies and procedures will be discussed. Cause and effect of defects relative to Design for Manufacturability and specific processes and equipment centers as well as materials are presented. Key causes of assembly problems and low yields are identified and resolved. This seminar is intended for anyone involved in directing, developing, managing and/or executing Failure and Root Cause analysis and defect resolution including managers, engineers and others in manufacturing, quality and design.

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction
    - Prevention: Process Development and Validation
    - Variation (Common Cause)
    - Continuous Improvement
  • Defect Definition
    - Failure – PCBA does not function
    - Repair or Scrap
    - Escapes – Identified by customer
    - Reduced Reliability
    - Process Indicator
    - Special Cause vs. Common Cause
    - Defect Identification
    - Inspection (Manual, AOI, X-Ray)
    - Test (ICT, Funtional, Contamination)
    - False Calls / Escapes


  • Root Cause Analysis
    - “5 Whys” 
    - Cause and Effect Diagram
        * 6 M’s
        * Levels: Specific Processes vs Interactions


  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Considerations
  • Process Relationships
    - Incoming Materials
    - Handling
    - Process Problems
        * Wrong Process
        * Degraded Process
        * Poor Process (common cause defects)
  • Specific Defect Examples and Causes
  • Q & A

    Who Should Attend:
    This course is intended for Manufacturing, Process, Design, Test and Quality Engineering personnel as well as Management who are involved in the production of surface mount or mixed technology assemblies.

    Phil ZarrowAbout the Instructor:

    Phil Zarrow
    Phil Zarrow has been involved with PCB fabrication and assembly for more than thirty-five years. His expertise includes the manufacture of equipment for circuit board fabrication and assembly of through-hole and surface mount technologies. In addition to his background in automated assembly and cleaning, Mr. Zarrow is recognized for his expertise in surface mount reflow soldering technology and in the design and implementation of SMT placement equipment and reflow soldering systems. Having held key technical and management positions with Vitronics Corporation, Excellon-Micronetics and Universal Instruments Corporation, he has extensive hands-on experience with set-up and troubleshooting through-hole and SMT processes throughout the world. During his tenure as Director of Technology Development for GSS/Array Technology, Mr. Zarrow was responsible for specifying and setting up medium- and high-speed assembly lines, as well as investigating and implementing emerging and leading-edge technologies, equipment and processes.

    Since forming ITM Consulting in 1993, Phil Zarrow has helped numerous clients in such areas as

  • SMT Implementation and Assembly facility set-up
  • SMT Assembly and Soldering Failure Analysis
  • EMS/Supplier Process and Quality Assessment Audits
  • Counterfeit Component Avoidance and Interception Programs
  • Manufacturing yield improvement
  • Equipment Evaluation and Selection
  • No-clean and lead-free solder paste evaluation and process implementation
  • SMT Manufacturing Process Audits and process improvement
  • On-site training for all levels of personnel
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM) specification development
  • Reflow of Through-hole feasibility, development and implementation
  • Implementation of new component packages including QFN, BGA, CSP and Flip-Chip
  • SMT process equipment benchmark testing and evaluation
  • SMT product development
  • Lead-free Process Implementation and Optimization
  • Technical evaluations related to business acquisitions and mergers
  • Technical assistance in legal disputes

    Mr. Zarrow is a popular speaker and workshop instructor. He has chaired and instructed at numerous seminars and conferences in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. He has published many technical papers and magazine articles as well as contributed a number of chapters to industry books. He is co-author of the book, "SMT Glossary- Terms and Definitions". Mr. Zarrow holds two US Patents concerning PCB fabrication and assembly processes and audit methodologies.

    Phil is a member of IPC, SME, IMAPS, a co-founder of ITM Consulting, and is a past national level officer and national director of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). He was also Chairman of the Reflow Committee for SMEMA. He was the recipient of the SMTA's Member of Distinction Award (1995) and Founders’ Award (2000). Mr. Zarrow has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Circuits Assembly Magazine and won awards for his writings "On the Forefront" and “Better Manufacturing” columns. He is currently producer and co-host of IPC Update's “Boardtalk” audio program.


    Contact Karen Frericks at 952.920.7682 with questions.


Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.

SMTA SpaceCoast EXPO 2018

We would like to thank all of the exhibitors, attendees and Solder Challenge participants to the 2016 EXPO….. 

 Quick Note… Next Year Expo will be January 18, 2018

2018 Winter Golf Classic

Duran Golf ClubFebruary 2nd,  2018- Duran Golf Club
8:30am Shotgun Start
Scramble Format
$ 80   Per Player
$320  Per Foursome

Delicious Lunch following the event

The links style characteristics and wide open playability allows golfers to "Play golf" rather than beating the bushes looking for stray golf balls.  Check out the course details on the link above.  Consider being a sponsor for this event !

Be a Sponsor.  The sponsors are already capturing the premium sponsorships.  Don't miss the opportunity to get your name in front of over 100 SMTA members.  Secure your team spot or sponsorships today.
Please contact Patti Gander at:
(813) 416-1487

Register to play or sponsor

If you purchase the  $200, $300 or $500 sponsor amount, Contact Patti Gander to specify
which option you would like (hole sponsor, longest drive, closest to pin, breakfast, lunch, drink cart or cart signs.) email:

SMTA Space Coast Fishing Trip

Gone Fishin'
Join us for our 6th Annual SMTA Space Coast Fishing Trip

Rescheduled for June 24th, 2017


Jack Reinke catch of the day!












Departure Time: 8 AM (be there no later than 7:30) Return Time: 5 PM


Please confirm with Jack Reinke to reserve your spot before it's too late!
Call: 404-290-6744



FISHING DAY ONLY                               $100.00


Payment Options



JACK REINKE      404-290-6744


June 7, 2017 SMTA Space Coast Chapter Technical Meeting

SMTA Space Coast Chapter
Is proud to present 

"NASA Technology Transfer"
Bringing NASA Technology Down to Earth

Did you know NASA has developed over a thousand patented space technologies that also have many uses right here on Earth?  Uses in robotics, environmental remediation, corrosion control, biotech, software, and many, many more.

Through its Technology Transfer Program, NASA provides its patented space technologies to U.S. commercial companies, inventors, and entrepreneurs who use them to create new products and services for the marketplace.  Often, these products/services are better than anything else in the market or are capable of meeting needs that current products/services can’t meet.

NASA Spinoffs - There’s more Space in your life than you think!

The unique products/services people create from our patented technologies or scientific research are called NASA Spinoffs.  Hundreds of NASA Spinoffs have been developed by the private sector since the Agency was founded and collectively they have significantly contributed to the U.S. economy.  Just as importantly, many impact our everyday lives in positive ways.  To learn more about NASA Spinoffs, visit:

NASA invites you to learn more about this unique program and how you can access NASA's latest patented technologies.  On June 7, 2017, Mr. G. Michael Lester, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Technology Transfer Office, will give a brief overview of the program and how you can be a part of it.


 G. Michael “Mike” Lester

G. Michael “Mike” Lester is the Technology Transfer Partnership Manager for the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Technology Transfer Office. As such, he leads a team to promote transfer of NASA patented technologies to U.S. commercial companies, government agencies and academia.

Mike has held a variety of engineering, project management, business development, and strategic planning positions for the U.S. military and NASA space programs.  

While he has a passion for the development of new technologies for space exploration, he also strongly believes in making these technologies available to the U.S. public for use here on Earth - uses that can have a positive impact on our economy and our lives


Harris Technology Center (HTC)
1395 Troutman Blvd., Palm Bay FL 32905

Come join us June 7, 2017 at 11:30am

                       "SPECIAL NOTICE"

Each person wanting to attend must indicate if they’ve been at Harris before, If they are a US citizen and provide either their SSN, Driver’s License or Passport Number. They will also need to provide and Email Address, Their Phone Number is Optional.

Since this event is being held on Harris Corporation property all Non-Harris employees need to provide their credentials to Harris Security using this link

“Your form submission is encrypted for protection of your personal information. If you have any questions or trouble registering you may contact”

Lunch is included in the admission price.
Members: $15 • Non-Members: $25

TIME:             11:30AM           LUNCH
                      12 -1:00PM      Presentation
You can pay at the door with a check or cash or you can use PayPal and pay by credit card below.

RSVP to Mike Newman or call (321) 727-6163

Choose Your Rate



Avoiding The Voids

 Mack Technologies in Melbourne, FL, once again provided their facilities to the SMTA Space Coast Chapter on Wednesday, for a lunch panel discussion addressing solder voids under joined components on electronic wiring assemblies.  The four panelists included two engineers from Harris Corporation, Chapter Officers, Scott Nelson and Jeff Jennings, and Mike Kaminsky from Kester and Brooke Sandy-Smith from Indium as industry experts on the topic, the last two traveling from afar to join us in a lively discussion over lunch on what to do, and what not to do, about solder voiding.  

 Close to 40 people attended the event, including a contingent from Lockheed Martin who drove down from Ocala to participate.  Of the 40 in attendance, 10 were Space Coast Chapter Officers.  Chapter President, Mike Newman, moderated the discussion for the panel, but a lot of open dialogue with the audience kept people's interest and attention, after a great lunch catered by the Broken Barrel Tavern, a popular watering hole for Harris employees working at the Palm Bay campus.  

Chapter President, Mike Newman, Harris Corp, moderated the panel discussion at which close to 40 people showed up.

Among those in attendance for the lunchtime meeting, included engineers from Harris Corp, Lockheed Martin and Delta Group.

Panelist Scott Nelson responds to a question from the discussion moderator at the Space Coast SMTA lunchtime panel discussion at Mack Technologies in Melbourne, FL on Wednesday, March 15th.  To his left in order are fellow panelists, Mike Kaminsky from Kester, Jeff Jennings from Harris and Brooke Sandy-Smith from Indium

"March 15, 2017 SMTA Space Coast Chapter Technical Meeting

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SMTA Space Coast Chapter
Is proud to present a panel discussion

"Avoiding the Voids in Reflow Soldering"

While most companies are aware and struggle with the hazards of Voids in their Reflow process, few are aware of best practices for preventing failures of today’s extremely complex assemblies. Virtually all factories will have some form of Voids in their process, the expert panel will discuss topics, solutions and methods to prevent Voids in your soldering process.


•  Causes of Solder void, Size of Void and Processes to control and reduce the void in BTC packages by Board Design, Solder Stencil, Solder paste volume, Preforms, Reflow oven versus Vacuum Vapor Phase



Jeff Jennings of Harris
Scott Nelson of Harris
Mike Kaminsky of Kester Solder, Inc.
Brook Sandy-Smith of Indium

The event will be hosted by Mike Newman/Nazeeh Chaudry


Jeff Jennings Jeffrey has nearly 20 years of experience in the maintenance, design, manufacture, and evaluation of high reliability electronics for avionics and space applications.  Currently he works as a senior materials analyst in Harris’ Material and Processing Laboratory where he is acting as subject matter expert in the areas of materials characterization, electronic packaging design & processing, and failure analysis.  He has been a SMTA member since 2012.  He has 6 previous publications.  He holds a M. of S. in Mech. Eng. from the Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; a M. of S. in Technical Management from John Hopkins Univ.; and is currently a PhD candidate in Material Science & Engineering (MSE) at the Univ. of Central Florida.


Scott Nelson

Scott is a Manufacturing Engineer at Harris Corporation.  He has over 20 years of experience in electronics manufacturing, primarily in the avionics field.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Nebraska.

During his employment at Harris Corporation, Scott has been a project leader for advanced manufacturing processes.  He has been involved in numerous solder joint reliability studies, and has been an active participant in the NASA DoD Lead-free Study and the AIA LEAP Working Group. 

As an active participant in SMTA, Scott has authored whitepapers on X-ray Inspection Radiation Exposure Damage of Electronic Components, Lead-Free Wave Soldering for Hi-Reliability Applications, BGA Failure Analysis, and QFN Land Pattern Design & Assembly, Ceramic Column Grid Array Design & Assembly and Real Time Monitoring of Inline Cleaning Process Parameters. 

Scott has held numerous positions on the SMTA Space Coast Chapter board including VP of Technical, Vice President, and President and is currently Secretary of the SMTA National Board of Directors


Mike Kaminsky, is Senior Field Applications Support Engineer for Kester Solder Inc. Eastern North America with 30+ years of circuit board soldering assembly experience. 
Patent for Wave Solder VOC flux process  


Brook Sandy-Smith, is a Technical Support Engineer at Indium Corporation Headquarters in Clinton, NY. Brook is an SMTA Certified Process Engineer and specializes in PCB Assembly Materials. She is active in IPC committees, SMTA programs and iNEMI projects, currently serving as chair of the J-004 committee and VP of technical programs with the SMTA Empire chapter. Brook graduated from the International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island in Chemical Engineering and German language


Come join us March 15, 2017 at 11:30am at
Mack Technologies
7505 Technology Drive
Melbourne, FL 32904

(321) 725-6993

Lunch is included in the admission price.

Members: $10 • Non-Members: $20


TIME:             11:30AM           LUNCH
                                  12 -1:00PM       Panel Discussion



Pay using the paypal button

Choose Your Rate



You can pay at the door with a check or cash or you can use PayPal and pay by credit card in advance by going to the Space Coast Chapter website and click on the event pay button.

RSVP to Jack Reinke or call (404) 290-6744





Space Coast Chapter E-Newsletters

Space Coast Newsletter January 2014
Space Coast Newsletter August 2013

Space Coast Newsletter January 2012

Space Coast Newsletter November 2011

Space Coast Newsletter July 2010

Space Coast Newsletter April 2010
Space Coast Newsletter February 2010
Space Coast Newsletter December 2009
Space Coast Newsletter October 2009

Chapter Calendar of Events
Date / Time Event Location Phone Contact/Email
May 6, 2017
7:00 AM
Annual Fishing Trip Port Canaveral, FL 404-290-6744   Jack Reinke
October 5, 2017
Space Coast Defect Analysis and Design (DFM) and Process Troubleshooting Chapter Tutorial Program Mack Technologies (321) 725-6993  Karen Frericks 
January 18, 2018
9:00 am
Space Coast Expo & Tech Forum Melbourne Auditorium (407) 670-8765   Joan Carroll
February 2, 2018
Winter Golf Classic Duran Golf Club 321-355-8519   Eileen Hibbler

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Michael Newman  (Harris Corporation)
Phone : 321-501-2072
Email :

Vice President : Ken Lawrence  (Mack Technologies Inc.)
Phone : 321-394-4118
Email :

Secretary : Jack Reinke  (KYZEN Corporation)
Phone : 404-290-6744
Email :

Treasurer : Joan Carroll  (REStronics)
Phone : 407-670-8765
Email :

VP of Technical Programs : Bernie Marks  (Avidyne)
Phone : 603-818-0290
Email :

VP of Membership : Robert McGlynn  (Tropical Stencil, Inc.)
Phone : 561-745-7769
Email :

Social Media Development (Appointed) : Liz Ramirez  (Harris Corporation)
Phone : 321-727-6602
Email :

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Nazeeh Chaudry  (Harris Corporation)
Phone : 321-768-4104
Email :

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Jeff Jennings  (Harris Corporation)
Phone : 321-727-5559
Email :

Technical Committee (Appointed) : John C. Chiu  
Phone : 321-727-4677
Email :

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Scott Nelson  (Harris Corporation)
Phone : 321-727-5078
Email :

Membership Committee (Appointed) : Brian Wright  (Harris Corporation)
Phone : 321-608-4232
Email :

Membership Coordinator (Appointed) : Kelly Burkard  (Harris Corporation)
Phone : 321-727-5253
Email :

VP of Special Projects (Appointed) : Patti Gander  (Business Essential Skills Training)
Phone : 813-416-1487
Email :

Board Liaison : Eileen Hibbler (TEK Products)
Phone Contact : 321-355-8519
Email Address :

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Global Members of our Chapter

Harris Corporation

Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Harris Corporation

Harris Corporation

Henkel Electronic Materials LLC

KYZEN Corporation


Corporate Members of our Chapter

Conelec of Florida, LLC

Extant Aerospace

Florida MicroElectronics

Hammond Electronics

Harris Corporation

Inovaxe Corporation

JENSEN Tools + Supply

Mack Technologies Inc.

MC Assembly

nScrypt, Inc.

Quantum Storage Systems

The Jefferson Project

Tropical Stencil, Inc.

Professional Members of our Chapter

TruVia Group

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO ITW EAE Jabil Circuit Sdn. Bhd. Keysight Technologies KYZEN Sdn. Bhd. Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NCAB Group USA NEO Technology Solutions Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems Vexos ZESTRON Americas

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