The electronics industry's traditional approach to soldering training such as J-STD-001 and A-610 courses is defective. It focuses on memorization of solder connection pictures without providing any real process knowledge. It's like teaching driving by handing out maps — students may know where they want to go but they won't show how to drive the car. Touchup and rework exist because operators do not know how to prevent defects.
Most standard electronics industry soldering practices were developed more than 50 years ago for attaching wires to vacuum tube sockets. They overheat delicate modern components and cause most of today's electronics failures.
Today's components are not only smaller and more fragile, their metal surfaces to which solder is applied are different and less solderable. Meanwhile, fluxes have become incredibly complex and, despite what their manufacturers say, many "no clean" fluxes are not safe. More....
Since 1981,we have been helping leading electronics industry names around the world. Our clients include many of the biggest names in electronics but some clients employ only a handful of assemblers and technicians. The size of the client is not important — only the desire to maximize reliability and efficiency.
We specialize in meeting the high reliability and efficiency requirements of automotive, telecom, aerospace, defense, and medical electronics. We also deliver significant increases in efficiency and reliability for all other types of electronics manufacturing. Whatever your product, Science of Soldering© education will eliminate failures and increase efficiency.
All classes feature hands-on soldering as well as experiments, demonstrations, audio/visual lessons, group discussions and workbook exercises. And the classes are held at your offices, so you avoid travel costs. We bring all the tools, exercise materials and workbook/reference books; you only supply a meeting room, TV or projector and whiteboard or flip chart.
Other soldering training is pure expense — it tells people what to do but does not improve their productivity or reliability. And students quickly forget most of what they were told. Science of Soldering©, on the other hand, is highly profitable investment that will transform the way your people work. Only Science of Soldering© produces outstanding R.O.I. and lasting benefits.
“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
LORD Corporation, Erie, PA
“Science of Soldering is the best value for the dollar I have encountered in the last thirty years.”
“Quite simply, Science of Soldering increases product reliability and reduces costs.”
Manufacturing Engineer/Six Sigma Black Belt
Micro Motion Inc., Boulder, CO
“Everyone here did enjoy the classes. They all raved about it.”
Senior Supplier Quality Manager
“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 *PC seminars, I thought I had learned everything there was to know about it...I was wrong.
“Science of Soldering wowed me and our technical team with its practical, comprehensive approach and truly unique insights into the soldering process. We are now in the process of updating all of our soldering process specs to reflect our new knowledge. This is NOT *PC certification/training! That’s not what we need.
“Science of Soldering stands out, among the many programs that I’ve evaluated. I highly recommend this 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/Process Engineering Manager
GE Inspection Technologies
“I have been involved in electronics for over 30 years and now realise that so much of what I had previously been told was wrong and potentially damaging to the components. I particularly enjoyed the teaching style which did not rely on just presenting us with information but led us to discovering the information for ourselves. It was a fun and enjoyable course and the level of student participation in the learning process was amongst the best I have witnessed.”
Supplier Process Engineer
Safran Power UK
Buckingham, LU7 9GT, England
“The results were impressive. The amount of rework dropped dramatically because inspectors stopped rejecting reliable connections, test yields increased because assemblies were subjected to less handling, and production cycle time decreased."
James H. Mosher
Switching & Network Products
Manufacturing and Engineering
Alcatel/Lucent, Columbus, Ohio
“I have been in the military electronics industry for 35+ years and have been to and taught many classes, to the Mil Standards, Weapons Specs, J-STD-001 and other ‘industry standards’ courses. I decided to bring the Science of Soldering class into our facility to focus on the metallurgy behind the process and the ‘How to Achieve’ a reliable solder joint. The response was overwhelmingly positive as it clearly defined the interactions of all the elements and activities in the soldering process. Everyone came away with a much better understanding of the effects the materials, tools and the operator can have in achieving the proper solder joint.”
Vice President, Automated Electronics
L-3 Fuzing & Ordnance Systems
“I learned more in two days than I learned in 25 years as a soldering technician.”
Senior Engineering Technician
“If you work in the electronics industry, you absolutely need to attend a Science of Soldering class. We were astonished at how much absolutely critical knowledge we acquired in the class we attended. Our company had just ordered a $30,000 piece of test equipment that the class proved would not meet our needs. We were able to return the equipment and avoid a significant waste of money. That one lesson alone repaid our tuition many times over but was only a small part of what we learned. We have attended many seminars that charged three times as much and didn’t provide one-third as much useful information.”
Counterfeit Avoidance Inspector
Quality Assurance Engineer
Global IC Trading Group, Inc.
Laguna Hills, California
"Science of Soldering was exactly what we needed to fix a lot of misconceptions about soldering. The mix of classroom work, demonstrations and hands on exercises was perfectly tailored for us. I have had nothing except positive feedback from those who attended the classes. It is exciting to see the enthusiasm that the group now has to tackle the job. I have seen information flow increasing between the Supervisors, Solder operators, Engineering and QA. Everyone has the same base of understanding now and are working together as a team instead of different departments."
Director of Operations
Laser Devices, Inc.
Monterey, CA 93940
"Science of Science goes above and beyond what J-STD-001 and A-610 training has to offer. I highly recommend this training for individuals from beginning operators to experienced engineers. It was a real pleasure for myself and the other participants."
Process Engineer – Electronics
Twinsburg, OH 44087
“During a critical product launch, we had problems with an electronic pump assembly. We had EMS evaluate our production lines and conduct in-house training for our managers, engineers, and production people. Through the details that EMS outlined and their soldering “recipe”, our soldering related problems were resolved. A reliable product and a happy customer were the results.... Currently those lessons learned are also being applied to new projects.”
James E. Smith
Sr. Automotive Electronics Engineer
Dana Holding Corporation
ASG Technical Center
“EMS teaches more than how to perform and visually inspect high reliability soldering. They provide thorough soldering process knowledge that will consistently yield the desired results. With this knowledge our personnel now understand the best way to perform their job and don’t just try to make a pretty looking connection.”
Quality Engineering Manager
Esterline Power Systems
Buena Park, CA 90620
“Ludlums contracted Electronics Manufacturing Sciences to conduct training classes on the Science of Soldering©. We did so not because we currently have soldering problems but to advance our knowledge of soldering, soldering materials, processes, and standards. We included personnel from all critical departments, not only the operators who do most of the actual production soldering. The course was challenging for all levels of participants. Jim’s teaching skills are superior. He related well to all participants.
"Our goal was to improve our soldering technique and results. I believe we accomplished that goal. In addition, we have developed a task force to further examine different materials and methods which we plan to test and if appropriate implement. The Science of Soldering© training more than met our expectations.”
Ludlum Measurements, Inc., Sweetwater, TX
Electronics Manufacturing Sciences, Inc., 4285 45th St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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