SMART Group - Surface Mount and Related Technologies


Bob Willis currently operates training and consultancy business based in England and has created one of the largest collections of interactive training material in the industry. Although a specialist for companies implementing lead-free manufacture Mr Willis has provided worldwide consultancy in most areas of electronic manufacture over the last 25 years. This is based on working in manufacture with contract assembly, printed board manufacture and environmental test facilities. This has eared him the SOLDERTEC/Tin Technology Global Lead-Free Award for his contribution to the industry. He has also been presented with the SMTA International Leadership Award and IPC Committee Award for contribution to their standards activity. He has worked with the GEC Technical Directorate as Surface Mount Co-Ordinator for both the Marconi and GEC group of companies and prior to that he was Senior Process Control Engineer with Marconi Communication Systems. Following his time with GEC he became Technical Director of an electronics contract manufacturing company where he formed a successful training and consultancy division. Over the years Bob has been Chairman and Technical Director of the SMART Group and holds the title of Honorary Life Vice President for his contributions to the group since its inception.

Live – High Reliability Printed Circuit Board Manufacture

Wednesday 10th May SMART Group Factory Visit to Amphenol-Invotec in Tamworth
Starting with coffee at 10.00am
HTPCBbannerHave you ever seen how today’s high-reliability PCBs are fabricated? No? Well here’s your chance.  The SMART Group has arranged a visit to Amphenol-Invotec, one of the UK’s leading High-Rel PCB fabrication companies based in Tamworth, Staffs.  Here you will see all types of PCBs in fabrication from standard multilayer through to HDI and flex-rigid assemblies.  Get the low-down on design for manufacture requirements straight from the horse’s mouth and meet other members of the SMART Group

The date for this unique opportunity is Wednesday 10th May. ITAR restrictions apply and places are strictly limited so register today Click Here

The event is open to SMART Group members and non-members

For further details contact Keith Bryant

Donal McDonald – Obituary

Donal McDonald

I am the bearer of very sad news, a great friend of SMART and a real industry character Donal McDonald passed away suddenly in San Diego, just before the APEX show. I have known Donal for about 27 years and was proud to call him my friend, he was the life and soul of any party and a guy who would do anything to help his friends

Like many of us who travel globally to the shows, we didn’t meet as often as we would have liked, but we had many many good times in many wonderful places and he will be missed by everyone in our travelling village. The Craic has gone out of these events and everyone knows that they will not be the same again, we will keep many good memories, but Donal will make no more

Keith Bryant – Chairman of SMART Group

PCB Surface Finish Defect Guide & Conformal Coating & Cleaning Defect Guide 2 launched FREE by SMART Group

The next SMART Defect Guide is in production and is entitled “Printed Circuit Solderable Finish Defect Guide” and will be released in February/March. This relates to different surface coating on PCB and the common process and assembly failures that may occur. It shows issues at good receipt and the typical assembly related problems. The guide provides example images of satisfactory surface finishes as a reference source and many common defect examples. It is well known the surface finishes can create joint failures and other reliability problems so good solderability is key to success

To be included as a sponsor/advertiser in the new Defect Guides contact Keith

“Conformal Coating & Cleaning Defect Guide 2″ The updated guide is also being produced and circulated to industry free. The colour guide provides examples of the most common process defects and common cures. The guide also features many of the common and less obvious defects seen during production. It will feature defects associated with components, printed circuit boards, design, materials, assembly and rework. It will also include some of the issues which may be seen on field returns.

SMART Groups first “Lead-Free Defect Guide” produced in 2007 and updated in 2008 was circulated worldwide with over 1000 free downloads. The guide is also provided to engineers to download free

Contact Keith Bryant by email or call him at SMART Group +44 07946133531