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IMAPS PDC Webinar Series on
Conformal Coating Applications, Inspection, Rework & Quality Control

This two-session on-line Professional Development Course (PDC) webinar was held:
Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 19, 2010

All webinars were held 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm EDT

IMAPS Members: $125 per webinar; 2-course series $200
Non-members: $200 per webinar; 2-course series $375 (includes one-year complimentary individual membership in IMAPS)

Registration Deadline: May 17, 2010

Key Words

Conformal Coat, Coating, Masking, Clean, SIR, Testing, Reliability, Rework, Quality, Inspection

Program Description

Course Introduction:
The use of Conformal coating has provided benefits to industry for many years either in the high reliability market sector or where products have to deal with extreme environmental conditions or simply in use in consumer applications. The use of coatings is seen in different  industries like telecommunications, automotive and consumer products have benefited from the use of selective coating but for different reasons.

This workshop will provide a simple guide to the use of coatings, their application and process, product benefits, inspection and quality control. A practical session will also allow delegates to examine coated boards using different materials and inspect the coating application.

Each delegate will also receive a FREE set of colour Inspection Wall Charts covering coating application and common defects to use on their manufacturing shop floor. During each workshop there are opportunities to win some of Bobs interactive CD ROMs for best questions of the session.

Topics will include:

  • Why Conformal Coat
  • Clean or No Clean
  • Coating Material Options
  • Coating Process Options
  • Cost of coating assemblies
  • SIR and cleanliness testing
  • Cleanliness testing methods
  • Reliability of Coating
  • Testing & Evaluation of Coatings
  • Correct design for coating
  • Masking options and methods
  • Inspection & Quality Control of Coating
  • In-house or Contracting Services
  • Inspection of coatings & methods
  • Rework & repair of board assemblies

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is designed for design, process and quality engineers responsible for introducing coating materials, inspection or auditing presented is extremely visual and practical making it ideal for manufacturing staff, like all the instructors workshops it not just theory, it's a "How to Do It Session"

Bob Willis


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 provides world wide 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 recently 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.

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. SMTA, Surface Mount Technology Association recently presented Bob with their 2008 International Leadership Award for continued contribution to industry. Bob is also due to accept an IPC Committee Award for contribution to their standards.

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