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Bill Cardoso On Tour: North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, Japan, and New York

by Ashley Walsh in Creative Electron, Events Comments: 0

This month’s stops along the Dr. Bill Cardoso international tour include Fletcher, North Carolina, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Syracuse, New York, and Kuwana, Japan. To register for an event contact Content Manager, Ashley Walsh at info@creativeelectron.com.

iPhone X Teardown

April 5, 2018

Hosted by Luis Sastoque

Nexus Technologies Greater Asheville Area

It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. Much has happened since then. Over this past decade, the iPhone became a reference design, and the object of desire of a legion of fans who wait anxiously for every launch of the Cupertino company. Undoubtedly, the most advanced iPhone in the market today, the iPhone X is a technology marvel. The double stacked boards, dual battery, and a face recognition sensor bring the iPhone X to a whole different level.

In this presentation, we’ll explore these technological advances by a live teardown of the iPhone X. The teardown will be followed by a detailed coverage of the technical details of critical parts of the device. This live teardown will be accompanied by x-ray and CT images of the iPhone X, so the audience will get unprecedented insights on what makes this iPhone tick. More importantly, we will explore the assembly process utilized to put the iPhone X together. This presentation is targeted at a wide technical audience looking for a better understanding on how advance consumer electronics are designed and assembled.

Material Management 4.0

April 10, 2018

Hosted by SMTA Dallas

Plano Event Center Plano, TX

Over the past years, the electronic assembly industry has focused on the development of Industry 4.0, a standard communication protocol that allows production equipment to dialogue. This communication protocol will be a key enabler to improve the quality and efficiency of the production line. This is achieved by creating a feedback loop between inspection and production – thus allowing problems to be identified and corrected as early as possible in the manufacturing line. As a result, the overall cost of manufacturing is reduced as yield rates increase.

Despite the great progress in the development of the integrated production line, a critical part of the manufacturing chain still offline. Inventory rooms around the world must still operate with a far reduced level of sophistication. It is not uncommon to find thousands of reels densely packed in hundreds of linear feet of shelving space. The simple exercise of counting back reels as they come back from the production floor is not standard practice. And even when they are counted, the count is often made by hand. The lack of focus on the automation of our inventory rooms leads to an increasing loss of productivity due to line stoppages. When associated with the recent increase in lead times for electronic components, line stoppage has become a crippling problem that makes inventory accuracy a necessity.

In this presentation, we’ll introduce Material Management 4.0. More than a set communication protocol between machines that count electronic parts and the machines that store them. From x-ray parts counters to fully automated and intelligent storage towers, Material Management 4.0 embraces the overall infrastructure that needs to be in place to realize an accurate, fast, and efficient methodology for inventory control. This investment is critical to realize the benefits in efficiency unleashed by Industry 4.0.

iPhone X Teardown

April 12, 2018

Hosted by SMTA Gulf Coast

Bayou City Event Center Houston, TX

It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. Much has happened since then. Over this past decade, the iPhone became a reference design, and the object of desire of a legion of fans who wait anxiously for every launch of the Cupertino company. Undoubtedly, the most advanced iPhone in the market today, the iPhone X is a technology marvel. The double stacked boards, dual battery, and a face recognition sensor bring the iPhone X to a whole different level.

In this presentation, we’ll explore these technological advances by a live teardown of the iPhone X. The teardown will be followed by a detailed coverage of the technical details of critical parts of the device. This live teardown will be accompanied by x-ray and CT images of the iPhone X, so the audience will get unprecedented insights on what makes this iPhone tick. More importantly, we will explore the assembly process utilized to put the iPhone X together. This presentation is targeted at a wide technical audience looking for a better understanding on how advance consumer electronics are designed and assembled.

How to Know if You Should Start a Business

April 13, 2018

Hosted by Bill’s Alma Mater the Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

Bill started his first company at 17 in Brazil, selling it a few years later to work for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Bill received his PhD in ECE from IIT in 2005, and in 2011 he was awarded IIT’s prestigious Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. After 10 years at Fermilab and tired of the long Chicago winters, Bill decided to move to San Diego to start Creative Electron in his garage. Creative Electron is now the largest US manufacturer of x-ray systems to the electronics industry. At Creative Electron, Bill leads the team of engineers who designs and manufactures x-ray systems that are shipped worldwide. In this presentation Bill discusses the reasons why you should, and most importantly why shouldn’t, start your own business.

Artificial Intelligence and Automotive Manufacturing

April 17, 2018

Hosed by the International Conference on Electronics Packaging and iMaps All Asia Conference

Hotel Hanamizuki Kuwana, Japan

Amazon currently employs over 45,000 robots across 20 fulfillment centers around the world. That’s a 50% increase in a single year. Alibaba’s warehouses have reached up to 80% full automation. As the lights-out concept rapidly grows in the retail sector, automation adoption has not reached similar levels in the automotive manufacturing world. In this presentation, we will share the latest developments of the integrated production line with Industry 4.0.

. The Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) software, IPC’s answer to Industry 4.0, will be discussed as a powerful solution to factory connectivity. Moreover, we will describe our experience in the recent multivendor experiment at IPC APEX 2018, when for the first time ever a large number of vendors connected their machines together to share information. This network included inspection and production machines. The CFX experience is a small step towards the full automation of the factory, when artificial intelligence engines will run production, inspection, inventory, and all other aspects of the automotive factory.

The impact of the AI revolution will dwarf the impact that Henry Ford’s assembly line system had in automotive manufacturing. While Ford’s assembly line system showed us how to manufacture cars, AI will show us why, when, and what to manufacture.

Identifying Defects on BTC Assemblies

April 24, 2018

Hosted by SMTA Empire Chapter

Syracuse, NY

The use of x-ray inspection in the electronics industry has gained wide adoption in the past 20 years, driven mainly by the development and use of bottom terminated components (BTC). The use of ball grid arrays (BGA), for example, allowed the development of standards and guidelines that dictate the maximum void size in each ball. In consequence, x-ray machine manufacturers developed solutions that address these requirements to became an integral part of the quality assurance function of modern electronic manufacturers.

However, as new x-ray technologies are introduced – from new algorithms to new hardware – users are faced with a growing range of options to choose from. Users need a solid technical background to understand these options to make an educated decision when acquiring x-ray inspection capabilities. For example, what level of resolution is necessary for a specific application? Is an open tube or sealed source the most appropriate technology to deploy?

The goal of this presentation is to give the audience the tools needed to avoid making mistakes when acquiring x-ray inspection capabilities. Instead of focusing on the x-ray technology per se, this work starts from the application needs of the electronic industry and ties it back to the available technology offerings available in the market today. The goal is to set the record straight and clearly define critical concepts in x-ray inspection.

The different x-ray modalities, 2D, 2.5D, and 3D x-ray inspection will be explained in details at the user level – no math involved. Most importantly, this presentation will cover when each modality must be utilized for a successful quality assurance program. A rich set of images and videos will be used to illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of each x-ray inspection modality.

Rebecca Jones for Mayor Campaign Event

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Creative Electron to host Rebecca Jones for Mayor event.

Date: May 14, 2018

Time: 5:30pm

Rebecca Jones is a local candidate for mayor prioritizing fiscal responsibility and public safety in the community of San Marcos. Creative Electron is hosting a meet and greet with the local candidate. To learn more or RSVP, contact Content Manager, Ashley Walsh at info@creativeelectron.com.

Bill Cardoso On Tour: Pennsylvania

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iPhone X Teardown

March 28, 2018

Hosted by SMTA Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Double Tree Monroeville, PA

It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. Much has happened since then. Over this past decade, the iPhone became a reference design, and the object of desire of a legion of fans who wait anxiously for every launch of the Cupertino company. Undoubtedly, the most advanced iPhone in the market today, the iPhone X is a technology marvel. The double stacked boards, dual battery, and a face recognition sensor bring the iPhone X to a whole different level.

In this presentation, we’ll explore these technological advances by a live teardown of the iPhone X. The teardown will be followed by a detailed coverage of the technical details of critical parts of the device. This live teardown will be accompanied by x-ray and CT images of the iPhone X, so the audience will get unprecedented insights on what makes this iPhone tick. More importantly, we will explore the assembly process utilized to put the iPhone X together. This presentation is targeted at a wide technical audience looking for a better understanding on how advance consumer electronics are designed and assembled.

San Diego Quarterly Roundtable

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San Diego Quarterly Roundtable

Creative Electron will host the San Diego Quarterly Regional Roundtable on Tuesday March 27th. This event will be put on in joint conjunction with Creative Electron and the California Metals Coalition. Topics include California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), TMDL and heating regulations, review of law suits and case studies involving labor regulations.

Special guests will include Joseph Goldstein, labor attorney from the Goldstein Law Firm, and Creative Electron’s own human resources specialist, Cindy White.

To register, visit metalscoalition.com/roundtables.

For more information, feel free to check out the California Metals Coalition Page for the event:

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Bill Cardoso on Tour: Oregon and Maryland

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Dr. Bill Cardoso kicks of his national tour this week flying between San Diego, Portland, and Baltimore.

Material Management 4.0

March 21, 2018

Hosted by SMTA Oregon Chapter

Axiom Electronics Portland, Oregon

Over the past years, the electronic assembly industry has focused on the development of Industry 4.0, a standard communication protocol that allows production equipment to dialogue. This communication protocol will be a key enabler to improve the quality and efficiency of the production line. This is achieved by creating a feedback loop between inspection and production – thus allowing problems to be identified and corrected as early as possible in the manufacturing line. As a result, the overall cost of manufacturing is reduced as yield rates increase.

Despite the great progress in the development of the integrated production line, a critical part of the manufacturing chain still offline. Inventory rooms around the world must still operate with a far reduced level of sophistication. It is not uncommon to find thousands of reels densely packed in hundreds of linear feet of shelving space. The simple exercise of counting back reels as they come back from the production floor is not standard practice. And even when they are counted, the count is often made by hand. The lack of focus on the automation of our inventory rooms leads to an increasing loss of productivity due to line stoppages. When associated with the recent increase in lead times for electronic components, line stoppage has become a crippling problem that makes inventory accuracy a necessity.

In this presentation, we’ll introduce Material Management 4.0. More than a set communication protocol between machines that count electronic parts and the machines that store them. From x-ray parts counters to fully automated and intelligent storage towers, Material Management 4.0 embraces the overall infrastructure that needs to be in place to realize an accurate, fast, and efficient methodology for inventory control. This investment is critical to realize the benefits in efficiency unleashed by Industry 4.0.

iPhone X Teardown

March 23, 2018

Capitol Technology University Laurel, MD

It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. Much has happened since then. Over this past decade, the iPhone became a reference design, and the object of desire of a legion of fans who wait anxiously for every launch of the Cupertino company. Undoubtedly, the most advanced iPhone in the market today, the iPhone X is a technology marvel. The double stacked boards, dual battery, and a face recognition sensor bring the iPhone X to a whole different level.

In this presentation, we’ll explore these technological advances by a live teardown of the iPhone X. The teardown will be followed by a detailed coverage of the technical details of critical parts of the device. This live teardown will be accompanied by x-ray and CT images of the iPhone X, so the audience will get unprecedented insights on what makes this iPhone tick. More importantly, we will explore the assembly process utilized to put the iPhone X together. This presentation is targeted at a wide technical audience looking for a better understanding on how advance consumer electronics are designed and assembled.

Do register to see Dr. Cardoso speak contact us at info@creativeelectron.com

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Top Five Reasons to Visit Creative Electron at IPC APEX

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For Immediate Release:

San Marcos, CA February 2018 – Creative Electron, the leading American supplier of x-ray machines to the electronics industry, will unveil its largest technology updates to date at IPC (Institute of Printed Circuits) APEX Expo in San Diego February 27th to March 1st at booth 1932. Here are the top five reasons to visit Creative Electron at APEX:

1. Three-Year Exclusive Warranty: Creative Electron is the first x-ray company to offer a three-year warranty that includes the x-ray tube and sensor. “All our products are designed and crafted in our facility in San Marcos, California. This three-year warranty starts with the detailed design of each machine by our engineering team. Our manufacturing team precisely assembles each TruView ™ X-Ray system, which is then carefully maintained by our service team” said Griffin Lemaster, Creative Electron’s VP of Engineering. “When you’re this obsessed with quality, why not give our customers this extra peace of mind?”

2. TruView ™ 10 X-Ray Software: Built from the ground up with user experience in mind, the all new TruView ™ 10 X-Ray Software now powers the TruView ™ family of x-ray systems. TruView ™ 10 boasts fully automated testing capabilities, online and offline programming, and increased overall system speed. “The new updates create a smooth relationship between user and machine,” says Anh Nguyen, vice president of software development at Creative Electron. “We are continuously working towards the perfect x-ray system for our customers – TruView ™ 10 is an important evolutionary step for our industry.”

3. Industry 4.0 Live: APEX will host the first ever multi-vendor demonstration of IPC’s CFX (Connected Factory Exchange Showcase) Industry 4.0 solution. As a member of the CFX group, Creative Electron will have four TruView ™ X-Ray systems talking to the live CFX network. “Creative Electron will have three TruView ™ Parts Counters and a TruView ™ Fusion integrated into the CFX network,” states Bill Cardoso, PhD, CEO of Creative Electron. “Attendees will be able to see the status of the tests running on the TruView ™ systems in real time as they walk the tradeshow floor – as if they were walking their future factory floor,” added Dr. Cardoso, who is also member of the CFX technical committee.

4. New X-Ray Systems: Creative Electron kicks off 2018 with a complete upgrade of its family of TruView ™ X-Ray systems. The powerful, new TruView ™ 10 software suite provides a strong image and a user-friendly experience. “To fully enable the automated features of our new TruView ™ 10 Software, we took on a complete overhaul of the automation in our machines. This software/hardware upgrade package makes the TruView ™ family of products the best value in the market – by far,” said Glen Thomas, PhD, vice president of technology. Please contact National Sales Manager Chris Jimenez at info@creativeelectron.com for more information.

5. The Only Authorized FocalSpot Service – In 2016, Creative Electron acquired the exclusive rights to support the legacy MXI service business from Nordson/MatriX/Focal Spot. Creative Electron is the only place for the full service of FocalSpot machines, including a comprehensive inventory of OEM parts and the original designer engineers. “We are proud to keep legacy FocalSpot and Nicolet systems running year after year,” said Dave Phillips, vice president of customer care. “We are also an IPC training center, so the service we provide our customers goes far beyond repairing a broken x-ray machine. We enable our customers to fully realize the value of their x-ray machine acquisition.”

Creative Electron will be featured at booth 1932 at APEX. Please contact Chris Jimenez, Creative Electron’s National Sales Manager at info@creativeelectron.com to schedule an appointment to experience the new TruView ™ family of x-ray systems.

About Creative Electron:
Creative Electron is the largest US manufacturer of x-ray inspection systems for electronics. Based in California, the company designs and manufactures the award winning TruView ™ X-Ray family of products. Powered by proprietary algorithms and state of the art hardware, TruView ™ enables you to rethink x-ray inspection.

LIVE TWEET: Dr. Cardoso Presents: 2018 MD&M West

by Ashley Walsh in Creative Electron, Events Comments: 0

In addition to presenting the keynote speech at Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium this week, Dr. Cardoso will also speak at MD&M West in Anaheim.

MD&M West is the largest annual “med-tech” conference in North America. Dr. Cardoso will be on center stage to present on the automation of inventory management. As summarized by Dr. Cardoso, this presentation will, “embrace the overall infrastructure that needs to be in place to realize an accurate, fast, and efficient methodology for inventory control.”

Make sure you stop by to hear our presentation at MD&M West. We will be on Center Stage at 2pm on February 8th and follow our LIVE TWEET at @creativeelctrn.

For more information about the presentation contact us today.

Dr. Cardoso to Present as Keynote at the Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium

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President of Creative Electron, Dr. Bill Cardoso will be presenting as the keynote speaker the Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium next week. Dr. Cardoso will be presenting on a special perspective on the new iPhone X the evening of February 6th.

On the Big Island in Hawaii, Dr. Cardoso will be exploring the new iPhone X with a live teardown. This teardown is accompanied by x-ray and CT images. These images provide the audience with a new perspective on the popular technology.

To see behind the scenes of the iPhone X tear down, make sure to check out our blog segment on the iPhone X and follow us on our NEW Instagram @creaiveelectron.

For more information about the presentation contact us today.

Free Webinar: Quality Control to Material Management – an Introduction to X-Ray Technology

by Bill Cardoso in Events Comments: 0

January 30, 2018 at 10AM PST

X-rays have been used in manufacturing activities for over 100 years. From the simple identification of missing parts inside a sealed box to the detailed inspection of a jet turbine, x-ray technology has become ubiquitous in several manufacturing activities. In this webinar we will focus on the uses on x-ray technology in the electronic assembly industry, from the inspection of ball grid arrays (BGA) and quad-flat no-leads (QFN), to counting components in reels, to complex computed tomography operations. It is not our objective to make you an expert in any of these areas, but instead to introduce you to these diverse topics. The ideal audience for this webinar are those in management positions in the SMT industry – who need to understand enough of each activity to know when to deploy them to solve everyday production problems. To accommodate your busy schedule, we’ve limited each topic to a 15 minute talk, presented live by Dr. Bill Cardoso and Dr. Glen Thomas, both experts in x-ray inspection with a combined 50 year experience in the field.  

The topics included in this 1 hour webinar include:

10:00AM – Why x-rays are used to inspect bottom-terminated components (BGA, LED, QFN, etc.)? How to interpret the results you get?

10:15AM – Material Management 4.0 – how to bring my inventory room to the 21st century?

10:30AM – When should I use Computed Tomography?

10:45AM – X-ray and rework – how to figure out what machines do I really need?

To register please email us at info@creativeelectron.com with your complete contact info. We’ll email you back the details on how to log in to attend this webinar.

TruView Parts Counter at NEPCON Japan – Jan. 17-19


It’s a brand new year and we’re heading to Japan to showcase our TruView Parts Counter at NEPCON Japan in Tokyo from January 17-19. If you haven’t been to NEPCON Japan yet, well, you must. NEPCON is Asia’s largest exhibition for electronics design, R&D and manufacturing technology Launched in 1972, NEPCON Japan has grown together with the Japanese & Asian electronics industry. Consisting of 7 shows specialised in essential areas for electronics manufacturing and R&D, the show has increased its value as an exhibition representing Asia’s leading one-stop venue for all those involved in electronics industry. Furthermore, adding exhibitions for promising applications such as Automobiles, Wearable devices, Robots, and Smart factories, NEPCON Japan attracts the huge attention as a venue where the latest technologies for “Future of Electronics” are showcased.

Contact us today to schedule a time to meet us in Tokyo. And don’t forget to check out the all new TruView Parts Counter!

Silicon Valley Expo & Tech Forum

by Bill Cardoso in Events Comments: 0

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Location: Bestronics, Inc.
2243 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131

Time: 8AM to 3PM