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.

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