How to Kill a Circuit Board
This paper was presented at a previous SMTA Exposition in the Chicago area. It presents a lively and thoughtful discussion of the numerous errors SMT engineers can make during the production of their PCBs, and suggests a long litany of improvements that savvy process engineers should be trying to implement in their quest to make quality circuitry that will meet mission requirements at an affordable price. Although we don’t agree with every assertion in her paper — particularly her support for aqueous automated cleaning processes — there’s no doubt she’s right on target with many of these quality improvements and process enhancements.
Ms. Tulkoff knows her topic. She has nearly 30 years of experience in electronics manufacturing focusing on failure analysis and reliability. She is passionate about the optimal techniques accelerate product design and development while saving time, managing resources, and improving customer satisfaction. She is a published author and a senior member of both ASQ and IEEE. Ms. Tulkoff has served as chairperson of the IEEE Central Texas WIE and IEEE ASTR sections and is an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer, an SMTA Speaker of Distinction and serves on ASQ, IPC and iNEMI committees. She has a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and. She’s also a marathon runner!