Does medical device reliability worry you sick?

Contaminants that find their way into critical performance devices before, during or even after manufacturing can cause serious consequences.   Originally Published in SMT007 Magazine, November...

Understanding X-ray

X-ray inspection helps manufacturers identify defects hidden within their printed circuit boards and electronic components.  

Understanding cross-sectioning

Cross-sectioning is a common reliability test method used to expose inner details of circuit boards normally hidden to the eye. It is most commonly used in the electronics industry to identify...

Beyond surface residues: new ways to diagnose performance issues

Many of our clients know us as a surface residues expert, but our growing lineup of new reliability test methods is an equally important part of our story.

Staying inside the lines: flux contamination from selective solder process

Flux applied outside of the contact area escapes the high temperatures necessary to render it benign.  

Flux entrapment under low-standoff components

Redesigning the ground pad to increase standoff height resolves PCB cleanliness issues in both no-clean and water-soluble flux environments.

What the C3 Corrosivity Index™ Means For Contamination Testing

The C3 Corrosivity Index™ is an indicator of the cleanliness of a test site, and is calculated by dividing the maximum current seen during the test by the elapsed time of the test. It provides a...

Proper Use of the C3

The C3 was designed and developed as a non-destructive process monitor tool for the electronics industry. It remains the only tester on the market that indicates whether a specific, critical area...

Three Common Sources of Contamination in Electronics Assembly

At Foresite, we experience a great deal of satisfaction when we are able to quickly and expertly identify the root cause and get our customers back on track when they face a difficult and...

Who Dropped The Ball? The Importance of Process Control

We recently investigated a pair of production defects that demonstrated the importance of material identification and process control. Two unrelated but similar instances of field failures,...