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  • Indium Corporation’s Dr. Ronald Lasky to Conduct Workshops on Lean Six Sigma for Electronics Assembly

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    Indium Corporation senior technologist Dr. Ronald Lasky has been tapped by SMTA to conduct a three-part workshop, titled Solving Real-Life Problems Using the Tools of Lean Six Sigma, in conjunction with Jim Hall, Principal SMT Consultant with ITM Consulting. The first session will be held on May 31 at 3 p.m. EDT. Parts two and three will be held at the same time on June 7 and June 21, respectively. All sessions will be conducted virtually.

    The workshops are intended to provide a basic overview of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) techniques for electronic assembly. They will use a teaching example, presenting a simulated LSS evaluation of a common electronic assembly quality problem. The format will follow the fundamental LSS procedure of DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control). The workshop assumes the attendee has a basic understanding of statistics. Minitab ® will be used in the quantitative aspects of the workshop.

    The May 31 session, which employs a stencil printing example, will present a brief overview of LSS, define the problem, and analyze it through the first three steps of the DMAIC process.

    “LSS is the fundamental technological approach to improving manufacturing processes, developed to help the U.S. be most competitive on the global economic stage,” said Dr. Lasky. “We believe this introduction will help attendees understand the advantages of LSS and to encourage them to pursue more detailed LSS training.”

    Click here to register for the May 31 session and learn more about this workshop series.

    Dr. Lasky is a senior technologist at Indium Corporation, as well as a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Instructor. He has more than 30 years of experience in electronics and optoelectronics packaging at IBM, Universal Instruments, and Cookson Electronics. He has authored six books and contributed to nine others on science, electronics, and optoelectronics; he has authored numerous technical papers. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at several colleges, teaching more than 20 different courses on topics such as electronics packaging, materials science, physics, mechanical engineering, and science and religion.

    Dr. Lasky holds numerous patent disclosures and is the developer of several SMT processing software products relating to cost estimating, line balancing, and process optimization. He is the co-creator of engineering certification exams that set standards in the electronics assembly industry worldwide. Dr. Lasky was awarded the Surface Mount Technology Association’s (SMTA) Technical Distinction Award in 2021 for his “significant and continuing technical contributions to the SMTA.” He was also awarded SMTA’s prestigious Founder’s Award in 2003.

    As ITM Consulting’s resident Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Hall works with contract assemblers and equipment manufacturers to solve design and assembly problems, optimize facility operations, and teach basic and new technologies in private and public workshops. Hall is one of the authors of the highly acclaimed SMTA Process Certification Course, along with Dr. Lasky and Phil Zarrow. From its introduction in September 2002, he has served as the program’s principal instructor, certifying nearly 1,000 engineers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, and China. Mr. Hall coordinates and implements all updates and improvements to the exams and course materials.

    Hall is a strong proponent of in-process data capture and analysis for all assembly and related operations and other continuous improvement techniques. He participates as an instructor in the Lean Six Sigma programs offered at Dartmouth College. One of the pioneers of reflow technology, he has been actively involved in electronic assembly technology for more than 26 years. Hall’s expertise lies in process development and integration, fluid and thermodynamics, and computer control systems. He has delivered numerous papers and workshops on surface mount technology at technical seminars around the world. He is also the co-host of Circuitnet/Circuitmart’s “BoardTalk” audio program.

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