In my last blog post, I noted that I had set up one of the earliest Surface Mount Technology (SMT) manufacturing facilities in the late 1970s. One of the main pieces of equipment we used was a Universal Instruments RhyMas II Model 4631 robotic placement system, shown below:
Recently I presented What 45 Years in the Electronics Industry Has Taught Me at our annual Design for Reliability Conference, and it got me to thinking about the “fails” I experienced during my career that are funny today but not necessarily when they occurred. They also taught me some lessons you may find valuable. Indulge me while I recount one of the more memorable stories.