July 5, 2022
In early 2021, CEO Marti McCurdy and producer Alyssa recorded a summary episode outlining the achievements and growth opportunities for Spirit as a business. We made some major progress, but we never could have predicted the long-reaching supply chain effects of the pandemic.
This "State of the Union" episode looks at the major service achievements of the Spirit team in 2021 along with our growth plan for the rest of 2022 and beyond. We cover team growth, value-added testing services, circuit card assembly and what product lines and services we hear customers need in the current supply chain.
Follow Spirit's growth and updates on our LinkedIn page, and if our work solving unique customer problems in the supply chain sounds up your alley, we're interested in helping you grow alongside us. Spiritelectronics.com/careers
June 20, 2022
It's no secret that the Spirit business and sales team has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Working in a small company offers many options for growth and cross-training experience.
But when it comes to scaling the team, host Marti McCurdy has found it necessary to target the team's growing pains. Enter our newly promoted Corporate Sales Team Lead Dan Jasinek.
Dan began with Spirit's pricing team, quoting microelectronics and services for our customer accounts, but challenged himself to become a dedicated sales account representative. After growing multiple customer accounts and getting to know many customer and supplier representatives, Dan has industry experience he's ready to share with the Spirit sales team in a training role.
Spirit's team encourages challenge and growth options, and plenty of our successful representatives bring sales skills from other industries. Dan knows the aerospace quality clauses and requirements, consistent order management and relationship skills our customer accounts require.
This interview is insight into how to grow as a sales professional, how Dan did just that and why training and encouraging the team goes hand-in-hand with an interest in continually learning new skills.
Spirit is always looking for strong sales professionals to manage our technical orders and support our customer accounts. If you or anyone you know is looking for a challenging new career opportunity, let us know at spiritelectronics.com/careers/.
June 6, 2022
This week Spirit's Lab Technician Corbin Pearson joins Marti to talk about our Epliog fiber laser machine.
The lab and warehouse have marked everything from name badges to phone cases, but real magic of fiber laser marking is in the ability to serialize and physically trace microelectronics and semiconductors through our value-added test programs.
Rather than relying on documentation and data, a physical serial part number, marking or logo lets us tie the physical component back to test data.
Corbin explains that the laser marker can be programmed for depth of the marking as well as placement and automated serialization for multiple parts in a lot or tray.
Corbin briefly touches on some of the other lab testing he conducts such as solderability, HAST, and programming Spirit's robotic arm for our automated BGA reballing process. Laser marking is a quick and easy internal process we can add to any value-add program to make products more traceable for our end customer.
You can learn more about our laser marking and value-add programs at spiritelectronics.com/services/laser-marking.
May 23, 2022
Spirit offers authorized distribution, testing to MIL-STD-883, and circuit card assembly. Is that the full turnkey or can you deliver product even closer to ready-to-use?
Jeremy Rolin, Spirit's Warehouse Manager, returns to Behind the Screen to talk about running custom box build programs, where circuit cards and components are assembled into a final deliverable product. Our flexible services and assembly options even include interfacing with customer systems, serializing and barcoding, and programming box assemblies.
Jeremy also manages receiving, work orders, and shipping, directing components through our on-site lab and board assembly line.
Jeremy's Warehouse team is the hands-on operational side of Spirit, where we do far more than distribution: we offer a full system-deliverable solution to our customers.
Learn more about value-added services from XRF to board assembly at spiritelectronics.com/services.
May 9, 2022
Electrostatic-discharge (ESD) is a universal experience as you walk across the floor and touch a door handle, but even an undetectable static discharge can damage an electronic component.
High-reliability electronics are particularly susceptible to ESD damage, which can often go undetected until it shows up as performance reductions or part failures.
Aerospace and Defense has largely moved to ANSI/ESD S20.20 as the ESD control gold standard method for protecting components during handling. Spirit has done daily, weekly and monthly monitoring and logging for years, but recently Jeremy Rolin put the Spirit program through an audit with Quantum Systems to certify one of our workstations to handle ESD Class 0 devices.
ESD Class 0 components are considered the most sensitive of electronic devices. To achieve this level of control, our warehouse has implemented robust temperature and humidity controls, workstation grounding, smock and shoe personnel grounding, air ionization and regular verifications.
You can view our certificate results along with our extensive quality programming at spiritelectronics.com/about-us/quality.
April 25, 2022
Marti is back with Tracey Latham to discuss how high-tech automated assembly can change the game with BGA reballing. Spirit's new process starts with robotic ball removal, and then our in-house partner Latham Industries uses their advanced assembly line equipment to place the new balls on the BGA.
The power of automation to control the ball placement and inspect the BGA really shines throughout this process. Marti & Tracey discuss each step of the Latham line, including:
- 3S printer for solder paste application
- 10-nozzle pick-and-place of new balls
- 10-zone KIC-controlled oven reflow
- Deionized wash
- Final ball scan
Automated BGA reball includes detailed inspection at each step of the process to avoid rework and damage. The result is a leaded BGA solution, fully tested and ready for production. Your BGA never leaves our facility, protecting it from shipping delays, handling damage and ESD and environmental damage.
See our BGA reball process in action at spiritelectronics.com/contract-manufacturing/bga-reball.
April 18, 2022
Spirit's in-house circuit card assembly partner, Latham Industries, serves customers in aerospace & defense, but also in other industries.
Tracey is back on the podcast with Marti to talk about how the chip shortage is impacting board assembly specifically. After a year of supply constraints, delays, labor shortages and price increases, Marti and Tracey cover how the current supply is affecting business and what they are doing to help customers continue production.
This is a special bonus conversation before our next episode. Stay tuned for another chat with Spirit and Latham Industries on our new automated BGA reball process.
For more information about Spirit's circuit card assembly work with Latham Industries, visit our website at spiritelectronics.com/contract-manufacturing.
April 4, 2022
Spirit's VP of Business Development Zef Malik is focused on the future movement of the aerospace and defense markets.
While this year has brought allocation, price increases, and supply chain disruptions, Zef shares a forward-thinking view of where and how advanced manufacturing and cutting-edge tech will be growing across the United States.
Zef's belief is that to really secure the supply chain, A&D companies need to grow closer partnerships with their suppliers. This is why Spirit has invested in bringing test services and circuit card assembly under our distribution umbrella to deliver ready-to-use parts to our customers.
Listen to Marti & Zef discuss:
(1:40) Test Lab Availability Trends
(5:00) Securing supply chain through partnerships
(9:45) The role of ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) in current trends
(12:30) Automated reball and performance impact
To get started with our ASIC, reball, or circuit card assembly programs, visit spiritelectronics.com/get-a-quote.
March 21, 2022
Tracey Latham and Latham Industries moved into Spirit's empty suite with a sweet automated pick-and-place line last summer. Spirit, and our customers, have started to see first-hand what this line can do.
Latham's assembly line includes solder paste application, pick-and-place, bake, wash and inspections every step of the way.
Hear Marti and Tracey talk about the highly technical placement of a column grid array (CGA) on a custom ASIC board, cameras that can inspect and detect chip flaws in seconds, and how valuable our communication with our customers is to the whole assembly process.
With Spirit and Latham partnered under one roof, authorized component sourcing, value-added testing and board assembly are now only a walk down the hall.
You can learn more about Spirit's partnership with Latham Industries and our contract manufacturing capabilities spiritelectronics.com/contract-manufacturing.
March 7, 2022
Renesas' (formerly Intersil) experience making components for the aerospace industry spans seven decades. Marti sits down with Josh Broline from Renesas's high-reliability unit to talk about what makes their rad-hard products such a cornerstone of space electronics.
Marti and Josh discuss:
(1:00) Renesas and the Intersil brand background
(2:40) Power management devices
(5:05) Power management for memory and variation
(6:19) Process technologies when designing devices for space
(8:57) Radiation testing, low- and high-dose rate TID
(10:20) Manufacturing, fab to qualification and out-the-door
(12:43) Testing, failure analysis and evaluation lab capabilities
(14:20) Specializing in aerospace and growing applications
Renesas' Intersil die & wafer products are now available at Spirit Electronics. You can learn more about their rad-hard, rad-tolerant, and die & wafer options at spiritelectronics.com or get a quote for your next space mission.