BEST Inc.

BEST offers professional rework, repair and prototype builds of PCBs. Our experienced instructors teach professional soldering classes as we are an IPC certified training center.

Repair/Rework, Soldering, IPC Standards Certification Center, Service Provider, Training Provider

Your BEST Source for PCB rework/repair, solder training, and soldering tools!

Our Contract BGA Rework/Repair Division provides expert bga rework services and bga repair, ECO modifications and rework to your PCBs. Our state of the art equipment and IPC certified operators insure the bga rework done on your PCBs will be done correctly and reliably. 100% guaranteed. Because our core competency is BGA rework & PCB repair, our operators' output per person far exceeds that of in-house operators. Compare your fully burdened overhead rate of rework/repair to our per board price - you'll be surprised! We offer turns as quick as 24 hours on BGA rework and reballing of BGAs.

BEST is an IPC Master Certification Center offering Instructor and Operator soldering courses for IPC-A-610, J-STD-001, IPC 7711/7721 as well as customized classes to meet specific standards or criteria. BEST now offers the first web based, fully interactive IPCA-610 Certification online! BEST is also the only IPC Certification Center in the world with a Mobile Training Center - a fully operational, mobile solder training lab that brings the classroom right to your door!

Pre-order your copy of the IPC A-610D Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies Standard, due to be released in February, 2005. Order yours today from BEST!

BEST, Inc specializes in offering products that streamline the process of hand soldering, rework and repair, which also includes lead free soldering products. Our training kits, dummy components and IPC materials are excellent resources for skill building and retention. Our Rework/Repair Exchange offers product reviews and technical articles on the latest rework/repair equipment, as well as a forum to buy and sell used or refurbished equipment.

BEST Inc. Postings

62 products »

LGA Rework Services

BEST is your source for LGA rework services. We can optimize our processes to make sure voiding is minimized and the interconnection to all of the IO meets the IPC classification for the assembly. BEST has a variety of  an...

Rework & Repair Services

QFN Rework Services

BEST Inc. provides a variety of QFNrework services including the most popular QFN package styles. BEST has lots of experience in minimizing the voiding in QFN rework. BEST can minimize voiding by optimizing the reflow profile, pre-bump t...

Rework & Repair Services

BGA Reballing Services

BEST Inc is your source for BGA reballing services. BEST can reball plastic, ceramic and metal bodies components down to 0.3mm pitch. We have the ability to develop the process you want with a variety of deballing methods and machines av...

Rework & Repair Services

BGA Repair Services

Your BEST Source For High Quality Industry-Leading BGA Repair BEST provides industry-leading solutions for BGA and other grid array device reworks. Our engineers have developed better processes to make BGA repair more ...

Rework & Repair Services

BGA Repair Services

Cable and Wire Harness Assembly Class

The hands-on Cable and Wire Harness Assembly course is a comprehensive training course that will give individuals the practical hands-on experience necessary to build an entire wire harness assembly. This class is supplemental to the IPC/WHMA-A-62...

Education/Training

BGA X-Ray Inspection Services

BEST can provide you with analysis services for your BGAs using x-ray equipment. We rework thousands of BGAs and POPs every year therefore we have the expertise in BGA X-ray inspection. BEST can be your outsourced BGA x-ray inspection so...

Assembly Services

BGA X-Ray Inspection Services

PCB X-Ray Services

If you are an EMS provider or OEM of electronic/electrical components or sub-assemblies incorporating plastics, metals, ceramics or any combination of these, BEST Inc can offer you knowledgeable x-ray inspection services. BEST experience...

Assembly Services

PCB X-Ray Services

HeatShieldGel™ - Thermal Protection of Electronic Components During Reflow

BEST HeatShield Gel™ is a thermal shield water-based gel designed to be used in the PCB rework/repair or board assembly areas in order to provide thermal protection of electronic components. It is truly a revolutionary means to...

Rework & Repair Equipment

HeatShieldGel™ - Thermal Protection of Electronic Components During Reflow

HeatShields™ Ceramic Thermal Shielding Material for PCB Rework

Protecting Heat Sensitive Components. Are you in need of a flexible method for shielding nearby components during the PCB rework process? Do you find yourself looking for an effective heat shielding product which can be eas...

Rework & Repair Equipment

HeatShields™ Ceramic Thermal Shielding Material for PCB Rework

J-STD-001 Training Kit for Revision F

BEST IPC J-STD-001 Revision F training kits feature REAL circuit boards that represent actual soldering conditions. This kit features "062 thick multilayer boards which are more representative ...

Education/Training

J-STD-001 Training Kit for Revision F

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131 training courses »

  • Advanced SMT Rework Training Course
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Thu, Oct 19 - Fri, Oct 20, 2017
  • BGA Rework/Profiling Training Course
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Wed, Sep 27 - Fri, Sep 29, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Wed, Nov 1 - Fri, Nov 3, 2017
  • Cable and Wire Harness Assembly Training Course
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Thu, Aug 10 - Fri, Aug 11, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Thu, Oct 19 - Fri, Oct 20, 2017
  • ESD Awareness Training Course
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Fri, Sep 22, 2017
  • IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum (CIS) Certification Training Course
    Cleveland, OH | Fri, Sep 22, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Fri, Dec 1, 2017
    Huntsville, AL | Fri, Sep 15, 2017
    Huntsville, AL | Fri, Nov 10, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Fri, Sep 15, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Fri, Nov 17, 2017
  • IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum (CIT) Certification Training Course
    Auburn Hills, MI | Fri, Oct 6, 2017
    Auburn Hills, MI | Fri, Dec 8, 2017
    Auburn Hills, MI | Mon, Dec 11, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Fri, Sep 22, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Fri, Nov 10, 2017
  • IPC J-STD-001 Specialist (CIS) Certification Training Course
    Auburn Hills, MI | Mon, Aug 28 - Fri, Sep 1, 2017
    Auburn Hills, MI | Mon, Dec 11 - Fri, Dec 15, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Mon, Sep 18 - Fri, Sep 22, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Mon, Nov 27 - Fri, Dec 1, 2017
    Huntsville, AL | Mon, Sep 11 - Fri, Sep 15, 2017
    Huntsville, AL | Mon, Nov 6 - Fri, Nov 10, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Mon, Aug 21 - Fri, Aug 25, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Mon, Oct 30 - Fri, Nov 3, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Mon, Sep 11 - Fri, Sep 15, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Mon, Nov 13 - Fri, Nov 17, 2017
  • IPC J-STD-001 Trainer (CIT) Recertification Course
    Auburn Hills, MI | Thu, Aug 17 - Fri, Aug 18, 2017
    Auburn Hills, MI | Thu, Oct 12 - Fri, Oct 13, 2017
    Auburn Hills, MI | Thu, Nov 30 - Sat, Dec 2, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Thu, Sep 14 - Fri, Sep 15, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Thu, Nov 16 - Fri, Nov 17, 2017
  • IPC-6012 Specialist (CIS) Certification Training Course
    Auburn Hills, MI | Tue, Aug 29 - Fri, Sep 1, 2017
    Auburn Hills, MI | Tue, Nov 7 - Fri, Nov 10, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Tue, Aug 8 - Fri, Aug 11, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Tue, Oct 3 - Fri, Oct 6, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Tue, Dec 5 - Fri, Dec 8, 2017
    Huntsville, AL | Tue, Oct 10 - Fri, Oct 13, 2017
    Huntsville, AL | Tue, Dec 12 - Fri, Dec 15, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Tue, Sep 5 - Fri, Sep 8, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Tue, Nov 7 - Fri, Nov 10, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Wed, Jul 26 - Fri, Jul 28, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Tue, Sep 26 - Fri, Sep 29, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Tue, Oct 31 - Sun, Dec 3, 2017
  • IPC-7711/7721 Specialist (CIS) Certification Training Course
    Auburn Hills, MI | Mon, Sep 25 - Fri, Sep 29, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Mon, Aug 21 - Fri, Aug 25, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Mon, Oct 9 - Fri, Oct 13, 2017
    Cleveland, OH | Mon, Dec 11 - Fri, Dec 15, 2017
    Huntsville, AL | Mon, Sep 18 - Fri, Sep 22, 2017
    Huntsville, AL | Mon, Nov 13 - Sat, Nov 18, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Mon, Aug 28 - Fri, Sep 1, 2017
    Rolling Meadows, IL | Mon, Oct 2 - Fri, Oct 6, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Mon, Aug 14 - Fri, Aug 18, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Mon, Oct 23 - Fri, Oct 27, 2017
    Rosemount, MN | Mon, Dec 11 - Fri, Dec 15, 2017

121 more training courses from BEST Inc. »

19 technical articles »

Multiple Methods for Applying Paste Flux or Solder Paste for BGA Rework

Mar 30, 2017 | Bob Wettermann, BEST Inc. MIT

There are multiple methods, each with its associated benefits for given applications, for printing either solder paste or paste flux for BGA rework. Each of these methods is best-suited for a given situation, board layout and skill level of operators performing the BGA rework. This discussion will layout the various methods and present the specific circumstances for which the specific technique is most wellsuited. In addition, the pluses and minuses for each of the approaches will be discussed in detail....

BGA Rework Process

Feb 01, 2017 | Bob Wettermann

BGA Rework Course encompasses the skills necessary to perform rework of electronic printed circuit boards to include PBGA and CBGA technologies. There should be 'one-stop' solution, that offers a wide range of ball grid array rework and repair services....

PCB Laser Depanelizing Using a UV Laser

Oct 06, 2016 | Bob Wettermann

One of the methods gaining in popularity for singulating rigid/flex, rigid and flex circuit boards post assembly is through the use of laser routing. This method has the advantage of speed, positional accuracy, no tooling wear and lastly no induced mechanical stresses on components during the singulating process....

Adhesive Backed Plastic Stencils vs Mini Metal Stencils

Aug 27, 2015 | Bob Wettermann, MIT

Ever since there has been a widespread usage of surface mount parts, the trend of continued shrinkage of devices with ever finer pitches has continued to challenge PCB assemblers for the rework of same. Todays' pitches are commonly 0.5 to 0.4mm with packages of tiny outline sizes, 5 -10mm square, making the rework of such devices a challenge. In addition to the handling and inspection challenges comes the board density. Spacing to neighboring components continues to be compressed so the rework techniques should not damage neighboring components....

Plastic vs Metal Stencils for Prototype Printing

Sep 11, 2014 | Bob Wettermann.

This article goes through the pluses and minuses of using plastic stencils for DIY prototypes. The release efficiency is measured and "rules of thumb" for using one type vs another is explained....

Reliability of Reworked QFNs

Sep 11, 2014 | CRANE.

In this DOD study the reliability of reworked QFNs is studied with the outcome being that a stay in place stencil does not impact the reliability of a QFN reworked using this technique...

Reballing a QFN Simplifies QFN Rework

Sep 11, 2014 | Bob Wettermann.

There are a variety of methods one can use to rework QFNs. This paper explains one of the ways to get very little center ground voiding while making it easy to place a tiny component with almost no keep out areas....

Performance of Kapton Stencils vs Stainless Steel Stencils for Prototype Printing Volumes Processes

Jul 03, 2013 | Bob Wettermann, Hung Hoang

It has been demonstrated in numerous pieces of work that stencil printing, one of the most complex PCB assembly processes, is one of the largest contributors to defects (Revelino et el). This complexity extends to prototype builds where a small number of boards need to be assembled quickly and reliably. Stencil printing is becoming increasingly challenging as packages shrink in size, increase in lead count and require closer lead spacing (finer pitch). Prototype SMT assembly can be further divided between industrial and commercial work and the DIYer, hobbyist or researcher groups. This second group is highly price sensitive when it comes to the materials used for the board assembly as their funds are sourced from personal or research monies as opposed to company funds. This has led to development of a lower cost SMT printing stencil made from plastic film as opposed to the more traditional stainless steel stencil used by industrial and commercial users.This study compares the performance of these two traditional materials and their respective impact on solder paste printing including efficiency and print quality....

Component Shortages Causing Electronics Manufacturers to "Use All Means Necessary" to Ship Products

Nov 24, 2010 | Bob Wettermann

As the electronics manufacturing and assembly industry in the US recovers to some degree from the economic crisis which began in 2008, the challenge of component shortages has risen to the top as one of the stumbling blocks for contract assemblers and cap...

A New Stenciling Method for Reworking SMT Components

Jul 15, 2010 | Bob Wettermann

When reworking more complex SMT components such as finer pitch SMT components, SMTconnectors and even area array devices, the most common method of printing on the printing selectively on the PCB has some serious shortcomings. The most significant problem...

9 more technical articles from BEST Inc. »

27 news releases »

BEST Inc. Puts Semi-Automated Mass Rework Process Online

Mar 31, 2017 | BEST installs and brings Up mass rework machine capability to reduce costs and increase the turnover of boards requiring lots of parts change outs.

BEST SMT Boot Camp Nov 29-Dec 1, 2016 Featuring Phil Zarrow

Oct 25, 2016 | Learn about SMT assembly from SME Phil Zarrow in Chicago

New Hands On Class for Wire/Cable Assembly

Sep 01, 2016 | A new class has been developed to teach EMS providers and others the basics of wire harness assembly techniques. This class goes along with the popular IPC-A-620 Wire and Cable Harness Assembly Acceptance standards.

BEST Releases 2nd Half Training Schedule for 2016

May 25, 2016 | BEST's 2nd half of 2016 schedule including more dates and classes in Detroit.

Award for New Product Innovation Announced

Apr 20, 2016 | BEST, Inc. was presented Circuit Assembly’s NPI Award for its HeatShield Gel™ high temperature shielding product at the IPC APEX Expo on Feb. 24 in San Diego, Calif.

BEST, Inc. Will Be Conducting 2 Training Sessions at the IPC APEX Expo 2016

Feb 27, 2016 | BEST Inc. instructors will be conducting 2 training sessions this year at the APEX Expo 2016 - Advanced Rework: Hands-on BGA Reballing, Lead-Free Devices, and Fine-Pitch Parts, and the 2nd session - Stencil Printing: Consistent Print Volumes for SMT Rework.

BEST Developes Revolutionary Gel for Masking of Parts

Jan 05, 2016 | Novel method for protecting electronic components from heat.

BEST Installs New Laser System for PCB Depaneling, Hole Drilling, Selective Ablation

Oct 21, 2015 | Product lead time reductions and increased capabilities for EMS providers and board shops

Assembly Challenges of Small Packages - A Tech Symposium Presented by Industry Experts

Sep 01, 2015 | Please join BEST for our 2015 Tech Symposium on the Assembly Challenges of Small Packages. Increase your understanding of the challenges involved in small footprint device assembly.

Tech Symposium on SMT Micro Electronics Assembly and Rework

Aug 05, 2015 | SMT micro electronics assembly and rework symposium has been scheduled for 2015 for October 1, 2015. Learn/Re-learn how to perform a design of experiments, learn rework tips from Paul Wood and "lessons learned" from Chrys Shea.

17 more news releases from BEST Inc. »

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