Jim Hall is a Principal Consultant and resident Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with ITM Consulting (Durham, NH). His area of responsibility includes working with OEM's, Contract Assemblers, and Equipment Manufacturers to solve design and assembly problems, optimize facility operations, as well as teaching basic and new technologies in private and public forums throughout the industry, world-wide.
Since joining ITM in 2000, Mr. Hall has helped numerous clients in such areas as:
- SMT implementation and assembly facility set-up
- Manufacturing yield improvement
- Counterfeit Component avoidance and mitigation
- Equipment evaluation and selection
- Lead-free road-mapping and implementation
- SMT manufacturing process audits and process improvement
- On-site training for all levels of personnel
- Design for Manufacturability (DFM) specification development
- Implementation of BGA, CSP and flip-chip
- SMT process equipment benchmark testing and evaluation
- SMT product development
- Process structure and documentation development
Jim is one of the authors of the highly acclaimed SMTA Process Certification Course, along with Dr. Ron Lasky and Phil Zarrow. From its introduction in September 2002, he has served as the program's principal instructor, certifying over 200 engineers in the US, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, and China. Mr. Hall, coordinates and implements all updates and improvements to the exams and course materials.
As ITM's resident Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Jim 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, presenting units on subjects including:
- Cost Estimating
- Failure Analysis
- Tear-Down Analysis
Mr. Hall, one of the pioneers of reflow technology, has been actively involved in electronic assembly technology for over 26 years. Jim'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 including those for NEPCON, IMAPS and SMTA. Jim is also the co-host of Circuitnet/Circuitmart's "BoardTalk" audio program.