Jim Raby Hall of Fame


Hans Motsch

Inducted May 2013


Everyone who uses electronics employs surface mount. Hans Motsch is why. In 1978, while working for a German metal repair company known as Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, Motsch invented surface mount technology. He described connecting "flat, film-like components" to a printed circuit board ... "so that the junctions of the components touch but do not extend into the holes." Motsch, who was issued patents for his idea in Germany (1980) and the US (1983), said he wanted avoid the potential damage to components that came with passing them through the wave.

WM eventually evolved into a coffee maker OEM, and Motsch evolved with it, earning multiple patents for coffee percolaters later in his career.




Saba A. Saba

Inducted May 2013


1968 was a good year for Saba Saba. He conceived (and later patented) the first water-soluble electronics solder. He followed this up a month later with an organic flux with an emulsifier with a flash point above that of the flash point of the solder, thus optimizing the flux for machine soldering.

Saba worked for Electronic Engineering Co. of America.

Carl F. Carlzen

Inducted May 2013


In 1958 Carl F. Carlzen (1916 - 2012) and coinventor Milan Lincoln filed a patent application for a “soldering device,” which, as described, was the first wave soldering machine for printed circuit boards. The idea advanced soldering from dip or fountain (selective) methods into a process that was highly automated and repeatable. They proposed limiting the exposure of the board to heat, as well as methods to minimize bridging or icicles. They were issued USPTO number 2993272 in 1961, and their invention is still used today. Carlzen graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Engineering, and spent his career with Sylvania and Lockheed Space and Missile. He was awarded nine patents during his career.



Joseph (Joe) Fjelstad

Inducted May 2013

Joe Fjelstad is one of the most prolific inventors the printed circuit industry has ever seen. At the time of his induction, Fjelstad had been credited with 170 patents, ranging from solderless flex circuit assembly to LED package assembly to "direct connect" signaling between the PCB and the component package. His inventions ranged from arrays to semiconductor packaging to flexible connectors. One patent describes a method for making a multilayer circuit. And describes method for deburring metal-clad laminate. A chemist by training who seamlessly migrated from printed circuit board fabrication to semiconductor packaging (with a short stint in the technical department of the IPC, an industry trade association), Fjelstad could probably be inducted into any of a variety of Halls of Fame.



Olin B. King

Inducted May 2013


Olin King (1934 - 2012) is known as the father of electronics manufacturing services, although the term wasn't coined until years after the Alabama businessman founded Space Craft International, in 1961. Over the next 40 years, King built the firm from its humble beginnings as a three-man company into SCI Systems (as it was later to be known), the world's largest contract electronics assembler, with 24,000 employees and annual revenues of nearly $7 billion. King studied physics and math and later engineering in college, then starting in 1957 worked for RCA and later the US Army, where he helped build the first 11 US satellites while working for ballistic missile program. SCI for years assembled components for space and military programs, before branching into the computer industry with the IBM PC1 in the 1980s. King retired as SCI chairman in 2000.

Olin King

R. J. Klein Wassink


Inducted May 2012


Dutch engineer R. J. Klein Wassink (born 1933) literally wrote the book on electronics soldering and assembly. His seminal work, the 470-page Soldering in Electronics, was first published in 1984. Revised in 1989, the updated manual weighed in at nearly 800 pages. It quickly became a standard part of every engineer's toolkit. In 1995, he followed that tome with the 510-page Manufacturing Techniques for Surface Mounted Assemblies (revised in 2001). He is perhaps the most referenced electronics engineer in the English speaking world.

Wassink spent the better part of his career at Philips' Centre for Manufacturing Technology in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he developed soldering and assembly processes for what was then the world's second-largest electronics manufacturer. He graduated in metallurgy from the Technical University in Delft, Holland, in 1962. He spent 1962 to 1974 as a researcher in metals and ceramic technology at Philips Research Laboratories, then led the Centre for Manufacturing Technology (CFT), which researched mounting technology and soldering. Near the end of his career, he became scientific advisor within the Circuit Technology department of the CFT.


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