Jim Raby Hall of Fame

George Devol, Jr.


Inducted May 2012


George Devol, Jr.,1912 – 2011, invented the first digitally operated programmable robotic arm. The invention formed the basis for the modern robotics industry, including future screen printers and placement equipment. Devol's invention, which he called the "Unimate," was first put into practice at a General Motors plant. The US PTO awarded him a patent for the idea in 1961, one of more than 40 patents Devol was granted during his career. He later launched the world's first robot manufacturing company, Unimation. In 2005, Popular Mechanics magazine selected the Unimate as one of the Top 50 Inventions of the Past 50 Years.


Stanislaus F. Danko


Inducted May 2012


Stanislaus F. Danko, born 1916, of the U.S. Armed Forces Signal Research and Development Laboratory co-developed the "Auto-Sembly" process, the first known dip soldering process using radial leaded components. The automated process punched holes in regular printed or etched electronic circuits, then dropped the component leads through the holes and dipped in a solder bath, soldering all connections in a single operation, the precursor to modern wave soldering. He an coinventer Moe Abramson were issued US PTO no. 2,756,485 for their invention. He graduated in 1937 with a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the Cooper Institute. He also testified as an expert witness for the defense in the famous Technograph Printed Circuits v. Bendix Aviation lawsuit, which pitted the inventor of the printed circuit against an alleged infringing party.


Moe Abramson


Inducted May 2012


It was 1949 when Moe Abramson (1912-1986), along with Stanislaus F. Danko, both of U.S. Armed Forces Signal Corps, invented the "Auto-Sembly" process, the first known dip soldering process using radial leaded components. Using their automated process, holes could be punched in regular printed or etched electronic circuits, then the component (resistors, tubes) leads were dropped through the holes and dipped in a solder bath, soldering all connections in a single operation, the precusor to modern wave soldering. The US PTO issued Abramson a patent for the idea in 1956. In 1957, Abramson was bestowed with what was at the time the largest cash reward ever made by the Army for an employee suggestion: a $10,000 award for the idea.

Jim D. Raby


Inducted May 2012


Jim Raby (b. 1934) has spent his entire career -- more than 55 years -- in electronics manufacturing. Starting with the Saturn/Apollo Program, Raby became synonymous with soldering and high reliability printed circuit assemblies. He is credited for developing the NASA and Navy (the famous China Lake) soldering schools, and was instrumental in developing the IPC soldering certification curriculum, used by the vast majority of the industry today. He initiated the Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility (now known as the American Competitiveness Institute). All in all, he has trained tens of thousands of engineers and operators.

He has been issued patents for wave soldering and embedded components, and initiated the Zero Defect Program for wave soldering. He also was the driver of  the Lights Out Factory concept that revolutionized the modern electronics manufacturing facility.

For more than 30 years, Raby worked on industry standards, including DOD-STD-2000, MIL-STD-2000, J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610. He also helped write and implement standards for wire harnesses. He has been involved in the research for lead-free solder processes and materials. His seminal paper, "Standardization of Military Specifications," was the roadmap for reducing some 219 specifications into a single four-document set known as MIL-STD-2000, the precursor to J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610. He has worked on more than a dozen standards and training programs, and chaired or vice-chaired committees on soldering, rework and repair, component mounting, and product assurance. He wrote the curriculum and conducted beta testing for IPC training programs for J-STD-001, IPC-A-610D, IPC/WHMA-A-620, and IPC-7711/7721A, and received the IPC Presidents Award in 1984.

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