Bob Willis currently operates training and consultancy business based in England and has created one of the largest collections of conventional and interactive training material in the industry. Although a specialist for companies implementing lead-free manufacture Mr Willis has provided worldwide consultancy in most areas of electronic manufacture over the last 25 years. This is based on working in contract assembly, printed circuit board manufacture and environmental test facilities. This has earned him the SOLDERTEC/Tin Technology Global Lead-Free Award for his contribution to the industry. He has also been presented with the SMTA International Leadership Award and IPC Committee Award for contribution to their standards activity.
He has worked with the GEC Technical Directorate as Surface Mount Co-Ordinator for both the Marconi and GEC group of companies and prior to that he was Senior Process Control Engineer with Marconi Communication Systems. Following his time with GEC he became Technical Director of an electronics contract manufacturing company where he formed a successful training and consultancy division. Over the years Bob has been Chairman and Technical Director of the SMART Group and holds the title of Honorary Life Vice President for his contributions to the group since its inception. Over the years Bob has run pin in hole reflow production lines on site and at major international exhibitions, like Productronica, Nepcon and SMARTEX. He created one of the first advanced courses in PIHR and he created the first video, interactive CD ROM and inspection standards.