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Bob Klenke

Principal SMT Consultant
ITM Consulting

Mr. Klenke is ITM's resident wave soldering and selective soldering expert with more than 15 years of direct hands-on experience with selective soldering technology.

With a career in the electronics assembly industry spanning more than thirty years in engineering and marketing with ERSA, Siemens, Plexus and Philips, his expertise includes process optimization, process troubleshooting and value-added defect resolution strategies.


Bob Klenke is a consultant to the printed circuit board assembly Industry and a staff member of ITM Consulting (Durham, NH). His area of responsibility includes working with OEM's and Contract Electronic Manufacturers (CEMs) to solve assembly problems and optimize facility operations. Bob also holds the position of Managing Director with ITM Marketing, a full service technical marketing and market research firm.

Mr. Klenke is the former vice president of sales and marketing for ERSA, with a career in the electronics assembly industry spanning more than thirty years in engineering and marketing with Siemens, Plexus and Philips. His extensive knowledge allows him to provide valued assistance to clients in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management and process refinement.

Bob's service with Plexus and Philips Circuits Assemblies has given him a wealth of firsthand CEM experience in surface mount assembly and TH production line and operations management. His employment with ERSA and Siemens gave him the opportunity to open new markets, introduce new products and the ability to train operational and maintenance personnel using his engineering and operations management skills.

Mr. Klenke has direct engineering expertise working with several automotive electronics OEM and CEM companies both as an equipment supply partner and in a contract electronics manufacturer supplier relationship. He has direct experience working with esteemed automotive electronics OEM, ODM and EMS companies.

The combination of hands-on experience in managing the engineering and operational aspects of contract electronics manufacturing facilities, to direct capital equipment support, allows Bob to provide a unique perspective of a client's operational challenges.

Since joining ITM in 2003, Bob Klenke has helped numerous clients in such areas as:

  • SMT and TH implementation and assembly facility set-up
  • Manufacturing yield improvement
  • Equipment evaluation and selection
  • Lead-free road-mapping and equipment and process implementation
  • SMT and TH manufacturing process audits and process improvement
  • On-site training for all levels of personnel
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM) specification development
  • Wave soldering and selective soldering feasibility, development and implementation
  • Solder process deployment assessment and optimization
  • SMT process equipment benchmark testing and evaluation
  • Technical evaluations related to business acquisitions and mergers
  • Technical assistance in legal disputes

Bob is ITM's resident wave soldering and selective soldering expert with more than 15 years of direct hands-on experience with selective soldering technology. His expertise includes process optimization, process troubleshooting and value-added defect resolution strategies.


Bob is an accomplished author who has published numerous technical articles and is a frequent workshop instructor for wave soldering and selective soldering courses at APEX, NEPCON and SMTA International trade show conferences. He is an active member of SMTA and IPC/SMEMA (Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association).