Welcome to SMTA
The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.
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Members: Vote For Your New Directors
Four positions on the SMTA Board of Directors will be filled for the term 2015-2018. This is your opportunity to determine the future direction of your organization. If you are a member, please take advantage of your privilege by voting before July 10, 2015.
Recognize a Member of Distinction
Submit your nomination for the 2015 SMTA Members of Distinction Awards. These awards, presented during SMTA International, honor members who have shown exceptional service to the association and the industry. Nominations are still being accepted.
SMTA International Program Finalized and Registration Open!September 27 - October 1, 2015 | Rosemont, Illinois
If you want to get the latest research to help you reduce defects and control your processes, then look no further than the SMTA International Technical Conference. This year we are offering new session tracks including Flux, Solder, Adhesives (FSA) and Inspection Technologies (INS). There are 16 new tutorials including "LED, BGA, and QFN Assembly and Inspection" which is FREE for members!
Video Tutorials on Electronics Assembly Process BasicsFree for members!
Cisco Systems, Inc. was gracious enough to provide some training videos outlining the basic process steps used in electronics assembly including printing, paneling, placement, reflow, wave, and depanelization. These short tutorials are a great introduction for students and anyone who is new to the industry. Active SMTA members can view them for free!
SMTA Announces Retirement of JoAnn Stromberg After 29 Years As Executive Administrator
The SMTA announced today that JoAnn Stromberg, the association's Executive Administrator for the past 29 years, has announced plans to retire at the end of December 2015.
SMTA President, Bill Barthel (Plexus) comments, "I know I speak not only for our current Board of Directors, but for all past Directors as well when I say we cannot underestimate the many contributions made by JoAnn Stromberg to both the SMTA and our industry. She has been tireless in her dedication to growing the SMTA membership, forming new chapters, and keeping the Board focused on the mission of the association. She has been our rudder in both calm and stormy water. A former teacher, JoAnn has developed, along with our technical committees, some of the strongest technical conference programs in our industry. The change and growth she has fostered for the Association and influence she has had on the overall industry is impossible to fully capture in this press release." In 2012, ventureoutsource.com named JoAnn one of the EMS industry’s most influential people.
Barthel further commented, "JoAnn's warm, caring, and outgoing personality has allowed her to make friends with thousands of our industry colleagues. Many in our industry consider the SMTA a "family" as a result of JoAnn's ability to be so inclusive and welcoming to all members and volunteers. The SMTA culture is unique in the industry in a large part due to JoAnn's personal interest and support for everyone she worked with in and outside the Association. We have been so fortunate to have such a strong and caring person lead our efforts for nearly three decades. The SMTA Board of Directors wishes JoAnn a long, happy, healthy retirement."
A celebration and recognition of JoAnn's service will be held on Tuesday evening, September 29th in Rosemont, Illinois, in conjunction with SMTA International. More information can be found at www.smta.org/celebration/joann/. Registration will be available in June when SMTA International registration opens.
The Board has worked with JoAnn over the past year to ensure a smooth transition and is pleased to announce Tanya Martin, SMTA Director of Operations, will assume the role of Executive Administrator on January 1, 2016. JoAnn has been working closely with Tanya over the past year to ensure that she is informed and knowledgeable on all SMTA programs and activities.
5 Ways to Increase Your Technical Knowledge
The phrase "Knowledge is Power" certainly rings true for engineers and businesses. In our fast-paced world of information overload, it is critical to have the right information to make knowledgeable decisions and stay competitive. Here are five ways to get trusted information you can confidently use to make the right decisions in your work.
1. Search from thousands of published technical articles in the SMTA Knowledge Base
2. Attend our free quarterly webinars
3. Network with local professionals and hear quality technical presentations at your local chapter meeting
4. Browse the Book Store for new titles relevant to your work
5. Find contact information in our Member Directory of industry experts who can answer your questions in one conversation
Best of all, you can do each of these at no charge or at deeply discounted rates with an active SMTA Membership.
Find Your Dream Job or Hire a New Employee in the SMTA Career Center
The SMTA Career Center can help engineers, operators, managers, technicians and executives find a job or fill a position in the electronics assembly industry. Go to the Job Listings page for a complete listing. Members post on-line for free!