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Dallas Expo & Tech Forum


Special Thanks to our Breakfast Sponsor, Precision Technology, Inc.!

Special Thanks to our Technical Sessions Sponsor, Summit Interconnect!

Free Technical Program & Schedule:

Registration opens

8:30AM – 9:15AM
Ed WestrickIPC 610 – What it is and What are the New Revision Changes?
Speaker: Ed Westrick, Master IPC Trainer, Verion Training Systems 
This will cover the purpose of the IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies manual in the manufacture of electronic assemblies, with a primary focus on the most recent changes. 

9:15AM – 10:00AM
Eric MiscollThe Repositioning of the EMS Industry
Speaker: Eric Miscoll, Charlie Barnhart & Associates 
The electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry continues to change. Beginning with a 5 year industry forecast, this presentation will consider the factors that are driving companies within the industry to reposition their business models. Also included will be a case study and management metrics for EMS companies with annual revenues less than $100M.

Expo opens

11:00AM – 11:45AM
Keith BeersThe Do’s and Don’ts of Wearable Device Design
Speaker: Keith Beers, Ph.D., Exponent 
The new and rapidly advancing field of wearable electronics has the potential to change the way we interact with electronic devices and collect data about ourselves in the pursuit of quality of life improvements. This talk will provide an overview of what wearable electronics are, some of their current applications, as well as some potential future impact(s). Additionally, a discussion of the do’s and don’ts in the design and manufacture of wearable electronics, as learned by a failure analysis firm, will be provided.

Complimentary Lunch

Join us for Complimentary lunch and Networking on the Show Floor - PLUS Door Prize Drawings! 

Special Thanks to Our Lunch Sponsor: NPI Technologies 


Special thanks to our Door Prize Sponsor, SVTronics!


1:30PM – 2:15PM
Jim EatmanFlex Circuit Design and Material Selection 
Speaker: Jim Eatman, Eatman Associates for PFC Flexible Circuits 
Flex circuits enable smaller, more elegant packaging of electronic systems. They can be found in virtually every digital handheld device and smart watch. Flex circuit usage is proliferating in additional market spaces because of performance and mechanical advantages.

The list of available flex circuit materials is growing, providing new opportunities for use in higher frequency and high temperature applications. Flex circuits can be excellent substrates for impedance controlled stripline and microstrip applications, replacing bulky coaxial cables and other wiring. Multi-layer flex is replacing traditional rigid flex for many high- density SMT circuit implementations, at a lower cost.

Designers who regularly work with rigid PCBs face new challenges when dealing with the mechanical aspects of flex. This presentation provides an overview of the differences between flex circuit design and rigid PCB design, and discusses the newest materials available in the world of flex and rigid flex.


Expo Closes

Award winners!

The Dallas chapter of the SMTA is proud to announce two award-winners among us!  The SMTA Board of Directors has selected Gary Tanel to receive the prestigious 2016 Founder's Award (SMTA’s highest honor), which will be presented to him at SMTA International in Rosemont in September.  This award recognizes not only Gary’s contributions to the SMTA, but also to the industry at large.  Gary is currently the Dallas chapter president.

The SMTA Board of Directors has also recognized Viswam Puligandla with the 2016 Excellence in Leadership award.  Viswam is currently one of the Dallas chapter’s technical advisers.

Be sure to congratulate these two men when you see them at the next chapter meeting.

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Chapter Calendar of Events
Date / Time Event Location Phone Contact/Email
January 13, 2017
11:00 am
Chapter Meeting Aboca's Italian Grill 972-672-2506   Gary Tanel 
March 7, 2017
Vendor - Expo - Dallas 2017 Plano Centre   Kaitlyn Gherity 
April 7, 2017
11:00 am
Chapter Meeting Aboca's Italian Grill 972-672-2506   Gary Tanel 
May 5, 2017
11:00 am
Chapter Meeting: HDI Manufacturing and Design Aboca's Italian Grill 972-672-2506   Gary Tanel 
June 2, 2017
11:00 am
Chapter Meeting Aboca's Italian Grill 972-672-2506   Gary Tanel 
July 15, 2017
06:00 pm
Top Golf Top Golf 972-672-2506   Gary Tanel 
September 10, 2017
09:00 am
SMTA-I Rosemont, IL 972-672-2506   Gary Tanel 
October 6, 2017
11:00 am
Chapter Meeting Aboca's Italian Grill 972-672-2506   Gary Tanel 
November 10, 2017
Geek-A-Palooza TBA 952-920-7682   Karen Frericks 
November 14, 2017
Certification - SMT Processes - November 14-16 (Dallas,TX) Verion Training Systems   Jenny Ng 
December 1, 2017
06:00 pm
Member Appreciation Party Addison Conference and Theatre Centre 972-672-2506   Gary Tanel 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Gary Tanel  (McDonald Technologies)
Phone : 972-672-2506
Email : GaryT@McDonald-Tech.com

Vice President : Jack Harris  (The IPS Group, LLC)
Phone : 214-908-3336
Email : jharris@theipsgroup.net

Secretary : Keith Larson CID  (Summit Interconnect)
Phone : 817-915-5664
Email : Keith.larson@summit-pcb.com

Treasurer : Jim Baker  (Spectra Sales Corporation)
Phone : 214-912-4103
Email : jim.baker1@verizon.net

VP of Technical Programs : Darrell Ray  (DRS Technologies)
Phone : 214-507-2117
Email : darrell.ray@gmail.com

VP of Membership : Carol Primdahl  (Krypton Solutions)
Phone : 214-882-2363
Email : carol@krypton-solutions.com

Webmaster (Appointed) : Chintan Sutaria  (CalcuQuote)
Phone : 909-278-8233
Email : csutaria@calcuquote.com

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Riki G. Brown  (LeeMAH Electronics)
Phone : 951-733-2806
Email : rbrown@leemah.com

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Viswanadham Puligandla Ph.D.  (Nokia (Retired))
Phone : 972-355 7107
Email : viswam38@gmail.com

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Glenn Robertson  (Process Sciences Inc.)
Phone : 972-960-2323
Email : glennr@process-sciences.com

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Michael Barnes  (Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.)
Phone : 972-479-2280
Email : michael.barnes@us.fujitsu.com

Newsletter Editor (Appointed) : Karl S. Doebbert  (Prototron Circuits)
Phone : 214-675-7017
Email : karlD@Prototron.com

Set Up Committee (Appointed) : Jimmy Randolph Fallin  (Philips Entertainment)
Phone : 214-647-7960
Email : jimmy.fallin@philips.com

Board Liaison : Sal Sparacino (ZESTRON Americas)
Phone Contact : 703-393-9880
Email Address : s.sparacino@zestronusa.com

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Creation Technologies Inc.

Keysight Technologies


Corporate Members of our Chapter

Alliance Rubber Company

BBM, Inc.


Conecsus LLC

CR Assembly Corporation

DG Marketing Corporation

E.T.S. Group, Inc.

Electrolab, Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

G-Force Reps, Ltd.

GSC (Garland Service Company)

JTAG Technologies

Krypton Solutions


National Circuit Assembly

NPI Technologies, Inc.

Osai Automation System USA Corporation

PAC Global, Inc.

Philips Entertainment

Precision Technology, Inc.

Raytheon Company

Southwest Systems Technology Inc.

SPEA America

Sunshine Global Circuits

Super PCB

SVTronics, Inc.

Test Technology Associates

TestEquity LLC

The IPS Group, LLC

Trilogy Circuits, Inc.

Variosystems, Inc.


SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO Jabil Circuit Sdn. Bhd. Keysight Technologies KYZEN Sdn. Bhd. Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG Microsoft Corporation NCAB Group USA, Inc. NEO Technology Solutions Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems Vexos Vitronics Soltec USA ZESTRON Americas

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