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February Technical Meeting

I hope everyone has recovered from the holiday season and is ready to kick off 2017 with a great topic and speaker. 

Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Please note this is a NEW Location

GE Aviation 

14200 Roosevelt Blvd

Clearwater, Fl 33762

Please note that due to the specific requyirements of this facility, ONLY those who are a citizen or posses a green card will be able to attend.  When providing your RSVP, please provide the following information:

  1. First-M- Last name
  2. US citizen - or Proof of Residency or green card
  3. Company employed
Our Presentor:

Dan Tang

President of Global Electronics Testing Services which is an independent test lab specializing in component authentication and electrical testing, head quarter in Odessa FL   I was a production manager for Vishay Electronics for 15 years specializing in MLCC product. I worked very closely within the automotive and medical industries while employed at Vishay. Over the past 10 years I have been heavily involved in the electronic components testing industries. I have worked with OEM, CM and Independent Distributors to mitigate their counterfeit issues by providing complete solutions from all levels in the supply chain. I am an avid traveler and has developed many close relationships in the electronic industries that has allowed me to recognize and witness the major issues that many companies are facing with counterfeit components. This has given me an edge and allows me to develop different process and test methodologies to combat the counterfeit issues.


Topics of  the presentation:


  • Counterfeits Trends
  • Source of Counterfeiting
  • Counterfeiting Process
  • Risk Mitigation Recommendation
Hope to see you all there.  Be sure to register in advance.


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December Technical Program

Pictures from our December meeting.

The Tampa Chapter of SMTA would like to invite you to our next meeting.  Detail of the meeting are:

Date:December 8, 2016

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Jabil Circuits 10560 Martin Luther King Jr. St. St. Pete

Our Presentor:

Axel  Vargas  is  an  Sales  Engineer  at  ZESTRON  Americas,  the  globally  leading  provider  of  high
precision  cleaning  products,  services  and  training  solutions  for  the  electronics  manufacturing  


Mr.  Vargas  is  an  active  member  of  the  SMTA  as  well  as  the  IPC  and  has  presented  the  findings  of 

ZESTRON’s  research  papers  at  numerous  industry  events.  

Furthermore,  Mr.  Vargas  has  contributed  to  multiple  case  studies  performed  in  collaboration  with 
major  cleaning  equipment  manufacturers.  Mr.  Vargas  is  responsible  for  providing  customers  with 
tailored  technical  solutions  to  their  cleaning  challenges.    Utilizing  his  extensive  engineering  

background,  he  continuously  contributes  to  the  development  of  new  analytical  technologies  at 
ZESTRON’s  Technical  Centers.  

Mr.  Vargas  graduated  with  a  degree  in  Instrumentation  Engineering  from  the  University  of  Puerto 
Rico.    Prior  to  joining  ZESTRON,  he  worked  as  an  Advanced  Engineer  for  Hamilton  Sundstrand.  

He  has  been  with  ZESTRON  Americas  since  2008.  

The presentation will begin close to 6:00 PM.


$15.00 SMTA Members

$20.00 Non-Members

Prepayment is always appreciated to help speed up the registration process.  Use the PayPal link below.

Please RSVP at http://www.smta.org/chapters/rsvp.cfm?BEE_ID=4086 for this event.  Jabil must have the list of attendees.  All attendees MUST RSVP.  If you are not on the list of attendees you may not be granted access.


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Membership Appeal

Competition in electronics manufacturing is fierce, especially with many OEM’s choosing to produce their products outside the United States.  How does a company stay successful in this market?  A company keeping abreast of current manufacturing challenges and solutions finds themselves in a perfect position to succeed.  The ever changing manufacturing market has a very unique set of challenges.  Participating members of the SMTA find opportunities to excel in the market of electronics manufacturing by sharing valuable knowledge and experience.
The value of participation in a local chapter of the SMTA is immeasurable for an individual.  Beyond networking with leaders in the electronics manufacturing community, members have access to technical knowledge relevant to manufacturing that could take years to acquire on one’s own.  Utilizing the knowledge and expertise of local industry professionals often enables quick solutions to new challenges, unique perspectives for planning and execution in business development, and often skipping altogether, unforeseen issues that may arise in a new process.  And it goes without saying that the benefits to the individual pass right along to their employer.  Corporations gain from their employee’s knowledge and experiences.  
We’ve all participated in groups, clubs, or drives.  Participation in these groups leads to new relationships, business opportunities, learning something new, and a sense of giving back to the community.  The Tampa Bay SMTA is now accepting new members and volunteers.  Participation in the Tampa Bay SMTA Chapter provides immeasurable value to individuals and corporations.  Join now!  Know your local manufacturing community and start utilizing your resources today.

By: Jim Sharp
TestEquity LLC
Cell: 813.802.8263 Jim.Sharp@TestEquity.com

Patti Gander
Science and Technology Education Innovation Center
Cell: 813.486.1207

Chapter Calendar of Events
Date / Time Event Location Phone Contact/Email
December 8, 2016
Tampa Bay SMTA Quarterly Chapter Meeting Jabil 7278033429   Kelly Minton 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Kelly N. Minton  (Jabil Circuit, Inc.)
Phone : 727-803-3429
Email : Kelly_Minton@jabil.com

Vice President : Jim Sharp  (Photo Etch Technology)
Phone : 813-802-8263
Email : tincupjsharp@aol.com

Treasurer : Ronald S. Snyder  (GE Aviation Systems)
Phone : 727-532-6393
Email : ron.snyder@ge.com

VP of Membership (Appointed) : Axel Vargas  (ZESTRON Americas)
Phone : 787-432-8125
Email : a.vargas@zestronusa.com

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : MaryAlice Gill  (Jabil)
Phone : 727-310-7134
Email : maryalice_gill@jabil.com

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : Marty L. London  (Lockheed Martin)
Phone : 813-854-7448
Email : marty.london@lmco.com

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : Bobby J. Rooks  (TRAK Microwave)
Phone : 813-901-7250
Email : brooks@trak.com

VP Technical Programs (Appointed) : Arnold Reta  (Jabil Circuit, Inc.)
Phone : 727-803-3518
Email : arnold_reta@jabil.com

Membership Committee (Appointed) : Arlin Horsley  (Baja Bid LLC)
Phone : 813-992-2437
Email : arlin@bajabid.com

Board Liaison : Eileen Hibbler (TEK Products)
Phone Contact : 321-355-8519
Email Address : ehibbler@tekproducts.com

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter



Corporate Members of our Chapter

America II Electronics

Bare Board Group

EEI Manufacturing Services

Electro-Comp Tape & Reel Services, LLC

Europlacer Americas'


Island SMT

Jabil Circuit, Inc.

Lockheed Martin

Rockwell Automation

Sensible Micro Corporation

SolderStar LLC


SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group 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 NEO Technology Solutions Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems Vexos Vitronics Soltec USA ZESTRON Americas

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