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Chapter Tutorial Program (CTP)


Chapter Tutorial Programs (CTP's) are one-day technical events hosted by local chapters that feature a single instructor on a topic that is suited to that particular region. The purpose is to address the latest information or most recent issues on a specific technology.

Want to instruct an SMTA tutorial? View the tutorial guidelines.

Cancellation Policy: Registration fees will be refunded (less a $75 processing fee) if written notice is postmarked two weeks prior to the event date. Cancellations received within two weeks prior to event date will not be refunded to cover costs incurred.

Upcoming Chapter Tutorial Programs

February 12, 2016
Michigan Advanced SMT Chapter Tutorial Program & Member Appreciation Event

Michigan Advanced SMT Chapter Tutorial Program & Member Appreciation Event

Enabling Implementation of Advanced Technologies

Instructor: Denis Barbini, Universal Instruments

February 12, 2016
Tutorial Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Registration at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is included)
Optional Happy Hour: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Oak Pointe Country Club
4500 Club Drive
Brighton, MI 48116
(810) 229-4554

Incredible Value! A fraction of the cost of a tutorial at SMTA International and offered right in your backyard. Lunch, coffee breaks, course handouts, and a certificate of completion are all included in the cost, along with instruction by one of our best!

Only 100 attendees allowed. Register now to guarantee a spot!


SPECIAL OFFER! The Michigan Chapter will subsidize over half the cost of registration for all attendees.

Members: $75
Regularly $200

Non-Members: $150
Regularly $275
A one-year Individual SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price.

Michigan Chapter Officers: FREE
Regularly $100

Student Chapter Members: FREE
Regularly $50

Student Non-Members: $25
Regularly $55
A one-year Student SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price.

Membership Appreciation Happy Hour

As a special appreciation to our loyal members, please plan to stay for our Membership Appreciation Happy Hour! Enjoy appetizers and complimentary tickets for cocktails courtesy of the Michigan Chapter from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Any Michigan SMTA MEMBER is welcome to stop by for this gathering. Only Tutorial Attendees receive complimentary drink tickets. Contact Karen Frericks at 952-920-7682 with questions.

About the Tutorial

Universal Instruments Corp’s Advanced Process Laboratory works with countless novel technologies in electronics manufacturing. From fine pitch printing, to PoP, 01005, LGA/BGA and novel laminate materials. Incorporating these enabling technologies presents the challenges – process change requirements? Yield, and ultimately reliability, impacts? These novel technologies demand intense research and provide a unique perspective for design for manufacturability (DfM) and reliability (DfR). These lessons reveal through discussions of material selection, current electronics research, and case studies. Further review of design considerations for many advanced assembly processes as well as various types of analytical techniques for materials characterization round out the course.

What you will learn:

  • Trends in component evolution & how to overcome the associated implementation challenges
  • Best practices in assembly – printing, inspection, placement, & soldering
  • Understanding challenges in materials – alloys, pastes, PCB finishes, etc…
  • Analytical testing techniques & how to identify root causes for production failures.
  • Lead-free laminate selection & testing procedures: Can your board withstand 9x reflow?
  • Learned lessons from actual failure analysis case studies

    Who should attend:

  • Quality Engineers
  • Failure Analysis Engineers
  • Reliability Engineers
  • Procurement Specialists
  • Design Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Project Managers

    About the Instructor:

    Denis Barbini Denis C. Barbini, Ph.D.
    Denis is the Associate Director of the Universal Instruments’ Advanced Process Laboratory. He started his career in the electronics manufacturing world after earning his Doctorate in Chemistry from Binghamton University. His current focus is identifying the critical needs in emerging technologies and electronics assembly processes in order to develop specific research and development projects. Denis has authored hundreds of peer reviewed articles, several books and presented to thousands of his peers on the results of his research over the past 14 years. Denis has traveled the electronics manufacturing world visiting over 30 countries providing guidance and solutions to people and companies designing and manufacturing devices such as cell phones and computers to pacemakers and aerospace devices. These companies look to implement cost effective, reliable and robust processes that deliver the specified functionality and reliability. Denis volunteers his time serving on the board of the Surface Mount Technology Association. For the past 7 years, his focus has been on implementing new programs that deliver leading edge technology solutions for the user.

  • Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.