SMTA Webinars and Webtorials

Webinars and Webtorials

Listen to outstanding speakers without leaving your desk. No travel budget? No problem. SMTA Webinars and Webtorials are a great solution for getting the latest information on electronics assembly and advanced packaging at the best price.

Upcoming Webinars and Webtorials

Dec 2 & 9, 2014 Webtorial: LED, BGA, and QFN Assembly and Inspection

Dec 3 & 10, 2014 Webinar: IPC-A-610 and IPC J-STD-001 Moving From Rev. E to Rev. F

Jan 8 & 15, 2015 Webtorial: Thermal Events: Root Cause Analysis & Prevention for Electronics

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Webinar vs Webtorial: What's the Difference?


  • One session lasting 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Covers introductory concepts or broadly covers multiple topics.
  • Comparable to a conference session.
  • Cost: Free for SMTA members
    $75USD for non-members.*


  • Two sessions lasting 90 minutes each.
  • In depth, focused topics with demos and working examples.
  • Comparable to a tutorial.
  • Cost: $200USD for SMTA members
    $300USD for non-members.*

    *The price of an individual membership is included in non-member registration.

    Each registrant is allowed one phone line connection for as many site employees as can be accommodated by your AV facilities. Multiple connections must be individually registered.

    If you have any questions, contact Patti Coles, Director of Education at the SMTA. 952-920-7682.

    SMTA Webtorial:
    LED, BGA, and QFN Assembly and Inspection
    Two (2) 90 minute Sessions
    Tuesday, December 2 & 9, 2014
    1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
    Presented by: Bill Cardoso and Glen Thomas, Creative Electron

    In this webtorial we will cover the manufacturing of the most challenging surface mount parts to assemble and inspect today: LEDs, BGAs, and QFNs. The webtorial will focus on the pitfalls of manufacturing and inspecting PCBs with these devices. Presentations will provide content to solve many of the technical challenges encountered by luminaire integrators and contract manufacturers. This tutorial is targeted at manufacturing, process, and quality personnel responsible for designing, implementing and/or controlling the surface mount device application and inspection process. Those personnel responsible for training operators and technicians to perform assembly inspection or control the manufacturing process would also benefit from this Webtorial.
    We will use a library of assemblies inspected at Creative Electron’s Advanced Solutions Lab to provide attendees with real life examples of assembly issues. Attendees are welcome to send their own assemblies to Creative Electron prior to the webtorial so that the material can be used during training.

    Topics Covered:

  • How LED material handling and storage impact assembly performance
  • LED x-ray inspection: How voids cost you money
  • Case study: How lack of quality killed a successful LED company
  • Process design for BGA and QFN assembly and rework
  • BGA and QFN x-ray inspection: How to see what often goes wrong
  • X-Ray as a tool for quality process design and control

    Please think of specific questions or examples of surface mount process difficulties you are willing to share for an open discussion at the end of class. Real life examples make great teaching materials for our tutorial. Please feel free to send us your samples so we can discuss them during the live sessions.

    Bill Cardoso Your Instructors:
    Bill Cardoso, Ph.D.,
    is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Creative Electron. A native of Brazil, Bill came to the US in 1998 as a 'guest engineer' at the US Department of Energy's renowned Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), one of the leading research institutions for high energy and nuclear physics. In a nine year career at Fermilab and starting with an associate electronics degree earned in Brazil at age 13, Bill took on significant project, personnel, and budget responsibilities while at the same time earning MS and PhD degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

    After leaving Fermilab as Department Head for Electronic Systems Engineering, Bill moved to California to become the VP of Technology at the government contracting firm he eventually acquired from the estate of the founder to create Creative Electron in 2008.
    An industry thought leader, Bill has been recognized as IIT's 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus Awardee for his contributions to science and technology. He is also a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA), American Physics Society (APS), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
    Bill is a holder of several patents in the areas of radiation detection, radiography, and quality inspection.
    Bill is an active member of his community and is part of the technical committee of several conferences including the SMTA/CALCE Component Counterfeit Conference, SMTA International, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium.
    Bill serves in the G19 committee writing the standards for counterfeit detection for the aerospace and defense markets. He is also a reviewer of academic proposals for the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and National Science Foundation. He is the author of over 120 technical publications, a contributor to 2 books, and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences on radiography and optical inspection worldwide.

    Glen Thomas Dr. Glen Thomas
    is a proven veteran in the inspection market with over two decades of experience developing and marketing x-ray systems. Glen leads Creative Electron's lead generation and branding strategy. Glen also manages the company's relationship with our domestic and international sales channels. He has been instrumental in helping the company create the best x-ray inspection systems in the world by providing its customers with unrivaled value. Dr. Thomas has held executive leadership positions and was instrument at the growth of companies like Faxitron, Micro Focus Imaging, Radsource Technologies, X-Ray Imaging Solutions, and Lixi.
    Glen is the VP of Operations for the SMTA Great Lakes Chapter. Glen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

    Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.

    IPC-A-610 and IPC J-STD-001 Moving From Rev. E to Rev. F
    Wednesday, December 3rd and December 10th, 2014
    1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern
    Presenter: Norman Mier and James Barnhart, BEST

    We are pleased to announce that BEST Inc. will be offering two 1-hour webinars, held over the lunchtime hour, which will discuss the significant changes instituted in the soon-to-be released 'F' revisions of the IPC-A-610 and the IPC J-STD-001. The webinars will not only give you knowledge about the revisions, it will give you the opportunity to ask questions about changes between the revisions. The BEST Master IPC Instructors will cover the significant changes in the standards during the webinars.

    December 3rd: IPC-A-610

    December 10th: IPC J-STD-001

    Just register once and then you will get an email to confirm your registration the Friday before each presentation.

    Who Should Attend
    Certified IPC Trainers (CITs), engineering/manufacturing supervisors, and quality assurance supervisors are encouraged to attend.

    About the Presenters
    Norman Mier is a Master IPC Trainer at BEST Inc. He is a retired veteran with over 20 years of experience in the electronics rework and repair industry. Norm originally received his training through the Navy's Micro Miniature (2M) Electronic Repair Program and has progressed through every level of rework and repair recognized in the industry. Norman has also earned the highest certifications awarded by IPC in electronics training, being certified as a Master Instructor in IPC A-610, IPC J-STD-001, IPC/WHMA-A-620, and IPC 7711/7721. Additionally, he has worked through BEST for several electronics industry leaders and created tailored courses for their equipment. This also includes providing training to technicians and engineers in surface mount and advanced surface mount technology. The knowledge Norm has brought to these companies has been invaluable to their process improvement efforts. His skill has also been a major factor in keeping BEST training at the forefront in the electronics-training field.

    James Barnhart is a Master IPC Trainer at BEST Inc. He started as a 2M Miniature/Micro-miniature repair technician and progressed to being an 'A' level instructor in the Navy's 2M program. James has worked in the electronics field since the mid 80's and trained many technicians in the repair of PCB's. During his time as a 2M instructor, he was involved in the rewriting of the 2M courses and incorporated SMT repair techniques into the program. He is a Master IPC Trainer at BEST in IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610 and IPC 7711/21.

    Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.

    SMTA Webtorial:
    Thermal Events: Root Cause Analysis & Prevention for Electronics
    Cheryl Tulkoff Two (2) 90 minute Sessions
    Thursday, January 8 & 15, 2015
    1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
    Presented by: Cheryl Tulkoff, DfR Solutions

    What You Will Learn:
    Thermal events in electronics can be described as events where electronics, and potentially the environment surrounding them, are damaged in a manner that results in unplanned heat, smoke, flames, or damage while in operation. Why do thermal events like this occur? They result from a number of factors related to improper choices and variation in:
  • Design
  • PCB materials & construction
  • Input protection
  • Environment
  • Components
  • Quality
  • Electrical Overstress & ESD
  • Customer error / Mistake prevention
  • Sabotage
  • Unknown reasons

    This webtorial is design to walk you through the process of performing analysis on thermal event failures in the field. Analysis techniques and case studies will be covered along with some prevention and protections strategies.

    The course is designed for technicians and engineers working in design, manufacturing, quality, and field failure analysis.

    Webtorial Outline:

  • Background & Introduction
         o Need for Root Cause Analysis
  • Failure Analysis Intro
         o Thermal Events
         o Case Studies
  • Failure Analysis
         o Techniques & Tools for Thermal Events
  • Conclusions

    Instructor Bio:
    Cheryl Tulkoff has over 22 years of experience in electronics manufacturing with an emphasis on failure analysis and reliability. She has worked throughout the electronics manufacturing life cycle beginning with semiconductor fabrication processes, into printed circuit board fabrication and assembly, through functional and reliability testing, and culminating in the analysis and evaluation of field returns. She has also managed no clean and RoHS-compliant conversion programs and has developed and managed comprehensive reliability programs.

    Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. She is a published author, experienced public speaker and trainer and a Senior member of both ASQ and IEEE. She had held leadership positions in the IEEE Central Texas Chapter, IEEE WIE (Women In Engineering), and IEEE ASTR (Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability) sections. She chaired the annual IEEE ASTR workshop for four years and is also an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer.

    Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.

    Non-members, if you register at the same time for more than one event, you will be charged the non-member rate just once. Price adjustment is done upon receipt of your order information.

  • After registration, instructions for dialing in and for further technology requirements will be sent to attendees by email within 48 hours of the scheduled event.
  • Each registrant is allowed one connection for as many site employees as can be accommodated by its AV facilities.

  • All cancellation requests must be received prior to the start time of the event.

    The information presented during the SMTA events described above is offered for information purposes only and is not intended as a recommendation. Use of any portion of the content of this presentation is done at the discretion of you and your company. The presenter and the association are not responsible for any results obtained by implementing, employing, or in any way utilizing or interpreting the information presented.

    Furthermore, all presentation materials are protected by applicable copyright laws. Any unauthorized use, duplication or distribution outside of the context of the presentation is strictly prohibited.


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