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
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$75USD for non-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. email@example.com 952-920-7682.
Power and High Temp Electronics Manufacturing
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 12:00 PM Eastern
Presenters: Dr. Chris Hunt, NPL
Bob Willis, NPL Defect Database Coordinator
SMTA will be running the "Power & High Temperature Manufacturing Experience" at SMTA International in September but before that we are running a pre-show webinar on high temperature solders which have long been used in hierarchical soldering for attaching silicon die within components. There is an increase in the demand for high temperature interconnect solutions with recent introductions of high power semiconductors. Application areas for these new devices include the electric vehicle and renewable energy. Characterization of electronic interconnect properties operating at temperatures above 200ºC, has not been undertaken in great detail. These new materials form different interconnection joints, dimensionally, structurally, and with different bond strengths. Understanding the degradation mechanism for these material solutions is in its infancy.
We will also outline some of the existing interconnection methods and materials used for organic printed circuit substrates for high temperature operation up to 200ºC. Although there are many applications and companies running these processes there is very little literature in the public domain on PCB assembly.
You will have the opportunity to obtain a copy of the latest NPL report on "High Temperature materials" produced by the NPL Electronics Interconnection Group.
Topics covered include:
The feature and webinar are supported by SMT magazine.
Evaluating the Performance of Conformal Coatings Two (2) 90 minute Sessions
Thursday, September 11 & 18, 2014
1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
Presented by: Doug Pauls, Rockwell Collins
Conformal coatings should be chosen based upon how well they protect the electronic circuit against the challenges of the end use environment. The difficulty is that not many people know how to make that evaluation. What kinds of tests can be used? What parameters should be chosen? How should the data be interpreted? This course covers various tests that are used to do base material characterizations, as well as tests which cover more functional aspects of conformal coating. While much of the testing will be from a Class 3 Avionics perspective, the methodologies covered can be extended to other industry segments.
- Uses of conformal coatings
- Materials characterization tests for coatings
- Performance specifications for coatings
- End Use Environments Overview
- Testing of Conformal Coatings
- Fluid Susceptibility
- Fungus resistance
- Salt spray and salt fog
- Sand and dust testing
- Humidity testing – static and condensing
- Waterproofness testing
- Thermal cycling and thermal shock
- Heat flow
- RF testing
- Material compatibility
- Process effects
- What defects are found in these tests and what they mean
- Illustrative Case Studies
- Question and Answer Session
Who should attend:
This course is written for individuals responsible for choosing or evaluating conformal coatings for use on electronic assemblies in harsh end use environments.
The instructor for the course is Doug Pauls, a Principal Materials and Process Engineer at Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA. Doug is the Chairman of the IPC Cleaning and Coating committees.
Doug holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He worked for the Naval Avionics Center in Indianapolis, Indiana for nine years as a Materials Engineer. Doug spent 8 years as the Technical Director of Contamination Studies Laboratories, performing process troubleshooting and optimization from a residue analysis perspective. Doug is an active IPC Chairman (General Chairman - Cleaning and Coating, Bare Board Cleanliness, Solder Mask) and presently chairs the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee. Doug is most notably known for his expertise in surface insulation resistance testing, cleaning and cleanliness assessment, conformal coatings, and how to qualify manufacturing processes. Doug moved to Rockwell Collins in 2000, serving as their corporate expert on conformal coating materials and processes. He received Rockwell’s Arthur A. Collins Engineer of the Year award in 2004.
Doug is known to have a pathological fear of free time, has been happily married for 28 years. He has 3 children and so has little free time, but does some woodworking, woodcarving, and occasionally sneaks away to do some hunting and fishing.
Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.
Improving Mechanical, Electrical, and Thermal Reliability of Electronic Assemblies Two (2) 90 minute Sessions
Thursday, October 16 & 23, 2014
1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
Presented by: Tim Jensen, Indium Corporation
This webtorial is designed to provide practical knowledge that can be applied to current processes to improve the overall reliability of assemblies. It will not focus on mathematical modeling but rather provide data and tools that can be used by process engineers to make immediate impactful changes to the process.
This webtorial will be broken into three parts:
1. Mechanical Reliability
2. Electrical Reliability
3. Thermal Reliability
Who should attend:
Process engineers, quality engineers, design engineers, and engineering management
Tim Jensen is the product manager for Indium Corporation’s Engineered Solder Materials, the company’s most diverse product group. His product group encompasses solder preforms, wire, ribbon, and foil, and thermal interface materials, including gold-tin and tin-lead solder preforms, Solder Fortification® preforms, Heat-Spring® thermal interface materials, and indium-containing preforms. He is responsible for ensuring the product line best meets the needs of the customers.
Tim joined Indium Corporation in 1997 and has held a number of positions, including senior technical support engineer, Pb-free programs manager, and, most recently, global product manager for PCB assembly materials
SMT and Through Hole Defect Analysis and Process Troubleshooting Two (2) 90 minute Sessions
Tuesday, November 4 & 11, 2014
1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
Presented by: S. Manian Ramkumar Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology
This workshop is aimed at providing a thorough understanding of the SMT and Through Hole defects and the various factors that influence the formation of the defects. Participants will be provided an in-depth look at the possible root causes for defects and their influence on yield. The knowledge gained from this workshop will help companies enhance product development, and manufacturing yield. Part 2 of the workshop series will use case studies to teach participants a systematic approach to solve process problems and identify the true root cause(s) for defects.
1. SMT and THT Process
2. Process Defects and Definitions
3. Factors Influencing the Process Defects
4. Possible Root Causes for Defects based upon Factors
Who should attend?
After completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Understand as systematic approach to problem solving
2. Develop the ability to define the problem clearly by repeated questioning
3. Develop skills to address the root cause of problems
4. Develop a methodology to find one or more solutions to address the root cause and identify a fix.
5. Understand how the analytical methodology can be applied to many different situations.
Dr. Ramkumar is a Professor and Chair of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is also the Director for the Center for Electronics Manufacturing & Assembly (CEMA). He teaches courses in surface mount electronics packaging and manufacturing automation. He was instrumental in developing the Electronics Packaging Center and the Automation laboratories at RIT. The Center supports hands-on training and applied research projects for industry. Dr. Ramkumar has been the principal investigator for several applied research projects and has presented technical papers at the SMTA, APEX, IMAPS, ASME and IEEE conferences. He also teaches Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Advanced Packaging courses at the IPC-APEX and SMTA shows and for companies on-site. His current research is in the use of a novel magnetically aligned ACA as a lead-free replacement with PCB assembly and 3D packaging.
Stencil Printing - A Practical Guide to Defect Prevention and Yield Improvement Two (2) 90 minute Sessions
Thursday, November 18 and 25, 2014
1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
Presented by: Chrys Shea, Shea Engineering Services
This brand new course begins with the basics of SMT solder paste stencil printing and ends with the latest research in stencil printing tools and technologies. The class starts with a quick description of printing fundamentals: solder paste characteristics and behaviors, the mechanics of the process and importance of a good setup, and the relationship between aperture sizes and paste deposit formations. It then progresses rapidly into troubleshooting techniques for both general and specific printing issues, and addresses problem prevention through proper stencil design and selection. Moving into advanced technology topics, the course reviews the last four years of independent research on stencil materials, manufacturing processes and nanocoatings, and closes with an update of automated Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) technologies, applications and special features. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions or bring specific problems to the class for suggestions and inputs.
Who should attend:
Chrys Shea is the President of Shea Engineering Services, a consulting firm that produces technical studies and communications tools for the electronics manufacturing industry. With several hundred publications to her credit, Chrys leverages her 20+ years of process engineering and management experience to create documents, presentations, web pages and other items that deliver complex technical topics clearly and effectively.
Chrys is a favorite speaker at SMTA events, and has twice received the SMTAI “Best of Conference” award for her work on solder paste printing. In 2012 she was honored with the SMTA “Member of Technical Distinction” award.
Chrys earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and her M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and is a past president of the Philadelphia SMTA Chapter. She launched Shea Engineering services in 2008. Contact Chrys at Chrys@sheaengineering.com or (609) 239-2995
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
All cancellation requests must be received prior to the start time of the event.
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