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Ivan Castellanos Instructs Record-Breaking SMT Processes Certification Class in Honduras

Indium Corporation’s Ivan Castellanos, Technical Services Manager, Latin America, recently hosted the highest-attended SMT Processes Certification course ever, with 34 attendees. Making this accomplishment even more remarkable, this class, taught in Honduras, was delivered with instruction in both English and Spanish.

 

Castellanos is SMTA’s primary Spanish-speaking instructor, offering native-language, high-quality instruction to those throughout Central and South America. He has also assisted the SMTA with Spanish translations, and collaborates on ideas for reaching new markets and ways to make the certification program stronger.

 

“We are very appreciative of the contributions and support from Ivan and Indium Corporation,” said Jenny Ng, SMTA’s Conference and Education Manager. “Ivan is instrumental in the SMTA Certification Program. He brings many years of experience in the manufacturing industry and expertise in SMT Processes and Six Sigma Green Belt.”

 

Castellanos supports Indium Corporation’s electronics assembly, semiconductor fabrication and packaging, and thermal management markets. He is based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and has more than 15 years of experience in electronics assembly manufacturing, including SMT production troubleshooting.

 

Castellanos has a Diploma in Electronics and Communications Engineering and is an SMTA Certified SMT Process Engineer (CSMTPE). He has also earned his Six Sigma Green Belt from Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering. Ivan has worked for several major manufacturing companies, including Jabil Circuits in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.





SMTA International 2016 Concludes Successfully

SMTA International Conference and Exhibition, which took place September 25 – 29, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, concluded successfully.

The technical conference continued the tradition of being the strongest in the electronics assembly industry. The Emerging Technologies Summit at the beginning of the week received much praise as it covered key technologies such as Alternate Alloys, Printed Electronics, Additive Manufacturing, and other innovative technologies. The Harsh Environments Symposium keynote presentation on Advances in Autonomous Driving by Delphi’s Dwight Howard was well-received by attendees.

A first-ever SMTA technical session made up of entirely women presenters brought some impressive insight on conformal coating technology to the highly-anticipated Women’s Leadership Program on Monday afternoon. The session opened with a keynote presentation by Intel’s Milena Vujosevic, Ph.D., and closed with a panel and reception featuring Technical Accomplishments of Women Engineers in electronics manufacturing.

A crowd filled the Opening Keynote Session until it was standing-room-only on Tuesday morning to hear Seagate Technology’s VP of Engineering, Daniel Kuhl, give an impressive look at future trends in storage technology.

The Lead-Free Soldering Technology Symposium as well as the expanded Manufacturing Excellence track sessions kept the meeting rooms packed until the very end of the conference on Thursday.

The SMTA International show floor experienced a 10% increase in booth space. Over 170 exhibiting companies filled the expanded exhibit hall bringing more equipment than before. The co-located Sensors Midwest added 60 more exhibiting companies focused on component-level technology and many attendees walked both shows. Traffic on the show floor was noticeably higher this year.

Mick Austin from Vitronics Soltec remarked, “The show floor felt busier this year than in past years.”

Once again the Tech Tour program featured distinguished tour guides leading groups of attendees to exhibiting companies demonstrating printing and dispensing systems or placement equipment.

Over 250 guests attended the Woodstock Party on Tuesday evening. Many party-goers dressed up in 60s-inspired fashion and enjoyed music provided by special guest DJ and long-time SMTA supporter, Tom Borkes from The Jefferson Project.

Next year the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition will be held September 17 - 21, 2017 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings will again be co-located.

 

For more information on SMTA International please contact Tanya Martin: tanya@smta.org or 952-920-7682 or visit http://www.smta.org/smtai/.

The 2016 SMTA International Conference Proceedings are available in the SMTA Bookstore.

Opening Session at SMTA International
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SMTA Welcomes New Board Members

 The SMTA is pleased to announce its election results for the Board of Directors for the term beginning during SMTA International (September 25 - 29, 2016). Jeff Kennedy, Celestica, Inc., was elected President. Sal Sparacino, ZESTRON Americas, was elected VP Communications. Richard Henrick, Sanmina Corporation, was re-elected as Secretary. Matt Kelly, P.Eng, MBA, IBM Corporation, and Martin Anselm, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology, were re-appointed to the Strategic Development Committee.

Those remaining on the SMTA Board of Directors include: Treasurer, Robert Kinyanjui, Ph.D., John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.; VP Expos, Debbie Carboni, KYZEN Corporation; VP Membership, Eileen Hibbler, TEK Products; VP Technical Programs, Raiyomand Aspandiar, Ph.D., Intel Corporation; Strategic Development Committee members include: Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia; Tim Jensen, Indium Corporation and Scott Priore, Cisco Systems, Inc.

 

The SMTA bids a fond farewell to departing President, Bill Barthel, Plexus Corporation, and VP Communications, Michelle Ogihara, Seika Machinery, Inc. They are congratulated for a job well done and given thanks for the years of dedication to the SMTA.