SMTA International Conference and Exhibition

Special Events

The opportunity to gain new skills and update your technical knowledge is around every corner at SMTA International. From the exhibition area to the conference, you are sure to find valuable information that will prepare you to succeed in today's highly competitive market.

Many events below are free and some require fees and advance registration.

IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings Saturday, September 24 -
Thursday, September 29

Opening Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting
How's Your Storage?
Tuesday, September 27 @ 8am
Room 46/48

After Hours Events
Woodstock Party Tuesday, September 27 @ 6pm
Women's Leadership Program Monday, September 26 @ 2:00pm
Fun Run Wednesday, September 28 @ 7am
Students and Young Professionals Night Out Wednesday, September 28 @ 6pm

Free Technical Sessions
Spotlight Sessions Tuesday, September 27
Wednesday, September 28

Free Activities on the Show Floor
Poster Session Tuesday, September 27 @ 12pm
The "SMART" Zone Tuesday, September 27
Wednesday, September 28
Tech Tours Tuesday, September 27
Wednesday, September 28
Beer Tasting Tuesday, September 27 @ 4:30pm
USER Solution Lunch Wednesday, September 28 @ 12:30pm

9th Annual SMTAI Golf Tournament
Maple Meadows Golf Course
Thursday, September 29 @ 8:30am

IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings
IPC Fall Committee Standards Development Meetings

Sept. 24 - 29, 2016

Contribute to the industry standards and guidelines that your company, customers and suppliers rely on by participating in the IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings.
The full schedule for IPC committee meetings will be available shortly.

Opening Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting

"How's Your Storage?"

Daniel Kuhl, VP of Engineering, Seagate Technology

Tuesday, September 27 | 8:00am

Join us for coffee and breakfast treats, a terrific presentation about Storage Technology Trends, and the kick off of SMTA International!

FREE to All Attendees!

Daniel Kuhl, Vice President of Engineering Seagate Technology, will present on the BIG memory storage explosion and factors influencing global design and architecture, technology progression and infrastructure for manufacturing and validation. The data storage industry continues to be heavily driven by demanding requirements on capacity, higher performance and miniaturization while remaining sensitive to value. Technology continues to push design and material requirements. Daniel will share current technologies, technology enablers of the future and speak to the memory consumption rate of today and what is anticipated for the future.

Daniel Kuhl

Daniel has over 30 years of experience in the storage industry and holds a bachelor of science in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Daniel started in the HDD industry at IBM in San Jose, California and Boca Raton, Florida. In 1997, Daniel started at Seagate as a Director: Engineering Lead on the 2nd generation Enterprise 10,000 rpm HDD. In 2013 Daniel became the Vice President of Engineering, Technology Development, responsible for delivering SSD and Enterprise-class hard disk drives.

Congratulations to the 2015 SMTA International Conference Award Winners

Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Presentation
Assembly Process and Product Failures – Causes and Cures
Bob Willis,

Best of Proceedings Paper
Establishing a Ti-Cu-Pt-Au Thin Film on Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic (LTCC) Technology for High-Temperature Electronics
Paul Vianco, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories

Best International Paper
Via-in-Pad Plated Over (VIPPO) Design Considerations for Enterprise Server and Storage Hardware
Matt Kelly, P.Eng, MBA, IBM Corporation

Best Student Paper
Long Term Aging Effects on the Reliability of Lead Free Solder Joints in Ball Grid Array Packages with Various Pitch Sizes and Ball Alignments
Cong Zhao, Auburn University

Woodstock Party

Tuesday, September 27, 6:00pm | Joe's Live (formerly Toby Keith's)

The party is rated "G" for Groovy! Join your friends on Tuesday for a night of peace and understanding. Boogie on down to the great sounds of the 60's and 70's. Far out food is provided. Help change the world, man! Wear your 60's best. Love beads and tie-dyed shirts are encouraged. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The cost is $30 per person. Order your tickets online when you register for the conference.

Women's Leadership Program

SMTAI Women's Leadership Connection

Monday, September 26, 2:00 - 6:00pm

We extend an invitation to everyone at SMTA International to attend a session of all women presenters on Monday afternoon. This will be followed by a panel discussion at 4:00pm on the technical achievements of women, mentoring, and STEM initiatives. The afternoon concludes with our annual Women's Leadership Connection Reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.

The "SMART" Zone

September 27 and 28 | Exhibit Hall

SMART... not just for phones anymore

Come see our new feature area combining the use of manufacturing techniques, embedded technology and sensor capabilities. We will have demonstrations of practical uses for Sensors and Wearables plus the materials required to make them work in a "Real World" environment.

Sponsored by Flex

Tech Tours

Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 | Exhibit Hall

SMTAI Tech Tours Back by popular demand, Tech Tours is returning to the exhibit hall show floor! This is an opportunity for attendees to participate in technology focused tours that showcase the latest equipment and solutions in a small group setting with no sales pressure. The topical areas will be placement or printing and dispensing. Our exhibiting partners will provide a demo of their product, a short technology-based presentation or specific application support. Tech Tours are complimentary to all attendees and pre-registration is not required - feel free to hop on and off each tour as your schedule permits!

SMTA International "Pick & Taste" Beer Tasting

Tuesday, September 27 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall Courtyard

SMTA Pick & Taste Beer Tasting
Come "Pick & Taste" FREE craft beer and root beer from several of our SMTA chapter regions on Tuesday from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. Relax while making new connections at the multiple bars in the Exhibit Hall Courtyard.

Runners at SMTA International

SMTA Fun Run

Get your run in.

You don't have to skip your run just because you are travelling. Join us for a run on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 a.m. We will be meeting in the Doubletree lobby. You can choose to take a 2 or 5 mile run. You can register for the run when registering for SMTA International.

Fun Run Route Map

USERS Solution Lunch

USERS Solution Lunch

Wednesday, September 28th | 12:30pm
Chapter Officer Lounge in Exhibit Hall
For SMTA USER OEM or CM Members only

Share a Manufacturing Challenge, and What You are Doing About It!
"Learn what your peers are experiencing"

  • "Open to all things that fail"
  • Topics included but not limited to; Global issues, Nitrogen & Tombstoning, Detection Methods, BGA Issues, Board Coatings and Finishes, etc.
  • Each presenter will provide a five minute presentation to describe the issue and how it was solved with an additional five minutes for Q&A. Only recent solutions from the last 12 months.
  • Limited Attendance: Only open to presenters and others from their company.
  • SMTA User OEM or CM Members only.
  • Meeting Format: Each Presenter has 10 minutes and will be required to present 1-5 slides.
    1. Describe the Problem
    2. Discuss the Theorized Causes
    3. Discuss the Experimentation or DOE
    4. Explain the Corrective Action
    5. Q & A Discussion

    PPT Deadline: September 9th, 2016
    Download powerpoint slide template here.

    Companies who attended last year's session included Celestica, Cisco Systems, Inc., Benchmark Electronics, Engent, Inc., IBM Corporation, Libra Industries, Inc., Lincoln Electric Company, Lutron Electronics Company Inc., Plexus Corp., Rockwell Automation, Sandia National Laboratories, and Textron Systems.

    "The SMTA International SMTA Corporate User Session was a valuable opportunity to share information with industry peers. It was interesting to see that some problems are common to all of us and to see other concerns that may not have been considered. It was also helpful to observe the different approaches taken to diagnose and solve problems. The session was a good networking opportunity and resulted in discussions on future collaboration."
    - Bob Trinnes, Rockwell Automation

    Please contact Krissy Ohnstad at to indicate if you or a colleague will consider participating, the problem/solution and how many others from your company might attend this event.

    Students and Young Professionals Night Out

    Wednesday, September 28 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Students and Young Professionals Night Out Bowling

    This event is geared toward millennials age 30 and under.

    Ready for some fun? This special event offers a great networking opportunity mixed with an evening of entertainment! Dust off your bowling shoes and head to Kings Bowling & Entertainment for a chance to connect with fellow students and other “millennial” young professionals in the industry. Food, beverage, bowling and shoe rental is provided. Please select this option on your registration form.

    Kings Rosemont
    5505 Park Place
    Rosemont, IL 60018

    SMTAI Golf Tournament

    9th Annual SMTAI Golf Tournament

    Thursday, September 29th, 2016
    Maple Meadows Golf Club

    272 Addison Rd
    Wood Dale, IL 60191 - map

    8:30 am Shotgun Start
    50+ Players
    Best Ball Scramble
    Prizes for Performance
    Hot Buffet Lunch

    Sign up now for the 9th Annual SMTA International Golf Tournament.

    Maple Meadows Golf Club is a championship course featuring a modern combination of links and prairie design. Conveniently located just 10 miles from the Convention Center!

    $80.00 per player, $320 per foursome team
    Price Includes:

  • Round of Golf (18 Holes)
  • Golf Cart per 2 Golfers
  • Drink Tickets
  • Hot Buffet Lunch
  • Chance to Win Performance Prizes (i.e. longest drive, closest to pin, 1st-3rd place foursomes)

    Molly Sands, SMTA

    View all SMTA International and Golf Tournament Sponsorships

    2016 Golf Sponsors

    ASM Assembly Systems E-Tronix Elantas Henkel Electronic Materials Kyzen Corporation Sovella, Inc. SMTA Space Coast Chapter

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