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Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 4:00
Location: Vance Brand Airport - Longmont CO

The SMTA Rocky Mountain Chapter has final clearance for landing at Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, CO for this year's annual Oktoberfest. Beer, Brats, and Bavarian snacks and lots of networking opportunities will be provided.

Meet Vance Brand Airport Manager David Slayter, who will join us to talk about the airport's vision and how it serves the commercial, business, and aviation sectors for postitive economic impact to the community and the state.

Our second presenter will be Jon Vermillion from Ball Aerospace. Jon will discuss IPC standards as they relate to electronics manufacturing in aerospace and other high-reliability end uses.

As part of the event, we have partnered with Mile High Skydiving to offer tandem jumps at a group rate. Please note that there are two RSVP links below. One is for the Oktoberfest Event and the other is for the skydiving opportunity. The final price for jumping out of a perfectly good airplane will depend on how many of your co-workers and fellow SMTA members sign up. The deadline to register for this opportunity is 8/31/2018. Jon Ashton will confirm pricing and scheduling at that time (not to exceed $200 per person).

Finally we will be raffling off great prizes, including a 1-hour flight along the Front Range, piloted by Don Dolce.

You don't want to miss out. Make sure and RSVP today!
Time 4:30 - 7:00 PM
(skydiving may start as early as 10:00 AM to get everyone on the ground in time)
Date 9/27/2018
Location Longmont Vance Brand Airport
229 Airport Road
Longmont, CO 80503
Cost to attend FREE for all members
$15 for non-members (fee will be reimbursed with membership registration)
Contact Dave Levine at (720) 431-4349 or for membership information
Event RSVP

Skydiving RSVP Jon Ashton,

Interested in sponsoring food, drinks or door prizes? Contact Robb Zippo at (720) 879-1218 or email him at for options.

Payment Instructions:
Payment for membership enrollment will be done on site.

Questions? Contact:
Patty Chonis

Mile High Tech Expo

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9:00AM
Location: Mile High Football Stadium, West Entrance

Questions? Contact:
Rob Zippo

Rocky Mountain Expo & Tech Forum

Thursday, January 25, 2018 
Location: West Club at Mile High Stadium 
1701 Bryant Street
Denver, CO 80204
Mark your calendars and plan to attend what is expected to be the Rocky Mountain event of the year. The SMTA Rocky Mountain Chapter is now taking registration for their 2018 Expo. We are expecting a sold out event, connecting exhibitors, and bringing the latest technology to the Rocky Mountain region while presenting impactful and meaningful technical sessions for your continued professional growth.

Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry! 

Mile High StadiumBackstage Tour of Mile High Stadium 
As a special treat, we will have a backstage tour of Mile High Stadium for 25 attendees. Registrations are limited so book early. Cost for the tour is $25 per person – a bargain for the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Denver Broncos. Tour will run at 1:00pm. 


Parking Information
(you can park in either lot J or lot C)

Free Technical Program: 

Registration opens

9:00am – 9:45am 
Rob ChambersElectronics Going Sky-High
Rob Chambers, Lockheed Martin 

Human space exploration is growing in global interest and significance, with unprecedented interest in and excitement about expanding human presence beyond low Earth orbit to the moon and on to Mars. NASA’s Orion spacecraft is at the vanguard of this effort. Designed and built by Lockheed Martin in Denver, Orion represents the state of the art for high-reliability, high-availability, robust avionics and software architectures and components for long-duration deep space missions. Chambers will provide an overview of Orion, the avionics challenges unique to flying humans out to the final frontier, and the future of humanity’s scientific exploration of our solar system.

Expo Opens


11:15am – 12:00pm 
Greg VanceModeling an SMT Line to Improve Throughput
Greg Vance, Rockwell Automation 

One of the major challenges for an electronic assembly manufacturing engineer is determining how a SMT machine will impact throughput. Typically an SMT equipment supplier will ask for few (5-10) products to simulate the throughput capability of their machine. Unfortunately, if the engineer works in a high mix low volume environment he may need to know the impact of a new machine on a 1,000 or more products. Currently there are a lack of simulation tools to model this. This is confirmed in the IPC Technology Roadmap for Electronics Interconnections 2015 it states “In order to better deal with the demands for increased interconnection density and respond to market demands for better return on capital investment in assembly equipment, there is a need within the manufacturing industry for continued improvement in tools and software for modeling and simulation. Needs in this area include better methods of load balancing and improved machine utilization? The tools for determining the balance on assembly lines will need to be flexible to handle the mix of assembly types that manufacturers now face.”

Rockwell Automation partnered with Universal Instruments to develop a tool to model a large quantity of products and the impact of SMT line configurations. The information used for the modeling includes placement per panel information and machine components placed per hour capability. With these tools an electronic assembly plant can be modeled and analyzed to identify improvement opportunities and perform “what if” analysis to model impact of machine changes.


12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Join us for a complimentary lunch and networking on the Show Floor!

A Special Thank You To Our Lunch Sponsors:

Mentor GraphicsZDI

2:00pm - 2:45pm 
Will WebbDfX – Design For Excellence using EMS 4.0
William E. Webb, ASTER Technologies LLC 

Design for Excellence (DfX) can be used as part of an organization’s Continuous Improvement Programme to decrease product development time, product cost and manufacturing cycle time, while increasing product quality, reliability and ultimately the customer satisfaction. It will significantly decrease the overall cycle time from the design concept to customer delivery, which is a critical success factor. Design for Excellence makes it possible to implement a Lean Test approach that produces a lower cost product whilst maintaining the highest quality.


ASTER’s vision is articulated on two principles: 1) Using traceability and repair loop information in order to qualify the customer defect universe. The defects include design defects, manufacturing defects and functional defects. 2) Importing the defect opportunities and identifying the possible consequences of inadequate testability and test coverage on a new design.


3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Meet and Greet with the Best in the Business! Join us after the show for Networking and Celebration at the West Club at Sports Authority Field


A Special Thank You To Our Reception Sponsor:

Atek Systems

Current Exhibitor List:

A-Tek LLC 
Advanced Circuits 
Conductive Containers, Inc. 
Creative Electron, Inc. 
ERSA North America 
F&K Delvotec 
FCT Assembly 
GPD Global 
Indium Corporation 
InsulFab PCB Tooling 
Kimball Electronics 
KYZEN Corporation 
Mentor, a Siemens Business 
Nortec Humidity 
PACE Worldwide 
PalPilot International Corporation 
Panasonic Factory Solutions 
Photo Etch Technology 
Photo Stencil LLC, A Division of StenTech. 
Pillarhouse USA, Inc. 
Rehm Thermal Systems, LLC 
Samtec Microelectronics 
SEHO North America 
SlingShot Assembly 
Smart Splice LLC 
Speedprint Technology 
Technica, USA 
Technical Marketing Company 
TestEquity LLC 
Texmac/Takaya Inc. 
Universal Instruments 
Vileda Professional 
West Tech Automation 
Xcel Energy 
Zero Defects International/Viscom Inc. 

Companies in bold are SMTA corporate members

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
September 27, 2018
Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest Vance Brand Airport - Longmont CO Patty Chonis 
February 21, 2019
Mile High Tech Expo Mile High Football Stadium, West Entrance Rob Zippo 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Robert Zippo  (NexusPCB Technologies)
Phone : 303-797-9700

Vice President : Tyler Toth  (Tracer Inc.)
Phone : 303-828-6397

Treasurer : Jill Scadden  (Advanced Circuits)
Phone : 303-817-7500

VP of Technical Programs : Jon Ashton CSMTPE  (Vergent Products)
Phone : 970-776-3556

VP of Membership : David Levine  (Texmac/Takaya Inc.)
Phone : 704-393-6575

VP of Events (Appointed) : Daren Harline  (PalPilot International Corporation)
Phone : 303-589-0440

Interim Secretary : Ian Linn  (Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation)
Phone : 303-939-4659

VP of Marketing/Communications (Appointed) : Patty Chonis  (A-Tek LLC)
Phone : 970-443-9233

Board Liaison : William Capen (Honeywell FM & T)
Phone Contact : 920-312-1313

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Global Members of our Chapter

NEO Technology Solutions

Samtec Microelectronics

Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Keysight Technologies

NEO Technology Solutions

Plexus Corp.

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Acroname, Inc.

Advanced Assembly

Advanced Circuits

FCT Assembly, Inc.

FreeWave Technologies

GPD Global

Inovar, Inc.

Mentor, a Siemens Business

NEO Technology Solutions

Nova Engineering, Inc.

PalPilot International Corporation

Samtec Microelectronics

SEAKR Engineering, Inc.

Spectrum AMT


Tracer Inc.

Vergent Products

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Sdn. Bhd. Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NCAB Group USA, Inc. NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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