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SMTA New England Expo 2019

When:  October 8, 2019
Where:  Boxboro Regency, Boxboro MA


Here’s a run-down of the days activities:



Registration Opens


7:30AM - 8:10AM 

The Basics of SIR and ECM

Speaker: Meagan Sloan, Indium Corporation

SIR (Surface Insulation Resistance) and ECM (Electro chemical migration) test the electrically conductive and corrosive nature of a flux residue after being exposed to heat and humidity. These tests are important in the electronics industry and are increasingly being used by paste and electronics manufacturers to determine the long-term reliability of flux residues.


SIR and ECM tests can be used for all types of fluxes including wave flux, solder paste, and rework flux. They are also commonly used for compatibility testing for multiple products that will be combined with different vendors’ products. 


Preparation of the coupons for testing is key to obtaining the results that solder material providers have outlined. If not prepared correctly, the results will differ significantly from the paste manufacturer’s results. Contamination can come from a variety of sources and adversely affect the testing.


Knowing the procedures for SIR and ECM, the test parameters for both, and the difference between the revisions of the tests helps ensure accuracy of the results that determine if the flux residue passes or fails the testing. 


8:10AM - 8:50AM

Reliability of Robotics for Electronics Manufacturing

Speaker: Bubba Powers, Weller Professional Tools

Reliability of electrical or electronic soldering has always been paramount for the success of long-term market share and presence for electronics manufacturers. Process control is the key to ensuring manufacturers produce high quality and reliable products within their respective fields. In today’s environment of automation and high tech electronic controls, high reliability in electronics manufacturing is now more critical than ever before.


Automation is one approach to achieving the pinnacle of high reliability in electronics manufacturing, as repeatability and traceability are two keys to maintaining optimum process control. However, it is the responsibility of every employee to maintain and control these processes whether they are automated or manual.


In a world of trending automation and artificial intelligence in all of our surroundings, one slight miss can mean the difference in the success or failure of any electronic product. A failure in the manufacturing process could be insignificant if it is a cell phone, a play station or a television, but it can be of major consequence if it affects the electronics in the car that your family is in, the flight that your spouse is on or the technology that your military member is utilizing.


Join us for an overview of the process of automation in the soldering workplace and a discussion of what factors are just as critical for high reliability electronics regardless of whether you are working with a manual or an automated manufacturing environment.  


8:50AM - 9:30AM

Perfecting a Cleaning Process for Hi-Rel Electronics

Speaker: Tom Tattersall, MicroCare Corporation

Reliability is a continuum of performance based on product complexity and anticipated product life-span. To be successful over the long-term, hardware with demanding performance requirements (e.g., military and medical) or with long service lives (e.g., aerospace, transportation and telecom) need to be engineered from the start with a focus on reliability.


Cleaning enhances reliability, but not every product needs maximum reliability. This means cleaning becomes an important tool in the production engineer’s toolbox. Cleaning offers a simple economic trade-off: it adds manufacturing costs but can speed throughput, slash waste, minimize warranty expenses, extend product service lives or enable new capabilities. Balancing these options properly can enhance profitability.


Most companies are unaware that modern solvent cleaning systems are extremely cost-effective and environmentally benign. This section of the Reliability Workshop will focus on understanding the cost-benefit trade-offs which underpin critical cleaning. In this workshop, the Cleaning Experts from MicroCare will discuss:


1.       Quantifying the Reliability Requirements for a Product

2.       Understanding the Various Types of Contamination and Their Effects

3.       Modern Cleaning Choices Compared

4.       The Hidden Costs of Bad Cleaning

5.       Measuring Cleanliness and Performance



Expo Opens



Complimentary Lunch


12:00PM - 1:00PM

KEYNOTE: Collaborative Robot Use Cases in Electronics Manufacturing

Speaker: Eric Cowan, Stanley Black & Decker

Automate - focused on I40 from an automation perspective.
1. What is I40 and why is it important. Labor is a major issue facing US manufacturing. We can’t hire enough people.
2. SBD I40 organization and Journey
3. How I40 impacts operations Examples of (IIOT, Apps, Analytics, Additive, Cobots/Mobile)
4. Upskilling and what the new manufacturing environment looks like (Manufacturing jobs are High Tech jobs)


2:00PM - 3:30PM

Triple Jeopardy Electronics - Are You Game?

Speakers: Chrys Shea, Shea Engineering Services

Dr. Mark Currie, Henkel Electronics

Dr. Neil Poole, Henkel Electronics

The electronics industry is faced with challenges that often require immediate, yet long term reliable solutions. From a handheld device to a defibrillator, an automobile, or even a space station, each form factor in each of its respective markets expects robust manufacturing processes that create reliable products and sustainable solutions that match the customers’ expectations.


Implementing new, or off the shelf solutions can raise flags. Why? Lack of experience with any given technology naturally generates risk aversion, and in many cases, rightly so. To effectively adopt new solutions for high reliability applications, the strategy should be:


1)   understand external forces,

2)   overcome the lack of experience (that in essence have made us forget how to transition and improve and implement new technology), and

3)   Implement solutions once we understand the application, while avoiding mistakes or oversights at all costs.


Triple jeopardy will seek the questions to answers on topics such as: Regulations; Whiskers; Failure Modes; Process Metrics; Compatibility; Sustainability; Inspection, Reliability; Qualifying new materials, Do’s and Don’ts, and many others, in an interactive session, where the audience understands the symptoms, and the doctors will advise on root cause solutions.....


Expo Closes


2019 New England Expo & Tech Forum

This year's event will be held on Tuesday, October 8th at the Boxboro Regency in Boxborough, MA
Stay tuned for more details!

2018 New England Technical Forum Slides

Attached below are the techincal session slides from our 2018 New England Technical Forum and Expo.

Keynote by Jay Gorajia, Global Services Director, PCB Design and Electronics Manufacturering atMentor Graphics; A Siemens Company
"Smart Manufacturing in the Electronics Industry – An Overview"

Tech Sessions by Charles E. Bauer, Ph.D., TechLead Corporation
"Nanotechnology for Advanced Electronics Packaging"
"Printing in the Third Dimension; Design, Materials, Equipment & Applications in Electronics"

Tech Sessions by Denis Barbini, Ph.D., Crucial Machines ( currently not available, check back at a later date)
"Failure Analysis: Case Studies and Implementing Practical Solutions"
"Reflow Process Optimization Utilizing a Novel Defocused Laser for Fine Pitch Applications"

Our Expo Sponsors:

SMTA-CT Tech Session: Tour of Altek Electronics Inc. and presentation of LEAN initiatives

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 8:30 am
Location: Altek Electronics, 89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington CT 06790

Please join us on October 9th at Altek Electronics (Torrington CT) for a presentation of LEAN initiatives and the resulting efficiencies/benefits. 

Date:   October 9th, 2018
Location:   Altek Electronics, Inc.
Address:   89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington, CT  06790
Time:  8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. Registration, networking and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Presentation on LEAN/Continuous Improvement at Altek
9:45 a.m.  Factory Tour – examples of LEAN and Continuous Improvement initiatives
11:00 a.m. Depart

Price:     SMTA member: $25   Non-member: $35

Special Notations or Instructions from Company/Location:  Altek can accommodate 30 attendees—registration will be closed when 30 people have registered.  Parking is tight—there are some spots in the Visiting Nurse parking lot next door (please do not park directly in front of the Visiting Nurse building).   Closed toed shoes must be worn during the factory tour.


"LEAN in Action"

Learn how the adoption of LEAN supports Altek’s long-term objectives of remaining an independent family business in Connecticut, providing growth opportunities for employees and ensuring business sustainability through LEAN and Green initiatives.
We’ll discuss how transitioning from a “push” approach to a “pull” approach improves flow and links more directly to short term customer demand.  We’ll also talk about how this ongoing transition challenges our ideas of macro and micro shop floor layout and questions the conventional manufacturing mindset of economic order quantity and batch production.

Attendees will see examples on both the manufacturing floor as well as administrative functions where teams are improving safety and efficiency through formal workplace organization, identifying waste through process mapping, improving communication through visual management, improving flow through kaizen, reducing set up times through set up reduction activities, and addressing gaps through root cause problem solving.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Altek employees who are actively engaged in leading and managing change and talk to staff members who are contributing their ideas and efforts to identifying opportunities and implementing change.

About the speakers: 

Tim Suydam is a seasoned Lean Business System, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Sourcing leader with over 20 years of experience focusing on operational excellence, both as an operations leader as well as a continuous process improvement leader.

Tim joined Altek Electronics in June of 2018. In his current role as Director of Continuous Improvement, he provides leadership, training, and hands on support in the implementation of Lean principles and practices.  A key responsibility is to challenge the status quo and assist management in their journey to lead in our developing Lean environment, delivering value to our customers and engaging every employee.

Tim’s earlier experience includes progressive roles in Procurement, Materials Management, Distribution, Planning, Quality Control and Operations Management.  His Lean journey began in 1996, as a member of the management team at the Ensign-Bickford Company, implementing a Lean system that resulted in four company facilities receiving the Shingo Prize.

Tim holds a lifetime Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and holds a lifetime Purchasing Management Certification (C.P.M.).  He is a long tenured member of the Shingo Prize Board of Examiners and is a past mentor for students enrolled in the Shingo MBA program at Utah State University.

Ravi Kailan has over 16 years of experience in the world of manufacturing. He’s held various leadership positions in different manufacturing industries ranging from photovoltaic (solar) module manufacturing, to high-performance plastics extrusion for the automotive and medical industries. 
Ravi joined Altek Electronics in 2016.  In his current role of Director of Operations, Ravi is responsible for 145 employees working in the areas of Receiving, Manufacturing, Test, Engineering, Shipping and Facilities.  Ravi oversees the manufacture of over 900 different assemblies, and under his leadership throughput has increased 27% and NCMR scrap has decreased 35%.
Prior to working at Altek, Ravi was the Sr. Operations Manager for a multi-site defense contractor which designs and manufactures instrumentation and other systems for the Armed Forces. Ravi also served in the Marines for five years.
Ravi holds an MBA from Albertus Magnus College, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Central Connecticut State University and a Lean Leadership Certification.
POC for questions:  Sabrina Beck (860) 309-8501


Questions? Contact:
Sabrina Beck
860 309-8501

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
September 18, 2019
5:30 pm
SMTA on Tap! City Steam Brewery, 942 Main St., Hartford CT Jenny Hopewell 
617 970-5957

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : David Reitz  (INVENTEC Performance Chemicals USA)

Vice President : Eric Jarvis Soderberg  (Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.)

Secretary/Treasurer : Sabrina Beck  (Altek Electronics, Inc.)

VP of Membership (Appointed) : Emily Peck  (MicroCare Corporation)

VP of Communications : Jenny Hopewell  (Hopewell Companies, LLC)

Board Liaison : Richard Coyle (Nokia Bell Labs)

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter


Micro Systems Technologies, Inc.

Corporate Members of our Chapter

AB Electronics Inc

Altek Electronics, Inc.

Argo Transdata

Ascentech LLC

Gesick Consulting and Materials

MacDermid Enthone Electronic Solutions

Master Bond Inc.

MicroCare Corporation

Mirtec Corporation


Scott Electrokrafts, Inc.

Vision Engineering

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica, Inc. Collins Aerospace Creation Technologies Inc. Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO INVENTEC Performance Chemicals ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Corporation L3HARRIS Lenovo System Technology Company Limited, Shenzhen, PRC Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Bell Labs Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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