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SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Golf Tournament - June 18, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 8:30
Location: Birch Creek Golf Course, Smithfield Utah

Click to download a copy of the golf tournament annoucment:

Questions? Contact:
Gordan Jackman

SMTA Intermountain Boise Golf Tournament

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 8:00 AM
Location: Shadow Valley Golf Course

Shadow Valley Golf Club
Intermountain Chapter

SMTA Golf Scramble Aug 20, 2019


What:  SMTA Shadow Valley Golf 2019 Golf Scramble

When:  Aug. 20th Shot gun start 8:00 AM with lunch following Where:  Shadow Valley Course - Boise, Idaho

Team and Individual sign-up deadline Aug. 14th
Team and Hole Sponsor sign-ups due Aug. 7th
We also welcome donations for prizes like closest to the pin, longest drive and drawing prizes.

Team sponsor $350—fees and lunch for 4 (sponsor may provide shirts or caps) Team Sponsor sign.
Hole sponsors:  $200 and choice of available hole.  Includes one player and hole sponsor sign.
Mulligans:  $10 each, Must purchase in advance
Individuals are Welcome!!  We will sign you up to a team.  Fee is just $65.  This includes Green fees, cart, range balls and lunch.  Please Join us!  We guarantee you will have a good time!

Contacts to RSVP and for Sponsorships:  David Bell 208-867-6006 or
Contact for details about course, map: Shadow Valley Golf Club
15711 Highway 55, Boise Idaho   208-939-6699


Questions? Contact:
Don Saunders
208 866-5608

SMTA Intermountain Chapter Boise Expo at BSU

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM
Location: Boise State University

The SMTA Intermountain chapter Boise Expo Technical presentations and vendor show will be held on March 26, 2019. 

Location: Boise State University 
Student Union Building - Jordan D Ballroom
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
  Presentations start at 9:00 am with the vendors show opening after the first talk is finished.  Wrap up will be about 3:15 pm.
Parking will be free in the parking terrace directly south of the union building, but attendees must register to get their  free parking password. 
 This is a totally free event for attendees, but please register below.  

9:00  Presentation 1:   PCA DFM - Path to Higher Quality & Lower Costs,   
by Don Saunders, PCA NPI / CPE Engineer, HP Inc, Boise, Idaho.

Abstract:  With today’s tariffs, world consortiums, reduced schedules and changing partners … how can PCA designs stay in sync with component, assembly and distribution changes?  PCA Design for Manufacturing demonstrates the value of trusted relationships and tools to meet customer’s demands and stay competitive. Understanding and projecting true cost of cost reductions avoids costly product delays, recalls or bad customer experiences. What is total cost?  How does a cost reduction to one partner impact other partners & customers costs?
Affinity – “an attraction or force that encourages a group to combine” applies to all of our partners.
DFM helps designers succeed by aligning suppliers and manufacturing/assembly  partners strengths with theirs in delivering quality solutions to their customers on time.
Real contributions are achieved at each product proto, during development builds using production processes by NPI DFM team. New technology and components validated on state of the art assembly processes prior to releasing to production, results in strengthened partner relationships and successful product ramps.

10:00 Vendor Show opens.  Everyone welcome.  No Entrance Fee - 
Vendor show continues while talks are ongoing 

11:00 Presentation 2:  Low Temperature Solder Overview, Opportunities and Risk,
 Given by 
Kris Troxel, HP Inc. Boise Idaho

Kris Troxel is a Senior Reliability Engineer for the Strategic Quality and Reliability Engineering (SQRE) organization at HP Inc. Kris has been with HP since 1989, and has worked closely with external organizations such as iNEMI and IPC, in both participatory and leadership roles.  Kris led the HP Pb-free PCA assembly transition and has been involved with PCA materials, processes and industry & HP standards and has led several pan-HP initiatives. She supports all HP businesses. 

12:00 Free Lunch for all attendees in Vendor show area. 
Vendor show continues while talks continue

1:00  Presentation 3: “PCB Technology, Assembly and IC packaging”
Rich Brooks, Senior Manager Design Engineering - Jabil Corp, St. Petersburg,
Miniaturization is one of the main trends going on today that are driving the electronics industry to push the limits of capabilities and driving the implementation of new technologies.  Some of the products that are driving miniaturization include: Wearables, Health Sensing, 3D Printing, IIoT, AI and AR/VR.  At Jabil, our goal is to understand the technology trends and to implement new solutions for our customers that will also drive the market.  For Miniaturization, Jabil does not only focus on the Manufacturing assembly process but also the advances in the PCB technology and IC packaging.  This presentation will review these various technology processes and how they impact the industry, as well as the Contract Manufacturers and how it will effect the way they do business.

Rich Brooks has degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and he has been in the Electronics industry for 30 years.  His first role was with the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group at Motorola where he spent 14 years.  After Motorola, he joined the Indium Corporation of America as the Global Technical Manager for 9 years.  His most recent positions have been with the GE Oil&Gas Design team for 4 years and now for the past 2 years, he has been with the Jabil Design Organization.  At Jabil, he manages a team of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) with various areas of technical knowledge. Rich Brooks’ area of expertise is in the PCB and soldering materials technology.

      Vendor show continues during and between talks - till the door prizes are given away.

3:15 Door prizes to be given away at end of day - must be present to win.

Questions? Contact:
Tony Whitt - Intermountain Chapter Vice President
Phone: 303-881-1623
West Tech Automation 
2011 Bannock St.
Denver CO. 80223

Questions? Contact:
Tony Whitt - Intermountain Chapter Vice President
Tony Whitt

SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Expo

Monday, October 28, 2019 | 9:00 AM
Location: TBD

Utah Vendor Expo actual date and location TBD.  Will not be at U of U this year.

Questions? Contact:
Don Saunders
208 866-5608

SMTA Intermountain Chapter "End of Year Social" Idaho Group

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Location: TBD

Questions? Contact:
Steve Greathouse
208) 898-1274

2019 SMTA Chapter planned activites

Planned SMTA Chapter Activities for 2019:
January:  SMTA Intermountain Chapter Dinner and social for the Utah group, Salt Lake City, Utah – Mid January 2019

March: SMTA Intermountain Chapter at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho,– March 26th, 2019
June: SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Golf Tournament, Logan Utah–  June 18, 2019
August: SMTA Intermountain Chapter Idaho Golf Tournament, Boise, Idaho – Mid August, 2019
October: SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Expo – Salt Lake City, Utah, Mid October, 2019
December: SMTA Intermountain Chapter “End of Year Social” Idaho group – Boise, Idaho, December, 2019. 

Other activities may be scheduled as the company factory tours and speakers become available. 

Photos from the 2018 Golf Outing

Awards given out    Getting awards
Driving Range    Resort

Team standings

SMTA Intermountain Chapter Current Newsletter and Archives

2016 March Newsletter
2012 September Newsletter
2011 March Vendor conference
2011 February
2009 April January
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2006 November March
2005 August July May April February
2004 September June April

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
August 20, 2019
8:00 AM
SMTA Intermountain Boise Golf Tournament Shadow Valley Golf Course Don Saunders 
208 866-5608
October 28, 2019
9:00 AM
SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Expo TBD Don Saunders 
208 866-5608
October 29, 2019
Intermountain Utah Expo & Tech Forum *NEW LOCATION* Weber State University Hannah Terhark 
December 12, 2019
SMTA Intermountain Chapter "End of Year Social" Idaho Group TBD Steve Greathouse 
208) 898-1274

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Steve W. Greathouse  (Plexus Corp.)

Vice President : Tony Whitt  (West Tech Automation)

Secretary : Don Ellison Saunders  (HP Inc. - Hewlett-Packard Company)

Treasurer : Robert Winter  (L3 Technologies)

VP of Technical Programs : Patrick Ryan  (Ryan Technical Services)

Utah Golf Coordinator (Appointed) : Gordan Jackman  (Campbell Scientific, Inc.)

Idaho Golf Coordinator (Appointed) : David C. Bell  

Board Liaison : Martin Anselm (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter


Plexus Corp.

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Blackfox Training Institute

Computrol Meridian

Computrol, Inc.

Krayden, Inc.

Micron Technology, Inc.

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Amazon Lab126 Celestica, Inc. Collins Aerospace Creation Technologies Inc. Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO INVENTEC Performance Chemicals ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Lenovo System Technology Company Limited, Shenzhen, PRC Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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