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SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Expo - Weber State University-Oct 29, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 9:00 AM
Location: Weber State University, Ogden, Utah,- Student Union Building

Don't miss this, Oct 29th, 2019 at Weber State Univeristy Student Union Bldg. 

15+ Vendors with displays and samples ready to answer your questions. 
Three high level technical speakers:
Two speakers in the morning,
One technical speaker after lunch in the afternoon.

Free Lunch for registered attendees.

A larger map of the campus can be found at this link:

Questions? Contact:
Don Saunders
208 866-5608

SMTA Intermountain Chapter - Idaho End of Year Holiday Dinner

Friday, December 6, 2019 | 06:00 PM
Location: Cottonwood Grille, 913 W River St, Boise, ID 83702

This is a big deal for everyone.  SMTA member and their spouse (significant other) invited to a great dinner at a nice restruant in the Boise area. 
The Utah Group will have their own dinner event. 

Suggestions for dinner location are being sought. 
There is an Idaho group dinner, and a Utah group dinner. 
 These will be on different days.
 In 2018, Utah group had their dinner in January. 

Would everyone like the dinner on a Friday or Saturday evening?  Idaho is Friday December 6th, 2019


Questions? Contact:
Steve Greathouse
208) 898-1274

SMTA Intermountain Chapter, Boise EXPO

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 9:00 AM
Location: Boise State University, Boise Idaho, Student Union Building

Full agenda will be published soon. 

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. 

Past Event: 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

Photos from the 2018 Golf Outing

Awards given out    Getting awards
Driving Range    Resort

Team standings

SMTA Intermountain Chapter Current Newsletter and Archives

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Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
October 29, 2019
Intermountain Utah Expo & Tech Forum *NEW LOCATION* Weber State University Hannah Terhark 
October 29, 2019
9:00 AM
SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Expo - Weber State University-Oct 29, 2019 Weber State University, Ogden, Utah,- Student Union Building Don Saunders 
208 866-5608
December 6, 2019
06:00 PM
SMTA Intermountain Chapter - Idaho End of Year Holiday Dinner Cottonwood Grille, 913 W River St, Boise, ID 83702 Steve Greathouse 
208) 898-1274
March 10, 2020
9:00 AM
SMTA Intermountain Chapter, Boise EXPO Boise State University, Boise Idaho, Student Union Building  

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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.)

Treasurer : Robert Winter  (L3Harris)

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 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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Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

Phone +1 952.920.7682
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