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WI SMTA 1st Technical meeting rescheduled for Tuesday April 14th- Chip King with Fuji (Webinar)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 3:00 PM
Location: Via Webinar

Hello SMTA Members,

We hope everyone is hanging in there at this difficult time in our lives,  the WI SMTA has decided to move ahead with our first Technical meeting of 2020.   This FREE webinar willl take place on Tuesday April 14th, at 3pm. 

Chip King of Fuji America will be presenting on,

“Challenging Component Placement Technology including
LED, Odd Form components, automating the manual part insertion process”

Chip King is the Sales Applications Engineering Manager for Fuji America Corporation supporting user application needs throughout the electronics assembly market primarily within the North American territory. He holds a B.S.E.E. from Purdue University along with 32+ years of industry knowledge and experience. He has held multiple positions with Fuji America Corporation for the past 25 years. Along with multiple roles with several other companies such as Motorola, Alpine, Alcatel and others. Recently his focus, as with many in the industry, is on the Smart Factory initiatives across the market with emphasis on overall productivity improvements through innovative automation solutions.  

Please take the time to RSVP below.  If you aready responded to the original meeting at Wago, we ask that you RSVP again so we know for sure if you will be on the call.
The call in number and webinar details will be sent to everyone who RSVP's 24 hours PRIOR to the event. 

This webinar is FREE, we hope everyone can join us!

Questions? Contact:
Jana Esselmann

WI SMTA 2020 Scholarships - Deadline April 17th

The SMTA WI Chapter is once again offering $1000 scholarship(s) for students pursuing a degree in an engineering/technical discipline.
Application Process and Eligibility:
This scholarship is available to students attending a University, College or Technical College who offers engineering/technical degrees (2 or 4 year degree). To qualify, eligible students must be either:
Local students (state of Wisconsin) majoring in a program of study related to the electronics industry, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The preferred courses of study are to be in electrical or mechanical engineering, engineering technology, or any technical related discipline. Majors outside these fields will also be given consideration based on the credentials of the applicant. The scholarship award has been established to encourage and aid students in pursuing careers in fields that are in, or are related to, the electronics industry.
Scholarships will be awarded and given directly to the financial aid departments of the selected student’s institutions, to be used to supplement the cost of their higher education. The number of awards and their amounts will be determined by the scholarship committee each year.

The awards will be presented to the winning student at the SMTA Wisconsin Chapter Vendor Day in Milwaukee on May 5, 2020. (Need not to be present)

To be considered for the award, the student will be required to submit the following:
  • An application
  • Major declared
  • A one-page description of their reason for choosing their course of study and why they should be considered to receive the award
  • A recent copy of their transcript
  • Advisor’s name and contact information
Download the Application Here
Applications for consideration must be received by April 17, 2020.
The scholarship committee will consider the following criteria in the selection process:

  • Well written essay
  • Course of study / academic credentials
  • Electronics and manufacturing interest / career goals
  • Community involvement
For more information and application submission contact/send to: 
Mike Gerner mobile: 720-441-7939

Please list SMTA Scholarship in the Subject Line of your e-mail.


Wisconsin SMTA Technology Expo Announcement- Expo Postponed

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 09:00am
Location: Crowne Plaza- Airport 6401 South 13th Street Milwaukee, WI

Hello WI SMTA Member,

In reaction to the current Covid-19 situation and recent government regulations, the WI SMTA Chapter is postponing the May 5
th WI SMTA Technology Expo till further notice.  We hope to reschedule for later this year, but will need to wait this out.  This is a frustrating and very difficult situation for all of us.  The health of all involved is of the utmost importance.   Please feel free to contact me or SMTA Headquarters with any questions.


Thank you,

Michael Kreiter

WI SMTA Chapter President

Questions? Contact:
Jana Esselmann or Mike Krieter

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
April 14, 2020
3:00 PM
WI SMTA 1st Technical meeting rescheduled for Tuesday April 14th- Chip King with Fuji (Webinar) Via Webinar Jana Esselmann 
May 5, 2020
Wisconsin Expo & Tech Forum - POSTPONED PENDING NEW DATES Milwaukee Airport Crowne Plaza  
May 5, 2020
Wisconsin SMTA Technology Expo Announcement- Expo Postponed Crowne Plaza- Airport 6401 South 13th Street Milwaukee, WI Jana Esselmann or Mike Krieter 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Michael Kreiter  (Rockwell Automation)

Vice President : Greg Kloiber  (Ducommun, Inc.)

Secretary : Jana D Esselmann  (Technimark)

VP of Membership : Josh Shane Casper  (Horizon Sales)

VP of Technical Programs : Dan Schoenberg  (Johnson Controls)

VP of Technology (Appointed) : Paul Wilson  (Rockwell Automation)

Board Liaison : Robert Kinyanjui (Deere & Company)

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Global Members of our Chapter

Collins Aerospace


Plexus Corp.

Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Creation Technologies, Inc.

Plexus Corp.

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Astronautics Corporation of America

Circuit Works Corporation

Collins Aerospace

DCA Manufacturing Corporation

Ellsworth Adhesives


J.W. Speaker

Johnson Controls

Kurtz Ersa, Inc.

Multicircuits Inc.

Part Analytics

Plexus Corp.

Pro-Active Engineering, Inc.

Rockwell Automation

TouchPad Electronics LLC


SMTA Global Members

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

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