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April 24th: SMTA Upper Midwest Chapter hosts “You Drive, We Buy” Dual Business Tour

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 10:00 am
Location: Raven Applied Technologies & Daktronics

SMTA Upper Mid-west Chapter
Upper Mid-west Chapter has partnered with two businesses in Sioux Falls, SD for dual tours:

Raven Applied Technologies & Daktronics
Who Should Attend:
Anyone interested in how these companies do business in South Dakota.
Date:     Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Cost:      FREE (you are responsible for transportation)
  • 10:00AM-11:30AM: Tour at Raven
Raven Applied Technologies
1101 W. Algonquin Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

  • 11:30AM-12:00PM: Lunch Sponsored by Electronic Systems, Inc.
  • 12:00PM Depart from Raven to Daktronics
  • 1:00PM-2:30PM: Tour at Daktronics
201 Daktronics Dr.
Brookings, SD 57006
RSVP by April 17th at bottom email link to guarantee a spot for these tours.
Call if you have questions about these tours:
Edward Knutson
SMTA Upper Midwest Chapter President
Office: (952) 746-3030
    Cell: (612) 406-8896
Raven Applied Technologies:

Payment Instructions:
"You drive, we buy" (FREE event)

Questions? Contact:
Edward Knutson
(612) 406-8896

Todd King from EI Microcircuits Receives 25 Year SMTA Award

Todd King from EI Microcircuits received their 25-year Corporate Membership plaque from SMTA.

If you see someone from EI or Todd, please congratulate them on their membership tenure.


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SMTA Certification

Now available in Minnesota!

SMT Processes- May 2-4, 2017 (Eden Prairie, MN)

·        May 2- Course (8:30-5pm)

·        May 3- ½ day of course + exam

·        May 4- All day exam (8:30-5pm)

Instruction: English 
Test: English 
Instructor: Jim Hall, ITM Consulting


For more information, http://www.smta.org/certification/ 

Click on links to view these Upper Mid-West Chapter newsletters:

April 2014 Newsletter
May 2011 Newsletter

March/April 2011 Newsletter
February 2011 Newsletter
June 2010 Newsletter
May 2010 Newsletter
April 2010 Newsletter
July 2009 Newsletter - Golf edition
July 2008 Newsletter
June 2008 Newsletter
May 2008 Newsletter
Mike Carano presentation, Solderable Surface Finishes Overview and Recommendations
Dave Hillman presentation, How PCB Surface Finishes Impact Assembly Processes from an OEM Perspective
March 2008 Newsletter
November 2007 Newsletter
May 2007 Newsletter

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
June 14, 2018
Upper Midwest Expo & Tech Forum DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place Hannah Funk 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Edward A. Knutson  (Dimation)
Phone : 952-746-3030

Vice President : Kris Meacham  (JW Sales)
Phone : 612-807-4382

Secretary : Holly Olsen  (Electronic Systems Inc.)
Phone : 605-338-6868

Treasurer : Tara Dunn  (Omni PCB)
Phone : 507-332-9932

VP of Technical Programs : Brian Peterson  (All Flex Flexible Circuits)
Phone : 507-663-7162

VP of Membership : Bob Breu  (Bosch Automotive Service Solutions)
Phone : 507-363-6390

Past President : Michael Havener  (Benchmark Electronics, MN Division)
Phone : 507-452-8932

VP Communications (Appointed) : Alex Zeitler  (NRI Electronics)
Phone : 651-726-1333

VP of Operations (Appointed) : Sue Blankenheim  (Omni-Tronics Inc.)
Phone : 763-425-7910

Volunteer at Large (Appointed) : Pete Glasspoole  (Benchmark Electronics, Inc)
Phone : 507-453-4744

Volunteer at Large (Appointed) : John P. Japs  (Tonka Electronics, Inc.)
Phone : 952-831-8969

Board Liaison : Robert Kinyanjui (John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.)
Phone Contact : 701-451-3785

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Creation Technologies Inc.


NEO Technology Solutions

Corporate Members of our Chapter

AbelConn, LLC

All Flex Flexible Circuits

Altron, Inc.

Analog Technologies Corporation


ASC International

Benchmark Electronics, MN Division

Bergquist Company

BTW Inc.

Circuit Check Inc.

Conductive Containers, Inc.

Control Products Inc.

CyberOptics Corporation

Digi International


EI Microcircuits, Inc.

Electronic Systems Inc.

Fluke Corporation

Great Lakes Engineering

Itron, Inc.

John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.



NRI Electronics

Polytronics Technology Corp.

Production Automation Corporation

Raven Industries Inc.

RiverSide Electronics Ltd.

Seagate Technology

Solid Design Solutions, Inc.

Sparton Onyx

TEK Products, Inc.

V-Tek, Inc.

Versa Electronics

Professional Members of our Chapter


Infinite Graphics Inc.

Rapid Interface

Tonka Electronics, Inc.

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 NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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SMTA Headquarters
6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

Phone 952.920.7682
Fax 952.926.1819