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SMTA Upper Midwest Chapter presents Designing Flexible Circuits topic at Tin Whiskers Brewing

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 02:00 pm
Location: Tin Whiskers Brewing

Upper Mid-west Chapter is bringing in a speaker for the following topic:

Designing Flexible Circuits with Successful Assembly in Mind
Speaker: Clark Webster, Applications Engineer at All Flex Flexible Circuits & Heaters
Who Should Attend:
This presentation is intended for anyone that is interested in flexible circuit design, materials, assembly, and examples of challenging flexible circuit applications.

Date:     Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Cost:      $20 Members/ $30 Non-members (make checks payable to SMTA)
  • 2:00 to 2:15 PM - Registration
  • 2:15 to 2:20 PM – SMTA announcements
  • 2:50 to 3:40 PM – Clark’s Presentation
  • 3:40 to 4:00 PM – Q&A
  • After 4 PM – Social hour
Bar snacks will be provided.
RSVP by November 30th to guaranty a spot for this session.
Address/Directions to Tin Whiskers Brewing Company:
Tin Whiskers Brewing
125 9th St E
St Paul, MN 55101


Presentation Overview:
Flexible circuits were originally designed as replacements for traditional wire harnesses.  From the beginnings to the present, growth and proliferation of flexible circuit applications in all industries has increased rapidly.  Today flexible circuits can be found in all manner of devices, products, and industries across the globe.  Along with the growth of flexible circuits, the complexity of the flexible circuits and their assembly has also increased dramatically, as well as the tools, materials, and processes used in performing their component assembly.  As assembly complexity increases, new methods must be developed to deal with special material and processing considerations of working with flexible circuits.  It becomes critical to overcome these issues by designing in assembly capabilities. 
What we will cover: 
•           A brief history of flexible circuits, with emphasis on design criteria for assembly
•           Several case studies of challenging flexible circuit design applications
•           An overview of flexible circuit design considerations for modern SMT assembly
Clark Webster’s – Bio:
Clark is an Applications Engineer with All Flex Flexible Circuits & Heaters, primarily supporting customers in their designs to improve reliability and ensure that the final products will perform as needed.  Clark has been in circuit manufacturing industry for 53 years, working in Materials Development for flexible circuits, Product Fabrication testing for both flexible and rigid circuits, and Applications Engineering for many specialized customers, designs, and products.  Clark has excelled at and enjoyed working on difficult projects with customers to find solutions for challenging designs and applications.  Clark is a member of the IPC Flex Circuits Committees, holds three patents on flexible and rigid circuit designs, and has a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of the supply chain.  Clark’s one resounding failure to date in his last 12 years (working with All Flex) has been his inability to retire from the manufacturing industry.  

Payment Instructions:
$20 Members/ $30 Non-members (make checks payable to SMTA)

Questions? Contact:
Brian Peterson

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Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
December 6, 2018
02:00 pm
SMTA Upper Midwest Chapter presents Designing Flexible Circuits topic at Tin Whiskers Brewing Tin Whiskers Brewing Brian Peterson 

June 27, 2019
Upper Midwest Expo & Tech Forum DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place Hannah Terhark 

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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 : Adam Hook  (KeytronicEMS)
Phone : 651-707-4597

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

Golf Event Coordinator (Appointed) : Erik Stromberg  (E-tronix)
Phone : 612-806-2619

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

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, a Henekel Company

BTW Inc.

Circuit Check Inc.

Conductive Containers, Inc.

Control Products Inc.

CyberOptics Corporation

Daktronics, Inc.

Digi International


EI Microcircuits, Inc.

Electronic Systems, Inc.

Fluke Corporation

Great Lakes Engineering

IBL Technologies

Itron, Inc.

John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.


Logic PD, Inc.

NRI Electronics

Production Automation Corporation

Raven Industries Inc.

RiverSide Electronics Ltd.

Seagate Technology

Sparton Onyx

TEK Products, Inc.

V-Tek, Inc.

Versa Electronics

Professional Members of our Chapter


Infinite Graphics, Inc.

Rapid Interface

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Amazon Lab126 Celestica, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO INVENTEC Performance Chemicals ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NCAB Group USA, Inc. NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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