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Mark Your Calendars: 2018 NE Expo and Tech Session

We're thrilled to have been able to move up the 2018 NE Expo and Tech Forum a few months ... distancing ourselves a bit from the year end Holidays and into some (still) warmer weather!  The 2018 Expo will be free to those attending the free Tech Sessions. We will be soliciting White Papers in the coming months and will share more details as to the speaker line-up as available.  For now, just keep your calendar cleared! You won't want to miss this!

2017 SMTA New England Expo and Technical Forum

The SMTA is privileged to have a membership that is willing to help one another and that contributes to its pool of knowledge.  One of primary ways we do that at the regional level is through quarterly Chapter meetings and through our regional Expo’s.


Mark your calendars!

2017 SMTA New England Expo and Technical Forum
Thursday, November 16, 2017

DCU Center
50 Foster St.
Worcester, MA  01608

Expo Day Schedule: 
Registration:  7:00-8:00 am
Morning Tech Session:  8:00-10:00 am
Exhibit Hall Opens:  9:00 am

- Lunch Break -

Joint presentation by
Richard Coyle, Nokia
Tony Rafanelli, Raytheon
"Impact of Lead Free in HiRel Applications"

Afternoon Tech Session:  2:30-4:30 pm
~~~~ Vendor Passport Raffle in the Exhibit Hall from 4:15-5:00 pm ~~~~
Exhibit Hall Closes:  5:00 pm

Attendance to the Technical Forum and Exhibit Hall is FREE
so please mark your calendar and take a moment to
RSVP your attendance now!


We are building upon the success of the inaugural 2016 New England Expo and Technical Forum, and the Boston and Connecticut chapters are working together to outdo ourselves in 2017 by adding:

  • Technical Sessions that address today’s hot topics!
  • Live Engineering/Prototype Work Cell!!!
  • A day filled with fantastic giveaways with the launch of a VENDOR PASSPORT RAFFLE program!  

What is a live Engineering/Prototype Cell???
We will have live running equipment of a circuit board from inspection through to reflow and cleaning.  This will illustrate what could be perceived as a prototype or engineering surface mount working cell.  We will be featuring equipment and supplies from Akrometrix, Essemtec, Yamaha, BTU, Lidstrom Tools, RPS Automation, SMT Resource, Inventec, Henkel, BlueRing Stencil, Altek Electronics, Whelen Engineering and Mil-Aero Solutions.

Morning Sessions:
Global trends on Smart connected and Mechatronic products (ECAD Focus)
Global trends on Smart connected and Mechatronic products (Mechanical Focus)
What today's successful companies are doing to support mechatronic and smart connected products.

Afternoon Sessions:
The Smart Reflow Oven for the Industry 4.0 Factory (Smart Factory)


MB (Marybeth) Allen is the Product Manager for KIC.  As such she coordinates the advancement of new products and features to accommodate customer needs as KIC adds to its portfolio for the electronics industry. Her technical expertise, relationships with valued partners and customers, and many years of sales experience aid KIC in the future development, improvement and sales of the company's product offerings.  MB has worked in the electronics industry for nearly 30 years and been associated with KIC for 26 years with both national and international positions.

Richard Coyle is a Consulting Member of the Technical Staff in the Reliability Engineering Organization of Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ. His work involves the reliability and quality of electronic assemblies. He utilizes his expertise in materials characterization and metallurgy to perform root cause and failure analyses of interconnects and product reliability risk assessments. In recent years, he has focused his efforts on issues related to Pb-free electronics manufacturing, particularly the evaluation and implementation of 3rd generation Pb-free solder alloys for high reliability and low temperature soldering applications. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of TMS, ASM international, the EPS of IEEE, AWS, and is a member of the Board of Directors of SMTA. 

Tony Rafanelli has over thirty-nine (39) years of engineering experience all with the Raytheon Company. He is an Engineering Fellow and is Manager of the Materials Engineering Technical Staff of Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business.  His experience includes materials science/engineering, mechanical design, failure analysis, process development/monitoring, quality, reliability, standards, systems engineering, engineering process, technology integration/ coordination, and engineering management.  He earned B.S. (1978), M.S.(1985) and Ph.D. (1995) degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island.  He was the recipient of the 2000 Raytheon Excellence in Technology Award for his work in in electronics design.   In 2010, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers.  He has authored over sixty (60) publications.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts and an active member of the IPC PERM Council.  He resides in Jamestown, RI with his wife Karen with his two sons John and Matthew and his grandchildren Olivia and Damien.


Attendance to the Technical Forum and Exhibit Hall is FREE so please take a moment to RSVP your attendance now!


* What is the cost to attend the NE Expo and Technical Forum? 
Nothing!  Nada!  Zippo!  

*Where is the nearest hotel?  

  • Hilton Garden Inn (directly across from the DCU Center)
  • Rate will be $141 +tax for night of 11/15 and 11/16.

For more information about this event or SMTA Membership, please contact the appropriate person below:

Questions about attending the Technical Forum?
Mike Jansen, SMTA-Boston President at 978 470-7598 or
Joe Kwong, STMA-Boston VP Technical Programs at 617 258-1746 or

Questions about exhibiting at the Expo?
Mark Siems, SMTA-CT Treasurer at 203 953-1276 or

Questions about SMTA Membership, Sponsorship, or Vendor Passport Raffle?
Jenny Hopewell, SMTA-CT VP Membership & Communications at 617 970-5957 or

Don’t forget to follow us on social media!!

Download Exhibitor Packet Here!

Registered Exhibitors:

AB Electronics
ACL Staticide
Aimco Global
Air-Vac Engineering
Akrometrix (Creyr)
Altek Electronics
ANA Trading Corp., USA
Ascentech LLC
BlueRing Stencils
Blue Thunder Technologies
Camalot/ITW EAE
Chemtronics (PTG)

Circuit Technology Center
Circuit Technology, Inc. (Cirtech)
Colonial Circuits
Competitive Edge Solutions
Conductive Containers
Continental Resources
Creyr Innovation
CyberOptics (PTG)
Cyber Technologies
Dazor Lighting Solutions
DfR Solutions (Creyr)
Electrovert/ITW EAE
Epoxy Technology (Creyr)
Equipment Sales-North
Ergo Advantage
Excelta (PTG)
Fancort Industries
Fuji America
GEIB Refining
GEN3 Systems Ltd.
Henkel/Loctite (PTG)
Hentec Industries
Honle UV America
IMI, Inc. www,
Import Circuits
Inspectis Optical Systems AB
Insulfab Plastics
Jensen Global (PTG)
JH Technologies
JOT Automation
Juki Automation
Komax (PTG)
Kulicke & Soffa (LFG)
Kurtz Ersa
LFG Micro
MicroScreen (Creyr)
Micron Corp
Midas Technology (LFG)
Mossman Tebbs
Mycronic Inc
NCAB Group
Nikon Metrology
Nordson Dage

Norson EFD Solder Division
Nordson Select
Nortec Humidity
OC White (PTG)
Omron Inspection Systems
Optilia Instruments AB
Paul Varg Sales
Performance Technology Group
Photo Etch Technology
Pillarhouse USA
Precision Automation
Princeton Technology
Production Basics
Promation (PTG)
Promex Industries
Prototron Circuits
QRP Gloves
Quantum Storage Systems
Rapid Coatings
Restronics New England
REsys Inc
Riv Inc. (LFG)
RPS Automation
RS Simmons
Seho (Creyr)
Seica USA
Separation Technologists
Simco (PTG)
Smart Splice LLC
Specialty Coating Systems
SolderStar (PTG)
Stapla Ultrasonics
Steinel (PTG)
Stellar Industries (LFG)
Stone Mountain Tool
Sunshine PCB
Test Equity
The Test Connection
Testing House
Thermal Technology LLC
Treston (PTG)
Vi Technology
Viscom USA
Vision Engineering
VJ Technology
Waveroom Plus
Wera (PTG)
XDry Corp
Yamaha/Trans-Tec America
Zestron USA

Tour of Honeywell Life Safety, with LinkedIn presentation for professional development following

We've got something special planned for our October SMTA-CT Chapter Meeting, and we are getting the word out early to give you plenty of time to plan for attendance.

Tour of Honeywell Life Safety
with LinkedIn presentation for professional development following
Wednesday, 10/18/17
11:00 – 1:30 pm

*** space is limited to 40 attendees ***

Honeywell is a world leader in Continuous Improvement, LEAN and Six Sigma.  During the tour of their facility and surface mount lines, you will learn about the Honeywell Operating System (HOS) Key Focus Areas, get a sneak preview of their new Order-to-Cash (OTC) room, see their Continuous Improvement and Metrics boards, learn about their "Safety I Care" program, and get an inside look into how they are using tools such as Gemba walks, Kaizens, and Yamazumi's to ensure high quality, on-time delivery, and competitive prices.

Social recruiting has become an established practice and LinkedIn is still the most popular social network being used for recruiting – internally and externally.  LinkedIn also has great value as a business development tool.   During this short tutorial, we will cover the basics of crafting a compelling LinkedIn profile and tips for building your professional identity and network.

10:45 Doors open for registration
11:00 Factory Tour:  focus on OTC room, CI Wall, Kaizen Wall, Tier Boards, and Build-in-the-Box Kaizen
12:00 Lunch and Overview of Honeywell
12:30 LinkedIn Presentation
1:30 Depart

About the Speakers:
Billie Rascati is the HOS site Leader at the Northford Honeywell site.  She has been with Honeywell for 27 years. She started working in manufacturing as an assembler then a Group Leader for several years, before eventually becoming the HOS site Leader.  She is a certified Green Belt with an OD Acumen certification and is currently working towards her Lean Expert certification.  When she is not working she loves to go camping and travel the world.

William Doheny is the Senior Supervisor for Manufacturing Engineering.  He has been with Honeywell for 12 Years.  He was the General Manager at an Electronic contract assembly house prior for 13 years.  He is a Honeywell trained Lean Expert.  When he not working Will enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, camping and is an Assistant Scout Master with an active Boy Scout troop.   

Rick Redone is the Senior Manufacturing Engineering.  He has been with Honeywell for 20 Years.  He works in the Final Assembly areas, and helps with process issues. He is a Honeywell trained Lean Expert.  When he is not working he enjoys music, Civil War history and spending time with his family and dogs.

Jenny Hopewell is President of HOPEWELL Companies and has been representing test and manufacturing services for more than 20 years.  When she is not working or playing with her grandchildren, she likes to brew kombucha, volunteer at church, or blog.  She also loves to help people learn the basic of using LinkedIn to build their professional careers.


COST:    $25 SMTA Members (active membership)
               $35 Non-Members

Please RSVP by reserving your place here or purchase your ticket below. 

Additional Info:  Honeywell Life Safety is located at 12 Clintonville Rd., Northford CT.  The main entrance faces Route 22.  Visitors must sign in with the receptionist.  NO OPEN-TOED SHOEW OR HIGH HEELS!





For more information please contact Sabrina Beck, SMTA-CT President at 860 309-8501 or      

SMTA CT Chapter Technical Meeting

Thursday, June 29th 4-6:30 pm
Please join us for an evening of networking and learning about robotic soldering and intelligent fluxing.  You won't want to miss this!

When:  Thursday, June 29th, 4-6:30 p.m.

Where:  MTA Automation, Inc. 50 River Street, Old Saybrook, CT

Cost:  $25 SMTA Member; $35 Non-member (PayPal upon registration or cash or check at the door)

Robotic Selective Soldering, Interflux Selective Jet Fluxing

Hosts/ Presenters:
Will Hunter, Managing Director for MTA Automation North America
Dayton Thomas, Engineering Manager for MTA Automation North America

Live Demonstration of Robotic soldering – Presented by Dayton Thomas

  1. When to use robot soldering (instead of wave or mini-wave selective)
  2. Overview table-top soldering robot (features and benefits)
  3. The four soldering technologies mta offers
  4. When to use each of the technologies
  5. Q & A
Live Demonstration of Intelligent Fluxing – Presented by Will Hunter
  1. What differentiates intelligent fluxing from spray, ultrasonic, and selective fluxing.
  2. How Intelligent Fluxing solves the two primary issues with wave soldering: Dramatically improves the quality of wave soldering; Nearly eliminates the mess associated with wave soldering
  3. Unique features of the InterFlux Intelligent Fluxing machine
  4. Q & A
If you have questions please contact Sabrina Beck (860) 309-8501,
We look forward to seeing you there!

To RSVP for the meeting, click here.

Pay for the meeting here:

SMTA Members of Distinction Awards - Nominations Open

SMTA has recognized exceptional Individual and Corporate Members for their immeasurable contributions to the Association since 1994.  Please join us to show our appreciation for SMTA members dedicated to preserving the traditions of the association and maintaining the high standards of professionalism in the industry.  We invite you to take a few minutes to nominate individual or coporate members for one of the prestigious SMTA awards to be presented at the SMTA International Conference.  

See the attached for additional details and for a listing of 2016 Recipients. 

Nominations can be submitted online at  The nomination deadline is May 30, 2017.

We are busy scheduling a full calendar of 2017 activities for the Connecticut chapter and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.  To stay informed, please be sure to follow us on social media.





Your 2017 Chapter Leaders

SMTA-CT Tech Talk and Tour of MPI (4.20.17)

We are pleased to announce the first Technical Meeting of 2017 will be held on Thursday, April 20th at Microboard Processing Inc. (MPI) in Seymour CT. 

EVENT:  Tech Talk and Tour of MPI
4:00-4:15  Welcome and light refreshments
4:15-5:00  Technical Presentation by Leigh Gesick, Director of Inventec Performance Chemicals
     "Defluxing No Clean Assemblies in Vapor Phase Systems"
5:00-5:30   Facility tour of Microboard Processing Inc (MPI)     

DATE:  Thursday, 4/20/17

TIME:   4:00pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION:  MPI, 36 Cogwheel Ln, Seymour CT  06483

ADMISSION:  $25 SMTA Members / $35 Non-Members

SPECIAL NOTATIONS:  MPI is an ITAR Restricted facility.

This talk will review several case studies on solvent chemistries, vapor degreasing systems and cost analysis for defluxing assemblies.  In the 1990s, vapor phase defluxing systems were replaced with aqueous technology due to environmental and health concerns regarding the use of solvents.  Today, with SMT assembly miniaturization creating stand-off heights less than 2 mils, aqueous technology at times is not adequate to clean these assemblies.  With the formulation of solvent chemistries that are both effective and environmentally friendly, vapor phase cleaning is able to offer a cost effective alternative to aqueous solutions when they fall short.

To RSVP, please click here, or copy and paste this address into your browser.

Space is limited so reserve your space early!   For more information, contact David Reitz at or 860 526-8300.

Our Chapter Officers

President : David Reitz  (INVENTEC Performance Chemicals USA)
Phone : 860-526-8300

Vice President : Mark M. Siems  (Mil-Aero Solutions)
Phone : 203-953-1276

Secretary : Eric Jarvis Soderberg  (Whelen Engineering)
Phone : 860-718-2329

Treasurer : Sabrina Beck  (Altek Electronics)
Phone : 860-309-8501

VP of Membership & Communication : Jenny Hopewell  (Hopewell Companies, LLC)
Phone : 617-970-5957

Board Liaison : Richard Coyle (Nokia)
Phone Contact : 908-516-3926

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Micro Systems Technologies, Inc.

NCAB Group USA, Inc.

Corporate Members of our Chapter

AB Electronics Inc

Altek Electronics

Argo Transdata

Ascentech LLC

Carlton Industries Corporation

INVENTEC Performance Chemicals USA

MacDermid, Inc.

Master Bond Inc.

MicroCare Corporation

Mirtec Corporation

Scott Electrokrafts, Inc.

Vision Engineering

Professional Members of our Chapter

Hopewell Companies, LLC


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 Jabil Circuit Sdn. Bhd. 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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