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SMTA New England Expo 2019

When:  October 8, 2019
Where:  Boxboro Regency, Boxboro MA


SMTA on Tap!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 5:30 pm
Location: City Steam Brewery, 942 Main St., Hartford CT


Calling all beer lovers!  Wine or mixed drink lovers too!

Come join the SMTA-Nutmeg chapter for a fun evening of drinks, games and networking with your fellow SMTA industry peers. The City Steam Brewery in downtown Hartford is a historical building that now brews beer with – you guess it – steam! With your event registration we are offering a brewery tour, a City Steam brew (beer or wine), heavy hors d/oeuvres and the chance to win some great door prizes simply by completing a quick survey to help plan future events that would be of interest to you! 

When: Wednesday September 18, 2019 at 5:30pm-8:00 pm (approx)

Where: City Steam Brewery, 942 Main St, Hartford, CT  06103

Registration:  SMTA Members $20 / Non-SMTA Members or expired memberships $25

A few other important notes:

·         Must bring valid ID to be served alcohol at the brewery

·         Must be 21 or older to be granted a complementary drink ticket (wine/beer only)

·         Cash Bar available for additional libations

·         Park at Market Street Garage or Temple Street Garage (both within a short walk of brewery)

It’s sure to be an evening of fun and friendships, so mark your calendars and take a moment to register now at

We look forward to seeing you soon - please feel free to contact the undersigned with any questions.

Best regards,
Jenny Hopewell, President


Manufacturing Services and Solutions
Office: 508 488-6402 | Cell:  617 970-5957 | Email: | LinkedIn:




Questions? Contact:
Jenny Hopewell
617 970-5957

2019 New England Expo & Tech Forum

This year's event will be held on Tuesday, October 8th at the Boxboro Regency in Boxborough, MA
Stay tuned for more details!

2018 New England Technical Forum Slides

Attached below are the techincal session slides from our 2018 New England Technical Forum and Expo.

Keynote by Jay Gorajia, Global Services Director, PCB Design and Electronics Manufacturering atMentor Graphics; A Siemens Company
"Smart Manufacturing in the Electronics Industry – An Overview"

Tech Sessions by Charles E. Bauer, Ph.D., TechLead Corporation
"Nanotechnology for Advanced Electronics Packaging"
"Printing in the Third Dimension; Design, Materials, Equipment & Applications in Electronics"

Tech Sessions by Denis Barbini, Ph.D., Crucial Machines ( currently not available, check back at a later date)
"Failure Analysis: Case Studies and Implementing Practical Solutions"
"Reflow Process Optimization Utilizing a Novel Defocused Laser for Fine Pitch Applications"

Our Expo Sponsors:

SMTA-CT Tech Session: Tour of Altek Electronics Inc. and presentation of LEAN initiatives

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 8:30 am
Location: Altek Electronics, 89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington CT 06790

Please join us on October 9th at Altek Electronics (Torrington CT) for a presentation of LEAN initiatives and the resulting efficiencies/benefits. 

Date:   October 9th, 2018
Location:   Altek Electronics, Inc.
Address:   89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington, CT  06790
Time:  8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. Registration, networking and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Presentation on LEAN/Continuous Improvement at Altek
9:45 a.m.  Factory Tour – examples of LEAN and Continuous Improvement initiatives
11:00 a.m. Depart

Price:     SMTA member: $25   Non-member: $35

Special Notations or Instructions from Company/Location:  Altek can accommodate 30 attendees—registration will be closed when 30 people have registered.  Parking is tight—there are some spots in the Visiting Nurse parking lot next door (please do not park directly in front of the Visiting Nurse building).   Closed toed shoes must be worn during the factory tour.


"LEAN in Action"

Learn how the adoption of LEAN supports Altek’s long-term objectives of remaining an independent family business in Connecticut, providing growth opportunities for employees and ensuring business sustainability through LEAN and Green initiatives.
We’ll discuss how transitioning from a “push” approach to a “pull” approach improves flow and links more directly to short term customer demand.  We’ll also talk about how this ongoing transition challenges our ideas of macro and micro shop floor layout and questions the conventional manufacturing mindset of economic order quantity and batch production.

Attendees will see examples on both the manufacturing floor as well as administrative functions where teams are improving safety and efficiency through formal workplace organization, identifying waste through process mapping, improving communication through visual management, improving flow through kaizen, reducing set up times through set up reduction activities, and addressing gaps through root cause problem solving.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Altek employees who are actively engaged in leading and managing change and talk to staff members who are contributing their ideas and efforts to identifying opportunities and implementing change.

About the speakers: 

Tim Suydam is a seasoned Lean Business System, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Sourcing leader with over 20 years of experience focusing on operational excellence, both as an operations leader as well as a continuous process improvement leader.

Tim joined Altek Electronics in June of 2018. In his current role as Director of Continuous Improvement, he provides leadership, training, and hands on support in the implementation of Lean principles and practices.  A key responsibility is to challenge the status quo and assist management in their journey to lead in our developing Lean environment, delivering value to our customers and engaging every employee.

Tim’s earlier experience includes progressive roles in Procurement, Materials Management, Distribution, Planning, Quality Control and Operations Management.  His Lean journey began in 1996, as a member of the management team at the Ensign-Bickford Company, implementing a Lean system that resulted in four company facilities receiving the Shingo Prize.

Tim holds a lifetime Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and holds a lifetime Purchasing Management Certification (C.P.M.).  He is a long tenured member of the Shingo Prize Board of Examiners and is a past mentor for students enrolled in the Shingo MBA program at Utah State University.

Ravi Kailan has over 16 years of experience in the world of manufacturing. He’s held various leadership positions in different manufacturing industries ranging from photovoltaic (solar) module manufacturing, to high-performance plastics extrusion for the automotive and medical industries. 
Ravi joined Altek Electronics in 2016.  In his current role of Director of Operations, Ravi is responsible for 145 employees working in the areas of Receiving, Manufacturing, Test, Engineering, Shipping and Facilities.  Ravi oversees the manufacture of over 900 different assemblies, and under his leadership throughput has increased 27% and NCMR scrap has decreased 35%.
Prior to working at Altek, Ravi was the Sr. Operations Manager for a multi-site defense contractor which designs and manufactures instrumentation and other systems for the Armed Forces. Ravi also served in the Marines for five years.
Ravi holds an MBA from Albertus Magnus College, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Central Connecticut State University and a Lean Leadership Certification.
POC for questions:  Sabrina Beck (860) 309-8501


Questions? Contact:
Sabrina Beck
860 309-8501

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
September 18, 2019
5:30 pm
SMTA on Tap! City Steam Brewery, 942 Main St., Hartford CT Jenny Hopewell 
617 970-5957

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : David Reitz  (INVENTEC Performance Chemicals USA)

Vice President : Eric Jarvis Soderberg  (Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.)

Secretary/Treasurer : Sabrina Beck  (Altek Electronics, Inc.)

VP of Membership (Appointed) : Emily Peck  (MicroCare Corporation)

VP of Communications : Jenny Hopewell  (Hopewell Companies, LLC)

Board Liaison : Richard Coyle (Nokia Bell Labs)

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter


Micro Systems Technologies, Inc.

Corporate Members of our Chapter

AB Electronics Inc

Altek Electronics, Inc.

Argo Transdata

Ascentech LLC

Blue Thunder Technologies

Gesick Consulting and Materials

MacDermid Enthone Electronic Solutions

Master Bond Inc.

MicroCare Corporation

Mirtec Corporation


Scott Electrokrafts, Inc.

Vision Engineering

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 L3HARRIS Lenovo System Technology Company Limited, Shenzhen, PRC Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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