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SMTA Capital Chapter Tutorial - Supporting High Reliability at the OEM: A PCB Perspective

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 9:00 am
Location: Country Inn & Suites

Instructors: Yaad Eliya and Jim Barry, PCB Techologies

March 28, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Country Inn & Suites
1717 West Nursery Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
(443) 577-1036
  • Members: $200
  • Non-Members: $400
  • Capital Chapter Officers: $100
  • Student Chapter Members: $50
  • Student Non-Members $80

Think Big...Think Small...Think Beyond!!!  Everything you want to know about PCB Manufacturing to help you design and assemble a better circuit card assembly!!!

Great Value! Half the cost of a tutorial at SMTA International and offered right in your backyard. Lunch, coffee breaks, course handouts, and a certificate of completion are all included in the cost, along with instruction by one of our best!

Topics Covered:

  • Solderability Issues from the PCB Fabrication Perspective
    - Speaker:  Yaad Eliya
    - Synopsis:
       *  The speaker will discuss the PCB Manufacturing process and how it has a direct effect on the solderability process
        *  Items such as plating technicque ((DC plating vs. Reverse plating), Final finished and other processes that effect the assembly
  • Design for Reliability
    - Speaker:  Yaad Eliya
    - Synopsis:
        *  The speaker will discuss how design aspects can directly affect the reliability of the raw card at the assembly level
        *  Items such as Non-functional pads, via-fill, cross hatched grounds, conductor routing, PTH preparations, etc. -- and their effects on reliability
  • RF/Microwave Design Considerations and Options
    - Speaker:  Yaad Eliya
    - Synopsis:
        *  The speaker will discuss the Do's and Don'ts for RF & Microwave success
        *  Items such as materials, lamination cycles, Single vs. double cavities and "Air Cavity" for varying frequencies will be discussed
  • Thermal Mitigation Options at the Raw Card Level
    - Speaker:  Jim Barry
    - Synopsis:
        *  The speaker will discuss the options available for Thermal mitigations at the raw card level
        *  As designs get smaller and faster, high temperature is becoming a big issue - we will look at Materials, Heatsinks and Coins to help mitigate heat

About the Instructors:
Instructor Bios and Photos coming soon...


Sponsored jointly by SMTA Capital Chapter and UP Media Group/Circuits Assembly Magazine

SMTA Capital Chapter    Circuits Assembly


Questions? Contact:
Brian Costanzo

Download Presentations from Capital Chapter Meetings

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Fred Dimock BTU International

Additive Manufacturing Corporate Development
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Geoffrey Doyle, Jabil Circuits, Inc.

Industry 4.0 the Next Industrial Revolution - The Smart Factory
Speaker: MB Allen, KIC

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Voiding in PCB Assemblies
Speaker: Kim Flanagan, Indium Corporation


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Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
March 28, 2019
9:00 am
SMTA Capital Chapter Tutorial - Supporting High Reliability at the OEM: A PCB Perspective Country Inn & Suites Brian Costanzo 
August 22, 2019
Capital Expo & Tech Forum Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab Hannah Terhark
(952) 920-7682 

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