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Membership Appeal

Competition in electronics manufacturing is fierce, especially with many OEM’s choosing to produce their products outside the United States.  How does a company stay successful in this market?  A company keeping abreast of current manufacturing challenges and solutions finds themselves in a perfect position to succeed.  The ever changing manufacturing market has a very unique set of challenges.  Participating members of the SMTA find opportunities to excel in the market of electronics manufacturing by sharing valuable knowledge and experience.
The value of participation in a local chapter of the SMTA is immeasurable for an individual.  Beyond networking with leaders in the electronics manufacturing community, members have access to technical knowledge relevant to manufacturing that could take years to acquire on one’s own.  Utilizing the knowledge and expertise of local industry professionals often enables quick solutions to new challenges, unique perspectives for planning and execution in business development, and often skipping altogether, unforeseen issues that may arise in a new process.  And it goes without saying that the benefits to the individual pass right along to their employer.  Corporations gain from their employee’s knowledge and experiences.  
We’ve all participated in groups, clubs, or drives.  Participation in these groups leads to new relationships, business opportunities, learning something new, and a sense of giving back to the community.  The Tampa Bay SMTA is now accepting new members and volunteers.  Participation in the Tampa Bay SMTA Chapter provides immeasurable value to individuals and corporations.  Join now!  Know your local manufacturing community and start utilizing your resources today.

By: Jim Sharp
TestEquity LLC
Cell: 813.802.8263 Jim.Sharp@TestEquity.com

Patti Gander
Science and Technology Education Innovation Center
Cell: 813.486.1207

October Technical Meeting

Date: October 4th. 2017

Time: 5:30-6:00 PM Sign in and meet and greet. Food and Drinks

6:00 - 7:00 PM  Presentation

7:00 -7:30 PM Questions

Location: Florida Polytech Campus in Lakeland


Please RSVP at the link below. This will help us order the correct amount of food for those attending.


 RSVP Link: smta.org/chapters/rsvp.cfm?BEE_ID=4278

 Please use the Paypal button below to pay for the event. 
All Florida Polytech students who RSVP will only pay $5.00. Any who show up the night
of the meeting will need to pay $10.00.

 Electronic Assembly – It’s What We Do


Seminar Title:                  Electronic Assembly – It’s What We Do 

Instructor:                       Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting               

Duration:                         1.5 Hours (approx.)

Objectives of the Workshop:


How many times have we been asked about our profession?  Perhaps at a social event, by a neighbor, you family, etc. You try to explain that you “work in electronics” and are immediately asked about a problem they’ve been having with their Window’s software or with their Apple account.  You go on to say that you’re not in IT but rather in electronic assembly – “I can tell you how your computer was built but not how to program it”.  You further elaborate “I work with circuit boards…”

This seminar is the long (and illustrated) answer to that question.  It’s about what we do – Surface mount electronic assembly. The evolution of electronic products is discussed as well as component and circuit board technologies that have enabled these applications.

PCB fabrication is described (though not ad nauseum). The SMT assembly process is described and illustrated with discussion of such key elements as

·       Solder paste -what is it and why is it?

·       Solder paste printing

·       Component placement

·       Reflow soldering

·       Save and Selective soldering

·       Cleaning

·       Test and Inspection

·       Human Operations

As well as those ever-shrinking, ever-challenging components.


Who Should Attend:

This course will give the uninitiated, such as students considering pursuing a career in our wonderful and vital industry, a good idea of what it is all about.  For friends and relatives of ours, it is a long answer as to a sample of what we do all day.  And for those of us “immersed in the electronic assembly swamp”, it will hopefully bring a smile to your face and some due recognition (as in, “if it was easy, they wouldn’t need us to do it”).  


Phil Zarrow
President and Principal Consultant

ITM Consulting

Spring Hill, TN  USA


Phil Zarrow has been involved with PCB fabrication and assembly for more than thirty-five years. His expertise includes the manufacture of equipment for circuit board fabrication and assembly of through-hole and surface mount technologies. In addition to his background in automated assembly and cleaning, Mr. Zarrow is recognized for his expertise in surface mount reflow soldering technology and in the design and implementation of SMT placement equipment and reflow soldering systems. Having held key technical and management positions with Vitronics Corporation, Excellon-Micronetics and Universal Instruments Corporation, he has extensive hands-on experience with set-up and troubleshooting through-hole and SMT processes throughout the world. During his tenure as Director of Technology Development for GSS/Array Technology, he was responsible for specifying and setting up medium- and high-speed assembly lines, as well as investigating and implementing emerging and leading-edge technologies, equipment and processes.

Since forming ITM in 1993, Phil Zarrow has helped numerous clients in such areas as

·        SMT Implementation and Assembly facility set-up

·        SMT Assembly and Soldering Process Failure Analysis

·        EMS/Supplier Process and Quality Assessment Audits

·        Counterfeit Component Avoidance and Interception Programs

·        Manufacturing yield improvement

·        Equipment Evaluation and Selection

·        No-clean and lead-free solder paste evaluation and process implementation

·        SMT Manufacturing Process Audits and process improvement

·        On-site training for all levels of personnel

·        Design for Manufacturability (DFM) specification development

·        Reflow of Through-hole feasibility, development and implementation

·        Implementation of new component packages including QFN, BGA, CSP and Flip-Chip

·        SMT process equipment benchmark testing and evaluation

·        SMT product development

·        Lead-free Process Implementation and Optimization

·        Technical evaluations related to business acquisitions and mergers

·        Technical assistance in legal disputes


Mr. Zarrow is a popular speaker and workshop instructor.  He has chaired and instructed at numerous seminars and conferences in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. He has published many technical papers and magazine articles as well as contributed a number of chapters to industry books. He is co-author of the book, "SMT Glossary- Terms and Definitions".  Mr. Zarrow holds two US Patents concerning PCB fabrication and assembly processes and audit methodologies.



Phil is a member of IPC, SME, IMAPS, a co-founder of ITM Incorporated, and is a past national level officer and national director of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). He was also Chairman of the Reflow Committee for SMEMA. He was the recipient of the SMTA's Member of Distinction Award (1995) and Founders’ Award (2000).  Mr. Zarrow has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Circuits Assembly Magazine and won awards for his writings "On the Forefront" and “Better Manufacturing columns.  He is currently producer and co-host of Circuit Insight’s “BoardTalk” audio program.

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Our Chapter Officers

President : Jim Sharp  (Quantum Storage Systems / Electronics Division)
Phone : 813-802-8263

Vice President : Kelly N. Minton  (Jabil Circuit, Inc.)
Phone : 727-803-3429

Secretary : Alyssa A McKeown  (Robert McKeown Co. Inc.)
Phone : 727-599-3988

Treasurer : Ronald S. Snyder  (GE Aviation Systems)
Phone : 727-532-6393

VP of Membership : Bruce M. Misner  (Advanced Technical Services)
Phone : 727-418-0524

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : MaryAlice Gill  (Jabil)
Phone : 727-803-3918

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : Marty L. London  (Lockheed Martin)
Phone : 813-854-7448

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : Bobby J. Rooks  (TRAK Microwave)
Phone : 813-901-7250

VP Technical Programs (Appointed) : Arnold Reta  (Jabil Circuit, Inc.)
Phone : 727-803-3518

Membership Committee (Appointed) : Arlin Horsley  (Baja Bid LLC)
Phone : 813-992-2437

Board Liaison : Eileen Hibbler (TEK Products)
Phone Contact : 321-355-8519

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter



Corporate Members of our Chapter

America II Electronics LLC

Bare Board Group

EEI Manufacturing Services

Europlacer Americas'

Global Solutions Electronics Company

Island SMT

Lockheed Martin

Robert McKeown Company Inc.

SolderStar LLC

Sypris Electronics, LLC


Professional Members of our Chapter

Sun Rep

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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