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Accelerating the Solder Paste Evaluation Process - By Chrys Shea

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Location: Plexus, 2400 Millbrook Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

SMTA Great Lakes Chapter Meeting:

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Time:  6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Plexus – 2400 Millbrook Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL  60089


Chrys Shea
Shea Engineering Services
East Greenwich, RI, USA

Solder paste can make or break the profitability of SMT processes. Using the proper chemistry is critical to a successful operation.  Because solder pastes have so many different characteristics that affect their assembly line performance, they can be cumbersome and costly to evaluate.  As a result, many assemblers are using mature formulations that have since been improved upon, simply because they don’t have the resources to properly evaluate new, more process- or product-friendly materials.

This paper proposes a new solder paste evaluation regimen that helps engineers assess up to 25 solder paste properties on their assembly line in 5 hours or less.  It uses the new SMTA board that is available off-the-shelf from Practical Components and is part of a full kit developed specifically to help PCB assemblers choose the right solder paste for their operation, as quickly, easily and economically as possible.


About the Speaker:

President, Shea Engineering Services

Chrys Shea is the President of Shea Engineering Services, a consulting firm that produces technical studies and communications tools for the electronics manufacturing industry.  Chrys is a frequent speaker at industry events, and has three times received the SMTAI “Best of Conference” award for her research on solder paste printing.  In 2012, she was honored with the SMTA “Member of Technical Distinction” award.  Chrys earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and her M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.  She is a past president of the Philadelphia SMTA chapter, and sits on numerous IPC and SMTA technical committees.

When:  Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
6:00 pm: Registration & Networking
6:30-7:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 pm: Presentation
8:00 - 8:30 pm: Questions and Adjournment

Prices for fabulous dinner meeting
$30 for Members - $35 for non-members
free for Displaced Members

You can pay onsite (Cash/Check only!) or via PayPal (a "Buy Now" button will be availble after completing the RSVP process)

and invite your friends too……….
RSVP to Gerri by May 7th, 2019
Send RSVP by the methods listed below:

Online: RSVP
Fax: 847-639-2489
(You will be charged for your visit if a No Show occurs)
Where: Plexus – 2400 Millbrook Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL  60089

Payment Instructions:
We accept ONLY Cash/Check payments onsite! If you wish to pay via credit card, please use the PayPal service option. Thank you!

Individual Member Status

Questions? Contact:
Gerri Noble
(847) 639-2440

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events for the SMTA Great Lakes Chapter
Thank you for the continued support of the local chapter of the SMTA.  We have a couple of meetings that are currently in the planning stage.  We are targeting a date during the periods listed below:
Meeting 1:  March 12-15 (WK11) or March 19-22 (WK12)
Meeting 2:  April 30-May 3 (WK18) or May 7-10 (WK19)
Topics, speaker information and location are to be determined.  Please check back as we hope to have this information posted here as soon as possible. 

Thank you again for your continued support of the Great Lakes Chapter of the SMTA!

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
May 8, 2019
Accelerating the Solder Paste Evaluation Process - By Chrys Shea Plexus, 2400 Millbrook Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 Gerri Noble 
(847) 639-2440
September 24, 2019
SMT Processes Certification (SMTA International - Rosemont, IL) Donald Stephens Convention Center Jenny Ng 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Ursula Marquez de Tino Ph.D.  (Plexus Corp.)
Phone : 847-793-6121

Vice President : Paige Dusek  (FCT Assembly, Inc.)
Phone : 630-802-0740

Secretary : Dave Munsterman  (Accelerated Assemblies)
Phone : (630) 616-6680

Treasurer : Gerri Noble  (J.D. Noble & Associates, Inc.)
Phone : 847-639-2440

VP of Technical Programs : Gene Dunn  (Plexus Corp.)
Phone : 847-793-5275

VP of Membership : Pratish Patel  (Electronic Interconnect)
Phone : 847644848

Webmaster (Appointed) : Tim Noble  (J.D. Noble & Associates, Inc.)
Phone : 847-639-2440

Technical Committee (Appointed) : Manivannan Sampathkumar  (Plexus Corp.)
Phone : 847-793-4494

Board Liaison : Robert Kinyanjui (John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.)
Phone Contact : 701-451-3785

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Global Members of our Chapter


Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Creation Technologies Inc.


Keysight Technologies

NCAB Group USA, Inc.

NCAB Group USA, Inc.

Plexus Corp.

Corporate Members of our Chapter

ACC Electronix, Inc.

ACL Staticide, Inc.

Allfavor Technology


American Standard Circuits, Inc.

Amitron Corporation

Arc-Tronics, Inc.


BOFA Americas, Inc.

Contemporary Controls

Eastek International Corporation

Electronic Interconnect

FINN Test Electronics

Fuji America Corporation


International Control Services, Inc.

Kester LLC

LECO Corporation

Logican Technologies

Mid-America Taping & Reeling, Inc.

Nitto Kohki USA, Inc.

Nu-Way Electronics, Inc.

Omron Inspection Systems

Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America

Pillarhouse USA, Inc.

Purex Inc.


Rauland-Borg Corporation

SEHO North America, Inc.

Speedprint Technology

Technimark, Inc.

Tecnova Electronics Inc.

Tek PAk, Inc.

Texmac/Takaya, Inc.

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SMTA Global Members

Amazon Amazon Lab126 Celestica, 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 Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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