Empire (Rochester, NY)

Rochester, NY 

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Empire Chapter Expo 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Location: RIT Inn & Conference Center, Henrietta NY - Rochester Area -

Announcing a NEW venue for our 2020 Expo Event:

RIT INN & Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467

Tuesday April 21, 2020

- Call for Abstracts -
If you are interested in participating as a speaker in one of the Technical Sessions, please email a brief abstract describing the topic to smta.empire@gmail.com by Thursday December 12, 2019.

Questions? Contact:
Jeff Schake

September Networking With Ambrell Induction Heating Solutions

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 5:30 pm
Location: Ambrell Corporation

What:  SMTA Empire Chapter Technical Event
Where:  Ambrell Corporation, 1655 Lyell Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606
When:  Wednesday September 18, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

You may have heard of cutting edge induction food cooking, where electromagnetic coils under the glass cooktop surface transfer energy into metal objects that produce heat.  The cooking vessel is heated while the cooktop itself stays cool.  Ambrell Corporation specialize in making the industrial version of such induction heating appliances, capable of heating a solid steel bar from room temperature to 2220°F (1204°C) in just 20 seconds!  Come join us to learn about Ambrell’s fascinating induction heating technology and tour their new 80,000 square foot $2.1 million facility.  We’ll also provide discussion about various programs available offering grants and funding to facilitate local business growth opportunities.

This event is sponsored by your local SMTA Empire Chapter.  We welcome both SMTA members and industry professionals to attend at this no charge venue.  Courtesy pizza, wings, and beverage will be supplied.

5:30pm: Registration, Networking, Food & Beverage
6:00pm: Welcome / Introductions
6:10pm: “The Ambrell Makeover”*, Mitch Szydlowski, Director of Operations, Ambrell Corp.
6:45pm: “SBIR / STTR Funding Opportunities”, Dr. Martin K. Anselm, Director CEMA Lab, RIT
7:20pm: Ambrell Facility Tour and Demonstrations
8:00pm: Event Closes

*Title subject to change

Please register to attend by clicking on the RSVP link below by Tuesday September 17, 2019 6:00pm.  We will contact you to confirm your participation and update you with event notifications.

For more information about Ambrell: https://www.ambrell.com/

Questions? Contact:
Jeff Schake

EXPO 2019 Success! Thanks to you!!!

The SMTA Empire Expo and Tech forum event held at the Holiday Inn Liverpool, NY on Tuesday April 9 was a resounding success!  Special guest speakers Doug Pauls and Dave Hillman drew a room capacity crowd for all 4 of their talks.  People requesting copies of these presentations have already been emailed a download link to access these.  If anyone else would like a copy, please request this by contacting us by email at smta.empire@gmail.com.

We would like to recognize the following individuals who won door prizes:

Prize 1:  $50 Value Amazon Gift Card to Dan Seck, Lockheed Martin

Prize 2:  1 Year New or Renewed SMTA Empire Chapter Membership to Adam Schneider, EMCom Inc.

Prize 3:  SMTA Logo Embroidered Columbia Black Fleece to Eric Bromley, Kyzen Corporation

Furthermore, we are so grateful to all who supported our first ever 50/50 raffle with our proceeds of $178 being donated to the Syracuse based Upstate Foundation's "Upstate Fights Student Hunger Fund".  The balance of this jackpot was won by James Pinto, Harris Corporation.

Pictured from left to right are Joe Wesley (SMTA Empire Chapter Technical Advisor), Terry Shenfeld (Upstate Foundation Director), and Jeff Schake (SMTA Empire Chapter President)

And finally special thanks to all of the great exhibitors who supported us:
AIM Solder
American Standard Circuits
AVID Associates
Bluering Stencil
CIREXX International
Creative Electron
Indium Corp.
JT Technologies
Kulicke & Soffa Industries
Kurtz ERSA
Performance Technologies Group
SEHO North America
Seica Inc.
Universal Instruments
Vision Engineering
W.J. Murphy Associates
Waveroom Plus
Yamaha / Trans-Tec America

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
April 21, 2020
Empire Chapter Expo 2020 RIT Inn & Conference Center, Henrietta NY - Rochester Area - Jeff Schake 

April 21, 2020
Empire Expo & Tech Forum *NEW LOCATION* RIT Inn and Conference Center Kristy Masloski 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Jeff Schake  (ASM Assembly Systems)

Vice President : Bob Drozdowski  (Advance Circuit Technology, Inc.)

Secretary : Drew Ake  (L3HARRIS)

Treasurer : Andrew C. Davis  (SennTec Sales Corp.)

VP of Membership : Tom Rovere  (Lockheed Martin)

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : Joseph R Wesley Jr  (Promark Electronics Inc)

VP of Young Professionals (Appointed) : Meagan Sloan  (Indium Corporation)

Board Liaison : Martin Anselm (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter



Corporate Members of our Chapter

Advance Circuit Technology, Inc.

Ansen Corporation

Comtech PST

Datum Alloys

Indium Corporation

Lockheed Martin

MPL Inc.


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)


Trenton Technology Inc.

Universal Instruments Corporation

Professional Members of our Chapter


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

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