Empire (Rochester, NY)

Rochester, NY 

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Tech. Forum at SUNY Poly Albany NanoTech Complex

Date:  Thursday October 26, 2017
Location:  SUNY Poly Albany NanoTech Complex
Address:  255 Fuller Road, Albany, NY
Building:  NanoFab South Rotunda

Fee:  No Charge*

10:00am  Registration

10:30am  Welcome & Introductions

10:45am  Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting:
"Electronic Assembly - It’s What We Do!"

How many times have we been asked about our profession?  Perhaps at a social event, by a neighbor, your 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
- Wave and Selective Soldering
- Cleaning
- Test and Inspection
- Human Operations

12:00pm  Tayler Swanson, Rochester Institute of Technology:
"Industry Driven Student Research at RIT"

Discussion of active projects at RIT's Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (CEMA) to include:

- Large aperture solder paste transfer study
- Adhesive jetting capabilities in pick-and-place
- Low reflow temperature solder paste profile optimization for BGAs
- IPC-2581 File Adoption for pick-and-place

12:30pm  Complimentary Lunch

1:00pm  Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting:
"10 Deadly Sins of SMT Assembly"

Everyone has heard of the "7 Deadly Sins" that will, supposedly, lead one to Hell.  There are also the "Deadly Sins" of SMT - there are more than just 7 - and they can make your assembly process a "hell on earth".

During the course of our assembly process audits and troubleshooting work, we tend to see trends in the types of errors and problems.  In other words, a lot of people are making the same mistakes.  The resulting process problems wreak havoc with an impact on assembly yields ranging from 5% to 20%.  In addition to this direct cost, there is also additional financial impact with regard to time spent reworking and repairing, the on corrective action by QC, Engineering, and Management, and, of course, "do-over".

This workshop identifies the "deadly sins" of SMT assembly, both for Pb-free and "leaded" processes.  Besides the symptoms and consequences of each type of error, root-cause, rectification and prevention techniques will be presented.  Best Practices will be discussed for each of the key process steps.  The workshop will, thus, provide the participant with an understanding of how to identify and correct the most common SMT assembly problems.  It will include identification of vendor and source problems including components and materials as well as design related problems.

2:30pm  NanoFab Cleanroom Window Tour (RSVP Required!)

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*All event costs are provided via SMTA Empire Chapter Funds.  Chapter donations will be kindly accepted at Registration.

Questions?  Contact Jeff Schake, Secretary smta.empire@gmail.com

Chapter Calendar of Events
Date / Time Event Location Phone Contact/Email
October 26, 2017
10:00 am
Albany (Nano)Tech Forum SUNY Poly Albany NanoTech Complex 607-222-6154   Jeff Schake 
April 24, 2018
Vendor-Expo - Empire 2018 Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool 315-457-1122  Kaitlyn Gherity 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Drew Ake  (Harris Corporation)
Phone : 585-242-4469

Vice President : Mark Northrup  (IEC Electronics)
Phone : 315-332-4283

Secretary : Jeff Schake  (ASM Assembly Systems)
Phone : 607-222-6154

Treasurer : Andrew C. Davis  (SennTec Sales Corp.)
Phone : 585-385-9461

VP of Technical Programs : Brook Sandy-Smith  (Indium Corporation)
Phone : 315-853-4900

VP of Membership : Brian Joseph Leach  (Moog)
Phone : 716-725-5982

Board Liaison : Martin Anselm (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))
Phone Contact : 585-475-2005

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Harris Corporation

Harris Corporation

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Advance Circuit Technology, Inc.

Applied Technical Services

i3 Electronics, Inc.

Indium Corporation

Lockheed Martin

MPL Inc.


Rochester Institute of Technology

Trenton Technology Inc.

Universal Instruments Corporation

YINCAE Advanced Materials, LLC

Professional Members of our Chapter


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 Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems Vexos ZESTRON Americas

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