Carolinas (NC, SC)

Durham, NC 

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Welcome 2018

Thank you for electing me as the President of your Carolinas SMTA Chapter. I look forward to a great 2018.  I would like to thank Eddie Kobeda for his previous leadership and hope to continue the growth and enthusiasm he has fostered in our chapter.
I am also very excited to have such a great executive team, which includes:
  • Brent Fischthal – Vice-President (Koh Young Americas)
  • Luis Sastoque – Treasurer (TTI, Inc.)
  • Nick Mescia – Student Chapter Chairman-NC State (Power America)
  • Jennifer Mace – Membership Chairman (Plexus)
  • Robbie Smith – Technical Programs Chairman (Circuit Technology)
  • Ryan Stellhorn – Golf Outing Chairman (CREE)
Together this team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board.  Most importantly, they are all willing to help our membership and make the Carolinas SMTA Chapter a valuable resource for its membership.
The chapter finished 2017 with an info session in December at Juki in Morrisville, NC. The focus was on Industry 4.0 with four presenters including Dave Dalton from General Microcircuits and Ryan Stellhorn from Cree, as well as Greg Brown and Geron Ryden from Juki.  Each presenter provided an overview of the tools available or implemented for the “Smart Factory”. As a panel, these presenters discussed how the tools enable a more efficient manufacturing process. Specific attention was placed on the ROI analysis associated with the tools and the ability to achieve the holy grail of “lights out manufacturing”.  This is the hottest topic not only in electronics assembly, but in all types of manufacturing. The event was well attended with vigorous discussion. As such, we have posted the presentation highlights on our SMTA website for your review. Given the relevance of the topic, the SMTA Chapter would be willing to visit with you and discuss the full content. Please contact us at for more information on this topic and how it might make your manufacturing process better. 
Looking forward into 2018, we are planning four info sessions throughout the Carolinas.  Given our chapter demographics, we are targeting Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville, and Greenville, SC. These locations will help us as we strive to broaden our membership across the Carolinas. We will also have our annual golf outing and technical expo again as both were very well attended. Stay tuned for further emails detailing all these events. Stay tuned for our upcoming info session in March!
Bob Doetzer
SMTA Carolinas Chapter, President

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Practical Insight from Regional Leaders

Whether called “Industry 4.0”, “Internet of Things”, or “Smart Factory”, this initiative is the hottest topic in manufacturing – not just electronic assembly.  Juki America in Morrisville, NC hosted an SMTA Carolinas infosession on 05Dec for us to share about how this innovative technology is revolutionizing how we build everything. 

The event kicked-off with a social event made possible by our sponsors Juki and Kyzen. Following the social, we discussed some of the smart factory tools available and how these tools could transform a manufacturing floor.  What’s more Juki demonstrated its smart factory setup, followed by a roundtable discussion with several manufacturing executives who have implemented industry 4.0.  These regional leaders explained how IoT has affected their efficiency and overall profitability. 
Thanks to the generosity of Juki and Kyzen, this Infosession was FREE for SMTA members.  Additionally, there was a raffle sponsored by Schunk
Dan Munter, Global Operations Engineering Manager at Cree in Durham, NC - Dan has been in the electronics industry for 17 years in various engineering positions at OEM’s and EMS companies.  He currently oversees LED assembly at all production facilities, both internal and at EMS partners throughout the world.
Ryan Stellhorn, Product Engineer at Cree in Durham, NC - Ryan has worked in electronics manufacturing for 17 years in many capacities for OEM’s and EMS companies.  Currently he is responsible for product engineering and supporting the new product introduction at their EMS partners.
Dave Dalton, President/CEO of General Microcircuits in Mooresville, NC - Dave has been with GMI and electronics manufacturing for 28 years, mostly in a sales capacity.  Dave has overseen the growth of GMI from a local EMS player to one that now extends its manufacturing capabilities into Costa Rica and Asia.
Steve Yauch, President of CEA in Smithfield, NC - Steve has been in electronics manufacturing for 30 years as an OEM and EMS.  Steve has co-founded several startups, guiding them from conception to full market launch.
Chris Tribble, President of Salem Technologies in Winston-Salem, NC - Chris has been in electronics manufacturing for 30 years. Chris started Salem Technologies and has guided it every step of the way.  He is involved in every facet of the circuit board assembly process as well as specifying all assembly equipment and P&L responsibility.
Greg Brown, Applications Engineer at Juki Automation Systems in Morrisville, NC - Greg started in the electronics industry in 2010 and has worked at several local EMS companies as a manufacturing engineer before joining Juki as an application engineer.

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Great turnout for PCB Materials Panel Discussion at Hubbell

On 19July,  the SMTA Carolinas chapter hosted a panel discussion on PCB Materials to tackle the growing concern about cost increases and potential availability restrictions affecting copper-clad laminate and prepreg supplies.  The distinguished panel comprised of Aismalibar, Isola, Oak-Mitsui, and Ventec representatives addressed the availability, performance, processing, and design using today's advanced laminates and foil systems in front of a packed house.

The Carolinas Board of Directors would like to thank the panel participants, as well as our location sponsor Hubbell Lighting.  Additionally, we would like to thank Koh Young America, CTI, and Atlantech for its sponsorships, which helped make this event such a success!  Finally, we would like to thanks all the attendees for the thought-provoking and insightful comments.

FORE - Golf Tournament

:          September 14th
Tee-Time:  10:00 AM Shotgun Start
Course:     Mill Creek Golf Club
Address:   1700 St. Andrews Drive; Mebane, NC  27302
Cost:          $100 per Player, $400 per Foursome

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Mill Creek Golf Club is situated 650 acres in Mebane, North Carolina.  The course has been carved out of land which seems to have been long-destined to become a gold course.  It was completed in 1995 and features Ultradwarf Bermuda greens, Bermuda fairways, tree-lined fairways and hilly terrain.  Water comes into play on several holes.  We look forward to you coming out to Mill Creek Golf Golf and playing soon.


§  Black Tees - Yardage: 7004, Rating: 73.6, Slope: 138, Par: 72

§  Blue Tees - Yardage: 6387, Rating: 70.7, Slope: 131, Par: 72

§  White Tees - Yardage: 5711, Rating: 67.6, Slope: 119, Par 72

§  Yellow Tees - Yardage: 4884, Rating: 68.6, Slope: 117, Par: 72

You can sign-up as a single player or a complete foursome.  To RSVP, please click here, or copy this address into your browser.  You can register using the PayPal link found below our event sponsor list.

We are also looking for companies or individuals to help sponsor the event with prizes.  You can donate using the same process as registering for the tournament or reach out to Eddie or Luis with prizes.

Please contact Bob Doetzer ( 
) or Luis Sastoque (  Thanks for supporting the SMTA Carolinas Chapter Golf Outing!  

Thanks to all our sponsors for supporting this event

Title Sponsor - $900 SOLD OUT
Corporate Sponsors - $600 - only 3 left 
Group Sponsorship - $400
Hole Sponsorship - $300
Donation Opportunities: $250 each
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Successful SMTA Carolinas Expo


The 2017 Tech Conference and Expo on 16 May in Greensboro was a tremendous success.  Pulling attendees from across the region, each was treated to an extraordinary set of whitepapers focused on IIoT, its implications and implementation.  Thanks to our speakers for sharing their expertise.

While the papers where the highlight of the day's events, our raffle winners might disagree!
Congratulations to each of them with a special thank you to our sponsors who donated the prizes.


Welcome 2017

Dear SMTA Members and Potential Members,
Thank you for the outstanding support in 2016!  
I wanted to update you on several important upcoming events in 2017.  

In just a few short weeks, we will be meeting at GMI in Mooresville to kick off the New Year with our first Info session.  Our Technical Program Director has arranged some great presentations on metrology advancements and stencil nanocoatings. In addition, our hosts will be providing a short factory tour.  

We are busy preparing for another great Expo & Technical Conference in May.  Once again, we will be at the Greensboro Airport Holiday Inn. Register early and save on your registration.  We have an outstanding speaker lineup guaranteed to clarify how the IoT revolution will change the PCBA world. If you haven’t been to our Expo recently I hope you will consider returning, we have made considerable progress this year.  In 2017, you can expect the annual golf outing and several additional info-sessions across the Carolinas. 

Your SMTA Carolinas Chapter is especially proud of the NC State University Student Chapter initiated in collaboration with Power America. Not only does this endeavor expose students to the industry, it provides our membership with a direct line to new, local talent!  As this student chapter matures, we will look for additional ways to integrate the students with future company and chapter events.

As we move through 2017, we hope to continue growing the Carolinas chapter, but we need your feedback and suggestions. Never hesitate to contact any of your chapter board members – we are here to ensure you are receiving the benefits you want from the organization. 

Thank you for your consideration and I hope to see you soon.  For additional information please contact any of our officers directly or go to

Eddie Kobeda, Ph.D. 
President, SMTA Carolinas Chapter

Successful Infosession GMI

Thank you to GMI and our speakers for ANOTHER great infosession and networking dinner

TOPIC: New Inspection and Metrology Advancements: Characterizing PCB Components in a New Way

The digital age has helped engineers analyze and measure critical features in new ways. By integrating hardware with software, traditional inspection and measurement limitations can be overcome. This has helped scientists and engineers acquire better data to solve complex problems with increased credibility

* How an increased depth of field makes detecting counterfeit components easier
* New ways to measure volume of deposits or component thermal expansion
* How more data points in an area format vs. single point or lines improves measurement repeatability

Speaker Bio:  Jon Tedesco recently relocated to Charlotte, NC and has been working with Keyence Corporation for more than 5 years. In his current role, he helps customers solve applications in R&D, Quality Control or Failure Analysis. Prior to Keyence, Jon worked in technical support for a Fortune 500 IT Data Center Equipment Manufacturer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from Clarkson University in NY.

TOPIC:  Nano coatings for stencils:  What can they do for you?

Nano Coatings have been introduced by various manufacturers, with the promise of addressing some of the challenges relative to solder paste printing. Stated benefits include:

* Reduced underside cleaning
* Reduced bridging
* Improved solder paste release
* Improvements in yield

With several Nano technologies already on the market and more likely to be introduced, how can the performance be quantified? How can an assembler approach ROI? What hidden benefits or negative impacts should be considered?  This paper will present a rigorous method for evaluating the performance and economic benefits of solder paste stencil Nano Coatings.  Criterion such as underside cleaning, bridging, solder paste deposit geometry, post-print cleaning, and abrasion resistance of the coating will all be considered.  Transfer efficiencies were studied across aperture sizes ranging using tin-lead, lead-free, water soluble, no-clean, and type 3, 4, and 5 solder pastes.  Solder paste print performance for each Nano coating was summarized with respect to all of these variables.  Performance of currently available coatings will be compared.  Standard industry rules for stencil aperture design are being challenged by nano coating, consequently, proposed guidelines for stencil design are recommended.


Speaker Bio:  Tony Lentz has worked in the electronics industry since 1994.  He worked as a process engineer at a circuit board manufacturer for 5 years.  Since 1999, Tony has worked for FCT Companies as a laboratory manager, facility manager, and most recently a field application engineer.  Since 2013, Tony has focused on field application and R&D for FCT Assembly solder and stencil products.  Tony has extensive experience doing research and development, quality control, and technical service with products used to manufacture and assemble printed circuit boards.  He has published and presented many papers at industry events.  Tony holds B.S. and M.B.S. degrees in Chemistry.

Carolinas Celebration

In honor of our outstanding membership and the extraordinary support of PowerAmerica and Panasonic this 2016, your SMTA Carolinas Board of Directors was pleased to host a 2016 Celebration and 2017 Kick-off in the RTP Area.
SMTA Carolinas Honored Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America for its Outstanding Support in 2016
Panasonic Factory Solutions Award Presenation

SMTA Carolinas honored PowerAmerica for its outstanding support in 2016
PowerAmerica team proudly displaying its award

Successful Infosession at CREE

What    Dinner, Discussion, and Learning with over 20 industry professionals and students
Where  Cree, Inc. 4600 Silicon Drive, Building 16, Durham, North Carolina 27703 
When   Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 at 5:30

LED Component Trends for the Lighting Market
Presenter: Tom Place, CREE – MS Mechanical Engineering from NC State, he has worked at Cree for 5 years after a stint in municipal water treatment technology out of grad school. He then spent time as an engineer focused on custom samples and improving current spreading in LED chip design prior to becoming the CREE Department Manager for Package & Test R&D. Last year, he transitioned to Applications Engineering and managed the CREE Technology Center labs. Over the past 10 years, he has been playing with LEDs on a personal level, so working now with end customers on how best to use CREE LEDs is a natural fit. Well before he worked at CREE, he bought his first single high-power Cree LED, an MC-E EasyWhite for $28 from an Australian distributor to make a bike light – it is still on his desk!
Topic: Reliability of Level 1 and Level 2 Packaging in Solid-State Lighting Devices
Presenter: Lynn Davis, PhD, RTI International – Dr. J. Lynn Davis is an RTI Fellow concentrating on energy efficient lighting technologies and he currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) on two projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. One project is developing reliability models and accelerated life test methods for the optical and electrical aspects of Solid-State Lighting (SSL) devices, and the other is developing low-cost high efficiency color tunable light sources for educational markets. Before joining RTI, Dr. Davis spent 12 years in a variety of technical and managerial roles at Motorola, Inc., including materials engineer supporting radio and cell phone manufacturing lines; technical advisor to Motorola Ventures (investing arm of Motorola); research manager for both advanced manufacturing technologies and energy technology.  Dr. Davis also served as the chairman of the Energy Systems Group Patent Committee. He is the recipient of more than 50 U.S. patents and has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles.

Thanks to our event sponsor CREE

Successful Infosession at Hubbell

Topic               Focus on LED Assembly
Location          701 Millennium Blvd, Greenville, South Carolina 29607

“Fill the Void" by Tony Lentz, FCT Assembly

Voids in solder joints are a concern for many electronic manufacturers. Minimization of voiding is beneficial for the life and function of the circuit board; yet, many things cause voids. Regardless of the cause, there are ways to minimize voiding. For example, changes to the reflow profile can help reduce voiding, but the changes need to fit the solder paste. A test was designed to validate methods of minimizing voiding and a set of recommendations were made. This was all done in an effort to help the reader to “Fill the Void”.  

"Optimize the Reflow Profile to Minimize Voiding" by Marybeth Allen, K.I.C. 
Void reduction is a significant concern and controversial topics in electronics assembly. Voiding impacts electrical, thermal, and mechanical performance. There are many variables such as substrates, components, solder paste, acceptable void levels, and of course the reflow profile. This discussion will focus on the optimization of the reflow profile as one the solutions for the reduction of voiding.

Thanks to our location sponsor - Hubbell Lighting!

Additional thanks to our event sponsors

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SMTA Spring Blast Technical Info Session Presentations

Thanks to everyone who attended the 13Apr meeting.  With 56 attendees it was a tremendous success!

The presentations are now available for viewing

1) Defect Recognition and Failure Analysis with High Resolution X-Ray/3D Computer Tomography and 3D AOI, John Travis, Nordson 

(2) Critical PCBA Success Factors for EMS, Larry Pymento, SMTA Carolinas Chapter

Thanks to our event sponsors: GMI, Future Electronics, & Arrow Electronics

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T E C H N I C A L    P R E S E N T A T I O N S

The Alphabet Soup of IPC Specifications
Bob Doetzer, Circuit Technology

New and Emerging Technologies in Electronics
Daniel Baldwin, Engent

Three Dimensional Integration
Paul D. Franzon, NC State University

The Future of HDI Via Structures, Power Delivery, and Thermal Management in Next Generation Printed Circuits
Tom Buck, Viasystems
Process Considerations for Microchip Mounting
Shawn Robinson, Panasonic

IoT Device Teardowns
Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron

Wireless Research Center of North Carolina Developments
Larry Steffann, Wireless Research Center of North Carolina
Investigation into the Use of Nano-Coated Stencils to Improve Solder Paste Printing

Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
May 15, 2018
Carolinas Expo & Tech Forum DoubleTree Raleigh Brownstone Emily Stuckmayer 

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Our Chapter Officers

President : Bob Doetzer  (Circuit Technology, Inc.)
Phone : 919-552-3434

Treasurer : Luis M. Sastoque  (TTI, Inc.)
Phone : 919-876-8922

VP of Membership : Jennifer Lynn Mace  (Plexus Corp.)
Phone : 919-607-4298

VP Technical Programs (Appointed) : Robert Smith  (OBM, Inc)
Phone : 704-458-0025

Acting Vice President : Brent A. Fischthal  (Koh Young Americas)
Phone : 7046512860

VP Special Events & Student Chapter (Appointed) : Nicholas Mescia  (Power America)
Phone : 919-741-9264

Golf Outing Chairman (Appointed) : Ryan Stellhorn  (Cree Inc)
Phone : 919-909-3047

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

Apex Tool Group, LLC - Weller Professional Tools

Conveyor Technologies Inc.

General Microcircuits Inc.



InsulFab PCB Tooling

PACE Worldwide



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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