Carolinas (NC, SC)

Durham, NC 

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SMTA Carolinas Chapter Expo

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 08:30 AM
Location: Doubletree Brownstone, Raleigh, NC

Questions? Contact:
Bob Doetzer
919 427 2611

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SMTA Infosession at Nexus Technology: iPhone Teardown

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 05:30 pm
Location: Nexus Technology - 11 National Ave, Fletcher, NC 28732

Questions? Contact:
Bob Doetzer
919 427 2611

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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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
April 5, 2018
05:30 pm
SMTA Infosession at Nexus Technology: iPhone Teardown Nexus Technology - 11 National Ave, Fletcher, NC 28732 Bob Doetzer 
919 427 2611
May 15, 2018
Carolinas Expo & Tech Forum DoubleTree Raleigh Brownstone Courtney Kalb 
May 15, 2018
08:30 AM
SMTA Carolinas Chapter Expo Doubletree Brownstone, Raleigh, NC Bob Doetzer 
919 427 2611
May 16, 2018
Best Practices in Electronic Assembly Processes - Carolinas Chapter Tutorial Program NC State Centennial Campus Karen Frericks 

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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)
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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