Carolinas (NC, SC)

Durham, NC 

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SMTA Carolinas Expo and Tech Forum

SMTA Carolinas Expo and Tech Forum

Thursday, May 2, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton
Research Triangle Park
Durham, NC 27703

Your local electronics assembly and manufacturing trade show!
Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry!

Technical Program
8:00 am - Registration Opens
Impact of Exposing No-Clean Solder Paste Flux Residues to a Water Wash Cleaning Cycle
Kim Flanagan, Indium Corporation
9:30 am: Expo Opens
Reliability of Robotics for Electronics Manufacturing
Bubba Powers, Weller
11:00 am - 11:45 am:
Reliability of Critical Cleaning and Best Practices in Electronics
Mike Jones, MicroCare Corporation
Complimentary Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm:
New Developments in Digital Computed Tomography (CT) for Nondestructive Failure Analysis of PCBFs and PCBAs
Robert Boguski, Datest
2:30pm - 3:15pm
How AI is Changing the Way We Make and Inspect Things
Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., Creative Electron, Inc.
3:30 pm: Expo Closes


Thank You to Our Lunch Sponsor:

Current Exhibitors
Ascentec Engineering
Circuit Technology, Inc.
Conductive Containers, Inc.
EO Technics International, Inc.
Fuji America Corporation
Gardner & Meredith Inc.
InsulFab PCB Tooling
JBC Tools USA Inc.
K & F Electronics
KYZEN Corporation
MicroCare Corporation
Omron Inspection Systems

PDR Americas
PFC Flexible Circuits Limited
Photo Etch Technology
Seica Inc.
Seika Machinery, Inc.
The Test Connection, Inc.
Thermaltronics USA, Inc.
Vision Engineering
Yamaha/Trans-Tec America
ZESTRON Corporation

Courtney Kalb, SMTA Exhibitions Manager
(952) 920-7682

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6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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Welcome 2019!

I am excited to have been re-elected President of the SMTA Carolinas Chapter and look forward to a great 2019! Our goal is to build upon the success and momentum we have from a strong 2018.  Last year, we had great speakers at the meetings across the Carolinas, which led to strong turnout.  We also enjoyed a fun golf outing in October and a sold-out Expo and Technical Forum in May.  Most importantly, I saw many instances where our members met someone who helped them solve a specific problem.  There is nothing better than receiving an email from a member thanking me for the meeting and for the introduction to another member who helped him with a problem. 

The chapter finished 2018 with a December info-session at Kemet in Greenville, SC. The event was well attended with vigorous discussion about the component shortages and its forecasted end. We have posted the presentation highlights on the SMTA website. Speaking of presentations, we are always interested in your input for topics. Please let us know what causes you the most grief in your daily manufacturing challenges. We will try to get an expert in to address that problem. You can contact us via the website or connect with any one of the officers directly.
Our 2018 ended with a great springboard into 2019, which should be our best year ever. In 2019, we plan to have 4 info sessions held throughout the Carolinas: RTP, Charlotte, and Asheville in North Carolina, as well as in Greenville, South Carolina. We strive to broaden our membership and will bring our meetings as close as possible to our chapter membership. We will also host the annual golf outing and Expo again in 2019. Stay tuned for further emails detailing all these events as we finalize the locations and topics.
Our first meeting this year is the 2019 SMTA Carolinas Kickoff at Fullsteam brewery in Durham, NC on February 20th. This will be a fun event allowing us to socialize over local craft beers and fare - just fun, fellowship, and refreshments. The venue has limited spots, so please RSVP early as we expect the event to max out.
I am also very excited to have such a great executive team, which includes:
  • Brent Fischthal – Vice President
  • Luis Sastoque – Treasurer
  • Nick Mescia – VP of Membership
  • John Gosnell – Secretary
  • Robbie Smith – Technical Programs Chairman
  • Ryan Stellhorn – Golf Outing Chairman
The team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board.  Most importantly, they all want to help our membership. Each is committed to making the SMTA Carolinas Chapter a valuable resource for its members.

I look forward to seeing you at an SMTA event in 2019!

Bob Doetzer
SMTA Carolinas Chapter, President

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Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron


Our Chapter Leaders

President : Bob Doetzer  (Circuit Technology, Inc.)

Vice President : Brent A. Fischthal  (Koh Young America, Inc.)

Treasurer : Luis M. Sastoque  (TTI, Inc.)

VP of Membership : Nicholas Mescia  

Golf Outing Chairman (Appointed) : Ryan Stellhorn  (Cree)

Board Liaison : Gregory Vance (Rockwell Automation)

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter


Corporate Members of our Chapter

CTI Systems

General Microcircuits Inc.


InsulFab PCB Tooling

LEL Semi

PACE Worldwide

SCHUNK Electronic Solutions

Smart Splice, LLC


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 MacDermid Alpha Electronic Solutions 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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