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Ohio Expo & Tech Forum

Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 8:00 AM
Location: Holiday Inn Cleveland/Strongsville

Be our guest at the SMTA Ohio Valley Expo and Tech Forum to explore what is new in electronic assembly and network with with industry peers.

Meet with Contract Manufactuers, Equipment Suppliers, Material Suppliers and Local Representatives that support the electronic assembly industry.

8:00 AM -  Registration and SYP Breakfast Briefing - Managing Your Brand with Tim McArthur, Delta Systems, Inc and Bill Timms, SMT Capital, LLC
9:00 AM -  Show floor opens and 1st Tech Presentation: AI Enhnace Qualify for Electroinc Assembly Operations by Greg Vance, Rockwell Autoamtion
11:30 AM - Complimentary Lunch and Networking
2:30 PM -  Show floor closes and 2nd Tech Presentation: A Practical Approach of Process Validation in Electronics Assembly by Alfred Macha, AMT Partners

There will also be a solder competition going all day on the show floor in collaboration with the Lorain Country Community College Micro-Electromechanical Systems Program.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Kimco, europlacer and Aligned Solutions!

RSVP that your will attend at: https://www.smta.org/expos/attendee_reg.cfm

More information can be found at the expo homepage: https://www.smta.org/expos/#ohio

Questions? Contact:
Courtney Kalb
(952) 920-7682

4th Annual SMTA Member Appreciation Golf Outing

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 9:00 AM
Location: Raintree Golf & Event Center, Uniontown, Ohio

The SMTA Ohio Valley Chapter is pleased to invite you to participate in our “4th Annual Member Appreciation Golf Outing”.  Golf format is a four person scramble with team prizes and skill awards.  Skins challenge $5.00 per player ($20.00 team).

Participation is absolutely “FREE” for SMTA Members and Sponsors.  Included are green fees, golf cart, practice range, sleeve of golf balls, Continental Breakfast, lunch at the turn and a Prime Rib dinner.

Winning team prizes, Skill Challenge prizes and Team Skins awards will follow dinner.

Hotel: Cambria Hotel & Suites in Uniontown, OH. 
Room cost is $109.00 a night for the night of June 10th.  For those wishing to stay an additional night , the price will be the same.  To make reservations, contact Cambria Hotel at the number below and mention Ohio Valley SMTA Chapter. 
Hotel information:
Cambria Hotel & Suites
1787 Thorne Drive
Uniontown, OH  44685

Enjoy networking with fellow SMTA members and vendors in a relaxing, fun atmosphere.
“Bring a guest.”  Guest golfer - not a SMTA Member: $50.00

Not a golfer, no problem. Join us for the day, enjoy riding around the course visiting with the golfers and dinner afterwards.

You may organize your own four-some or we will pair you up.  When registering please use the company field
(after listing your company) to enter the names of players you wish to play with.


Payment Instructions:
Participation is absolutely “FREE” for SMTA Members and Sponsors. Included are green fees, golf cart, practice range, sleeve of golf balls, Continental Breakfast, lunch at the turn and a Prime Rib dinner.

Questions? Contact:
Ernie Woyma

SMTA Ohio Valley Chapter - Selective Soldering Workshop



7:30 AM – 8:30 AM :  Registration / Coffee
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM :  Tom Smith:  Overview of Crown Products (Possibly videos playing while members arrive & get coffee.)
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM :  Introduction (Crown Executive)
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM : Break

Fountain Soldering
09:00 AM – 10:15 AM : Pillarhouse / Jonathan Wol:
Understanding the Principles and Technology of Selective Soldering.
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM : Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM : Kurtz Ersa / Ernie Grice: Review of fundamentals of the soldering process as pertained to wave and selective soldering and outline why selective soldering is poised to become the standard for thru-hole soldering versus antiquated, black art of wave soldering.
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM : Lunch

Alternative Selective Soldering Technologies
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM :  Laserssel / Denis Barbini: A Novel and Enabling Solution For Reflowing Challenging Mainstream and Alternative Electronics.  Presentation will provide step-by-step process development, material compatibility, reliability and productivity of this area laser selective reflow technique for mainstream and unique electronics designs.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM :  Group 1 Tour
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   : Laserssel / Denis Barbini: Repeat of the presentation for the Group that was on tour.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   : Group 2 Tour
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM   : MTA Automation / Will Hunter: Induction & Micro-flame soldering and when to use them.

3:15 PM                       : Questions & Meeting Close


Jonathan Wol: Jonathan is president of Pillarhouse USA, a director of the Selective Soldering Academy and has 20+ years of selective soldering experience. Jonathan has a BSME from Western New England University and has published numerous articles on selective soldering.

Ernie Grice: Ernie is the Vice President of Sales responsible for North America for Kurtz Ersa, a supplier and global leader for soldering equipment for the electronics assembly industry.  Ernie has 30 years of soldering experience and is considered to be highly knowledgeable about Selective Soldering and the soldering process.  His core process knowledge comes from backgrounds in contract manufacturing, solder and flux suppliers and machine manufacturers and is dedicated to providing process solutions.

Denis Barbini: Denis has over twenty years’ experience in research, design, development, management and implementation in the areas of soldering, surface mount and packaging technologies.  Denis has extensive knowledge of lead-free and tin-lead soldering technologies and have been consulted in these and other areas by various electronic companies. Along with excellent verbal and written communication skills and enjoy presenting to groups. Denis regularly attends and presents at technical meetings and conferences globally, as well as chairing multiple industry groups and initiatives.  He is recognized as an industry leader.


Will Hunter: Will is Managing Director, North America for MTA Automation (Office in Statesville, NC).  Will has a BS in Industrial Distribution and an MBA.  His career experiences include fluid power distribution, material handling systems for automated assembly and robotic soldering systems.  In his spare time he enjoys auto racing, brewing beer and woodworking. 

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Solder Roundtable - North

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 8:00 AM
Location: Corporate College East Warrensville Heights, OH

Technical and product presentations from:

  • Shea Engineering Chrys Shea presents: Evaluating the Next Generation of Stencil Stepping Technologies along with Video Analysis of Evaluating Snap Off Speed and Impact of Dry vs. Vacuum Wipe
  • Henkel Dr. Mark Currie presents: Development of a solder paste test vehicle for miniaturized surface mount technology
  • Indium Corporation Brook Sandy-Smith presents: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Voiding in PCB Assemblies
  • FCT Assembly/Blue Ring Stencils Tony Lentz presents: How does PCB surface finish affect printing
  • AIM Tim O’Neill presents: Evolution of lead free solder alloys
  • Alpha Assembly Solutions Jason Fullerton presents: Cleanliness testing and its relationship to flux reliability
  • KOKI Solder America Inc. Shantanu Joshi Presents: Solder paste for super fine pitch components

Payment Instructions:
Members $35, Students & Retirees $5 & Nonmembers $55

Questions? Contact:
Greg Vance

Introduction to Statistics, DOE and SPC for Lean Six Sigma Meeting with Dr. Lasky

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 8:30 AM
Location: Corporate College East, Warrensville Heights, Ohio

Meeting Outline:

  1. How the Math fits into LSS DMAIC
  2. Statistics:
    - Statistically Thinking
    - The Normal Distribution
    - Confidence Intervals
    - Hypothesis Testing
  3. Design Of Experiments (DOE):
    - The Importance of Experiments
    - Setting Up the DOE Team
    - ANOVA: The Heart of DOE
    - A Simple DOE by Hand
    - Solving DOEs with Minitab
  4. Statistical Process Control (SPC):
    - The Cost of Variation
    - Common Cause vs Special Cause Variation
    - Precision and Accuracy
    - Gage R & R
    - Control Charts
    - The Shewart Rules
    - Capability Six Pack

Minitab with be used with examples throughout. A free 30 day version can be downloaded from www.Minitab.com & bring your PC to work through examples.

Following the meeting a facility tour of Bird Technologies in Solon, OH will be available.


Speaker: Dr. Ron Lasky, Instructional Professor at Dartmouth College and a Senior Technologist at Indium Corporation.
Prior to these assignments, he had over thirty years experience in electronic and optoelectronic packaging and assembly at IBM, Universal Instruments and Cookson Electronics. 
He has authored or edited 6 books on science, electronics, and optoelectronics and numerous technical papers and authored articles for Scientific American.  Dr. Lasky holds numerous patent disclosures and is the developer of the several new concepts in SMT processing software relating to cost estimating, line balancing and process optimization.  He is the co-creator of engineering certification exams in electronic assembly and the Director of Dartmouth’s Six Sigma Program.  Ron was awarded the Surface Mount Technology Association’s Founder’s Award in 2003.
He owns four earned degrees, including a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Materials Science.  Ron is also a New York State licensed professional engineer.

Meeting Agenda:

Payment Instructions:
In advance via PayPal or at the door via cash, check or credit card. Members: $35 Nonmembers: $55 Students/Retirees: $20

Questions? Contact:
Greg Vance

Ohio Valley Newsletters

February 2018 Meeting Notice - Solder Roundtable South
April/May 2017 Newsletter - Lean Lite with Jim Hall Facility tour at RBB
April 2016 Newsletter - Rockwell and Jason Keeping (Conformal Coating)
August 2015 Newsletter - UDRI and Tabtronics
April 2015 Newsletter - Lincoln Electric
January 2015 Rollout Newsletter

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Brett Crane  (Bird Technologies Group)

Vice President : Matt Tringhese  (Libra Industries, Inc.)

Secretary : Shantanu Mangesh Joshi  (KOKI Solder America Inc.)

Treasurer : Tim McArthur  (Delta Systems Inc.)

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : Jeff Waterman  (Libra Industries, Inc.)

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : Timothy S. Banner  (Crown Equipment Corporation)

Technical Advisor (Appointed) : Ernest M. Woyma Jr.  (Ohio Valley SMTA Chapter)

VP of Membership - Southern Ohio : David Anthony Smith  (Horizon Sales)

Newsletter Editor (Appointed) : Steven Michael Sekanina  (Isola Group)

VP Membership - Northern Ohio (Appointed) : William Timms III  (SMT Capital, LLC)

Young Professional Lead (Appointed) : Nicholas Papp  (BarTron, Inc.)

Communication/Website Lead (Appointed) : Sarah Grimm  (ScottCare Cardiovascular Solutions)

Board Liaison : Gregory Vance (Rockwell Automation)

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Global Members of our Chapter

Metallic Resources, Inc.

Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Metallic Resources, Inc.


VEXOS - LaGrange

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Altronic, LLC (A Member of the Hoerbiger Group)

CO-AX Technology, Inc.

Crown Equipment Corporation

Dynalab, Inc.

Electronic Assembly Products


Isola Group

Kimco Distributing

Libra Industries, Inc.

Metallic Resources, Inc.

RBB Systems

Rockwell Automation

SMART Microsystems

Smart Sonic

Spectra-Tech Manufacturing Inc

Superior Flux & Manufacturing

Techtron Systems Inc.

Transforming Technologies

TT Electronics

Universal Instruments Corporation

Valtronic Technologies (USA) Inc.

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 Microelectronics Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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