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2019 SMTA Chapter planned activites

Planned SMTA Chapter Activities for 2019:
January:  SMTA Intermountain Chapter Dinner and social for the Utah group, Salt Lake City, Utah – Mid January 2019

March: SMTA Intermountain Chapter at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho,– March 26th, 2019
June: SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Golf Tournament, Logan Utah–  June 18, 2019
August: SMTA Intermountain Chapter Idaho Golf Tournament, Boise, Idaho – Mid August, 2019
October: SMTA Intermountain Chapter Utah Expo – Salt Lake City, Utah, Mid October, 2019
December: SMTA Intermountain Chapter “End of Year Social” Idaho group – Boise, Idaho, December, 2019. 

Other activities may be scheduled as the company factory tours and speakers become available. 

SMTA Intermountain Chapter Year End Holiday Dinner (Idaho group)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Location: The Brickyard of Boise, 601 Main St Boise, ID 83702

SMTA Intermountain Chapter (Idaho Group) Holiday Dinner:
Idaho Intermoutain chapter members please reserve the Date and Time: 

(A Dinner for the Utah members is also being scheduled). 
The End of Year holiday dinner is a welcome event for the SMTA member and spouse to get together with other chapter members and have a great dinner paid for by the SMTA Intermountain Chapter. This will be a very nice dinner and great experience for all. 

Plan on joining us for dinner on Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 pm at:
The Brickyard of Boise
 601 Main St Boise, Idaho, 83702

Located in historic downtown on 6th & Main
See further details by clicking on:
The BrickYard is much more than one of Boise finest steakhouses and fine dining.  It is place to enjoy a fine menu of exceptional choice meals.  We look forward to having fun with our friends at the Dueling Piano show that will be right next to our tables.


Payment Instructions:
SMTA Chapter will pay for meals of both the SMTA member and their spouse. However, the SMTA will NOT pay for alcoholic or other adult beverages. The restaurant will have these items available, if desired, but these items must be paid by the member themselves.  Please order accordingly. 

Questions? Contact:
Steve Greathouse

Utah Expo & Tech Forum - Held Thurs, Sept 20, 2018 at University of Utah-Student Union Bldg

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 8:00 am
Location: University of Utah - Union Building

Completely Free Technical Program & Vendor EXPO:

8:00 am
Registration Opens - Exhibit hall desk will have preregistered badges and handouts.
(Vendors are welcome to come in and setup) 

1st Speaker: 9:15am - 10:00 am:

Jeff Mogensen - Cyberoptics 
Presentation Title: SPI, Printers, and the Financial Impact 

Engineers can't babysit processes all day - that's where SPI and closed loop come in.  No Process has more vaiables or challenges than printing the paste on the boards.   Jeff presents a new inovation in machine technology that helps to resolve most of the present problems. 

10:00 am
Expo Opens with vendor tables and displays 
Current Exhibitor List:

Cluff & Associates, Inc.
Conductive Containers, Inc.
ERSA North America
Fuji America Corporation
Indium Corporation
Kyzen Corporation
Metcal / OK International
Powell Industries Inc
Seika Machinery, Inc.
Technica, USA
Universal Instruments Corporation
Vision Engineering
West Tech Automation

Companies in bold are SMTA corporate members

2nd Speaker: 11:00 am - 11:45 am:

Rich Brooks - Senior Manager Design Engineering - Jabil Corp, St. Petersburg, FL

Presentation Title: PCB Technology Trends
3D PCB printing, Printed Electronics and Stretchable PCB materials.
There are many trends going on today that are driving the electronics industry to implement new technologies.  These trends include, Wearables, Health Sensing, 3D printing, Internet of Things, AI and AR/VR.  At Jabil, our goal is to understand the technology trends and to implement new solutions for our customers.  For PCB assemblies, Jabil is focusing on a number of technologies that will impact the industry, such as, 3D Printed Circuit boards, Ultra-thin substrates, Printed Electronics and Stretchable PCB materials.  This presentation will review these various technologies and how they can be utilized and impact the industry.


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:
Free Complimentary Lunch - A great lunch this year!!
A Big "Thank you" to Our Lunch Sponsors:

3rd speaker: 1:00 ~ 2:00

Dale Lee -
Senior Staff DFX Strategy Engineer with Plexus Corporation, Neenah Wis.
Presentation Title: PCB and Solder – Not Just Your Normal Failure Modes Any More
Presenation Description:
Design densities for electronic assemblies have increased the interconnection density of PCB’s and component solder connections.  This increase density has resulted in smaller via diameters for traditional and micro via hole, complex via structures, terminations of via  holes into component mounting pads, decreased component mounting pads and increased diversity of routing terminations to component lead pads.  This complexity in interconnection and density of interconnections combined with decreasing component lead pitches and lagging development of industry standards to address these changes has created opportunities for new PCB and solder joint formation failure modes. 

As technology continues to march forward, new interconnection failure modes will continue to develop.  This presentation will review many of the new PCB interconnection/PCB to solder joint/solder joint failure modes and methods for identification of potential failures/reliability and some recommended potential design/assembly process solutions. 
Dale is a Senior Staff DFX Strategy Engineer with Plexus Corporation primarily involved with DFX analysis, root cause failure analysis and definition/correlation of design, process and tooling impacts on assembly processes and manufacturing yields

2:30-3:15  PM

Gus Mavrou - Regional Sales Manager at SEHO North America

Presentation Title: Selective Miniwave Soldering and Detailed Design Guidelines. 

Graduate of DePaul University 1974 and in January 1980 I went to work for the Kester Solder company as a production expeditor and over the next 11 years Supervised the Metal Alloying and Extrusion area, Warehouse and Logistics Manager, and finally Production Control Manager.  In 1992 I moved from production to outside sales and for the next the next 26 years I was responsible for Distributor and OEM Sales.   In January 2009 I went to work for SEHO Systems as their Sales Manager for North America responsible for Wave, Selective and Reflow Soldering systems.  

Door prizes and other awards will be given out just before closing. 

4:00  Close and Cleanup

Parking is immediately to the north of the student union building. 

Get details and register here!

Questions? Contact:
Steve Greathouse

Photos from the 2018 Golf Outing

Awards given out    Getting awards
Driving Range    Resort

Team standings

Boise SMTA Golf Scramble - Aug 21, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | 8:00 am
Location: Shadow Valley Golf Club, 15711 Highway 55, Boise Idaho

Boise SMTA Golf Scramble - Aug 21, 2018
Shadow Valley Golf Club
SMTA Intermountain Chapter
Boise Golf Scramble
What:  SMTA Shadow Valley Golf 2018 - Golf Scramble
When:  Aug. 21st Shot gun start 8:00 AM with lunch following
Where:  Shadow Valley Course - Boise, Idaho

Team and Individual sign-up deadline Aug. 14th
Team and Hole Sponsor sign-ups also due at that time
We also welcome donations for prizes like closest to the pin, longest drive and others
Team sponsor $350—fees and lunch for 4 (sponsor may provide shirts or caps) Team Sponsor sign.
Hole sponsors:  $200 and choice of available hole.  Includes one player and hole sponsor sign.
Mulligans:  $10 each, Must purchase in advance
Individuals are Welcome!!  We will sign you up to a team.  Fee is just $65.  This includes Green fees, cart, range balls and lunch.  Please Join us! 
We guarantee you will have a good time!

Contacts to RSVP and for Sponsorships:
David Bell 208-867-6006 or

Contact for details about course, map: Shadow Valley Golf Club
15711 Highway 55, Boise Idaho.  Course Phone #208-939-6699

Questions? Contact:
David Bell

SMTA Intermountain Chapter Current Newsletter and Archives

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Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
December 5, 2018
6:30 pm
SMTA Intermountain Chapter Year End Holiday Dinner (Idaho group) The Brickyard of Boise, 601 Main St Boise, ID 83702 Steve Greathouse 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Steve W. Greathouse  (Plexus Corp.)
Phone : 208-898-1274

Vice President : Tony Whitt  (West Tech Automation)
Phone : 303-881-1623

Secretary : Don Ellison Saunders  (HP Inc. - Hewlett-Packard Company)
Phone : 208-866-5608

Treasurer : Robert Winter  (L3 Technologies)
Phone : 801-725-0820

VP of Technical Programs : Patrick Ryan  (Ryan Technical Services)
Phone : 315-534-3316

Utah Golf Coordinator (Appointed) : Gordan Jackman  (Campbell Scientific, Inc.)
Phone : 435-227-9659

Idaho Golf Coordinator (Appointed) : David C. Bell  
Phone : 208-867-6006

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

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Global Participating Members of our Chapter


Plexus Corp.

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Blackfox Training Institute

Computrol Meridian

Computrol, Inc.

Krayden, Inc.

Micron Technology, Inc.

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Amazon Lab126 Celestica, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO INVENTEC Performance Chemicals ITW EAE Keysight Technologies KYZEN Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG NCAB Group USA, Inc. NEO Technology Solutions Nokia Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. VEXOS ZESTRON Americas

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SMTA Headquarters
6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

Phone 952.920.7682
Fax 952.926.1819