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08-15-18 Material Management 4.0

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Location: HME, 2848 Whiptail Loop W, Carlsbad, CA 92010

Over the past years the electronic assembly industry has focused on the development of Industry 4.0, a standard communication protocol that allows production equipment to dialogue. This communication protocol will be a key enabler to improve the quality and efficiency of the production line. This is achieved by creating a feedback loop between inspection and production – thus allowing problems to be identified and corrected as early as possible in the manufacturing line. As a result, the overall cost of manufacturing is reduced as yield rates increase.

Despite the great progress in the development of the integrated production line, a critical part of the manufacturing chain remains offline. Inventory rooms around the world still must operate with a far reduced level of sophisticated. It is not uncommon to find thousands of reels densely packed in hundreds of linear feet of shelving space. The simple exercise of counting back reels as they come back from the production floor is not standard practice. And even when they are counted, the count is often made by hand. The lack of focus on the automation of our inventory rooms leads to an increasing loss of productivity due to line stoppages. When associated with the recent increase in lead times for electronic components, line stoppage has become a crippling problem that makes inventory accuracy a necessity.

In this presentation, we’ll introduce Material Management 4.0. More than a set communication protocol between machines that count electronic parts and the machines that store them. From x-ray parts counters to fully automated and intelligent storage towers, Material Management 4.0 embraces the overall infrastructure that needs to be in place to realize an accurate, fast, and efficient methodology for inventory control. This investment is critical to realize the benefits in efficiency unleashed by Industry 4.0.

Speaker: Bill CardosoCEOCreative Electron
Bill started his first company in Brazil at age 17 and sold it a few years later when invited by the US Department of Energy to work at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to do nuclear and high energy physics research. As the Department Head for Systems Engineering and after a 10-year long career at Fermilab, Bill moved from Chicago to sunny California to start Creative Electron. True to the American Dream, Creative Electron quickly grew from Bill's garage to the largest US manufacturer of x-ray machines for the electronics industry (no longer in his garage). At Creative Electron Bill leads the team of engineers who designs and manufactures x-ray systems that are shipped worldwide. Starting with an associate’s degree at age 13, Bill has a BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Bill is the president of the SMTA San Diego chapter and member of the technical committee for SMTA International, SMTA Counterfeit Conference, and SMTA LED Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. He is an IEEE Senior member and the author of over 150 technical publications, author of 2 books, owner of a few patents, and a frequent speaker at technical conferences.

RSVP by: 08/13/18,
Registration: 5:30PM
Dinner: 5:45PM-6:45PM
Presentation: 6:45PM
Facility Tour: 7:45PM
Location: HME, 2848 Whiptail Loop W, Carlsbad, CA 92010

Questions? Contact:
Eric Cash
(858) 848-3958

09-19-2018 3D Packaging for the SMT Specialist

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | 05:30PM
Location: TBD

Topic: 3D Packaging for the SMT Specialist

Speaker: Charles Bauer, Ph.D. -TechLead Corporation
Educated at Oregon Graduate Center - 1980 Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State University 1975 Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Stanford University, 1972 Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering, his current position is Senior Managing Director of TechLead. He is working on areas of strategic technology planning, market analysis and international business development. Chuck has more than 35 years experience ranging from printed circuit board and hybrid fabrication, through complex IC metallization, multilayer packaging, multichip modules, system in package, 3D packaging, flat panel display packaging and assembly, as well as nano-technology. Past employment includes Coors Advanced Electronics Group in Golden, Colorado (1989-1990) and Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon (1978-1989).
Dr. Bauer lectures throughout the world on technology, business and market topics as well as serving on several corporate boards and international corporate, government andeducational institution advisory councils. A Senior Member of IEEE, he remains active in theSMTA, JIEP, ASM and IMAPS as well. Dr. Bauer served on the Boards of both the SMTA and IMAPS and as President of IMAPS in 2001-2002. He currently serves as the International Development Chair for the SMTA. Awards received include Tektronix Technical Innovation Award, Fellow of IMAPS, and the International Leadership Award from the SMTA, Jesuit High School Hall of Fame, University of Portland Significant 75 Alumni and SMTA 25th Anniversary Luminary as founder of the Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium. He holds Patents and has published more than 150 papers.

Stay tuned for the abstract and meeting location....

Questions? Contact:
Bill Cardoso

10-24-18 Octoberfest

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 05:30PM
Location: A Local Micro Brewery TBD

If you would like to have an Octoberfest this year, let us know. We are looking for your input on this!
Location:  A local micro brewery
Time: 5:30PM

Questions? Contact:
Mumtaz Bora

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Chapter Calendar of Events

Date / Time Event Location Contact/Email
August 15, 2018
08-15-18 Material Management 4.0 HME, 2848 Whiptail Loop W, Carlsbad, CA 92010 Eric Cash 
(858) 848-3958
September 19, 2018
09-19-2018 3D Packaging for the SMT Specialist TBD Bill Cardoso
October 24, 2018
10-24-18 Octoberfest A Local Micro Brewery TBD Mumtaz Bora

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Eric Cash  (HM Electronics, Inc.)
Phone : 858-848-3958

Vice President : David Kruidhof  (Creative Electron, Inc.)
Phone : 858-774-1174

Secretary : Brian Roggeman  (Qualcomm Technologies Inc.)
Phone : 858-658-4220

Treasurer : Julie Bradbury-Bennett Ph.D.  
Phone : 858-232-1094

VP of Technical Programs : Mumtaz Y. Bora  (Peregrine Semiconductor)
Phone : 858-795-0112

VP of Membership : Philippe Frid  (Kulicke & Soffa Industries)
Phone : 442-236-1136

Chair of Publicity : Bill Cardoso Ph.D.  (Creative Electron, Inc.)
Phone : 760-752-1192

Board Liaison : Gregory Vance (Rockwell Automation)
Phone Contact : 440-646-3246

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