Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials 2017

Technical Symposium: June 27-29, 2017
Expo: June 27-28, 2017
Workshops: June 29, 2017

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

SMTA and CALCE @ University of Maryland are pleased to announce the east coast venue for the Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. The program will be held June 27-28 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The Workshops will be held June 29 at the University of Maryland. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from and share your insights with government, industry and academia who are addressing the counterfeit problem.

Changes in electronic supply chain had been fast and furious in the last decades and its impact on the practices of companies is still evolving. It is well understood that, the scourge of counterfeit electronic parts is related to the changes in supply chain but it is only one of the many impacts. This symposium will provide a forum to cover all aspects of changes in the electronic parts supply chain on how an organization performs part selection and management through whole life cycle of the parts.

Going beyond anecdotes and examples of counterfeit parts, this symposium focuses on the solutions that are available and are under development by all sectors of the industry.

Program Finalized!

The program features sessions on Standards, the Role of Test Laboratories in Reporting, Future Technologies, Counterfeits Lifecycle, Detection Related Issues, Current and Future Tools, and views across the Supply Chain.

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Keynote Speakers Announced

"Cloned" Devices - How Similar or Different Are Those from Originals

Thomas Sharpe, SMTCorp Tom Sharp

Clones had been a concern of people in the electronics parts supply chain for a long time but generally as something that is to come in the future, not now. Badly made clones had been relatively easy to detect through materials comparison and as a result, there is some complacency. In this Keynote address, Tom Sharpe will show that we need to get more prepared for a clone onslaught. He will present information on the direction to which China is moving into very quickly as a state-sponsored manufacturer of much more complex clone devices within the next 4-6 years and that push will have impact globally and on the US.

An Overview of Historical Trends Relating to Suspect Counterfeit, Non-Conforming and High Risk Electronic Components

Mark Snider, ERAI Mark Snider, ERAI

Mark A. Snider is the founder and President of ERAI, Inc., a privately held global information services organization that monitors, investigates and reports issues that are affecting the global supply chain of electronics. Since 1995, ERAI has been the industry leader for in-depth information on counterfeit, substandard and high-risk parts. What started as a small group of companies sharing data to protect each other from losses resulting from fraudulent activities has since grown into the industry's most complete and comprehensive resource for industry-related market intelligence. Mark has previously presented at NASA's Quality Leadership Forum (QLF), Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), Department of Defense (DOD), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS), The Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC) and The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPRCC).

The symposium is organized by SMTA in conjunction with Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. This symposium will be valuable to quality and reliability manager, supply chain managers, brand protection specialists, inspectors, marketing and procurement policy makers, contracts and legal management, security specialists and government agencies. Our focus is to provide relevant information to the professionals that can be used for solving problems today while planning for a different business and technology environment in the future.

Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.

International Conference on Soldering & Reliability 2017

The International Conference on Soldering and Reliability (ICSR) is a highly technical three-day event in Toronto, ON, Canada where soldering and reliability professionals come together to share their knowledge and vision for addressing challenges related to the assembly and reliability of electronics products such as finer powders in solder paste, heat dissipation, and novel components and technologies.

Registrations are being taken through the SMTA Online Registration System.

Contamination, Cleaning and Coating Conference

Co-organized by SMTA and SMART Group

Organized by SMTA and SMART Group

May 22-24, 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thank you for attending!

SMTA and SMART Group thank you for being part of their first-ever co-organized conference in Europe. The conference focus was on contamination, cleaning and conformal coating in the manufacture of electronics. We hope to see you next year for this two-day event featuring presentations, workshops, and a panel discussion.

Purchase the conference proceedings! Contamination, cleaning and Coating Conference Proceedings

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Thank you exhibiting companies!


Gen3 Systems Limited

Global SMT & Packaging

HumiSeal Europe Ltd

INVENTEC Performance Chemicals


KYZEN Corporation



Specialty Coating Systems

Conference Organizers

Conference Chair:
Mike Bixenman, KYZEN Corporation

Executive Committee:
  • Keith Bryant, SMART Group
  • Tanya Martin, SMTA
  • Helmut Schweigart, ZESTRON Europe
  • Bob Willis,

  • South East Asia Technical Training Conference on Electronics Assembly Technologies 2017

    Thank you for attending the 2017 South East Asia Technical Conference on Electronics Assembly. See you next year!

    The South East Asia Technical Conference on Electronics Assembly is a highly technical three-day event that is focused on today's most important and timely issues.

    The drive for smaller, more functional consumer electronics along with the need for highly reliable electronics applications have kept the material, process and quality engineers busy planning for the future. These drive the many challenges that our industry faces today. We encourage our colleagues in Malaysia to come together to share their knowledge and their vision for addressing these challenges.

    The conference is "claimable from HRDF under SBL scheme."

    Why Should You Attend:

  • There will be adequate time to have our industry experts respond to your questions
  • Networking time will allow you to continue discussions following the presentations
  • This is one of the best ways to enhance your knowledge and your company's profitability
  • Extensive participation from experts from around the world provides for a comprehensive educational experience
  • The SMTA reputation ensures high quality technical information that can be put to use immediately

  • LED Assembly, Reliability & Testing Symposium 2017

    CALCE and SMTA are pleased to announce the program for the LED Assembly, Reliability & Testing Symposium at the The Archie K. Davis Conference Center in Research Triangle Park, NC from November 28 to 30, 2017.

    The LED Assembly, Reliability & Testing (A.R.T.) Symposium will provide attendees with information to bridge the gap between the semiconductor physics and the architectural design level issues in LED supply chain. The design, manufacturing, reliability assessment, testing and inspection of LEDs and LED lighting products are not at the same level of development and interest. The LED A.R.T. Symposium is the forum for the industry to explore the problems faced and offer solutions.

    Cancellation Policy: Registration fees will be refunded (less a $75 processing fee) if written notice is postmarked two weeks prior to the event date. Cancellations received within two weeks prior to event date will not be refunded to cover costs incurred.

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