SMTA International 2019 Concludes Successfully

Minneapolis, MN – The 2019 SMTA International Conference and Exhibition, which took place September 22 – 26, 2019 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, brought together over 1300 electronics manufacturing professionals including engineers, technologists, executives, and academics as well as over 160 exhibiting companies to share knowledge and solutions. 

The technical conference continued the tradition of being the strongest in the electronics assembly industry. Over 120 research papers were presented on topics including Advanced Packaging Technology, Material Applications like Solder and Adhesives, Harsh Environment Applications, Inspection Technologies, Lead-Free Soldering Technology, Manufacturing Excellence, Substrates/PCB Technology, and Technical Innovations. 

The Women’s Leadership Program hosted speakers from Intel and Microsoft on Monday afternoon. A Speed Mentoring session followed and the program concluded with a Connection Reception including wine and appetizers for all attendees. 

On Tuesday morning, attendees were treated to a keynote presentation by Adam Steltzner, Ph.D., NASA. Adam shared how he led the team that invented the ingenious "sky crane" landing system that so spectacularly landed the Mars rover, Curiosity, in 2012. The presentation was very well-received by the audience for its inspiring story of challenges overcome and lessons learned. 

Lockheed Martin Space’s Vice President for Human Space Exploration and Orion Program Manager, W. Michael Hawes, DSc, was the featured keynote on Wednesday morning. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Orion's development and technology innovations that empower this next generation spacecraft to take astronauts to explore farther than humankind has ever ventured. 

Several events geared towards young professionals took place on Tuesday and Wednesday including the Jump Start 101 Technical Sessions, Career Development and Soft Skills Sessions, and the Job Fair/Speed Networking which were generally at capacity throughout each day. 

Over 160 exhibiting companies filled the 100,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall bringing more equipment and new products than past years. 

Next year the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition will be held September 27 - October 1, 2020 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.


For more information on SMTA International please contact Tanya Martin: or +1-952-920-7682 or visit

Jabil's Brooks to Keynote Additive Electronics Conference

The SMTA announced Rich Brooks, Senior Engineering Manager at Jabil Circuit, Inc., will keynote the Additive Electronics Conference on October 24, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in San Jose, California. 

Mr. Brooks will present “Miniaturization – Driving the Advances in PCB Technology and Assembly” in which he will discuss one of the main trends in the electronics industry to push the limits of capabilities and driving the implementation of new technologies. Some of the products that are driving miniaturization include: Wearables, Health Sensing, 3D Printing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality. The presentation will review these various technology processes and how they impact the electronics manufacturing industry. 

Rich Brooks has degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and he has been in the Electronics industry for 30 years. His first role was with the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group at Motorola where he spent 14 years. After Motorola, he joined the Indium Corporation of America as the Global Technical Manager. In recent years, Rich held a Senior Engineering Manager position at GE Oil & Gas Design Engineering and now for the past 3 years, he has been with the Jabil Design Organization. At Jabil, he manages a team of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) with various areas of technical knowledge. Rich Brooks' area of expertise is in PCB and soldering materials technology. 

The Additive Electronics Conference examines the manufacturing and design processes enabling line width and space from .003" to 5 microns as well as other new advanced technologies intended to meet the ever-increasing challenges of smaller, lighter and more powerful electronic devices. 

Registration is open and sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. For full details and to register, visit or contact Jaclyn Sarandrea: +1-952-920-7682 or

SMTA Welcomes New Board Members

The SMTA is pleased to announce its election results for the Global Board of Directors for the term beginning September 22, 2019 during SMTA International. Sal Sparacino, ZESTRON Americas, was re-elected as VP Communications. Julie Silk, Keysight Technologies; Ivan Roman, Continental Powertrain; and Robert Boguski, Datest Corporation; have been newly elected to the Board of Directors.

Those remaining on the SMTA Global Board of Directors include: President, Jeff Kennedy; Treasurer, Robert Kinyanjui, Ph.D., John Deere Electronic Solutions, Inc.; VP Communications, Sal Sparacino, ZESTRON Americas; VP Tech Programs, Richard Coyle, Ph.D., Nokia Bell Labs; VP Expos, Debbie Carboni, KYZEN Corporation; VP Membership, Gregory Vance, Rockwell Automation; Strategic Development Committee members include chairperson Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., Creative Electron, Inc.; William Capen, Honeywell FM&T; and Tim Jensen, Indium Corporation. 

The SMTA will bid a fond farewell to departing board members Martin Anselm, Ph.D., Rochester Institute of Technology; Matt Kelly, P.Eng., MBA, IBM Corporation; and Richard Henrick, Sanmina Corporation. As their time on the Board draws to a close, the SMTA expresses their sincerest gratitude for their continued service and dedication to the association and industry. 

The official transition will occur at the next Board of Directors meeting scheduled for September 22, 2019 at SMTA International in Rosemont, Illinois. 

For more information on the election results, contact Executive Director Tanya Martin: or +1-952-920-7682.


By Keith Bryant, Chairman, SMTA Europe

Billed as the only Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly technology and equipment event that brings together an international congregation of chip manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and equipment suppliers. All gathered in the heart of the industry in Penang, Malaysia to showcase the latest developments in the industry. The event had a lot to live up to, add to this it was the first event and you can see the challenge for all those involved.
SMTA had been asked to organize a Half Day Technical Conference on the main floor of the Exhibition, this also can be a double-edged sword as there is often background noise and the audience can ebb and flow.
Assisted by the local Chapter, who were also staffing a small SMTA stand, a strong line up of speakers was arranged, including some from the USA and Europe who came to share their knowledge in a non-commercial way, as normal for SMTA invited speakers.
The first day of the event saw a good level of visitors, not huge numbers but reasonable, however, the exhibitors were pleased with the quality and several remarked that they had made new and worthwhile contacts.
SMTA talks which were headlined ‘Advanced Manufacturing Processes’ took place on the first afternoon, on the main stage, in the very centre of the hall, and were well promoted to the visitors.
I am pleased to report that almost all of the six presentations were ‘standing room only’ and there were good questions and positive feedback from the attendees, which is generally taken as the mark of a good event.
It is also worth noting that the more commercial technology presentations on Day 2, whilst quite well attended, attracted lower numbers then the SMTA event, which I take as an indication of people’s thirst for knowledge over listening to something more commercial.
The event was very well organised and managed, the team on the floor were great and deserve a mention, they kept everyone informed of when things were happening and made sure the event ran like clockwork. The IPC held a very successful round of their Hand Soldering Competition having 47 entrants from various companies, with a very high standard of workmanship reported 
The Opening Ceremony was postponed to the start of Day 2 as the VIP, the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, had to reschedule at short notice. This event was very spectacular with all the dignitaries, including SMTA’s own Tanya Martin, being led in by a group in traditional Malaysian ceremonial attire. After the speeches Tanya was presented with a nice engraved glass plaque and then the group moved to the exhibition theatre. Here several Memorandums of Understanding were signed , between the joint organisers, The Association of Electronic Industries in Singapore (AEIS), and their partners at the event. The SMTA, once more represented by Tanya were invited to sign an MoU and this is now done so we look forward to next years event at the same great location from the 22nd to the 24th July, where we hope to have an even larger presence and an even more successful event.

Symposium Provides Insights on Counterfeit Avoidance and Detection

College Park, Md. - More than 130 individuals attended the 2019 CALCE/SMTA Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials from June 25-27 at the College Park Marriott Hotel in College Park, MD. The event attracted a large cross section of government, industry, business, and academia.

During the first two days, 25 presentations organized into eight sessions examined all aspects of electronic parts supply chain including current counterfeited parts and material statistics, standards, regulations, detection, prosecution of counterfeiters, and more.

One presentation featured a case study of the process of prosecution of counterfeiters in the case of U.S. v. Rogelio Vasquez (2018) which was presented by Brian Resler, Assistant Deputy Chief for Litigation, Computer Crime, and Intellectual property Section of the United States Department of Justice. Marie Williams from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Trade Business Transformation and Innovation Division presented some of the proof of concepts that CBP has completed and ongoing projects. She explained the role of government in block chain and identification of promising technologies for CBP’s business needs. Other presentations covered a variety of topics such as tracking and tracing technologies, block chain technology, cyber security, and various international standards to attenuate the problem of counterfeit products.

Conference Chair, Dr. Diganta Das, spoke about the effect that counterfeit and rewrapped Lithium-ion batteries have on the market and supply chain, and he also presented the workshop ‘Use of Component Documentation and Supply Chain for Counterfeit Avoidance,’ which discussed how to understand and use process change notices for making counterfeit detection more efficient. A second workshop was presented by Cameron Shearon, Raytheon IDS, and Michael Ford, Aegis, titled ‘Utilizing IPC-1782—Component Traceability—to Reduce Risk Associated with Ingress of Counterfeit Components.’ This course explained the implementation of an exact traceability program, based on IPC-1782, to lower the risk and cost of consequences associated with the ingress of counterfeit components.

Many companies, including 4 Star Electronics, AERI, Creative Electron, Inc., DUST Identity, NexGen Digital, Resion LLC, SMT Corporation, and others, offered demonstrations and product and service insights during the exhibition periods of the conference.

Access to the conference proceedings can be requested via the CALCE website.

Next year the symposium will return to College Park, MD, on June 23-25, 2020.

For more information visit: 

Contact Jaclyn Sarandrea,, and Diganta Das, Ph.D.,, with questions.

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