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SMTA International 2009 Free Offerings, a Nod to the Past, and a Look to the Future


Minneapolis, MN - The SMTA is pleased to announce the final program and registration for SMTA International is available on-line at The conference will be held at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California on October 4-8, 2009. This year's program allows the attendee to choose from 18 courses, 120 technical papers, 3 focused symposia, and numerous free offerings throughout the conference.

Over one hundred leading edge suppliers will be featured in the SMTAI Electronics Exhibition, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6-7. The exhibit floor is the perfect place to network and to see the industry's latest technology.

SMTAI 2009 offers educational opportunities covering Manufacturing and Assembly, Advanced Packaging, Substrates, Soldering, Business Issues and Process Control. Technical sessions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tutorials are full- and half-day educational courses offered on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. The conference proudly offers 8 new tutorials in 2009.

To commemorate 25 years of service to the industry, SMTA is marking this year's event with a very special 25th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration on Monday, October 5. Mike Buseman, Plexus (and past SMTA VP Membership) will be introducing a number of luminaries and events that have contributed to 25 years of success for the SMTA. Two presentations will provide a "walk down memory lane" as well as a look to the future.

Three days of the conference will feature three essential symposia: Evolving Technologies Summit, Contract Manufacturing Symposium, and Lead-Free Soldering Technology Symposium.

Many additional events at SMTA International are free to all attendees including:

  • The Opening Session
  • Options for Controlling Moisture Sensitivity in Packages and PWBs During Assembly
  • iNEMI Roadmap
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Welcome Reception
  • Thermal Management Innovations
  • Reflow Soldering Best Practices for Profiling and Optimizing
  • Board Talk
  • Exhibit Floor Panel Discussions
    Rounding out the program is the Keynote Address during the Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday that will feature Peter Barry, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) presenting "NASA's Missions - Achieving Success".

    For full details and to register for SMTA International, visit or contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg: 952-920-7682 or
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