Calendar of Events


March 2004

March 5


Location: Sam Houston Race Park
7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W.
Houston, TX 77064
Show Hours: 12:00PM - 5:00PM

March 22


Implementing Lead-free Assembly at Your Facility

The first delivery of this workshop sold out days in advance of its taking place at Manufacturers' Services Ltd. in Arden Hills, MN, on December 9, 2003. Due to the overwhelming success and following demand for such an event, the SMTA is planning in 2004 to sponsor it at various locations. Contact SMTA director of education Kristin Nafstad with your interest in having the workshop visit a location near you.

June 24
2747 Loker Ave. W.
Carlsbad, CA 92008-6603
8:30AM - 5:00PM

Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., PE
Senior Technologist, Indium Corporation
Visiting Professor, Dartmouth College

$425/$525 members/non-members
All attendees who are not SMTA members will receive a one-year SMTA Individual Membership. Current individual members will receive a one-year renewed membership. Secure on-line registration is avaiable by the link at the top of the page.

Crossing the Line
You are at the point of transition from a theoretical consideration to the practical implementation of lead-free electronic assembly. You have gathered information, knowledge, materials, equipment, and advisors. Soon you will deposit the lead-free solder paste onto the stencil, load up the lead-free components, adjust the reflow profile, and cross the line. It is a risky moment.

Ron Lasky Noted process expert and holder of the prestigious SMTA FounderÂ’s Award, Dr. Ronald C. Lasky will bring you to the Lead-free Line and enable you to cross over by delivering final tips and pointers and imparting knowledge, words of wisdom, and even an enhanced network of experts to lean on.

Course Description
Crossing the line While there are many workshops on lead-free assembly, this may be the only one that focuses on the "how to" of implementing lead-free at your factory. It covers all of the issues, including PWB finishes, components, alloys, and SMT processes.

It also reviews an actual implementation of a lead-free process performed by Motorola that is currently used in assembling about 1 million cellular phones world-wide per month. The workshop will finish with a section on establishing your lead-free implementation plan.

Morning Agenda
1. A review of current legislation and practices in lead-free electronics assembly.
2. The current alloys in use, and why and how they were selected.
3. PWB finishes for lead-free assembly
4. Component concerns in lead-free assembly

Afternoon Agenda
5. Best practices in SMT processes for lead-free assembly.
6. Case study on Motorola's implementation of lead-free to assemble one million cell phones.
7. Establishing your implementation plan for Pb-free.
  • The state of Pb-free legislation, marketing, and implementation worldwide.
  • The current alloy systems in use, and why and how they were chosen.
  • What PWB finishes are preferable in Pb-free assembly.
  • What are the concerns with and status of Pb-free components in the industry.
  • Best practices for stencil printing, placement, inspection, reflow, and wave soldering.
  • How to perform designed experiments (DOE) to optimize your Pb-free process.
  • How to establish a statistical process control (SPC) program.

  • A case study of an actual implementation of a lead-free process performed by Motorola (Plantation, FL), that has been used in assembling over one million cellular phones world-wide:

  • - Solder paste evaluation.
    - Statistical analysis of process data.
    - Process optimization.
    - Analysis and corrective actions for failure modes, such as tombstoning.
    - Reliability analysis.

  • How to establish your own implementation plan for Pb-free assembly.

  • Instructor Biography
    Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., P.E., is currently a senior technologist at Indium Corporation of America and a visiting professor at Dartmouth College. He has over twenty years' experience in electronic and optoelectronic packaging.

    Prior to his position at Indium, Ron held positions at IBM, Universal Instruments, and Cookson Electronics. He has also been an adjunct professor at several colleges and has taught over 20 different courses on topics ranging from electronic packaging, materials science, and physics to mechanical engineering, science, and religion.

    Ron holds four earned degrees, including a Ph.D. from Cornell University in materials science. Ron is also a licensed professional engineer. Dr. Lasky holds numerous patent disclosures and is the developer of several new concepts in SMT processing software relating to cost estimating, line balancing and process optimization.

    Ron has authored or edited five books on science, electronics, and optoelectronics, and he has written numerous technical papers.

    He lives with his wife in Massachusetts.

    Cancellation Policy
    Cancellation requests must be received at least two weeks prior to the event in order to receive a full refund (less a $50 processing fee). Substitutions are allowed - please inform SMTA as soon as possible of any registration changes.

    March 22

    Wafer-Level Congress and Exhibition  +

    Featuring suppliers of semiconductor packaging and testing

    March 23


    International Centre
    Mississauga , ON Canada

    March 24


    International Centre
    Mississauga , ON L4V 1E8 Canada

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