Calendar of Events


May 2005

May 2


Be assured recognition by global audience - SMTA International Sponsor Opportunities


Go to the event Web site for full details As an SMTAI event sponsor (September 25-29 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL) you are assured recognition by highly qualified attendees from the US, Europe, and Asia.

Listed below are opportunities to show your support of SMTA and to fit any budget.

  • Pre-show publicity on the SMTA International event Web site.
  • Recognition in the 3rd and 4th quarter issues of the printed SMTAnews & Journal.
  • Signage on-site during SMTA International.

  • Pocket Guide / Conference-At-A-Glance Sponsorship
    $2,500 (SOLD)
    Each conference attendee will receive a pocket guide detailing course and session names and times, which will be used throughout the week. As a sponsor your name and logo will appear on this, as well as on the central Conference-At-A-Glance sign in the conference lobby.

    SMTA Bookstore Grand Prize Drawing Sponsorship
    $550 (SOLD)
    The SMTA Bookstore is a popular spot at SMTAI, where attendees shopping for books have the opportunity to enter their name in a drawing for a great prize at the conclusion of the conference. Your support will be used to supply a prize, and signage on-site at the Bookstore will recognize your sponsorship.
    SMTA Keynote Luncheon / Annual Meeting Sponsorship
    $1,500 (5 spots available)
    The SMTA Keynote Luncheon / Annual Meeting is always held at SMTAI and is our most well-attended session, as it includes both a keynote presentation as well as our award presentations. Sponsorship will include four tickets to the luncheon/meeting and your logo on the Luncheon Program recognizing your support.

    SMTAI Refreshment Break Sponsorship
    $350 (10 spots available)
    Provide coffee, tea and soft drinks to conference attendees during two breaks daily (signage on-site).

    Each of these opportunities ensures that your customers (and prospective customers) are familiar with your products and services. The deadline to become a sponsor is August 31, and your registration can be made securely using the form available from the "Register Now" button above.

    Go to the event Web site for full details on SMTA International, and contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg with any questions or concerns.

    May 3


    Courses, RoHS mini-conference, keynote address, and certification

    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
    Boston , MA 02210

    Leaders Learning from Leaders SMTA Boston will be held May 3-5 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in conjunction with NEPCON East / Electro. It will feature six full- and half-day Academy Courses, a NEW mini-conference on RoHS, a keynote presentation during the SMTA General Meeting on the future of electronics 50 years from now, as well as SMTA Certification Programs for SMT Processes and Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • Full-day courses: $425/$525 for SMTA members/non-members.
  • Half-day courses: $250/$325 for SMTA members/non-members.
  • RoHS Mini Conference: $395/$495 for SMTA members/non-members.
  • FREE - SMTA General Meeting / Keynote Presentation
  • Go to information on and secure registration for the SMTA Certification Programs.

  • On-line registration for this event is now closed. Any remaining registration should be done on-site at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Please call SMTA Headquarters with any questions: 952-920-7682.

    Contact SMTA director of education Kristin Nafstad for information on group packages.

    Read the Complete Course Descriptions, Topics, and Who Should Attend

    T1: Troubleshooting Lead Free SMT Assembly Process
    Phil Zarrow, ITM, Inc.
    Tuesday, May 3, 8:30AM - 12:00PM

    T2: The Use of Six Sigma to Design, Manage, Test and Quality Control the Surface Mount Manufacturing Line - CANCELLED
    Dr. Sammy Shina, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Tuesday, May 3, 8:30AM - 5:00PM

    T3: Advanced SMT Manufacturing
    Phil Zarrow, ITM, Inc.
    Tuesday, May 3, 1:30PM - 5:00PM

    T4: Lead Free Rework - Just Turn Up the Temperature?
    Doug Peck, AEIC
    Wednesday, May 4, 8:30AM - 12:00PM

    T5: Hands On Lead Free Rework
    Doug Peck, AEIC
    Wednesday, May 4, 1:30PM - 5:00PM

    T6: How to Implement Lead Free Assembly at Your Factory
    Dr. Ron Lasky, Indium Corporation of America/Dartmouth College
    Thursday, May 5, 8:30AM - 5:00PM


    New SMTA Mini-conference: Complying with RoHS
    Real-World Examples of what Companies are Doing Today

    Wednesday, May 4, 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Harvey Stone of The GoodBye Chain Group Moderated by Harvey Stone, The Goodbye Chain Group, this one-day program focuses on actual experiences that companies are having in solving the many difficult challenges of environmental legislative compliance. It will begin with a general session on Complying with RoHS, covering topics such as legal requirements, multi-functional implications, key issues, and current examples.

    Break-out session topics throughout the day include Gathering Organizational Resources for RoHS-Compliance; Determining Your Post-RoHS Product Mix; Solving the Parts Numbering and Inventory Puzzles; Converting to Lead-free Manufacturing; Collecting, Aggregating, and Reporting Substance-Level Data; and Building a "Reasonable Steps" Defense. The mini-conference will conclude with a review of key issues and practices.

    In addition to this offering, Complying with RoHS will be held June 21 at Guidant Corporation in St. Paul, MN. For full details on the mini-conference and for secure on-line registration for the additional offering, visit the Symposia page. Register for the offering in Boston from the links on this page.

    SMTA General Meeting / Keynote Presentation - FREE OFFERING
    SMTA - More Alive in '55 (that's 2055) by Dr. Ken Gilleo, ET Trends LLC
    Thursday, May 5, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

    Ken Gilleo What's assembly going to be like 50 years from now, what will be assembled and where??? How was the energy crisis solved and what role did it play in ending world conflict? SMTA reflected on some of the big changes over the past 50 years at their 70th Anniversary Gala. Few could remember the lead-free stuff except that there was a big fuss about solder. Several wanted to know what solder was. Someone said it was the old way of putting parts together before Total Integration was invented. The economy was doing well partly because Nanotechnology had kept industry on track in the relentless pursuit of Moore's Law. Most were tired of the term Moore's Law that dealt with transistors that hadn't been used for a long time. But Nanoelectronics was at a plateau and the bets were evenly placed on quantum photonics and biogenesis as the future for computing, linking and control. The presentation was beamed directly to everyone's brain implant chip and most thought it was worth storing.

    May 3


    The New Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
    Boston , MA

    May 13


    In conjunction with a Chapter Tutorial Program on Implementing Lead-Free


    Friday, August 5
    Regional Learning Alliance
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive
    Cranberry, PA 16066
    Show Hours: 11:00AM - 3:30PM
    Exhibitor Information

    Exhibit Space at the West Penn SMTA Vendor Show is sold out.

    Plan now to attend and visit with representatives from the major suppliers to the industry and have a chance to win great door prizes!

    Attendee registration is FREE using the following form.

    This event will be held in conjunction with a Chapter Tutorial Program on Implementing Lead-Free. Go to the Chapter Tutorial page for course information and on-line registration.

    Alcatel Micro Machining Systems
    Argo/Zeta Company
    Atlantech, Inc.
    AVID Associates, Inc.
    BP Microsystems
    Brady Corporation
    Circuit Check Inc.
    Compunetix, Inc.
    Conformance Technologies, Inc.
    Customer Service Associates (CSA)
    Dynamic and Proto Circuits
    Electronic Assembly Products Ltd.
    ElectroTech Sales
    Electrotek Corporation
    FCT Assembly, Inc.
    FKN Systek
    Global Stencil, Inc.
    Heraeus, Inc.
    Horizon Sales
    Indium Corporation of America
    JMW Enterprises, Inc.
    KDF Company
    Libra Industries
    Malcomtech International
    Metro Circuits Microcare
    MYDATA Automation, Inc.
    Pace Inc.
    Phoenix Contact Inc.
    Phoenix United Assoc. Inc.
    SMT Resource Group, LLC
    SPEA America
    TSL America
    WRR Associates, Inc.
    Zestron Corporation

    May 17


    Place Bonaventure
    Montreal , QC Canada

    May 17


    Canadian High Technology Show
    Montreal , QC Canada

    May 24


    Marriott Toronto Airport
    Toronto , ON Canada

    May 26


    In conjunction with Free Technical Sessions


    Wednesday, September 7
    Johns Hopkins University
    Applied Physics Lab
    Kossiakoff Center
    11100 Johns Hopkins Road
    Laurel, MD 20723
    Show Hours: 11:00AM - 3:30PM
    Exhibitor Information
    Exhibit Space at the Capital SMTA Vendor Show is sold out.

    Plan to attend now and visit with representatives from the major suppliers to the industry, have a chance to win great door prizes, and enjoy a free lunch!

    Attendee registration is FREE using the following form.

    The Capital Chapter is pleased to offer three FREE technical sessions on the following topics:
    9:00AM - 11:00AM
    Lead Free Component and Assembly Qualification Process Guideline Review
    (How to Stimulate a RoHS Engineering Group)

  • Impact of RoHS and WEEE
  • Laboratory Analysis of SnPb and Pb-free Pastes
  • Solder Paste and Wave Solder Flux Selection/Product and Process Verification
  • Test Vehicle 1 (SMT)
  • Test Vehicle 2 (Through Hole)
  • Toxic Users Reduction Institue Test Vehicle 3 (Large Card, Mixed Technology)
  • Rework

  • Bob Farrell, Benchmark Electronics
  • Pb-Free Qualification and Validation Testing
  • Guidelines
  • Scope and User Guide
  • Select Product Groups
  • Tables
  • Table 1: Solder Failure Modes and Tests
  • Table 2-3: Assessment of Different Pb-Free-IC Products and Recommended Tests
  • Overview of Testing Guidelines
  • Other Optional Tests
  • Test Plan

  • RoHS Conversion - Technical Challenges
  • RoHS Conversion - Some "Answers"...
  • Lead Free Inspection Reference Guide Photos
  • George Wilkish, Tyco Electronics

    1:00PM - 1:45PM
    The Reality of Pb-Free Reliability
    Craig Hillman, DfR Solutions

    This presentation will focus on the latest reliability concerns, the industry response, and potential solutions. Particular focus will be on:
  • Latest on RoHS around the world (Europe, Canada, China, Japan)
  • Current industry trends in response to Pb-free
  • Componenet reliability: component plating (tin vs. palladium), potential for popcorning (change in MSL), and robustness of capacitors (V-chip, ceramic)
  • Board reliability (limited discussion): conductive anodic filament formation, plated through hole fatigue, and electrochemical migration
  • Solder joint wearout (determining end-of-life): temperature cycling, vibration, and mechanical shock
  • Connector reliability

  • 2:15PM - 3:00PM
    Recent Investigations of Tin Whiskering on Lead Free Finishes
    Maureen Williams, NIST

    This presentation will briefly cover both current experimental work on Sn whisker growth at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and accelerated test methods being designed and developed by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) Sn Whisker Test Group, of which NIST is a member.

    Exhibitor Listing:
    Argo/Zeta Company
    Atlantech, Inc.
    AVID Associates, Inc.
    BP Microsystems
    Circuit Connect
    Customer Service Associates (CSA)
    Electrotek Corporation
    Equipment Sales North
    FCT Assembly, Inc.
    FKN Systek
    Global Stencil, Inc.
    GPD Global
    Heraeus, Inc.
    Hesse & Knipps, Inc.
    Indium Corporation of America
    ISOTECH, Inc.
    JMW Enterprises, Inc.
    Libra Industries, Inc.
    Metro Circuits
    Phoenix Contact Inc.
    Printed Circuits Corp.
    Production Solutions
    ScanCAD International, Inc.
    Scorpion Technologies, Inc.
    SMT Resource Group, LLC
    Sonix Inc.
    SPEA America
    Structure Probe, Inc.
    T & M Sales
    Technical Devices Company
    Teka Interconnection Systems
    Tristate Electronic Manufacturing, Inc.
    UGS Tecnomatix
    Zestron Corporation

    May 31


    Lead-Free SMT Soldering - Materials, Processes and Equipment

    The SMTA West Penn Chapter is pleased to announce a Chapter Tutorial Program on Lead-Free SMT Soldering which will be held in conjunction with their SMTA Vendor Show.

    The program will be held Friday, August 5, 2005 and will be taught by Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting. Please continue to check back for developing details!

    Looking for a local chapter event? Check the Chapter News page for more events.
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