Calendar of Events



March 2017

March 3 - 5

2017 Mini in Minny Officer's Leadership Forum  +

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel
Minneapolis , MN

The SMTA invites all NEW Chapter Officers to the Inaugural "Mini in Minny" Chapter Officer's Leadership Forum

Leadership Forum for New SMTA Officers

Develop leadership skills, learn the ins and outs of running a chapter, and put faces to names at SMTA HQ at our orientation weekend for all brand new SMTA Officers. Move forward with enthusiasm and confidence as effective leaders in your chapter.

Download all breakout session presentations here!

2017 SMTA Leadership Forum Agenda

March 3, Friday     Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

The Hilton boasts a wonderful restaurant (Bloomington Chophouse) as well as a lounge and a Starbucks Coffee Lounge for lunch or dinner on your own. If you have time and want to venture further, the world-famous Mall of America is only a short complimentary shuttle ride away.

7:00 p.m.   Welcome Newbies Happy Hour
Hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages will be served, but we ask that you eat dinner prior to the reception.
Sponsored by the Space Coast SMTA Chapter
Location: Executive Lounge at Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

March 4, Saturday SMTA Office, Eden Prairie, MN

8:00 a.m.  Transfer to SMTA Office
Location: The shuttle will depart from the main Hilton Lobby

8:30 a.m.   Breakfast
Location: SMTA HQ

Breakout Meetings
Topics covered will include:

  • SMTA Policies
  • Membership & Meeting Planning
  • SMTA Website
  • 12:00 p.m. Working Lunch
    Location: SMTA HQ

    Breakouts Continue

    5:00 p.m.   Transfer back to Hilton Hotel

    6:30 p.m.   Transfer to Pinstripes Bistro
    Enjoy dinner and a little friendly competition at Pinstripes, where they offer fresh, made-from-scratch Italian-American cuisine and an upscale take on bowling and bocce.
    Location: Pinstripes - Edina. The shuttle to Pinstripes will depart from the Hotel Lobby.

    March 5, Sunday


    DRESS CODE:  The Forum weekend dress code is casual.

    Logistics: Hotel, Travel & Events

    Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel
    3900 American Boulevard West
    Bloomington, MN 55437

    Make your hotel reservations directly with the Hilton's Reservations Department by Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

    Book your hotel room online here!
    Booking via Phone: 414-935-5959, ask for group code "SMTA"

    The negotiated rate is $79 plus tax per night for a standard king room.

    Reservations requested after Wednesday, February 8, 2017 will be accepted as long as availability permits on a first-come, first-serve basis, but will be at the higher prevailing rates versus the special group rate. You will need to guarantee the first night’s room and tax with a credit card or check advance deposit. You can cancel your reservation until 12:01 a.m. on the day of arrival without incurring any cancellation charge. Cancellations after that point and no-shows will forfeit the first night’s room and tax deposit.

    Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out is 12:00 noon. You will need 2 nights (arriving 3/3/17 and departing 3/5/17). Amenities include coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini-fridge, WiFi access, 24-hour room service, as well as other in-room amenities.

    If you choose to stay at a different hotel or make other arrangements you will need to make your own transportation arrangements to all events.


    If you plan to attend the 2017 “Mini in Minny” Chapter Officer Leadership Forum, SMTA requests that you attend the Welcome Reception Friday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. and be present at all events Saturday, March 4. You are free to make your return airline arrangements whenever convenient on Sunday, March 5. There are no formal SMTA events on Sunday.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE INFORMATION: The Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington Hotel offers guests a free shuttle to and from MSP during their stay. Please call 952-893-9500 to setup the shuttle. The hotel’s front office staff will be able to take their contact and flight information and give them instructions where to meet. We recommend you call in advance. If you don’t call until you land, your wait for transportation may be longer.

    Funding & Sponsorships

    $ FUNDING $

    The SMTA Officer’s Leadership Forum is open to all NEW officers. All food and beverage during the duration of the program will be covered by SMTA. Entertainment and instruction is also included for all qualifying new officers.

    Each officer is responsible for his or her travel to Minneapolis and hotel expenses. We hope that your employers understand the value of the benefits of SMTA membership and will support your trip. If not, Forum expenses are acceptable chapter expense items within the SMTA and Chapter Bylaws.

    All new officers must discuss it with your President and Treasurer before you make any non-refundable airline or hotel arrangements.

    If it is impossible for your company or chapter to fund travel expenses, ask Karen ( or 952.920.7682) about our financing assistance. We want to work with you to ensure that all new officers are able to attend.


    Please help us to make this inaugural event continue every other year. Please consider becoming a sponsor and “Help the SMTA Grow”.

    Please help us support those chapters whose treasuries are insufficient to send anyone to Minneapolis. We want all new officers to be able to attend – you can help us make that happen! Contact Karen to find out more about which chapters are in need. You can direct your contribution toward a particular chapter or just donate it wherever it will do the most good. If you prefer, you can sponsor an event during the weekend. Any sponsorship, any amount, is appreciated.


  • “Help the SMTA Grow” Sponsorship for Chapters: $100-$1000+ (multiple sponsors)
  • Welcome Reception Sponsorship: $100-$350 (multiple sponsors)
  • Saturday Evening Event Sponsorship: $250-$500

    All Forum Sponsors will be introduced at the Welcome Reception, receive verbal recognition and signage recognizing the sponsors during the event to show our appreciation of your chapter's support of your peers.

    Thanks to our current chapter sponsors!

    Central Texas Chapter

    Houston Chapter

    Intermountain Chapter

    Space Coast Chapter

    Wisconsin Chapter

    March 16

    LA/Orange County Chapter Tutorial Program: Design for Testability Strategies for Today's Circuits  +

    Paradigm Contract Manufacturing LLC
    Garden Grove , CA 92841-1823

    Instructor: Louis Ungar, Advanced Test Engineering (A.T.E.) Solutions, Inc.

    March 16, 2017
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Check-In)
    Paradigm Contract Manufacturing LLC
    11562 Knott Street, Unit 13-14
    Garden Grove, CA, 92841-1823
    PH - 714-889-7074
    FAX - 714-893-1801


    Members - $200
    Non-Members - $275 (A one-year Individual SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price)
    LA/Orange County Chapter Officers - $100
    SPECIAL OFFER! The LA/OC Chapter will subsidize the cost of registration for all student attendees.
    Student Members - $FREE! (Regularly $50)
    Student Non-Members - $20 (Regularly $70. A one-year Student SMTA Membership is included in the non-member price)

    Great Value! Half the cost of a tutorial at SMTA International and offered right in your backyard. Lunch, coffee breaks, course handouts, and a certificate of completion are all included in the cost, along with instruction by one of our best!

    The objective of this course is to familiarize attendees with how the testing problem should be tackled for today’s ever more complex electronic circuits. To compound the problem, access to the circuit is ever shrinking making mechanical probing more challenging and less effective. Design for Testability (DFT) techniques, including use of the JTAG/IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan helps in keeping up. The course covers issues of how to ensure that circuit boards populated with SMT devices are built correctly, but goes further to confront the question of ensuring that it in fact functions correctly. The course will cover the objectives of various test methods but will also include ways to overcome their limitations. Finally, a profitable test strategy is described and how the traditional test paradigm must change to take advantage of it.

    How You Will Benefit:

  • Understand the benefits and limitations of various test equipment types
  • Learn how testing is a technical solution to an economic problem
  • Understand the modern ATE and how DFT and JTAG are now integral parts of automatic board tests
  • Learn how end users – your customers – interface with tests
  • Understand that test is an opportunity for profits, not just a cost to be avoided

    Topics Covered:
  • Strategize test as you strategize design
  • Test and repair vs. throw away: A question of economics
  • Inspectability from solder paste through fully loaded boards
  • Automatic testing and ATE test programs
  • What to expect when you test as you build and how to plan for it with Design for Testability (DFT)
  • Capitalizing JTAG/IEEE-1149.1 and other boundary scan standards for all tests
  • Tests beyond manufacturing: User built-in test, repair of field returns
  • Bottom Line:
         - What does this cost?
         - How much does it save?
         - How can we profit from better tests?

    Who should attend?
    Many people are involved in creating a product and they should be concerned that it can be proven to be good before it is sold. Quality, manufacturing, and design engineers not only need to know test to contribute to its success, but also to reap its rewards by the information tests can provide for future improvements. Managers of all disciplines need to know how tests are performed and how to benefit from them rather than simplistically aim only to lower test costs. Finally, test engineers need this course so they can communicate their concerns with others in the organization.

    Louis Ungar About the Instructor:
    Louis Ungar
    Mr. Ungar enjoys a well-known reputation in the electronics testing profession. He has built, programmed, and selected Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) for a large number of clients both in the commercial and military community. Having introduced the first university course on ATE and Design for Testability (DFT) at UCLA, he has taught similar courses to companies around the world. He led the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) Testability Committee to publish the SMTA Testability Guidelines from 2002 with the most recent 2014 SMTA Testability Guidelines. He has been involved with the IEEE standards committee for several DFT standards, including the IEEE-1149.1, the 1149.4 and the 1687 and has been honored as a life-time member of the American Society of Test Engineers and is the Tutorial Chair of the IEEE AutoTestCon. He is involved with the IPC-2231 standard for DFX, where X is substituted for Testability, Reliability, Manufacturability, etc. He is also the co-author of a technical paper on False Alarms and No Fault Found that won the Best Management Paper award at AutoTestCon 2015. Mr. Ungar completed courses towards a MA in Management and holds a BS degree in Electronics Engineering and Computer Sciences from UCLA. He continues teaching DFT and BIST courses at conferences, at companies and at public forums around the world.

    Contact Karen Frericks at 952.920.7682 with questions.

  • March 20

    SMTA Webinar: What are the Next Concerns in Counterfeit Electronics?  +

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Rescheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017!
    1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern
    Presented by: Diganta Das, Ph.D., CALCE/University of Maryland

    Diganta Das

    Complimentary Webinar for Members!

    Course Overview:
    The counterfeit part mitigation and control plans reached a milestone in 2016 with release of the long awaited test standard AS 6171. The year also saw release of an updated version of "Counterfeit Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition" and its accompanying aerospace recommended practices. This Webinar will cover the salient elements of these published standards and the status of other related standards. In addition, the concerns on the future of counterfeit - including those of non-electronic systems, higher level assembly, tampered electronic components and systems and their relationship with the highly visible area of cyber-security. This coverage will include other sources of standards such as JEDEC and IPC and top level analysis of reported counterfeit data.

    About the Presenter:
    Dr. Diganta Das (Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, B.Tech, Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology) is an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering. His expertise is in reliability, environmental and operational ratings of electronic parts, uprating, electronic part reprocessing, counterfeit electronics, technology trends in the electronic parts and parts selection and management methodologies. He performs benchmarking processes and organizations of electronics companies for parts selection and management and reliability practices. His current research interests include electronic parts supply chain, counterfeit electronics avoidance and detection, light emitting diode failure mechanisms, cooling systems in telecommunications infrastructure and their impact on reliability, and power electronics reliability. In addition, Dr. Das is involved in prognostics based risk mitigation of electronics. Dr. Das has published more than 75 articles on these subjects, and presented his research at international conferences and workshops. Dr. Das leads the Educational Outreach of CALCE with responsibility to develop inter-organizational agreements on joint educational programs, training and internship program, and professional development. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Microelectronics Reliability. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of IEEE, IMAPS and SMTA.

    March 22 & 23

    SMTA Webtorial: Role of Bismuth in Lead-free Systems – All You Need to Know  +

    Two (2) 90 minute Sessions
    March 22 and 23, 2017
    1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
    Jennie Hwang Presented by: Jennie S. Hwang, Ph.D., H-Technologies Group

    Bismuth (Bi), which is introduced either through the supply chain or by design, is becoming an inevitable element in lead-free electronic products. With the deliberation of all relevant parameters, theoretical and practical, Bi plays a “potent” role in electronic solder systems. The proper use of Bi can profoundly benefit the performance and reliability of electronic package and assembly including solder joint performance, tin whisker mitigation, among others. An adequate understanding of the properties and performance parameters of Bi is critical to product reliability. This webtorial will discuss the relevant aspects of Bi to help dispel misconceptions and to demonstrate performance criteria related to Bi. The goal is to help achieve the desired level of performance and product reliability. Your questions and issues for solutions and discussions are welcome.

    Main topics for Part 1:

  • Your issues & concerns related to Bi
  • Bi - characteristics, resources, safety data
  • Bi effects in 63Sn37Pb solder joint
          --Physical properties
          --Mechanical behavior
  • Effects of Bi from component coating and PCB surface finish
          --Dissolving into solder joint
          --Estimation of concentration of Bi in solder joint
          --Effect of compositional change

  • Bi effects in SAC solder joint (SnAgCuBi)
          --Compositional change
          --Stress vs. strain
          --Fatigue behavior
  • Bi effects in other Pb-free alloys (SnCu, SnAg, SnAgIn)
          --Stress vs. strain
          --Fatigue performance

    Main topics for Part 2:

  • Historically established Bi-containing electronic solder alloys
  • Bi-containing Pb-free solder alloys
          --Melting temperature range
          --Compositional control level
          --Physical, mechanical properties
          --BGA thermal fatigue performance
  • PCB through-hole fillet-lifting vs. Bi
  • Low temperature BiPbSn phase
          --Presence or absence
          --Detectable or non-detectable effects
          --General guidelines
  • Design limit in Pb-free solder joints vs. solder joint reliability
  • Concluding points
  • Who Should Attend:
    The webtorial provides a working knowledge to all who are involved with or interested in solder joint reliability and system integrity with and without the presence of Bi and related issues in electronic packages and assemblies including designers, engineers, researchers, managers and business decision makers; also is designed for those who desire the broad-based information on the subject.

    Dr. Hwang, a pioneer and a major contributor to the implementation of Surface Mount manufacturing since its inception as well as to lead-free electronics, brings to the webinar her 35+ years experience in hands-on production and as an advisor to OEMs, EMS and government programs. She has provided solutions to many challenging problems - from production yield to field failure diagnosis to high reliability issues. She has received numerous honors/awards including the U.S. Congressional certificate of recognition, induction into WITI International Hall of Fame, named "R&D Star-to-Watch" by Industry Week, YWCA Women of Achievement Award; induction into the National Academy of Engineering. She is the author of 450+ publications and several ground-breaking books on SMT manufacturing and lead-free technology and implementations, and is an invited speaker in numerous international and national events. Additionally, she has served on the Board of NYSE Fortune 500 companies, and on various civic, government and university boards and committees. She chairs the Board of the Assessment of Army Research Laboratory of DoD, of the National Institute of Standard and Technologies, and has been an advisor and a reviewer of government programs (DoD, NASA, NIST, etc.) and various publications. She also serves on the National Manufacturing and Materials Board, Laboratory Assessment Board, and Board of Army Science & Technology. Her formal education includes Harvard Business School Executive Program and four academic degrees (Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science, M.S. in Physical Chemistry, M.S. in Liquid Crystal Science, B.S. in Chemistry). She has held senior executive positions with Lockheed Martin Corp., SCM Corp, Sherwin Williams Co, and IEM Corp. She is president of H-Technologies Group and is also an invited distinguished adj. Professor of Engineering School of Case Western Reserve University, and serves on the University's Board of Trustees.

    March 28 - 30

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

    Olive Tree Hotel
    Penang 11950 Malaysia

    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

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