Calendar of Events

   2018      

                                   

2018

August 27 - 30

SMTA China South Technology and Vendor Conferences 2018   +

Location
Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center
Shenzhen China


SMTA China South
27-30 August 2018
Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, PR China

The SMTA China cordially invites you to participate in SMTA China South Conference located in Shenzhen 2018. This event, held in conjunction with NEPCON China 2018, will as usual address the industry's most pressing issues in electronics assembly/ manufacturing, industry/technology roadmap, business focus, advanced packaging, practical skill development, emerging technologies, and lead-free & reliability.


August 28

Wisconsin Chapter: Wisconsin Chapter - Golf Scramble  +

Location
Brown Deer Golf Course: 7625 N Range Line Rd, Glendale, WI 53209



Please RSVP before making Payment!
Click HERE to RSVP Now!!


When:
  • Tuesday August 28, 2018 at 8:00 am

Where:
  • Brown Deer Golf Course: 7625 N Range Line Rd, Glendale, WI 53209
  • Description: “Brown Deer Golf Course is a classically designed 18 hole facility with bent grass fairways, tees and greens that has hosted an annual PGA tour event,  USGA national championships and now hosts an LPGA Symetra Tour event, the PHC Classic.  You can always expect the course conditions to reflect those high standards.  The golf courses unique and individual holes are carved out masterfully with a river running throughout the entire course. The course was originally designed by George Hansen and founded in 1929 and was partially redesigned by Andy North and Roger Packard. Brown Deer is truly a must play for any golf lover!
 
Price:
  • $40 SMTA Members and $60 for non-SMTA Members
 
Format:
  • Scramble: Teams of 4. Each players drive will need to be used at least once. Any threesomes will have option for 1 player to tee off twice. 2 putt maximum to keep up rate of play.
  • First Place prize
  • 1 Mens and 1 Womens longest drive, closest to the pin, and one longest put.
  • 72 Spots available: Please confirm through Josh Casper (jcasper@horizonsales.com) or Jana Esselman (jesselmann@identco.com) if you have a team and you would like to play together. All other teams will be put together by SMTA Staff.

Food and Drink:
  • Each player will be provided with 2 complimentary drink tickets.
  • Coffee and Donuts provided upon arrival.
  • Complimentary Lunch following the Scramble-Vendor Sponsorships:
 





September 11 - 13

SMT Processes Certification (Querétaro, Mexico)  +

Location
Querétaro , JA Mexico


  • Day 1- Course (8:30-5pm)
  • Day 2- ½ day of course + exam
  • Day 3- All day exam (8:30-5pm)
  • Instruction: English/Spanish
    Test: English
    Instructor: Iván Castellanos, Indium Corporation



September 12

Connecticut Chapter: 2018 SMTA New England Expo and Tech Forum  +

DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, MA 01608



COMPLEMENTARY ADMISSION and LUNCH INCLUDED!
Don't Miss Out!  Register Now!!



 

 

Free Technical Program & Schedule:

 

7:30AM

Registration Opens

 

8:30AM-9:15AM

"Nanotechnology for Advanced Electronics Packaging"

Speaker: Charles E. Bauer, Ph.D., and Herbert J. Neuhaus, Ph.D., TechLead Corporation

While often exaggerated and over-promised, nanotechnology provided vital reliability and performance enhancements to electronic systems for more than two decades. Advanced conductive adhesives and thermal interface materials pioneered nanotech adoption in electronics manufacture. Hype gives way to breakthrough as new nanotech solutions address multiple aspect of packaging, interconnect, and assembly. Leading research areas include coatings, adhesives, die attach, solder replacements, via structures, 3D printing, and novel conductors. This presentation surveys a broad range of revolutionary and disruptive nano-based technologies for electronics manufacturing, identifying practical applications and assessing the challenges and opportunities in commercial exploitation of these potential solutions.

 

9:15AM-10:00AM

"Failure Analysis: Case Studies and Implementing Practical Solutions

Speaker: Denis Barbini, Ph.D., Crucial Machines

 

10:00AM

Expo Floor Opens

 

11:15AM-12:00PM

"Management Overview of the Smart Factory (industry 4.0) Principles and Affects in Electronics Manufacturing"
Speaker: Jay Gorajia, Mentor Graphics

In this paper and presentation, we will review what Smart Manufacturing or “Industrie 4.0” actually is and the related market and technology drivers behind it that makes significant change to the PCB electronics industry inevitable.  There is no doubt skeptics abound on this topic.  A lot of the skepticism is well founded with the explosion of vendor “support” or marketing promises.  However, some skepticism may be founded in a lack of clarity of what Smart Manufacturing can do, how it may be implemented, and what it may mean. We will look through the supply and demand chain, at what changes need to be made, starting with the consumer and the customer, to understand what their demands are, and what benefits or changes Smart Manufacturing will bring to them and the manufacturers.  Manufacturing analytics is core to Smart Manufacturing, and its related Cyber-Physical Systems connectivity to better manage delivery, quality, efficiencies and customer integration and collaboration. We look also across the breadth of the electronics manufacturing organization, to see exactly what is required to make a step-change practically possible when adopting the principles of Smart Manufacturing, and the related benefits.  This paper also will highlight use-cases and real world examples to illustrate the inevitability of Smart Manufacturing in PCB electronics manufacturing and the applicable technologies and processes that made it happen.

 12:00PM
COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH PROVIDED!

 

2:00PM-2:45PM

"Printing in the Third Dimension; Design, Materials, Equipment & Applications in Electronics"

Speaker: Charles E. Bauer, Ph.D., TechLead Corporation

Excitement around 3D printing continues full speed ahead whether in electronics, consumer goods or industrial systems. Understanding the capabilities, limitations and most importantly the complexities of 3d printing remains challenging despite significant progress in both equipment and materials. While not a comprehensive tutorial on 3D printing, this presentation introduces the application of 3D printing in electronics prototyping and manufacturing including;

1.       Types of 3D printing

2.       Design tools for 3D printed products

3.       Materials selection (availability and alternatives)

4.       Equipment choices

5.       Process capabilities and constraints

Specific examples include batteries, shielding, high density capacitors, and simple circuits. Discussion also includes applications outside the electronics world to stimulate creative thought, e.g. jet engine turbines and hyperbolic airfoils.

 

2:45PM-3:30PM

"Reflow Process Optimization Utilizing a Novel Defocused Laser for Fine Pitch Applications"

Speaker: Denis Barbini, Ph.D., Crucial Machines

 

3:45PM

Raffle Prize Drawings

 

4:00PM

Expo Floor Closes


REGISTER TODAY!  https://www.smta.org/expos/#newengland


September 12

New England Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: DCU Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608



Exhibitors

The cost to exhibit for corporate members is $450/$550 (Early/Late) and $550/$650 (Early/Late) for non-corporate members.(click here for membership information)

The cost to exhibit includes: one 8x10 pipe-and-draped booth, one 6ft draped table, two chairs, company sign, lunch, directory listing and registrant list. Early bird expires on August 24th, 2018!

All spaces will be assigned once we are sold out. If there is another exhibitor you want to be next to please let us know when you sign up. 

Exhibitor Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitor Hard Copy Application

Please contact SMTA Expo Manager Courtney Kalb with questions or for additional information.



Attendees

Free Technical Program & Schedule:

 

7:30AM

Registration Opens

 

Thank You to Our Technical Session Sponsor:

 

8:30AM-9:15AM

"Nanotechnology for Advanced Electronics Packaging"

Speaker: Charles E. Bauer, Ph.D., and Herbert J. Neuhaus, Ph.D., TechLead Corporation

While often exaggerated and over-promised, nanotechnology provided vital reliability and performance enhancements to electronic systems for more than two decades. Advanced conductive adhesives and thermal interface materials pioneered nanotech adoption in electronics manufacture. Hype gives way to breakthrough as new nanotech solutions address multiple aspect of packaging, interconnect, and assembly. Leading research areas include coatings, adhesives, die attach, solder replacements, via structures, 3D printing, and novel conductors. This presentation surveys a broad range of revolutionary and disruptive nano-based technologies for electronics manufacturing, identifying practical applications and assessing the challenges and opportunities in commercial exploitation of these potential solutions.

 

9:15AM-10:00AM

"Failure Analysis: Case Studies and Implementing Practical Solutions

Speaker: Denis Barbini, Ph.D., Crucial Machines

 

10:00AM

Expo Floor Opens

 

11:15AM-12:00PM

"Management Overview of the Smart Factory (industrie 4.0) Principles and Affects in Electronics Manufacturing"
KEYNOTE Speaker: Jay Gorajia, Mentor Graphics, a Siemens Business

In this paper and presentation, we will review what Smart Manufacturing or “Industrie 4.0” actually is and the related market and technology drivers behind it that makes significant change to the PCB electronics industry inevitable.  There is no doubt skeptics abound on this topic.  A lot of the skepticism is well founded with the explosion of vendor “support” or marketing promises.  However, some skepticism may be founded in a lack of clarity of what Smart Manufacturing can do, how it may be implemented, and what it may mean. We will look through the supply and demand chain, at what changes need to be made, starting with the consumer and the customer, to understand what their demands are, and what benefits or changes Smart Manufacturing will bring to them and the manufacturers.  Manufacturing analytics is core to Smart Manufacturing, and its related Cyber-Physical Systems connectivity to better manage delivery, quality, efficiencies and customer integration and collaboration. We look also across the breadth of the electronics manufacturing organization, to see exactly what is required to make a step-change practically possible when adopting the principles of Smart Manufacturing, and the related benefits.  This paper also will highlight use-cases and real world examples to illustrate the inevitability of Smart Manufacturing in PCB electronics manufacturing and the applicable technologies and processes that made it happen.

 

Thank You to Our Lunch Sponsors:

 

 

12:00PM

COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH

 

2:00PM-2:45PM

"Printing in the Third Dimension; Design, Materials, Equipment & Applications in Electronics"

Speaker: Charles E. Bauer, Ph.D., TechLead Corporation

Excitement around 3D printing continues full speed ahead whether in electronics, consumer goods or industrial systems. Understanding the capabilities, limitations and most importantly the complexities of 3d printing remains challenging despite significant progress in both equipment and materials. While not a comprehensive tutorial on 3D printing, this presentation introduces the application of 3D printing in electronics prototyping and manufacturing including;

1.       Types of 3D printing

2.       Design tools for 3D printed products

3.       Materials selection (availability and alternatives)

4.       Equipment choices

5.       Process capabilities and constraints

Specific examples include batteries, shielding, high density capacitors, and simple circuits. Discussion also includes applications outside the electronics world to stimulate creative thought, e.g. jet engine turbines and hyperbolic airfoils.

 

2:45PM-3:30PM

"Reflow Process Optimization Utilizing a Novel Defocused Laser for Fine Pitch Applications"

Speaker: Denis Barbini, Ph.D., Crucial Machines

 

3:45PM

Raffle Prize Drawings

 

4:00PM

Expo Floor Closes


September 13

Indiana Chapter: SMTA Indiana Reformation Symposium (Hosted by Samtec)  +

Location
520 Park East Boulevard New Albany, IN 47151-1147



This year we are trying to have two tours that are mainly educational in nature. Our partners at Samtec have decided to host the first tour and they have put together plans for a very interesting day. The tour will be on September 13th, 2018 from 10AM until 2:30PM. 



Come learn more about:
  • 3D printing and material deposition technology
  • Connector processing challenges and Design for Manufacturability
  • How SMTA can help you in your career
SMTA Indiana Reformation Symposium hosted by Samtec
Event Presenter   Duration Time Slot
Arrival/Welcome Mike Young   5 minutes 9:45 - 9:50 am
SMTA HQ Welcome Karen Frericks   15 Minutes 9:50 - 10:05 am
Samtec - Who We Are Justin Roehm   15 Minutes 10:05 - 10:20 am
Samtec Tour Samtec - Multiple   55 Minutes 10:20 - 11:15 am
Break     15 Minutes 11:15 - 11:30 am
PPT#1: IPG - Connector Processing Challenges Samtec - David Decker   30 Minutes 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch Combined with PPT#2: 3D Printing Forecast 3D - Keith Magiera   90 Minutes 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Break     15 Minutes 1:30 - 1:45 pm
Maker Mobile Tour Samtec - John Riley   30 Minutes 1:45 - 2:15 pm
Q&A/Close Mike Young   15 Minutes 2:15 - 2:30 pm
 
PRESENTATIONS:


David Decker - Connector Processing Challenges

David Decker graduated with a Masters of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School in 1993 and earned his Professional Engineering license in 1998.  After beginning his career as an Injection Mold Tooling Engineer with Lexmark, Inc. and then General Electric Appliances, David moved on to Samtec where he has worked for 22 years holding positions in New Product design, Custom Product design and has been the Manager of the Interconnect Processing Group for the last 15 years.  David is also a Lieutenant in the Reserve Division of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served for 8 years.lick here for David’s Bio

Topic Summary
 Connector Processing Challenges: Samtec’s Interconnect Processing Group, IPG, serves our customers in a variety of valuable ways.  By being intimately involved in the design process from initial concept through product release, we ensure our connectors have been designed for assembly and will integrate seamlessly into the customer’s application.  If for whatever reason there are problems during assembly, IPG’s thorough understanding of our products, gained during exhaustive process testing and development, enables us to interact with the Process Engineer to quickly diagnose the issue and get the customer back on line.  This technical topic will discuss common processing questions IPG receives. What are your connector challenges?

 

 Keith Magiera - 3D printing
Keith Magiera graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Materials Engineering in 1993.  Later in his career he also received an MBA from Purdue University and JD from John Marshall Law School, Chicago.  He began his career as a Materials Engineer in the microelectronic industry.  After many years of materials engineering in microelectronics, he then turned his focus to business development.  Recently he changed industries from electronics to 3D printing at Forecast 3D in Carlsbad CA, still focusing on materials engineering and business development.  He resides outside Chicago in northwest Indiana.lick here for David’s Bio

Topic Summary
3D printing is the different processes used where material is joined or solidified under computer control creating a three-dimensional object. During these processes, a material is added together being fused together from liquid molecules, powder grains or filament wire.  Unlike material removed from a stock in the conventional machining process, 3D printing builds three-dimensional objects from CAD models, usually by successively adding material layer by layer.  3D printing is used in both rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing (AM).  Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and typically are produced using digital model data.  There are many different technologies, like stereolithography (SLA) or fused deposit modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), PolyJet, Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). 3D printing technology continues to advance, breathing life into designs that were previous difficult/impossible to make.  It also supplies support tooling/fixtures with reduced leadtime and cost and can even help solve obsolescence issued faced by many industries. It is often claimed that 3D printing signals the beginning of a third industrial revolution, succeeding the production line assembly that dominated manufacturing starting in the late 19th century
 



September 17

Michigan Chapter: Michigan SMTA Member Appreciation Golf Outing & Technical Meeting  +

Location
Oak Pointe Country Club



Michigan SMTA Member Appreciation Golf Outing & Technical Meeting
Monday September 17, 2018
9:30 AM
Oak Pointe Country Club
4500 Club Drive Brighton, MI 48116
 
The Michigan Chapter of the SMTA is hosting a FREE technical meeting and golf outing for SMTA members.
This is one of the LARGEST technical meeting/golf outing events of any SMTA Chapter in America! Held at Oak Pointe Country Club, one of Michigan’s most exclusive private clubs, this is the event everyone raves about!
Please join us for a morning meeting, a spectacular round of golf on the Honors course, followed by a fantastic BBQ dinner on the clubhouse patio overlooking the crystal clear waters of Crooked Lake.

 
Costs:
SMTA MEMBERS/USERS: ABSOLUTELY FREE!
NON-SMTA MEMBERS: $25, (this will also get you a 1 year SMTA membership)
SALES ASSOCIATES: $75 (unless you purchase a sponsor sign, see details below)

 
Please register all players via the blue RSVP button below.
Once you have registered contact Rachel at RMarino@horizonsales.com with your foursome requests. 

Schedule
9:30AM-Registration
10:00AM-Technical Meeting in Clubhouse
Topic: Traceability Speakers: Greg Benoit, Cogiscan & Paul Price, Aegis
12:00PM- Shotgun start (boxed lunch provided)
Following Golf: BBQ Dinner & Awards/Door Prizes

 
Oak Pointe is a Private upscale country club.
Appropriate golf attire please. Collared shirts required, (must be tucked in), no denim or cargo shorts. Hats facing forward only please. Soft spikes only. Oak Pointe Country Club
 
A fun, free day of golf.
Courtesy of your Michigan SMTA


Sponsor Details
Sponsor a Hole for $200.00
All Sponsors Receive:

Signage on the course/at Keg & at the Clubhouse
One Free Round of golf during the outing
Continental Breakfast
Lunch
Beer
Dinner

 
If you'd like to sponsor a hole, please email RMarino@horizonsales.com with this completed form to sign up!
Click Here for Sponsor Registration Form
 


September 17

Webinar: Manual Cleaning of Printed Board Assemblies – Step By Step Guide  +



Bob WillisSeptember 17 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm GMT (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

Overview

After rework, modification or second stage assembly cleaning may need to be considered. Ideally a no clean flux, gel or solder paste should be used to avoid the need to clean selected areas. If manual cleaning is to be conducted every effort should be made to use materials or application methods that result in the minimum residues from the soldering process.

Planning and training staff in manual cleaning is very important to get the best possible result visually and to maintain product reliability. This is one of the first training sessions to cover manual cleaning of board assemblies, highlighting the problems and solutions to manual cleaning.

Topics include:

Why clean
Material selection
Manual cleaning techniques
Testing cleanliness
Inspection requirements
Component compatibility
Reliability test techniques

The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar

All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here


September 18

Oregon Chapter: INTEGRATED INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION AND KEY ENABLERS  +

Location
Axiom Electronics



INTEGRATED INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION AND KEY ENABLERS
 
Abstract
 
Connectivity and Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems
 
The evolution of automotive technologies toward full autonomous driving vehicles has commanded most of the attention in public, industry and academic circles.  To make autonomous driving practical, vehicles must be constantly aware of immediate, nearby and distant surroundings.  Sensors must serve as the eyes and ears.  Connectivity between vehicles and infrastructure must provide information well beyond sensor range.  This presentation discusses the importance of connectivity and sensor technologies in the evolution and deployment of autonomous vehicles and intelligent transportation systems.
 
Dwight Howard - Bio

Dwight is presently Manager of Electrical Engineering, Product Development with Delphi Automotive Systems, Electronics and Safety Division.  In this position, he has led over 17 years of electrical design/development for numerous automotive applications across the major automotive OEMs which include the very first commercial XM and Sirius satellite receivers, a number of advanced automotive navigation/radio receivers, rear-seat entertainment systems, telematics systems, and advanced smart receivers.  His recent activities are focused on the advanced development of emerging vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)/vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications, Driver Monitoring and Gesture Control vision systems, and numerous advanced automotive receivers and entertainment systems programs for a range of automotive OEMs around the world. 

Dwight began his engineering career in consumer electronics, transitioning to telecommunications, and later moved into military and commercial vehicle power-train control systems development.  In these experiences, he worked on and managed major emerging technologies and new product advancements.  Dwight has spent the last 29 years in engineering management.   Dwight Howard holds a BSEE from Purdue University and an Executive MBA from Indiana University.
Dwight has also served many technical forums in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, as keynote speaker, technical presenter, and technical panelist.
 


September 19

San Diego Chapter: 09-19-2018 Practical Guidelines for Handling Moisture Sensitive SMT Packages  +

Location
pSemi Corporation, 9369 Carroll Park Drive, San Diego, CA, 92121



Presented by Mumtaz BoraSr. Staff Packaging Engineer at pSemi Corporation
 
Handling of moisture sensitive packages is an ongoing learning process in volume manufacturing. Improperly handled and stored MSDs can impact yields and reliability. The presentation will cover a review of the industry standards for MSDs (J-STD-020, J-STD 033 and J-STD 075) and their applications in moisture control. PWBs used for assembly also require controlled storage and handling. Board surface finishes, storage and baking guidelines will be reviewed per the IPC 1601 Standard.  Handling of MSDs from receipt to use at reflow will be reviewed, including practical guidelines in labelling, tracking, packing and storage.

Speaker: Mumtaz Y. Bora has a B.S. in Chemistry and Material Sciences from University of Mumbai, India and University of Ottawa, Canada. She has a Master of Science in Interactive Telecommunications from University of Redlands, California. She has over 25 years of PWB, SMT assembly and advanced packaging development experience at IBM Endicott and IBM Austin, TX.  She has worked in new product development, and qualification of high volume handset assemblies at Qualcomm and Kyocera-Wireless Corporation.  She has worked with suppliers and subcontractors in several parts of Asia.  She is currently a Sr. Staff Packaging Engineer at pSemi, specializing in qualification of RFIC packages for wireless, broadband and automotive applications. She is a member of IPC standardization committees and contributes to the standards development. She has 16 publications and 3 patents. She is the Past President of the SMTA San Diego chapter and Co-chair of the Moisture Sensitive Devices Council. She is currently on the Board for the IMAPS San Diego Chapter and Vice President of Technical Programs at SMTA San Diego Chapter
RSVP by: 09/18/18  RSVP Link: smta.org/chapters/rsvp.cfm?BEE_ID=4561

Location:                   pSemi Corporation, 9369 Carroll Park Drive, San Diego, CA, 92121     (map)

Registration:            5:30PM
Dinner:                      5:45PM-6:45PM

Presentation:           6:45PM


September 20

Intermountain Utah Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: University of Utah
A. Ray Olpin University Union - Saltair Room
200 S Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112



Exhibitors

The cost to exhibit is $375/$475 (early/regular) for corporate members. The cost to exhibit for non corporate members is $450/$550 (early/regular).(click here for membership information). The cost to exhibit includes: one 6ft draped table, two chairs, company sign, lunch, directory listing and attendee list. Electricity is an additional $25 per outlet. Early bird pricing ends on August 31st, 2018!

Click here for Ad and Sponsorship opportunities!
Important Exhibitor Materials:



Attendees

Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry!
Exhibit Hours:
Thursday, September 20, 2018
10:00AM–3:00PM

 


September 27

Rocky Mountain (Colorado) Chapter: Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest  +

Location
Vance Brand Airport - Longmont CO





The SMTA Rocky Mountain Chapter has final clearance for landing at Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, CO for this year's annual Oktoberfest. Beer, Brats, and Bavarian snacks and lots of networking opportunities will be provided.

Meet Vance Brand Airport Manager David Slayter, who will join us to talk about the airport's vision and how it serves the commercial, business, and aviation sectors for postitive economic impact to the community and the state.

Our second presenter will be Jon Vermillion from Ball Aerospace. Jon will discuss IPC standards as they relate to electronics manufacturing in aerospace and other high-reliability end uses.

As part of the event, we have partnered with Mile High Skydiving to offer tandem jumps at a group rate. Please note that there are two RSVP links below. One is for the Oktoberfest Event and the other is for the skydiving opportunity. The final price for jumping out of a perfectly good airplane will depend on how many of your co-workers and fellow SMTA members sign up. The deadline to register for this opportunity is 8/31/2018. Jon Ashton will confirm pricing and scheduling at that time (not to exceed $200 per person).

Finally we will be raffling off great prizes, including a 1-hour flight along the Front Range, piloted by Don Dolce.

You don't want to miss out. Make sure and RSVP today!
 
Time 4:30 - 7:00 PM
(skydiving may start as early as 10:00 AM to get everyone on the ground in time)
Date 9/27/2018
Location Longmont Vance Brand Airport
229 Airport Road
Longmont, CO 80503
Cost to attend FREE for all members
$15 for non-members (fee will be reimbursed with membership registration)
Contact Dave Levine at (720) 431-4349 or dlevine@texmacusa.com for membership information
Event RSVP

https://www.smta.org/chapters/rsvp.cfm?BEE_ID=4559

Skydiving RSVP Jon Ashton, jashton@vergentproducts.com
   

Interested in sponsoring food, drinks or door prizes? Contact Robb Zippo at (720) 879-1218 or email him at robz@nexuspcb.com for options.



October 4

Long Island Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Melville Marriott Long Island
1350 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747


Exhibitors

Please contact Sharon Dietrich with questions or for additional information.



Attendees

Please see the Long Island Chapter Page for More Information on Technical Sessions and Expo Materials.

 


October 8

Webinar: Wave Soldering Lead-Free – Setting up Your Process Parameters  +



Bob WillisOctober 8 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm GMT (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

Overview

Do we have all the answers to successful lead-free wave soldering? No, and to quote a well-known soldering metallurgist, we often don’t even know all the questions. Lead-free is new to many and the wave soldering process is the most affected by the change of materials with cost increase in alloy, solder bath and copper erosion plus increased temperatures all make process change demanding. During this presentation we will look at the practical experience to date and try to provide answers to as many questions that have come to light during early introduction. The presenter has produced training video and interactive CD-ROMs on wave soldering and conducted the Electrovert “Workshop of Machine Soldering” for over 10 years with theory and hands on sessions worldwide.

After the webinar there is a Q&A session which provides ample time for all delegate questions to be answered. However, if a delegate has a process example they would like cover in the webinar it will need to be provided in advance of the session.

Topics include:

Checking key aspects in design
Copper erosion problems
Effect of tin-lead on joint reliability
Equipment settings, pre heat, fluxer, wave settings
Inert soldering
Effect of bath contaminates
Quality control checks
Common soldering defects, causes and cures

The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar

All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here


October 9

Connecticut Chapter: SMTA-CT Tech Session: Tour of Altek Electronics Inc. and presentation of LEAN initiatives  +

Altek Electronics, 89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington CT 06790



Please join us on October 9th at Altek Electronics (Torrington CT) for a presentation of LEAN initiatives and the resulting efficiencies/benefits. 

Date:   October 9th, 2018
Location:   Altek Electronics, Inc.
Address:   89 Commercial Blvd., Torrington, CT  06790
Time:  8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Agenda:  
8:30 a.m. Registration, networking and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Presentation on LEAN/Continuous Improvement at Altek
9:45 a.m.  Factory Tour – examples of LEAN and Continuous Improvement initiatives
11:00 a.m. Depart

Price:     SMTA member: $25   Non-member: $35

Special Notations or Instructions from Company/Location:  Altek can accommodate 30 attendees—registration will be closed when 30 people have registered.  Parking is tight—there are some spots in the Visiting Nurse parking lot next door (please do not park directly in front of the Visiting Nurse building).   Closed toed shoes must be worn during the factory tour.

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"LEAN in Action"

Learn how the adoption of LEAN supports Altek’s long-term objectives of remaining an independent family business in Connecticut, providing growth opportunities for employees and ensuring business sustainability through LEAN and Green initiatives.
 
We’ll discuss how transitioning from a “push” approach to a “pull” approach improves flow and links more directly to short term customer demand.  We’ll also talk about how this ongoing transition challenges our ideas of macro and micro shop floor layout and questions the conventional manufacturing mindset of economic order quantity and batch production.

Attendees will see examples on both the manufacturing floor as well as administrative functions where teams are improving safety and efficiency through formal workplace organization, identifying waste through process mapping, improving communication through visual management, improving flow through kaizen, reducing set up times through set up reduction activities, and addressing gaps through root cause problem solving.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Altek employees who are actively engaged in leading and managing change and talk to staff members who are contributing their ideas and efforts to identifying opportunities and implementing change.


About the speakers: 

Tim Suydam is a seasoned Lean Business System, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Sourcing leader with over 20 years of experience focusing on operational excellence, both as an operations leader as well as a continuous process improvement leader.

Tim joined Altek Electronics in June of 2018. In his current role as Director of Continuous Improvement, he provides leadership, training, and hands on support in the implementation of Lean principles and practices.  A key responsibility is to challenge the status quo and assist management in their journey to lead in our developing Lean environment, delivering value to our customers and engaging every employee.

Tim’s earlier experience includes progressive roles in Procurement, Materials Management, Distribution, Planning, Quality Control and Operations Management.  His Lean journey began in 1996, as a member of the management team at the Ensign-Bickford Company, implementing a Lean system that resulted in four company facilities receiving the Shingo Prize.

Tim holds a lifetime Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and holds a lifetime Purchasing Management Certification (C.P.M.).  He is a long tenured member of the Shingo Prize Board of Examiners and is a past mentor for students enrolled in the Shingo MBA program at Utah State University.

Ravi Kailan has over 16 years of experience in the world of manufacturing. He’s held various leadership positions in different manufacturing industries ranging from photovoltaic (solar) module manufacturing, to high-performance plastics extrusion for the automotive and medical industries. 
 
Ravi joined Altek Electronics in 2016.  In his current role of Director of Operations, Ravi is responsible for 145 employees working in the areas of Receiving, Manufacturing, Test, Engineering, Shipping and Facilities.  Ravi oversees the manufacture of over 900 different assemblies, and under his leadership throughput has increased 27% and NCMR scrap has decreased 35%.
 
Prior to working at Altek, Ravi was the Sr. Operations Manager for a multi-site defense contractor which designs and manufactures instrumentation and other systems for the Armed Forces. Ravi also served in the Marines for five years.
 
Ravi holds an MBA from Albertus Magnus College, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Central Connecticut State University and a Lean Leadership Certification.
 
POC for questions:  Sabrina Beck Sabrina.beck@altekelectronics.com (860) 309-8501

RSVP Link: smta.org/chapters/rsvp.cfm?BEE_ID=4557

 


October 14 - 18

SMTA International 2018  +

Location
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont , IL


Join your industry colleagues from around the globe this Fall for SMTA International, the electronics assembly industry's best technical conference. Get the latest in-depth technical information you need to be successful in your workplace. SMTA International offers educational opportunities covering manufacturing and assembly of electronics, advanced packaging/components, inspection technologies, processes, substrates/PCB technology, soldering, quality and reliability.


October 16 - 18

SMT Processes Certification (SMTA International 2017 - Rosemont, IL)  +

Location
Donald Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont , IL


Co-located with SMTA International Conference.
  • October 16- Course (8:30-5pm)
  • October 17- ½ day of course + exam
  • October 18 All day exam (8:30-5pm)

  • Instruction: English
    Test: English
    Instructor: Jim Hall, ITM Consulting

    Each SMTA Certification program is a three-day offering consisting of a 1.5-day refresher workshop on topics in SMT Processes or Six Sigma Green Belt. The program concludes on days two and three with an open and closed book examination.

    This is not an entry-level program. Basic algebra will be used in the workshop and examination. This challenging examination requires both written answers and calculations with the intent to enable the attendee to establish competitive credentials as "Certified" by the SMTA in SMT Processes or Six Sigma Green Belt.

    Why You Should Participate
    Technologies change at the speed of light, and competition and expectations are forever increasing. This comprehensive program will provide the refresher course, study materials and examination allowing you to be recognized as an SMTA Certified Process or Six Sigma Green Belt Engineer.

  • Enhance your stature in our industry
  • Increase marketing value for your company
  • Obtain proof of your knowledge and experience

    The SMTA Certification program is unique, as it recognizes and certifies the entire SMT assembly process at an engineering level.


  • October 16 - 17

    SMTA International Electronics Exhibition  +

    Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
    Rosemont, IL


    Exhibitors Register Now
    Exhibitors

    SMTA International delivers value to you and your organization through our goal to bring our members and visitors together to focus, exchange ideas and share the newest technologies. Last year we welcomed over 1600 attendees from 21 different countries.


    October 23 - 25

    International Wafer-Level Packaging Conference  +

    Driving an Interconnected World

    Location
    DoubleTree San Jose Airport Hotel
    San Jose , CA


    IWLPC brings together the semiconductor industry's most respected authorities addressing all aspects of wafer-level, 3D, TSV, and MEMS device packaging.


    October 23 - 24

    International Wafer-Level Packaging Conference Exhibition  +

    Location: Double Tree Hotel
    2050 Gateway Place
    San Jose, CA 95110



    Exhibitors

    Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information


    Dates: October 23-24, 2018
    Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, San Jose, CA

    Monday, October 22
    Move in: 12:00pm-5:00pm

    Tuesday, October 23
    10:00am-4:30pm
    4:30pm-6:00pm (Networking Reception)

    Wednesday, October 24
    10:00am-4:00pm
    Move out: 4:00pm-7:00pm

     

    Only 17 tabletops left! Reserve your tabletop space today!

     

    Click here to view the floor plan!


    IWLPC Expo Prospectus

    View the exhibitor prospectus and application for 2018!

     

    How Much is it to Exhibit?

      Early Registration
    Before/On July 30th
    Regular Registration
    After July 30th
    One Booth
    (8' D x 10' W)
    $1500 - Only 2 Left! $1700 - Only 2 Left!
    One Table
    (6' Table)
    $1100 $1300


    Why Exhibit at IWLPC?

    * Reach a focused international audience
    * Generate Exposure in this highly competitive marketplace
    * Share New Products and concepts to the market
    * Enhance Relationships with existing customers and generate new leads
     

    What type of attendees will be there?

    Assembly/Packaging Engineers, Corporate/General Management, Test Engineering, Engineering Management, IC Design Engineer, Manufacturing Management, PC Board Design/Fabrication, Purchasing, R&D, Sales/Marketing, Consultant, and many more!
     



    Attendees

    Note - If you already registered for the IWLPC conference you do not need to register separately to attend the expo.


    October 24

    San Diego Chapter: 10-24-18 Octoberfest  +

    A Local Micro Brewery TBD



    If you would like to have an Octoberfest this year, let us know. We are looking for your input on this!
    Location:  A local micro brewery
    Time: 5:30PM
     


    Oct 31 - Nov 1

    Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Minneapolis  +

    The Midwest's Only Embedded Systems Conference

    Location
    Minneapolis Convention Center
    Minneapolis , MN


    Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Minneapolis is the premier conference for chip, board and systems design engineers, deep dive into testing and measurement equipment, system boards, debugging software tools, security products, and more. 

    Save 20% on the All-Access Conference pass by using promo code: SMTA

    Get details and register here!

    ESC 2018


    November 1

    LA/Orange County Expo & Tech Forum  +

    Location: The Grand Event Center
    4101 E Willow Street
    Long Beach, CA 90815



    Exhibitors

    The cost to exhibit is $375/$475 (early/regular) for corporate members. The cost to exhibit for non corporate members is $450/$550 (early/regular).(click here for membership information).
    The cost to exhibit includes: one 6ft draped table, two chairs, company sign, lunch, directory listing and attendee list. Electricity is an additional $25 per outlet. Early bird pricing ends on October 6th, 2018!
    Click here for Ad and Sponsorship opportunities!
    Important Exhibitor Materials:



    Attendees

    Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry! Exhibit Hours:
    Thursday, November 1, 2018
    10:00AM–3:00PM

    8:00am

    Registration Opens

     

    10:00am

    Expo Opens

     

    11:00am-11:30am 

    Material Management 4.0

    Speaker: Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., Creative Electron

    Over the past years the electronic assembly industry has focused on the development of Industry 4.0, a standard communication protocol that allows production equipment to dialogue. This communication protocol will be a key enabler to improve the quality and efficiency of the production line. This is achieved by creating a feedback loop between inspection and production - thus allowing problems to be identified and corrected as early as possible in the manufacturing line. As a result, the overall cost of manufacturing is reduced as yield rates increase.


    In this presentation, we'll introduce Material Management 4.0. More than a set communication protocol between machines that count electronic parts and the machines that store them. From x-ray parts counters to fully automated and intelligent storage towers, Material Management 4.0 embraces the overall infrastructure that needs to be in place to realize an accurate, fast, and efficient methodology for inventory control. This investment is critical to realize the benefits in efficiency unleashed by Industry 4.0. 

     

    11:45am

    Complimentary Lunch

     

    1:00pm-1:30pm 

    Challenges in PCB Design

    Speaker: Vern Wnek, C.I.D., Mentor Graphics

    The PCB Design process can be as simple as drawing schematics, doing the layout of the board, and providing the fabrication information to the manufacturing vendor. In this session, we will discuss a few topics that illustrate how technology and the complexity related to the PCB Design process has evolved in recent years and how Mentor solutions can help to overcome the challenges in PCB Design. 

     

    2:00pm-2:30m 

    An Intelligent DFM Approach to PCB Manufacturing

    Speaker: Patrick McGoff, Mentor

    PCB complexity continues to accelerate. It seems we used to be able to speak in terms of a simple progression of technology, but today we know there are advances in materials, construction, manufacturing processes and component technology that multiply the complexities of PCB manufacturing. With such a myriad combination of factors, it makes for very challenging PCB design reviews for manufacturability.

    However, just as the PCB technology has advanced, so has the Design for Manufacturing (DFM) software. Best practice companies use the intelligence in the PCB design data to drive their DFM analysis for more accurate, comprehensive and consistent results across users. In this session we will discuss how to use the intelligence in the design data to your PCB manufacturing advantage.

     

    3:00pm

    Expo Hall Closes


    November 11 - 13

    SMT Processes Certification (Guadalajara, Mexico)  +

    Must be registered and paid by October 6th to participate in this course

    Location
    Guadalajara , JA Mexico


    Co-located with Guadalajara Expo.

    • November 11- Course (8:30-5pm)
    • November 12- ½ day of course + exam
    • November 13- All day exam (8:30-5pm)

    • Instruction: English/Spanish
      Test: English
      Instructor: Ivan Castellanos


    November 13 - 15

    SMTA-IPC High Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference  +

    Location
    Chicago Marriott
    Schaumburg , IL


    Organized by SMTA and IPC

    November 13-15, 2018
    Chicago Marriott
    Schaumburg, IL

    "How clean is clean?" is more challenging to answer as conductors and circuit traces become narrower. What is acceptably clean for one industry segment may be unacceptable in others. Brought to you by IPC and SMTA, the High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will cover technological developments in all areas of cleaning and coating applied to electronics assemblies. The event will include a technical conference, two half-day tutorials, networking activities and tabletop exhibits. Tutorials will provide practical information on materials, equipment and methodologies at the basic-to-intermediate levels. The technical conference will feature advanced-level presentations from subject-matter experts, emphasizing case studies of real-world problems along with solutions.

     


    Call for Participation

     


    November 14 - 15

    Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum  +

    Location: Expo Guadalajara
    Guadalajara



    Exhibitors

    Please see the Guadalajara Chapter Page for More Information on Expo Materials.

    The Guadalajara Expo is SOLD OUT! Please contact Courtney Kalb or Hannah Funk to be placed on our waitlist.

     

     

    Click Here for the Guadalajara Hotel Room Block

    Group Name: SMTA Nov 2018

    Group Code: SMT



    Attendees

    Attendee registration is not yet open. Check back soon. 

    Please see the Guadalajara Chapter Page for more information on technical sessions.
     

    Click HERE for current floorplan!


    November 19

    Webinar: Hand Soldering & De-Soldering with Lead-Free Solder  +



    Bob WillisNovember 19 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm GMT (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

    Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

    Overview

    Hand soldering and de-soldering with lead-free solders does requires higher process temperatures. This material change can impact on the printed circuit board and components used. It can also impact on the tooling leading to increased cost and maintenance in your facility.  Soldering with lead-free can be simpler than you think if staff are provided with the correct procedures and a better understanding of the process and the type of joints they will be producing.  Changes to material and processes in your factory is an ideal time to eliminate poor practices that have been used for many years leading to extra rework and cost.

    Each delegate will receive a copy of all of the slides presented plus a set of posters on soldering to print on site for future training.

    Topics include:

    Soldering theory and what is different
    Cored solder wire
    Soldering operation
    Soldering iron care
    Tip corrosion issues with lead-free
    De-soldering techniques
    Lead-free inspection criteria
    Typical lead-free defects

    The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar

    All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here


    November 26

    Webinar: ESD Electrostatic Discharge Guide for Everyone  +



    November 26 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm GMT (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

    Presenters: Jeremy Smallwood & Charles Cawthorne from SMTA Europe Explain All

    Overview

    When handling most of today’s electronic components, printed circuit assemblies (PCAs) or equipment that contains electronics, special consideration must be given to the potential damaging consequences resulting from static electricity. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can result in PCAs or higher level equipment failing test in the factory, or worse still, it can result in latent defects that can cause subsequent failure in the field. So what is electrostatic discharge and how is electrostatic discharge damage prevented?

    This webinar provides an elementary guide to the principles of ESD control, looking at the basic theory behind the subject and the practical methods that can be adopted used to enable components, PCAs and equipment to be handled without the risk of incurring electrostatic related damage. The webinar is aimed at personnel who are new to the industry, including design and process / manufacturing engineers, technicians, trainers and also at those who support manufacturing indirectly (i.e. purchasing, account managers, sales staff, etc.)

    Topics include:

    • What is ESD and why is it important
    • How static charges are generated
    • How static charges can be transferred to electronic components
    • Illustration of the damage that can be sustained by electronic components following electrostatic discharge
    • What is an Electrostatic discharge Protected Area (EPA)
    • How to set up an EPA within a factory
    • What practical controls are required to prevent electrostatic damage
    • How to store / transport electrostatic sensitive components / PCAs
    • How to handle electrostatic sensitive equipment out in the field

    The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of each of the slides presented will be provided after the webinar

    All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here


    November 28

    Silicon Valley Expo & Tech Forum  +

    Location: Bestronics Box Build Facility
    2243 Lundy Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95131



    Exhibitors

    The cost to exhibit is $375/$475 (early/regular) for corporate members. The cost to exhibit for non corporate members is $450/$550 (early/regular).(click here for membership information).
    The cost to exhibit includes: one 6ft draped table, two chairs, company sign, lunch, directory listing and attendee list. Electricity is an additional $25 per outlet. Early bird pricing ends on October 26th, 2018!

    Click here for Ad and Sponsorship opportunities! Important Exhibitor Materials:

     



    Attendees

    Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry!

    Exhibit Hours:
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    9:00AM-3:00PM

     

    Technical session program to follow...


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