Calendar of Events




September 27

Rocky Mountain (Colorado) Chapter: Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest  +

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 for membership information
Event RSVP

Skydiving RSVP Jon Ashton,

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

October 4

Long Island Expo & Tech Forum  +

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


Please contact Sharon Dietrich with questions or for additional information.


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


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.

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.


"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 (860) 309-8501

RSVP Link:


October 14 - 18

SMTA International 2018  +

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

Massachusetts (Boston) Chapter: SMTA Boston Chapter, IEEE & iMAPS New England Joint Meeting: 2D and 3D Printing; Changing Form Factors in Microwave Electronics  +

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, Massachusetts

You are cordially invited to attend technical presentation on
"2D and 3D Printing; Changing Form Factors in Microwave Electronics” 

Speaker:  Craig Armiento, Ph.D., Director, Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC) & Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute


Meeting Agenda:
5:00 PM Registration, Socializing, Networking & Cash Bar
6:00 PM Dinner Buffet with Pasta Bolognese & Chicken Piccata
6:45 PM  Student Technical Presentations
7:30 PM Featured Technical Presentation

FEATURING iMAPS New England 2018-19 Education Initiative

Graduate Students from SUNY Binghamtom, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and UMASS Lowell, for an INTERACTIVE POSTER SESSION and Individual Presentations...!!!

Technical Presentation Summary: The University of Massachusetts Lowell is home to PERC, the center for development of Printed Electronics with a focus on RF/Microwave Applications. This research effort is a strategic partnership between industry, university and government, including companies of all sizes, public and private universities, and U.S. Department of Defense. New England partners strengthen and expand the region’s capabilities in printed and flexible electronics. We will also discuss the Raytheon-U Mass Lowell Research Institute (RURI) and will describe work on printed antennas and frequency selective surfaces developed over the last three years.

Speaker Bio: Craig Armiento is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In addition to directing Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC), he is also Director of the Center for Photonics, Electromagnetics and Nanoelectronics (CPEN). He is a founder and Co-Director of the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI). Prof. Armiento served as ECE Department Chair from 2005-2011. Prof. Armiento’s current research interests are printed electronics and antennas, photonic devices, advanced packaging, Flex-Hybrid integration and RFIDs.

Cost: (with dinner) SMTA/IEEE/iMAPS members $25 ($30 after Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018)
  Non-members $30 ($35 after Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018)
  Retired-Unemployed Member $20 ($25 after Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018)
  Student Member $10 ($15 after Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018)
Cost: (without dinner) No Charge

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October 16 - 18

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

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

    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

    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


    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
    4:30pm-6:00pm (Networking Reception)

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


    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)
    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!


    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

    October 25

    Atlanta Chapter: Atlanta Chapter SMTA Meeting  +

    Prime Technical Services

    LED Lighting Assembly Practices, 

    Sign in 4:30
    Dinner 5:00
    Presentation 5:45

    Matt “Ozzie” Osborne
    Southeast Territory Sales Manager
    Trans-Tec America
    At the age of Thirteen years old in the early eighties Matt began his career at United Manufacturing in New Castle, DE as an SMT operator. After attending University of Delaware Matt went west to work for Motorola in Schaumburg, IL as a Manufacturing Engineer until that work was moved to Shenzhen.
    Matts career also included Allied Signal, Quad Systems and Decatur Electronics.
    After working on the Jugs Radar-Gun he opened his own CEM called Contract Assembly Services which he eventually sold and moved to North Carolina where he assumed the role of Vice President for American Circuits. Eventually Matt accepted a position with The Light Source where he was Director of Engineering, manufacturing high-end lighting for the theater and stage industries. This is where he gained his knowledge of LED lighting creating much of the cutting-edge design methods still being used in the industry.
    Today Matt is the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Trans-Tec America selling the equipment needed to assemble LED lighting and many other electronics industries. He is married and has a teen age son. Matt enjoys fishing and spends some of his off time on the fishing tournament circuit.

    October 29 - 31

    SMT Processes Certification - October 29-31, 2018 (Querétaro, Mexico)  +

    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

    Oct 31 - Nov 1

    Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Minneapolis  +

    The Midwest's Only Embedded Systems Conference

    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


    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:


    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


    Registration Opens


    Thank You to Our Coffee Sponsor:


    Expo Opens



    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. 



    Complimentary Lunch



    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. 



    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.



    Expo Hall Closes

    November 7

    Wisconsin Chapter: Selective Soldering Workshop  +

    Radison Hotel Menomonee Falls

    The SMTA Wisconsin cordially invites you to attend:
    Selective Soldering Workshop
    8 Speakers!!!
    Morning Speakers (Fountain Soldering)
    Earnie Grice - ERSA
    Jim Czyzewicz - ITW-EAE
    Brian Czaplicki - Air-Vac
    Jonathan Wol - Pillarhouse

    Afternoon Speakers (Point to Point Soldering)
    Mike Goldberg - Promation
    Will Hunter - MTA Automation
    Bill Rahn - Fancort/Japan Unix
    TBD - TBD



    • SMTA Members:  $40
    • Non-Members:  $60
    Cost includes a light breakfast and buffet style lunch
    Payment by PayPal required in advance
    Coming Soon!

    November 11 - 13

    SMT Processes Certification (Guadalajara, Mexico)  +

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

    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  +

    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


    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


    Attendee registration is not yet open. Check back soon. 

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


    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


    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


    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


    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:



    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

    Free Technical Program & Schedule:
    Registration opens

    9:30AM – 10:15AM
    The Journey Towards Industry 4.0
    Speaker: Hassan Aluraibi, Flex

    Abstract: With ever-growing demand from customers and consumers, manufacturers are taking a closer look at the innovations that have shaped industries around them, and planning for the forthcoming, 4th industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. This industry wide initiative seeks to integrate the latest in digital and manufacturing technologies, across a wide variety of solutions relating to simulation, machine communication, cloud computing and 3D printing, revolutionizing the way we manufacture. We’ll share a high-level view of this initiative, define key technologies, use cases and opportunities for growth as we usher in this exciting new initiative.

    Expo Opens

    Electronics and Textiles – Partners in Ubiquity
    Speaker: Stephanie Rodgers, Apex Mills

    Abstract: It’s happening folks! Successful outcomes of the first and third industrial revolutions are converging together as we begin the fourth; a hybrid of technology and humanity through textile applications.  Yarn has become the next invention and electronics are a topic of laundering performance and next level ubiquity.  Learn about the building blocks of advanced e-textile development, best practices for success, standards development and participation in Manufacturing USA.

    Complimentary Lunch

    X-ray and CT Scanning in the Context of Industry 4.0
    Speaker: Rahul Alreja, VJ Technologies

    Abstract: In today’s world, delivering quality products to end-users is absolutely critical.  Social media and the internet have made knowledge instantaneous and pervasive, and a misstep or flaw can cause catastrophic damage to a company – reputations that have taken years to make can come crashing down in days, if not hours.  The challenge is that maintaining quality is not easy – there are too many variables at play, even in the cleanest of environments.  And conditions can change almost instantaneously.  The trick, then, is to be adaptable, and emerging technologies (such as Big Data and Blockchain) are being adopted and harnesses to dynamically (and automatically) alter quality.  Drawing upon some real-world examples from different industries, this session will explore the future of quality and the role that NDE, and more specifically, x-ray plays in it.

    Expo Closes 


    December 11

    SMTA Webinar: Inspecting PWB Assemblies for Defects  +

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
    Presented by: Bob Wettermann, BEST Inc.

    Bob Wettermann What You Can Learn From This Course:

    This webinar is designed to help the EMS and PWB builders screen for, test and develop inspectors for PCB final assembly. The people attending this session should have familiarity with the latest IPC-A-610 inspection standard. We will review some of the more common “gotchas” found in the final inspection of PWBs. The session will also discuss the options for manual inspection equipment including but not limited to lighting, magnification aids and ESD control in the inspection area. In addition, this session will go on to discuss eyesight issues, visual acuity, color siting, hand-eye coordination and testing of these attributes. This will help in the screening process for nurturing that next inspector. Finally, there will be a real time short “test” of various devices and boards with anomalies and sample defects.  

    This is intended for production personnel, process engineers and QC managers trying to hire, train up and nurture the next tier of inspectors.

    Instructor Bio:
    Bob Wettermann is the principal of BEST Inc. a contract rework and repair facility in Chicago. His firm develops processes and products for a variety of PCB and device rework challenges. Bob is an IPC Master Instructor and has been involved in the electronics assembly and repair market for 18+ years. He holds several patents in the fields of surface science, industrial controls and PCB rework. He is a BSEE from the University of Illinois/Champaign.

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