Calendar of Events



October 2018

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


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 - 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 23

Oregon Chapter: Reflow Process Optimization Utilizing a Novel Defocused Laser for Fine Pitch Applications  +

Axiom Electronics

Reflow Process Optimization Utilizing a Novel Defocused Laser for Fine Pitch Applications
Date: October 23rd, 2018
Time: 4:30-7:00PM
Place: Axiom Electronics [9845 NE Eckert Drive Suite 200, Hillsboro, OR 97006 ]
The electronics design, packaging, and assembly industries are being challenged to adapt to the needs of all industry sectors from consumer and retail to military/aerospace/defense segments based on the fast changing requirements of the novel enabling technologies.  The result is the revolution of new materials and assembly techniques that require significant investigation.  This research focuses on the development, characterization, and implementation of a novel soldering process that enables the end user to apply localized heating while maintaining the throughput of conventional reflow processes.  This stepwise discussion reviews and discusses the materials, alternative assembly processes and the reliability that will enable manufacturers to produce the aforementioned devices to the market.

Denis C. Barbini, Ph.D - Bio
Denis is the General Manager of Crucial Machines, USA.  Denis has traveled the electronics manufacturing world visiting over 30 countries over the past 20 years providing solutions to people and companies designing and manufacturing a vast array of devices.  Denis’ current focus is to provide these companies with the ability to implement cost-effective, reliable and robust processes that deliver the specified functionality and reliability.

October 23

Carolinas (NC, SC) Chapter: SMTA Carolinas Infosession  +

7628 Thorndike Road, Greensboro, NC 27409

Join us in Greensboro at
to learn from
about improving SMT process
for PCBA with 0201mm microchips 

When: Tuesday October 23, 2018 - Doors open at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:00 & presentation at 6:30
Where: Qorvo Headquarters at 
7628 Thorndike Road, Greensboro, NC 27409
What: Dinner and Discussion, followed by PCBA with Microchips by ASM
Why: Understand how leading suppliers can help your SMT process

Tom Foley is the Quality Manager for ASM Assembly Systems. Having over 25 years of surface mount industry experience, Tom has previously held positions in product management, marketing, and application engineering. Tom has also served on industry committees such as IPC-9851, iNEMI Roadmap, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Special thanks to our host QORVO and speaker ASM

Qorvo: All Around You
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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 24

San Diego Chapter: 10-24-18 Octoberfest  +

Indian Joe Brewing

Join us in the tasting room and take a tour of Indian Joe Brewing

5:30 – 6:00PM   Registration Check-in
5:45 – 8:00PM   Food and Drinks Mixer
7:00PM              Brewery Tour
  • Members $10, Non-Members $15
  • Cash or Check only
Price includes one drink ticket and one food ticket for “The Food Dood”

RSVP by Clicking this Link or go to the RSVP link on “San Diego Chapter News”
LOCATION:       Indian Joe Brewing, 2123 Industrial Ct., Vista, CA 92081
                           (760) 295-394
A special “Thankyou” to our 10/24/18 Octoberfest Sponsors KNS and Excelta for helping cover costs for this event:

For a printable event flyer click here

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

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