Calendar of Events



November 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!
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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



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 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.

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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.



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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.

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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

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