Calendar of Events



July 2018

July 12

Ohio Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Embassy Suites Cleveland Rockside
5800 Rockside Woods Boulevard
Independence (Cleveland), OH 44131


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 registration pricing ends on June 21st, 2018!
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, July 12, 2018

Free Technical Program & Schedule:


Thank you to our Breakfast Sponsor:



Registration Opens


Thank you to our Coffee Sponsor:


Thank you to our Technical Session Sponsor:



Material Management 4.0

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

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.   



Expo Hall Opens


Thank you to our Lunch Sponsor:



Complimentary Lunch



Printing in the Third Dimension

Speaker: Charles 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



Expo Hall Closes

July 16

Webinar: Solder Ball Elimination – In Wave, Selective & Reflow  +

Bob WillisJuly 16 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm GMT (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


Solder balls and solder beading have been a process issue for many years and they may not cause product failure or quality problems but they are not desirable. Solder balls are caused by a variety of factors in different processes and should be resolved to eliminate a poorly defined process or a process and materials which are out of control. With over 40 years in industry and 30 solving process problems for industry, Bob Willis explains the causes and cures for solder balls.

This webinar features many unique process video clips on testing and failures providing a much better understanding of the root cause of failure and corrective action.

Topics include:

What are solder beads & balls?
What causes these defects?
Why does PCB design & specification matter?
Solder process & materials
Tin/lead v Lead-Free
Solder ball & bead formation
Causes/cures for random & designer balls
Inspection criteria

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

July 17 - 19

SMT Processes Certification (ACCURATE TECHNOLOGIES INC.)  +

Novi , MI


26999 Meadowbrook Road

Novi, Michigan 48377

  • July 17 Course (8:30-5pm)
  • July 18 ½ day of course + exam
  • July 19 All day exam (8:30-5pm)
  • Instruction: English
  • Test: English

Instructor: Jim Hall, ITM Consulting

Reduced In-House Rate: $915 for members or $970 for non-members.

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.

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.

July 19

Rocky Mountain (Colorado) Chapter: Business After Hours at Photo Stencil  +

16080 Table Mountain Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80403

The SMTA Rocky Mountain Chapter
After Hours Meet & Greet Event on July 19, 2018
Hosted by:
Join us for an SMTA After Hours Meet & Greet event at Photo Stencil. See the new factory in Golden and learn about today's stencil technology and SMT printing challenges.

Established in 1979, Photo Stencil specializes in the design and manufacture of high performance stencils and tools. Photo Stencil services the following markets:
- Semiconductor
- Defense
- Medical Devices
- Automotive

Our host for the event is Ms. Susan Holmes. Ms. Holmes has worked in the SMT stencil industry for over 30 years. During her tenure, she has experienced a number of changes and challenges in the industry - from solder paste and fluxes to special materials and adhesives. There continues to be an increased demand to print through smaller and smaller apertures onto multi-level surfaces, substrates or around densely populated components. Ms. Holmes' short presentation will look closer at these challenges as they relate to stencil pringint applications. She will also briefly touch on advancements made with nano coating technology.

Meeting Details:
Where: Photo Stencil
When: July 19, 2018
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Registration Fee: FREE for all SMTA members
Address: 16080 Table Mountain Pkwy
Golden, CO 80403
Questions: Contact Patty Chonis at 970-443-9233

Beer, wine and appetizers will be provided.

Interested in sponsoring an event? Contact Patty Chonis at or 970-443-9233 for a listing of available opportunites.

July 19

Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) Chapter: 2018 SMTA West Penn Membership Appreciation Golf Outing  +

Norvelt Golf Club

THis event is cancelled.  Please look for announcements for other events soon.

2018 West Penn Chapter
SMTA Member Appreciation Golf Outing
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Norvelt Country Club
 168 Holly Pl, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666

(724) 423-5400

Location right off I-70 near PA turnpike New Stanton Exit.  

The SMTA West Penn Chapter is excited to invite you to participate in our membership appreciation golf outing.   Golf format is a four person scramble with prizes and other give aways.  Skins challenge $5.00 per player 

Event is no cost to SMTA members and sponsors.  Guest golfers and non-members are $50.  Included are green fees, golf cart, practice greens, lunch vouchers, and buffet dinner follwing the round of golf.

Please join us for a fun day of networking with fellow SMTA members and sponsors and an exicting round of golf!
You may come with your own four-some or we will team you up.   Each person needs to register seperately though.   

Registration Deadline July 10, 2018 - Register at:

Not an SMTA Member?  No problem!  You may join now or at the event!!!  Cost $95.00 a year!
Visit to join!

Event Schedule
Check In:  10:00 AM - we will give you your team, starting hole, and lunch vouchers.  Let us know at check in if you already have a team foursome.
Shotgun Start:  11:30 AM
Lunch:  Use vouchers whenever you would like throughout the round
Buffet Dinner:  Approximately 4:30 PM

Complimentary Practice Greens are open all morning
Skins challenge $5.00 per person for all players
Questions regarding the event?  Contact Shane Proud at:        
Interesting in sponsoring a hole for $150?  Contact Jason Emes at:  

Thank you from West Penn Chapter and we hope to see you there!


Looking for a local chapter event? Check the Chapter News page for more events.
SMTA Headquarters
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Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

Phone 952.920.7682
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