Calendar of Events



August 2018

August 2

Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa & Dakotas) Chapter: Upper Midwest Chapter's 27th Annual SMTA Golf Tournament  +

The Wilds Golf Club

August 2, 2018 SMTA Golf Tournament

The 27th Annual SMTA Golf Tournament will be held at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake, MN and moving back to a Thursday.  This year we’re going to have a shot gun start at 11:00AM.  The deadline to register is July 19th.  Payments must be received by July 26th to ensure your spot.  The sign-up for the golf tournament is on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of 80 golfers.  Below is all the information on this year’s tournament.
What: Twenty-Seventh Annual SMTA Golf Tournament
When: Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 @ 11:00AM

The Wilds Golf Club
3151 Wilds Ridge
Prior Lake, MN 55372
(952) 445-3500
Shotgun Start: 11:00AM. Please arrive by 10:00AM for check-in.  Lunch will not be provided.
Registration: Register by Friday, July 19th to Erik Stromberg via email at  Include your name, company name, telephone #, and your average score for 18 holes. If you have any questions you can reach me at (612) 803-2619.
Fees: $65 for 18 holes. This fee includes golf, cart, prizes, and an early dinner. All fees must be received by Friday, July 26th. No-shows will be invoiced. Space is limited so please make your reservations early.
Checks Payable to: SMTA
Send Checks to:
Erik Stromberg
6333 Cambridge Street
Suite 201
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Tournament: The tournament will consist of a four-person scramble. We will organize the teams based on your golfing caliber in order to make the teams fair. The number of suppliers and users in the four-some will also be taken into consideration. As most of you know from previous years, the tournament will be played in rain or shine unless it is lightning outside, so plan accordingly to the weather conditions.
Dinner:  ASM Assembly Systems and the SMTA local chapter will be sponsoring an early dinner after the tournament for everyone in the clubhouse starting at approximately 4:00 p.m. 
Prizes: Each supplier donating a prize will get a sign at the tee box stating their name and what event the prize is awarded for. Prizes will be presented at the dinner at the end of the tournament. All winners must be present to receive their prize. Please direct all prize offerings to Jeff Kennedy at (612) 902-6259

Hole In One Contest:  A Rolex watch valued at $5000.00 is up for grabs for anyone who can put the ball in the cup.  NO MULLIGANS

August 14 - 16

South East Asia Technical Training Conference on Electronics Assembly Technologies 2018 (Rescheduled Dates)  +

Eastin Hotel Penang
Penang Malaysia

The South East Asia Technical Conference on Electronics Assembly is a highly technical three-day event that is focused on today's most important and timely issues. The drive for smaller, more functional consumer electronics along with the need for highly reliable electronics applications have kept the material, process and quality engineers busy planning for the future. These drive the many challenges that our industry faces today. We encourage our colleagues in Malaysia to come together to share their knowledge and their vision for addressing these challenges.

The conference is "claimable from HRDF under SBL scheme."


Technical Program and Registration Coming Soon...


Why Should You Attend:

  • There will be adequate time to have our industry experts respond to your questions
  • Networking time will allow you to continue discussions following the presentations
  • This is one of the best ways to enhance your knowledge and your company's profitability
  • Extensive participation from experts from around the world provides for a comprehensive educational experience
  • The SMTA reputation ensures high quality technical information that can be put to use immediately


August 14

Austin (CTEA) Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Norris Conference Center
2525 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757


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 July 13th, 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!


Free Technical Session Program:


Attendee Registration Opens



"Live Teardown of iPhone X - Steve Jobs' iPhone"

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

It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world. Much has happened since then.  Over this past decade, the iPhone became a reference design, and the object of desire of a legion of fans who wait anxiously for every launch of the Cupertino company. Undoubtedly the most advanced iPhone in the market today, the iPhone X is a technology marvel.  The double stacked boards, dual battery, and a face recognition sensor bring the iPhone X to a whole different level.

In this presentation, we’ll explore these technological advances by a live teardown of the iPhone X. The teardown will be followed by a detailed coverage of the technical details of critical parts of the device. This live teardown will be accompanied by x-ray and CT images of the iPhone X, so the audience will get unprecedented insights on what makes this iPhone tick.  More importantly, we will explore the assembly process utilized to put the iPhone X together.  This presentation is targeted at a wide technical audience looking for a better understanding on how advance consumer electronics are designed and assembled.



"Smart Autonomous Machine Platforms> IoT in Motion"

Speaker: Kwok Wu, Ph.D., NXP Semiconductors

NXP is engaged in delivering smart capabilities and features for use cases such as Autonomous self-driving cars, Smart connected Cars, and ADAS. The talk will take this approach to the next level by leveraging NXP’s Smart Machine Platform to deploy solutions for numerous smart city applications, pushing “mobile IOT” (m-IOT 4.0) to the “Edge”.



Expo Hall Opens



"Cybersecurity in Self-Driving Cars: Helping to Prevent Hacking"

Speaker: Paul Golata, Mouser Electronics

As autonomous vehicles start appearing on our roads, so the importance of their cybersecurity grows.  Self-driving cars and trucks are heavily dependent on communication links to operate safely and perform fundamental tasks.  These links to the outside world enable vehicles to receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates, live traffic data, navigation and road sign information, and data from other vehicles.  Unfortunately, this means exposing multiple surfaces to hackers for attack.  Everything from the wireless vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) links, to a straightforward USB drive containing firmware can be vulnerable to attack, and these vulnerabilities, if not mitigated, could compromise passengers’ and other road users’ safety.






Door Prize Drawings



"Packaging and Assembly Challenges for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems"

Speaker: Linda Bal, TechSearch International

ADAS and eventually autonomous driving require recognition of surrounding conditions by a variety of sensors, then decision-making and operation in response.  There are multiple sensors with overlap in their coverage areas.  The combinations of sensors (radar, LIDAR, ultrasonic, camera, and V2X) vary by integrator, automotive maker, and vehicle model.  What type of semiconductor packages are used for each sensor and what are the future challenges as new package types are adopted?  This presentation discusses some of the opportunities in automotive packaging and the challenges in meeting automotive specifications.



Expo Hall Closes

August 15

San Diego Chapter: 08-15-18 Material Management 4.0  +

HME, 2848 Whiptail Loop W, Carlsbad, CA 92010

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.

Despite the great progress in the development of the integrated production line, a critical part of the manufacturing chain remains offline. Inventory rooms around the world still must operate with a far reduced level of sophisticated. It is not uncommon to find thousands of reels densely packed in hundreds of linear feet of shelving space. The simple exercise of counting back reels as they come back from the production floor is not standard practice. And even when they are counted, the count is often made by hand. The lack of focus on the automation of our inventory rooms leads to an increasing loss of productivity due to line stoppages. When associated with the recent increase in lead times for electronic components, line stoppage has become a crippling problem that makes inventory accuracy a necessity.

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.

Speaker: Bill CardosoCEOCreative Electron
Bill started his first company in Brazil at age 17 and sold it a few years later when invited by the US Department of Energy to work at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to do nuclear and high energy physics research. As the Department Head for Systems Engineering and after a 10-year long career at Fermilab, Bill moved from Chicago to sunny California to start Creative Electron. True to the American Dream, Creative Electron quickly grew from Bill's garage to the largest US manufacturer of x-ray machines for the electronics industry (no longer in his garage). At Creative Electron Bill leads the team of engineers who designs and manufactures x-ray systems that are shipped worldwide. Starting with an associate’s degree at age 13, Bill has a BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Bill is the president of the SMTA San Diego chapter and member of the technical committee for SMTA International, SMTA Counterfeit Conference, and SMTA LED Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. He is an IEEE Senior member and the author of over 150 technical publications, author of 2 books, owner of a few patents, and a frequent speaker at technical conferences.

RSVP by: 08/13/18,
Registration: 5:30PM
Dinner: 5:45PM-6:45PM
Presentation: 6:45PM
Facility Tour: 7:45PM
Location: HME, 2848 Whiptail Loop W, Carlsbad, CA 92010

August 20

Webinar: PCB Design, Fabrication and Use from an End Users Perspective  +

August 20 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm GMT (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Charles Cawthorne, MBDA Systems
Ian Fox, Rolls Royce


Printed Circuit Bare Boards form the fundamental and crucial basis for most Circuit Card Assemblies. However, with the advanced electronics components that are available today, PCBs have to be complex to provide the interconnect for these component types. Given this background, what is the best approach to acquire PCBs that will work and will provide long term reliability?

This webinar, which follows on from the "Guide to Printed Circuit Board Manufacture" from March 2017, gives a more advanced insight into the Design, Test, Qualification, Inspection and Handling of PCBs from a purely high reliability end users perspective. The webinar is aimed at design/manufacturing/process engineers, technicians and trainers.

Topics include:

Definition of PCB Materials
Surface Mount Design Rules
PTH Design
Micro-via Design
Via Planarisation and Via Protection
Controlled Impedance
Surface Finishes
PCB Test
PCB Qualification
Incoming Inspection and Quality Standards
Handling of PCBs from a Drying Perspective

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

August 20 - 22

SMT Processes Certification (PRIDE Industries)  +

PRIDE Industries Foundation
Roseville , CA

Held at PRIDE Industries Foundation

10030 Foothills Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95747

  • August 20 Course (8:30-5pm)
  • August 21 ½ day of course + exam
  • August 22 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.

August 21

Intermountain (ID, UT) Chapter: Boise SMTA Golf Scramble - Aug 21, 2018  +

Shadow Valley Golf Club, 15711 Highway 55, Boise Idaho

Boise SMTA Golf Scramble - Aug 21, 2018
Shadow Valley Golf Club
SMTA Intermountain Chapter
Boise Golf Scramble
What:  SMTA Shadow Valley Golf 2018 - Golf Scramble
When:  Aug. 21st Shot gun start 8:00 AM with lunch following
Where:  Shadow Valley Course - Boise, Idaho

Team and Individual sign-up deadline Aug. 14th
Team and Hole Sponsor sign-ups also due at that time
We also welcome donations for prizes like closest to the pin, longest drive and others
Team sponsor $350—fees and lunch for 4 (sponsor may provide shirts or caps) Team Sponsor sign.
Hole sponsors:  $200 and choice of available hole.  Includes one player and hole sponsor sign.
Mulligans:  $10 each, Must purchase in advance
Individuals are Welcome!!  We will sign you up to a team.  Fee is just $65.  This includes Green fees, cart, range balls and lunch.  Please Join us! 
We guarantee you will have a good time!

Contacts to RSVP and for Sponsorships:
David Bell 208-867-6006 or

Contact for details about course, map: Shadow Valley Golf Club
15711 Highway 55, Boise Idaho.  Course Phone #208-939-6699

August 23

Mexico - Querétaro Chapter: Roundtable  +


The SMTA Queretaro Chapter is pleased to invite you to participate in our :
Solder Roundtable Meeting - Queretaro 
Location : UTEQ , Queretaro - Mexico 
Date : August 23,2018
Speakers : If you would like to host this event please contact Guillermo Maldonado 

Meeting fee :  
  • Members = 
  • Nonmembers = 

August 23

Capital (DC) Chapter: Capital Expo & Tech Forum  +

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab Laurel, MD

Capital Expo & Tech Forum

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Location: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab
Kossiakoff Center
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723

Folks please join us for this extraordinary event!  The Capital wants to invite you to attend our Capital SMTA TECH/EXPO.  This year we have a Key note Speaker from Geoffrey Doyle, Additive Manufacturing Corporate Development Jabil Electronics who will be talking about Industry 4.0 Additive Manufacturing.  We also have MB Allen from KIC part of the IPC team working to develop the CFX standards to allow Industry 4.0 the Smart Factory to become a reality.  Industry 4.0 is the new moment happening now and to remain competitive companies will need to adopt this standard.  This is an event you do not want to miss and it is FREE and includes Lunch!!!
Keynote Speaker
Geoffrey Doyle, Jabil Circuit Inc.
Topic: Additive Manufacturing
Kim Flanagan, Indium Corporation
Topic: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Voiding in PCB Assemblies
MB Allen, KIC
Topic: Industry 4.0 the Next Industrial Revolution – The Smart Factory
Dr. Alfred A. Zinn, Kuprion Inc.
Topic: Advanced Materials and NanoSystems

August 23

Capital Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab
Kossiakoff Center
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723


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 Friday, July 27th, 2018!
Important Exhibitor Materials:
Please contact SMTA Expo Manager Hannah Funk with questions or for additional information.


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, August 23rd, 2018
Registration Opens at 8:00AM

Free Technical Program & Schedule:

August 27 - 30

SMTA China South Technology and Vendor Conferences 2018   +

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  +

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

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

  • Tuesday August 28, 2018 at 8:00 am

  • 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!
  • $40 SMTA Members and $60 for non-SMTA Members
  • 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 ( or Jana Esselman ( 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:
  • $200 Sponsorship opportunities available: Includes tee box Logo Sign, 1 round of golf, 2 drink tickets and Lunch.
Do you want to sponsor a hole?
Click Here to Sponsor a Hole


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