Calendar of Events



September 2018

September 7

Dallas Chapter: Industry 4.0, Application of Industrial IOT in PCBA  +

Aboca’s Italian Grill, 100 S Central Expy #63, Richardson, TX 75080

Back to the Future

Industry 4.0, Application of Industrial IOT in PCBA assembly

Event Details

  • Who: SMTA Members, Non-members, Students, and Guests are welcome - forward to others!
  • When: 11am-1pm on September 7, 2018
  • Where: Aboca’s Italian Grill, 100 S Central Expy #63, Richardson, TX 75080
  • Why: Meet others in the industry to help solve your technical problems. Come to the meeting, even if this isn’t a key topic of yours, the problem solving networking is great!


  • FREE for New Members since prior meeting
  • $10 for Committee Members
  • $20 Members, employees of Corporate member companies, 1st time guests, and students
  • $25 non-members, students, & guests – same price
  • Cash at the door or credit card on-line

10% Early-bird Discount for paying on-line before 5:00pm on February 7th!

Get your tickets!


To fully realize the productivity and quality benefits of an automated factory, the operational ecosystem must be governed by a reactive, decision-making framework. Visibility and insight from the entire end to end process is required to enable real-time operational intelligence to proactively avoid the generation of product defects or machine downtime.

Many machine learning methods can be used to develop analytic models to enable predictive or prescriptive direction to the manufacturing line. To positively impact manufacturing key operating indices in real-time, an industrial IOT is required as the foundation for the analytics framework, connecting traditionally isolated machines and processes. One common business application for this IOT analytics solution is the predictive modeling of SMT defects. Key topics to be presented are as follows:

  • Building blocks for an industrial IOT SMT line
  • Acquisition of real-time machine and process data
  • Use of advanced analytics to predict product defects
  • Implementation of action through real-time machine to machine feedback


Rafael Gomez is Director of Product Strategy for a newly launched startup company named, focused on providing full stack Industry 4.0 solutions. Autolabs is a Flextronics sponsored venture, inaugurated in 2018 with 300 employees based in Americas, Europe and Asia. Before Autolabs, Rafael has previously worked at Intel, Xetel and Flextronics. Throughout his 20 years in the PCBA industry, Rafael has been focused on software and hardware applications development related to SMT and Post-SMT PCBA processes.

Rafael graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M Class of 1995. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his family, performing with his rock band, and trying to avoid injuries on the soccer field, golf course and tennis court.

September 12

Connecticut Chapter: 2018 SMTA New England Expo and Tech Forum  +

DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, MA 01608

Don't Miss Out!  Register Now!!



Free Technical Program & Schedule:



Registration Opens



"Nanotechnology for Advanced Electronics Packaging"

Speaker: Charles E. Bauer, Ph.D., and Herbert J. Neuhaus, Ph.D., TechLead Corporation

While often exaggerated and over-promised, nanotechnology provided vital reliability and performance enhancements to electronic systems for more than two decades. Advanced conductive adhesives and thermal interface materials pioneered nanotech adoption in electronics manufacture. Hype gives way to breakthrough as new nanotech solutions address multiple aspect of packaging, interconnect, and assembly. Leading research areas include coatings, adhesives, die attach, solder replacements, via structures, 3D printing, and novel conductors. This presentation surveys a broad range of revolutionary and disruptive nano-based technologies for electronics manufacturing, identifying practical applications and assessing the challenges and opportunities in commercial exploitation of these potential solutions.



"Failure Analysis: Case Studies and Implementing Practical Solutions

Speaker: Denis Barbini, Ph.D., Crucial Machines
When reviewed in conjunction with research, failures provide a unique perspective on design for manufacturability and reliability.  From fine pitch printing, to PoP, 01005 defects, and high Tg laminate failures, this presentation will provide valuable lessons learned from practical experience through discussion of material selection, current electronics research and failure analysis case studies.  Design considerations for advanced assembly processes and analytical techniques for materials characterization as well as discussing types of analytical techniques that can be sued for material characterization.



Expo Floor Opens



"Management Overview of the Smart Factory (industry 4.0) Principles and Affects in Electronics Manufacturing"
Speaker: Jay Gorajia, Mentor Graphics

In this paper and presentation, we will review what Smart Manufacturing or “Industrie 4.0” actually is and the related market and technology drivers behind it that makes significant change to the PCB electronics industry inevitable.  There is no doubt skeptics abound on this topic.  A lot of the skepticism is well founded with the explosion of vendor “support” or marketing promises.  However, some skepticism may be founded in a lack of clarity of what Smart Manufacturing can do, how it may be implemented, and what it may mean. We will look through the supply and demand chain, at what changes need to be made, starting with the consumer and the customer, to understand what their demands are, and what benefits or changes Smart Manufacturing will bring to them and the manufacturers.  Manufacturing analytics is core to Smart Manufacturing, and its related Cyber-Physical Systems connectivity to better manage delivery, quality, efficiencies and customer integration and collaboration. We look also across the breadth of the electronics manufacturing organization, to see exactly what is required to make a step-change practically possible when adopting the principles of Smart Manufacturing, and the related benefits.  This paper also will highlight use-cases and real world examples to illustrate the inevitability of Smart Manufacturing in PCB electronics manufacturing and the applicable technologies and processes that made it happen.




"Printing in the Third Dimension; Design, Materials, Equipment & Applications in Electronics"

Speaker: Charles E. 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

Specific examples include batteries, shielding, high density capacitors, and simple circuits. Discussion also includes applications outside the electronics world to stimulate creative thought, e.g. jet engine turbines and hyperbolic airfoils.



"Reflow Process Optimization Utilizing a Novel Defocused Laser for Fine Pitch Applications"

Speaker: Denis Barbini, Ph.D., Crucial Machines

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.


Raffle Prize Drawings



Expo Floor Closes


September 12

Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa & Dakotas) Chapter: SMTA Upper Midwest Chapter’s Membership Appreciation on Sept. 12th  +

Target Field

2018 Upper Midwest Chapter’s membership appreciation event is at Target Field on September 12th.

Minnesota Twins
NY Yankees

@ Target Field – Minneapolis, 7:10 PM

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018, 7:10 PM
Cost:                   $15 Members to reserve each ticket (limited tickets available – first come first serve).

To reserve a ticket, click RVSP below and we will let you know if tickets are still available. Details will be provided later for ticket pickup and payment.
Address/Directions to Target Field:
1 Twins Way Minneapolis, MN 55403
From the East (St. Paul, Woodbury, Hudson)
Travel westbound on I-94 and exit on Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55). Turn right (East) after exiting then another right onto North 7th Street (Highway 55). You will see Target Field on your left.

From the West (Wayzata, Litchfield, Willmar)
Travel East on I-394 and exit on either 6th Street North or 4th Street North. You will find yourself a couple blocks from Target Field and ample parking in ramps and surface lots in the area.

From the North (Forest Lake, Hinckley, Duluth)
Travel southbound on I-35 and follow I-35W at the divide. Merge onto I-94 West and exit on Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55). Turn right (East) after exiting then another right onto North 7th Street (Highway 55). You will see Target Field on your left.

From the South (Lakeville, Owatonna, Albert Lea)
Travel northbound on I-35 and follow I-35W at the divide. Take the downtown exit and follow once it turns into 5th Ave S. Turn left at 7th Street S. and Target Field will be just beyond the Target Center and numerous parking ramps.

From the Northwest (Elk River, St. Cloud, Alexandria)
Travel eastbound on I-94 and exit on Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55). Turn left (East) after exiting then another right onto North 7th Street (Highway 55). You will see Target Field on your left.

From the Southwest (Shakopee, St. Peter, Mankato)
Travel North on 169 and take I-394 East. Exit on either 6th Street North or 4th Street North. You will find yourself a couple blocks from Target Field and ample parking in ramps and surface lots in the area.
There are several options for parking in downtown Minneapolis including 7,000 parking spaces conveniently adjacent to Target Field in the ABC/Hawthorne ramps, nearly 25,000 parking spaces parking lots/ramps and metered street parking spaces throughout downtown. Keep in mind that parking further away from Target Field may provide a quicker overall exit from an event. Also keep in mind that the parking lot or ramp you have always used for US Bank Stadium events may serve very well for Target Field events.

Thanks for being our member,

Ed Knutson
Upper Midwest Chapter President

September 13

Indiana Chapter: SMTA Indiana Reformation Symposium (Hosted by Samtec)  +

520 Park East Boulevard New Albany, IN 47151-1147

This year we are trying to have two symposiums that are mainly educational in nature. Our partners at Samtec have decided to host the first tour and they have put together plans for a very interesting day. The symposium will be on September 13th, 2018 from 10AM until 2:30PM. 

Come learn more about:
  • 3D printing and material deposition technology
  • Connector processing challenges and Design for Manufacturability
  • How SMTA can help you in your career
SMTA Indiana Reformation Symposium hosted by Samtec
Event Presenter   Duration Time Slot
Arrival/Welcome Mike Young   5 minutes 9:45 - 9:50 am
SMTA HQ Welcome Karen Frericks   15 Minutes 9:50 - 10:05 am
Samtec - Who We Are Justin Roehm   15 Minutes 10:05 - 10:20 am
Samtec Tour Samtec - Multiple   55 Minutes 10:20 - 11:15 am
Break     15 Minutes 11:15 - 11:30 am
PPT#1: IPG - Connector Processing Challenges Samtec - David Decker   30 Minutes 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch Combined with PPT#2: 3D Printing Indiana State University - Alister McLeod   90 Minutes 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Break     15 Minutes 1:30 - 1:45 pm
Maker Mobile Tour Samtec - John Riley   30 Minutes 1:45 - 2:15 pm
Q&A/Close Mike Young   15 Minutes 2:15 - 2:30 pm

David Decker - Connector Processing Challenges

David Decker graduated with a Masters of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School in 1993 and earned his Professional Engineering license in 1998.  After beginning his career as an Injection Mold Tooling Engineer with Lexmark, Inc. and then General Electric Appliances, David moved on to Samtec where he has worked for 22 years holding positions in New Product design, Custom Product design and has been the Manager of the Interconnect Processing Group for the last 15 years.  David is also a Lieutenant in the Reserve Division of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served for 8 here for Dd’s Bio

Topic Summary
 Connector Processing Challenges: Samtec’s Interconnect Processing Group, IPG, serves our customers in a variety of valuable ways.  By being intimately involved in the design process from initial concept through product release, we ensure our connectors have been designed for assembly and will integrate seamlessly into the customer’s application.  If for whatever reason there are problems during assembly, IPG’s thorough understanding of our products, gained during exhaustive process testing and development, enables us to interact with the Process Engineer to quickly diagnose the issue and get the customer back on line.  This technical topic will discuss common processing questions IPG receives. What are your connector challenges?

Alister McLeod - 3D printing

Alister McLeod earned a PhD in Industrial Technology and a MS in Electronics Technology both from Purdue University. Dr. McLeod is an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Program Coordinator in the department of Applied Engineering Technology Management at Indiana State University. His research interest is the adoption of productivity improvement techniques and machinery in small to medium size manufacturers. In Dr. McLeod’s Simulated Manufacturing Lab, the application and usage of 3D printing technology has been investigated for over six years. This lab is equipped with three 3D printers, including an industrial grade printer. Dr. McLeod consults with companies and educational institutions in the Vigo county region on issues surrounding 3D printing.

Topic Summary
3D printing is the different processes used where material is joined or solidified under computer control creating a three-dimensional object. During these processes, a material is added together being fused together from liquid molecules, powder grains or filament wire.  Unlike material removed from a stock in the conventional machining process, 3D printing builds three-dimensional objects from CAD models, usually by successively adding material layer by layer.  3D printing is used in both rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing (AM).  Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and typically are produced using digital model data.  There are many different technologies, like stereolithography (SLA) or fused deposit modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), PolyJet, Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). 3D printing technology continues to advance, breathing life into designs that were previous difficult/impossible to make.  It also supplies support tooling/fixtures with reduced leadtime and cost and can even help solve obsolescence issued faced by many industries. It is often claimed that 3D printing signals the beginning of a third industrial revolution, succeeding the production line assembly that dominated manufacturing starting in the late 19th century.

September 13

Tampa Bay Chapter: SMTA Tampa Bay Chapter Meeting Notice- September 13th  +

Jabil Circuit 10560 MLK Blvd St. Petersburg, FL

Hello Everyone,

This is a reminder to set time aside for our quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 13th at 5:30 PM.  The link to register is below.
Matt Osborne
LEDs- the Do's and the Dont's
Presented by: Matt Osborne, Trans-Tec America.
The presentation will cover placement, conformal coatings, and potting.

Our meeting will be held at:
Jabil Circuit

10560 MLK Blvd
St. Petersburg, FL  33716

*Look for the 4 story building in the center of campus.  You may enter from either Roosevelt or MLK and go to the center building by following the SMTA signs.

Agenda for Thursday, September 13th
5:30PM    Registration, Meet and Greet
5:30PM    Dinner
5:45PM    Introduction of Speaker
5:50-6:30PM- Topic Presentation
6:30-6:45PM- Question and Answer Time

Cost of Meeting
Members- $15.00
Non- Members $20.00

We hope to see everyone at the meeting!

September 13

Capital (DC) Chapter: Member Appreciation Event  +

Heavy Seas Taproom

The SMTA Capital Chapter is holding a Member Appreciation Event at Heavy Seas Taproom, 4615 Hollins Ferry Rd., Halethorpe, MD 21227, on Thursday, September 13th.
Grab your friends and join us at Heavy Seas Taproom from 4– 7pm in celebrating our awesome chapter members! Heavy Seas is a simple, local microbrewery with a beer-centric taproom. Members are FREE and non-members are $20 (fee waived if you sign up to join our amazing chapter)! The event will include a private brewery tour, a beer tasting, souvenir glass, food and door prizes.
Please join us for this great networking and social event. RSVP now to reserve your spot!

September 17

Michigan Chapter: Michigan SMTA Member Appreciation Golf Outing & Technical Meeting  +

Oak Pointe Country Club

Michigan SMTA Member Appreciation Golf Outing & Technical Meeting
Monday September 17, 2018
9:30 AM
Oak Pointe Country Club
4500 Club Drive Brighton, MI 48116
The Michigan Chapter of the SMTA is hosting a FREE technical meeting and golf outing for SMTA members.
This is one of the LARGEST technical meeting/golf outing events of any SMTA Chapter in America! Held at Oak Pointe Country Club, one of Michigan’s most exclusive private clubs, this is the event everyone raves about!
Please join us for a morning meeting, a spectacular round of golf on the Honors course, followed by a fantastic BBQ dinner on the clubhouse patio overlooking the crystal clear waters of Crooked Lake.

NON-SMTA MEMBERS: $25, (this will also get you a 1 year SMTA membership)
SALES ASSOCIATES: $75 (unless you purchase a sponsor sign, see details below)

Please register all players via the blue RSVP button below.
Once you have registered contact Rachel at with your foursome requests. 

10:00AM-Technical Meeting in Clubhouse
Topic: Traceability Speakers: Greg Benoit, Cogiscan & Paul Price, Aegis
12:00PM- Shotgun start (boxed lunch provided)
Following Golf: BBQ Dinner & Awards/Door Prizes

Oak Pointe is a Private upscale country club.
Appropriate golf attire please. Collared shirts required, (must be tucked in), no denim or cargo shorts. Hats facing forward only please. Soft spikes only. Oak Pointe Country Club
A fun, free day of golf.
Courtesy of your Michigan SMTA

Sponsor Details
Sponsor a Hole for $200.00
All Sponsors Receive:

Signage on the course/at Keg & at the Clubhouse
One Free Round of golf during the outing
Continental Breakfast

If you'd like to sponsor a hole, please email with this completed form to sign up!
Click Here for Sponsor Registration Form

September 17

Webinar: Manual Cleaning of Printed Board Assemblies – Step By Step Guide  +

Bob WillisSeptember 17 @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm GMT (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


After rework, modification or second stage assembly cleaning may need to be considered. Ideally a no clean flux, gel or solder paste should be used to avoid the need to clean selected areas. If manual cleaning is to be conducted every effort should be made to use materials or application methods that result in the minimum residues from the soldering process.

Planning and training staff in manual cleaning is very important to get the best possible result visually and to maintain product reliability. This is one of the first training sessions to cover manual cleaning of board assemblies, highlighting the problems and solutions to manual cleaning.

Topics include:

Why clean
Material selection
Manual cleaning techniques
Testing cleanliness
Inspection requirements
Component compatibility
Reliability test techniques

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

September 19

San Diego Chapter: 09-19-2018 Practical Guidelines for Handling Moisture Sensitive SMT Packages  +

pSemi Corporation, 9369 Carroll Park Drive, San Diego, CA, 92121

Presented by Mumtaz BoraSr. Staff Packaging Engineer at pSemi Corporation
Handling of moisture sensitive packages is an ongoing learning process in volume manufacturing. Improperly handled and stored MSDs can impact yields and reliability. The presentation will cover a review of the industry standards for MSDs (J-STD-020, J-STD 033 and J-STD 075) and their applications in moisture control. PWBs used for assembly also require controlled storage and handling. Board surface finishes, storage and baking guidelines will be reviewed per the IPC 1601 Standard.  Handling of MSDs from receipt to use at reflow will be reviewed, including practical guidelines in labelling, tracking, packing and storage.

Speaker: Mumtaz Y. Bora has a B.S. in Chemistry and Material Sciences from University of Mumbai, India and University of Ottawa, Canada. She has a Master of Science in Interactive Telecommunications from University of Redlands, California. She has over 25 years of PWB, SMT assembly and advanced packaging development experience at IBM Endicott and IBM Austin, TX.  She has worked in new product development, and qualification of high volume handset assemblies at Qualcomm and Kyocera-Wireless Corporation.  She has worked with suppliers and subcontractors in several parts of Asia.  She is currently a Sr. Staff Packaging Engineer at pSemi, specializing in qualification of RFIC packages for wireless, broadband and automotive applications. She is a member of IPC standardization committees and contributes to the standards development. She has 16 publications and 3 patents. She is the Past President of the SMTA San Diego chapter and Co-chair of the Moisture Sensitive Devices Council. She is currently on the Board for the IMAPS San Diego Chapter and Vice President of Technical Programs at SMTA San Diego Chapter

RSVP by: 09/18/18  RSVP Link:

Members $5, Non-Members $10 (cash or check)
Location:                   pSemi Corporation, 9369 Carroll Park Drive, San Diego, CA, 92121     (map)

Registration:            5:30PM
Dinner:                      5:45PM-6:45PM

Presentation:           6:45PM

September 20


Applied Technical Services

The SMTA Puget Sound Chapter cordially invites you to attend:
Speaker:  Dwight Howard, Delphi Automotive Systems
Date:  Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time:  12:00-3:00 p.m.
Location:    Applied Technical Services
                    6300 Merrill Creek Parkway A100
                    Everett, WA  98203

  • 12:00-12:30 – Meet and Greet
  • 12:30-1:00 – Refreshments
  • 1:00-2:30 – Presentation
  • 2:30-3:00 – Questions and answers
This outstanding professional development program was made possible with support from SMTA Puget Sound Chapter and Applied Technical Services.

“Connectivity and Sensors for Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems"
The evolution of automotive technologies toward full autonomous driving vehicles has commanded most of the attention in public, industry and academic circles.  To make autonomous driving practical, vehicles must be constantly aware of immediate, nearby and distant surroundings.  Sensors must serve as the eyes and ears.  Connectivity between vehicles and infrastructure must provide information well beyond sensor range.  This presentation discusses the importance of connectivity and sensor technologies in the evolution and deployment of autonomous vehicles and intelligent transportation systems.


Dwight is presently Manager of Electrical Engineering, Product Development with Delphi Automotive Systems, Electronics and Safety Division.  In this position, he has led over 17 years of electrical design/development for numerous automotive applications across the major automotive OEMs which include the very first commercial XM and Sirius satellite receivers, a number of advanced automotive navigation/radio receivers, rear-seat entertainment systems, telematics systems, and advanced smart receivers.  His recent activities are focused on the advanced development of emerging vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)/vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications, Driver Monitoring and Gesture Control vision systems, and numerous advanced automotive receivers and entertainment systems programs for a range of automotive OEMs around the world. 

Dwight began his engineering career in consumer electronics, transitioning to telecommunications, and later moved into military and commercial vehicle power-train control systems development.  In these experiences, he worked on and managed major emerging technologies and new product advancements.  Dwight has spent the last 29 years in engineering management.   Dwight Howard holds a BSEE from Purdue University and an Executive MBA from Indiana University.  Dwight has also served many technical forums in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, as keynote speaker, technical presenter, and technical panelist.

Contact with questions.

September 20

Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) Chapter: Rock Bottom Brewery Technical Meeting and Round Table  +

Rock Bottom Brewery, Homestead PA (171 East Bridge St, Homestead, PA 15120)

Rock Bottom Brewery Technical Meeting, Round Table Discussion, and optional brewery tour and beer tasting.

9:30am – check-in and continental breakfast 
10am to 11:30am – first topic – Ryk Williams Nortec Humidity
11:30 to 12pm –  SMTA announcements
Noon to 1pm – lunch (Rock Bottom menus)
1pm to 2:30pm – second topic – TBD
2:30 – 3:15 – open round table (open topics)
3:30 – 4:30pm – optional brewery tour and beer tasting

Cost is $35 for non-members and $20 for members.


September 25

Free Webinar! How to Effectively Communicate Your Ideas for Improvement within Your Organization   +

September 25 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm US Eastern Time

Ryan CarlsonPresenter: Ryan Carlson, Next Mile IoT



Some of the best ideas within an organization never get acted on because they were not properly communicated or were missing key pieces of information. When a supervisor, manager, or executive is presented with an unclear or incomplete idea it’s unlikely to go anywhere. Whether you know it or not, engineers and operators are in sales too, they just don’t always think of it that way. Having a basic communication strategy can make all the difference when it comes to creating visibility for your ideas.


Example outcomes/learnings:

1. Understand the common characteristics of incomplete ideas and strategies for avoiding them.
2. Learn what business stakeholders are often looking for in an idea and what information they often need to make a decision
3. Gain familiarity with basic communication skills that can turn your ideas into clear and actionable recommendations

The webinar will run for between 30-60 minutes with the question and answer session. 


About the Presenter

Ryan Carlson is an 18-year veteran of connected product development, consulting, electronics manufacturing, product marketing, and user-centered design. As co-founder of Next Mile IoT his in-depth experience is put to use working with business leaders as they explore the business value of IoT, validate it's overall feasibility, and enable them to win the savings, revenue, and new opportunities unlocked by connected technology.


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.

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