Calendar of Events



January 2019

January 10

Capital (DC) Chapter: Fred Dimock, BTU International, to Present at SMTA Capital Chapter Meeting on January 10th  +


The SMTA Capital Chapter is excited to host a Chapter Meeting on January 10th from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at ZESTRON, Manassas, VA. Fred Dimock, BTU International, will be presenting “Operation of a Vacuum Reflow Oven with Preliminary Void Reduction Data.”
This presentation will provide an overview of the vacuum reflow process and explain the reason vacuum reflow is of interest to the electronic assembly industry.  The presentation will also include a report on preliminary data from a void reduction experiment completed at the Universal Instruments Process Laboratory.
Fred Dimock, Manager of Process Technology at BTU International in Massachusetts, has extensive experience in thermal processing and has assisted many companies with process refinements over the years. Fred has authored numerous articles on lead free solder, process control, and the operation of continuous furnaces. He also wrote the chapter on solder reflow for the Handbook of Electronic Assembly and A Guide to SMTA Certification” by Dr Lasky and Jim Hall. He has taught numerous SMTA solder reflow classes and participated in the 5-45 Subcommittee for the development of IPC-7801 Reflow Oven Process Control Standard.
Don’t miss out on dinner and a facility tour prior to the presentation. Registration is free for members and $30 for non-members. The registration fee will be waived if you join the Capital Chapter during this event!
The evening is scheduled as follows:
5:00-6:00 PM Registration, Networking & Dinner
6:00-6:30 PM Facility Tour
6:30-7:30 PM Presentation
The SMTA Capital Chapter Meeting Location:
Zestron Corporation
11285 Assett Loop
Manassas, VA 20109


January 11

Dallas Chapter: Understanding Selective Solder Technology  +

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

Understanding Selective Solder Technology

Event Details

  • Who: SMTA Members, Non-members, Students, and Guests are welcome - forward to others!
  • When: 11am-1pm on January 11, 2019
  • 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

Get your tickets!


Selective soldering technology, specifically nitrogen inerted, liquid underside selective soldering has emerged as a required process in PCB manufacturing. The industry has become segmented in approach driving separate technology roadmaps that encompass, topside laser, soldering iron, mixed technology and bottom side liquid flow soldering. This presentation explains the underlying process needs and the resulting technologies required to serve those requirements as it relates to the underside liquid soldering.


Jonathan is the President of Pillarhouse USA with P&L responsibility for the Americas and is a director of the Selective Soldering Academy. He has a BSME from Western New England University and has over 20 years of selective soldering process experience. Jonathan has been published in several trade publications including, US Tech, SMT Magazine, Global SMT and Packaging, The Suit, EMS Now and others. He has received the Ford Award of Excellence for Automotive Electronics, is a member of the SMTA and EMCWA and regular contributes on the subject of selective soldering.

January 14

Webinar: Crimp Inspection, Quality Control in the Real World of Manufacture  +

Bob WillisMonday 14th January @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm GMT (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


Millions of crimp joints are produced every year and are used in many high reliability applications. Care in the preparation and achieving the standards of the IPC, MOD and other international standards are vital. This webinar covers the use of crimp connectors and other mechanical connection techniques. We highlight the process controls which are necessary in today's manufacturing environment along with a system to control materials and equipment to allow repeatable and reliable terminations.

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:

  • Introduction to crimping and cable termination
  • Training standards and practical skills techniques
  • Cable types and striping
  • Striping tools
  • Establishing strip lengths
  • Crimp types
  • Compatibility of crimp terminations and wires
  • Crimping tool operation

Practical examples covering:

  • Wire preparation
  • Crimping conductors
  • Inspection criteria for wire and crimp joints
  • Testing tools and joints
  • Wire wrapping and press fit terminations
  • Termination failures

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

January 17

Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa & Dakotas) Chapter: SMTA Upper Midwest Chapter presents Designing Flexible Circuits topic at Tin Whiskers Brewing  +

Tin Whiskers Brewing

January 17th: SMTA Upper Midwest Chapter presents Designing Flexible Circuits topic at Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

Upper Mid-west Chapter is bringing in a speaker for the following topic:

Designing Flexible Circuits with Successful Assembly in Mind
Speaker: Clark Webster, Applications Engineer at All Flex Flexible Circuits & Heaters
Who Should Attend:
This presentation is intended for anyone that is interested in flexible circuit design, materials, assembly, and examples of challenging flexible circuit applications.

Date:     Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Cost:      $20 Members/ $30 Non-members (make checks payable to SMTA)
  • 2:00 to 2:15 PM - Registration
  • 2:15 to 2:20 PM – SMTA announcements
  • 2:50 to 3:40 PM – Clark’s Presentation
  • 3:40 to 4:00 PM – Q&A
  • After 4 PM – Social hour
Bar snacks will be provided.
RSVP by January 10th to guaranty a spot for this session.
Address/Directions to Tin Whiskers Brewing Company:
Tin Whiskers Brewing
125 9th St E
St Paul, MN 55101


Presentation Overview:
Flexible circuits were originally designed as replacements for traditional wire harnesses.  From the beginnings to the present, growth and proliferation of flexible circuit applications in all industries has increased rapidly.  Today flexible circuits can be found in all manner of devices, products, and industries across the globe.  Along with the growth of flexible circuits, the complexity of the flexible circuits and their assembly has also increased dramatically, as well as the tools, materials, and processes used in performing their component assembly.  As assembly complexity increases, new methods must be developed to deal with special material and processing considerations of working with flexible circuits.  It becomes critical to overcome these issues by designing in assembly capabilities. 
What we will cover: 
•           A brief history of flexible circuits, with emphasis on design criteria for assembly
•           Several case studies of challenging flexible circuit design applications
•           An overview of flexible circuit design considerations for modern SMT assembly
Clark Webster’s – Bio:
Clark is an Applications Engineer with All Flex Flexible Circuits & Heaters, primarily supporting customers in their designs to improve reliability and ensure that the final products will perform as needed.  Clark has been in circuit manufacturing industry for 53 years, working in Materials Development for flexible circuits, Product Fabrication testing for both flexible and rigid circuits, and Applications Engineering for many specialized customers, designs, and products.  Clark has excelled at and enjoyed working on difficult projects with customers to find solutions for challenging designs and applications.  Clark is a member of the IPC Flex Circuits Committees, holds three patents on flexible and rigid circuit designs, and has a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of the supply chain.  Clark’s one resounding failure to date in his last 12 years (working with All Flex) has been his inability to retire from the manufacturing industry.  

January 18 - 20

2019 Mini in Minny Officer's Leadership Forum  +

DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place
Minneapolis , MN

Thanks to all chapter leaders who helped make the 2019 Mini in Minny a great event.
View a recap here with photos and copies of the presentations.

The SMTA invited all NEW Chapter Officers to the "Mini in Minny" Chapter Officer's Leadership Forum

Develop leadership skills, learn the ins and outs of running a chapter, and put faces to names at SMTA HQ at our orientation weekend for all brand new SMTA Officers. Move forward with enthusiasm and confidence as effective leaders in your chapter.

View the Mini in Minny Brochure

2019 SMTA Leadership Forum Agenda

January 18, Friday     DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place


7:00 p.m.   Registration and Welcome Happy Hour at DoubleTree Hotel
Hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served

Sponsored by:

Mexico - Guadalajara Chapter   Space Coast Chapter   Wisconsin Chapter


January 19, Saturday SMTA Office, Eden Prairie, MN

8:00 a.m.  Transfer to SMTA Office

Sponsored by West Penn Chapter

8:30 a.m.   Breakfast

9:00 a.m.   "SMTA 101" Information Sharing Sessions
Topics covered will include:

  • How is the SMTA Structured?
  • Your Online Dashboard
  • Annual & Long Range Planning
  • Best Practices:
    o Membership
    o Meeting Planning
    o Chapter Finances
  • Resources and Benefits for Officers
  • Leadership Position Descriptions

12:00 p.m.   Working Lunch

1:00 p.m.     Sharing Sessions Continue

5:00 p.m.     Transfer back to DoubleTree Hotel

Evening      Fun and Games at Punch Bowl Social, Minneapolis
Dinner and entertainment included

Sponsored by:

Connecticut Chapter

Space Coast Chapter


January 20, Sunday


DRESS CODE:  The Forum weekend dress code is casual.


Logistics: Hotel, Travel & Events


If you plan to attend the 2019 “Mini in Minny” Chapter Officer Leadership Forum, SMTA requests that you attend the Welcome Reception Friday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m. (PLEASE factor in baggage claim and transportation to the hotel) and be present at all events Saturday, January 19. You are free to make your return airline arrangements whenever convenient on Sunday, January 20. There are no formal SMTA events on Sunday. 

• Super Shuttle: 612-827-7777 or 1-800-BLUE-VAN
• Bus Transportation Information:
• Car rental with your choice of service, Uber or Lyft
SMTA will provide transfers for the events on Saturday, January 19.



DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place Hotel
1500 Park Place Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416

Make your hotel reservations online by Friday, January 24, 2019.
The negotiated rate is $102 plus tax per night for a standard room.

Book Your Hotel Here!
Just select dates and guests and click "continue" (leave default special rates section as is)
Booking via Phone: 1-800-245-9190, ask for group code "SMTA"

Reservations requested after January 4, 2019 will be accepted as long as availability permits on a first-come, first-serve basis, but will be at the higher prevailing rates versus the special group rate. You will need to guarantee the first night’s room and tax with a credit card or check advance deposit. You can cancel your reservation two days prior to your scheduled arrival without incurring any cancellation charge. Cancellations after that point and no-shows will forfeit the first night’s room and tax deposit.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., and check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will need 2 nights (arriving 1/18/19 and departing 1/20/19). Amenities include coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, mini-fridge, WiFi access, as well as a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and other in-room amenities.
If you choose to stay at a different hotel or make other arrangements you will need to make your own transportation arrangements to all events.


Funding & Sponsorships


The SMTA Officer’s Leadership Forum is open to all NEW officers. All food and beverage during the duration of the program will be covered by SMTA. Entertainment and instruction is also included for all qualifying new officers.
Each officer is responsible for his or her travel to Minneapolis and hotel expenses. We have arranged a discounted room block at the DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place of $102 plus tax per night. We hope that your employers understand the value of the benefits of SMTA membership and will support your trip. If not, Forum expenses are acceptable chapter expense items within the SMTA and Chapter Bylaws. All new officers must discuss it with your President and Treasurer before you make any non-refundable airline or hotel arrangements.
If it is impossible for your company or chapter to fund travel expenses, ask Karen ( or 952.920.7682) about our financing assistance. We want to work with you to ensure that all new officers are able to attend.


Please help us to make this important event happen. Consider becoming a sponsor and invest in your future officers.


  • Sponsor an officer’s travel: $100-$1000+ (multiple sponsors)
  • Welcome Reception Sponsorship: $100-$350 (multiple sponsors)
  • Saturday Evening Event Sponsorship: $250-$500


All Forum Sponsors will be introduced at the Welcome Reception, receive verbal recognition and signage recognizing the sponsors during the event to show our appreciation of your chapter's support of your peers.


Thanks to our current chapter sponsors!

Connecticut Chapter

Empire Chapter

Space Coast Chapter

West Penn Chapter

Wisconsin Chapter

January 24

Oregon Chapter: January Technical Meeting, Wearables & Implantables: How Technology Transforms Health Care … How Health Care Transforms Technology  +

Axiom Electronics, 9845 NE Eckert Dr. Suite 200, Hillsboro, OR 97006

Wearables & Implantables:  How Technology Transforms Health Care … How Health Care Transforms Technology

Matthew K. Hudes

CEO bdlBilologx, Vancouver, Washington/USA,


Digital Health is driving the uptake of wearable and implantable devices replete with biometric sensors.  These new technologies are enabling health care to become more immediate, more effective, and more personalized.  Health care applications of technology bring greater demands for privacy, safety, and security, with corresponding regulatory oversight. In turn, health care is influencing how Digital Health technologies are developed, manufactured, and commercialized.

I. Introduction and Motivation
Wearable and implantable technology, when combined with web and email, mobile technology and social networking, data management and analytics, results in a new paradigm called “Digital Health.”  Tools that connect patients, physicians, payers, and life sciences companies can transform the delivery of health care.  But in order to realize such a fundamental transformation of the health care system, changes are required on the part not only of health care providers but also of life sciences manufacturers and of patients/consumers.  Essential technologies such as wearable and implantable devices in Digital Health become subject to medical regulations and medical technology product development processes as they are utilized not only to monitor but also to directly affect human health.
II. Technical Approach or Experimental Procedure
This presentation provides a survey of trends in Digital Health, focused on the role of wearable and implantable technology.  Consumer, market, and financial data is examined to understand how these technologies are changing health care and how health care is changing the business of developing, manufacturing and commercializing these technologies.

III. Results and Discussion
While the results are generally positive to the market opportunity for wearable and implantable technologies, there are unintended consequences and unforeseen results that are emerging as the market develops.  It is likely that further transformation is required to fully realize the potential for health care as well as for the technology business addressing these needs.
IV. Brief Biography

Matthew Hudes is the Founder and CEO ofbdlBiologx, a company devoted to helping the products of innovative companies reach patients more quickly. 
bdlBiologx provides 1) on-demand services to stimulate company growth 2) leading-edge Business Development and Licensing (BDL) processes and systems, and 3) capability-building to support the growth of a BDL function within a company. For the prior 11 years, Matthew was the BioPharma practice leader for Deloitte.  In this role, he provided guidance and direction to clients and to the firm’s Audit, Tax, Consulting, and Advisory Services practices.  Deloitte is recognized as the leading full-scope professional services firm in Life Sciences. During the course of his long career, Matthew has provided strategic professional services to leading Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Technology companies, as well as Academic Research Centers and regional centers for Life Sciences.  He has worked with leading Life Sciences innovation centers in the U.S. and globally.   He speaks frequently about such topics as digital health, fostering innovation, personalized medicine, the use of technology for innovating clinical research, finance transformation, manufacturing and quality, regulatory compliance, and supply chain.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of BIOCOM, a faculty member and executive sponsor of the UC Berkeley BioExec Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative, and he was the executive sponsor of Deloitte’s unique innovation collaboration with the University of California. Previously, he was the Chairman and CEO of Accélère, a software company that developed a system to find patients (and investigators) for clinical trials and to improve researchers’ access to information typically “trapped” in laboratory and medical systems. Formerly, Matthew led the global Capgemini Life Sciences Biotechnology and R&D practice.  As a former Partner with Ernst & Young LLP, he founded the firm’s Life Sciences Consulting practice and led the firm’s Biotechnology Consulting practice. He served as a strategic advisor to leading-edge companies in Life Sciences and Technology over a period of more than 17 years. Matthew received an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA from the University of Connecticut.

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