Calendar of Events



December 2019

December 2

Webinar: QFN/LGA Design, Assembly Process Issues & Reliability Failures  +

Bob WillisMonday 2nd December @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


New components often provide challenges to design, process and quality engineers. Solder joint failure, voiding plus contamination & corrosion are just a few of the problems experienced so far. Any large area component with a low stand off which needs to be reflow soldered to a substrate can be a challenge but at ever decreasing pitch the need for good process validation and correct design is vital for high yields.

Having had hands on experience with these parts since conducting design reviews, setting up processes, conducting failure analysis we may not have all the answers, but we do know the right questions to ask in manufacture.

Provided FREE with this webinar are Bob Willis QFN inspection and quality control wall charts to use in your own manufacturing and training facility.


Topics include:

  • Design options to reduce failures
  • Process improvements in design and assembly
  • Void reduction
  • Improvements in joint reliability
  • Simple 5min solderability assessment
  • Improved cleaning performance
  • Results in cleaning and SIR on QFN packages
  • Process results from vapour phase and convection reflow
  • Solder joint reliability
  • IPC design and process guidelines

In preparation for the event and to ensure you are equipped to get maximum benefit from the event, read our Webinar Guide.

The webinar will run for between 60-90min with question and answer session. If you have a process example you would like covered in the webinar it will need to be provided in advance of the session. The webinars are limited to 100 delegates/companies. A copy of the slides will be provided after the webinar.

All webinar times shown are UK time – to check your local time in your countries click here

December 5

Massachusetts (Boston) Chapter: SMTA Evening Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2019 at Benchmark Electronics Inc. in Nashua NH  +

Benchmark Electronics Inc. 100 Innovative Way, Nashua, NH 03062

SMTA Boston Chapter cordially invites you to an evening meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5th, 2019 at Benchmark Electronics Inc. in Nashua, NH.
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Location: Benchmark Electronics Inc.
100 Innovative Way, Nashua, NH 03062
Cost: SMTA Members $25; Non-Member  $30; walk-ins $30 and $35
Meeting Agenda:
4:30 – 6:00 PM  Registration and Sign in, Socializing, Networking
4:30 – 6:00 PM  Factory Tours
6:00 – 7:00 PM  Presentation - Dinner and Announcements
7:00 – 7:45 PM  EIT Oven Evaluation
7:45 – 8:30 PM  Presentation - Profiling and Reflow Process Control in Production:  Problems and Solutions
8:30 PM  Q&A
8:45  Adjourn
Technical Presentation:  EIT Oven Evaluation
Abstract:  EIT CORPORATION is a contract manufacturer with headquarters in Virginia and 4 manufacturing sites, including one in Salem, NH. The plant in Salem had a new potential customer with a challenging pcb to thermoprofile.. A large mass pcb with a wide variety of temperature sentive components that had to be run with lead free solder. Using their current 8 zone ovens they were unable to accomplish a profile that would adequately reflow the solder joints without overheating the components on the pcb. The decision was made to purchase either a 10 or 12 zone oven and the engineering staff was assigned the task of qualifying the best oven for the application and ensuring that it could accomplish the new job. The engineering staff had no sample product to run the evaluation so that they had to devise a method that would satisfactorily accomplish the experiment. This presentation will show you the unique way that the experiment was designed and the it’s surprising results.
Speaker:   Adam V. Gnek, Senior Process Engineer for EIT Corp.
Bio:  Currently employed as the Principle Process Engineer at EIT Corp. in Salem, NH.  Over 20 years of experience in Electronics PCB production at Columbia Tech,Osram Syslvania, Vicor and Plexus.
1995             Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Science)                 
                        Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
1991             High School Diploma     (Basic Study)
                        A.A Stagg High School, Stockton, CA
Certified       Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (LSSBB)
Certified         Aegis software training certificate – NPI Specialist (Circuit Cam & Factory Logix) 

Technical Presentation:  Profiling and Reflow Process Control in Production:  Problems and Solutions
Abstract:  SMT has taken a change in the US somewhat due to off-shoring.   NPI, advanced technology, densely populated and challenging PCBs are common.  Military, medical, aerospace, hi-reliability products remained.  BTCs are expanding (have you seen 01005 BTC’s?).  With this comes the challenges of setting up reflow profiles for an entire assembly, not just the solder paste.  Add to this the requirement for confirmation that all reflowed PCBs are built in accordance to tight process windows for the paste AND the components.  Solutions for reduction of downtime for the initial process of setting up an optimized profile and the elimination of unknown changes, obstacles and human error during the reflow process, are imperative.  This discussion will provide solutions for quick, easy and precise setup and continued process control for the reflow process.  We will also delve into the automation of useful reflow product data collection and smart factory integration.
Speaker:   Marybeth (MB) Allen, Applications & Sales Manager for KIC
Bio:  . MB Allen is a Manager for KIC’s Applications & Sales in the Americas and Europe. Formerly as Product Manager she coordinated the advancement of new products and features to accommodate customer needs as KIC added to its portfolio for the electronics industry. Her technical expertise, relationships with valued partners and customers, and many years of sales experience aid KIC in
the future development, improvement and sales of the company's product offerings.
MB has worked in the electronics industry for 31 years and been associated with KIC for 30 years with both national and international positions.

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December 6

LA-Orange County Chapter: LA/OC SMTA 2019 Annual Holiday Party Lucille's Smoke House Bar-B-Q Dinner  +

Lucille's Smoke House Bar-B-Q, 23760 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630, 949-581-7427

LA/OC SMTA 2019 Annual Holiday Party
Lucille's Smoke House Bar-B-Q Dinner

Finish off the 2019 year by joining the LA/OC SMTA board members and their spouses
for a lovely home style dinner at Lucille's Smoke House Bar-B-Que.
Come on out and enjoy your favorite dish and drink with your LA/OC SMTA Leadership team.
Free to members and their spouse with advanced reservations received by 6pm on 12/3/19.

Friday, December 6th, 2019
(1st Friday of the Month)

6:00PM, Social Hour
7:00PM, Dinnner

Cash or Check
$0, Members + Spouse/Partner (Reservation by 6pm on 12/3/19)
$20, Members & Spouse (Reservation after 6pm on 12/3/19)
$35, Nonmembers

Paypal Payment

(Fee + 2.9% + .30 Processing Fee)
$0, Members + Spouse/Partner (Reservation by 6pm on 12/3/19)
$20.90, Members & Spouse (Reservation after 6pm on 12/3/19)
$37, Nonmembers

Full Menu
Drinks Included

The Orchard at Saddleback
Lucille's Smoke House Bar-B-Q

23760 El Toro Rd.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Driving Directions

Are Required
To Make a Reservation Please Click on Reservation Link Below
Members & Spouse Dinner Fee will be Waived For Reservations Received by 6pm on 12/3/19.
If you can not attend, please cancel your reservation by 12 Noon the day prior to the event.
Hope to see you there!


December 7

Massachusetts (Boston) Chapter: Joint Chapter SMTA, iMAPS, IEEE, etc. Holiday Luncheon Party  +

Gibbet Hill Grill, 61 Lowell Rd, Groton, MA 01450

Chapter Holiday Luncheon Party
December 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 3:00pm

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Gibbet Hill Grill
61 Lowell Rd, Groton, MA 01450
Cost: Members $35, Attending Member Guest $30
Retired/Unemployed Member $30
Meeting Agenda:
11:30 AM  Registration, Socializing, Appetizers, Cash Bar
12:30 PM  Farm to Fork Luncheon
2:00 PM  Raffles-Prizes
3:00 PM  Adjourn

Gibbet Hill Grill is A FARM TO FORK RESTAURANT at the forefront of the local food movement. One of the only restaurants in New England with a produce farm on site which influences their menus.  They bring the farm to your fork, literally.

Free Raffle Tickets for all attendees!  Come win an early Holiday Gift!
We'll have Exclusivity at the restaurant, before it opens to the public for dinner.
Upon arrival we'll have Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres while mingling with friends and selecting our raffle choices!

Enjoy Beautiful Views & A Roaring Fire

Join us for an afternoon of Fun & Holiday Cheer with good friends from iMAPS New England. Whether you’re a member of a Technical-Professional Society [ASM, SMTA, AVS, ACerS, IEEE, SME, MRS, NEFC, SEMI… etc.] or involved in a technology related field, you’re invited to join us for Holiday Merrymaking and Networking... Holiday Music, Socializing, Good Food & Holiday Gifts..!!

Click here more information and registration or visit:

December 14

Dallas Chapter: SMTA Dallas Member & Guest Appreciation Dinner/Theatre!  +

Addison Stone Cottage 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001 

SMTA Dallas Member & Guest Appreciation Dinner/Theatre!

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 6:00pm 

Location: Addison Stone Cottage 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001 

Who: SMTA Members and spouse/guest

What: We have a catered dinner planned for the Addison Stone Cottage from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, and then we will walk over to the Addison Water Tower Theater and see the show "Cirque Holidays" at 8:00 PM   (the menu and more details will be sent on a future invitation to all Dallas members).

WaterTower Theatre, in partnership with Lone Star Circus, will celebrate the holidays from around the world through a magical collaboration of theatre and circus with Cirque Holidays! Featuring international stars alongside Dallas’ amazing and entertaining circus talent, audiences of all ages will be treated to incredible acts, ranging from hula-hoops to death defying trapeze stunts all tied together with a charismatic host and hilarious clowns.

  • 6:00pm - Catered Dinner
  • 7:30pm - Walk to Addison Tower Theatre
  • 8:00pm - Cirque Holidays 


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