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 3

Silicon Valley (San Jose) Chapter: SMTA Silicon Valley Chapter Golf Tournment  +

Spring Valley Golf Course Milpitas, CASMTA

SMTA Silicon Valley Golf Tournament Shotgun Start at Noon

December 4

Silicon Valley Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Bestronics Box Build Facility
2243 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131


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 $30 per outlet. Early bird pricing ends on November 8th, 2019!

Important Exhibitor Materials:

For more information please contact Hannah Terhark, or 952-920-7682

Book a discounted room rate at the Holiday Inn & Suites : Silicon Valley - Milpitas by November 22, 2019.

1100 Cadillac Court, Milpitas, California 95035

Group Code: SMTA


Book Rooms Today!  

Search for the dates 12/3/19 - 12/5/19 and type in the Group Code: SMT


Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry!

Exhibit Hours:
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Free Technical Program & Schedule:


Registration Opens

Trends in 5G and the Impact on the Electronics Industry
Speaker: E. Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International, Inc.

Abstract: Projections call for 5G to drive growth in the electronics industry.  This includes advanced packages for mobile handsets such as antenna-in-package and the infrastructure to support 5G such as PCBs.  This presentation examines the status of the 5G rollout and the packaging requirements to support it.  Included are discussions on the material requirements for new packages and boards.   

Bio: E. Jan Vardaman is president and founder of TechSearch International, Inc., which has provided market research and technology trend analysis in semiconductor packaging since 1987.  She is the author of numerous publications on emerging trends in semiconductor packaging and assembly.  She is a senior member of IEEE EPS and is an IEEE EPS Distinguished Lecturer.  She is a member of SEMI and IMAPS.  She is an IMAPS Fellow.  Before founding TechSearch International, she served on the corporate staff of Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC), the electronics industry’s first pre-competitive research consortium.    

Expo Opens

Ceramic Capacitors-Recent Failures & Mitigations 
Speaker: Dock Brown, ANSYS

Bio: Dock Brown has more than 30 years of electronics reliability experience. He won the best paper award at the 2018 Pan Pacific Microelectronics conference and is currently co-chair of the IPC DfX Committee. Prior to joining ANSYS/DfR Solutions, he spent 20 years at Medtronic where he most recently concentrated on reliability aspects of material science in the design and supply chain for harsh environment Class III medical devices. Earlier in his career, he also worked in technology management positions at Sundstrand Data Control where he led the implementation of the Boeing AQS program and at Olin Aerospace as a program manager and engineering manager. As a volunteer, he has been involved with ASQ, IEEE, IPC, and SMTA. He has taught classes in DfX, tin whiskers, statistics, design of experiments, and has contributed to standards development.

 Abstract: The presentation will review recent failures and mitigations in ceramic capacitors in terms of construction and manufacturing, electrical properties,  mechanical properties, failure characteristics, counterfeit indications and qualification tactics.

11:45am - 1:00pm

Complimentary Lunch

Zero Defects International and Viscom, Inc.

12:45pm - 1:30pm
Contamination, Harsh Environments, and a New IPC Cleanliness Testing Standard - The Perfect Storm of Change
Speaker: Mike Konrad, Aqueous Technologies 

Abstract: Why Are We Cleaning No-Clean? No-Clean flux, once a reliable alternative to cleaning is quickly becoming the most common type of flux being removed. This presentation will discuss the reasons so many assemblers have implemented a cleaning protocol for assemblies reflowed with no-clean flux. While many assemblies maintain a high tolerance for post-reflow residues and do not benefit from a cleaning process, many others experience residue-related failures. This presentation will outline factors that affect residue tolerance and methods to predict an assembly’s residue tolerance.

Bio: Mike Konrad is an industry expert on the removal of contamination from circuit assemblies. Mike has been part of the electronic assembly cleaning industry for the past 34 years. Mike has designed several automated cleaning and cleanliness testing machines, has published technical articles on the subject of cleaning and cleanliness assessment and has been a member of Editorial Boards for several industry publications.

Mike served on the US Navy’s EMPF manufacturer’s committee and is a speaker at industry events and technical workshops worldwide. Mike was honored with Distinguished Speaker status from the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). He is the founder of Aqueous Technologies, a manufacturer of automated cleaning and cleanliness testing systems designed for the electronic assembly industry and has served as its CEO/CTO since 1992. 

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Cleaning for Reliability in Electronics
Speakers: John Hoffman, MicroCare Corporation

Bio: John Hoffman has specialized in the field of critical cleaning for more than 50 years. He helps companies update their critical cleaning processes to improve productivity, and boost quality in a safe, economical and environmentally-acceptable manner. He is an expert on vapor degreasing, modern cleaning fluid technologies and thermodynamics. He helps companies enhance their cleaning processes in industries as diverse as electronics, metal finishing, transportation, photonics, medical devices, and aerospace.

Abstract: The presentation examines how cleaning can be an important tool for enhancing reliability in a production engineer’s toolbox. Successful critical cleaning involves first identifying the contaminant and then selecting the best combination of cleaning fluids and equipment to effectively remove it. Balancing these factors properly can enhance cleaning reliability.

2:35pm - 3:15pm
Reliability of Robotics for Electronic Manufacturing 
Speaker: Bubba Powers, Weller Professional Tools

Bio: Bubba Powers is Manager, Technical Services for Weller Professional Tools - North America serving customers in the US, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Powers has been with Weller in varying positions of leadership for almost four decades. For the past three decades, he has primarily been involved in technical and application support roles for the electronics market. He has authored several white papers and hosted webinars pertaining to industry challenges, standards and applications. Mr. Powers served as a committee chairperson on the ESD Associations Standards team for ANSI/ESD S13.1-2015 Electrical Soldering / Desoldering Hand Tools. He holds a certification as an IPC 7711/7721 CIT Instructor and continues to support the industries many challenges for automation and hand soldering applications in the market place.

Abstract: Reliability of electrical or electronic soldering has always been paramount for the success of long-term market share and presence for electronics manufacturers. Process control is the key to ensuring manufacturers produce high quality and reliable products within their respective fields. In today’s environment of automation and high tech electronic controls, high reliability in electronics manufacturing is now more critical than ever before.

Automation is one approach to achieving the pinnacle of high reliability in electronics manufacturing, as repeatability and traceability are two keys to maintaining optimum process control. However, it is the responsibility of every employee to maintain and control these processes whether they are automated or manual.

In a world of trending automation and artificial intelligence in all of our surroundings, one slight miss can mean the difference in the success or failure of any electronic product. A failure in the manufacturing process could be insignificant if it is a cell phone, a game console station or a television, but it can be of major consequence if it affects the electronics in the car, during flight or the technology that the military is utilizing.

The presentation will overview the process of automation in the soldering workplace and discuss what factors are just as critical for high reliability electronics regardless of whether you are working with a manual or an automated manufacturing environment.



Out of the Box Manufacturing

3:15pm - 4:30pm
Reception on the Show Floor

Thank You to Our Refreshment Sponsor:

Datest Corporation

Expo Closes - Raffle on Show Floor

Thank You to Our Tote Bag Sponsor:

Datest Corporation


View more photos from the last Silicon Valley Expo
See more photos from last year on the Silicon Valley Chapter page.


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 Electornics 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
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
MB has worked in the electronics industry for 31 years and been associated with
KIC for 30 years with both national and international positions.

Our 2019 Expo Sponsors:

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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 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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