Calendar of Events



February 2019

February 5

Oregon Chapter: Chapter Tutorial  +

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

AOI & X-Ray Masterclass


A fully qualified engineer, Keith has over thirty years’ experience in Electronics Manufacturing.  He is well known and respected for presenting technical papers at many high-profile events around the world and for his many published articles and interviews.


He started his career in this industry with bare printed circuit boards in the early days of multi-layer technology, moving through to contract manufacturing. He had ten years’ experience with advanced materials and soldering systems before working with high technology x-ray and AOI Systems, again for 10 years.


Then for almost 3 years Keith worked as a technology and business consultant, assisting many of the major industry names and being Technology Editor for an Industry magazine for part of that time.

from 2017 to 2019 he was Global Sales Director of the leading X-ray manufacturer. Recently reverting to a Consultancy role allowing him more freedom to pursue other projects, including i4.0.


He was Chairman of the SMART Group for 11 years and is now Chairman of the recently formed SMTA Europe, last year he was presented with the SMTA International Leadership award.

AOI and X-Ray Masterclass


Keith Bryant


SMTA Europe


Course Outline


The first half of the course will cover all aspects of X-Ray inspection, we will cover the basics of the Technology, in-line, off-line and at-line comparisons, looking at the positives and negatives of each. The latest hardware and software developments, 2D, 2.5D, and 3D (CT) will be explained and compared, together with images of demanding applications.


The second half of the event will cover all aspects of AOI technology, from basic 2D through to advanced 3D technology and the technologies between. Looking at the latest 3D advances launched at APEX the week before this event and contrasting them to earlier systems.


We will finish with an overview of Industry 4.0 for Inspection and the related Management Information Systems which take inspection into the realms of the SMART Factory of the Future.


All those attending will have the option to download my guide ‘BGA and Area Array Process Defects - Causes & Cures’, when it is released later in February


February 11

Webinar: Solder Paste Evaluation & Simple Tricks of the Trade  +

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

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


Solder paste quality and performance is significantly important and considerable engineering goes into its production. Selecting the best materials for your product and assembly process is key to high yield and your customers' satisfaction. Solder paste must be compatible with your equipment and other processes you use like cleaning, coating and electrical test. Working with suppliers to achieve the best performance is vital but so is periodic review of materials used.

There are always improvements being made to printing and jetting technology and it is important that engineers consider whether there are technical or commercial reasons to change. We look at common testing methods and some of the simple shop floor techniques used over the years to understand the different types of process failures.

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:

  • Solder paste type
  • Low & high temperature alloys
  • Solder beading
  • Solder slump
  • Reflow spitting
  • Flux condensation
  • Printing trials & test boards
  • Common paste & print failures

After the webinar there is a Q&A session which provides ample time for all delegate questions to be answered. However, if a delegate has a process example they would like cover in the webinar it will need to be provided in advance of the session.

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

February 11 - 14

Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium 2019  +

Kauai Marriott Resort
Kauai , HI

The Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium promotes international technical interchange and provides a premier forum for networking among microelectronics professionals and business leaders throughout the world.

February 12

Webinar: BGA and Area Array Process Defects - Causes & Cures - FREE for Members!  +

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 2:30pm GMT (9:30am US Eastern Time)
Keith BryantPresented by: Keith Bryant, SMTA Europe

Free for members!

What You Can Learn From This Course:

This webinar is FREE for members to attend and is provided by SMTA Europe. The webinar will be presented by Keith Bryant and will also include a brand-new guide to defects produced by Keith and available to SMTA members. During the presentation the methods of detecting defects in manufacture will be discussed and the growing need for more advanced methods.

With many years working in PCB manufacture and assembly Keith has investigated most defect types. As component and substrate technology becomes more advanced, new issues require modification to inspection methods which will be considered during the session.

The BGA & Area Array Defect Guide is a colour booklet featuring both optical and x-ray examples of common and not so common defects. The examples may be cosmetic or electrical failures found during investigation in manufacture. Each defect type is discussed with possible causes and cures. This guide is one of many guides being made available from SMTA.


During the webinar the following will be discussed:

  • Area Array Inspection methods
  • Inspection criteria

Selected defect types include:

  • Opens
  • Shorts
  • Voids
  • Head on Pillow
  • Solder wicking
  • Solder beads
  • PCB plating variations
  • Plating voids

February 13

San Diego Chapter: 02/13/2019 Chapter Meeting "Arthur C Clarke, Conscious Competence, and ESD"  +

HME, 2848 Whiptail Loop Carlsbad, CA 92010

Arthur C Clarke, Conscious Competence, and ESD
Presented by Gregg Heckler Regional Sales Manager DESCO

Date: 02/13/19
Dinner: at 5:45PM
Presentation: 6:45PM
HME Factory Tour: 7:45PM

$5 Members and $15 Non Members (Cash or check at the event)
Location: HME 2848 Whiptail Loop Carlsbad, CA 92010

RSVP Link:

February 13

Heartland (Kansas, Missouri) Chapter: Voiding under BTCs / Solder Preforms  +

Zarda Bar-B-Q 11931 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66215

We are excited to announce the SMTA Heartland Chapter's 1st event of 2019!
It will be on Feb 13th, 2019 at Zarda BBQ in Lenexa, KS and feature guest speaker, Kim Flanagan, Technical Support Engineer at Indium Corporation. Kim will discuss two topics: Voiding under BTCs and Solder Preforms. The meeting will also include a meal catered by Zarda BBQ.

Doors will open at 5pm and the meeting will start at 5:30pm.
Price is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Speaker Bio:

Kim Flanagan is a Technical Support Engineer based at the Indium Corporation who serves customers in the South-West and South-East US, and also Eastern Canada and Puerto Rico.

Kim provides technical support, including guidance and recommendations to customers related to process steps, equipment, techniques, and materials. In addition, she delivers technical training to staff and industry partners.

Kim is a Certified SMT Process Engineer recognized by the Surface Mount Technology Association. She has a background in Physics and has held previous positions in Quality Engineering.


February 14

Space Coast (Melbourne FL) Chapter: Study of Void Formation During Soldering  +

Mack Technologies 7505 Technology Drive Melbourne, FL 32904

SMTA Space Coast Chapter
Is proud to present a Technical Meeting
"Study of Void Formation during          Soldering"
 Understanding how voids in solder joints are formed is important for predicting the long-term reliability of solder interconnects. This presentation discusses the formation of voids in soldering processes including SMT assembly and packaging. Root causes contributing to void formation are identified and classified, and an in-situ observation during reflow is used to recognize the formation mechanism. Additionally, solutions to prevent future void formation are suggested.
The Presenter:
Mr. Watson Tseng of Shenmao Technology
Watson Tseng
Mr. Watson Tseng has been with Shenmao Technology since 2001 and is the Vice President of R&D and General Manager of Shenmao America. He has more than 17 years of experience in the development of flux, alloy, and solder paste for the SMT and semiconductor industries. Mr. Watson received both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the National Taiwan University
Come join us February 14, 2019 at 11:00am at
Mack Technologies
7505 Technology Drive
Melbourne, FL 32904
(321) 725-6993
Lunch is included in the admission price.
Members: $10 • Non-Members: $20
Registration fee will be waived if you join SMTA during this event.
Click Here to Join!!!


TIME:             11:30AM                     LUNCH
                       12-1:00PM                  Presentation           
RSVP to Jack Reinke or call (404) 290-6744



February 15

Space Coast (Melbourne FL) Chapter: 2019 Winter Golf Classic  +

Duran Golf Club

February 15th,  2019- Duran Golf Club                             Duran Golf Club 
8:30 am Shotgun Start
Scramble Format
$ 85   Per Player
$340  Per Foursome

Delicious Lunch following the event

The links style characteristics and wide open playability allows golfers to "Play golf" rather than beating the bushes looking for stray golf balls.  Check out the course details on the link above.  Consider being a sponsor for this event !
Be a Sponsor.   Don't miss the opportunity to get your name in front of over 100 SMTA members.  Secure your team spot or sponsorships today.
Please contact Eileen Hibbler at:
cell: (813) 335-7455

February 19

Capital (DC) Chapter: SMTA Capital Chapter Meeting - Nondestructive BGA/Area Array component rework BGA live demonstration at PACE  +

PACE - Elkridge Engineering & Training Center

This is a Surface Mount Technology Event for Government Specification Industry Organizations, Engineers, Sales, Production Control, Marketing, and Manufacturing.

Its our pleasure to invite you to our Surface Mount Technology Event on February 19th 2019 at PACE.  You will get to see a live demonstration as well as an excellent presentation.  There will also be great food!  Do not miss this event.  Do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you have any questions.  We hope to see you there.

SMTA Capital Chapter Team!!!

Non-Destructive BGA/Area Array Component Rework


Abstract: In the past 20 years, such mundane operations as soldering, desoldering and component replacement have become complicated by extreme micro-miniaturization, the use of lead-free solders, new thermally challenging pc boards, heat-sinking bottom terminated components and intricate component packages that are difficult to rework or install. One area that presents unique challenges is BGA/Area Array rework. Modern boards that use these components are more technically demanding than ever, requiring skilled operators who are highly competent at accomplishing delicate, intricate soldering and rework tasks. Unfortunately, many operators will cause more damage to the assembly or components due to his/her rework actions. As a result, many manufacturers struggle to repair or rework boards, opting to throw away lower value boards or hire outside contractors to perform the more difficult repairs. This presentation will review current techniques and procedures for performing highly reliable, high-quality rework and repair on some of the more difficult BGA packages, and will include live demonstrations of BGA rework using available convective and infrared heating techniques. The presentation will address typical BGA/area array components, heating technologies (convection and infrared), the importance of bottom side preheating, flux application, solder paste stenciling, device alignment methods and thermal profiling techniques, followed by a live demonstration of BGA rework.


Aaron Caplan Biography: Aaron Caplan is the Director of Marketing & Training for PACE Worldwide, a company solely focused on providing innovative, cost-effective solutions in hands-on soldering, rework and repair of advanced electronics to companies and government around the globe for well over 50 years. Mr. Caplan has been involved in electronics manufacturing technology since the 80's and is an acknowledged expert in Miniature/Microminiature Electronics Repair. A CIT in IPC-7711/IPC 7721, he provides technical expertise in teaching of non-destructive PCB rework/repair techniques, educating industry on how to properly utilize these techniques. In addition to his marketing duties, Mr. Caplan also coordinates the Training Department and Video Production Team, providing direction for a wide variety of video production projects.

February 19

Webinar: BGA Reballing- Theory and Hands On  +

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern
Presented by: Bob Wettermann, BEST Inc.

Bob Wettermann What You Can Learn From This Course:

This webinar is a “how to” guide for reballing intended for PCB rework and repair depots as well as device reclaimers. These sessions will take those interested in reballing devices through the entire process of setting up the equipment, developing and verifying the process. The first topic will cover the need for reballing of BGAs, CSPs and other devices. The second section will focus on the equipment set recommended for reballing and the third section the various process steps for reballing a device. A variety of different methods for both deballing and reballing will be discussed with the various advantages and disadvantages discussed to each approach.  Both plastic-packaged parts as well as ceramic parts reballing will be discussed. Inspection of the reballed components, the type of reliability testing data currently publicly available will be reviewed as well as some ideas for developing your own specifications if you want to outsource this activity.

This webinar is designed for process engineers, rework technicians and others interested in repairing electronics.

Instructor Bio:
Bob Wettermann is the principal of BEST Inc. a contract rework and repair facility in Chicago. His firm develops processes and products for a variety of PCB and device rework challenges. Bob is an IPC Master Instructor and has been involved in the electronics assembly and repair market for 18+ years. He holds several patents in the fields of surface science, industrial controls and PCB rework. He is a BSEE from the University of Illinois/Champaign.

February 20

Empire (Rochester, NY) Chapter: Member Appreciation Annual AHL Hockey Game  +

Blue Cross Arena (Rochester, NY)

The SMTA EMPIRE Chapter has again secured tickets for "Party Deck" glass level viewing of the Rochester Americans AHL Hockey Team as they take on the Cleveland Monsters.  Join us for this social mid-week gathering where you will literally come face to face with players crashing the boards!!

A limited number of FREE tickets are available.  Claim yours today using the RSVP link below!

February 21

Rocky Mountain Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: West Club at Mile High Stadium
1701 Bryant Street
Denver, CO 80204


Mark your calendars and plan to attend what is expected to be the Rocky Mountain event of the year. The SMTA Rocky Mountain Chapter is now taking registration for their 2019 Expo. We are expecting a sold out event, connecting exhibitors, and bringing the latest technology to the Rocky Mountain region while presenting impactful and meaningful technical sessions for your continued professional growth. Plan now to join us for free technical sessions, free lunch and the chance to network with leading suppliers to our industry!

Backstage Tour of Mile High Stadium
As a special treat, we will have a backstage tour of Mile High Stadium for 25 attendees. Registrations are limited so book early. Cost for the tour is $25 per person – a bargain for the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Denver Broncos. Tour will run at 1:00pm.

Click Here for Parking Information


Exhibit Hours:

Thursday, February 21, 2019





Free Technical Program & Schedule:


Registration Opens





Materials Selection for High-Speed PCB Stackup Design

Speaker: Bill Hargin, Z-zero

Everything that happens in the production of a PCB works against signal quality.  The purpose of this session is to introduce design teams to the process of evaluating and selecting the right laminates early in the design process, prior to signal-integrity simulation, creating PCB stackups that meet the requirements of multi-layer boards that work right the first time, with reproducible results across multiple fabricators.

Attendees will be introduced to PCB laminate tradeoffs, the laminate-materials market, and will be exposed to cost-effective strategies for controlling loss and glass-weave skew. 



Expo Hall Opens



The Impact of MicroBGA Technology on SMT Processes

Speaker: Chip Spangler, Ph.D., Aspen Microsystems, LLC

Micro BGA technology has reduced the size of the die package to be only slightly large than the die itself.  At the heart of Micro BGA technologies is a combination of advanced materials combined with more wafer-level processing.  While each of the major semiconductor assembly companies has their own variation on Micro BGA technology, many can be grouped into Fan-In or Fan-Out Wafer-Level Packaging (FI/FOWLP). The primary difference in these technologies is related to the size of the die vs the number and density of BGA solderballs. This paper reviews some of the major approaches to manufacturing MicroBGAs and discusses how these differences impact their use in an SMT process.



Complimentary Lunch





Tour of the Stadium



The Continuing Miniaturization of SMT

Speaker: Jason Fullerton, Alpha Assembly Solutions

As the demands from users push the electronics in the direction of “smaller, faster, better” in a number of applications, hardware designs are requiring SMT processes to use devices with continually decreasing pitch. This presentation will discuss the devices that are considered ultra-fine pitch technology, including leaded and leadless packages, area array packages, and passive devices. The effects on assembly materials and PCB technology will be discussed, as well as how these devices impact traditional SMT processes and advanced assembly processes that can be used in combination with or in lieu of traditional SMT.



Expo Hall Closes



Hosted Happy Hour by SMTA and the SMTA Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Cash Bar to follow from 4:00-4:30pm. Everyone is welcome!


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