Calendar of Events



May 2019

May 2

Carolinas Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton - Research Triangle Park
4810 Page Creek Lane
Durham, NC 27703


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). The cost to exhibit includes: one 6ft draped table, two chairs, company sign, lunch, directory listing and attendee list. Electricity is an additional $25 per outlet. Early bird pricing ends on April 1, 2019!



Discounted Hotel Rooms - Available Here:

DoubleTree by Hilton - Research Triangle Park


Exhibit Hours:
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Free Program and Technical Schedule Coming Soon!


May 3

Dallas Chapter: LED Do’s and Don’ts  +

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

LED Do’s and Don’ts

Speaker: Matt Osborne, Regional Territory Manager, Trans-Tec America

Event Details

  • Who: SMTA Members, Non-members, Students, and Guests are welcome - forward to others!
  • When: 11am-1pm on May 3, 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!


What to do and not to do with LEDs in a surface mount process including Paste printing, Stencil Design, picking, placing, Reflow, and test.


Matt Osborne
Trans-Tec America
Territory manager
  • Attended University of Delaware.
  • Worked for Motorola in Shaumburg, IL as a SMT Manufacturing Engineer.
  • Worked for Allied Signal in DOD environment as a SMT Manufacturing Engineer.
  • Worked for Quad Systems as a Field Service Engineer.
  • Engineer for Decatur Electronics in microwave radar.
  • Redesigned to Jugs professional radar gun used by Major League Baseball.
  • Opened his own contract manufacturing business, Contract Assembly Service, Inc.
  • Vice President of American Circuits located in Charlotte, NC.
  • Director of Engineering. The Light Source, Inc. – Design and manufacturing of high-end theatrical stage lighting.
  • Trans-Tec America territory manager.

May 7

Wisconsin Chapter: 2019 Wisconsin SMTA Expo  +

Crown Plaza Milwaukee Airport 6401 S. 13th Street Milwaukee, WI

Save the date and Join us! 
The 2019 Wisconsin SMTA Expo is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at:

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport
6401 S. 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Please RSVP today to reserve your spot!   This Expo will be the largest yet.   Come to see the vendors and stay to network with others in our industry!
50+ vendors, Lunch, Door Prizes, raffles, 2nd Annual Golf Outing sign up & more!
We plan to have 3 Technical speakers featuring Chrys Shea who will present:

“Accelerating the solder paste evaluation process”
We are excited to see everyone on May 7th.   The Expo is free of charge, but please RSVP today to let us know that you are attending!

Jana Esselmann

WI SMTA Secretary


May 7

Wisconsin Chapter: Milwaukee Brewers Game May 7th  +

1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee WI 53214

Wisconsin SMTA hosts an evening at Miller Park with the Milwaukee Brewers
Join WI SMTA Officers for the Brewers Game after the Expo on Tuesday May 7th!
The Milwaukee Brewers play the Washington Nationals at 6:40pm.
We have 30 tickets reserved.  
 Our ticket package is in Section 211.  Row 8-12. 
Price per ticket is $15.00.
Please sign up and pay to secure your ticket.   You must pay to secure your seat.   
Tickets will be handed out at the WI SMTA Expo on May 7th.

Please contact Jana Esselmann with questions.  262-305-0568

May 7

Wisconsin Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Milwaukee Airport Crowne Plaza
6401 S 13th St,
Milwaukee, WI 53221


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 $25 per outlet. Please contact Steve Stiller at for questions or for additional information.


Attendees can register on the SMTA Wisconsin Chapter page.

Please see the Wisconsin Chapter Page for More Information on Technical Sessions and Expo Materials.

May 8

Mexico - Guadalajara Chapter: SMTA Expo and Tech Forum Chihuahua Edition  +

Salon Villarreal

Te esperamos, registrate en el siguiente link para poder asistir

Registro Aqui / Register Here

Evento gratuito gracias a nuestros patrocinadores, consulta proximamente la agenda de conferencias y listado de empresas participantes en la zona de Expo.
¿Te gustaria ser expositor? escribenos a ya tenemos mesas disponibles para la Expo.

May 8

Great Lakes (Chicago) Chapter: Accelerating the Solder Paste Evaluation Process - By Chrys Shea  +


SMTA Great Lakes Chapter Meeting:

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Time & Location: TBD


Chrys Shea
Shea Engineering Services
East Greenwich, RI, USA

Solder paste can make or break the profitability of SMT processes. Using the proper chemistry is critical to a successful operation.  Because solder pastes have so many different characteristics that affect their assembly line performance, they can be cumbersome and costly to evaluate.  As a result, many assemblers are using mature formulations that have since been improved upon, simply because they don’t have the resources to properly evaluate new, more process- or product-friendly materials.

This paper proposes a new solder paste evaluation regimen that helps engineers assess up to 25 solder paste properties on their assembly line in 5 hours or less.  It uses the new SMTA board that is available off-the-shelf from Practical Components and is part of a full kit developed specifically to help PCB assemblers choose the right solder paste for their operation, as quickly, easily and economically as possible.

About the Speaker:

President, Shea Engineering Services

Chrys Shea is the President of Shea Engineering Services, a consulting firm that produces technical studies and communications tools for the electronics manufacturing industry.  Chrys is a frequent speaker at industry events, and has three times received the SMTAI “Best of Conference” award for her research on solder paste printing.  In 2012, she was honored with the SMTA “Member of Technical Distinction” award.  Chrys earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and her M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.  She is a past president of the Philadelphia SMTA chapter, and sits on numerous IPC and SMTA technical committees.

May 9

Huntsville Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Stone Event Center/ Campus 805
2620 Clinton Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805


The cost to exhibit for corporate members is $375/$475 (early/late) and $450/$550 (early/late) for non-corporate members. The cost to exhibit includes: one 6ft draped table, two chairs, company sign, directory listing and attendee list. Electricity is an additional $30 per outlet. Earlybird pricing expires April 12th, 2019! 

Important Exhibitor Materials:

Book a discounted room rate at the Springhill Suites by Huntsville Downtown  by April 17, 2019.

 745 Constellation Place Drive SW, Huntsville, Alabama 35801 USA

Group Code: SMTA 


Book Rooms Today!  



Free Technical Program & Schedule:
Registration opens

More information to follow...



May 16

Puget Sound Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188


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 $40 per outlet. Early bird pricing ends on April 12, 2019!



Discounted Hotel Rooms - Available Here:

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport


May 20

Webinar: Successful X-Ray & Optical Inspection in a Tin/Lead or Lead-Free Process  +

Bob WillisMonday 20th May @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


Area Array Technology is part of mainstream electronics but until recently very few good inspection criteria were available in the industry. The assembly process for BGAs is fairly well understood for Tin/Lead alloys but with the move to Lead-free assembly, new QFN and LGA packages have critical issues to consider during inspection. The webinar covers optical and x-ray inspection of solder joints for both Tin/Lead and Lead-free terminations. It includes an introduction to the Lead-free assembly process with specific attention to BGA and area array devices. It provides a step by step guide to the procedure of inspection for optical and x-ray showing you how to do it. Inspection criteria are included for x-ray and visual criteria on different lead-free terminations and pad surfaces.


Topics include:

  • Procedures for inspection joints optically and by x-ray
  • Inspection criteria for joints
  • Identification of key joint features
  • Other indicators of possible failures
  • Common BGA & bottom mounted failures


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. 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

May 21

Medical Electronics Sponsorship and Table Top Exhibit  +



Sponsorship Information

Sponsoring this event will provide a valuable opportunity to promote your company brand and product/service message to attendees, while supporting your business development and positioning goals. For benefits and pricing click on the link below. For more information contact SMTA, or call 952-920-7682.

View Sponsorship Benefits


Advertising Opportunities

Include your ad in our show directory to get more exposure for your company. Full page and half page ad space is available, black and white only. The deadline to submit your ad is April 15, 2019. *If you wish to pay through our secure server please use the "Register to Sponsor or Exhibit" button above. For a printable application form, click here.


Exhibiting Information

The conference will include an exhibition area featuring 25+ tabletop displays that will be open during conference breaks plus after hours.

Exhibit benefits:

  • 1 admission to symposium
  • 6 ft. Draped table
  • Two chairs
  • Attendee list
  • Company sign
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Breaks
  • Copy of the electronic conference proceedings


Exhibit Pricing:
Member: $550
Non-member: $650

Exhibit Hours:
May 21: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Please note that exhibit traffic will be minimal while symposium is in session. Please e-mail SMTA at or +1-952-920-7682 for sponsorship or exhibitor information.



Exhibit Hall Hours:

May 21: 10:00am – 5:00pm
To Register for the technical conference, click here.

May 21 - 22

Medical Electronics Symposium  +

The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland
Cleveland , OH 44106

May 21-22, 2019
The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland, Ohio

Crystal Ballroom

The human body is an extremely complex "electrical (neurological) system", with companies continuing their quest to understand and improve capability as related to neural interface, basically connecting the human body directly into computers! There is no question, capabilities in smart phone/watch technologies connected to the internet erases any doubt of the potential to connect people to computers.

With the brain being the human equivalent of the "MicroProcessor", semiconductor companies such as IBM, Intel, MicroChip and MicroSemi have been well aware of potential for connectivity. Others have taken knowledge of neural interface to help humans manage their internal electrical systems, including Medtronic, Philips and Abbott, with a range of pacemakers, defibrillators and neural therapies.

Expanding the potential scope of linking the brain to computers and to the internet has attracted the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, MicroSoft, Neuralink and others, adding to the list that already includes J&J, G.E., T.I., Stryker, and Edwards. MicroProcessors and other ASIC Chips, coupled with MEMS and Sensors, are now seen as the “next big thing” over the next 5 years looking at the Internet of Things.


This event will bring together experts to cover topics such as:

* Forecasting and Analytics

* MEMS, Sensors and Integrated Circuits

* Implantable Devices and Neural Interface

* Medical Robotics, Equipment, and Prosthetics

* Advanced Materials and Reliability


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