Calendar of Events



August 2019

August 1

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

Grand Hotel Tijuana BC



Tarifa Convenio Grand Hotel Tijuana

Codigo de reservación: SMTA

Tel. (664) 681 7000    ext. 4170 o ext. 4180
Lada sin costo México 01 800 026 60 07  /

August 7

Central Texas (Austin) Chapter: CTEA at Tyrex  +

Tyrex Group, 12317 Technology Blvd, #100, Austin, TX

Central Texas Electronics Association (Joint Chapter of IMAPS & SMTA Members) Presents:
Electronics Design, Manufacturing & Test Symposium
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
TyRex Group at 12317 Technology Blvd, #100, in NW Austin
2:00  -   Registration Begins
2:30  -   Welcome to TyRex by Andrew Cooper, CEO
2:35  -   TyRex Factory Tours
3:35  -   "Additive Manufacturing for the Electronics Industry”
               Martin Johnson,  Executive Vice President,  TyRex Group
4:05  -   "You Want to Analyze What?  Insights into Materials Characterization from an
     Analysis Services Broker"
               Scott Baumann,  Founder,  Materials Characterization Services
4:35  -   Break & Networking
4:50  -   "Electronics Supply Chain Challenges and Solutions - Allocations and
     Obsolescence and Poor Quality, Oh My!”
               Jason Jowers,  President,  CTrends
5:20  -   "How to Manage UL Listings and Get Your Products Certified"
               Steve Barcik Amstel,  CEO,  High Tech Design Safety
5:50  -   Closing Remarks and Door Prizes Drawing
6:00  -   Food & Refreshments Served with More Networking
RSVP to Bob Baker at:
No charge for SMTA & IMAPS members;  $10 for all non-members >> (Cash or Check ONLY!)
Event Location:
TyRex Group at 12317 Technology Blvd, #100, in NW Austin
See Directions to:   (TyRex Location)   and   See TyRex Site Map Per Attached Doc
In Central Texas, SMTA and IMAPS work together as the
Central Texas Electronics Association (CTEA)

August 7

Webinar: Recent Advances in X-Ray Technology  +

Organized by SMTA India - Bangalore Chapter

Bangalore India

Wednesday 7th August @ 10:00am India Time GMT+5:30 (12:30am US Eastern Daylight Time GMT -4)

Presenter: Keith Bryant, SMTA Europe

Only members will get access to the recorded presentation!
Members: USD $10 
Non-members: USD $20 

Members must log in to register at the member rate. Pay by credit card online by clicking the "Register Now" button above. To pay by wire transfer directly to SMTA India - Bangalore Chapter, contact chapter president Ankan Mitra: +919620075752 or Madhukar Rao: +919686098690.


Taking x-ray images goes back over 100 years. Since then, there have been numerous advances in x-ray technology and these have been increasingly applied in helping the manufacturing of electronic components and assemblies, as well as in their failure analysis.

Most recently, this has been rapidly driven by the reduction in device and feature size and the movement to using newer, lower density materials within the structures, such as copper wire replacing gold wire as the interconnection material of choice within components. Another driver for developments is the engineering of single 3D packages with multiple chips stacked vertically one on top of the other, which results in smaller and more efficient packaging of devices.

In order to meet these challenges and those in the future, there have been a number of recent key improvements to the vital components within x-ray systems.

The choice of available technologies, however, means selecting the tube/detector combination, which is optimum for a particular electronics inspection application, is no longer so clear-cut. For example, one configuration may provide certain benefits that are applicable for one area of electronics inspection, whilst being less valid for others. This paper will review the various x-ray tube and detector types that are available and explain the implications of these choices for electronics inspection in terms of what they provide for inspection regarding image resolution, magnification, tube power, detector pixel size and the effects of detector radiation damage, amongst others.


Keith BryantAbout the Presenter

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.

Since 2017 he has been Global Sales Director of the leading X-ray manufacturer. He was Chairman of the SMART Group for 11 years and is now Chairman of the recently formed SMTA Europe.

August 8

Ohio Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Holiday Inn Cleveland Strongsville
15471 Royalton Road
Strongsville, OH 44136


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.
Early registration pricing ends on July 8, 2019!


Book Your Room with the SMTA Hotel Rate

Having issues with the link above?

Contact: Kristen Kerner at 440-783-3033 or


Thank You to our Lunch & Breakfast Sponsor:


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Thank You to our Refreshment Sponsor:



Registration & Networking


SYP Breakfast Briefing - Managing Your Brand

Speakers: Tim McArthur, Delta Systems, Inc. & Bill Timms, SMT Capital, LLC



AI Enhanced Quality for Electronic Assembly Operations

Speaker: Gregory J. Vance, Rockwell Automation

Smart manufacturing requires quick decision making. This means product and process performance needs to be monitored and provide enough data for trend, root cause analysis, and prediction. Many times this data resides in disparate locations (i.e. databases, machines, etc.) and behind proprietary interfaces, making data integration a daunting task.

In this work, we present initial steps in the direction of automated data acquisition, data harmonization, storage and processing capacity that will use the best of the edge and cloud computing environments to first solve smart manufacturing vision on a legacy electronic assembly manufacturing system. Our endeavor is to combine these initial two-level computing settings to create actionable analytics and visualization around electronic assembly processes by measuring machine performance in real time.  This solution will allow the machine operators and production engineers to identify potential outliers in the production processes as they emerge and to unveil product quality tendencies that can be resolved faster and with anticipation.

Looking into the future; machine learning and other artificial intelligence tools will help us identify out of controls, trends and new correlations. This will reduce downtime and defects that will drive operations productivity.



Show Floor Opens


Complimentary Lunch


A Practical Approach of Process Validation in Electronics Assembly

Speaker: Alfred Macha, AMT Partners

This presentation introduces an effective approach to process validation that can be applied at electronics assembly operations. The life sciences industry has provided well defined guidelines for process validation as part of CGMP (current good manufacturing practices) published by the FDA in 2011. These guidelines known as Process validation: General Principles and practices, provide an approach to plan and execute well controlled validation tasks via three elements.  

  • Installation qualification (IQ): This validation phase verifies that the instrument or equipment being qualified—as well as its subsystems and any ancillary systems—have been delivered, installed, and configured in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Operational qualification (OQ): This validation phase is performed to check that the equipment’s performance is consistent with the user requirement specification within the manufacturer-specified operating ranges. All items in the test plan are tested individually and their performance documented
  • Performance qualification (PQ): The final validation phase involves verifying and documenting that the equipment is working reproducibly within a specified working range.

The presentation will go over case studies of how process validation has helped manufacturing organizations reduce material costs and achieve consistent product quality via process consistency. In addition, the presentation provides a practical approach on how to roll out a process validation in an electronics assembly environment.  Finally, the presentation will answer the following questions;

  • What are the challenges in implementing a process validation system for non-medical device manufacturing environments?
  • What is the most common mistake made during a process validation?
  • How to eliminate redundancy and complexity in process validations?
  • What is the cost of process validation?


Show Floor Closes


Join us for a Solder Competition going on ALL DAY on the Show Floor!

August 12

Webinar: Conformal Coating - Successful Implementation & Quality Control  +

Bob WillisMonday 12th August @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


Conformal coating has provided benefits to industry for many years either in the high reliability market sector or where products have to deal with extreme environmental conditions. Different industries like telecommunications, automotive and consumer products benefit from the use of selective coating.

This session will provide a simple guide to the use of coatings, their application and process, product benefits, inspection and quality control. A practical session will also allow delegates to examine coated boards using different materials and inspect the coating application. Bob Willis will outline the most common coating problems, solutions and address your specific issues in this webinar session.


Topics include:

  • Why Conformal Coat
  • Coating Process Options
  • Cost of coating assemblies
  • Correct design for coating
  • Inspection & Quality Control of Coating
  • In-house or Contracting Services
  • Inspection of coatings & methods


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

August 15

Mexico - Querétaro Chapter: SMTA QRO - Primer Desafio de Soldadura SMD !!  +

SMTA Queretaro Expo & Tech Forum - Hotel Mision Juriquilla

*Registro sin costo para los participantes. 
Los primeros en registrarse seran los primeros en recibir la aplicacion para participar de este PRIMER DESAFIO DE SOLDADURA SMD.
*Cupo limitado. * Habra premio para los primeros lugares.
Qué buena idea ! Organizado por el Capítulo SMTA Querétaro!
¿Quién mostrará las mejores habilidades de soldadura en la próxima Expo & Tech Forum ? Tenemos un pequeño desafío para ti : ¡soldar los componentes de montaje superficial tan pequeños como un fine pitch !
Habrá un tiempo de inspección de 5 minutos al inicio de la calefacción para abrir el kit, familiarizarse con la tablilla y confirmar que tienes todos los componentes y herramientas que necesitas.
Solo puedes competir una vez y podras utilizar el equipo y soldadura designada. También tendremos lupas, pinzas, fundentes y trenzas desoldadoras a mano. Las herramientas razonables y otros materiales de apoyo serán proporcionados por nuestros PATROCINADORES; Los oficiales de SMTA a cargo del desafío seran los árbitros de "razonable" en este caso. Por favor revisa las reglas.
La puntuación se basa en el tiempo, la finalización, la funcionalidad, la limpieza y la calidad de las juntas de soldadura. Si la puntuación más alta es un empate, ¡el tiempo más rápido en todas las eliminatorias será el ganador!
Los conjuntos se juzgarán de acuerdo con los criterios de clase 3 de IPC-A-610E, la velocidad de producción y la funcionalidad eléctrica general.
La confiabilidad de los equipos electrónicos está garantizada por procesos de soldadura sin defectos. Este concurso reconoce las mejores habilidades en la soldadura manual de ensamblajes de tablas impresas complejas.
Los participantes competirán entre sí para soldar un ensamblaje electrónico funcional dentro de un límite de tiempo de 15 minutos. Los ensamblajes se evaluarán según la soldadura según IPC-A-610G, IPC J-STD-001G, IPC-7711 / 21C - Criterios de Clase 3, la velocidad a la que se produjo el ensamble y la funcionalidad eléctrica general del ensamble. Tendremos por Jurado a un Instructor Master de IPC y un reconocido Experto en Calidad.

August 15

Queretaro Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Misión Grand Juriquilla, Queretaro
Blvd Villas Del Meson 56
Juriquilla, QR 76230


The cost to exhibit is $450/$550 (early/regular) for corporate members. The cost to exhibit for non corporate members is $550/$650 (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 $55 per outlet. Early registration pricing ends on July 12th, 2019!

Important Exhibitor Materials:



Booths are assigned in the order they are received. 

Important Exhibitor Materials:

  •  In the case of bank transfers, the dollar exchange rate must be calculated on the basis of the interbank purchase price and not the selling price. All transfers require an additional $50 USD.    
  • To pay by wire transfer please contact SMTA HQ. 1-952-920-7682 or
  • Please contact SMTA Expo Manager Hannah Terhark with questions or for additional information.


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

Please see the Queretaro Chapter Page for More Information on Technical Sessions.

Free Technical Program & Schedule:
Exhibit Hours:
Thursday, August 15, 2019


Registration Opens


Lean Manufacturing - "Aplicación practice"

Speaker: Javier Cordova Nieto, Hella


Expo Opens


Conectividad - Crimping Inspection

Speaker: Felipe Escoto, JST Sales America


Complimentary Lunch


Hand Soldering Competition on the Show Floor


Traceability in Electronics Manufacturing 

Speaker: Miles Moreau, KIC


"Beyond Agile Project Management" - Main Challenges and Key Success Factors for Launching New Products

Speaker: Erik Schroeder, Hella


Raffle and Networking Cocktail Hour on Show Floor


Expo Closes


Karaoke night at the Shaba Bar in Misión Grand Juriquilla, Queretaro. All are welcome!



AIM Solder












JBC Tools



Precios por habitación por noche en pesos

Contact or call 001-800-900-3800 to make reservations at the group rate.


Tarifa especial para grupos en habitación sencilla o doble MXN $1630
Tarifa especial para grupos en habitación doble MXN $1890

Una noche de hospedaje.Incluye:

  • Desayuno buffet en Restaurante del Pueblito
  • Impuestos y propinas incluidas 



Prices shown per room per night in pesos

Package Plan – Includes Breakfast

Package in single room MXN $1572
Package in double room MXN $1824


  • One night (lodging)
  • Breakfast (buffet) in our restaurant "El Pueblito"
  • Taxes and tips


August 20

Intermountain (ID, UT) Chapter: SMTA Intermountain Boise Golf Tournament  +

Shadow Valley Golf Course

Shadow Valley Golf Club
Intermountain Chapter

SMTA Golf Scramble Aug 20, 2019

What:  SMTA Shadow Valley Golf 2019 Golf Scramble
When:  Aug. 20th Shot gun start 8:00 AM with lunch following Where:  Shadow Valley Course - Boise, Idaho

Team and Individual sign-up deadline Aug. 14th
Team and Hole Sponsor sign-ups due Aug. 7th
We also welcome donations for prizes like closest to the pin, longest drive and drawing prizes.

Team sponsor $350—fees and lunch for 4 (sponsor may provide shirts or caps) Team Sponsor sign.
Hole sponsors:  $200 and choice of available hole.  Includes one player and hole sponsor sign.
Mulligans:  $10 each, Must purchase in advance
Individuals are Welcome!!  We will sign you up to a team.  Fee is just $65.  This includes Green fees, cart, range balls and lunch.  Please Join us!  We guarantee you will have a good time!

Contacts to RSVP and for Sponsorships:  David Bell 208-867-6006 or
Contact for details about course, map: Shadow Valley Golf Club
15711 Highway 55, Boise Idaho   208-939-6699


August 21

Wisconsin Chapter: WI SMTA 2nd Annual Golf Outing is set for Wednesday August 21st!  +

Brown Deer Park Golf Course 7625 N Range Line Rd Milwaukee, WI 53209

Hello SMTA Members and Friends,
Please join us for our 2
nd Annual Golf Outing on Wednesday August 21st
The event will be at the beautiful Brown Deer Park Golf Course again.
18 holes of golf, raffle prizes, lunch, awards for closest to the pin, longest drive and more!
The fee this year is $45.00 per golfer.
Please email your Team Name and 4-some information to Josh Casper

RSVP and pay via paypal link to secure your spot(s)

We cannot wait to see you all on August 21st, 2019!


August 22

Capital (DC) Chapter: SMTA Capital Expo & Tech Forum  +

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab

The SMTA Capital Chapter is pleased to invite you to its upcoming Capital Expo and Tech Forum at Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Lab, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road,
Laurel, MD 20723, on Thursday, August 22nd

The SMTA Expo provides attendees with valuable technical information, as well as the chance to meet leading suppliers and other electronic professionals in your region while providing an intimate setting to network and gain knowledge about current advancements within the electronics world. This year we are pleased to host technical presentations by Vi TECHNOLOGIES, ZESTRON Corporation, KYZEN Corporation and KIC.
Please join us for this great networking and educational event. Registration opens at 7:30 AM and the first technical presentation will start at 8:30 AM. A complimentary lunch in included on the show floor and exhibits are open from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
7:30 AM                              Registration
8:30 – 9:15 AM                 Technical Presentation – Yan Manissadjian, Vi TECHNOLOGY (The Role of SMT Inspection in Industry 4.0 Implementation)
9:00 AM                             Exhibits Open
9:45 – 10:30 AM               Technical Presentation – Ravi Parthasarathy, ZESTRON Corporation (Jet Printed Solder Paste and Cleaning Challenges)
11:00 – 11:45 AM            Technical Presentation – Debbie Carboni, KYZEN (The “Who…What…Why…and How of Cleaning”)
12:00 – 1:00 PM               Complimentary Lunch and Door Prizes
1:30 – 2:15 PM                 Technical Presentation – MB Allen, KIC (Optimization of The Reflow Profile To Minimize Voiding)
2:45 PM                              Partner/Exhibitor Recognition and Bingo Door Prizes
3:00 PM                              Exhibits Close

To register online to attend or exhibit, please visit

August 22

Capital Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab
Kossiakoff Center
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723


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. Early Bird pricing ends August 2nd, 2019!

Important Exhibitor Materials:


Book a discounted room rate at the Homewood Suites Laurel/Columbia by July 30, 2019.

7531 Montpelier Road, Laurel, MD 20723

Group Code: SMT

Phone: 240-360-2725

Book Rooms Today!  


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

Exhibit Hours:
Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Registration Opens


The Role of SMT Inspection in Industry 4.0 Implementation

Speaker: Yan Manissadjian, Vi TECHNOLOGY


Expo Opens



Jet Printed Solder Paste and Cleaning Challenges

Speaker: Ravi Parthasarathy, ZESTRON Corporation 


The “Who…What…Why…and How of Cleaning"

Speaker: Debbie Carboni, KYZEN Corporation  


Complimentary Lunch and Door Prizes


Optimization of The Reflow Profile To Minimize Voiding

Speaker: MB Allen, KIC


Expo Closes


3:30PM - 4:30PM

After Expo Networking Social at Kloby's Smokehouse:

7500 Montpelier Road, Laurel, MD 20723

Looking for a local chapter event? Check the Chapter News page for more events.
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