Calendar of Events



September 2019

September 10 - 12

Advanced Electronics Assembly Conference  +

Hungary & Romania
Budaörs, Budapest 2040 Hungary

September 10

Webinar: Electronic Hardware Corrosion  +

Organized by SMTA India - Bangalore Chapter

Bangalore India

Tuesday 10th September @ 9:30am India Time GMT+5:30 (12:00am US Eastern Daylight Time GMT -4)

Presenter: PJ Singh, Ph.D., IBM Corporation

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.


Corrosion-related electronic hardware failures manifest themselves as electrical opens or shorts. The common modes of corrosion are: (a) electrical opens due to the corrosion of silver terminations in surface-mount resistors; and (b) electrical shorts on printed-circuit boards due to creep corrosion. An ASHRAE conducted survey of data centers concluded that these failures generally occurred when the air quality in data centers was such that the copper and silver corrosion rates were greater than 300 and 200 angstroms/month, respectively. Recent design corrective actions have significantly reduced these failures. Ion migration, another common corrosion-related failure mode that causes electrical shorts, occurs under high humidity condition, even in environments relatively free of gaseous contamination. Yet another failure mode, somewhat related to corrosion, that is becoming quite common is the deliquescence of deposited particulate matter short circuiting neighboring features on printed-circuit boards when the relative humidity in a data center is greater than the deliquescence relative humidity of the settled particulate matter.  The webinar will present these and related topics in detail.


PJ Singh, Ph.D.About the Presenter

Prabjit Singh is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Materials and Processes Department in IBM Poughkeepsie, New York, with 40 years of experience in the metallurgical engineering aspects of mainframe computer power, packaging, cooling and reliability. He has 76 issued patents, and is an IBM Master Inventor.

PJ Singh received a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a MS and Ph.D. from the Stevens Institute of Technology, all in the field of metallurgical engineering. Recently, he received a MS in micro-electronic manufacturing from RPI and a MS in electrical engineering from the National Technological University.

PJ Singh is active in ASHRAE, iNEMI and IPC technical societies researching printed circuit board creep corrosion and the acceptable limits of air contamination in mission-critical data centers. He is an adjunct professor of electrical engineers at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

September 16

Michigan Chapter: Michigan Chapter SMTA Golf Outing & Technical Meeting  +

Oak Pointe Country Club

Monday September 16, 2019
9:30 AM
Oak Pointe Country Club
4500 Club Drive Brighton, MI 48116
The Michigan Chapter of the SMTA is hosting a FREE technical meeting and golf outing for SMTA members.
NON-SMTA MEMBERS: $25, (this will also get you a 1 year SMTA membership)
SALES ASSOCIATES: $75 (unless you purchase a sponsor sign, click for sponsor details below) 
This is one of the LARGEST technical meeting/golf outing events of any SMTA Chapter in America!
Held at Oak Pointe Country Club, one of Michigan’s most exclusive private clubs, this is the event everyone raves about!
Please join us for a morning meeting, a spectacular round of golf on the Honors course, followed by a fantastic BBQ dinner on the clubhouse patio overlooking the crystal clear waters of Crooked Lake.
10:00AM-Technical Meeting in Clubhouse 
“Electronic Assembly Data Insights Enabled by Digital Transformation & Industry 4.0”- Gregory Vance
12:00PM- Shotgun start (boxed lunch provided)
Following Golf: BBQ Dinner & Awards/Door Prizes

Oak Pointe Country Club is a Private upscale country club.
Appropriate golf attire please.
Collared shirts required, (must be tucked in),
no denim or cargo shorts.
Hats facing forward only please. Soft spikes only.

Please use the RSVP button below to register ALL golfers, then contact Rachel at with your foursome requests.

September 16

Webinar: Manual Cleaning of PCB Assemblies – Successful Tricks of the Trade  +

Bob WillisMonday 16th September @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


After rework, modification or second stage assembly cleaning may need to be considered. Ideally a no clean flux, gel or solder paste should be used to avoid the need to clean selected areas. If manual cleaning is to be conducted every effort should be made to use materials or application methods that result in the minimum residues from the soldering process.

Planning and training staff in manual cleaning are very important to get the best possible result visually and to maintain product reliability. This is one of the first training sessions to cover manual cleaning of board assemblies, highlighting the problems and solutions to manual cleaning.


Topics include:

  • Why clean
  • Material selection
  • Manual cleaning techniques
  • Testing cleanliness
  • Inspection requirements
  • Component compatibility
  • Reliability test techniques

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 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

September 17 - 19

SMT Processes Certification (Juarez, Mexico)  +

Juarez , CH Mexico


Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Technology and Engineering Institute

Ave. Del Charro 450 N.,

Cd. Juárez Chih. México CP 32310

Tel. +52 656.688.4800


  • September 17- Course (8:30-5pm)
  • September 18- ½ day of course + exam
  • September 19- All day exam (8:30-5pm)

  • Instruction: Spanish
    Test: English
    Instructors: Ivan Castellanos

September 18

San Diego Chapter: SMTA San Diego Chapter Meeting  +


Topic:   Understanding the New IPC J-STD 001-G Amendment 1 Cleanliness Testing Standard
Speaker:  Mike Konrad, Aqueous Technologies

The widely anticipated revised cleanliness testing standard is now active. What’s next? This presentation will cover the requirements of the new IPC J-STD001-G Amendment 1 cleanliness testing standard. What’s new, what stays the same? This presentation will uncover the details of the new standard, especially the “Objective Evidence” requirement of the new specification.

Mike's Bio:
Mike served on the US Navy’s EMPF manufacturer’s committee and is a featured speaker at industry events and technical workshops worldwide. Mike was honored with Distinguished Speaker status from the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) in 2017.

Mike has served as a court-approved Expert Witness in civil litigation matters concerning post-reflow cleanliness assessment and contamination-related failure mechanisms. Mike 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. Mike is also the host of the Reliability Matters podcast, available on iTunes, Spotify, and

Registration:  4:45 PM
Social/Dinner:  5:00 PM
Technical Session:  5:30 PM

September 22 - 26

SMTA International 2019  +

Donald E Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont , IL

Join your industry colleagues from around the globe this Fall for SMTA International, the electronics assembly industry's best technical conference. Get the latest in-depth technical information you need to be successful in your workplace. SMTA International offers educational opportunities covering manufacturing and assembly of electronics, advanced packaging/components, inspection technologies, processes, substrates/PCB technology, soldering, quality and reliability.

September 24 - 25

SMTA International Electronics Exhibition  +

Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

Exhibitors Register Now

SMTA International delivers value to you and your organization through our goal to bring our members and visitors together to focus, exchange ideas and share the newest technologies. Last year we welcomed over 1600 attendees from 21 different countries.

September 24 - 26

SMT Processes Certification (SMTA International - Rosemont, IL)  +

Donald Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont , IL

Co-located with SMTA International Conference.

  • September 24 - Course (8:30-5pm)
  • September 25 - ½ day of course + exam
  • September 26 - All day exam (8:30-5pm)

  • Instruction: English
    Test: English
    Instructor: Jim Hall, ITM Consulting Each SMTA Certification program is a three-day offering consisting of a 1.5-day refresher workshop on topics in SMT Processes or Six Sigma Green Belt. The program concludes on days two and three with an open and closed book examination. This is not an entry-level program. Basic algebra will be used in the workshop and examination. This challenging examination requires both written answers and calculations with the intent to enable the attendee to establish competitive credentials as "Certified" by the SMTA in SMT Processes or Six Sigma Green Belt. Why You Should Participate
    Technologies change at the speed of light, and competition and expectations are forever increasing. This comprehensive program will provide the refresher course, study materials and examination allowing you to be recognized as an SMTA Certified Process or Six Sigma Green Belt Engineer.
  • Enhance your stature in our industry
  • Increase marketing value for your company
  • Obtain proof of your knowledge and experience The SMTA Certification program is unique, as it recognizes and certifies the entire SMT assembly process at an engineering level.

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