Calendar of Events



March 2020

March 10

Intermountain (Boise) Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Boise State University - Jordan ABC Room
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725


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 $50 per outlet.

Early bird pricing ends on February 10, 2020

For inclusion in the official onsite event guide, you must have your company description and other required information updated and sent to before Friday, February 14, 2020.

Important Exhibitor Materials:
Exhibitor Application PDF
Sponsorship Form PDF
Please contact an SMTA Expo Manager with questions or for additional information.




Technical Presentation

Expo Opens


Technical Presentation

Free Lunch

Technical Presentation

Door Prizes - Must be Present to Win

**Parking is FREE. There will be attendants manning the parking area. Say you are with SMTA.**

March 16

Webinar: BGA & Area Array Failures, Causes & Corrective Actions  +

Organized by SMTA Europe

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

Presenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe


Ball Grid Array or area array packages have been used in the industry for many years and are widely available for commercial and military applications. Everyone blames the BGA for failure, often because you can’t see under the package but is it the real failure in your process?  Bob will outline the correct assembly process, the most common failure modes and corrective action. Just like surface mount, the use of BGAs can affect printed board layout, assembly, inspection and repair process. However, BGAs provide significant advantages over fine pitch components on assembly yield.

Topics include:

  • Modern Lead-Free Assembly Processes

  • Issues with Plastic BGA, Ceramic BGA, Column Grid Array, Land Grid Arrays

  • Lead-free and tin/lead paste

  • Moisture cracking

  • Effect of incorrect profiling

  • Head in or on Pillow

  • Secondary reflow

  • Hot tearing of joints

  • Voiding in solder joints

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

March 19

Chihuahua Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Villarreal Eventos
Periferico De la Juventus # 6501
Plaza Comercial Haciendas
Chihuahua, CP 31217


Chihuahua Expo Booth Space

6 ft. Draped Table | Two Chairs | Attendee List | Onsite Event Guide Listing | Company Sign | Lunch

 Early Registration Rates End January 22, 2020!
 SMTA Corporate Members receive reduced rates!

 Corporate Member 

 Non-Corporate Member 

 One (1) booth before January 22, 2020

 $550 - USD
 $10,000 - MXN

 $650 - USD
 $12,000 - MXN

 One (1) booth after January 22, 2020

 $650 - USD
 $12,000 - MXN

 $750 - USD
 $14,000 - MXN

 Booth Electricity

 $50 - USD
 $1,000 - MXN

 Exhibitor Application PDF
 Advertisement & Sponsorship Application PDF

For inclusion in the official onsite event guide, you must have your company description and other required information updated and sent to before Friday, February 7, 2020.

 Questions? Contact SMTA Director of Meetings & Events, Kristy Masloski




More Information on Technical Sessions Coming Soon!

March 24

Dallas Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: Plano Event Center
2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy
Plano, TX 75074


The cost to exhibit for corporate members is $450/$550 (Early/Late) and $550/$650 (Early/Late) for non-corporate members.(click here for membership information)

The cost to exhibit includes: 8 ft. x 10 ft. partitioned exhibit space, draped table, two chairs, company sign, lunch, directory listing and registrant list.

Early registration expires on February 14, 2020!

Electricity is an additional $50 per outlet.

The cost to exhibit includes:
 - One 6 ft. Table
 - Two chairs
 - Company Sign
 - Lunch
 - Directory Listing
 - Attendee List

All spaces will be assigned once we are sold out. If there is another exhibitor you want to be next to please let us know when you sign up.

Exhibitor Application

Ad/Sponsorship Form

For inclusion in the official onsite event guide, you must have your company description and other required information updated and sent to before Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Please contact Courtney, SMTA Expo Manager, with questions or for additional information.

Plano Convention Center - Dallas







See You at the Plano Centre! 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074


Event Schedule:


First Expo Speaker:

The Future of the Digital Thread - Industry 4.0

Speaker: Dr. Don Kinard, Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow

For the past 20 years the Digital Thread has enhanced development of manufacturing technologies including robotics, automation, graphical work instructions, AR, optical/laser projection, and more recently, the introduction of laser and structured light scanning. This digital thread has also brought industry to the foothills of the next industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, the revolution of data. The introduction of integrated IT architectures, the application of analytics and AI, as well as the focus on data strategy and data automation will dramatically change the landscape of corporations as they look for these new technologies to provide improved unprecedented insight into performance and the ability to predict and mitigate disruptions. As with previous revolutions some companies will fail to embrace the technology and flounder, and others will ride the data wave to secure their future. 


Second Expo Speaker:

See the Heat - Troubleshooting PCB & Electronic Product Design with Thermal Imaging

Speaker: Jerry Feeney, FLIR Systems Inc.

As electronic circuit boards and components get smaller and more powerful, inherent heat can cause failures and significant damage. FLIR Business Development Manager for Science, Jerry Beeney, compares traditional temperature measurement devices with infrared imaging. He uses real-world infrared images and examples to detail how infrared thermography can more easily identify hot spots, allowing for improved thermal management and greater advances in circuit board design.


Third Expo Speaker:

CT Scanning: 3 Case Studies

Speaker: Rob Boguski, Datest

Digital Computed Tomography, or CT Scanning, has advanced in both equipment as well as techniques in recent years, such that it has now become the method of choice in many applications where workmanship, fabrication, process, and component-related defects are difficult, and often otherwise virtually impossible to find. Nevertheless misconceptions linger concerning the suitability of CT scanning as a nondestructive test and failure analysis methodology. This presentation will address some of those misconceptions by featuring 3 specific and recent applications of CT scanning, illustrating its wide potential for use as a diagnostic tool. Examples will be shown from the medical/biotech, military/aerospace, and electronics sectors. In each case we will state the specific problem to be addressed; highlight some significant, if not decisive images; and show conclusions drawn from compilation and analysis of the images, with any applicable lessons learned along the way.


Thank You to Our Door Prize Sponsor:


March 25

Empire (Rochester, NY) Chapter: Annual Rochester Amerks AHL Hockey Game Social  +

Blue Cross Arena (Rochester, NY)

Join us for local mid-week professional hockey action in a matchup between two playoff caliber teams where the Rochester Americans host the Toronto Marlies!  In gratitute to our local SMTA members and supporters, the game admission for our kickoff 2020 event is free to you.  Just click on the RSVP link below to let us know you're coming and we'll reserve your ticket!  We'll start the evening per the usual pre-game routine at the Dinorsaur BBQ restaurant, just a short walk from the Blue Cross Arena across the Genesee River.  The puck drops at 7:05pm.

Check back on this web page for event updates.  Specific details will be emailed to each confirmed RSVP registrant.

March 26

Houston Expo & Tech Forum  +

Location: The Stafford Centre
10505 Cash Road
Stafford, TX 77477


The Cost to Exhibit Includes:

 - One 10x10 Pipe-and-Draped Booth
 - One 6ft Draped Table
 - Two Chairs
 - Company Sign
 - Lunch
 - Directory Listing
 - Attendee List

Electricity is an additional $50 per booth. Early bird expires on Friday, February 21, 2020!

For inclusion in the official onsite event guide, you must have your company description and other required information updated and sent to before Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Please Contact Expo Manager - Courtney Kalb with questions.


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


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