Calendar of Events



April 2020

April 6

Webinar: Reflow Simulation – X-ray & Optical Help Solves Design & Process  +

Organized by SMTA Europe

Monday 6th April @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm UK Time (9:30am - 11:00am US Eastern Time)

Bob WillisPresenter: Bob Willis, SMTA Europe

Reflow defects can be examined and eliminated in manufacture by following some simple steps. Often companies have all the equipment and materials on site to solve process issues very quickly. Bob will illustrate how using optical and x-ray reflow simulation you can examine area array, pin in paste, Package on Package & Underfill failures.

With over 30 years’ experience solving assembly and soldering defects Bob Willis will show you how using video simulation you can demonstrate defects happening in real time. The information captured can help prove the root cause of process defects and product failures

Topics included in our webinar:

  • Benefits of video simulation
  • How to conduct reflow simulation
  • What equipment have you got onsite
  • Planning your tests
  • Recording results
  • Type of defects examined

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 covered 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

April 7

FREE Pre-Conference Webinar: Harsh Environment Failure - Causes & Cures  +

Organized by SMTA Europe Chapter

Tuesday 7th April 2.30pm UK Time (9:30am US Eastern Time)

Join Keith Bryant & Bob Willis to find out more about the demands on Electronics in Harsh Environments as they showcase the challenges faced by design and process engineers worldwide including some of the key issues that are faced in Power Electronics, Automotive, High Voltage, Assembly and High Reliability Products.

For the fourth year running SMTA Europe will present the Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference and Exhibition 21-23 April 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more information visit

Still unsure if you should be in Amsterdam or need more info to convince your boss? This webinar provides an ideal way of seeing in advance some of the people you will meet and things you will learn from industry experts, plus you will be able to show examples of what you have learned on the different failure modes in electronics.

By attending this FREE webinar, you also have the opportunity of winning a FREE pass to attend one day of the conference plus a FREE copy of High Temperature Soldering Wall Charts.

Topics include:

  • High Temperature
  • Condensing Environments
  • Water Immersion
  • Mechanical Strain
  • Corrosive Environments

The webinar lasts between 30-45min and you will receive a copy of the slides in pdf from each presenter after the webinar.

April 14

Wisconsin Chapter: WI SMTA 1st Technical meeting rescheduled for Tuesday April 14th- Chip King with Fuji (Webinar)  +

Via Webinar

Hello SMTA Members,

We hope everyone is hanging in there at this difficult time in our lives,  the WI SMTA has decided to move ahead with our first Technical meeting of 2020.   This FREE webinar willl take place on Tuesday April 14th, at 3pm. 

Chip King of Fuji America will be presenting on,

“Challenging Component Placement Technology including
LED, Odd Form components, automating the manual part insertion process”

Chip King is the Sales Applications Engineering Manager for Fuji America Corporation supporting user application needs throughout the electronics assembly market primarily within the North American territory. He holds a B.S.E.E. from Purdue University along with 32+ years of industry knowledge and experience. He has held multiple positions with Fuji America Corporation for the past 25 years. Along with multiple roles with several other companies such as Motorola, Alpine, Alcatel and others. Recently his focus, as with many in the industry, is on the Smart Factory initiatives across the market with emphasis on overall productivity improvements through innovative automation solutions.  

Please take the time to RSVP below.  If you aready responded to the original meeting at Wago, we ask that you RSVP again so we know for sure if you will be on the call.
The call in number and webinar details will be sent to everyone who RSVP's 24 hours PRIOR to the event. 

This webinar is FREE, we hope everyone can join us!

April 14

Webinar: Why Are We Cleaning No-Clean?  +

Free for Members!


Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 11:00am US Eastern Time

Why Are We Cleaning No-Clean?
Presenter: Mike Konrad, Aqueous Technologies

It seems like an oxymoron. Cleaning no-clean flux Really? Really! 

While cleaning no-clean flux may seem redundant, there are many reasons so many assemblers are now cleaning no-clean. When no-clean flux was first introduced in the late 1980's, so many things were different. The residue tolerance of circuit assemblies is substantially less today than it was when the concept of using a no-clean flux was first introduced.

This presentation will present the reasons assemblers are now cleaning their assemblies, especially those reflowed with no-clean flux. Contamination-related failure mechanisms will be reviewed and residue tolerance assessment considerations will be discussed.

Is residue removal right for your assemblies? Maybe, maybe not. Join us for an informative discussion on the subject of cleaning no-clean and determine if it is right for your assemblies.

April 16

Atlanta Expo & Tech Forum - CANCELLED  +

Location: Atlanta Technology Park
107 Technology Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092


The Atlanta 2020 expo is CANCELLED. Please contact McKenna Hill at with questions or concerns.




April 21

Carolinas (NC, SC) Chapter: SMTA Carolinas Chapter 2020 - Lunch & Learn Robotic Soldering Panel Discussions (Postponed)  +

Raleigh, NC

Coming to a site near you...SOON
Everything you needed to know about
ROBOTIC SOLDERING in a MODERATED PANEL session with industry experts
SAVE THE DATES for these repeat engagements
Raleigh, NC on 21April and then again in Greenville, SC on SC 23April

April 21

Webinar: Four Things Engineers Need To Know About Patents and Intellectual Property  +

Free for Members!

Tuesday, April 21st @ 11:00am US Eastern Time

Christopher SchafferPresenter: Christopher P. Schaffer, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP


This presentation covers the most common Patent and Intellectual Property issues that engineering teams deal with on a regular basis.  This webinar is valuable for engineers of every level and managers that oversee any type of engineering or development function. Among other topics we will cover the right way and the wrong way to handle competitor’s patents, how to effectively protect your technology when meeting with suppliers/customers, when to pursue patent protection and whether it is a good idea to perform your own prior art search.

About the Presenter:

Before becoming an attorney, Chris spent 18 years as an Engineer at several technology companies including serving as the Engineering Director for a large electronics company. Chris is the inventor on more than 10 US patents. Chris focuses his law practice on patent prosecution, technology licensing and counseling with an emphasis in the areas of telecommunications, power electronics, semiconductor processing, electronics packaging, advanced materials, thermal management and mechanics. Click here to learn more.

April 23

Carolinas (NC, SC) Chapter: SMTA Carolinas Chapter 2020 - Lunch & Learn Robotic Soldering Panel Discussions (POSTPONED)  +

Greenville, SC

Coming to a site near you...SOON
Everything you needed to know about
ROBOTIC SOLDERING in a MODERATED PANEL session with industry experts
SAVE THE DATES for these repeat engagements
Raleigh, NC on 21April and then again in Greenville, SC on SC 23April

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