SMTA International 2017Conference: September 17-21, 2017
Exhibition: September 19-20, 2017
Donald Stephens Convention Center
Technical Program Finalized and Registration Now Open!
If you want to get the latest research to help you reduce defects and control your processes, look no further than the SMTA International Technical Conference. Choose from four days of session tracks including Advanced Packaging Technology; Flux, Solder, Adhesives; Inspection Technologies; Manufacturing Excellence; and Substrates/PCB Technology, as well as the Harsh Environments Symposium, Technical Innovations Symposium, and the Lead-Free Soldering Technology Symposium. Microsoft Corporation's Rune Jensen will keynote Tuesday morning with his presentation "Experiencing Mixed Reality - using the Microsoft HoloLens." Twenty half-day educational workshops are offered Sunday and Monday from expert instructors on topics including Fan-Out Wafer-Level Packaging and 3D Packaging, DfX, Cleaning, Ball Grid Array (BGA) issues, Flex Circuits, Reliability, Inspection, Temperature Profiling, Reflow Soldering, Stencil Printing, Surface Finishes, Process Troubleshooting and more.View the program
Learn about the latest equipment and technology from over 160 exhibiting companies. Bring your boards so you can see first-hand how you can increase yield!
Grow Your NetworkConnect with the SMTA Brain Trust to build your personal and professional network. SMTA International attracts influential managers, designers, CEOs, reliability experts, process engineers, and technologists who are shaping the future of the electronics assembly industry.
IPC Fall Standards Development Committee MeetingsWe are excited to welcome back IPC's Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings which will be co-located with SMTA International. This landmark collaborative effort by both associations is proving a major benefit to the electronics manufacturing industry as a whole.
Thank you to everyone who made our 2016 SMTA International such a success!
SMTA International Conference and Exhibition, which took place September 25 – 29, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, concluded successfully.
The technical conference continued the tradition of being the strongest in the electronics assembly industry. The Emerging Technologies Summit at the beginning of the week received much praise as it covered key technologies such as Alternate Alloys, Printed Electronics, Additive Manufacturing, and other innovative technologies. The Harsh Environments Symposium keynote presentation on Advances in Autonomous Driving by Delphi's Dwight Howard was well-received by attendees.
A first-ever SMTA technical session made up of entirely women presenters brought some impressive insight on conformal coating technology to the highly-anticipated Women’s Leadership Program on Monday afternoon. The session opened with a keynote presentation by Intel’s Milena Vujosevic, Ph.D., and closed with a panel and reception featuring Technical Accomplishments of Women Engineers in electronics manufacturing.
A crowd filled the Opening Keynote Session until it was standing-room-only on Tuesday morning to hear Seagate Technology’s VP of Engineering, Daniel Kuhl, give an impressive look at future trends in storage technology.
The Lead-Free Soldering Technology Symposium as well as the expanded Manufacturing Excellence track sessions kept the meeting rooms packed until the very end of the conference on Thursday.
The SMTA International show floor experienced a 10% increase in booth space. Over 170 exhibiting companies filled the expanded exhibit hall bringing more equipment than before. The co-located Sensors Midwest added 60 more exhibiting companies focused on component-level technology and many attendees walked both shows. Traffic on the show floor was noticeably higher this year.
Mick Austin from Vitronics Soltec remarked, "The show floor felt busier this year than in past years."
Once again the Tech Tour program featured distinguished tour guides leading groups of attendees to exhibiting companies demonstrating printing and dispensing systems or placement equipment.
Over 250 guests attended the Woodstock Party on Tuesday evening. Many party-goers dressed up in 60s-inspired fashion and enjoyed music provided by special guest DJ and long-time SMTA supporter, Tom Borkes from The Jefferson Project.
The 2016 SMTA International Conference Proceedings are available in the SMTA Bookstore.
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