SMTA International Conference and Exhibition

Special Events

The opportunity to gain new skills and update your technical knowledge is around every corner at SMTA International. From the exhibition area to the conference, you are sure to find valuable information that will prepare you to succeed in today's highly competitive market.

Many events below are free and some require fees and advance registration.

IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings Saturday, September 16 -
Thursday, September 21

Women's Leadership Program - free to all attendees
Presentations and Panel Monday, September 18 @ 1:30pm-5:00pm
Connection Reception Monday, September 18 @ 5:00pm-6:00pm

Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting - free to all attendees
Experiencing Mixed Reality - using the Microsoft HoloLens
Tuesday, September 19 @ 8am

After Hours Events
Students and Young Professionals Night Out Tuesday, September 19 @ 6pm
Fun Run Wednesday, September 20 @ 7am

Free Technical Sessions
Spotlight Sessions Tuesday, September 19
Wednesday, September 20

Free Activities on the Show Floor
Poster Session Tuesday, September 19 @ 12pm
Tech Tours Tuesday, September 19
Wednesday, September 20
New Product Showcase Tuesday, September 19
Wednesday, September 20
New Product Showcase Meet & Greet Tuesday, September 19 @ 5:00pm
Metallographic Photo Contest Tuesday, September 19
Wednesday, September 20
Career Center Tuesday, September 19
Wednesday, September 20
Appreciation Reception Wednesday, September 20 @ 3:30pm

10th Annual SMTAI Golf Tournament
Maple Meadows Golf Course
Thursday, September 21 @ 8:30am


IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings
IPC Fall Committee Standards Development Meetings

September 16 - 21, 2017

Contribute to the industry standards and guidelines that your company, customers and suppliers rely on by participating in the IPC Standards Development Committee Meetings.
View the full schedule for IPC committee meetings.


Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting

Experiencing Mixed Reality - using the Microsoft HoloLens

Rune Jensen, GM HoloLens, Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft HoloLens

Tuesday, September 19 | 8:00am

FREE to All Attendees!

Market projections put the virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) devices at anywhere from 90 to 120 million devices per year by 2020. Today on the market, there are a number of VR devices – mostly designed and marketed for entertainment. Basic augmented reality in the form of 2D images superimposed on video or pictures on our cellphones (e.g. Pokémon or Instagram filters) also exist today, mainly for entertainment. The ability to project 3D images into a user’s field of view has many exciting applications in the industrial space with the ability to provide real-time information or images fixed in-space to a real-world object. We call this mixed reality.

The Microsoft HoloLens is a premier mixed reality device. HoloLens is an untethered holographic computer that creates high-definition, 3D holograms using advanced nano-optics. These holograms become part of the real world through an array of sensors, which continuously sample the user’s environment. HoloLens combines all the processing and components in a form factor that enables interaction with the real and the virtual worlds - in a natural way. In his keynote, Mr. Jensen will share some of the technical challenges and triumphs as well as illustrate several practical applications of this innovative technology.

Rune Jensen

Rune Jensen, General Manager, HoloLens Hardware Design, joined Microsoft in 2007. He is responsible for leading a highly technical team of Electrical, Mechanical and Design Verification engineers responsible for building the HoloLens Hardware. Prior to that, he was a Partner, Director of Silicon Engineering, responsible for SOC Development for HoloLens, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Zune. Prior to joining Microsoft, Rune was a Chip Implementation lead at Philips Semiconductors and ReShape. Rune holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark. Rune lives with his wife and 2 kids in Silicon Valley. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, coaching soccer and other outdoor activities.

Congratulations to the 2016 SMTA International Conference Award Winners

Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Presentation
BTC/QFN Test Board Design Considerations and Method for Qualifying Soldering Materials and Cleaning Processes
Mike Bixenman, DBA, KYZEN Corporation

Best of Proceedings Paper
Predicting the Reliability of Package-on-Package-on-Package (PoPoP) Interconnections Based on Accelerated Aging Experiments and Computational Modeling
Paul Vianco, Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories

Best International Paper
Comparison of Active and Passive Temperature Cycling
Mathias Nowottnick, Ph.D., University of Rostock

Best Student Paper
Microstructure and Performance of Micro Cu Pillars Assemblies
Mohammed Genanu, Binghamton University


Women's Leadership Program

SMTAI Women's Leadership Connection

Monday, September 18, 1:30 - 5:00pm | Room 44

All are welcome to attend!

Chair: Priyanka Dobrial, Ph.D., Intel Corporation

We extend an invitation to everyone at SMTA International to attend the Women's Leadership Program to promote women in engineering fields. Get inspired by speakers from FLITE, IBM, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Nike, Women in Manufacturing (WiM) and more. This will be held on Monday afternoon from 1:30pm-3:00pm. This will be followed by a panel discussion at 4:15pm where panelists will share their unique stories on what motivated them to choose a career in engineering, mentorship and their contributions in advancing careers of women. The discussion is moderated by Claire Saunders from What's New In Electronics (WNIE.) Show your support for diversity in engineering fields by attending this session.

Women's Leadership Connection Reception

Monday, September 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Room 44

Join your colleagues after the Women's Leadership Program at our annual Connection Reception with wine and appetizers from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.

Thank you to our event sponsor, KYZEN Corporation Kyzen Corporation


Tech Tours

Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 | Exhibit Hall

SMTAI Tech Tours Back by popular demand! This is an opportunity to participate in technology focused tours that showcase the latest equipment and solutions in a small group setting with no sales pressure. Subject areas will be new products and test equipment. Our exhibiting partners will provide a demo of their equipment and a short technology-based presentation. Pre-registration is not required - feel free to hop on and off each tour as your schedule permits! Visit our website for more information.

Tuesday, September 19:
o   11:00am-12:00pm: New Products Line #1
§Tour Guide: Rob Boguski, Datest Corporation
o   2:00pm - 3:00pm: Test Equipment Line
§Tour Guide: Tom Borkes, The Jefferson Project
o   3:00pm - 4:00pm: New Products Line #2
§Tour Guide: Martin Anselm, Rochester Institute of Technology
Wednesday, September 20:
o   10:00am - 11:00am: New Products Line #2
§Tour Guide: Eric Moen, Akrometrix, LLC
o   11:00am - 12:00pm: Test Equipment Line
§Tour Guide: Rob Boguski, Datest Corporation
o   2:00pm - 3:00pm: New Products Line #1
§Tour Guide: Michelle Ogihara, Seika Machinery
Click here for a printable flyer:
View Tech Tours Map

Participating companies include:
Aven Creative Electron GPD Global Hanwha Techwin Inovaxe Koh Young Metcal Nordson DAGE Panasonic Factory Solutions SAKI Seica TRI


New Product Showcase

Tuesday, September 19 | 10:00am — 6:00pm | Exhibit Hall Courtyard
Wednesday, September 20 | 9:00am — 4:00pm | Exhibit Hall Courtyard

New in 2017! The SMTA International New Product Showcase will give attendees the opportunity to check out the industry’s hottest new equipment, materials and services right on the show floor!

See these new products:

ELANTAS Coating Material

ELANTAS PDG Coating Material

New Product Showcase Meet & Greet

Tuesday, September 19 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Exhibit Hall Courtyard

Meet with exhibitors to learn more about the latest trends in electronics manufacturing while enjoying light refreshments and appetizers.


Metallographic Photo Contest

Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20
Photos on display at SMTA Booth

As an engineer you use photographs to visualize your research, but getting high quality images of such small subjects is really as much an art as it is a science. Now you can get recognized for your metallographic photography skills! All you have to do is submit your high resolution images (both optical and SEM are accepted) to by August 11, 2017.

The photos will be organized into:
Two format categories:
1) Black and white
2) Color

Three subject classes:
(1) Interesting solder microstructures
(2) Interesting component structures
(3) Novelty: "Hey, that looks like a ...."

A panel of judges will determine the winners for each category and class.

The contest is limited to one entry per person per category/class. Each winner will receive a FREE SMTA individual membership (or renewal) for 1 year! Selected submissions will be displayed at SMTA International 2017.


Students and Young Professionals Night Out

Tuesday, September 19 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Students and Young Professionals Night Out Bowling

This event is geared toward ages 40 and under.

Ready for some fun? This special event offers a great networking opportunity mixed with an evening of entertainment! Dust off your bowling shoes and head to Kings Bowling & Entertainment for a chance to connect with fellow students and other young professionals in the industry. Food, beverage, bowling and shoe rental is provided. Please select this option on your registration form.

Kings Rosemont
5505 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018


Runners at SMTA International

SMTA Fun Run

Get your run in.

You don't have to skip your run just because you are travelling. Join us for a 5 mile run on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 a.m. We will be meeting in the Doubletree lobby. You can register for the run when registering for SMTA International.

Fun Run Route Map


USERS Solution Share

User Solution Share

Wednesday, September 20th | 12:30pm
USER Companies Only (no suppliers or sales)

Share a Manufacturing Challenge, and What You are Doing About It!
"Learn what your peers are experiencing"

  • You must present to attend
  • Only open to presenters and others from their company
  • Open to all things that fail
  • Topics included but not limited to; Global issues, Nitrogen & Tombstoning, Detection Methods, BGA Issues, Board Coatings and Finishes, etc.
  • Presenters will provide a 5 minute presentation to describe the issue and how it was solved with an additional five minutes for Q&A. (Only recent solutions from the last 12 months)
  • This session concludes with an open forum round table discussion.
  • Meeting Format: Each Presenter has 10 minutes and will be required to present 1-5 slides.
    1. Describe the Problem
    2. Discuss the Theorized Causes
    3. Discuss the Experimentation or DOE
    4. Explain the Corrective Action
    5. Q & A Discussion

    Please RSVP to Katrina Houmes by August 31st, 2017 and include the problem/solution and how many others from your company might attend.

    PPT Deadline: September 1st, 2017
    Download powerpoint slide template here.

    Companies who attended past years include Celestica, Cisco Systems, Inc., Benchmark Electronics, Engent, Inc., IBM Corporation, Libra Industries, Inc., Lincoln Electric Company, Lutron Electronics Company Inc., Plexus Corp., Rockwell Automation, Sandia National Laboratories, and Textron Systems.

    "The SMTA International SMTA Corporate User Session was a valuable opportunity to share information with industry peers. It was interesting to see that some problems are common to all of us and to see other concerns that may not have been considered. It was also helpful to observe the different approaches taken to diagnose and solve problems. The session was a good networking opportunity and resulted in discussions on future collaboration."
    - Bob Trinnes, Rockwell Automation

    Please contact Katrina Houmes at to indicate if you or a colleague will consider participating, the problem/solution and how many others from your company might attend this event.


    Appreciation Reception

    Wednesday, September 20 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Exhibit Hall Courtyard

    The Appreciation Reception is open to all SMTAI attendees and will be held on Wednesday, September 20 at 3:30pm in the Exhibit Hall Courtyard. This event is to celebrate chapter accomplishments and successes as well as to recognize the speakers and exhibitors who have loyally participated and supported SMTA events over the past year. Please come and share in the celebration!

    Thank you to our sponsors! Capital (DC) SMTA Chapter Carolinas SMTA Chapter Central Texas (Austin) SMTA Chapter Empire SMTA Chapter    Houston Chapter    SMTA Ohio Valley Chapter Puget Sound SMTA Chapter    Upper Midwest Chapter   


    SMTAI Golf Tournament

    10th Annual SMTAI Golf Tournament

    Thursday, September 21st, 2017
    Maple Meadows Golf Club

    272 Addison Rd
    Wood Dale, IL 60191 - map

    8:30 am Shotgun Start
    50+ Players
    Best Ball Scramble
    Prizes for Performance
    Hot Buffet Lunch

    Sign up now for the 10th Annual SMTA International Golf Tournament.

    Maple Meadows Golf Club is a championship course featuring a modern combination of links and prairie design. Conveniently located just 10 miles from the Convention Center!

    $85.00 per player, $340 per foursome team
    Price Includes:

  • Round of Golf (18 Holes)
  • Golf Cart per 2 Golfers
  • Drink Tickets
  • Hot Buffet Lunch
  • Chance to Win Performance Prizes (i.e. longest drive, closest to pin, 1st-3rd place foursomes)

    Hannah Funk, SMTA

    View all SMTA International and Golf Tournament Sponsorships

    2017 Golf Sponsors

    ACL, Inc. Arc-Tronics ASM Assembly Systems E-Tronix Henkel Electronic Materials HISCO Kyzen Corporation LPMS USA NCAB Purex Viscom


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