An energetic and engaged crowd filled the recent SMTA Upper Midwest Expo & Tech Forum. The event, held in June 14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, hosted 57 exhibiting companies and had over 100 pre-registered attendees. The underlying theme for the technical presentations was "Raising the Capability Ceiling!" Here's a wrap-up of the event.

The Michigan SMTA Expo & Tech Forum 2018: A Review

June 22, 2018 | Happy Holden, I-Connect007

In May, I had the adventure of driving across Michigan to visit the SMTA Michigan Expo & Tech Forum. This well-organized and attended expo and technical forum featured over 75 exhibitors and two interesting presentations. Read on.


Masking of Conformal Coating During Assembly and Rework

June 11, 2018 | Bob Wettermann, BEST, Inc.

Masking of printed circuit boards post rework/repair as well as for initial PCB assembly is often required if the PCB is to be conformal coated. If a board that has conformal coating on it needs to be reworked or repaired, the...

The Role of Bismuth (Bi) in Electronics, Part 4

June 4, 2018 | Dr. Jennie Hwang, H-Technologies Group

Dr. Jennie Hwang's column series continues in Part 4, which addresses two pivotal questions: Why SAC is not able to be a universal interconnecting material for electronic circuits, and why a quaternary alloy system offers a more...

One World, One Industry: Meet IPC’s Vice President of Global Government Relations, Chris Mitchell

May 29, 2018 | John Mitchell, IPC--Association Connecting Electronics Industries

In this new role, Chris will work closely with IPC’s Government Relations Steering Committee and its government relations team based in Washington, D.C. Chris will represent IPC and the electronics manufacturing industry before...

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