SMTA International Conference Program Finalized and Registration Now Open


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The SMTA is pleased to announce that the program and registration for the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition is finalized and available on-line at www.smta.org/smtai. Taking place October 14-18, 2018 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, the conference features 20 workshops, 130 technical papers, and numerous complimentary offerings for engineers and professionals in the electronics manufacturing industry.

Technical tracks will cover the Technical Innovations Symposium, Harsh Environments Symposium, Advanced Packaging Technology; Manufacturing for Excellence - process and assembly; Substrates/PCB Technology; Flux, Solder and Adhesives; and Inspection Technologies. Engineers from major manufacturing companies like Celestica, IBM, Intel, Rockwell Collins, Sanmina Corporation, several universities and more will present their latest research on critical process improvements, new materials and technologies. One session on Monday afternoon comprised of all women presenters will be followed by a panel discussion on the technical achievements of women, mentoring, and STEM initiatives.

Twenty half-day educational workshops are offered Sunday and Monday from expert instructors on topics including Design and Assembly Process Principles, Basics in Troubleshooting, Solder Joint Reliability, Reflow, Wave and Rework Soldering, Defect Analysis, Cleaning, Ball Grid Array (BGA) issues, and more.

Rockwell Collins Project Manager, Ron Heberlein and Lockheed Martin’s Lead HMD Development Test Pilot, Tony “Brick” Wilson will highlight a dual keynote presentation Tuesday morning discussing the revolutionary design, development and pilot’s perspective of the Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) for the F-35 Fighter Jet.

Over 170 exhibiting companies will display equipment, materials, and services at the Electronics Manufacturing Exhibition, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16 - 17. Attendees are invited to join the “Pick-n-Taste” Beer Tasting & Reception which will be held Wednesday, October 17.

IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings and Sensors Midwest are co-located with the conference.

Several events at SMTA International are free to all attendees including Spotlight Sessions with presentations, Conformal Coating, Reflow Profiling, Reliability, Solder Alloys and Soldering. Other complimentary events available to all attendees are the Women’s Leadership Program, Fun Run, “Pick-n-Taste” Beer Tasting & Reception, Poster Session and the Metallographic Photo Contest.

About SMTA - A Global Association Working at a Local Level

The SMTA membership is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

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