The Countdown Is On: SMTconnect 2023

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The SMTconnect will be opening its doors in the Nuremberg exhibition halls from May 9-11. The anticipation is already high as trade fairs visitors will once again have the opportunity to enjoy a varied expert program. In addition, there will be the opportunity to network intensively with experts and thus further advance technologies. 

In a unique atmosphere, visitors can experience innovations and products up close along the entire value chain as well as gain valuable insights into the industry.

Platform for inspiration and networking
True to the motto: "Driving Manufacturing forward", the SMTconnect 2023 offers, in addition to various opportunities for technical discussions and information exchange, special highlight topics at the trade fair. These include for example, sustainability, obsolescence management as well as AI in electronics manufacturing. The exhibitors at this year's SMTconnect are already looking forward to interesting customer discussions and to presenting their solutions. On board are ASYS, Ersa, Essemtec, FUJI, JUKI, Panasonic, SMT Wertheim and Viscom, among many others.

Forum program with cutting-edge topics
A fixed component at the SMTconnect this year as well: the diverse and expert forum program with panel discussions, product presentations and company presentations. Special insights into top topics will be offered, among others:

  • Tuesday 9 May 2023: The neglected KPI – potential for competitive advantage in electronics manufacturing (Juki Automation Systems GmbH).
  • Wednesday 10 May 2023: AI in electronics manufacturing (Siemens AG) under the moderation of Dr Sandra Engle (VDMA)

Exclusive hotspot: the "Future Packaging" production line
This year, the "Future Packaging" production line of the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) is once again a proven and exclusive hotspot at the SMTconnect. It maps the entire assembly process with subsequent test procedures. The focus in 2023 will be on "Trust the Line"—Competitiveness through Trust, Sustainable Tool and Supply Chain. Visitors can take part in live guided tours with commentary every day at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. In 45 minutes, technical know-how as well as insights into innovations and trends will be provided.

Other attractions: The special showcase area EMS Park...
The EMS Park special display area also deals with the topic of supply chains. Here, visitors will meet partners from the Electronic Manufacturing Services sector. With impulse and best practice presentations, this special showcase demonstrates the advantages of close cooperation between EMS service providers and OEMs for both sides and creates space for personal exchange. Participating EMS companies include Assel, Elhurt and Coronex. Hot topics at the EMS Speakers Corner include Luminovo GmbH’s “Electronics made easy—What OEMs and EMS can learn from each other” by Sebastian Schaal and Elhurt EMS's "The power of trust and dedication—Elhurt EMS way of navigating through components shortage reality".

...and 'PCB meets Components'
In addition to the EMS Park, the special show area "PCB meets Components" presents exhibitors around the topic of PCBs, components and materials, e.g. Würth Elektronik, The German Electronics Design & Manufacture Association and Piciesse Elettronica Srl. Visitors have the opportunity to find tailor-made solutions as well as products for their questions and, thanks to the thematic concentration on the action area, the right contact persons in a short time.

IPC hand soldering competition: experience practical expertise firsthand
This year, the hand soldering competition at the SMTconnect will once again bridge the gap between theory and practice. Organized by IPC International Inc., soldering professionals and young professionals will put their expertise to the test. They will compete against each other in the hand soldering of complex printed circuit boards and will be judged primarily on speed and precision.


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