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SMTAI, IPC Midwest, APEX 2010, and Pan Pac will host exciting technical conferences as well as special events. SMTAI celebrates the 25th anniversary of the SMTA; IPC Midwest is expanding its free forums, and APEX and Pan Pac 2010 are recruiting presenters.

The Pan Pacific Symposium Technical Committee and Technical Co-Chairs, Soren Norlyng, MICRONSULT and Juergen Wolf, Fraunhofer Institute, are accepting abstracts for the 15th Annual Pan Pac event, Kauai, HI, January 2628, 2010. Pan Pac papers should be in the areas of assembly, business issues, interconnection, markets, microsystems technology, packaging, and solar electronics. Deadline for submitting abstracts is July 31, 2009. Obtain approval to travel to the event before submitting an abstract. The full call for papers can be found at www.smta.org and abstracts may be submitted at www.smta.org/panpac/call_for_papers.cfm.

Online registration is now open for IPC Midwest, September 2024, 2009, in Schaumburg, IL. The show includes the A-Line, live assembly line from screen printing to component mounting (through hole and surface mount), and reflow and cleaning. At the end of the line, you'll get a finished assembly. Participating companies include: Ace Production Technologies, ASYS Inc., Aqueous Technologies. Bare Board Group, Fuji America Corporation, Kyzen Corporation, The Morey Corporation, and Promation Inc.

IPC Midwest also will host a free opening session, "A Leaded Engineer in a Lead-Free World," Wednesday, September 23 8:30 to 9:30 am. Even with RoHS, there are products that are exempt from lead-free use. How do designers and component and manufacturing engineers deal with a world that is becoming lead free while they're still operating in leaded mode? This expert panel will discuss how their companies are coping with manufacturing RoHS-exempt product in a world where lead-free is becoming the norm. Other free IPC Midwest programs include the exhibition; an IPC Technology Roadmap free forum; a Welcome Reception and new show floor forums on critical reliability issues. www.ipcmidwestshow.org.

The SMTA will hold its 25th Anniversary Dinner and celebration at SMTA International on Monday, October 5, 2009. The occasion will be marked by reflecting on the theme of past, present, and future. Acting as Master of Ceremonies, Mike Buseman, Plexus, will host the event in addition to announcing a number of luminaries and events from the past 25 years. The event will feature presentations by two long-time SMTA members: Ken Gilleo, Ph.D, ET-Trends, who will be giving a humorous look at the trials and tribulations of SMT evolution in the past 25 years and Ronald Lasky, Ph.D, Dartmouth College/Indium Corporation, who will discuss the future of the industry. Registration for the dinner will be available on the SMTAI registration form online by the end of June, or contact SMTA executive administrator JoAnn Stromberg at (952) 920-7682; joann@smta.org; www.smta.org/smtai/special_events.cfm#anniversary.

Submit an abstract for IPC APEX EXPO, April 69, 2010, by July 17, 2009. For the conference, expert presentations are sought on all relevant design, PCB fabrication and manufacturing topics. Submissions in the areas of package on package assembly, printable electronics and advanced substrates are especially encouraged. Submit online at www.ipcapexexpo.org/html/2010/call-for-participation.htm. Selection is competitive; the program committee will choose only abstracts that describe significant results from experiments, emphasize new techniques or discuss trends and test results. During the three days of the technical conference, awards will be presented to the best papers. Three additional days will be devoted to professional development: full- and half-day courses on key industry topics. There will also be opportunities to network with your peers, exciting keynote sessions and special events. For more information on submitting a conference abstract and/or course proposal, please review the IPC APEX EXPO 2010 Call for Participation, and address questions to Greg Munie and Toya Richardson at (847) 597-2825. For information about teaching a half- or full-day course, contact Anne Marie Mulvihill, IPC professional development program manager, at (847) 597-2827.



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