Marybeth Allen to Speak at IMAPS Chapter Meeting

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San Diego — KIC announces that on Thursday, February 19, 2004, Marybeth Allen will speak on the thermal process of low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCCs) at the IMAPS Orange Chapter Dinner Meeting. The speech, entitled "Hot Product In Control — LTCC's Thermal Process," will take place at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Anaheim, Calif. (Glassel & 91). Cost for members and guests are $20 per person, and student cost is $8 per person.

Allen will describe applications for the use of LTCCs, and explain how these applications are multiplying rapidly. Standard components and other modules for communications, biomedical and automotive are being manufactured in high volume. Most of the world's production currently is done in box furnaces, which could be a lengthy process, adding cost and limiting production throughput. An alternative is the production of these parts in conveyorized furnaces. Allen's speech will discuss the advantages and challenges of moving to a conveyorized firing process .It will also include furnace setup, optimization relative to tight process windows and continuous monitoring of the thermal process to eliminate defects.

As national sales manager of KIC, Allen's expertise lies within the management of the thermal process. She has 20 years of experience in the electronics assembly industry covering surface mount, thick film and packaging. Traveling throughout North America, she has the opportunity to work with varied EMS providers and OEMs with commercial, medical and military products. As project manager, she works with manufacturers of equipment and materials for board and package assembly for thermal processes. Allen is in charge of KIC's Partner Program. Additionally, she is a past chapter president of SMTA & IMAPS and has authored various industry papers.

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