SMTA Launches Medical Electronics Symposium

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Minneapolis — The SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium will take place May 19 through 20 at the Marriott Minneapolis Airport Hotel in Bloomington, Minn., and will explore devices, components, packaging and assembly technologies.

Conference chairman is Jeff Kennedy, Manufacturers' Services Ltd., and technical sessions include Design/Reliability, Manufacturing — Techniques and Requirements, Process and Quality Control, Packaging, Sensors/MEMS, and Business/Regulations.

Also featured during the program will be a plenary session, NEMI Medical Sector Roadmap, presented by Terry Dishongh of Intel Corp. A keynote presentation will be given by J. Doug Field, vice president of product development and chief engineer for Segway Co., known for the world's first self-balancing, electric-powered personal transporter.

A second plenary session on Medical Product Outsourcing and Technology Trends will be presented by Keith Robinson, Frost & Sullivan, and a concluding roundtable discussion will focus on trends and challenges associated with bringing new products to market, working with multiple partners in a complex supply chain. The panel will serve to expose barriers to entry of service to the medical sector and the unique challenges associated with supporting the medical products manufacturing process.

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The SMTA membership is a network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies and related business operations. For more information, visit



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