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SMTA International 2017

Conference: September 17-21, 2017
Exhibition: September 19-20, 2017

Booth: Creative Electron

Location : Donald Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

SMTA International Conference and Exhibition, which took place September 25 – 29, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, concluded successfully.

The technical conference continued the tradition of being the strongest in the electronics assembly industry. The Emerging Technologies Summit at the beginning of the week received much praise as it covered key technologies such as Alternate Alloys, Printed Electronics, Additive Manufacturing, and other innovative technologies. The Harsh Environments Symposium keynote presentation on Advances in Autonomous Driving by Delphi’s Dwight Howard was well-received by attendees.

A first-ever SMTA technical session made up of entirely women presenters brought some impressive insight on conformal coating technology to the highly-anticipated Women’s Leadership Program on Monday afternoon. The session opened with a keynote presentation by Intel’s Milena Vujosevic, Ph.D., and closed with a panel and reception featuring Technical Accomplishments of Women Engineers in electronics manufacturing.

A crowd filled the Opening Keynote Session until it was standing-room-only on Tuesday morning to hear Seagate Technology’s VP of Engineering, Daniel Kuhl, give an impressive look at future trends in storage technology.

The Lead-Free Soldering Technology Symposium as well as the expanded Manufacturing Excellence track sessions kept the meeting rooms packed until the very end of the conference on Thursday.

The SMTA International show floor experienced a 10% increase in booth space. Over 170 exhibiting companies filled the expanded exhibit hall bringing more equipment than before. The co-located Sensors Midwest added 60 more exhibiting companies focused on component-level technology and many attendees walked both shows. Traffic on the show floor was noticeably higher this year.

Mick Austin from Vitronics Soltec remarked, “The show floor felt busier this year than in past years.”

Once again the Tech Tour program featured distinguished tour guides leading groups of attendees to exhibiting companies demonstrating printing and dispensing systems or placement equipment.

Over 250 guests attended the Woodstock Party on Tuesday evening. Many party-goers dressed up in 60s-inspired fashion and enjoyed music provided by special guest DJ and long-time SMTA supporter, Tom Borkes from The Jefferson Project.


Central Texas Electronics Association

Electronics Design, Manufacturing & Test Symposium
Thursday, August 24, 2017
TyRex Technology at 12317 Technology Blvd, #100, in NW Austin


2:00 – Registration Begins

2:30 – Welcome to TyRex by Andrew Cooper, CEO

2:35 – TyRex Factory Tours Featuring TekRex 3D Printing

3:35 – “Understanding the 3D Printing Ecosystem”
Martin Johnson, Business Development Vice President, TekRex

4:05 – “Scaling Effect of Through-Silicon Via (TSV) on Stress & Reliability for
3D Interconnects”
Laura Spinella, PhD, UT-Austin Microelectronics Research Center

4:35 – Break & Networking

4:50 – “Silicon Photonics Prototyping”
Ray Chen, PhD, Founder & CTO, Omega Optics

5:20 – “CT Teardown of the New Samsung S8+ Smart Phone”
Dr. Bill Cardoso, President, Creative Electron

5:50 – Closing Remarks and Door Prizes Drawing

6:00 – Food & Refreshments Served with More Networking


RSVP to Bob Baker at:

No charge for SMTA & IMAPS members; $10 for all non-members >> (Cash or Check ONLY!)

Event Location:

TyRex Technology at 12317 Technology Blvd, #100, in NW Austin
See Directions to: (TyRex Location) and See TyRex Site Map Per Attached Doc

In Central Texas, SMTA and IMAPS work together as the Central Texas Electronics Association (CTEA)


Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials 2017

June 27-28

Booth: Creative Electron

Location : College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
College Park, MD

Technical Symposium: June 27-29, 2017
Expo: June 27-28, 2017
Workshops: June 29, 2017

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

SMTA and CALCE @ University of Maryland are pleased to announce the east coast venue for the Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. The program will be held June 27-28 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The Workshops will be held June 29 at the University of Maryland. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and share your insights with government, industry and academia who are addressing the counterfeit problem.

Changes in electronic supply chain had been fast and furious in the last decades and its impact on the practices of companies is still evolving. It is well understood that, the scourge of counterfeit electronic parts is related to the changes in supply chain but it is only one of the many impacts. This symposium will provide a forum to cover all aspects of changes in the electronic parts supply chain on how an organization performs part selection and management through whole life cycle of the parts.

Going beyond anecdotes and examples of counterfeit parts, this symposium focuses on the solutions that are available and are under development by all sectors of the industry.