Welcome to SMTA
The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.
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Remembering Peter Biocca
We are deeply saddened to report that long-time SMTA member and speaker, Peter Biocca, lost his battle to cancer Monday evening at his home in Allen, Texas. Peter contributed immensely to the electronics industry for several decades and truly embodied the SMTA mission of "sharing the knowledge." The past 15 years Peter worked as a Chemical Engineer and Technology Manager at Kester. He volunteered as a speaker, chair, and instructor at numerous SMTA conferences and meetings since the early 90s. Most recently, Peter played an integral role in developing our first online training module on stencil paste printing. Last month marked Peter's 20th year as an SMTA member. Some words his colleagues have used to describe him include wonderfully kind, selfless to a fault, a character, energetic, and very much the gentleman. He will be greatly missed. Please share your memories, stories, and thoughts using the message board by clicking the button below.
Remembering Gene Wolfe
It is with great sadness that we announce that Eugene (Gene) Wolfe passed away on November 2, 2014. He worked at Texas Instruments from 1957 until 1997 when he retired. While there, he helped develop a digital light processor semiconductor that revolutionized the digital processing industry. Gene served on our Board of Directors from 1988 – 1992. During that time he served as Chairman of the Board. Gene contributed an enormous amount of time and effort (along with Martin Barton) to support our earliest conferences, Surface Mount '88 through the creation of SMI, the precursor to SMTA International. He and Charles Hutchins were our first instructors in SMT Basics. Gene's colleagues describe him as calm, intelligent, professional and the consummate gentleman. He will certainly be missed. Please share your memories, stories, and thoughts using the message board by clicking the button below.
Pan Pacific Microelectronics SymposiumFebruary 2-5, 2015 | Kauai, Hawaii
The 2015 Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium will be held February 2-5, 2015 at the Sheraton Poipou Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. This year's technical program includes over 50 speakers across a wide variety of session tracks ranging from Power Electronics and Nano-Technology to Wearable Electronics and 2.5/3D Interposers. Register now to attend this excellent opportunity for networking and to stay on the cutting edge of microelectronics technology.
Stencil Printing 101: New Online Course Released!
SMTA recently released an affordable online course on Stencil Printing and Troubleshooting 101. The course will be useful for equipment operators and technicians who want to understand more about the overall process and who have a basic familiarity with the equipment referenced in each section. Printing is an extremely critical part of the assembly process and many defects that are created in the SMT process begin in the printing stage. Typical causes of these defects are poor alignment between the substrate and the stencil, incorrect paste chemistry, or inconsistent/excess/insufficient solder paste deposits. Understanding correct printing optimization is crucial to reducing defects and increasing yield.
Recently Released: Handbook of Electronic Assembly and A Guide to SMTA Certification
Originally conceived as a supplement to the SMTA Certification Program, this book is a must-have reference manual for all process engineers working in the electronics industry as well as anyone just entering the industry. The book provides an in-depth understanding of the entire electronic assembly process. Chapter topics include soldering and materials, printed wiring boards, components, paste-print stencil, component placement, assembly line design and optimization, solder reflow, wave soldering, dispensing, and inspection and test.
Find Your Dream Job or Hire a New Employee in the SMTA Career Center
The SMTA Career Center can help engineers, operators, managers, technicians and executives find a job or fill a position in the electronics assembly industry. Go to the Job Listings page for a complete listing. Members post on-line for free!