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Second Meeting of 2017 - April 25 at ZESTRON Americas

The SMTA Capital Chapter is pleased to announce its second meeting of 2017 on April 25th, scheduled from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at ZESTRON Americas, 11285 Assett Loop, Manassas, VA, 20109. Two presentations will be given: “Effective Use of Reliability Simulation in an Agile Development Process” and “High-Reliable Cleaning Process Optimization & Customer Requirements”.

Dr. Gil Sharon, DfR Solutions, will present “Effective Use of Reliability Simulation in an Agile Development Process”. The use of simulation to predict reliability early in development is increasing as more electronic equipment manufacturers migrate to an Agile Methodology. However, most companies struggle to incorporate simulation and modeling successfully into new product introduction. This presentation will outline industry best practices in regards to the timing and workflow for the integration of reliability simulation and modeling. The audience will be introduced to process flows appropriate for component selection, pre-layout and post-layout activities. The type and timing of data transfer will be discussed and how it can be adjusted for different corporate structures. Case studies relevant to Solid State Drives (rigorous requirements for temp cycle, shock and vibration), Internet of Things (small form factor, state-of-the-art wireless, uncontrolled environments), and rapid implementation of Advanced Packaging (small pitch, large die, 3D) into Automotive and Military applications will be presented. There is a specific focus on the value of iteration and tradeoff studies generated by an integrated reliability simulation.

Dr. Sharon is a diverse industry expert with research specialties including mechanical reliability of electronic systems and characterization; embedded components failure analysis and particle beam accelerator mechanical fatigue; multidisciplinary reliability of complex electromechanical systems; characterization and modeling of material behavior; mechanical performance of flip chip packages; and Physics of Failure of electromechanical and MEMS systems. In addition to his responsibilities at DfR Solutions, Dr. Sharon serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland. Dr. Sharon earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Naveen Ravindran, ZESTRON Americas, will present “High-Reliable Cleaning Process Optimization & Customer Requirements”. Product quality is vital to manufacturing products that meet the customer’s reliability standards. However, when new customer requirements cannot be met, line deficiencies must be identified and corrected. Mr. Ravindran will provide details on how a properly designed experiment unveiled the solutions to a customer’s cleaning challenges and identified a way to increase product quality while decreasing operating costs.

Naveen Ravindran, M.S.Ch.E., is an Application Engineer at ZESTRON Americas and is an active member of the SMTA as well as the IPC. He has contributed to multiple case studies performed in collaboration with major cleaning equipment manufacturers. Naveen provides technical support to customers, including cleaning process recommendations as well as onsite customer support for process implementations and optimizations. He also was a key contributor to the extensive technical paper series “Key to Low Standoff Cleaning” as well as the lead-free and eutectic screening series completed at ZESTRON’s Technical and Analytical Center in Manassas, VA.

Naveen graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras, India, and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. He has been with ZESTRON Americas since 2006.

The evening is scheduled as follows:
5:30-6:00 pm Registration & Networking & Dinner
6:00-7:30 pm Presentations
7:30-8:00 pm Facility Tour

ZESTRON Americas
11285 Assett Loop
Manassas, VA 20109
+1(703) 393-9880

Please join us for this networking, learning and dinner event. The registration fees are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Any new member that joins the chapter at this event can attend the next chapter meeting for FREE.

To RSVP, please click on the following link:

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Chapter Calendar of Events
Date / Time Event Location Phone Contact/Email
February 23, 2017
SMTA Capital Chapter to Host First Meeting of the Year The Test Connection (410) 205-7300   Bert Horner
August 24, 2017
Vendor-Expo - Capital 2017 Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab   Kaitlyn Gherity 

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Our Chapter Leaders

President : Brian A. Costanzo  (DRS Signal Solutions)
Phone : 301-944-8535
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Vice President : Karen Walters Ebner  (Raytheon Systems Company)
Phone : 443-558-5332
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Secretary : Bert Horner  (The Test Connection, Inc.)
Phone : 410-205-7300
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Treasurer : Fernando Rueda  (KYZEN Corporation)
Phone : 615-983-4603
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VP of Technical Programs : John Vaughan  (Zentech Manufacturing, Inc.)
Phone : 443-348-4500
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VP of Membership : Tom O'Connor  
Phone : 410-730-3385
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VP Communications (Appointed) : Jessica Kreis  (ZESTRON Americas)
Phone : 703-393-9880
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Board Liaison : Sal Sparacino (ZESTRON Americas)
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Global Members of our Chapter

ZESTRON Americas

Global Participating Members of our Chapter

Harris Corporation

KYZEN Corporation

ZESTRON Americas

ZESTRON Americas

Corporate Members of our Chapter

Annapolis Micro Systems, Inc.

Apex Factory Automation


Department of Defense



Practical Technologies, Inc.

Simplimatic Automation

The Test Connection, Inc.

Zentech Manufacturing, Inc.

ZESTRON Americas

SMTA Global Members

Amazon Celestica Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. Creation Technologies Inc. FCA Group Harris Corporation Henkel Electronic Materials LLC HISCO, Inc. IDENTCO ITW EAE Jabil Circuit Sdn. Bhd. Keysight Technologies KYZEN Sdn. Bhd. Metallic Resources, Inc. Micro Systems Technologies Management AG Microsoft Corporation NCAB Group USA NEO Technology Solutions Plexus Corp. Samtec Microelectronics SMAC Specialty Coating Systems Vexos ZESTRON Americas

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