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PCB
BBG (Bare Board Group)

Bare Board Group Attributes Business Growth To SMTA Technology Transfer
Bare Board Group's Greg Papandrew and Toby Marsicovetere discuss the many ways they benefit from both the SMTA and SMTAI. Industry veteran Papandrew networks with technologists to grow his high-mix, low- to medium-volume printed circuit board manufacturing business. "SMTAI has been a great factor in the growth of our business, without a doubt," according to Papandrew. First-time SMTAI attendee Marsicovetere uses SMTAI to network and learn about process technology.
Dell, Randy Schueller

Dell Offers Information to Supply Chain in Hopes to End Lead-Free Hassles
Dell Senior Manager Dr. Randy Schueller needed to address server board field failures. His research led him to the realization that lead-free HASL, a seldom-used surface finish, was the best way to solve Dell’s problems. His 2007 award-winning paper was written not only to document his work, but to help his suppliers better understand why they might benefit from investing in lead-free HASL. Schueller also discusses his company’s perspective on immersion silver.
Prototron

Prototron Circuits Appreciates Technical Aspect of SMTAI
PCB manufacturer Prototron Circuit's Tom Carney discusses both his company's role in the SMT industry as well as the value of the technical personality of SMTAI.
Rockwell Collins

A Triple Crown for Rockwell's Hillman?
OEMs mainly attend technical conferences to gain better insights into pressing supplier issues and potential solutions to their own product problem. Some, however, want to disseminate information to the supply chain and their own customers. Materials Engineer David Hillman sits down with Steve Gold to discuss why he presents papers at conferences like SMTAI—and what the Vegas odds are for him earning a third straight Best of Conference presentation award.
Tropical Storm Fay

TSI's Real-Time Tropical Storm Monitoring
Using his 3G mobile phone, a laptop, a projector, and the internet, TSI's resident McGyver, Chuck Reynolds, set up a live monitor of both the Olympic games and the Tropical Storm Fay on the SMTA show floor. Tom's implementation of the very technology that was created by members of the SMTA, in this time of excitement and potential disruption, proved to be among the most appreciated and interesting exhibits of the entire show.
Verdant Electronics

Evolving Technologies Summit Looks at Embedded and Solderless Technologies
Verdant Electronics President Joe Fjelstad relates some of the topics covered in SMTAI’s Evolving Technologies Summit. Are embedded technologies finally becoming commercially viable? Will solderless assembly emerge from the lab into production? Keynote Speaker Fjelstad offers his observations and opinions.
EMS
 Z-Mar Technology, C.W. Kelley

One of the Young Guns: SMTA Atlanta Chapter President C.W. Kelley
C.W. Kelley of Z-Mar Technology as a second job: SMTA Atlanta Chapter President. How does someone in his early-30s take on such a significant leadership role? C.W. recounts how he got started in the Atlanta Chapter and why he spends free time trying to make his chapter one of the best in the nation.
Celestica

Solar Cells Fueling Electronics Industry’s Future?
Celestica’s Manager of Advanced Process Development Irene Sterian organized an Alternative Energy symposium that drew strong interest on Monday. Presentations were given from industry companies that are already making their presence felt in the photovoltaic field. Find out what transpired--and why keynote speaker Jeff Doubrava of Prismark believes electronics manufacturing companies must not ignore the solar market when making plans for the future.
Celestica, Dave Ellison

Celestica Performance Innovation Division Creates Unusual Business Opportunities in New Markets
As Celestica refines its business strategy, it is investing in its Performance Innovation division. Rather than doing what its always done, company leaders are going after smaller OEM programs that fit with the company’s core competencies. Business Development Manager Dave Ellison details how his group is developing opportunities that don’t necessarily have to lead to high-volume contract assembly programs but might lead to exploring new end markets.
IBM

IBM Distinguished Engineer Helps Make SMTAI Conference Special
Mary Cole, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, discusses her long history of involvement with the SMTA, along with her work on this year's technical conference. This interview offers a glimpse of why OEMs like IBM support SMTAI.
IBM Matt Kelly

IBM Engineer Looks at Lead-Free Successes, Failures in Quest to Develop Better Supply Chain Practices
2007 SMTAI Best Paper winner Matt Kelly, an IBM engineer, discusses his motives for writing papers and participating in conferences like SMTAI. As the electronics manufacturing community struggles with high-reliability issues associated with lead-free processes, Kelly hopes his work will be a catalyst for sharing knowledge in a horizontal supply chain.
ITM Consulting

SMTA Certification Program Reaps Dividends
SMTAI is hosting an SMT Certification course offered by Jim Hall of ITM. The course is culminated by a rigorous test that ensures graduates have an appropriate degree of process knowledge. Guest interviewer Rick Short queries Hall on why this program is an important part of the educational program here in Orlando.
Indium Corporation

What is the Value of an SMTA Membership?
The first in a series of interviews that asks why SMTA is relevant to its corporate and professional members. Indium President Greg Evans believes the SMTA not only features a strong technical training focus , but that the association helps his employees become stronger leaders. Find out why a major assembly materials suppliers continues to support this grass roots organization.
Indium Corporation, Amanda Hartnett

Young Engineer Delivers Her First Paper on Halogen-Free Materials
Many industry veterans lament that there is a shortage of young engineers in our industry. Amanda Hartnett is proof that the industry is not entirely gray. The 23-year old applications engineer delivered her very first paper presentation at SMTAI. Hartnett also proves that cool electronics like i-Phones and Wiis might inspire an electronics engineering renaissance.
Libra Industries

Libra Industries Mines Medical Market
Libra Industries President Rod Howell is steering his company toward high-reliability medical market assembly, a sector he believes matches his EMS company’s competencies very well. Howell elaborates on how he is positioning his company, while also recalling some of the lessons his engineering team has learned at SMTAI.
MacDermid, Don Cullen

MacDermid Pushes into Solar Cell Market
Newly named MacDermid Photovoltaic Group Managing Director Don Cullen elaborates on his company’s solar cell business development. Can others in the electronics supply chain follow suit and shift resource into photovoltaic activities? And more important to MacDermid, can it help its electronics customer base understand how best to re-position themselves in the solar marketplace?
RadiSys, Rob Rowland

What Does it Take to Put Together an International Technical Conference?
Rob Rowland of RadiSys has been serving as Technical Conference Chairman for many years. He details the year-long activities of his committee and how they put together this year's SMTAI educational offering.
Rochester Institute of Technology

Attracting Young Engineers to the EMS Sector
As our industry struggles with an aging workforce and a shortage of younger engineers, SMTA is trying to lure college students through university collaboration. Rochester Institute of Technology Assistant Professor Dr. Scott Anson offers his insights on how the SMTA is faring in its mission to attract graduate students to the EMS sector.
STI

All in the Family at STI
Jim Raby is referred to by many industry veterans as the “father of solder.” His son, David, just completed his second term as SMTA President. If that weren’t enough, the father-son team are leading STI Electronics into a strong expansion period. What is the secret of their small-business success? The two men share how they’ve learned respect and trust each other’s expertise as they push their business deeper into the medical and military markets.
Scientific Atlanta

New SMTA Board Member Details Agenda
Dr. Kola Akinade of Scientific Atlanta is one of SMTA’s newest board members. Find out why he became a board member and what he hopes to accomplish as he tries to help the SMTA grow both locally and globally.
Stanley Supplies & Services

Birth of an SMTA Local Chapter
Eileen Hibbler wondered why SMTA didn’t have a chapter on the east coast of Florida. Rather than accepting the status quo, she urged the national office to expand its Florida chapters from one in Tampa to two. Eileen details how the Florida Space Coast Chapter came into existence and how a technical organization like the SMTA can be equally important to non-technical members.
Trilogy Circuits

Searching for Answers in Orlando
Small businesses can often feel like they are working in a vacuum. Trilogy Circuits President Charlie Capers recognizes that he needs to stay on top of the latest technical changes that affect his business. Making the trek from Dallas to Orlando, Capers talks about what lessons he’s learning at SMTAI and how it might help his company.
ZF Array Technology, Rich Freiberger

Former SMTA Board Member Remains Active in Association Activities
ZF Array Technology Chief Operations Officer Rich Freiberger has been involved with the SMTA since the early 1990s, including spending six years as an SMTA Board member. But that wasn’t enough. He remains on the Technical Conference Committee and is the Certification Program Chair. Find out why engineers should become SMTA Certified Engineers, what some of the highlights were at this year’s technical conference and what Freiberger recalls as his fondest memories of an association he is quite passionate about.
Featured
Celestica

Solar Cells Fueling Electronics Industry’s Future?
Celestica’s Manager of Advanced Process Development Irene Sterian organized an Alternative Energy symposium that drew strong interest on Monday. Presentations were given from industry companies that are already making their presence felt in the photovoltaic field. Find out what transpired--and why keynote speaker Jeff Doubrava of Prismark believes electronics manufacturing companies must not ignore the solar market when making plans for the future.
Indium Corporation

What is the Value of an SMTA Membership?
The first in a series of interviews that asks why SMTA is relevant to its corporate and professional members. Indium President Greg Evans believes the SMTA not only features a strong technical training focus , but that the association helps his employees become stronger leaders. Find out why a major assembly materials suppliers continues to support this grass roots organization.
Prototron

Prototron Circuits Appreciates Technical Aspect of SMTAI
PCB manufacturer Prototron Circuit's Tom Carney discusses both his company's role in the SMT industry as well as the value of the technical personality of SMTAI.
Rochester Institute of Technology

Attracting Young Engineers to the EMS Sector
As our industry struggles with an aging workforce and a shortage of younger engineers, SMTA is trying to lure college students through university collaboration. Rochester Institute of Technology Assistant Professor Dr. Scott Anson offers his insights on how the SMTA is faring in its mission to attract graduate students to the EMS sector.
Verdant Electronics

Evolving Technologies Summit Looks at Embedded and Solderless Technologies
Verdant Electronics President Joe Fjelstad relates some of the topics covered in SMTAI’s Evolving Technologies Summit. Are embedded technologies finally becoming commercially viable? Will solderless assembly emerge from the lab into production? Keynote Speaker Fjelstad offers his observations and opinions.
ZF Array Technology, Rich Freiberger

Former SMTA Board Member Remains Active in Association Activities
ZF Array Technology Chief Operations Officer Rich Freiberger has been involved with the SMTA since the early 1990s, including spending six years as an SMTA Board member. But that wasn’t enough. He remains on the Technical Conference Committee and is the Certification Program Chair. Find out why engineers should become SMTA Certified Engineers, what some of the highlights were at this year’s technical conference and what Freiberger recalls as his fondest memories of an association he is quite passionate about.