7 Things to Do at SMTA 2018

Here's What You Need to Know About SMTA 2018

SMTA is a great opportunity to catch up with electronics control assembly professionals from across the US, particularly the Midwest. Over four days of sessions, you’ll get insights from industry leaders that help you reduce defects and improve control processes:

  • Flux
  • Solder
  • Adhesives
  • Inspection Technologies
  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • Substrates/PCB Technology
  • Advanced Packaging Technology
  • Harsh Environments Symposium
  • Technical Innovations Symposium
  • 20 half-day Development Courses


Conference: October 14-18, 2018
Exhibition: October 16-17, 2018


Donald Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL, USA

Extra Curricular Activities

"Pick-n-Taste" Beer Tasting and Reception

Wednesday, October 17 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Exhibit Hall Courtyard​

Let’s recognize the companies who have supported the local SMTA events by bringing equipment, technology and knowledge to your engineers and operators across the globe. These companies’ commitment and participation at the local level is what the SMTA is about. Celebrate with us on Wednesday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. and sample beverages from our SMTA chapter regions.

KEYNOTE: The World's Most Advanced Fighter Jet Helmet - from Development and Production to the Fight

Tuesday, October 16 | 8:00am - 10:00am FREE to All Attendees!

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information displayed to the pilot through the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD), network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, continuing its 100-year history of aircraft research and design with the Lightning II. Rockwell Collins – ESA Vision Systems is the supplier of the HMD, the industry leader in the development of helmet mounted display technology for the last 33 years. According to standard industry-accepted economic forecasting, the F-35 is responsible for more than 125,000 direct and indirect jobs, making it the single largest job generator in the Department of Defense program budget. The Lockheed Martin F-35 program teams with more than 1,400 domestic suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico to produce thousands of components from highly sophisticated radar sensors to the aircraft’s mid-fuselage. This exciting presentation will provide an overview of the development of the F-35 HMD, and how pilots use the unparalleled capabilities that the HMD provides.

Woman's Leadership Program

Monday, October 15, 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Room 44

Everyone is invited to attend the Women’s Leadership Program to promote women in engineering fields. Show your support for diversity in engineering fields by attending this session.

Metallographic Photo Contest

Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17

Photos on display near entrance to exhibit hall

SMTA Metallographic Photo Contest
As an engineer you use photographs to visualize your research, but getting high quality images of such small subjects is really as much an art as it is a science. Now you can get recognized for your metallographic photography skills! All you have to do is submit your high resolution images (both optical and SEM are accepted) to [email protected] by September 28, 2018.

The photos will be organized into three categories:
(1) Interesting solder microstructures
(2) Interesting component structures
(3) Novelty: “Hey, that looks like a ….”

A panel of judges will determine the winners for each category.

The contest is limited to one entry per person per category. Each winner will receive a FREE SMTA individual membership (or renewal) for 1 year! Selected submissions will be displayed at SMTA International 2018.

Livin' La Vida SMTA

Tuesday, October 16, 6:00pm | Adobe Gila's Rosemont

It’s time to fiesta at SMTAI!

Get ready to party on Tuesday, October 16 as we enjoy great music, tasty tacos, sizzling fajitas, chips, and salsa and beverages! Grab some amigos and props to take some pictures in our photo booth!

Get Fiesta Tickets

SMTA Fun Run

Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 a.m.

You don’t have to skip your run just because you are traveling. Join us for a 5 mile run on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 a.m. We will be meeting in the Doubletree lobby. You can register for the run when registering for SMTA International.

Full Event Schedule

Women’s Leadership Program – free to all attendees
Presentations and PanelMonday, October 15 @ 1:30pm-5:00pm
Connection ReceptionMonday, October 15 @ 5:00pm-6:00pm
Keynote Session and SMTA Annual Meeting – free to all attendeesTuesday, October 16 @ 8am
After Hours Events
Livin’ La Vida SMTATuesday, October 16 @ 6pm
Fun RunWednesday, October 17 @ 7am
Students and Young Professionals Night OutWednesday, October 17 @ 6pm
Free Activities on the Show Floor
Poster SessionTuesday, October 16 @ 12pm
Metallographic Photo ContestTuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17
Pick-n-Taste Beer Tasting and ReceptionWednesday, October 17 @ 3:00pm

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Mitch Walleser

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Mitch works with manufacturing engineers and product specialists to examine new technology and products. His background includes 3D printing, electronics and cleanroom manufacturing. Stay up to date with new insights on automated production solutions by following on Twitter. @Go_to_PAC

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