Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DfR Solutions at 2012 SMTA Houston Expo

Please join us for our 2012 Houston SMTA Expo & Tech Forum at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477. Come see what the industry has to offer in new products and services with over 60 tabletop exhibitors. The Expo will be held in Ballroom A through C and the Tech Forum will be held in Room 104 and 105. Free lunch catered by the Black Eyed Pea.

We are pleased to offer an outstanding technical program this year:

11 AM Flex Circuit Design for Reliability

Speaker: Steve Kelly, PFC Flexible Circuits Limited

Abstract: The design of flexible circuits presents a challenge to those who are primarily familiar with rigid boards. This presentation discusses the construction of six basic types of flex and rigid flex circuits and the properties of the materials that they are made from. Flex circuits have special layout rules due to the fact that they will be bent in the application, and because the material properties create unique challenges in assembly. The major differences between flex and rigid board layouts will be discussed, as well as a short primer on design for impedance control in flex circuits.

Speaker: Steve Kelly is the President and founder of PFC Flexible Circuits Limited in Toronto, Ontario. He has been involved in the design and manufacture of flex and rigid flex circuits for 28 years. Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree from McMaster University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Abstract: A long-time need for high temperature solders has existed in many industries including industrial controls, aerospace, and oil exploration. Basic material requirements have typically been ease of assembly, resistance to creep, low cost, and more recently Pb-free. Now may be the perfect time to rethink some of these past approaches. This presentation will review traditional approaches and some variations, then expand into some of the many alternative methodologies that are in recent use as well as those under development or being evaluated.

Speaker: Cheryl Tulkoff is an industry renowned expert in the fields of semiconductor fabrication, electronics assembly, RoHS conversion, and reliability engineering and management. At her most recent position at National Instruments, Cheryl developed a comprehensive reliability organization, including the creation of an internal failure analysis group and a closed loop reliability program. She has also taken the lead in process development and implementation in semiconductor fabrication through her work at Cypress Semiconductor in electronics assembly, and through her work at IBM. Cheryl is the head of DfR’s newest office located in Austin, Texas, which opened in February 2009.

Abstract: Over the past few years, the test philosophy has changed from ICT (in-circuit testing) to flying probe testing due to the cost of fixturing and required engineering resources. This presentation will review the history of automated test systems, how far technology has advanced the capabilities of flying probe testing and how to develop a test strategy to ensure best overall test coverage and throughput.

Speaker: John Oaf is Applications Manager for the Takaya Group at Texmac, Inc. He has over 24 years experience in production testing at GenRad, Inc. and Teradyne, Inc.


2012 Show Schedule

10 a.m. Expo open to attendees

11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Technical Presentation

Topic: Flex Circuit Design for Reliability

Speaker: Steve Kelly, PFC Flexible Circuits

11:45 a.m. Door prize drawing

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. – Free Lunch

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Random Drawings for Gift Certificates and Special Mid-Day Prize

(must be present to win)

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Technical Presentation

Topic : Advances & Challenges in High Temperature Component Attachment

Speaker: Cheryl Tulkoff, DfR Solutions, LLC

1:45 p.m. Door prize drawing

2:00pm-2:45pm Technical Presentation

Topic: How Flying Probers Optimize Test Strategy

Speaker: John Oaf, TEXMAC Inc.

2:45 p.m. Door prize drawing

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Random Drawings for Gift Certificates and Special Afternoon Prize (must be present to win) 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Drawings for Bingo Prize (need not be present to win)

Drawing for Free Booth for 2013 (exhibitors only) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Networking Reception - Beverages and Snacks - no charge

We look forward to seeing you at the Expo on February 9! Please register on-line or call the SMTA at (952)920-7682. For exhibitors, we have extended the early-bird rate until January 31.

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