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Harsh Environments Symposium at SMTA International

Aug 21, 2014

The SMTA announced that the Harsh Environments Symposium will once again run for a day and a half from Monday, September 29 until Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at SMTA International in Rosemont, Illinois. 

The Harsh Environments Symposium addresses the concerns related to harsh environment electronics and the challenges within the electronics community. It is intended to bring together the needs of "end-users" with the capabilities of the research community and the industrial supply base. Specifically, the Symposium addresses the challenges of meeting expanding temperature ranges (-55C to +200C) with increased vibration, higher package density and longer reliability. Next generation requirements are explored from the system level and potential supply-based solutions are presented.

Session topics include:

  • Harsh Environment Challenges with Lead-Free Solder,
  • Thermal Solutions for Power Electronics,
  • Reliability of Pb-Free Electronics in Harsh Environments,
  • Protecting Your Electronics Under Harsh Environment Conditions,
  • Reliability and Qualification Considerations for Today's High Performance Electronic Assemblies. 

Papers will be presented by speakers from Auburn University, Binghamton University, Indium Corporation, Intel, National Physical Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Siemens AG, University of Toronto, and University of Rostock among others.

To complement the symposium, the free to attend Power and High Temperature Electronic Manufacturing Experience will take place during the exhibition on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For many engineers, this will be their first chance to find out about next generation materials, processes, reliability and all the equipment that makes it possible," explained Bob Willis, SMTA Feature Organizer.

Details of the Harsh Environments Symposium can be found at www.smta.org/smtai/symposium.cfm#he or contact SMTA administrator JoAnn Stromberg: 952-920-7682 or joann@smta.org.


The SMTA membership 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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