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Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials Goes Virtual

Jul 14, 2020

The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) today announced that its annual Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials will proceed for 2020 as a completely virtual event starting August 4, 2020 and ending August 6, 2020. The decision has been made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of all those who attend.

This symposium will provide a forum to cover all aspects of changes in the electronic parts supply chain on how an organization performs part selection and management through whole life cycle of the parts. Going beyond anecdotes and examples of counterfeit components, this symposium focuses on the solutions that are available and are under development by all sectors of the industry.

The technical program will be separated into two half-day events taking place on August 4 and August 5. Presentations will be accessible during the scheduled times indicated in the technical program. Presentations will be presented by experts from organizations such as Raytheon Technologies, Underwriters Laboratories, US Air Force Research Laboratory, several universities and more.

The exhibition will be free to all attendees and will take place August 4-5. During this time, attendees will be able to engage with a variety of exhibitors in the exhibits portal. If you are interested in signing up as an exhibitor or a sponsor, please contact Jaclyn Sarandrea at jaclyn@smta.org.

Three Professional Development Courses will be instructed live on August 6. Each course will last approximately four hours and will include time for a live Q&A between attendees and instructors.

Further details and registration for the conference and exhibition are available online at https://smta.org/mpage/counterfeit/. For more information regarding the conference, please contact Jaclyn Sarandrea, at jaclyn@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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