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Weller to Co-Host Reliability Symposium at SMTA Silicon Valley Expo & Tech Forum

Nov 07, 2019

Weller Tools is co-hosting a technical symposium with industry partners MicroCare Corporation, Aqueous Technologies, ANSYS and TechSearch International, Inc. during the SMTA Silicon Valley Expo & Tech Forum at the Bestronics Box Build Facility in San Jose, CA on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Weller Tools will exhibit as well as present during the event.

Scheduled to take place before the start of the expo, the focus of the reliability event is to gather electronics industry leaders to deliver presentations in the areas of their expertise.

Bubba Powers, Manager, Technical Services for Weller Professional Tools – North America, will discuss the Reliability of Robotics for Electronics Manufacturing, which gives an overview of the process of automation in the soldering workplace, and discusses what factors are critical for high-reliability electronics in both manual and automated manufacturing environments.

Also presenting at the SMTA-sponsored symposium will be Jan Vardaman from TechSearch International, Inc. Her presentation, Trends in 5G and the Impact on the Electronics Industry,
will examine the status of the 5G rollout and the packaging requirements to support it. 

In addition, Dock Brown from ANSYS, will present Ceramic Capacitors-Recent Failures & Mitigations, which will review recent failures and mitigations in ceramic capacitors in terms of construction and manufacturing, electrical properties,  mechanical properties, failure characteristics, counterfeit indications and qualification tactics.

Aqueous Technologies’ Mike Konrad will also present during the event. Contamination, Harsh Environments, and a New IPC Cleanliness Testing Standard - The Perfect Storm of Change will discuss the reasons so many assemblers have implemented a cleaning protocol for assemblies reflowed with no-clean flux. This presentation also will outline factors that affect residue tolerance and methods to predict an assembly’s residue tolerance.

Finally, John Hoffman from MicroCare Corporation will present Cleaning for Reliability in Electronics. This presentation will examine how cleaning can be an important tool for enhancing reliability in a production engineer’s toolbox.

The symposium is open to both SMTA member and non-members. Contact the SMTA Silicon Valley to register.


The Weller name stands for pioneering solutions in soldering technology. Founded in 1945, the company quickly grew to become the market leader in manual soldering technology. Weller's extensive range of products includes innovative solutions for industry and trade. The company's areas of expertise include conventional soldering technology such as extraction systems, precision tools and solutions involving screws, bolts and robots as well as many other benchtop products and services.

Weller Tools is part of the umbrella company Apex Tool Group, LLC. Apex Tool Group, LLC, headquartered in Sparks, Maryland, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high performance hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain and electrical soldering products for industrial, commercial and demanding do-it-yourself applications. ATG designs, manufactures, markets, and sells proprietary brands, including GEARWRENCH®, Crescent®, SATA®, Cleco®, Weller®, and APEX® and also designs and manufactures a number of private label tool brands for retailers. ATG sells its products through direct, retail, professional and trade channels to customers in over 115 countries, and serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail.

Learn more at www.apextoolgroup.com.

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