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May 23, 2024 

Networking Opportunities and Technical Learning at SMTA Wisconsin

Barry Matties, I-Connect007

SMTA’s Wisconsin Expo & Tech Forum wrapped up another well-attended event on May 7 in Milwaukee, with more than 50 exhibitors. Visitors had plenty of time on the exhibit floor between sessions to meet with key industry suppliers and look at everything from tools to tests. The event also included tech sessions, a keynote panel discussion, a lunch sponsored by Ellsworth Adhesives, and lively discussions on unlocking success in SMT manufacturing.

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The Knowledge Base: The Transformative Role of AI and ML

Mike Konrad, SMTA

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are at the vanguard of a technological revolution, redefining the parameters of manufacturing and business processes. Perhaps their most notable impact is within the electronics assembly industry, where they drive unprecedented levels of automation, enhancing efficiency and contributing to significant financial outcomes. This exploration delves into the transformative role of AI and ML, shedding light on the mechanisms of automation enhancement and the resultant financial implications.

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Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO 2024: The HDP User Group's Role in the Electronics Industry

Real Time with...IPC APEX EXPO

Bev Christian, a project facilitator from the HDP User Group, outlines the consortium's focus on new materials and reliability in the electronics industry, and their collaboration on non-proprietary projects. Key areas of interest include corrosion, PFAS, and lead-free solders. Bev also highlights the value of collaboration and mentions partnerships with other consortia. The HDP User Group welcomes interested individuals to get involved via their website.

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The Rise of Collaborative Intelligence in Manufacturing

Jennifer Davis, Arch Systems

Every modern manufacturer grapples with a common challenge: extracting actionable insights from the ever-growing sea of operational data. The challenge of the data deluge isn’t just overwhelming; it coincides with a broader shift in automation needs. While traditional forms of automation, such as robots, remain vital, the focus is expanding to encompass automating the very intelligence needed to run a factory efficiently. As a result, a new generation of tools and technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to transform the way factories operate.

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Looking for a new job opportunity?
Be sure to check out the Careers section in any of our monthly magazines, or visit Quality companies in the circuit board industry are looking for you!

This Month's Jobs
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PCB Process Engineers and Field Sales Engineers

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Current SMT007 Magazine Table of Contents

Coming to Terms With AI

In this issue, we examine the profound effect artificial intelligence and machine learning are having on manufacturing and business processes. We follow technology, innovation, and money as automation becomes the new key indicator of growth in our industry...
Download the PDF of this magazine to your library.


  • Using AI to Redefine Productivity with Amin Arbabian, Anders Holden, Raj Vora, and Luis Vidal
  • Empowering the Smart Factory Era With AI by Joel Scutchfield and Brent Fischthal
  • A Glossary of Artificial Intelligence Terms
  • Chiplet Architecture for AI Will Create New Demands for Assembly with Arvind Kumar
  • The Rise of Collaborative Intelligence in Manufacturing by Jennifer Davis

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