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NEPCON East/Electro/SMTA Boston features a variety of learning opportunities.

NEPCON East/Electro 2002 will take place June 10-12, at the Bayside Expo and Conference Center in Boston, MA, and will feature a comprehensive showcase of manufacturing solutions for design, assembly and test, plus a conference program specifically tailored to the information needs of the region. In addition to the conference and exhibits, a variety of special events at the show will introduce new ideas and enable attendees to expand their circle of industry contacts.

At noon on Tuesday, June 11, Jim Sacherman, chief marketing officer of Flextronics (San Jose, CA), will present a free keynote address, The Evolution of the EMS Industry: From Boards to Sophisticated Services, that will review how the electronics contract manufacturing industry has evolved, and explain how forces such as globalization, standardization and technological advances are redefining the relationships between original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and contract manufacturers.

A presentation, How to do Business in Mexico: Your Twin Plant Option, will also take place on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Representatives of the South San Diego EDC and the State of Baja California will explain business issues in Mexico and provide information that can help attendee companies become more profitable in the global arena.

An informal networking reception on the show floor, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages, will conclude Tuesday's events.

A free panel discussion, Lighting Up or Lights Out--Hurdles to Automation in Optoelectronics Assembly, will take place on Wednesday, June 12, at 11:00 a.m. Panelists will discuss the potential benefits of automation in optoelectronics, as well as technical hurdles that must be overcome. Also on Wednesday, executives from UPS Capital (Atlanta, GA) will present a free presentation on supply chain financing, a business model that accelerates cash flow by leveraging programs that fund receivables.

Featuring programs by leading industry organizations, such as SMTA (Minneapolis, MN), IEEE (New York, NY), IICIT (Waretown, NJ), ASTE (Anchorage, AK) and ESD Association (Rome, NY), this year's expanded conference is designed to provide skill enhancements and updated technical knowledge to electronics manufacturing professionals in a wide range of industries and job functions.

A new technical program developed by the IEEE and ASTE offers sessions on PXI, military testing, functional test and strategies for testing limited access boards. The Fundamentals of Fiber Optic Interconnection, sponsored by the IICIT, offers a review of fiber optic technology with a detailed look at connection aspects. The Northeast Chapter of the ESD Association will present Dispelling Common ESD Myths.

The SMTA is organizing three events for SMTA Boston, held in conjunction with NEPCON East/Electro 2002. First, the SMTA Academy will offer a variety of full- and half-day sessions on many industry topics. A two-day Emerging Technologies Symposium, also developed by SMTA, will discuss the most recent advances in electronic and optoelectronic assembly technologies.

The Third Annual Advanced Technology Symposium will feature experts from the packaging industry who will discuss the most recent advances in electronic and optoelectronic assembly technologies. The first day will focus on advanced electronics assembly technologies, and sessions will address materials issues and board assembly. The second day will begin with a look at current reliability issues in board assembly and then focus on optoelectronics.

Lastly, Board Talk, with Phil Zarrow and Jim Hall of ITM Consulting (Durham, NH) on June 11, will cut through the marketing hype and the platitudes of board assembly to further the technical levels of the industry. The cost is $20/$25 for SMTA members/non-members. All proceeds from the forum will be donated to the SMTA's Charles Hutchins Educational Grant.

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Date:May 1, 2002
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