SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium is a great success
Jul 13, 2004
The SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium that took place May 19-20, 2004, at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington, MN, was a new program for SMTA and a great success. Over 100 attendees enjoyed paper presentations within sessions on Design/Reliability, Manufacturing - Techniques and Requirements, Process and Quality Control, Packaging, Sensors/MEMS, and Business/Regulations.
J. Doug Field of Segway delivered a powerful keynote presentation on Engineering from the Right Side of the Brain, and attendees were given the opportunity to try out the Segway self-balancing, electric-powered personal transporter.
Attendee evaluations indicated high levels of satisfaction with the speakers and content, and "Best Paper" awards went to Gareth Hughes of Zyvex Corporation and Nils Heininger of LPKF Laser & Electronics AG for their papers entitled "Precision Assembly Utilizing Microelectromechanical Systems and Nanotechnology: The Enabling of Medical Microsystems" and "Reel-to-Reel Mass Production for Disposable Sensors by Laser Ablation", respectively.
After further review by the SMTA Journal Committee, the following papers appear in the third quarter 2004 issue of the SMTA Journal:
- "Trends in Medical Device Design and Manufacturing" by Phil Salditt, Plexus Technology Group.
- "Implantable Medical Electronics Assembly - Quality and Reliability Considerations" by Peter Borgesen, Universal Instruments Corporation, and Eric Cotts, Binghamton University.
- "Impact of Advances in Component Packaging on Medical Devices" by James Marshall, Shane Mooney, Peter Bartlett, Paul Fabre, Bhavik Kant, Megan Wilson, and Kenji Kimura, Crystalaid Group of Companies.
- "Improving Manufacturability, Reducing Cost, and Extending Product Life - Processes and Pitfalls Unique to Medical Devices" by Chris Rozewski and Walter Thomson, Plexus Technology Group.
All papers from the event are available on CD in Adobe eBook format for purchase through the SMTA Bookstore.
Conference chairman Jeff Kennedy of Celestica, Inc. has stepped forward again to chair this program for another year, and planning has begun for the SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium in April or May of 2005. For more information about opportunities to present at or attend the 2005 SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium, contact SMTA director of education Kristin Nafstad: firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-920-7682.