SMTA Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum

SMTA Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum

The SMTA’s Guadalajara Expo has grown to be one of the major exhibitions in the Americas for electronic manufacturing. Guadalajara’s position as a tech hub in Mexico – the Silicon Valley of Mexico– began in the 1960s when major tech OEMs like IBM, Kodak, and Hewlett Packard located some of their manufacturing in the city. Originally about low cost labor, the city developed an eco-system of components for printers and cameras, all the while developing ties to the local universities to build the talent pool that would help the facilities there rise up the value chain. Originally all the managers were from the corporate headquarters; by the 1990s most of the management, engineers, software developers, and designers working at these facilities were Mexican.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, it all could have come crashing down in 2001 when China was granted admission to the WTO. “Instead of folding, Guadalajara reinvented itself as a major center for research and development, programming, design, and other high-skilled tech occupations, building on the foundation that had been laid years earlier.” Today Guadalajara is also a major center for technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

This year companies are bringing their new products and expertise to the SMTA Expo to share with the strong customer base building electronics for the Americas in the city.

ZESTRON, a leading global provider of high precision cleaning products, services, and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, is pleased to announce that their Latin American sales team will be attending, presenting, and featuring our newest product, ATRON® DC, at SMTA Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum.

Guadalajara Expo EMSnow GraphicAndres Turrubiates, Latin America Applications Engineer for ZESTRON Americas, is an active member of the SMTA as well as IPC. Mr. Turrubiates is responsible for providing technical support to our customers in Mexico & Latin America, including cleaning process recommendations and onsite customer support for process implementations and optimizations. During the SMTA Guadalajara Expo, Mr. Turrubiates will present “Cleaning of Electronics Assemblies in Limited Spaces & Low Standoff Components” on Wednesday, September 21st, at 12:00 PM. The presentation will discuss challenges, cleaning methodology, findings, and advantages of using cleaning agents over DI Water.

At the show, ZESTRON will promote their new maintenance cleaner, ATRON® DC. The cleaning agent was designed to remove conformal coating from pallets, fixtures, and tools. It quickly and reliably removes different coating materials, including acrylics, urethanes, and epoxies, without the need for labor-intensive manual cleaning.



Koh Young Technology, an industry-leader in True 3D measurement-based inspection solutions and a SMTA Guadalajara chapter sponsor, will be presenting the benefits of machine connectivity using the IPC-2591 (CFX) standard.

Koh Young Technology HQsLeveraging IPC-CFX standards can help manufacturers improve their electronics manufacturing process while helping to realize the benefits of a smart factory,” commented Luis Rivera, MES Engineer at Koh Young America and featured speaker at the SMTA Guadalajara Technical Forum. “These tools collect factory data on defects, optimization, traceability, and more to improve metrics, increase quality, and lower costs. Yet, successful CFX implementation on the shopfloor requires confidence that equipment has been qualified to IPC-CFX. We will show how smart factory standards help improve the SMT process.” In his presentation, Luis will explore how Koh Young successfully applies real-time data to improve the production process by converting data into process knowledge using CFX and other software tools. Combined with IPC communication standards, the gates to a smart factory are open to anyone.

Luis will begin his presentation about improving process control with machine connectivity and leveraging CFX to create a smart factory on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 at 12:00 with a question-and-answer session to follow.



The following is just a glimpse into what Koh Young has in store for our visitors:

Solder Paste Inspection (SPI)

In 2002, we introduced the concept of 3D measurement-based solder paste inspection – and it revolutionized the inspection industry. Today, manufacturers recognize the value of the 3D measurement data and use the data to improve the print process, in turn, improving production yield and quality. Today, 3D SPI has become a standard requirement for SMT lines – it is no longer optional. The KY8030-3 is our SPI workhorse, and the most popular SPI solution in the electronics manufacturing market. With a patented dual-projection technology, we deliver trustworthy and repeatable measurement data, which manufacturers can use to reliably optimize the print process.

  1. KY8030-3: Industry’s Fastest True 3D SPI Solution with Integrated Auto-Repair Dispenser

Printing Process Optimization

The Koh Young Process Optimizer (KPO) solution is an AI-based automatic print process optimizer. This system improves the printer offset, as well as critical printer parameters like squeegee speed, print pressure, and separation speed. KPO performs an automated DOE to determine the optimum printing parameters for the best print quality. As a result, manufacturers can optimize the print process, without the need for a dedicated print process expert. Furthermore, KPO monitors and perfects parameters in real-time to guarantee quality despite environmental changes.

  1. KPO Printer: Award-winning AI-powered print process control software

Automated Optical Inspection (AOI)

The Koh Young 3D AOI Zenith delivers perfect inspection performance with True 3D measurement technology. In the 2D inspection world, false calls and escapes are unavoidable. To solve this problem, we took a different approach. We based our solution on full 3D measurement technology, not 2D technology and its inherent shortcomings or 2D with some 3D capabilities bolted-on to help. At Koh Young, the Zenith measures all components in True 3D. We find the component body based on true 3D profilometric information. Using this approach, we provide trustworthy inspection results, regardless of component or board color variations. When our 3D measurement data meets artificial intelligence, we can deliver even more advantages to manufacturers.

  1. Zenith Alpha: Best Value True 3D Automated Optical Inspection Solution
  2. Zenith 2: Revolutionary True 3D AOI Delivering Incomparable Capabilities

Dispense Process Inspection (DPI)

The award-winning Neptune is the industry’s first 3D optical measurement solution for transparent material inspection. Using Koh Young LIFT technology (Laser Interferometry for Fluid Tomography), the Neptune delivers non-destructive 3D inspection to precisely measure and inspect fluids – wet or dry. With its Machine-Learning algorithm, the Neptune accurately measures materials for coverage, thickness, and consistency with a user-defined threshold setting. It also identifies bubbles, cracks, and other defects in coating. It also measures underfill, epoxy, bonding, glue, potting, flux, and more to deliver an exact measurement of transparent and translucent materials.

  1. Neptune C+: Award-winning True 3D In-Line Dispensing Process Inspection (DPI) Solution

Process Control Software

AI-powered KSMART solutions help automate process control, while focusing on data management, analysis, and optimization. It collects data from across the factory for defect detection, real-time optimization, enhanced decisions, and traceability to improve production, increase quality, and lower costs by eliminating variances, false calls, and escapes.

  1. KSMART: Seamless Smart Factory Software Suite Turning Data into Insights

To learn more about how our solutions boost your quality, visit us at the SMTA Guadalajara in booth 448. If you cannot attend the show, you can still learn more about our best-in-class inspection solutions at our regional website


Indium Corporation’s Brian O’Leary, global head of e-Mobility and infrastructure, will be presenting on market trends in the thriving electric vehicle (EV) landscape at the SMTA Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum, at Noon local time, Thursday, Sept. 22

Indium Brian OLeary

Indium’s Brian OLeary

ScreenshotThe automotive landscape is changing at a breathtaking speed as start-ups and legacy automotive makers alike pour billions of dollars into electric vehicles (EVs). EVs have been called “computers on wheels” and for good reason, having more than three times the electronics and a fraction of the mechanical parts of an internal combustion engine. Unlike prior technologies that might have started in North America to only later migrate offshore, EVs are an equal opportunity industry with thriving local manufacturing and a trend to source locally. In e-Mobility: Important Trends to Help Drive Your Business, O’Leary will explore some important trends in the market, such as commercial, technological, and supply chain. Participants should leave with key insights on how they might compete in this exciting and growing industry.

O’Leary is responsible for promoting Indium Corporation’s full range of products and services for e-Mobility, which include the markets for EVs, charging stations, and infrastructure, among others. He joined Indium Corporation in 2014 and has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and channel management in the electronics industry. He currently serves as the chair of the IPC e-Mobility Quality & Reliability Advisory Group. In addition to regular technical conference participation, Brian co-hosts a free monthly webcast—EV InSIDER Live—with Loren McDonald of EVAdoption and a high-profile industry stakeholder as a guest. In the webcast, they discuss current pressing issues and hot topics in the rapidly evolving electric vehicle landscape. He earned his master’s degree in international management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, Phoenix, Ariz. He also co-authored two books on thermal profiling: Profiling Guide for Profitability and Profiling Guide for Six Sigma.


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