The SMART Group (High Wycombe, UK), a European technical trade association, has announced the program for their sixth biennial European Conference to be held Nov. 16-18, 2004. The event, located at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, UK, includes a table-top exhibition, 9 half-day workshops, a gala-dinner, an ask the experts lead-free questions session and additional one-hour seminars.


Mark Hutton of BPA Consulting and Phil Zarrow of ITM Consulting will present keynote speeches covering the future worldwide demand for electronic systems and components and the true cost of going lead-free. A special presentation after the gala dinner will cover the Challenges of Manufacturing Electronics for Space.


Technical workshop topics include: Troubleshooting your lead-free reflow process; Components in a lead-free world; Lead-free reliability; Lead-free: a million and one practical issues; What does lead-free mean for electronics reliability?; X-ray and optical inspection for lead-free assemblies; and Troubleshooting your lead-free wave soldering process.


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