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SMCBA Conference logoSince 1988 the Surface Mount & Circuit Board Association (SMCBA) has conducted Australia’s only conference dedicated to electronics design and manufacture. The 2023 conference is again being held in conjunction with ElectroneX at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).



Registration is required and will allow us to preprint your pass and have it ready for collection.




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Matt Wild - General Manager at Future Electronics - is presenting "Supply Chain Challenges and Strategies" an overview of electronics sourcing, demand and supply cycles, market outlook and best practice for navigating through the challenging environment we face right now.

 Tim Lihou - Director, Industry Strategy and Engagement at Adroita - is presenting "Opportunities for Australian businesses to grow in the Defence sector" from big picture opportunities, to challenges that Australian businesses face, and what the first steps might be to begin the journey.

 Keith Sweatman – Senior Technical Advisor at Nihon Superior Ltd, Japan – is presenting “Low Temperature Soldering – A new challenge in electronics assembly”. Just as the electronics industry is getting comfortably settled into the use of the current generation of lead-free solders, new issues are forcing consideration of a change to lead-free solders that can be used at process temperatures even lower than those that were used with tin-lead solder. This move is being driven by several factors and presents potential benefits, but with these advantages come complications. This presentation will review the emerging low temperature soldering technology and identify the challenges to be addressed.

 Susy Webb will also be presenting her very popular “Best DFM Practices for Board Engineers”. There is so much more to board design than placing parts and connecting the signals electrically! Those who design the board can make a HUGE impact on the ease of fabrication and assembly just by the practices they put into place as they work. Knowledge and use of standard (best) practices, whether IPC or company standards, ensures that what is sent to the manufacturer will be understood and incorporated with minimal questions, and that can be a real time and cost savings. In this class, we will talk about good practices for building footprints, how parts might be placed for manufacturability, routing practices that are helpful, trace widths and spacings that are producible, a stackup structure that can realistically get the impedance and signal return needed, and documentation for the manufacturer that is complete and understandable. This presentation is not about how to build a board, but rather about the practical things the board engineer can do to help make fabrication and assembly easier and therefore increase yields and lower the cost for all.


Full workshop and presentation abstracts available on request.

Thank You to the Event Sponsors

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The Electronex Expo is the only exhibition dedicated to the electronics industry in Australia/NZ.  The exhibition will be co-located at the MCEC.  Conference delegates are automatically registered to attend the exhibition.