Meeting manufacturing challenges together

SMTconnect 2019: Solutions for electronic assemblies and systems

The microelectronics tradeshow, that takes place on a yearly basis in Nuremberg, Germany, has gone through many changes this time around. With its new name, SMTconnect has become a meeting place for the industry. The focus was extended to the electronic manufacturing services industry, which brought a variety of companies from around the world. Exhibitors and visitors alike took advantage of this year’s highlights and events to discuss the happenings of the industry. With the help of forums, roundtables, competitions, and a range of special events, a strong opportunity for networking was available to all attendees.

Much like its name, a connection was created for all involved in the industry. Not only was this year about displaying solutions, there was also a focus on creating a communication channel between all companies along the supply chain, in order to work better together.

International tradeshow

Over 400 exhibitors from 26 countries displayed technologies and solutions to 13,000 visitors that came from around the world, including the DACH region, China, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Great Britain, and more. Not only were they globally based, they also came from a variety of fields and backgrounds. This included automotive electronics, aerospace and mechanical engineering, industrial electronics, and more.

It was concluded that more than three-fourths of these visitors were in a decision-making role, including departments such as production, research and developments. All current market trends were also highlighted, including smart factory, automation, digitalization, 5G, M2M communication, and robotics.

Highlights of the show

With its name and approach, the tradeshow provided an assortment of opportunities to discuss and learn techniques for specific situations, as well as to put sensible solutions into practice.

Presentations, forums, and discussions covered a variety of topics and trends. E-mobility, renewable energy, reliability were some themes that were presented, including software and hardware solutions for challenges throughout the value chain. Future developments and expectations of the industry were also explored, seeing which direction the market might lead to.

New beginnings

Taking place for the first time, the Technology Days was a learning opportunity for 164 participants to gain more knowledge about different subjects, including mounting, substrates, the connecting of components and assemblies, and soldering. Presenters shared their knowledge and experience on developments and solutions for the industry.

The Newcomer Pavilion also occurred for the first time this year. This platform not only gave the opportunity for startups to create a niche in the industry, but also for larger, more experienced companies to get a glimpse of new and innovative ideas. This was a great collaborative occasion for all who participated. Another innovative event that occurred was the EMS Park. In this area, 12 exhibitors were able to build connections with visitors in a park-like atmosphere. A Speakers’ Corner was also there to further share knowledge, best practices, and solutions.

Reoccurring events

As previous years, the IPC Hand soldering competitions took place again, for professionals as well as for students. This gave a chance for employees from a variety of companies to demonstrate their soldering skills. Participants competed for a chance to take part in the Hand soldering world championship, which will take place at the end of this year at the productronica show in Munich.

The Future Packaging Production Line organized by Fraunhofer IZM was another success this year. With the motto “Get in the ring – Meeting the challenges of modern manufacturing”, visitors were able to see a live running production line. Tours were made throughout in both English and German to further explain each solution and its capabilities.

Another great development offered this year was the career planning platform as it is a challenge for the industry to find well skilled employees. This platform was centered towards helping visitors that are interested in starting a career in the electronics industry to find available job openings.

Focus on power electronics

The PCIM tradeshow also took place alongside SMTconnect. This show focuses on the entire power electronics industry, including energy management, intelligent motion, thermal management, renewable energy, sensors, and more. 515 exhibitors displayed a variety of solutions to over 12,000 international visitors. This year’s highlights included conferences, lectures, and forums, which presented guidance and know-how on all market trends. Over 800 participants attended the conferences, with 333 lecturers. There were also 107 forums, which included short presentations covering a variety of topics. A main highlight was the e-mobility forum that examined the latest trends of power electronics and solutions to its challenges.

Both shows will take place again next year on May 5–7, 2020 at the NurembergConvention Center.

www.smtconnect.com

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