Proven strengths – the new appearance of the event
The new name "SMTconnect" should make the main subject and the unique features of the event recognizable at first sight, and at the same time, should reflect the needs of the community. The name underlines the fact that the event brings together the entire SMT community, i.e. users, suppliers, service providers and clients, in one place and offers them space for exchange.
Further elements of the event will also be adapted. The subline has been updated to “Solutions for electronic assemblies and systems.” In addition, changes have been made to the look of the event with the new design ensuring a fresher appearance.
New staging of electronic manufacturing services: EMS Park
With the aim of reaching new target groups and thus providing the community with even more opportunities to connect and overcome the challenges posed by the industry, the SMTconnect will be proactively addressing promising topics. This will include the new staging of the electronic manufacturing services – in the new showcase area “EMS Park”.
The EMS Park, which is reminiscent of an actual park with its natural and open design, plants and benches, was designed with the focus on relaxed, yet efficient networking possibilities. This makes it particularly easy for exhibiting companies to make contact with their target groups among the numerous trade visitors, for example from the medical technology, automotive or mechanical engineering sectors, and to network even more intensively with the community.
Into the future with practice-oriented topics: Technology Days
Parallel to the exhibition, the new Technology Days will focus on the mounting and connecting of components and assemblies in a wide variety of application areas. In terms of content, the knowledge platform will deal with three topics in 20 sessions over three days:
- Soldering – challenges in practice
- Substrates – important carriers for components
- Successful adhesives in electronics
On the one hand, practice-oriented seminars will be offered, in which well-founded specialist knowledge can be deepened; on the other hand, 25-minute special sessions are to supplement the program with the treatment of current topics.
Highlights as visitor magnets
SMTconnect will also be attracting visitors in 2019 with numerous highlights. The "Future Packaging" production line organized annually by the Fraunhofer IZM will revolve around the topic "Get in the Ring - Challenges for Modern Manufacturing".
In addition, soldering professionals and young professionals will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at the annual hand soldering competition organized by the worldwide trade and standardization organization IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries from the USA.
In addition to the EMS Park, there will be other interesting joint stands: PCB meets Components, Cluster Mechatronics and Automation, the Newcomer Pavilion and this year's new Start-up Area, organized in cooperation with the VDMA Electronics, Micro and Nano Technologies Association and the VDMA Startup Machine.
The exhibition forum will also be available in 2019 for exhibitor presentations, which will include a panel discussion organized by Hüthig Verlag (publishers) on "Selective wave soldering in the dilemma between THR and effectiveness", which will be held in German.
Furthermore, the ZVEI Days will take place at the topic forum, which will deal with component cleanliness, integrated layer circuits and a roadmap for technical and non-technical trends in the component industry.
SMTconnect will take place from 7 - 9 May 2019 in Nuremberg. Current information on the event is available at smtconnect.com.
About Mesago Messe Frankfurt
Mesago, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 140 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. (mesago.com)
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com
*preliminary figures 2018