Electronex Expo returns in September
After a one-year break, Australia’s dedicated trade event for the electronics industry will be held in Sydney in September.
Electronex – The Electronics Design and Assembly Expo and Conference will be staged from 15–16 September at Rosehill Gardens Event Centre. Now in its 12th year and alternating annually between Sydney and Melbourne, the expo was postponed in 2020 due to COVID and exhibitors are eagerly awaiting the Sydney event.
With exhibitions returning in most states, show organisers have been reporting excellent attendances, with pent-up demand from visitors for face-to-face discussions with companies. The increased focus on hi-tech manufacturing in Australia is also expected to boost attendance, and Electronex is the only major manufacturing event to be held this year. In a visitor survey at the 2019 expo in Melbourne, 98% of attendees said that a dedicated industry exhibition such as Electronex was beneficial for their industry.
In addition to featuring a wide of range of electronic components, surface mount and inspection equipment, test and measurement products, and other ancillary products and services, companies can also discuss their specific requirements with contract manufacturers that can design and produce turnkey solutions for specific applications. Around 90 companies will be represented at the expo, which is a must-see event for designers, engineers, managers and other decision-makers who are involved in designing or manufacturing products that utilise electronics. A large number of companies will also be launching and demonstrating new products and technology at the event.
Visitors to the expo can register for free at www.electronex.com.au. Visitors are asked to pre-register and their badge will be emailed to them to avoid crowding and queuing at the entrance.
Since 1988, the Surface Mount & Circuit Board Association (SMCBA) has conducted Australia’s only conference dedicated to electronics design and manufacture. The 2021 conference is again being held in conjunction with Electronex, and workshops and presentations will be held over two days. Topics and presenters include Susy Webb, Senior PCB Designer at Design Science PCB, USA, who is conducting a number of PCB design workshops, including:
- ‘HDI Routing’, which covers understanding the HDI structures, options and effects of use, stackup types and possible patterns and other potential benefits of HDI.
- ‘Best DFM Practices for Board Engineers’, covering good practices for building footprints, part placement for manufacturability, helpful routing practices, producible trace widths and spacings, structures and documentation.
Keith Sweatman, Senior Technical Advisor at Nihon Superior, Japan, will present ‘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.
Matt Wild, General Manager at Future Electronics Australia and New Zealand, is presenting ‘Supply Chain Challenges and Strategies’, a discussion about the current issues and their causes with their resulting change in supply trends and costs, with a focus on recommended practices to mitigate impact and what is being done to ensure future supply.
The full program, including other sessions, can be viewed at www.smcba.asn.au.
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