Welcome to the 3rd Annual

eSMART Factory Conference

March 4th and 5th 2020 in

San Jose, California, United States.

organized by:

eSmart Factory 2019
Technical Committee

Trevor Galbraith – Global SMT & Packaging

Michael Ford – Aegis Corporation
Jay Gorajia – Siemens
Greg J. Vance – Rockwell Automation
Irene Sterian – Celestica
Wilkistar Otieno, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


The eSMART Factory conference will be held on March 4th and 5th at the Comet Group Lab One, 3055 Orchard Drive, Suite 150, San Jose, CA 95134, USA. This unmissable annual event brings together the key people and disruptive technologies shaping the electronics manufacturing industry.

“Smart” technology has already found its way into almost every aspect of manufacturing, and the pace continues to accelerate. For most companies however, the practical, sustainable and cost-effective Smart Factory, continues to be elusive, while higher product-mix and sudden changes in customer demand continues to drive down productivity. The gap between those discovering compelling benefits using Smart technology and those still waiting to follow, is growing rapidly, threatening to leave many behind. Smart technologies are being utilized to convert business risk associated with current volatile global manufacturing market trends, into genuine business opportunities.

The Esmart Factory conference addresses the full range of disruptive technologies in modern manufacturing, including supply chain systems, factory logistics, machine-to-machine communication, robotics and materials science.

While there is an almost daily requirement for many to research the latest Smart technologies online, there is no substitute for the opportunity to hear directly from those who are driving Smart industry forward. To be able to interact with the experts, to ask your difficult questions that others simply aren’t addressing, is essential for those wanting to know how to piece together Smart technologies in a way that brings direct business value, as part of any ongoing or intended Smart Factory project.

The fourth industrial revolution connects factories, equipment, processes and supply chains across the world, digitally. In electronics, this starts with PCB design, the flow of the digital product model into manufacturing, to be realized through complex assembly and testing, following the customer’s exacting and changing requirements. All this to be done at a moment’s notice, utilizing the best available configuration and fully optimized, with zero defects. Implementation of Smart visibility and control across manufacturing and the supply chain, is essential, from suppliers of raw materials, through to the final shipped product.

The eSmart Factory conference provides a forum for industry professionals across all of these areas to meet, network and debate the latest software systems, production strategies, and automation selection to optimize production in line with Smart Factory digital best practices. eSmart Factory will explore key areas where manufacturers can maximize efficiency in the most demanding circumstances, with for example, the use of robotics in materials supply and management, soldering, assembly, and other repetitive tasks, as well as augmented reality technology that frees operators to engage in more productive work assignments. 3D additive printing applications are also becoming mainstream for tooling applications, as well as augmenting or even replacing assembly operations.

This unique must-attend event offers you a window into the EMS factory of the future, while providing you with real-world strategies to introduce and implement smart factory practices in your organization.


eSMART Factory is jointly organized by Global SMT & Packaging magazine and SMTA. Global SMT & Packaging is an imprint of Trafalgar Publications Ltd. and is the leading international electronics manufacturing publication with magazines, websites, newsletters and video channels across Europe, Asia and the Americas. SMTA (Surface Mount Technology Association) is the leading global trade association for engineers, scientists and technologists in the field of electronics manufacturing.

Who Should Attend?

Production Managers, Quality Managers, Test Managers and all C-Level Executives involved in the specification and implementation of Industry 4.0/Smart Factory systems. This is a ‘must-attend’ event for anyone who is interested in Smart Factory implementation and optimization.

What you will learn

Learn about the latest technologies to assist manufacturers improve their process traceability and reliability, reduce factory/machine downtime and improve throughput, logistics and first pass yield. eSmart Factory 2020 will bring together the leading technologists and engineers to present, discuss and debate the future of these technologies and how they will apply to electronics manufacturing.

The venue

Comet Group Lab One is collaborative research space in the heart of Silicon Valley. It holds a wide range of x-ray and inspection tools for semiconductor, PCBA and other industries. The venue also boasts an excellent conference space and has hosted many local and international events since it opened in 2017.

Please send all inquiries to the Conference Chair, Trevor Galbraith at tgalbraith@globalsmt.net

Conference Tour (FREE) at Ford Rouge Factory Complex on June 20th

We are extremely pleased to announce eSmart Factory Conference tour. It all starts on Day One of the conference June 20th at 5.30PM. Only a short walk, with free shuttle from and to the hotel plus limited car parking at The Ford River Rouge Complex (commonly known as the Rouge Complex or just The Rouge) is a Ford Motor Company automobile factory complex located in Dearborn, Michigan, along the River Rouge, upstream from its confluence with the Detroit River at Zug Island. Construction began in 1917, and when it was completed in 1928, it was the largest integrated factory in the world. Designed by Albert Kahn, the Rouge was designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1978 for its architecture and historical importance to the industry and economy of the United States.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour Includes

  • Legacy Theater – Learn about the triumphs and tragedies surrounding the Rouge, much of it told through rare, never-before-seen historic footage.
  • Manufacturing Innovation Theater – A multisensory exploration of the manufacturing experience, from concept to highway
  • Observation Deck Tour – View the ground-breaking living roof from our 80-foot-high Observation Deck.
  • Assembly Plant Walking Tour – See where the new military grade aluminum-alloy body Ford F-150s are assembled in a lean and flexible manufacturing plant.
  • Legacy Gallery – View five historic vehicles made at the Rouge and hop in a new F-150 Raptor.

Today, the Rouge site is home to Ford’s Rouge Center. This industrial park includes six Ford factories on 600 acres (2.4 km²) of land, as well as steelmaking operations run by AK Steel, a U.S. steelmaker. The new Dearborn Truck factory famously features a vegetation-covered roof and rainwater reclamation system designed by sustainability architect William McDonough. This facility is still Ford’s largest factory and employs some 6,000 workers. Mustang production, however, has moved to the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Tours of the Rouge complex were a long tradition. Free bus tours of the facility began in 1924 and ran until 1980, at their peak hosting approximately a million visitors per year. They resumed in 2004 in cooperation with The Henry Ford Museum with multimedia presentations, as well as viewing of the assembly floor. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour had 148,000 visitors in 2017.

The management of Dearborn Truck has decreed that no vehicles from other manufacturers may park at the front of the main employee lot. Non Ford Family vehicles are required to park in the back 12 rows of parking spaces. Hourly workers from both Ford and AK Steel facilities at the complex are represented by UAW Local 600.

A fleet of three Ford-owned Great Lakes freighters initially named for the Ford grandsons or later, renamed for top company executives, was based at the River Rouge Plant. When the ships were retired, one was scrapped, but the deckhouse of the SS William Clay Fordwas relocated to a museum in the Belle Isle Detroit city park in the Detroit River and the deckhouse of the SS Benson Ford was transported by crane barge to Put-in-Bay, Ohio and placed on an 18-foot cliff as a private home above Lake Erie.

Have a Question?

Trevor Galbraith will be sure to get back to you, asap.

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