eSmart Factory Conference – The deadline for Abstracts is February 16th, 2018

Call for Papers – The deadline for Abstracts is February 2nd, 2018 


eSmart Factory will be held on May 24th, 2018 at the Plug ‘n Play Center in Sunnyvale, CA, USA. This inaugural event will bring together the key technologies shaping the electronics manufacturing industry and addressed by EMS companies, OEMs and Contract Manufacturers.

The fourth industrial revolution is connecting factories, equipment, processes and supply chains across the world.

In electronics manufacturing this begins with optimizing and implementing visibility of the supply chain, from suppliers of raw materials, parts and consumables through Goods Inward, Inventory Storage and assembly into the final product. eSmart Factory will provide a forum for industry professional to present and debate the latest software systems and process to optimize production.

Robotic and cobot technologies are also central to these new smart factory environments. Robots are increasingly employed for repetitive assembly areas, enabling existing human capital to be deployed into other functions and areas in the factory. Cobots are typically used to refurbish and maintain the supply of components and materials to the line.

3D printing technology is being used in a variety of applications, ranging from prototyping printed circuit boards, housing and assemblies to tooling applications on the manufacturing floor.

eSmart Factory is a unique event that combines each of these new technology areas into one event. It will feature one track on Software Systems and Processes and two, half-day tracks on Robotics and Cobots and 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.


Scientists, researchers and engineers are invited to submit Abstracts in the first instance on the range of topics below. If accepted, the author will provide a conference presentation and/or a technical paper for the proceedings. All submissions must be non-commercial in nature and focus on technology research rather than a company product.

Software Systems and Process

  • Machine-to-Machine communications
  • Supply chain software
  • Process optimization software
  • Track, Trace and Control
  • AI systems
  • Digital Twin
  • Test and measurement systems
  • Augmented Reality systems
  • Virtual Reality systems
  • Cyber-Physical systems

Robotics and Cobots

  • Cobots and assistive technologies
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Robotics for automation
  • Automation in logistics and supply chain management
  • Other topics in automation

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

  • Digital Light Processing (DLP)
  • Fused Deposition Molding (FDM)
  • Prototyping Printed Circuit Boards
  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Binder jetting/Inks
  • Tooling and fixtures

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 reduce factory/machine downtime and improve throughput, logistics and first pass yield. eSmart Factory 2018 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

Plug ‘n Play in Sunnyvale, CA is part of a global network of 22 incubator facilities that nurture industry startups and help them connect with corporations, investors, industry experts and more.

The organizers

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.


The deadline for Abstracts is: February 16th, 2018. In the first instance, please send them to the Conference Chair, Trevor Galbraith at


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