Frequently Asked Questions

 

How can my company join HDP?

What will it cost to join?  

What do I get in return for my membership?

Where can I find more information to help my company become a member of HDP user group?

Who else are members of HDP User Group?  

How much man power/resources am I expected to provide?  

How do you protect IP?  

Am I liable for any additional costs e.g. project overspend?   

What projects are you running at this time?    

How do I join a Project?  

How do I become a project leader?  

What is involved in being a project leader?  

How do I create a web account?  

How do you decide on which projects to run?  

How do I propose a new project?  

Where can I find reports for completed projects?  

How and how often do project teams meet to discuss progress?  

If our Facility in USA is a member, can our employees in Europe join also?  


How can my company join HDP?

Membership in HDP User Group can be obtained by filling out a membership application. It is conveniently located on our become a member web site http://www.hdpug.org/content/become-member

 

What will it cost to join? 

Cost of membership is based on your company’s size. For companies under $50M per year annual membership is $8,500 USD annually, for companies over $50M the annual cost $17,000 USD annually. Membership to the board of directors is an additional $10,000 USD per year. Membership is for 1 year and can be paid in 4 Quarterly payments if desired.

 

What do I get in return for my membership?

 Value of HDP projects each have a unique ROI.

Risks of introducing new technologies are shared with others. Rather than fund an investigation or study within the company, the member can take that study to the HDP User Group and share the costs.

More than sharing costs, exposure to other members in the same industry brings more diverse technical support into play for the study than if it were confined to company members. It is as if you had an outside consultant involved with the study.

The projects have typically been broader in scope than any single member company would have taken on, resulting in more information gained.

In addition to current project participation, HDP members have access to project reports on all past HDP projects as well.

 

Where can I find more information to help my company become a member of HDP user group?

 Our HDP User group web site provides significant information http://www.hdpug.org. You can also contact our Marketing Director Larry Marcanti at 214-621-7792214-621-7792 and he will be happy to help with questions and presentations to anyone in your company whom is interested or needs to learn more about our group.

 

Who else are members of HDP User Group?  

A complete list of current HDP User Group members can be found on our web site. Go to http://www.hdpug.org/companies-public

 

How much man power/resources am I expected to provide?  

Although there is no firm commitment requirement, it is expected that Member Companies will make an effort to contribute to projects when possible.  Many Members have told us over the years that if they participate in projects, they get a lot more out of HDP User Group than those that do not participate.  The level of contribution is entirely up to the Member Company, based on their capability, expertise, and interest in the project.  The HDP User Group Staff will be happy to help companies identify opportunities for project participation.

 

How do you protect IP?  

HDP User Group does not share individual company IP, and you will not be asked to divulge any company IP during participation in any HDP User Group activities or projects.  If you voluntarily choose to divulge company IP, it will no longer be proprietary.  Companies participating in HDP User Group projects do agree to keep information and data generated during the course of the project confidential for three years or until the HDP Board of Directors releases the information, as they would with their own company IP.  The information can be shared at any time with the HDP User Group Membership, or with a participating company’s employees, suppliers or customers as needed in the course of doing business.

Our projects are structured with the work partitioned between and done within the individual member companies, in their labs and facilities with their employees, such that there is no need to share IP.

 

Am I liable for any additional costs e.g. project overspend?   

There are no hidden costs for any HDP User Group activity.  There are no financial requirements outside of the yearly membership dues. Any additional resources associated with supporting a successful project, such as components, test vehicles etc. is on a volunteer basis for each member and is agreed upon prior to proceeding with the project.  It should be noted that HDP User Group projects are designed to be resourced by the members.

 

What projects are you running at this time?    

Our projects are constantly moving forward and new projects are being initiated as our membership dictates. A list of our current projects is located here http://www.hdpug.org/projects-public. More detailed information about each project is available by clicking on the link to the project page. Additional information can be requested by clicking the Contact Project Facilitator link on the project page.   

 

How do I join a Project?  

Becoming a member of any project is best done through the webpage of the project you wish to join.  On the HDPUG Website homepage menu bar (http://hdpug.org), select current projects from the projects tab dropdown.  From the listing of the projects, select the project of interest by selecting the name of the project. This will bring you to the Project Webpage.

If you are a Non Member of HDPUG - Go to the "Contact" section to the right and select the "Contact project facilitator" key.  This will allow you to send an email to the HDPUG Facilitator requesting to join the project. 

NOTE: Once a project is moved to “Implementation” a Non Member must join HDPUG or withdraw from the project.

If you are already an HDPUG member – Go to the "Subscribe Here" section to the right and select the "Subscribe to space" key.  This will automatically sign you up as a project member and notify the Facilitator of your membership.

NOTE: You must be signed into the Website to join a project.

If you have any problems or questions, email webmaster@hdpug.org.

 

How do I become a project leader?  

Becoming a project lead is as easy as contacting the project facilitator and volunteering to lead the project.  You and the facilitator will discuss your interest and goals and explain both of your roles in the project.  A good project lead is someone who is interested in making sure that the project is a success.

 

What is involved in being a project leader?  

A project lead is a shared interaction between you and a HDP User Group facilitator.  The project lead is the “Technical Champion” and the facilitator is the “Administrative Champion”. The project leader provides a vital role in ensuring the successful execution of an HDP User Group project. The project lead and the facilitator have joint responsibility to coordinate activities, hold web based conference calls, gain agreement from the team on courses of action, secure resources, manage timescales and resolve potential issues. The project lead will update the rest of the HDP User Group membership at member meetings on progress and results and oversee the dissemination of the project results and conclusions. Your facilitator will supply the day to day administrative activities associated with the project. This will include setting up meetings, recording minutes, managing and updating the project web page and helping the project leader in preparing status updates and reports. While a project facilitator will not make decisions about the project direction and approach, he/she can provide valuable guidance on coordinating the project, assist in securing resources and be a sounding board for discussing issues and concerns. 

 

How do I create a web account?  

You can create a web account if your company is an HDP User Group member. Go to the HDP User Group web site http://www.hdpug.org/ and on the home page click on the registration link under the ‘Members’ paragraph. Following the instructions provided to create your account. Please ensure that you use your company email address to register.

  

How do you decide on which projects to run?  

The HDP User Group projects are bottoms up, member driven. These project areas reflect the current needs and interests of the members.  New projects are identified, defined and implemented by our members. All work is done by the member companies in their own laboratories by their own people adding credence to the project results.

The project areas include advanced and emerging component packaging, next generation soldering technologies, PWB and component substrate materials evaluations, environmental friendly component/PWB solutions and emerging technology like opto-electronic interconnect advances.

 

How do I propose a new project?  

New projects are proposed in several ways. You can propose a new project during a Members Meeting or by talking to an HDP User Group Facilitator at any time during the year. The Members Meetings are an excellent time for new projects proposals as they allow for lively discussions on the subject and help to gage the members support.  A new project proposal is as simple as having:

A Topic or area of interest/concern. This can be an evaluation or investigation of any specific problem/concern.

A Problem Statement:  What is the situation or problem that you would like to have investigated/evaluated/resolved?

Drivers: Why is this a concern to you and/or the industry at-large?  Helpful in understanding the level of support/interest from other members.

 

Where can I find reports for completed projects?  

Completed reports are available to HDP User Group members only. If you are a member, log on using your web account username and password, navigate to the completed projects area and open the project page of interest. Look for the project downloads section on the right hand side of the page and click on the implementation documents link and then the final report link.

 

How and how often do project teams meet to discuss progress?  

Project team calls are scheduled by the Team Leader and Team Participants, and set up by the project facilitator. Typically, the time and date for the next telecom will be established during the current call.  Notification and call-in information for the calls will be sent out at least 1 week before the call.  The call information is also shown on the HDP User Group website calendar http://www.hdpug.org/.

Meeting frequency is determined by how quickly new information can be generated by the team.  During some phases of a project, the team needs to increase the meeting frequency to move the project along quickly. At other times, there may be little need to meet, as testing or other project work is still underway and there is nothing to report. At all times, the meetings must be scheduled frequently enough to expedite the project efficiently toward completion.

 

If our Facility in USA is a member, can our employees in Europe join also? 

Yes. Your membership is for anyone in your company regardless of where they are working.