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Hentec Industries/RPS Automation, a leading manufacturer of selective soldering, component lead tinning and solderability testing equipment, is pleased to announce the addition of Production Automation as their exclusive sales representative for their entire product line for the territory of Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.
“We are pleased to have Steve Block of Production Automation join our sales team”, stated Tom Baro, North American Sales Manager for Hentec Industries/RPS Automation. Production Automation has a wealth of experience in the electronic assembly industry including precision dispensing, manual and robotic soldering, wave soldering and selective soldering, BGA rework and BGA re-balling, solder and solder paste, cleaning systems, and X-ray inspection systems.
“We are confident that Steve and Production Automation will advance our complete line of Vector and Valence selective soldering systems, Odyssey component lead tinning machines, as well as our Pulsar solderability testing and Photon steam aging equipment throughout their multi-state sales territory”, added Baro.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
At the Atlanta SMTA Expo and Tech Forum, I met Neil Hubble, president of the metrology systems provider Akrometrix. If you’re not sure exactly what metrology entails, you’re in luck. In this interview, Neil explains why metrology is becoming a critical part of PCB manufacturing. We also discuss the company’s capital equipment, testing services, and why Akrometrix counts many of the top PCB and semiconductor manufacturing companies in the world as their customers.
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I-Connect007 Editorial Team
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