ACS Moves to U.S. Manufacturing

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FARMINGTON, Ark. ACS Technologies, a curing systems manufacturer, will use newly-expanded Lantronic, Inc., of the Netherlands, to produce its TruCure System line of conveyorized infrared PCB curing systems. A Farmington, Ark.-based Lantronic business will begin manufacturing Q'01 2007. The company purchased a facility neighboring ACS headquarters, to be managed by Sandy Lantang. ACS will assist in the transition and in expanding the facility to about 13,000 sq. ft. Moving our equipment manufacturing to the U.S. for this line is exciting, said David Dye, vice president at ACS, adding that "lead-free regulations have created a larger manufacturing need than we could handle at the other facilities."

"The Holland location will service Europe and rest of world (ROW) regions; the Farmington facility will service all of the Americas; the company also has a Malaysia location for Asian manufacturing," explained Dye. He added that the manufacturing company decided to move manufacturing to the U.S. because of the current euro/dollar exchange rate. Plating lines and wet processing equipment will also be produced at the Lantronic site.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Sierra Proto Express; Ontario's Milplex Circuit Canada, Inc.; and Integrated Test, a Dallas, Texas company, have placed orders for the machines that will be made at Lantronic's U.S. facility. The system and accompanying panel devices measure PCB temperature during cure time and automatically adjust to conform to the correct temperature. It was developed in the U.S.



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