Frost & Sullivan Reports on SMD Placement
(December 10, 2007) PALO ALTO, Calif. Frost & Sullivan released an analysis of pick-and-place, "Emerging Trends in SMD Placement," highlighting accuracy and modularity as key to next-generation pick-and-place systems. The report is part of the "Surface Mount Technology Technical Insights Growth Partnership" program.
Quadris-3 Pick-and-place System Launches
(December 7, 2007) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. Universal Instruments expanded the Quadris platform with Quadris-3, which uses a quad-gantry layout and is said to achieve high throughput and place a range of components. The system is based on Universal's Quadris-S, enabling compatible operation on SMT lines.
SMTA Requests Abstracts
(December 7, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla. and SHANGHAI, China The SMTA is requesting abstracts for technical papers and presentations at its 2008 tradeshows, including SMTA International (SMTAI) in Orlando and three SMTA China shows in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Tianjin.
Additive to Limit Tin Whiskers
(December 6, 2007) OSAKA, Japan C. Uyemura & Co., an Osaka-based supplier of metal plating chemicals, has developed an additive that reportedly prevents formation of tin whiskers on circuit boards and other electronic components, according to the Nikkei Business Daily.
Tantalum Capacitors for Embedded Apps
(December 4, 2007) MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. AVX Corporation developed a range of tantalum capacitors targeting embedded control systems used in electronic control units (ECUs) for industrial, telecommunication, and other applications.
ASSET Acquires ITT
(December 4, 2007) RICHARDSON, Texas ASSET InterTech Inc. acquired International Test Technologies (ITT), based in County Donegal, Ireland. ITT supplies processor-emulation test technology to electronics manufacturers. The company's core test applications will merge well with ASSET's boundary scan systems for test, in-system programming (ISP), design-for-test (DfT), and advanced embedded instrumentation applications, according to representatives.
Astronics AES Implements Omnify PLM
(December 4, 2007) ANDOVER, Mass. Astronics AES streamlined product development and improved production using Omnify product life-cycle management (PLM) software. Astronics produces more than 100 electronic products for commercial, military, and aerospace platforms.
PCB Industry Steady in October
(December 3, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries October book-to-bill findings reveal that shipments and orders were generally slightly depressed throughout the month, in flexible and rigid PCB sectors. However, the book-to-bill ratio remained at 1.08.
CADParts Partners for EMS
(December 3, 2007) MORGANVILLE and NEPTUNE, N.J. CADParts & Consulting LLC formed a strategic alliance with EMS provider EdmondMarks Technologies for long-term, quality products for customers. The companies report that the partnership will help streamline R&D investments from their customers.
Vulcan Adds Real-time X-ray Inspection
(December 3, 2007) HUDSON, N.H. Vulcan Flex Circuit Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vulcan Electric Company, acquired an XRI-1 real-time X-ray inspection unit for its flex and flex-rigid production facility.
Nihon Opens in San Diego
(November 29, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. Nihon Superior Co. Ltd., based in Osaka, Japan, opened a Nihon Superior USA, LLC office in San Diego to manage solder products distribution throughout the Americas. Nihon licenses its SN100C lead-free alloy through AIM Solder and FCT Assembly in North America.
SMTA International 2007 Best Papers Announced
To reward exceptional achievement, $1,000 awards and plaques are given for the Best of Conference Paper, Best of Proceedings Paper, and the Best International Paper.
Lockheed, Sanmina Team for Army Contract
(November 27, 2007) OWEGO, N.Y. Lockheed Martin and Sanmina-SCI signed a teaming agreement, allowing them to collaborate in a bid for the U.S. Army's next-generation digital intercommunications system contract. The job is worth $3.5 billion over about five years. The companies plan to offer an enhanced tactical vehicle version of Sanmina's TOCNET intercommunication system.
Toray to Sell Flex Exposure System in West
(November 27, 2007) TOKYO Toray Engineering Co., Ltd., will open sales opportunities of its double-sided, close-proximity exposure system, TE2538W, to flex substrate manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe.
TFI Releases December Forum Agenda
(November 26, 2007) ALAMEDA, Calif. Technology Forecasters Inc. will hold its Quarterly Forum in San Jose, Calif., December 56, 2007. The event includes presentations on Eastern/Central Europe's EMS climate, green electronics, DfX as a growth tool, and other topics.
Outsourcing Advice for Medical OEMs
(November 26, 2007) CRANSTON, R.I. EMS provider Federal Electronics released a white paper for medical OEMs looking to outsource to EMS providers. Author Ed Evangelista, VP of Federal Electronics, believes EMS providers versed in the regulatory environment of medical electronics can bring OEMs higher profits, more flexibility, and faster time-to-market.
AOI Line Highlights Upgradeability
(November 26, 2007) EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands Marantz Business Electronics premiered its iSpector 350 AOI system at Productronica this November in Munich, Germany, part of its upgradeable AOI platform. The AOI line can go from benchtop to in-line inspection, with various lighting configurations.
Post-show Numbers: Productronica Expands International Draw
(November 26, 2007) MUNICH, Germany Despite transportation strikes and snow storms, attendance at the 2007 Productronica conference hovered around 40,000, with visitors and exhibitors hailing from outside Germany both on the rise.
OK International Debuts Tweezers
(November 26, 2007) GARDEN GROVE, Calif. OK International released MX-PTZ precision tweezer tooling for its Metcal MX-500 soldering and rework system. The tweezers are designed to eliminate thermal overshoot, PCB stress, and package damage during manual rework. They are reportedly lightweight and ergonomically designed.
Step-by-Step - Step 10: Rework & Repair
Modern PCBs, with higher component density and shrinking component and trace/space dimensions, can be successfully modified, reworked, and repaired even while being processed in today’s lead-free and mixed-alloy rework-and-repair environments.
VirTex Adds VP, Manufacturing Operation
(November 19, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas VirTex Assembly Inc. created the position of VP, manufacturing operations, to develop and enhance manufacturing efficiency and implement lean manufacturing practices. Cathy Armstrong Chamseddine will take up the position.
IPC Looks for APEX Presenters
(November 19, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries is calling for researchers, academics, technical experts, and others in the industry to submit abstracts for poster papers for IPC Printed Circuits Expo, APEX and the Designers Summit, March 30April 3, 2008, in Las Vegas.
Smartphones Eroding Laptop and Cell Markets
(November 19, 2007) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Smartphones are on pace to grow at a more than 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, according to research firm In-Stat. Computing companies from Google to Apple likely will succeed in making the leap from PC-based products to smartphone integration, add analysts at iSuppli.
Fume Extraction for Benchtop Soldering
(November 19, 2007) APEX, N.C. Cooper Hand Tools introduced the Weller volume fume extraction system WFE2ES with 99.5% filtration efficiency. It targets solder baths, micro soldering, and other applications where workers can be exposed to fumes and pollutants from assembly processes.
IMS Supplies Non-magnetic SMDs
(November 19, 2007) PORTSMOUTH, R.I. Targeting medical and MRI equipment and related industries, International Manufacturing Services (IMS) developed a group of non-magnetic resistors, RF dividers, and other components. The surface mountable devices feature nickel-free terminations and suit leaded or lead-free soldering.
NEE Expands to U.S., Europe
(November 19, 2007) PHOENIX, Ariz. New Era Electronics, Ltd. (NEE), along with business consultant EastBridge Partners LLC, established NEE International Ltd. as a microwave PCB sales and support force outside of Asia. The business unit will be based in Phoenix, and cater primarily to microwave PCB customers in the U.S. and Europe.
Another Look into the European Electronics Industry
Reporting for Real Time with Productronica, Philip Stoten talks with Michael Brianda, DEK's Sales & Marketing Director, about his views on the European market and in particular, Productronica's place on the global stage.
MYDATA Licenses Asymtek's Jetting
(November 12, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden and CARLSBAD, Calif. MYDATA Automation AB signed a license agreement with Nordson Corporation involving patents for jetting processes developed by Asymtek, a Nordson subsidiary. MYDATA will incorporate Asymtek's jetting in their jet printer products for SMT applications.
TTSG Installs Ansoft PCB Design Suite
(November 9, 2007) PENANG, Malaysia Test Tooling Solutions Group (TTSG), a global manufacturer of automated test equipment (ATE) for the semiconductor industry, adopted Ansoft Corporation's PCB design suite. The tooling provider will use Ansoft products on design flows that link process-accurate models of board-level structures to advanced circuit and system simulations.
DDi Enters Broader Licensing With Stablcor
(November 9, 2007) COSTA MESA and ANAHEIM, Calif. Stablcor Incorporated signed a licensing agreement with PCB manufacturer DDi Corp., enabling DDi to ship to users without end-product royalties. The licensing policy is geared to bring STABLCOR materials from specialty use to incorporation as a general build-up material in PCBs.
Nextreme Names Director, Manufacturing
(November 7, 2007) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. Nextreme appointed Stephen Brooks as director of manufacturing, citing prior experience with ramping technologies from introduction to volume manufacturing.
SMTR Adds Legacy Services
(November 7, 2007) WAKE FOREST, N.C. SMT Resource Group LLC (SMTR) introduced a service program to support legacy SMT equipment and lines, typically 5 to 10 years old. The service includes line moves, in-factory training, and emergency and preventative maintenance.
Titan Acquiring Nexus Nano
(November 6, 2007) AMESBURY, Mass. and FREMONT, Calif. Titan Global Holdings, through subsidiary Titan Electronics Group, will acquire the assets of Nexus Nano Electronics Inc. in an equity-based transaction valued at just over $11 million. Titan anticipates that the custom PCB manufacturer will increase market share in defense, aerospace, and related electronics segments by 2008.
Mouser to Distribute ROHM Electronics
(November 6, 2007) MANSFIELD, Texas Mouser Electronics, Inc., will distribute ICs and other components from ROHM Electronics USA to its engineering-based customers.
Dage Promotes Sealed X-ray for High-volume
(November 6, 2007) AYLESBURY, U.K. Dage Precision Industries released an X-ray inspection system, XiDAT XD7500NT, with a sealed X-ray tube to minimize maintenance requirements in busy production environments. The machine includes submicron resolution and digital imaging as well.
MYDATA Updates Jet Printer
(November 5, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden MYDATA automation AB released the second generation of its jet printing system MY500, with complete off-line setup and programming and increased PCB design flexibility. The system will debut at Productronica, November 1316 in Munich, Germany.
Europlacer Appoints General Sales Manager
(November 2, 2007) DORSET, U.K. Blakell Europlacer will make Andy Jones its U.K. general sales manager on January 2, 2008. Jones has served in senior roles at Quad, Europlacer, and Mydata.
Vision System for PCB Machining
(November 2, 2007) MILFORD, N.H. Datron Dynamics Inc. released the Datron IVS integrated vision system for high-speed machining applications. The product mounts to a machining system's Z axis to locate fiducials and compensate for irregularities, reportedly enhancing parts uniformity and minimizing waste.
Manncorp Intros Small-footprint Reflow
(November 2, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. and WILLOW GROVE, Pa. Manncorp released a lead-free reflow oven, CR5000F, that boasts 2030% smaller footprint than comparable machines and ±1°C accuracy in its five upper and lower zones.
Cogiscan Develops Reel-based Traceability
(November 2, 2007) BROMONT, ON, Canada Cogiscan Inc. and partners Fuji, Juki, and Siemens introduced the first version of their RFID Smart Reel Detection system, which uses RFID technology on component reels to improve traceability and eliminate manual barcode scanning. Cogiscan and its partners will highlight the tooling at Productronica, November 1316 in Munich, Germany, Booth A5.249.
Cobar Europe Adds Rep, Management
(November 2, 2007) BREDA, Holland Cobar Europe BV, part of the Balver Zinn Group, named Gerjan Diepstraten, Ing., as process support manager, and appointed PEM Technology as its representative in South Africa.
IPC Names Heller President to Board
(November 2, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries appointed Marc Peo, president, Heller Industries, to its Board of Directors, following the resignation and retirement of Pierre de Villeméjane of Speedline. Peo will serve out Villeméjane's unexpired term, through April 2009.
Burn-in QFN Socket for Fine Pitch
(November 1, 2007) VANCOUVER, Wash. Antares Advanced Test Technologies released the 880 series of clamshell burn-in sockets that accommodate standard QFN packages down to 0.35-mm pitch. The finer-pitch socket comprises a beryllium/copper alloy contact with gold contact plating, compression mount, and a cantilever contact.
Bookings Rise in September, Book-to-Bill Hits 1.08
(October 31, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. Shipments in September fell 7.1% from last year, and orders booked jumped 15.2% for rigid and flex PCBs, according to IPC's monthly statistical report. September's book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.08, maintaining a steady positive streak that began early in 2007.
DEK Dual Lane Ups Throughput
(October 31, 2007) WEYMOUTH, U.K. DEK launched its Dual Lane handling solution, which is said to double throughput by replacing single-lane lines. Dual Lane will debut at Productronica, November 1316 in Munich, Germany, Hall A4 Booth 205.
Sony Rolls Out AOI System
(October 30, 2007) LAKE FOREST, Calif. Sony Manufacturing Systems America Inc. (SMSA) released the SI-V200 automatic optical inspection (AOI) system for high-speed, accurate, and flexible inspection post-print and pre- and post-reflow. The machine is capable of inspecting 01005s and boasts an increased field of view (FOV).
Newark Names Live Edge Judges
(October 29, 2007) CHICAGO Newark and parent company Premier Farnell plc released the panel of judges selected for the companies' Live Edge Electronic Design for the Global Environment competition, which challenges designers to incorporate electronic components into a product that benefits the environment. Judges include university, government, and business representatives.
GE Completes phoenix X-ray Buy
(October 29, 2007) BILLERICA, Mass. GE Inspection Technologies received the required regulatory approvals to merger phoenix X-ray into its non-destructive test business, for undisclosed fiscal terms. The acquisition will broaden GE's 3D, computerized tomography (CT), and micro- and nanotechnology inspection capabilities across industries, said Caroline Reda, president and CEO, GE Inspection Technologies.
National Electronics Week Launches
(October 26, 2007) LONDON Covering design through production and distribution of components, the National Electronics Week (NEW) tradeshow will debut June 1719, 2008, in London.
Benchmark Electronics' 3Q Earnings Drop
"We are clearly disappointed with our revenue performance for the third quarter," said Cary T. Fu, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. "However, as our fourth quarter guidance reflects, we continue to believe that Benchmark is well positioned for the future based on our operating focus and execution, new program bookings and continued strong cash flows from operations."
MYDATA Names Broman President
(October 25, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden Bengt Broman, previously president of Teracom and of LGP-Allgon, assumed the responsibility of president of MYDATA Automation. Broman has been a member of the MYDATA board for two years, and joined the company early in 2007.
Manncorp Adds Soldering/Rework Products
(October 24, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. and WILLOW GROVE, Pa. Manncorp released six soldering/desoldering products on a "Specialty Soldering Equipment" section of its Website, adding the series for low- to mid-volume assemblers.
Flextronics' Income Up 25%; Company Reports Record Results
Mike McNamara, chief executive officer of Flextronics, stated, "We continue to maintain a strong financial position with over $1 billion in cash, no short term debt maturities, and a record low debt to capital leverage ratio of 19%."
Rogers Appoints VP of Sales
(October 23, 2007) ROGERS, Conn. Rogers Corporation promoted Jeffrey M. Grudzien to VP of sales, responsible for managing the materials supplier's global sales team. He will report to Robert Wachob, president and CEO, Rogers.
Universal, Valor Partner for Software Integration
(October 23, 2007) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. and YAVNE, Israel Universal Instruments Corporation (UIC) and Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. collaborated to develop Dimensions Data Prep Studio, a new product introduction (NPI) and assembly software control package for UIC equipment users. The software integrates UIC's Dimensions Programming and Optimization (DPO) tooling with Valor's vPlan production planning product.
Acquisition Bolsters Intertek's RoHS Offering
(October 23, 2007) KANATA, ON, Canada and HOUSTON Intertek Group plc quality and safety service provider added Ageus Solutions to its restricted substances consulting services group. Ageus boasts global environmental compliance consulting, technology services, and product stewardship to the electronics and related industries. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Equipment Suppliers Expand Eastern Europe Distribution
(October 22, 2007) GALWAY, Ireland QUIPTECH capital equipment distributor added YESTech and expanded its partnership with Smart Sonic to bring both companies into Eastern Europe. QUIPTECH will represent YESTech's AOI and X-ray inspection systems for in- and off-line operation, and Smart Sonic's ultrasonic stencil cleaners and chemistries.
E&C Takes on Printed Circuit Materials
(October 22, 2007) BILLERICA, Mass. Emerson & Cuming added polymer thick films, conductive inks, and coatings to its circuit assembly materials portfolio, taking over the product lines and future development from sister company Acheson Electronic Materials, both part of National Starch and Chemical Company's electronic materials division.
Suppliers Ready for Mexitrónica
(October 19, 2007) GUADALAJARA, Mexico As Mexico reemerges as a lower-labor-cost region close to home for U.S. companies outsourcing electronics assembly, Mexitrónica, October 2325 in Guadalajara, promises to attract international EMS providers and OEMs investigating available equipment and consumables, and checking out opportunities in the local industry.
iNEMI Opens Shanghai Office
(October 19, 2007) HERNDON, Va. The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) opened a representative office in Pudong, Shanghai, China, naming Haley Fu, Ph.D., manager of operations in the region. The Shanghai office is iNEMI's first outside of North America; it was approved by the board of directors in 2006.
Inovaxe Staff Join SMTA's MSD Council
(October 18, 2007) SARASOTA, Fla. Forrest Briggs, director of technical services, and Carl Schneider, principal software engineer of Inovaxe Corp., joined the SMTA Council on MSD. The MSD Council concentrates on advancing the practice of moisture control for sensitive devices.
IPC Names VP, Standards and Technology
(October 18, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries appointed David Torp as vice president of standards and technology. David Bergman, former VP of standards, technology, and international relations, will focus solely on IPC's global initiatives as IPC's VP, international relations.
AT&S Specifies Enthone Dry Film Resist
(October 18, 2007) LANGENFELD, Germany AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG selected the PHOTEC H-9825 dry film resist, manufactured by Hitachi Chemical and custom slit and distributed by Enthone, for volume PCB manufacturing at its Hinterberg, Austria, facility. The PCB maker will continue implementing the dry film resist at its Asia-Pacific facilities in 2008.
NEPCON Manufacturing Enters Romania
(October 17, 2007) YAVNE, Israel NEPCON Manufacturing Technologies, an EMS provider to electronics, electro-optics, and defense OEMs, invested $1 million in an electronics packaging and assembly facility, NEPROM TECHNOLOGY, in Alexandria, Romania. The site will head NEPCON's European manufacturing, and is a joint venture with Romania-based Electortel.
Japan's OEMs Look to Outsource
(October 17, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Japanese OEMs, though still reluctant to use CMs for electronics, LCD, and related assembly, are being forced to focus more on product design and marketing to maintain leadership in certain markets, according to iSuppli. EMS providers and ODMs could benefit from Japan's major OEMs divesting manufacturing operations to attain cost and time-to-market efficiencies, said Adam Pick, principal analyst for EMS and ODM, iSuppli.
Valor Bolsters R&D, Distribution
(October 16, 2007) YAVNE, Israel Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. appointed as VP of R&D Meir Zelzer, formerly of SAP. The company also named GATEline AB as its distribution representative to the Nordic region.
Henkel Names Technical Manager
(October 16, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. Henkel Corporation promoted Renzhe Zhao, Ph.D., to technical manager of applications engineering, responsible for defining and supervising product development in stacked-die, underfill, and small molded package applications at the company's Calif. Technical Center. He will also oversee materials development in die-attach liquids, solder spheres, and tacky fluxes.
Dow Debuts Encapsulants for HB-LEDs
(October 16, 2007) MIDLAND, Mich. Dow Corning Corp. introduced a range of silicone encapsulants for high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), featuring low moisture absorption, improved heat dissipation, and high transparency with a refractive index of 1.53. The three formulas target various hardness and viscosity needs.
Enthone Licenses Catalytic Inks
(October 15, 2007) WEST HAVEN, Conn. Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, acquired exclusive global licensing rights to a line of catalytic inks for plating plastics from TECSEN SA (Brussels, Belgium). Enthone will manufacture, market, and sell the inks for use in inductive phone cards, flexible PCBs, RFIDs, and other application sectors, primarily under the EnTRACE brand.
SCS Curing System Combines Heat Sources
(October 15, 2007) INDIANAPOLIS Specialty Coating Systems (SCS) introduced the SCS Precision IRT cure system, which uses convection and long-wave infrared (IR) heat sources. The system reportedly cures a variety of coatings and adhesives efficiently, in less time and with lower costs than other models.
Indium Adds Sales in Eastern N.A.
(October 12, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. Indium Corporation named Simcona Electronics Corporation to distribute solder bar, flux-coated wire, and wave solder fluxes on the eastern coast of North America.
Panasonic Batteries Specified RoHS-compliant
(October 12, 2007) ELGIN, Ill. Panasonic OEM Battery Group (Matsushita Battery Industrial MBI) reports that it has voluntarily committed to eliminate RoHS-prohibited substances (lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) from its OEM batteries.
Cookson Expands India R&D Center
(October 12, 2007) BANGALORE, India Cookson Electronics added personnel and equipment to its India Research Center, moving to a 32,000-sq.ft. facility in Bangalore this month. The company, which originally opened its India R&D on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus, will continue its strategic partnership with the school.
Cobar Adds R&D Scientist
(October 11, 2007) BREDA, the Netherlands Cobar Europe BV, a business of Balver Zinn, appointed Di Wu, Ph.D., as R&D scientist. Wu holds degrees in chemistry, chemicals, and materials and interface chemistry.
SCS Acquires Japanese Coatings JV
(October 11, 2007) INDIANAPOLIS Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. (SCS) acquired full ownership of its joint venture (JV) Parylene Japan K.K. (PJKK), established with Three Bond Co. Ltd. in 1990. The former JV will continue to provide Parylene conformal coating services and technologies in Japan under president Eddie Narita, and will operate as Parylene Japan, Inc.
SMTAI Show Highlights
(October 10, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla SMTA International, October 711 in Orlando, enjoys its first year with an SMTA exhibition, selling out booth space. The show offers new products, the Lead-free Symposium, live chat rooms at the exhibits, and a roster of technical speakers, tutorials, and certification instructors. Following are highlights from the show floor from Indium, Austin American, ACE, Asymtek, Cooper Hand Tools, Henkel, EFD, Kyzen, Seica, PROMATION, and other exhibitors.
Victrex Opens Second Polymer Plant
(October 9, 2007) THORNTON CLEVELEYS, U.K. Victrex plc opened a polymer manufacturing plant, designed to use minimal energy and water, at its main production facility in Lancashire, U.K. The plant increased production capacity for Victrex PEEK polymers by about 50%, and establishes a second, stand-alone source for the products.
Medical Market Lucrative for OEMs, CMs
(October 9, 2007) ROCKVILLE, Md. The materials processing area of contract manufacturing for device manufacture will grow from $13.9 billion globally to $25.41 billion by 2011, according to "OEM Contract Manufacturing in Medical Devices, Volume I: Materials Processing," released by Kalorama Information, a division of MarketResearch.com.
Printed Electronics Analysts Move to U.S.
(October 9, 2007) BOSTON IDTechEx relocated its global headquarters to Boston, Mass., from Cambridge, U.K. The analyst firm also appointed Susann Reuter to its board of directors, charged with expanding activities in Europe's printed electronics and RFID industries.
Nam Tai to Restructure
(October 8, 2007) MACAO, China Nam Tai Electronics, Inc., will seek to reorganize the group structure of its subsidiaries in an effort to realize several benefits similar to Nam Tai's proposed privatization of two subsidiaries in 2005. The proposed reorganization requires a series of transactions, involving capital shares and asset transfers, among Nam Tai, Nam Tai Electronic & Electrical Products Limited (NTEEP), J.I.C. Technology, Zastron Precision Tech, and various subsidiaries.
SMTA Congratulates 2007 Awards Winners
(October 8, 2007) MINNEAPOLIS The SMTA named recipients of its Founder's Award and other recognitions during its annual meeting at SMTA International (SMTAI), October 711 in Orlando, Fla. The awards celebrate service to the SMTA and the industry in technical, corporate, leadership, and other roles.
VJ Electronix Upgrades Asia Base
(October 5, 2007) LITTLETON, Mass. VJ Electronix, a VJ Technologies company, will enhance its spare parts, refurbishing, and customer demo center in Suzhou, China. Investments include expanded services, additional equipment, and relocating global sales manager Doug Robinson to the facility.
Unitemp Mini Reflow for R&D, NPI
(October 5, 2007) PFAFFENHOFEN, Germany Unitemp released the RSS series of mini reflow soldering systems, with optional vacuum or gas atmospheres for R&D, prototyping, and small-series production. The machines feature controlled ramp and cool-down rates, and heat up to 450°C.
IPC Credits Members with Awards Series
(October 5, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries introduced the Founders Awards at its 50-year anniversary and first IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition. Fifteen companies were recognized for continuous IPC membership for 40 or more years. IPC also announced recipients of the organization's Distinguished Committee Leadership, Special Recognition, and Committee Service awards.
Samsung Increases Throughput on Flexible Platform
(October 4, 2007) HORSHAM, Pa. Dynatech Technology, Samsung's SMT Assembly Solutions distributor, will debut the SM411 and SM421 pick-and-place systems at Mexitrónica, October 2325, 2007 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The placement systems are based on the company's SM400-series Smart platform.
Five Star Releases Silver-bearing Pastes
(October 4, 2007) CLEVELAND Five Star Technologies introduced ElectroSperse silver-based conductive pastes for low-firing applications, as low as 380°C. The X-120, X-122, and X-126 are silver based, with uniform dispersion and low- to sub-micron particles.
Aqueous Names Eastern Europe Distributor
(October 4, 2007) RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. Aqueous Technologies Corporation appointed ETek Europe Ltd. to distribute its cleaning products throughout the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.
KAL Celebrates 15 Years
(October 4, 2007) SHENZHEN, China Kasion Automation Limited (KAL), founded in 1992, celebrated its 15-year anniversary in Shenzhen, China, coinciding with week-long "China National Day" festivities. More than 150 industry members were present, including all KAL employees from various offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong headquarters, and subsidiary colleagues.
Advanced Innovations Wins UNICOR Contract
(October 3, 2007) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and LIMERICK, Ireland InfoPro Corporation, U.S. subsidiary of Advanced Innovations, won a $5,000,000 contract from UNICOR, Federal Prison Industries' trade group, to supply electronic components to UNICOR's electronics group.
Indium Promotes Thermal Manager
(October 2, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. Indium Corporation promoted Jordan Ross to market manager for thermal applications, managing global initiatives, new product launches, and regional and applications strategies.
Manncorp Intros Vertical-lift Printers
(October 2, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. and WILLOW GROVE, Pa. Manncorp released the 5500R and 4500R vertical-lift stencil printers for double-sided, fine-pitch, and high-mix processing. The 5500R offers 20" × 22" print area; the 4500R is 16" × 18".
XJTAG Supplies Test for Railway-control PCBs
(October 2, 2007) CAMBRIDGE, U.K. Westinghouse Rail Systems (Chippenham, Wiltshire, U.K.) selected XJTAG's suite of boundary scan test and development tools for its prototype automatic train control PCBs. The PCBs are high-value, safety-critical, and populated with BGAs and other complex devices.
August Book-to-Bill Climbs to 1.06
(October 1, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. The combined rigid and flex PCB industry book-to-bill for North America rose to 1.06 in August, according to IPC's North American PCB statistical program. While bookings and shipments are down from August 2006 in both segments by about 10%, production looks to be strong through the next quarter, said Denny McGuirk, IPC president.
Leica Integrates FusionOptics on Stereomicroscope
(October 1, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. and WETZLAR, Germany Leica Microsystems introduced the M205 C stereomicroscope line featuring proprietary FusionOptics imaging. It suits microelectronics manufacturing, materials science applications, medical device manufacturing, and related industrial applications.
SMTAI 2008: Call for Abstracts
(October 1, 2007) EDINA, Minn. The SMTA International (SMTAI) technical committee is accepting abstracts and short-course proposals for SMTAI 2008 through January 7, 2008. Topics solicited fall into emerging technologies, components, assembly, PCB technology, and business. SMTAI 2008 will take place August 1721 in Orlando, Fla.
Misumi Sponsors Machine-build Seminar
(October 1, 2007) SCHAUMBURG, Ill. Misumi USA, Inc., will sponsor the Configuration Technical Seminar, October 11 from 11 to 3 in Schaumburg. The seminar covers machine build techniques incorporating configurable components.
Plexus Approved for Class-III Medical in Asia
(September 28, 2007) NEENAH, Wis. Plexus Corp. received approval to manufacture class-III finished medical devices at one of its Penang, Malaysia facilities from the federal food and drug administration (FDA). The devices are for a tier-one medical OEM.
Aegis Moves Euro Headquarters, Adds Director
(September 28, 2007) HIGH WYCOMBE, U.K. Aegis Software (Europe) Ltd. appointed Daniel Walls as managing director for Europe. The company also moved its European headquarters to a facility near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, U.K. The headquarters includes a larger training facility and improved communications equipment.
EI Opens Shenzhen Manufacturing
(September 28, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. and SHENZHEN, China Endicott Interconnect Technologies (EI) began production of high-volume/lower-cost, fully assembled PCBs at its EI Shenzhen facility. The 40,000-sq.ft. production facility offers SMT assembly technologies, press fit, wave solder, selective pin thru-hole (PTH) solder, and hand assembly and soldering equipment.
TFI Predicts About 11% Moderate Growth for EMS/ODM
(September 28, 2007) ALAMEDA, Calif. Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) projects the EMS market to grow 11.9% CAGR through 2011, and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to see 11.4% CAGR increases. Various strategies are emerging for EMS/ODM companies to capitalize on higher profit margins, though average selling prices (ASPs) in end markets continue to challenge profitability, said Matt Chanoff, economist and senior consultant with the forecasting firm.
Geotest Adds U.K. Distributor
(September 28, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc., named Amplicon Liveline Ltd. as its exclusive distributor in the U.K. Amplicon will represent Geotest's complete line of products, including PXI- and PC-based instrumentation, ATEasy software, and GPIB instruments.
Plexus Receives FDA Approval for Asian Manufacturing Facility
Plexus Corp., today, announced that one of its Penang, Malaysia facilities has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), through its premarket approval (PMA) supplement evaluation process, to manufacture class III finished devices on behalf of a large tier-one medical OEM.
Ron Lasky Speaks on Rapid WEEE/RoHS Compliance
(September 26, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., senior technologist at Indium Corporation, will present "A Procrastinator's Guide to Rapid WEEE and RoHS compliance" at IPC/JEDEC International Lead-free Conference, October 45 in Berlin.
Networking Buyers to Suppliers Mexitrónica's Focus
(September 26, 2007) GUADALAJARA, Mexico Mexitrónica, October 2325 in Guadalajara, will offer several presentations, special events, and workshops aiming to bring suppliers together with electronics manufacturers. The tradeshow is co-sponsored by the National Chamber for Electronics, Telecommunication, and IT Industries in Mexico (CANIETI) and ROC Exhibitions, Inc. It is part of the International Design and Manufacturing Technology Week.
Cobar Promotes Raetsen to Sales
(September 25, 2007) BREDA, Holland Cobar Europe BV, part of the Balver Zinn Group, named Han Raetsen as sales manager, responsible for solder products in Europe, Russia, and Africa. He previously served as customer support manager.
SMTAI Releases Show Agenda
(September 25, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla. The SMTA will follow a motto of "Focus" for SMTA International 2007 (SMTAI), October 711 in Orlando. The organization boasts special sessions on lead-free/RoHS, SMTA certification testing, open networking events on the show floor, and other programs for attendees.
Photo Stencil Expands Pallet Group
(September 25, 2007) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Photo Stencil will centralize order processing and manufacturing of its new process-pallet product group, to establish better alignment with its stencil product line and perform design, assembly, and quality assurance (QA) at its Colorado Springs headquarters. The company has added ESD-safe carriers to the pallet line for wave and SMT solder processes.
CBA Chairman Takes Helm at Universal
(September 25, 2007) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. Jean-Luc Pelissier, chairman of the CBA Group, comprising Universal Instruments Corporation, Vitronics Soltec, Unovis Solutions, and Hover-Davis, will take assume the role of president and CEO at Universal in October. Jeroen Schmits, Universal's current president and CEO, will pursue a career outside of the electronics manufacturing equipment industry.
High-throughput AOI System Debuts
(September 24, 2007) HANOVER, Germany Viscom Inc. released the next-generation S3088-II high-speed automated optical inspection (AOI) machine, with redesigned operation, 8M sensor technology, and the company's EasyPro3D user interface.
NOTE Adds China-based EMS Facility
(September 24, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden European EMS provider NOTE will acquire 50% of Ionics EMS' (Philippines) China production facility through a strategic collaboration. The facility will serve existing customers in telecom and industrial end-markets, while attracting additional customers through cost-effective manufacturing, according to Arne Forslund, CEO and president, NOTE.
"Boot Camp" Targets New SMT Personnel
(September 24, 2007) ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. BEST, Inc., launched an SMT class, "Boot Camp," explaining theory and practice of SMT assembly to new operators, technicians, engineers, and other beginners in the industry.
Sierra Midwest Acquires PCB Maker
(September 24, 2007) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. PCB manufacturer Sierra Midwest, a Sierra Circuits company, added Nutronics Manufacturing, Inc. (Springfield), to its business. Sierra stated that Nutronics' customer base is suited to its product offering, driving the purchase.
ATC Approved to Merge into AVX
(September 24, 2007) HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. American Technical Ceramics Corp. (ATC) shareholders approved the company's plan to become a wholly owned subsidiary of AVX Corporation (Myrtle Beach, S.C.). ATC will bring capacitor, thin-film, and other commercial and military components to AVX's components offering.
Genesis Adds Medical-electronics Customer
(September 21, 2007) TAMPA, Fla. Genesis Electronics Manufacturing, Inc. (GEM), won a contract with a medical device manufacturer, adding to its medical business segment. The EMS provider anticipates medical electronics to account for 30% of revenue by the end of 2007.
Lightspeed Expands Mass. Facility
(September 21, 2007) METHUEN, Mass. Lightspeed Manufacturing enlarged its manufacturing and engineering square-footage by one-third, adding a shipping dock, advanced documentation station, and other work areas. The company cites increased order volume and growth in new orders as impetus for the expansion.
3-W Surface Mount Resistors in 1-W Package
(September 21, 2007) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas The LRF3W series is a 3-W surface mount chip resister offered in a package traditionally rated at 1 W. TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division released the component for fuel gauging, AC/DC power supplies, and related applications.
IC Insights Shows Dip in Analog Circuits
(September 20, 2007) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The midyear update to The McClean Report, which provides market forecasts on the IC industry, shows that 2007 will see the analog IC market's first decline since 2001. However, this market is expected to grow again in 2008, dropping 2% this year while increasing 15% the next. IC Insights points to inventory corrections in portable electronic units, particularly cellular phones, as reason for the slide. Price erosion is also a factor.
DFM Software for Fast Design Feedback
(September 20, 2007) WEST SUSSEX, U.K. Through a partnership between Artetch Circuits and Direct Logix, software developers have introduced Control Center automated design for manufacturing (DFM) software to the PCB market. Sources indicate this software provides timely manufacturing design feedback with full-time feedback.
Silver-filled Epoxy Resin
(September 19, 2007) CRANSTON, R.I. A two-component epoxy adhesive, 40-3900 from Epoxies, Etc., is an electrically conductive epoxy resin said to offer conductivity with an electrical resistivity value of < 1 X 10-4 Ω cm.
Prasad Teaches Design and Manufacturing Course
(September 18, 2007) PORTLAND, Ore. Ray Prasad will teach a three-day in-depth course on SMT and BGA Design and Manufacturing in Portland, Ore., October 1-3, 2007.
Morey Corporation Unveils Innovation Center
(September 17, 2007) WOODRIDGE, Ill. The Morey Corporation unveiled the Richard and Gene Morey Innovation Center last week, a 27,500-square-foot advanced engineering development center focused on new product and process development. The facility houses lab and research areas as well as production equipment for electronics assembly.
Symposium Assists with HDI Design Techniques
(September 13, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. Three top PCB design gurus will share their expertise on board design trends and technologies at the IPC Designers Learning Symposium, October 10, 2007, in Santa Ana, Calif.
Apple, VW Turn Key on iCar Talks
(September 13, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The rise in in-car electronics offers manufacturers and drivers new opportunities. However, users have become accustomed to the always-on functionality of their consumer electronics devices, which have yet to translate into their cars. But reported talks between Apple Inc. and Volkwagen AG may change this, says research firm iSuppli.
Pre-heat Solder Systems Debut
(September 11, 2007) SPOKANE, Wash. The KISS product line of electronics assembly selective soldering systems will soon feature internal pre-heating modules. These systems reportedly allow for better soldering results in high-mass assemblies, which require continuous pre-heating on both the top and bottom.
Speedline Educates on Upstream Defect Inspection
(September 11, 2007) FRANKLIN, Mass. On Thursday, October 18, 2007, Speedline will focus their monthly educational webinar on upstream solder joint defect inspection and the transition from quality through inspection to quality through design by looking at the printing process. The one-hour presentation begins at 11:00 EST.
High-frequency Circuit Laminates
(September 10, 2007) ROGERS, Conn. The RO4500 line of circuit laminates is said to have the controlled dielectric constant, low loss, and passive intermodulation (PIM) response that wireless infrastructure markets require.
SMT Boot Camp Heightens Assembly Knowledge
(September 10, 2007) ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. BEST Inc. is offering SMT "Boot Camp," a professional training course for new SMT technicians, operators, and engineers looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of the manufacturing steps for electronic assemblies.
Data-collection Tool Aids in Manual Inspection
(September 7, 2007) PETACH TIKVA, Israel DCollector is a dynamic data-collection tool reportedly gathers defect information accurately. The system, developed by Proventus Technologies Ltd., uses CA data from a PCB to provide layout information to a quality control (QC) inspector.
SMTAI Returns to Orlando, Moves to August in '08
(September 6, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla. SMTA International (SMTAI) Conference and Show will return to Orlando for its second year, at Disney's Coronado Springs Hotel, August 17-21, 2008.
DEK, BTU Partner on Solar Cell Manufacturing
(September 6, 2007) MILAN, Italy At the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Milan, Sept. 3–7) DEK and BTU International announced an alliance to deliver a complete in-line metallization process solution for solar cell manufacturing.
4th Webinar Tackles Competitive EMS Branding
(September 6, 2007) Powell-Mucha Consulting, in collaboration with the SMTA, will host the final portion of its EMS Webinar series, "Guide to Building a Competitive EMS Brand: Integrating EMS Marketing, Sales, and Operations in the Account Acquisition Process," on Wed., September 12, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST.
Flexible Selective Soldering System
(September 5, 2007) MORRISVILLE, N.C. The 350 Selective Soldering System from Juki Corporation is capable of lead-free production. X, Y, Z, and A axes servo-drive system and the functionality to begin production immediately are standard on the soldering system.
EI Manufactures Large, Complex PBCAs
(September 5, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. Large, complex PCBs for use in compute-intensive applications such as servers and mainframes for the defense, aerospace, and commercial markets are available from Endicott Interconnect (EI) Technologies.
Bench-top Dispensing Robots
(September 5, 2007) FAIR LAWN, N.J. The I&J 4000-LF is designed to perform a maximum number of bench-top dispensing applications, including form-in-place gaskets, potting, and filling. It is equipped with easy programming utilities.
Cobar Group Becomes Part of Balver Zinn
(September 4, 2007) BALVE, Germany and BREDA, Holland The Cobar Group BV became part of Balver Zinn with the final full transfer of ownership, following a signed Letter of Intent to merge in March 2007. Balvar Zinn Group focuses on the metallurgy of solder materials and non-ferrous metals. Cobar will lead the future development of solder paste, flux, and other related materials.
IPC Executive Forum Fosters Innovation
(August 31, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries will highlight success through innovation at its 2007 Executive Market and Technology Forum Conference in Shanghai, China, September 19-20, 2007.
Equipment Market Benefits from Lead-free Laws
(August 30, 2007) PALO ALTO, Calif. The EU's RoHS Directive has had a significant effect on the surface mount assembly industry both positive and negative. But removing lead from electronics products had been a boon for certain SMT equipment providers, specifically screen printers, soldering equipment, cleaning systems, and inspection, claims research firm Frost & Sullivan.
July Book-to-Bill Steadiness Encouraging, notes IPC
(August 30, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. The July combined rigid PCB and flex circuit book-to-bill ratio held just above parity at 1.02, shows the monthly North American PCB Statistical Program from IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries.
40th iMAPS Packed with Activities
(August 29, 2007) SAN JOSE The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) will host the 40th International Symposium on Microelectronics, November 11-14, 2007, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The event features prominent speakers, a technical program, professional development courses, and more.
SenDEC Ranks 23rd Among Private Manufacturers
(August 28, 2007) ROCHESTER, N.Y. SenDEC Corporation, a contract electronics manufacturer (CEM) and maker of digital hour meters and engine monitoring devices, ranked 940 on Inc. magazine's 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private U.S. companies. The company also was rated 23rd in the nation for the fastest-growing manufacturing companies.
Photovoltaic Conference Highlights Product Intros
(August 24, 2007) MILANO, Italy The 22nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, September 37 in Milano, will feature an increased presence of electronics materials companies launching products targeting the photovoltaics market. Following are the introductions Cookson and Indium plan for the show.
Endicott Interconnect Lands PCB Contract
(August 24, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems partnered with Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. (EI), for a multi-year PCB production contract. EI will supply PCBs for the common integrated processor (CIP) unit in F-22 Raptor airplanes. This is EI's first contract with Raytheon.
Thin-film Epoxy Cures Without Heat
(August 23, 2007) HACKENSACK, N.J. Master Bond Inc. released a low-viscosity transparent epoxy, EP30-4, that cures to components and various substrates without external heat. It forms a 0.025" or thicker film for conformal coating, potting, adhesive, and sealant uses. The two-component product can be spray or flow dispensed.
Enthone Appoints Process Integration Manager
(August 22, 2007) WEST HAVEN, Conn. Enthone, Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, named Bioh Kim as process integration manager of electronic materials. Kim has a metallurgical and semiconductor packaging background.
Valor Adds East Europe Rep
(August 22, 2007) YAVNE, Israel and BRUSSELS, Belgium Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd., will partner with JSD Polska SP (Poland) to extend its representation into Poland; the Ukraine; and Kaliningrad, Russia.
EMS Reverses 2001 Decline
(August 22, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. The global EMS market brought in $223 billion in 2006, climbing 17% from 2005. The EMS sector also recorded substantially better profits than in any previous year, reversing a series of losses that began with the industry's 2001 downturn, reports Electronic Trend Publications (ETP). Trends toward outsourcing, migration to Asia manufacturing, and producing computer and communications equipment all continue into 2007, with adjustments through 2011.
Multi-metal Test Simplifies RoHS Screening
(August 21, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas Seiko Instruments Inc., subsidiary of SII NanoTechnology Inc., developed a reportedly simple and precise method to analyze 13 different types of metals including silver and cadmium in solder with one test, a technique it hopes to put to use in developing new lead-free solders that meet the EU's stringent RoHS directives, reports the Nikkei Business Daily.
Encapsulant Prevents Mechanical, Chemical Stresses
(August 21, 2007) WILTON, Conn. Momentive Performance Materials launched a two-part fluorosilicone encapsulant, FRV138, to protect components from chemicals, temperature, and mechanical stresses in harsh operating environments. End-use sectors include automotive, aerospace, and chemical.
Test-and-Inspection Collaboration Enhances Portability
(August 21, 2007) RICHARDSON, Texas and SANTA CLARA, Calif. ASSET InterTech Inc. and Agilent Technologies Inc. extended a long-term sales, marketing, and licensing agreement, installing ASSET's ScanWorks JTAG systems into Agilent's 3070, Medalist i5000, and i3070 in-circuit test (ICT) equipment. This pact will reportedly reduce test costs and allow increased test migration at electronic equipment manufacturers and contract manufacturers (CMs).
DoD Adds to MCM Contract with EI
(August 21, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. (EI), a $19 million contract modification to existing work, requiring additional multi-chip module (MCM) assemblies and equipment. EI provides fully assembled MCMs for a high-reliability, high-performance DoD computing application.
IPC Studies Global Development, Microelectronics
(August 21, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries commissioned in-depth market studies on strategies for global expansion and microelectronics trends and technologies. BPA Consulting (Dorking, Surrey, U.K.) and Prismark Partners (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) will conduct the research. IPC's Executive Market Forum oversees the project, and will publish the final reports.
DEK Puts Local Imprint on Website
(August 20, 2007) FLEMINGTON, N.J. DEK introduced a regional-content feature to its website, enabling visitors to view product, process, and company information in local languages and tailored to the production parameters of a region. Users select Asia, Europe, or U.S. content when entering the site.
Manncorp Releases XBox Rework Solution
(August 20, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. and WILLOW GROVE, Pa. Manncorp and Bernhard Martin released a study on Microsoft XBox failures, along with a rework proposal for repairs on the gaming console's motherboards. Manncorp determined that insufficient reflow led to cold solder joints on CSPs and BGAs in the CPU and GPU. It proposes reflowing these components in place in a 200-sec. procedure on its Manncorp Expert 04.6× gaming console repair station.
Photo Stencil Names Favre CEO
(August 20, 2007) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Photo Stencil named Keith Favre president and CEO, effective later this month. Favre will resign the post of vice president, marketing and business development, Speedline Technologies (Franklin, Mass.), immediately.
EMS Webinar Covers Account Acquisitions
(August 17, 2007) EL PASO, Texas The third of a four-part Webinar series, "Guide to Building a Competitive EMS Brand," will focus on acquiring OEM accounts. Presenter Susan Mucha, Powell-Mucha Consulting, Inc., will review lead qualification, sales call efficiency, and marketing effectiveness. "EMS Account Acquisition Strategy," August 22 from 12:30 EST, is co-sponsored by the SMTA.
Melt-processable Molding for High Temps
(August 17, 2007) WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Victrex launched its T-series TF-60C compound, a proprietary blend of PEEK polymer, Celazole polybenzimidazole (PBI), and carbon-fiber reinforcement. The material can replace polyimides and metals in semiconductor and electronics assembly.
Apple Guides Chip Design, iSuppli Reports
(August 16, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Apple Inc.'s iPhone release bumped up the company's influence on semiconductor design in the first half of 2007, analyst firm iSuppli Corp. reports. Its regional design influence tool (RDIT) shows Apple's design activity has a significant effect on the global electronics supply chain.
Digi-Key Distributes Johanson Capacitors
(August 16, 2007) THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. and SYLMAR, Calif. Digi-Key Corporation will globally distribute ceramic chip capacitors from Johanson Dielectrics, Inc., under an agreement signed by both companies. Johanson offers standard and high-voltage SMT capacitors, X2Y decoupling and filtering capacitors, and various standard and custom related products.
CM Qualifies Cleaner for High Mix
(August 16, 2007) MANASSAS, Va. ZESTRON qualified its VIGON SC 202 cleaning chemistry for a global high-mix/low-volume contract manufacturer (CM), under tests for leaded and lead-free solder removal, and other parameters. The manufacturer, in the top 10 EMS providers, according to Zestron, produces assemblies in a broad range of end markets.
Robinson Oversees Tyco Operations
(August 15, 2007) BERWYN, Pa. Tyco Electronics Ltd. named Michael Robinson senior vice president of operations to lead its strategic purchasing, manufacturing, logistics, and quality assurance (QA) functions.
Arrow Offers China Supply Chain Advice
(August 15, 2007) MELVILLE, N.Y. William E. Mitchell, chairman, president, and CEO, Arrow Electronics, Inc., released the company's internal quality control (QC) guidance for electronics manufacturers looking to lessen risk in China. Arrow operates more than 20 sites in China.
Rounded Test Pins Facilitate Assembly
(August 15, 2007) WEST WARWICK, R.I. Advanced Interconnections Corp. established a line of standard and custom Test Point Pins, designed with rounded terminal heads to protect assemblers during production and post-assembly board handling. The pins are screw-machined for increased durability.
FCXO Line Expanded for Complex Timing
(August 15, 2007) HUDSON, N.H. Vectron International broadened its frequency translator frequency controlled crystal oscillator (FCXO) family with the C3430, suited to wireline and wireless infrastructure, test-and-measurement, and military applications. The components convert one input frequency to up to four independent output frequencies.
Crane Acquires Rugged Electronics Unit
(August 14, 2007) STAMFORD, Conn. Crane Co. acquired the mobile rugged business (MRB) unit from Kontron America, Inc. MRB produces computers, electronics, and flat panel displays (FPDs) for harsh-environment applications. It totaled $25 million in 2006 sales, and was acquired for $26.6 million, cash.
Manufacturing Monitor Streamlines Operations
(August 14, 2007) EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands Assembléon released the 2.0 version of its A-Series Assembléon Manufacturing Suite (AMS), with an open architecture for connecting to factory-automation software and enterprise-wide systems. The company introduced the module to support SMT manufacturing processes from data preparation through parts warehousing.
Verdant Names Advisory Board
(August 13, 2007) SUNNYVALE, CA Verdant Electronics named more than 15 members from packaging, interconnect, PCB, and related industries to its board of advisors, including Happy Holden, Werner Engelmaier, and others. These contributors helped frame the Occam package-first assembly method that Verdant recently introduced, and will bring the process from concept to development, said Joe Fjelstad, president, Verdant.
NBS Expands PCB Layout Business
(August 13, 2007) SANTA CLARA, Calif. NBS Design expanded its PCB layout business operations to two satellite locations, increasing the EMS provider's presence in the value-add service area. NBS began production in a Dallas, Texas, facility in July 2007, and plans to open its Nashua, N.H., location this August.
PCB Maker Enters Solar Cell Production
(August 13, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan Unitech Printed Circuit Board Corp. (UPCB) began construction of its first solar cell factory. The facility occupies 576,000 sq.ft. of land in Yilan, Taiwan, and is expected to ramp to pilot production in May 2008. Solar cell manufacturing shares many common processes with PCB production, reports CENS, and UPCB hopes to bolster revenues by about $3 billion (Taiwan $90 million U.S.) yearly with the first production line in its solar cell unit.
High-tensile Thermal Interface Material
(August 10, 2007) MAHWAH, N.J. Targeting long-term use and reworkable assemblies, MH&W International launched the Keratherm 86/82 high-tensile-strength thermal interface material (TIM). It is thermally conductive and electrically isolating, comprising silicone film with a fiberglass layer.
Exopack Acquires Electronics Films Division
(August 10, 2007) SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. and SPARTANBURG, S.C. InteliCoat Technologies sold its electronic and engineered films (EEF) business unit to Exopack Holding, Inc., for an undisclosed amount. The division gives Exopack a European facility and new markets.
Military Components Updated
(August 10, 2007) RENO, Nev. EM Research, Inc., updated its available frequency-synthesizer components for military and harsh-environment applications. These include miniature, multi-purpose, and Ku-band varieties, in tin/lead or lead-free options.
Speedline Appoints Head Executive
(August 9, 2007) FRANKLIN, Mass. Speedline Technologies named Scott Koizumi its vice president and general manager, succeeding Pierre de Villemejane. Koizumi has served at the executive level with Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Speedline's parent company, for almost 10 years.
Qualmark Ships HALT/HASS to Japan
(August 9, 2007) DENVER Qualmark Corporation sold a Typhoon Chamber HALT/HASS system to a major consumer-electronics manufacturer in Japan. The country provides advanced electronic components and products, said Charles Johnston, president and CEO, Qualmark, adding that this niche suits use of accelerated test systems to help bring products to market.
OMRON Opens India Auto Subsidiary
(August 9, 2007) TOKYO OMRON Corporation established an automotive electronics sales and production subsidiary, Omron Automotive Components India PVT Ltd. (OAI), in Haryana, India, citing capital investments by major auto makers in the country. As Omron's first India investment, the division will operate as a direct subsidiary of its automotive electronics components business (AEC).
Making Solderless Supply Chains Work
(August 8, 2007) SANTA CLARA, Calif. Verdant Electronics introduced Occam, a solderless method of package-to-PCB interconnection, with predictions that eliminating solder and plating packages directly to circuit traces would streamline the electronics assembly supply chain, in addition to circumventing reliability issues with various solder metallurgies.
Call for Speakers on Reliability
(August 8, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas IPC and JEDEC are soliciting speakers for the Global Conference on Lead-free Reliability and Reliability Testing for RoHS Lead-free Electronics, December 35 in Austin. Non-commercial papers, tutorials, and workshops will cover design through test-and-inspection, as well as solder alloys, component moisture levels, and modeling.
Green Materials for Flex Circuits
(August 7, 2007) ROGERS, Conn. The advanced circuits division of Rogers Corporation (ACMD) released a halogen-free, RoHS-compliant transparent epoxy polyimide laminate product line, R/flex JADE A, which targets flexible circuit needs in portable electronics, computing, packaging, and other applications.
LGI Adds Japan RoHS Labeling
(August 7, 2007) PORTLAND, Ore. LGInternational (LGI) launched a Japan RoHS label line, including standard and custom compliant and content labels. The labels suit marking of electrical and electronic equipment in accordance with the Japanese Industrial Standard JIS C 0959:2005 (Japan RoHS or J-MOSS).
SEMs Examine Wide Substrate Range
(August 6, 2007) HILLSBORO, Ore. FEI released its Nova NanoSEM 30 series of field-emission scanning-electron microscopes (SEMs), designed to analyze and characterize a range of materials, perform lithography and deposition prototyping, and host in-situ experimentation and testing.
Jabil Splits Consumer, EMS Operations
(August 6, 2007) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Jabil Circuit Inc.'s Board of Directors approved the company's plan to establish consumer electronics and EMS divisions, focused on design, time-to-market, and other concerns of each sector. The divisions will begin separate operations September 1, 2007.
Taiyo Launches Interactive Website
(August 3, 2007) Carson City, Nev. Solder mask manufacturer Taiyo America introduced a redesigned website, with a video tour, photos, and certification and compliance documents.
Novel Apps Reshape Mobile Electronics
(August 3, 2007) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The global handset market will experience design, component, and assembly changes by 2012, caused by Apple's iPhone offerings, alternative networks, mobile video and TV, and corporate-liable subscriptions, according to In-Stat's report, "Big Trends Influencing the Global Handset Market."
Prototyper Sponsors Networking Research
(August 3, 2007) CANBY, Ore. Screaming Circuits added University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) researchers to its sponsorship program, creating prototype wired and wireless networking assemblies for students in the Open Networking Advancing Researching (OpNeAR) laboratory.
Henkel Adds North American Distributor
(August 3, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. Henkel Corporation partnered with Production Automation Corporation (PAC), extending its distribution network in the U.S. and Mexico. PAC will market and support Henkel's Hysol, Loctite, and Multicore electronics assembly and semiconductor packaging materials.
DEK Plans Ceremonious Shenzhen Opening
(August 2, 2007) WEYMOUTH, U.K. DEK will host SMTA members, customers, suppliers, and local government representatives at a grand opening for its Shenzhen, China, manufacturing facility on August 27, 2007. The facility will expand the company's production capacity for entry-level and medium-range printer platforms, and support for Asia-Pacific customers.
U.S. Launches Largest Counterfeit Components Raid
(August 2, 2007) WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, assisted by electronics industry representatives, executed a large-scale raid on businesses and residences suspected of imports, sales and distribution, and installation of illegal modification chips (mods) and other IP violations. The investigation, comprising 32 federal search warrants in 16 states, and 22 ICE offices, targeted illegal chip and software manufacture for gaming consoles.
PROMATION Debuts Low-cost Options
(August 1, 2007) PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. PROMATION released next-generation versions of its PCB transfer conveyors and in-line PCB work stations, featuring tiered pricing measures. The company also released an E-Series line of handling solutions for cost-sensitive markets.