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Zollner Installs Additional Agilent AXI

(April 24, 2008) SANTA CLARA, Calif., and ZANDT, Germany — The Zollner Group, a global EMS provider, selected the Agilent Medalist x6000 automated X-ray inspection (AXI) system to enhance its test-and-inspection capabilities.

Laird Signs Distributor Altron

(April 24, 2008) ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Laird Technologies Inc. added German-based distributor Altron to sell its thermal interface, EMI, and signal integrity products.

Asymtek Intros Slider Valve for Solder Paste

(April 24, 2008) CARLSBAD, Calif. — Asymtek launched the SV-100 slider valve for solder paste dispensing. It is reportedly up to 20% faster than standard auger dispensers. For solder paste types 4, 5, and 6, it dispenses dots of less than 300 µm.

Patch Antenna Performs with Two Frequency Bands

(April 23, 2008) FAIRVIEW, Pa. — Spectrum Control Inc. launched a single-element patch antenna that receives and/or transmits two frequency bands in one 45-mm package. This dual-frequency patch antenna is designed for space and cost savings compared to using two single-frequency patch antennae.

Henkel Purchases National Starch Adhesive & Electronics Materials Units

Watch exclusive video coverage of Henkel Global Marketing Manager Doug Dixon at his press presentation during APEX announcing a 3.8 billion euro acquisition. Alan Syzdek of National Starch will lead the combined businesses, which include 18 product development and 21 manufacturing sites spanning the globe.

Thin Metal Parts Adds Marketing Manager

(April 22, 2008) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Thin Metal Parts (TMP) hired Jeremy Hancock as product marketing manager, focused on increasing the market presence for TMP's expanding product capabilities through industry research, target account identification, and prospect/account analyses.

Camtek Launches High-density PCB AOI Series

(April 22, 2008) MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel — Camtek Ltd. unveiled its Mustang line of automated optical inspection equipment targeting high-density PCBs used in mobile consumer products, such as cell phones and digital cameras. Mustang systems track defect types during inspection and handle a range of panel sizes and types.

Research and Markets Report: Printers

(April 22, 2008) DUBLIN, Ireland — Research and Markets Ltd. released its study on the global SMT screen printer market, including trends, challenges, geographic distribution, and other data. The report forecasts revenue in screen printers by region and by printer type.

The Gold Record: Nepcon China, California Become Battlegrounds

Both exhibitions and environmental legislation can cause blood to boil. Find out why with a look at skirmishes taking place in both Shanghai and California.

Henkel Launches Harsh Environment Silicone

(April 21, 2008) IRVINE, Calif. — Henkel launched its Loctite 5210 fast cure thixotropic silicone material for devices in harsh environments. With improved production throughput, operating temperature flexibility, and storage, Loctite 5210 offers a reportedly cost-effective alternative to traditional hot-melt glues or other silicones.

Macrina Joins Microscan

(April 21, 2008) RENTON, Wash. — Microscan Systems Inc. appointed John Macrina as global VP of sales and service, effective at the beginning of May 2008. In January 2008, Jeff Timms (formerly of Siemens) joined Microscan as president.

Morey Corp. CTO Keynotes PCB East

(April 21, 2008) WOODRIDGE, Ill. — The Morey Corporation's chief technology officer (CTO), Emad S. Isaac, will keynote PCB East 2008, May 11 to 16 in Tinsley Park, Ill. He will address how an electronics manufacturing and assembly company identifies inherent design problems and develops best practices for communicating upstream to improve layout and manufacturability, along with other issues facing assemblers.

SMTA Boston Hosts XRF Summit

(April 21, 2008) BOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The SMTA's Boston chapter will bring together presenters from various inspection companies to discuss handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) devices at its meeting in Boxborough, Tuesday, April 22. The technical presentation, "Understanding and Effectively Using Handheld XRF Technology for Components and Materials Inspection," will include information on WEEE and RoHS substance levels, speed and accuracy of analyses, and system features.

Balver Zinn Enters Chinese Market

Business Development Manager Paul Salmon discusses his company's first foray into the vast China market. Find out how the privately held company is taking a measured approach to its Chinese venture.

Instructor Bob Willis Takes a Look at the Latest Assembly Issues

Noted industry technologist Bob Willis details some of the pressing questions his students asked during his classes at the IPC Technical Conference.

TRI, ASSET Integrate Test Solutions

(April 18, 2008) RICHARDSON, Texas and TAIPEI, Taiwan — ASSET InterTech Inc. will integrate its boundary scan test solutions into Test Research Inc.'s (TRI's) in-circuit test (ICT) systems. The partnership targets reduced test costs for equipment manufacturers because boundary scan tests can be reused throughout every phase of a product's life cycle.

The Best of the EMS Industry: IPC Innovative Technology Center Winners

We're highlighting the EMS industry winners of the IPC Innovative Technology Center Award--find out why each won this exciting recognition.

IPC Names Global Board Members

(April 17, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC revealed its recently elected Board of Directors. New chairman Nilesh Naik, CEO, OneSource Group (Texas), was elected. The new members — Rex Rozario, executive chairman, Graphic Plc (U.K); Zhou Xin, senior director, advanced technology R&D, Huawei Technologies (China); and Robert Black Jr., president and CEO, Juki Automation Systems, Inc. (N.C.), represent the global membership and global marketplace IPC serves.

Chinese Domestic Equipment Copies Can't Replace High End

The second floor of Nepcon China's main hall contains lower priced equipment, everything from pick-and-place and reflow ovens to AOI and screen printers. One printer even reportedly cost $2,500. Is this a threat to companies like Speedline? Not so, says Asia Vice President Kho Lik Wai. He explains that though these products are improving, they cannot compete for higher-end, higher volume customers.

Competing in China on One's Own Terms

Rather than submitting to the "grab market share at any cost" mindset many competitors seem to embrace in China, Europlacer Group Managing Director Derek Gaston explains how his company is employing the same model it uses for profitability in the western world in the Chinese market.

SMTA Partners with MentorNet

(April 15, 2008) MINNEAPOLIS — The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) formed a partnership with MentorNet to facilitate mentorship opportunities for its student members. The partnership allows members of the SMTA privileges to resources offered by MentorNet such as its one-on-one program, easy matching to SMTA members, and the resume database for students.

Cool Polymers Launches Heatsink Line

(April 15, 2008) WARWICK, R.I. — Cool Polymers Inc. introduced its next-generation thermally conductive injection-mold thermoplastics for heatsinks and thermal management solutions. The proprietary CoolPoly grades provide no antenna effect as metal heatsinks can, and are said to be up to 50% lighter than aluminum designs.

Microelectronics Center Opens at EI

(April 14, 2008) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — The Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM), located at the Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. facility in Endicott, was inaugurated in late March, in a ceremony attended by business, political and community leaders. A collaborative effort by Binghamton University, Endicott Interconnect Technologies and Cornell University, the CAMM will pioneer microelectronics manufacturing research and development in a roll-to-roll format.

Video - Are Mid-Sized Chinese EMS Companies Being Squeezed?

Speedy-Tech Electronics was recently acquired by IMI, a multinational EMS company. IMI's Alex Kot explains his compaany is trying to overcome several challenges, including retention of employees and reduced government incentives.

SMT China Hosts 2ndVISION Awards

(April 10, 2008) SHANGHAI, China — "China, despite the competition from neighborhood countries, appreciation of the RMB, tightening of government regulations; China's GDP is still growing at double digits," said Adonis Mak, group publisher, SMT China, during the magazine's presentation of its second annual VISION awards at Nepcon China. Winners received honors in SMT equipment, excellence in a specific metric, and China-centric awards. Following are the winners.

HP Consolidates Facilities Globally

(April 10, 2008) PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP will implement a major consolidation of facilities and security vendors for most of its worldwide facilities. This is expected to save tens of millions of dollars over the life of the new contracts, according to HP representatives.

After Divestiture, Universal Plans Focused Approach to Global Market

CBA Croup Chairman and CEO Dr. Jean-Luc Pellissier joins EMS007 Editor Steve Gold for a discussion of the Vitronics-Soltec divestiture, the company's re-focusing effort, and how the R&D legacy in Binghamton must be relied upon for future growth to occur.

Video: Dr. Ron Lasky Discusses RoHS, Halogen-free and Lead-free Solders

WEEE, RoHS and Green are here to stay. Interest in halogen free solders and assembly continues to grow, even in spite of the controversy of whether or not it is a valid green issue for solder.

Nepcon China Kicks Off in Shanghai

(April 8, 2008) SHANGHAI, China — Nepcon China, April 8–11 in Shanghai, will feature China-based and international exhibitors targeting the evolving Asia manufacturing base. Traditional low-mix/high-volume, medium- to high-mix/high-volume, and test-and-inspection are the focus of many exhibitors in this market. Following are some top products to look for at the show.

Moscow Event Draws International Exhibitors

(April 8, 2008) MOSCOW — ExpoElectronica exhibition and conference will take place April 15–18, 2008, in Moscow. ExpoElectronica is an officially audited tradeshow targeting electronics assembly operation in Russia and Eastern Europe. The show drew exhibitors from 21 countries in 2007. Following are some of the product highlights for the 2008 event.

Mentor, Agilent Pair Up for RF Design

(April 7, 2008) WILSONVILLE, Ore. and SANTA CLARA, Calif. — PCB design tool provider Mentor Graphics Corp. and Agilent Technologies Inc. jointly developed an RF design solution to improve productivity for the design of RF circuits on PCBs. The partnership targets shorter PCB design cycle times with increased collaboration, particularly in mixed-technology designs, which incorporate RF, analog, and digital components.

Plexus - Walking the Walk with Lean Manufacturing

Steve Williams of Plexus gives some insights into lean manufacture, why it is important, and how he sees it implemented (or not) among his suppliers.

From the Show: IPC News Wraps Up APEX

(April 4, 2008) LAS VEGAS — IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, this week in Las Vegas, provided an international platform for diverse launches — in technology, collaborations, and products. IPC also unveiled several initiatives and awards at the show, including a joint symposium with the SMTA, volunteer and corporate honors, and best papers. APEX 2008 has come to a successful close, and IPC will return the show to Las Vegas in 2009.

Flextronics R&D Pushes Industry Forward

Dr. Dongkai Shangguan and Aaron Unterborn sit down in the Real Time with...IPC studio for an update of Research and Design activities Flextronics over the past year and the content of an award-winning technical conference paper.

Henkel Purchases National Starch Adhesive and Electronics Materials Units

National Starch's Alan Syzdek will lead the combined businesses, which include 18 product development and 21 manufacturing sites spanning the globe. The move also strengthens Henkel's Asian presence--a key factor in combining the purchase of both the Emerson & Cuming and Abelstik product lines.

From the Show: Henkel Acquires Adhesives Businesses

(April 3, 2008) LAS VEGAS — Henkel Corporation announced at APEX that they've acquired Ablestik and Emerson & Cuming for approximately $6 billion from National Starch. The companies will become part of Henkel's adhesives group, bringing in die attach, board-level interconnect, and related materials, along with intellectual property (IP) and a global manufacturing base.

Video - Susan Mucha: EMS Selling Strategies

Susan Mucha discusses her presentation and how EMS providers must choose their customers wisely. She also discusses the release of a new book detailing EMS sales strategies.

From the Show: Designing for U.S. Volume Manufacturing

(April 2, 2008) LAS VEGAS — The standard mantra of the electronics manufacturing industry is that any volume of manufacturing will head overseas, and prototyping and new product introductions will stay domestic. While that argument holds true in many cases, certain exhibitors at the IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, taking place this week in Las Vegas, are introducing methods to keep larger-volume manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe.

From the Show: Inspection Takes on Limited Access

(April 2, 2008) LAS VEGAS — Test-and-inspection is a key segment of functional, successful SMT operations. At this year's IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit exhibits, inspection-and-test equipment providers are displaying new solutions to deal with miniaturized components, leadless and BGA packages, and RoHS/anti-RoHS screening requirements.

From the Show: APEX Opens

(April 1, 2008) LAS VEGAS — The IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit opens today, April 1, with new product introductions, partnership announcements, and live product demonstrations taking center stage.

ANSYS Acquires EDA Provider Ansoft

(March 31, 2008) SOUTHPOINTE, Pa. and PITTSBURGH — ANSYS Inc. will buy Ansoft Corporation for approximately $832 million in a mix of cash and ANSYS common stock, leading to a combined software provider with trailing 12-month revenues of $485 million. The acquisition of Ansoft is ANSYS' first foray into the broader EDA software industry.

From the Show: APEX Cleaning & Alternatives Subcommittee

(March 30, 2008) LAS VEGAS — The exhibition hall doesn't open until Tuesday, but the IPC APEX technical conference is underway today, with the Cleaning and Alternatives Subcommittee taking place from 8 to noon. Mike Bixenman, DBA, Kyzen and William Kenyon, Ph.D., Global Centre Consulting, host the session, part of the Standards Development Meetings at the tradeshow in Las Vegas. Following is a brief description of the committee goals.

EI, Unimicron Partner in Organic Substrates

(March 28, 2008) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. (EI) entered into a sales and manufacturing agreement with Unimicron Technology Corp. to produce CoreEZ organic substrates at one of Unimicron's Taiwan facilities. The PCB maker will supply high volumes of CoreEZ products under EI specs and requirements.

February Book-to-Bill Rises to 0.99

(March 27, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries found that the February book-to-bill ratio for rigid and flex PCBs rose to 0.99, near parity. A rise in rigid PCB bookings drove the increase from 0.97 in January.

Technical Highlights: APEX

(March 25, 2008) LAS VEGAS — Technical presentations will take center stage at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, April 1–3 in Las Vegas. Following are previews of select presentations taking place at the show, as well as links to other aspects of the technical program.

Jabil Reports Second Quarter Results, Lowers Expectations for 2008

"We expect revenue in the second half of fiscal 2008 to be consistent with the first half of the year, resulting in a year of modest growth but below our previous expectations. It appears the slowdown in end markets will reduce our growth rate and impede margin expansion for the next quarter or two."

Agilent Launches Blended Test Technology

(March 24, 2008) SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Agilent Technologies Inc. will demonstrate a hybrid boundary scan and VTEP vectorless test solution, Cover-Extend, at APEX in Las Vegas, April 1–3 and Nepcon China in Shanghai, April 8–11, launching under its VTEP v2.0 Powered suite. Cover-Extend technology allows in-circuit test (ICT) without physical test points, recovering up to 50% of test node access and protecting assemblies.

P. Kay Metal Sharpens China Sales Strategy

A video interview with China Sales Manager Hardy Huang discusses why dross removal chemistry can succeed in a cost-conscious Chinese market.

Siemens Divests Electronics

(March 21, 2008) FRANKFURT, Germany — Thomson Financial reports that a spokesman for Siemens AG confirmed the company's plans to divest its electronic assembly systems unit by the end of this year. EA makes assembly machines for electronic components and circuit boards.

ITW Completes Vitronics Soltec Acquisition

(March 21, 2008) STRATHAM, N.H. — Illinois Tool Works (ITW) acquired Vitronics-Soltec from Francisco Partners, adding the soldering equipment company to other holdings in the SMT space, such as Kester and Speedline. Financial amounts were not disclosed.

Celestica Announces Two Senior Leadership Appointments

Appointments will position Celestica for future success and enable the company to deliver an integrated, end-to-end supply chain solution to its customers

IPC Launches PCB Assembly Show in Shanghai, China

Partnering with Messe Munchen, the IPC Assembly Show will become part of Productronica China co-located with the CPCA Show and Semicon China.

Intel Honors 13 Companies with Supplier Quality Awards

(March 19, 2008) SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel Corp. has named the 13 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers: the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The honor, bestowed for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2007, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. Intel has also given thirty-five 2007 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) awards.

Novagard Releases Potting, Encapsulant, Conformal Coating Series

(March 19, 2008) CLEVELAND — Novagard Solutions released RTV 800 Series UV/dual cure and UV gels for use in potting, encapsulating, and conformal coating of delicate components, PCBs, lighting assemblies, and various wiring/current-carrying electrical devices. Cure speeds can be less than 3 sec.

Nunes Offering Green SMTAI Keynote

(March 18, 2008) MINNEAPOLIS — The SMTA Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at SMTA International (SMTAI), August 20, 2008, in Orlando, Fla., will feature a keynote presentation by Sharon Nunes, Ph.D., VP, Big Green Innovations, IBM Systems & Technology Group (STG). In her talk, Nunes will discuss IBM's approach to environmental challenges globally, and highlight ways that IBM is helping to tackle some of these important issues.

YESTech Names Regional Sales Manager

(March 18, 2008) SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — YESTech Inc., a business of Nordson Corporation, added Scott Roberson as a regional sales manager, responsible for managing sales activity in the southern U.S. and overseeing YESTech's AOI product line for microelectronics applications.

Valor, Nagoya Partner on Inspection

(March 18, 2008) YAVNE, Israel and TOKYO — Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. established a technological partnership agreement with Nagoya Electric of Japan, which develops advanced automatic inspection equipment. The companies will integrate ODB++ PCB modeling and Valor's Part Library (VPL) onto Nagoya systems to shorten inspection setup times.

Matheson Tri-Gas Acquires Five Star Gas

(March 18, 2008) BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. completed its purchase of Five Star Gas & Gear, adding five branches in southern California. The acquired company will become a part of the Matheson Tri-Gas Industrial Gas Group business unit. The move is in line with Matheson Tri-Gas's strategy to expand in the U.S. as a vertically integrated gases supplier, said William J. Kroll, chairman, president, and CEO, Matheson Tri-Gas, and executive director, Taiyo Nippon Sanso.

Oeko-Institut Calls for Industry Input on RoHS Review

The Oeko-Institut e.V., which is under contract to the EU for the review of the RoHS, has drawn up a list of 46 substances for scrutiny, and is calling for industry input regarding the list of substances to be further analyzed.

Screaming Circuits Blog Hits 200 Articles

(March 17, 2008) CANBY, Ore. — Screaming Circuits has reached the 200-article mark on its design engineering blog, The blog was created as a resource to help electrical design engineers solve board layout and assembly problems.

ECT Manager Receives the Patriot Award

(March 17, 2008) POMONA, Calif. — Joe Burns, operation manager, contact products group (CPG), Everett Charles Technologies (ECT), was honored with the Patriot Award during a ceremony at ECT's Ostby Barton division in Warwick, R.I.

Custom Connectors Use FR4

(March 17, 2008) SAN DIEGO — Autosplice will provide a custom connector fabrication service to prototypers through volume manufacturing, incorporating FR4 headers rather than special moldings. The company asserts that FR4 optimizes flexibility, costs, reliability, and lead times. Connectors are panelized and available in various thicknesses and with a range of pins/terminals.

Nepcon China Approaches

(March 17, 2008) SHANGHAI, China — Nepcon China, April 8–11 in Shanghai, will feature recent product releases from Chinese and global companies. Following are product previews from Kyzen, Kester, and a host of other exhibitors, as well as program previews from SMTA China, who will run events in conjunction with Nepcon.

Viscom Opens Applications and Training Center in Mexico

(March 15, 2008) DULUTH, Ga. — Viscom opened an applications and training center in Guadalajara, Mexico. The center, which features an AOI and X-ray applications lab, as well as training facilities and a demo room, was established to meet increasing demand in the Mexican electronics market.

RMD Expands Americas Representation

(March 14, 2008) WATERTOWN, Mass. — RMD Instruments LLC formally appointed Southwest Systems Technology Inc. as its manufacturing representative for La., Okl., Ark., N.M., and Mexico. The company named Advanced Precision Sales/WittcoSales as its manufacturing representative for territories within southern Calif./Baja.

SME Reveals Innovations Initiative

(March 14, 2008) DEARBORN, Mich. — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced a member-driven initiative, "Innovations That Could Change The Way You Manufacture," to outline emerging technologies that are making a positive impact on manufacturing, provide an educational framework for SME members and manufacturing practitioners to keep up-to-date on the industry's latest, and showcase advancements.

Textron Hosts SMTA Tour

(March 14, 2008) WILMINGTON, Mass. — Textron Defense Systems will host an SMTA technical presentation, "Understanding and Effectively Using XRF Technology for Components and Materials Inspection," including XRF demo, definition of capabilities, and an SMT facility and product showcase tour. Attendance is limited to the first 70 registrants.

YESTech Expands in China

(March 14, 2008) SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — YESTech Inc. opened a new location in Shanghai, China, co-located with parent company Nordson's China facility at the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Pudong. The 8,000-sq.m. facility houses around 200 employees and operates as a "Center Of Excellence." Each division hosts a specialized customer demonstration lab.

KSR Adds Genesis Platform

(March 14, 2008) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — KSR International selected the Genesis GC-120Q placement platform from Universal Instruments to meet objectives for in-house assembly speed and flexibility in a high-volume environment. KSR designs and manufactures electronics modules, controls, and closures for the transportation industry.

Assembléon, Valor Form Technology Partnership

(March 13, 2008) VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands and YAVNE, Israel — Assembléon BV and Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. have established a technology partnership, beginning by integrating Assembléon's pick-and-place machine interfaces into Valor's software products. Enhanced machine interfaces are available for Valor's process engineering control tool vPlan on Assembléon's A-, M-, and X-Series machines.

CTS Corp Acquires Orion Manufacturing

"Orion has built a solid track record of providing competitive, on-time quality manufacturing services. Its business model complements CTS' EMS business and enhances our ability to add value in our target markets."

SMTA China Sponsors Certifications at Nepcon

(March 12, 2008) SHANGHAI, China — SMTA China will sponsor the SMTA Certified SMT Engineering Course and Examination, April 8–10 in Shanghai, in conjunction with NEPCON China 2008. SMTA China and ChinaECNet will organize the first course jointly with support by NEPCON China 2007.

SMTA China Helps Raise Overall Competency Level of SMT Industry, Sponsors Engineer Certification Program

SMTA China announces that it will sponsor the upcoming SMTA Certified SMT Engineering Course and Examination from 8-10 April 2008 in Shanghai in conjunction with NEPCON China 2008.

Silicon Forest Electronics Extends Global Manufacturing Reach, Partners with ACW Technology

Partnership Gives Customers Access to Global Manufacturing and Supply Services Across the UK, US and China.

IPC Names APEX's ITC Winners

(March 11, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries chose products to highlight in the Innovative Technology Center (ITC) at the 2008 IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, April 1–3 in Las Vegas, showcasing new and emerging technologies from all segments of the electronic interconnect industry.

Multitest Delivers 1st MT2168

(March 10, 2008) ROSENHEIM, Germany — Multitest's MT2168 pick-and-place handler, which debuted at Semicon Europe 2007, was delivered to the first customer.

COTS Manufacturer Chooses XJTAG

(March 10, 2008) CAMBRIDGE, U.K. — Commercial off the shelf (COTS) and board-level designer/manufacturer Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing selected the XJTAG boundary scan development system to improve the process of debugging and testing its range of radar, video, and graphics products.

Nihon Superior, University of Queensland Collaborate

(March 10, 2008) OSAKA, Japan — Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. is collaborating with the University of Queensland (Australia) in the investigation of the growth and properties of the intermetallic compounds that form between solder alloys and the soldered substrate. The company sponsors research on lead-free solder at the university.

IPC Releases Board Ballot

(March 10, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced nominations for the IPC Board of Directors elections, which will take place at the IPC Annual Meeting luncheon, April 1, 2008, in Las Vegas, during APEX. Three officer and 10 director positions are open for election on IPC's Board for the period of April 2008 through March 2010.

Sono-Tek Creates Strategic Business Units

(March 10, 2008) MILTON, N.Y. — Sono-Tek Corporation formed two strategic business units (SBUs) reporting to Joseph Riemer, Ph.D., president. The SBUs comprise electronics and advanced energy, and ultrasonic coating solutions. The company also hired additional sales and applications development staff to complement the realignment.

IPC/JEDEC Plan March Reliability Conference

(March 7, 2008) RALEIGH, N.C. — IPC and JEDEC will present the International Conference on Reliability, Rework, and Repair of Lead-free Electronics, March 11–12, 2008, in Raleigh. This conference was planned to address the issues faced as a result of implementing a lead-free process, such as alloy choices, component compatibility, and solder concerns.

SMTA Awards PanPac Best of Conference

(March 7, 2008) MINNEAPOLIS — The Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium and Tabletop Exhibition took place January 22–24, 2008 in Kauai, Hawaii. Speakers at PanPac promoted international technical exchange and joined in a diverse forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals from around the world. As rated by the attendees, "Best of Conference" was awarded to two presenters this year.

Plexus Receives Thermal Imaging Contract from Irisys

The multi-million pound contract is initially for the manufacture of the company's thermal imagers and is expected to develop to include people counting systems later this year.

Sono-Tek Debuts Enhanced Website

(March 6, 2008) MILTON, N.Y. — Sono-Tek Corporation released a new company Website, located at and Additional pages were added to the Sono-Tek site, focusing primarily on new ultrasonic spray fluxing products, solder recovery systems, and several new industries of growth into which Sono-Tek is expanding.

Trident Launches Inkjet for Printed Electronics

(March 6, 2008) BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Trident introduced the 256Jet-D inkjet print head globally, highlighting a durable, serviceable design and stainless steel construction. The print head enables various direct write, printable electronic applications with up to 5× higher resolution than screen printing, according to the company. The 256Jet-D suits printing traces, contacts, embedded passives, and components on PCBs, as well as flexible photovoltaics, fuel cells, and batteries.

Pre- vs. Post-reflow AOI Debate at APEX

(March 5, 2008) LAS VEGAS — Pamela Lipson, Ph.D., CEO, Imagen Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.) and Lyle Sherwood, VP and technical director, Landrex Technologies (Santa Clara, Calif.) will debate the impact of inspection pre- or post-reflow for electronics assemblers at APEX, April 1–3 in Las Vegas. Resources generally limit facilities to using inspection systems at select stages in manufacturing. Lipson and Sherwood will discuss the merits of deploying AOI prior to reflow or after.

PROMATION Intros High-volume Gate

(March 4, 2008) PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — PROMATION released an enhanced Passageway Gate system, the SCBL-77G, designed for high-volume production. The SCBL-77G offers a small footprint with a vertical buffering station to enable continuous production with the gate in use.

Hwang to Keynote "Women's Art, Women's Vision"

(March 4, 2008) WASHINGTON — Jennie Hwang, Ph.D., will keynote the celebration of Women's History Month organized by DoD Defense Supply Center, Federal Women's Program. The program theme is "Women's Art, Women's Vision." The luncheon, in conjunction with the Federal Woman of the Year award presentation, will take place March 26, 2008, at Whitehall Recreation Center.

Cobar Offering Bar Solder, SN100C Alloys in U.S.

(March 4, 2008) LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Cobar Solder Products, now part of the Balver Zinn Group, added bar solder and other solder products, including SN100C alloys, to its product offering of solder pastes, fluxes, and cored wire solders to U.S. electronics manufacturers. The additional products suit wave, selective, tinning, and similar applications.

ECD Appoints Asia Management

(March 3, 2008) MILWAUKIE, Ore. — ECD added E.H. Lim to handle sales and channel management in Asia. Lim was previously sales director for Vitronics-Soltec, responsible for its South Asia/Pacific sales region.

Myny Named Marketing Director of Koh Young

(February 29, 2008) SEOUL, South Korea — André Myny was appointed global marketing director of Koh Young Technology Inc. Myny has more than 10 years experience in the global circuit board assembly market.

Kyzen to Exhibit at ElectroTech 2008

(February 29, 2008) NASHVILLE — Kyzen Corporation will showcase AQUANOX A4625B and AQUANOX A4651US in representative Esman's booth D-120 at the ElectroTech Exhibition, February 28 to March 2, 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey.

January Book-to-Bill Below 1.00

(February 29, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics announced the January book-to-bill ratio for flexible and rigid PCBs fell below parity, ticking down to 0.97. The lower book-to-bill is typical of January, according to IPC, and should not be considered a downward trend.

Siemens E&A Appoints Americas Electronics VP

(February 29, 2008) NORCROSS, Ga. — Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. appointed Leonard D. Garrison II (Butch) as VP and GM, Electronics Assembly Systems Division (EA), effective immediately. Garrison was named acting VP in December 2007.

SMTA Opens Hutchins Grant Applications

(February 29, 2008) MINNEAPOLIS — The SMTA will accept applications for the $5000 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant through April 14, 2008. The grant is awarded annually to a graduate-level student pursuing a degree and working on thesis research in electronic assembly, electronics packaging, or a related field. Applicants must hold a student membership in the SMTA.

Electrolube Expands in U.S.

(February 28, 2008) NOVATO, Calif. — Electrolube, a division of HK Wentworth Ltd., opened corporate offices in Calif. and an operations center in Chicago as part of its Americas expansion plan. The company will build distribution, sales and marketing, and technical support from these U.S. bases.

Scanfil to Boost EMS Business, Changes Strategy

The goal is to increase the contract manufacturing business with the company arrangement and by investing the retained earnings in areas of new business.

RGT to Take Controlling Stake in Canadian EMS Provider Adeptron

"RGT provides the combination of a growth oriented strategic EMS industry player and a strong financial backer. RGT is committed to supporting Adeptron's vision of vertical integration and growth through M&A activity along with strong organic business development efforts."

SMTA's 1st President Passes

(February 27, 2008) MINNEAPOLIS — Norb Socolowski, first president of the SMTA and industry icon, passed away on February 14, 2008. He was 85. Norb is survived by wife Jean, who asks that any donations made in his memory be sent to the SMTA's Hutchins Educational Grant.

ZESTRON America Exhibiting at Houston SMTA

(February 27, 2008) MANASSAS, Va. — ZESTRON America will participate in the Houston SMTA Vendor Show and Technical Program, March 7 in Houston, Texas.

Henkel Nabs Prime Source Awards

(February 27, 2008) IRVINE, Calif. — The electronics and industrial groups of Henkel have been awarded "Prime Source Awards" from electronics distributor EIS (Atlanta, Ga.) The award ceremony included Jim Sharp, electronics group southeastern territory manager, Henkel; Ken Helfers, industrial group distribution account executive; and Bob Thomas, president and CEO, EIS.

Sono-Tek Assigned MediSonic Patent

(February 27, 2008) MILTON, N.Y. — Sono-Tek Corporation received a patent for MediSonic, a system of depositing thin organic films on complicated substrates, by the USPTO.

Winland Reforms Manufacturing and Operations to Support Growth Objectives

The restructuring is intended to support more aggressive EMS growth objectives and also better align the company to its 2008 and 2009 initiatives.

SMTA Discusses Counterfeit Components

(February 26, 2008) BOSTON — The SMTA Boston Chapter will host a technical presentation on fraudulent and counterfeit components March 4 in Boxborough, Mass. Don Trenholm will lead the talk.

Nihon Presents on Lead-free at APEX

(February 26, 2008) OSAKA, Japan — Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. is contributing a paper, "Properties that are Important in a Lead-free Solder," to the technical conference at IPC Printed Circuit Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, April 1–3, 2008, in Las Vegas.

EI Recognizes Patenting Achievements

(February 26, 2008) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. (EI) honored 32 employees for patent applications filed, 23 employees for U.S. patents issued, and 16 employees for supplying trade secrets in 2007 at a February 8, 2008, ceremony in Binghamton, N.Y. EI employees contributed a total of 29 U.S. patent application filings, 18 U.S. patents issuances, and five trade secrets in 2007.

Interview: David Bergman Discusses IPC's Agreement with Tsinghua University

The IPC has announced a new initiative with Tsinghua University in Beijing to develop a skill development program for electronics assembly.

Kyzen Exhibits at SMTA Dallas

(February 25, 2008) NASHVILLE — Kyzen Corporation will showcase AQUANOX A4625 at the upcoming Dallas SMTA Vendor Show, March 5, 2008, in Dallas, Texas.

IPC, Tsinghua University Partner

(February 25, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries will undertake an initiative with Tsinghua University (Beijing) for a skill development program for electronics assembly. The program is slated to reach about 5,000 students in 500 vocational schools each year.

PDR Launches Flexible BGA/SMT Rework System

(February 25, 2008) WEST SUSSEX, U.K. — PDR released its professional hand-held rework system, the PDR IR-SolderLight Professional, targeting flexibility for SMT/BGA rework. The system is tip/nozzle free, gas free, sensitive to controls, clean, and is said to produce high-quality BGA rework without complications.

Enthone Plating Lab Opens

(February 22, 2008) WEST HAVEN, Conn. — Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, opened its advanced plating applications laboratory at the West Haven facility, inviting local government officials to celebrate with employees and customers. Enthone began construction on the facility in July 2007.

FCT Develops Lead-free No-clean Paste

(February 22, 2008) GREELEY, Colo. — FCT Solder, a division of FCT Assembly, developed the NL900 no-clean lead-free solder paste for use in SAC and SN100C alloy systems. FCT is an authorized licensee of Nihon Superior Co. Ltd.'s SN100C product line. The paste offers repeatability and consistency, according to the company.

AAT Intros Low-standoff Cleaning Technology

(February 22, 2008) BURNET, Texas — Austin American Technology (AAT) released a calculated cleaning technology, Progressive Energy Dynamics (PED), targeting low-standoff components with spacing down to 1 mil in lead-free assembly environments. The approach incorporates a system of nozzles, manifolds, and pump technology.

Article: "Adhesives for Increased Reliability in Medical Devices"

This article discusses the significant differences between the critical physical properties of flip-chip underfill versus board-level underfill, and how these properties affect the reliability of the underfilled device.

Zestron Promotes Parthasarathy

(February 21, 2008) MANASSAS, Va. — Zestron promoted Ravi Parthasarathy, M.S.Ch.E., to senior process engineer, responsible for key account management in North America.

Ascentech Provides Henkel's SIR Testing

(February 21, 2008) CHESTER, Conn. — Ascentech LLC, North American distributor for GEN3 Systems Ltd. products, provided Henkel Corporation's Electronics Technology Center (Irvine, Calif.) with laboratory equipment for surface insulation resistance (SIR) and solderability testing, including the MUST III solderability tester and AUTO-SIR surface insulation resistance testing systems.

OEM Partnership Enhances MES

(February 21, 2008) BROMONT, Canada — Cogiscan Inc. and Kratzer Automation AG (Germany) entered into a OEM reselling agreement and partnership to integrate Cogiscan RFID tracking and traceability technology into Kratzer's EMS-focused products, including the intraFACTORY manufacturing execution system (MES).

Nam Tai to Sell JIC Shares

Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. has announced that it is engaged in negotiations to sell its entire interest in its Hong Kong listed subsidiary, J.I.C Technology Company Limited, to an independent third party.

Users Unsure on Converged Technologies

(February 20, 2008) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In-Stat reports that conventional wisdom within the portable device industry is that consumers have a preference to use converged devices, meaning single devices that combine the functionality of previously separate devices. The research firm has found that wholesale adoption of a device that combines multiple devices is unrealistic, noting that a survey of U.S. businesspeople shows that users tend to remain loyal to older technology.

Sanmina-SCI to Sell PC Business to Foxconn and Lenovo

Sanmina-SCI Corporation today announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Foxteq and Lenovo for the sale of certain assets of its personal computing business.

electronica 2008 Takes Broad View

(February 19, 2008) MUNICH, Germany — electronica 2008, November 11–14, 2008, in Munich, will present a range of electronics — from semiconductors and nanotechnology to automotive safety and EMS, following the motto, "Get the whole picture." The show includes four special focus areas and 15 specific sectors.

Sanmina Sells PC Business to Foxconn

(February 19, 2008) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sanmina-SCI Corporation signed a definitive agreement with Foxteq Holdings Inc., a member of the Foxconn Technology Group, to sell certain assets of its personal computing business, along with associated logistics services in Hungary, Mexico, and the U.S. Beyond this sale to fellow EMS provider Foxconn, Sanmina also plans to transition a Mexico-based personal computing operation to PC-maker Lenovo Group.

SMTA Dallas Combines Conference and Vendor Days

(February 19, 2008) DALLAS — The SMTA Dallas Vendor Days and Technical Conference, March 5, 2008, at the Richardson Civic Center outside Dallas, promises a full exhibit hall along with several key technical presentations covering advanced packaging, counterfeit components, and related topics.

iNEMI to Present Progress and Plans at IPC Expo/Apex

iNEMI will review results from three projects and hold an open meeting of a fourth at IPC Printed Circuits Expo, APEX & the Designers Summit (March 29 -- April 3; Las Vegas, Nevada).

AOI System Inspects Multilayer Substrates

(February 15, 2008) MUNICH, Germany — EPP delivered several model STRATUS II AOI systems for inspection of electroplated gold, silver, and platinum. The AOI system's main application is inspection of screen-printed multilayers of ceramic thick film or LTCC substrates or LTCC foils.

Dissolvable Spacers Maintain Component Locations

(February 15, 2008) MANCHESTER, Conn. — Multi-Seals Inc. introduced Wash-Away dissolvable spacers, designed to provide consistent spacing between PCBs and components. The organic polymer spacers locate PCB components during soldering operations.

Nihon Reviews Lead-free Wave at Flex Conference

(February 14, 2008) OSAKA, Japan — Nihon Superior USA, a subsidiary of Nihon Superior Co. Ltd., showcased its SN100C products with FCT Assembly, a U.S.-based SN100C global partner, at the IPC's "International Conference on Flexible Circuits" in Phoenix, Ariz.

Jim Raby to Deliver Keynote at Atlanta SMTA Expo

Jim Raby, renowned 50-year industry veteran, and founder, technical director and program manager at STI Electronics, will present the morning keynote, "An Industry Perspective: Past, Present and Future," at the 12th Annual Atlanta SMTA Expo.

Triton Electronik Completes the Acquisition of Positron Technologies

Through a $12 million investment Quebec Manufacturing Fund, Triton Electronik has successfully completed the acquisition of competitor Positron Technologies.

PPM Exclusive Supplier for QUAD Systems

(February 13, 2008) FREMONT, N.H. — Tyco Electronics Corporation has named Precision Placement Machines Inc. (PPM) as its exclusive supplier and manufacturer of replacement parts for its QUAD product line. The QUAD machines are used to assemble circuit boards.

Optimal Focuses on Mexico

(February 13, 2008) AUSTIN, Texas — Optimal Electronics Corporation partnered with Test_ing, Tecnologia, Control y Automatizacion Industrial of Chihuhua City, Mexico, for sales and support in Mexico. Test_ing represents and supports Optimal Electronics' Optel MES software suite. Under the agreement, Optimal Electronics will work with the company to extend its MES software suite to communicate with automated test-and-inspection equipment.

WIN Highlights Automation

(February 12, 2008) ISTANBUL — The World of Industry (WIN) Electrotech exhibition will take place February 28 through March 2 in Istanbul. WIN Electrotech 2008 is a tradeshow centered on high-growth automation, electro-technology, and hydraulic and pneumatic sectors. Exhibitors will highlight equipment and consumables via regional distributors.

IPTE Releases Universal Scanner/AOI

(February 12, 2008) GENK, Belgium — The universal scanner system, EasyView, was introduced by IPTE to supplement its machine portfolio, offering a flexible in-line solution for barcode scans, component checks, and solder joint inspection. It uses an ADOMO camera system.

Inside Plexus: A 'Quality' Visit

An exclusive video interview with Plexus PCB Commodity Manager Steve Williams reveals how strong quality systems are critical components for the success of North American electronics industry manufacturers.

PROMATION Upgrades Manual Workstation

(February 11, 2008) PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — PROMATION released its latest version of the company's 1M in-line work station. The WT-100-2C XL is a 1000-mm-long workstation that can handle PCBs up to 18" × 18". The station has dual 500-mm drives, each with independent variable-speed control, front work surface, overhead lighting, and a rear parts bin panel.

Aegis Expands Headquarters

(February 8, 2008) HORSHAM, Pa. — Aegis Software Corp. opened a new global headquarters in Horsham, outside Philadelphia. The new offices will meet Aegis' growing workforce demands and provide a training environment for the company's expanding customer base.

Blue Thunder Offers ESD Products

(February 8, 2008) EAST WINDSOR, Conn. — Blue Thunder Technologies Inc., produced a line of ESD products for cleanroom and electronics assembly facilities. The offering includes worker attire, flooring, wipes and swaps, and other products.

Flextronics to Acquire the FRIWO Mobile Power Business Unit of CEAG

FMP develops, produces and markets power supply and charging devices for mobile applications in the telecommunications sector.

KIC Marks 30 Years

(February 7, 2008) SAN DIEGO — KIC celebrated its 30th year of business in the electronics industry. Founded in 1977 by Casey Kazmierowicz, KIC entered the electronics industry with a continuous monitoring system for conveyorized furnaces for microcomputers.

Thales Nederland Selects Valor

(February 7, 2008) YAVNE, Israel — Military electronics manufacturer Thales Nederland, a member of the international Thales Group, expanded its use of Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd., process control tools, selecting the Process Engineering Solution.

PROMATION Bolsters Wave, Buffer Lines

(February 7, 2008) PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — PROMATION added features to its assembly tools, enhancing the OUC-500 wave conveyor with fan banks and the SCBL-99 buffer station with upgraded software. The additions suit better process control and lead-free line management.

Metris Acquires X-Tek

(February 5, 2008) LEUVEN, Belgium — Metris completed its stock-based acquisition of X-Tek Group, begun in 2007, with 100% stock purchase. The company notes that X-Tek's microfocus and computerized tomography (CT) X-ray system lines fit its technology portfolio.

Grieve Releases 650°F Soldering Oven

(February 5, 2008) ROUND LAKE, Ill. — The Grieve Corporation released No. 851, a 650°F electrically heated belt conveyor oven for soldering. The oven includes two 4-ft. insulated heat zones with independent recirculated airflow and temperature controls, a 12-ft. cooling zone with tube-axial fans moving air through it, and a variable speed conveyor that operates between 1.3 and 15.3 inch/min.

Inovar Adds Flying Prober

(February 5, 2008) LOGAN, Utah — Inovar Inc. expanded its EMS service capabilities by purchasing a SPEA 4040 Multimode flying probe test system. The 4040 Multimode enables probe contact on the bottom side of PCBs and does not require fixturing.

Plexus Chooses AXI System

(February 5, 2008) SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Agilent Technologies Inc. supplied EMS provider Plexus with a 3D automatic X-ray inspection (AXI) system. Plexus added the Medalist ×6000 to its test-and-inspection equipment, using the system to detect defects and screen new products.

OK International Reduces Prices in Europe

(February 4, 2008) GARDEN GROVE, Calif.— OK International announced that prices in Europe for its soldering and rework equipment and tools were headed downwards by as much as 20%. This is based on market demands in an increasingly global market for electronics assembly equipment.

Sunburst EMS Announces Strategic Acquisition of New England Wire Assemblies

"The acquisition of New England Wire Assemblies broadens our service portfolio with extensive cable assembly expertise and tooling. It enhances our product integration capabilities and allows both Sunburst and NEWire to leverage our complementary customer bases."

SMTA Chapter Officers Gather for Training

(February 1, 2008) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) will hold its annual Chapter Officer Forum on February 22 - 24 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. The gathering begins with a facility tour hosted by the Upper Midwest SMTA Chapter and follows up with a tour of the SMTA Headquarters.

Celestica Announces Fourth Quarter and 2007 Financial Results

"We are pleased with the strong results our company delivered in the fourth quarter. Since implementing our turnaround plans 12 months ago, we have undergone a major transformation which has resulted in our best ever and industry leading inventory turns, strong margin recovery and an improving trend in returns on invested capital.

Nepcon 2008 UK Cancelled

Reed Exhibitions have announced the cancellation of Nepcon 2008 in the UK.

Oxford Instruments Debuts Trace Analyzer

(January 31, 2008) OXON, U.K. — Oxford Instruments Analytical Limited, a subsidiary of Oxford Instruments plc, released the X-Strata980 X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer. The tool uses a high-power X-ray tube and large LN2 detector to measure small areas on complex samples. Empirical and fundamental parameter calibration options enable set data analysis or element identification.

ASTM Seeks Award Nominees

(January 31, 2008) WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Standards developing organization ASTM International is seeking nominations for the William T. Cavanaugh memorial award, an annual recognition of an individual with eminence and broad contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards.

IPC Releases Long-Term Business Report

(January 30, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries put out "Geographic Strategies for Global Expansion in the Electronic Interconnect Industry: Where to Invest for Long-term Business Growth," commissioned on behalf of its Executive Market and Technology Forum members. The report is a comprehensive resource for companies making long-range plans for global and local expansion.

Flextronics Announces Third Quarter Results

Net sales increase 67% to record $9.1 billion. Adjusted net income increases 84% to $250 million. Adjusted EPS increases 30% to $0.30

December Book-to-Bill Stays Positive

(January 29, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries released the December 2007 book-to-bill ratios for rigid and flex PCB production in North America. The book-to-bill slipped in rigid and flex segments, hitting 1.01 for combined markets.

EFD Releases PicoDot Jet Dispense

(January 29, 2008) EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — EFD Inc., a subsidiary of Nordson Corporation, debuted the next-generation PicoDot jetting dispense system, targeting high precision for a range of fluid viscosities. The dispense system suits miniaturized assemblies and 3D or uneven substrates for adhesive, coating, and other fluid applications.

IPC Issues Wage and Salary Reports for PCB and EMS Industries

IPC announces the release of two biennial studies - 2006-2007 IPC Wage Rate and Salary Report for the PCB Industry and 2006-2007 IPC Wage Rate and Salary Report for the EMS industry.

IEC Reports Strong First Quarter Results

"Continuing our look forward, we do not see at this time any slowdown in our orders. Our backlog has actually grown modestly during the quarter and, overall, we do not seem to be encountering recession sentiment in our markets as suggested by the securities markets and the media."

Zestron Asia/Pacific Expands

(January 28, 2008) MANASSAS, Va. — ZESTRON Asia/Pacific relocated to a larger facility, in the Zun Xuan Industrial Park of Shanghai, China. The location features the company's largest Asia/Pacific Application Technology Center.

Vitronics Soltec Upgrades XPM2 Reflow

(January 28, 2008) STRATHAM, N.H. — Vitronics Soltec introduced an enhanced XPM2 reflow platform, XPM2+, featuring upgraded conveyor, cooling, electrical controls, software, and user interface, as well as a leaner external body.

Professional Development at APEX

(January 28, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries will promote reliability in lead-free, high-density interconnects (HDIs), design for reliability (DfR), and other topics for more than 60 professional development courses March 30–31 and April 3 at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit in Las Vegas. Courses are half- and full-day classes with expert speakers.

Master Bond Debuts Harsh-environment Adhesive

(January 28, 2008) HACKENSACK, N.J. — Master Bond released the EP11SIC silver-filled one-component conductive adhesive. It suits applications requiring electrical connections for sensitive components in severe operating conditions, resisting mechanical and thermal stresses.

Flextronics Completes Acquisition of Avail

Flextronics today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Avail Medical Products Inc., a privately-held, market leader in manufacturing disposable medical devices.

TechSearch Lauds Embedded Components

(January 25, 2008) AUSTIN, Texas — TechSearch International released "Embedded Active Components and Integrated Passive: Technologies and Markets," a report detailing the technologies, processes, and infrastructure for embedded components. TechSearch expects embedded components to see double-digit growth across market segments in coming years.

IPC Calls for Midwest 2008 Papers

(January 24, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries issued a call for participation for the IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition, September 23–28, 2008, in Schaumburg, Ill. Researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders are invited to submit an abstract for the technical conference on any aspect of electronics manufacturing.

SOMACIS Opening Advanced PCB Plant

(January 23, 2008) MANFREDONIA, Italy — SOMACIS pcb industries will start production of a next-generation of PCBs at two R&D facilities in Italy, Castelfidardo and Manfredonia. The Manfredonia plant is under construction and will begin producing the high-technology PCBs in the first half of the year.

Sanmina-SCI Announces Earnings for Q1: Outlook Improving

"Our second quarter has historically been seasonally down, but we are cautiously optimistic about our outlook based on what we currently have in the pipeline from new and existing customers. We expect to continue to strengthen our results, improve profitability and generate free cash flow throughout fiscal 2008," continued Sola.

Zetex Unveils Current Monitor

(January 22, 2008) HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Zetex Semiconductors released the ZXCT1080 current monitor, boasting an extended common-mode-sensing voltage range of 3 to 60 V. The component reduces errors in translating actual measured current into input sense current required, as well as overall power consumption. An automotive AEC-Q100-qualified version also is in development.

IPC Issues Reports, Recommendations

(January 22, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries commissioned a report on miniaturization and electronics manufacturing, conducted by Prismark Partners (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.). The association also weighed in on the European Commission's review of RoHS, suggesting that the EU consider technical, environmental, and resource impacts of additional RoHS action.

ProtoDesign Chooses DEK Horizon 03i

(January 21, 2008) UTICA, Mich. and FLEMINGTON, N.J. — ProtoDesign, Inc., a design and electronics services firm targeting medical, industrial, security and public service sectors, partnered with DEK to use the Horizon 03i platform. ProtoDesign will implement the printing system on its automated production line, and expects to double throughput over the coming year.

The Morey Corp. Adds Management

(January 18, 2008) WOODRIDGE, Ill. — Matt W. Williams joined The Morey Corporation's sales and marketing team as business development manager, focused on the commercial telematics market. He will concentrate on wireless, GPS, vehicle data-bus technologies, and other telematics hardware nearing full-scale commercial adoption.

Sunburst Appoints Western Rep

(January 18, 2008) WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Silver Mountain Design will represent Sunburst EMS's line of manufacturing and design services in the western U.S. Silver Mountain operates offices in Nev., Ariz., N.M., and southern Calif.

Rockwell Intros Linear Stages

(January 18, 2008) MILWAUKEE — Rockwell Automation released the Allen-Bradley MP-Series line of integrated linear stages for OEMs and machine builders, targeting a range of load-carrying applications. The products are designed to be off-the-shelf replacements for proprietary designs, reportedly reducing time and costs of design, programming, and commissioning.

EI Develops High-complexity PCB

(January 17, 2008) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. (EI) created a large, high-complexity PCB controller board that functions as the intelligence of a powerful and advanced optical packet switch. The PCB was fabricated for IBM Zurich Research Lab, and required deep blind vias joined with a proprietary EI process technology.

IPC Designers Summit Focuses on Learning

(January 17, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries will present its 2008 Designers Summit, in conjunction with APEX, March 31 through April 3 in Las Vegas. The program includes workshops and exams for certifications, Designers Day, technical presentations, and networking.

iNEMI Begins 2009 Roadmap

(January 17, 2008) HERNDON, Va. — The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is requesting input from industry experts to develop its 2009 Roadmap. Hewlett-Packard (HP) will host the North American kick-off meeting February 20–21, 2008, at its Cupertino, Calif., facility. The meeting is open to any interested in participating in iNEMI's next roadmap.

RoHS-compliant Shielding Released

(January 15, 2008) TAMPA, Fla. — Leader Tech used a new design and manufacturing process to create its Slot-Lok circuit board shielding (CBS) product. Slot-Lok joins the company's Flex-Tech product line, and is said to reduce standard design-to-delivery lead times.

IPC Issues Annual PCB Studies

(January 14, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries released three annual PCB studies: "2006–2007 Industry Analysis and Forecast for Flexible Circuits in North America," "2006–2007 Industry Analysis and Forecast for Rigid PCBs and Laminates in North America," and "Technology Trends for Printed Circuit Boards for the Year 2006." Growth in the PCB industry worldwide over the next two years is expected to be modest but steady.

KIC Upgrades Automatic Thermal Profiler

(January 14, 2008) SAN DIEGO — KIC's KIC Vision thermal profiling system is upgraded to include additional automatic capabilities. The Vision product is designed to replace manual periodic reflow profiling with automatic measurement of product profiles. The upgrades target increased automation, documentation, and traceability.

Unicorn Investment Bank Buys Victron

"Victron combines strong execution capabilities with highly flexible operations, resulting in a unique and highly competitive business model."

Mentor Begins 20th PCB Technology Awards

(January 11, 2008) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corporation opened its 20th annual Technology Leadership Awards competition, calling for entries in six categories for complex PCB designs. The awards recognize engineers and designers that use Mentor products to address design challenges and produce leading products.

Advisory Board Update: Hwang Joins U.S. Export Council

(January 11, 2008) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Jennie Hwang, Ph.D., SMT Editorial Advisory Board member, to a four-year term with the U.S. Department of Commerce's District Export Council.

Kitron in Cooperation with Dignitana

The cooperation means that Kitron ASA's Swedish subsidiary Kitron AB shall develop a new complete product including hardware, software, mechanics and industrial design according to Dignitana's specifications.

White Paper: 7 Things You Must Know in Selecting an EMS Partner for Military/Government

Mr. Evangelista reviews the key principles that ensure successful military electronics outsourcing.

EMS in Central and Eastern Europe

With the dollar weaker than it has been in years, is there any reason to consider Central and Eastern Europe for outsourced electronics manufacturing?

APEX Hosts iRobot Founder

(January 10, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — Rodney Brooks, Ph.D., director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory, founder of iRobot, and leader in robotics and artificial intelligence, will present the opening keynote of IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, April 1 in Las Vegas.

Foxconn 2007 Revenues Grew 42.5% Year-on-Year

Foxconn Electronics said its revenues grew 42.5% on year to reach a new high of NT$1.237 trillion (US$38 billion) in 2007.

Asymtek, YESTech Partner for Medical Apps

(January 8, 2008) CARLSBAD, Calif. — Asymtek and YESTech, both Nordson companies, co-developed a dispensing process that uses automatic optical inspection (AOI) technology to verify precision, accuracy, and reliability. The dispensing process targets medical-device manufacturers requiring traceability and validation.

2006 PCB Production Outpaced 2000

(January 8, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries issued its "World PCB Production and Laminate Market Report for the Year 2006," showing that the world PCB market expanded in 2006, for the third year in a row, to $47.6 billion.

Ring in the New Rules

Environmental mandates continue to challenge the design and electronics supply chain as the industry moves into 2008.

Aqueous Names Accelonix as Distributor

(January 7, 2008) RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Aqueous Technologies Corporation appointed Accelonix, a member of the Accelonix Group, as its distributor in France and the North African countries Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.

Indium's Ning-Cheng Lee Presents Globally

(January 7, 2008) CLINTON, N.Y. — Ning-Cheng Lee, Ph.D., VP of technology at Indium Corporation, will present diverse workshops in Thailand, Malaysia, and India throughout January 2008. Topics range from environmental impacts to high reliability, and center around lead-free soldering.

Cimnet Upgrades PCB-specific Software

(January 7, 2008) INDIANAPOLIS — Cimnet Systems, a Consona business unit, released new versions of three PCB-specific engineering and business software products: Paradigm v.3.5, iQuote v.3.2, and Engenix v.2.2.

CMK Sells JV Stake to Sumitomo Bakelite

(January 4, 2008) TOKYO — CMK Corp. sold its 49% interest in Malaysian PCB materials manufacturer SNC Industrial Laminates Sdn Bhd to Sumitomo Bakelite Co., reports The Nikkei Business Daily.

Lab Management Provider Opens

(January 3, 2008) AUBURN, Mass. — Labman One, LLC began business as a contract service company dedicated to improving the efficiency and productivity of high-tech laboratories. It aims to assist in laboratory management for small companies in advanced technology fields, managing debug and repair services, and reportedly adding to productivity and efficiency.

Taiyo Promotes Hole-plugging Ink

(January 2, 2008) CARSON CITY, Nev. — Taiyo America will allow customers to try its THP-100DX1 hole-plugging ink, on up to 12 PCB panels, at Applied Circuit Services (Exeter, N.H.) or HDI Via Fill Services (Santa Ana, Calif.). The hole fill is said to resist attack in over-plate applications, providing a planar copper surface without dishdowns from desmear.

Aqueous Releases Trident E-Learning Topic

(January 2, 2008) RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Aqueous Technologies Corp. announced the "Trident Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System" E-Learning presentation, available on the company's Website. The presentation introduces control, cleaning, test, drying, and configuration technologies for the Aqueous Trident system.

Video: Productronica Marketing Roundtable

This roundtable with EMSNow Editor Phil Stoten, I-Connect007 Editor Steve Gold and Protean Marketing's Rich Heimsch examines differences between international and local exhibitions from a marketing perspective.

Elcoteq Reorganizing in 2008

(December 26, 2007) ESPOO, Finland; RICHARDSON, Texas; and HONG KONG — Elcoteq SE will streamline and simplify its organization, effective January 1, 2008. The reorganization is part of the EMS provider's action plan announced in October 2007. The resulting structure should improve the company's ability to respond to customer needs, clarify responsibilities, speed up decision making, and improve Elcoteq's cost structure.

Master Bond Debuts Anti-Static Latex Coating

(December 26, 2007) HACKENSACK, N.J. — Master Bond Inc. released LTX-117G, a lower cost, electrically conductive, water-based adhesive, sealant, and coating. It is a one-part, UV-stable latex adhesive that incorporates non-metallic graphite filler to add conductivity.

Puritan Releases ESD-safe Swabs

(December 24, 2007) GUILFORD, Maine — Puritan Medical Products LLC created a line of ESD-safe swabs with primary applications in microelectronics induustry. The ESD Safe Swabs protect electronic circuitry and devices from the negative effects of ESD. An ESD event can cause an immediate product failure, or cause a product to fail later, affecting product lifespan as well as customer safety and satisfaction.

CTS Corporation Achieves AS9100 Certification for Aerospace Manufacturing at its Singapore Facility

AS9100 is the international quality management standard for designers and manufacturers of equipment for aerospace applications.

Optimal Uses Calavista for Software Development

(December 20, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas — Optimal Electronics Corporation partnered with Calavista Software, a software development resources and tools company, to expand and improve the Optel manufacturing execution system (MES) suite.

Nihon Aids World Solar Challenge

(December 20, 2007) OSAKA, JAPAN — Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. sponsored the UltraCommuter vehicle in the Panasonic World Solar Challenge eco-car race, held this October. UltraCommuter was jointly developed by Nihon Superior, the University of Waikato (New Zealand), and HybridAuto.

Jabil Net Income Increases 50 Percent

Net revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 increased 4.5 percent to $3.4 billion compared to $3.2 billion for the same period of fiscal 2007.

Zuken, LogicSwap Launch Design Migration Tool

(December 19, 2007) MUNICH, Germany and WESTFORD, Mass. — LogicSwap, migration software provider for Zuken's CADSTAR, launched a migration toolset for schematics, libraries, and PCB designs moving to CADSTAR from Cadence Allegro and Orcad, Mentor Graphics PADS PCB designer, and Altium Protel and P-CAD.

Valor, Digitaltest Partner

(December 19, 2007) YAVNE, Israel — Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. and Germany-based Digitaltest GmbH partnered to integrate their respective design-for-test and process engineering products for improved new product introduction (NPI), assembly, and test. Digitaltest's C-LINK will work with Valor's vPlan software on a common data model.

SMTA Supports SMART Group Seminars at Nepcon UK

SMTA will bring a wealth of expertise and technical content to Nepcon, as they work with the SMART Group to create topical and relevant presentations tackling today's manufacturing challenges.

2008 IC Market Drivers Report

(December 18, 2007) PHOENIX — Electronics system shipments worldwide grew about 5% in 2007, hitting $1.21 trillion. The market is driven by demand for mobile communications devices, consumer products, notebook PCs, wireless, and automotive electronics, according to IC Insights' 2008 edition of its "IC Market Drivers" report. IC Insights finds that IC sales grew 5% to $220.3 billion this year.

Focal Spot Releases Verifier H X-ray Inspection

(December 18, 2007) SAN DIEGO — FocalSpot Inc. launched two configurations of the Verifier H series horizontal-beam X-ray inspection system. The FSX-H75 and H90 are designed to assess industrial, automotive, and medical electronics.

November 2007 Book-to-Bill Remains Positive

(December 17, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced today the November findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. The book-to-bill ratio for rigid and flex PCB production continued its positive trend, hitting 1.06.

China Week in Review

Unimicron November Sales Reach NT$4B; GCE to Boost Notebook PCB Shipment in 2008; Vertex to Inject Hong Kong Investment; Hannstar Board Targets 40% of the Global Notebook PCB market

Europe's Electronics Manufacturing Sector Grew 6.4% in 3Q

The electronics manufacturing industry in Europe registered a 6.4 percent growth in revenues for the third quarter, as compared to the previous quarter, according to ZVEI.

Iomega to Acquire EMS Provider ExcelStor Group

ExcelStor markets its products primarily to OEMs as an electronics manufacturing services provider and also sells its own ExcelStor-branded products through distributors throughout the world.

APEX 2008 Preview: Technical Sessions

(December 12, 2007) LAS VEGAS — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries released highlights for its IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, April 1–3, 2008, in Las Vegas. The show includes a conference, free forums, standards development meetings, professional development courses, and exhibit floor.

Henkel Intros Quick-dry Toluene-free Conformal Coating

(December 12, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. — Henkel Corporation launched the next generation of its Hysol conformal coating material, a toluene-free, one-component, solvent-based acrylic conformal coating, PC62.

Palomar Partners with Vision for PWB and SMT

(December 11, 2007) CARLSBAD, Calif. — Palomar Technologies partnered with Vision Manufacturing, Inc. (VMI — Vista, Calif.), to add printed wiring board (PWB) and SMT services to its Palomar Microelectronics process development, prototyping, and low-volume assembly services.

NanoMarkets Sees Disposable Electronics at $26.2B by 2015

(December 11, 2007) GLEN ALLEN, Va. — NanoMarkets LLC expects the disposable electronics market — paper substrates, printed RFID tags, organic embedded devices — to grow to a $26.2 billion market by 2015. The analyst firm published its projections broken out by applications and device type, as well as corporate profiles of market leaders, in "Disposable Electronics: The First Wave for Printed and Organic Electronics."

Sparton Corporation Announces the Award of a Record Level of New Business

Electronic Design and Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA) has announced that the Company has secured a record number of new business opportunities for the Company

Assembléon Opens German Office

(December 10, 2007) EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands — Assembléon established a direct sales and service presence in Germany, offering its full range of electronics equipment and technical support to German customers.

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.

BPM Reduces NAND Programming for STMicro

(December 10, 2007) HOUSTON — BPM Microsystems reduced programming time for STMicroelectronics' NAND flash large-page family, in densities from 1 to 8 Gbit. BPM produced faster programming times on the Flashstream memory programmer.

PartnerTech Initiates Profitability Plan

An action program is being adopted to adjust costs to lower sales and to streamline operations. The measures are expected to steadily boost earnings during 2008.

Video: Interview With Meadville Group CTO Chris Katzko

Katzko describes the Meadville Group's technological prowess that now covers the full spectrum of PCB technology from CSP substrates to high performance backplanes.

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.

SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium Announced

The SMTA is also offering two ATE tutorials during the symposium, which will be held January 29-31, 2008 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Nihon Licenses SN100C Globally

(December 6, 2007) BALVE, Germany and MONTREAL — The Balver Zinn Group and AIM each acquired global licenses for the SN100C lead-free alloy developed by Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. Both licenses cover solder paste and wire.

Collaboration Leads to Solder Tester

(December 6, 2007) CHESTER, Conn. — Ascentech LLC will distribute the ShareGen SPA 1000 solder paste analyzer in North America. The product was created through a global alliance of Gen3 Systems (U.K.) and Sharemate Technology (Taiwan) for test and production equipment development.

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.

VIDEO: Sanmina-SCI and the European EMS Market

Sanmina-SCI's Dick Heinrich updates viewers on his company's European perspective--particularly what end markets are most important in Europe and how the falling U.S. dollar is impacting business.

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.

Plastic Logic Adds FAS Extrusion Coating

(December 4, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas — Plastic electronics assembler Plastic Logic Limited ordered an FAS Advantage IV extrusion coater line through NexTech Solutions. The automated coating line will be integrated for manufacturing flexible organic active-matrix displays.

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.

VIDEO: An Interview with DEK's Michael Brianda

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.

VIDEO: The Multinational High Wire Act: Sell Globally, Think Locally

An interview with Indium Europe Managing Director Brian Craig looks at how a multinational company releases products globally but must be sensitive to customer needs regionally. Craig also gives his thoughts on Europe's 2008 market outlook and distinctive marketing strategies his company is employing to reach engineers.

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.

Novatec Debuts Benchtop Shape-memory Tooling

(December 3, 2007) MONTAUBAN, France — Novatec released a tabletop configuration of its VacuNest shape-memory tooling, designed to fixture any type of final assembly devices and enclosures quickly and flexibly.

Foxconn Plans to Make Shenzhen Its Global Headquarters

Foxconn is making Shenzhen its global planning headquarters and a center for global manufacturing.

Henderson: PC Growth Rebounds

(November 30, 2007) LOS ALTOS — Personal computers (PCs) are on pace to hit 264 million unit shipments in 2007, according to the Henderson Forecast Summary from Henderson Ventures. Low-cost shipments to emerging economies and growing acceptance of Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS) are propelling growth. The introduction of WiMax also is helping push consumers to invest in new units.

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.

AQT Reps Kyocera PCB Machining in Midwest

(November 26, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. — Assured Quality Technologies (AQT) will represent Kyocera Tycom Corporation's (KTC's) PCB drilling and cutting tools with sales and technical services.

VJ Electronix Enhances Engineering

(November 26, 2007) LITTLETON, Mass. — VJ Electronix hired Stephen Bowler as its engineering manager for X-ray inspection technology and rework systems.

TFI Releases December Forum Agenda

(November 26, 2007) ALAMEDA, Calif. — Technology Forecasters Inc. will hold its Quarterly Forum in San Jose, Calif., December 5–6, 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.

Electronic Manufacturing Capacity Undergoes Global Rebalancing

iSuppli Corp. is tracking a new series of evolutionary and strategic steps for electronics contract manufacturers that focuses on other factors beyond labor cost when it comes to selecting a location for production.

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.

VIDEO: An Interview with Henkel's Pat Trippel

Henkel Technologies President Pat Trippel offers his view of the European EMS consumables market. He also discusses his company's latest offerings at Productronica.

Vista Partners Updates Coverage on TXP Corporation

"TXP reported an excellent third quarter with revenues up 61% year over year. We expect continued growth as the retrofit and prototype businesses continue to expand and add customers."

Productronica Show Wrap Up - Is Productronica Losing Its Luster?

Productronica has always been the premier exhibition for the PCB and Assembly industries. Is it losing its luster as the industry migrates to China?

Messe Muenchen's Klaus Dittrich Discusses Productronica 2007 and China 2008

Messe Muenchen CEO Klaus Dittrich declares Productronica 2007 a success based on exhibitor feedback. He also looks forward to 2008, where his China exhibition will rank as the third largest electronics exhibition in the world.

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 30–April 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.

Assembléon Expands to Austria, Switzerland

(November 19, 2007) EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands — Assembléon established direct sales and service representation in Austria and Switzerland for its electronics manufacturing equipment.

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.

European Market Overview - The Stabilizing Market, Prospects for Eastern Europe and the Weak Dollar

Atotech Vice President Dr. Martin Kurpjoweit offers his view of the European PCB electronics market, including his assessment of Eastern Europe and what the falling dollar means to European suppliers.

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.

Kyzen Premiers AQUANOX A4651US

(November 14, 2007) NASHVILLE — Kyzen Corporation introduced AQUANOX A4651US low-pH ultrasonic immersion cleaner at Productronica 2007 in Munich, Germany. The solution reportedly offers consistent cleaning with modern flux chemistries and with minimal bath monitoring.

Digitaltest Debuts CAD-less Design System

(November 14, 2007) STUTENSEE, Germany — Digitaltest GmbH released Digitizer, a system that reverse engineers PCBs to obtain computer-aided design (CAD) data when vital design information is lost or corrupted.

Industry Forecast: Partly Sunny or Partly Cloudy, Depending on Your Perspective

As usual, the two day executive meeting was packed with inspirational talks about innovative ways to become and stay competitive. It also looked into the current and future market conditions of the industry.

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.

CTS Announces Realignment of Operations and Workforce Reduction

The realignment is intended to create synergies by further enhancing CTS' shared services model to include manufacturing support functions at its locations that serve more than one business.

Zestron Adds National Sales Manager

(November 9, 2007) MANASSAS, Va. — ZESTRON America appointed Mike McCutchen as national sales manager, responsible for growing ZESTRON's domestic product and service business while expanding the current customer base.

UMC Green-lit for China

(November 9, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Ministry of Economic Affairs' Investment Commission has approved UMC's first official application to invest in mainland China: a $20M deal with a PCB manufacturer held by affiliate Unimicron Technology Corp.

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.

Distributor News

(November 8, 2007) Calif., Texas, Minn., U.K. — KIC named Propelec S.A. as its distributor in Spain; Enfis selected Digi-Key as its global distributor; and Mouser will expand its Crystek product distribution.

IEC Announces Strong Results for Fiscal 2007

For the fiscal year IEC had net income of $875,000 or $.10 per share on sales of $40.9 million as compared with net income of $215,000 or $0.03 per share on revenue of $22.6 million for fiscal 2006.

Titan Takes First Step in Planned Acquisition of Nexus Nano Electronics

Nexus Nano Electronics is a manufacturer of custom circuit board assemblies for aerospace, defense and other industries.

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.

Heller Adds Asia Sales Manager

(November 7, 2007) FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Heller Industries appointed Wojtek Antoniak as regional sales manager in southeast Asia, based in Singapore.

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.

Kimball Reports 1Q'FY2008 Results

Kimball today reported sales of $333.9 million and income from continuing operations of $6.6 million, or $0.17 per Class B diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2008.

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 13–16 in Munich, Germany.

SMTA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

Congratulations to Bill Barthel, Plexus and Dr. Laura Turbini, Research in Motion, who were re-elected to three-year terms. Bill will serve as SMTA's VP of Technical Programs and Laura will continue to serve on the association's Planning Committee.

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.

SMTA Elects Board

(November 2, 2007) MINNEAPOLIS — SMTA named its board of directors and planning committee, as elected by the association's members. Two people joined the board, Joe Belmonte and Marie Cole, from BOSE and IBM, respectively.

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 20–30% 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 13–16 in Munich, Germany, Booth A5.249.

BPM Debuts Lead-free Programming Sockets

(November 2, 2007) HOUSTON, Texas — BPM Microsystems released high-performance lead-free BGA sockets, designed for 0.8-mm-pitch BGAs with up to 169 pins.

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.

Plexus Announces Q4 Revenue of $426 Million and EPS of $0.53

Sets Fiscal 2008 Revenue Growth Target of 15% to 18%; Initiates Q1 Revenue Guidance of $440 - $460 Million

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