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Doing Business in China; A Supplier Shares His Experiences

David Stone of Cerambus has been doing business in China for over four years and shares some of his experiences breaking into this exciting PCB market.

Glass to Lead RoHS/WEEE Division

(March 16, 2007) WATERTOWN, Mass. — RMD Instruments LLC appointed Steve Glass to business development manager for the RoHS/WEEE division. Glass will oversee markets globally for the company's LeadTracer line of RoHS-compliance-verification instruments.

APEX NEWS 2007

On the show floor at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, the more than 400 exhibitors provided product information, process knowledge, and interactive tools to a constant flow of attendees.

The India Printed Circuit Association Transforms Itself; Announces Alliance with IPC

Once strictly a PCB industry association, the IPCA is broadening its support to include PCB assemblies and semiconductors.

Pre-Reflow AOI Offers Real-time Accuracy

(March 15, 2007) Santa Clara, Calif. — Landrex Technologies, Inc., introduced a pre-reflow automated optical inspection (AOI) system, the Optima 7250 Caliper, which features advanced, high-precision measurement technology. It is said to provide accurate real-time feedback of component-placement errors.

IMS Appoints Sales Manager

(March 15, 2007) Portsmouth, R.I. — Barry Black has rejoined International Manufacturing Services, Inc. (IMS), after a two-year absence. Black will oversee sales in region two, including northern California, Colorado, Utah, Illinois, and parts of Wisconsin, New Jersey, Long Island, and the Dixie states. He also takes responsibility for sales in the U.K. and Ireland.

Teknek Begins Expansion Plans

(March 14, 2007) INCHINNAN, Glasgow, U.K. — Teknek will further develop its Inchinnan headquarters, add a campus facility, develop new market sectors, and begin licensing its technology in the next phase of its growth plan, said Jonathan Kennett, chairman and founder.

Next-gen Tools Improve Wave Soldering

(March 14, 2007) FRANKLIN, Mass. — The Electrovert VectraES wave solder system from Speedline Technologies provides flexibility with next-generation fluxer, preheat, and solder-module options and controls. The system enables both lead-free and tin/lead soldering.

ELFNET Launches European Roadmap

(March 14, 2007) HERTFORDSHIRE, U.K. — The European lead-free soldering network (ELFNET) released "The Future of European Electronics Interconnection," a roadmap based on member contributions and data from existing industry roadmaps. It describes the effect that lead-free soldering, sustainability, and miniaturization have on the interconnection supply chain, materials, and processes.

EU RoHS Compliant Does Not Mean "China RoHS" Compliant

China RoHS differs from EU RoHS by allowing any component that is <4mm3 to be treated as a homogeneous material. This covers most SMT passive components, allowing the limit of 1000ppm to be applied at component level, not homogeneous level.


AOI Applications Center Opens

(March 13, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Viscom AG opened a 7,250-sq.ft. applications center for automated optical inspection (AOI) and automated X-ray inspection (AXI) in Silicon Valley, part of a program to strengthen global application support. The inspection company will serve the western U.S. and Mexico from the San Jose center, with a particular focus on larger contract manufacturers (CMs).

EI Names Rajinder Rai VP of R&D

(March 13, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. (EI), appointed Rajinder Rai as vice president of R&D. Rai will assume immediate responsibility for a development team implementing advanced processes and manufacturing, and will manage resources and support functions for the company's R&D projects. Rai also will monitor and respond to state and federal program agencies for R&D opportunities.

Europlacer Receives North American Order

(March 12, 2007) APEX, N.C. — Europlacer North America, a division of Blakell Europlacer Limited (Poole, Dorset, U.K.), received an order from VadaTech Inc. (Henderson, Nev.) for the Vitesse2 SMT flexible assembly system.

EMS Acquisition Merges Design and Manufacturing

(March 12, 2007) SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Design Solutions Inc. (DSI) acquired Paradigm Manufacturing Partners (PMP), an EMS and contract manufacturing (CM) provider based in Garden Grove, Calif. Adding PMP to the DSI company brings design and manufacturing under one step in the supply chain, said Sean O'Neil, president and CEO of DSI.

Nortec Appoints Domestic Reps

(March 12, 2007) LE ROY, N.Y. — Nortec Inc. appointed three manufacturing representatives for its harsh-environment identification products, and introduced a label targeting automated assembly environments.

Contract Awarded for Board-level Test

(March 12, 2007) STRAMBINO, Italy and PARIS — Seica, with EADS TEST & SERVICES, received a contract to provide test systems for production testing of Rafale fighters' onboard electronics, produced by Dassault Aviation. Dassault cited Seica's capacity to migrate tools from obsolete automated test equipment (ATE), real-time testing, and long-term support as impetus for the contract.

Test Supplier Presents at BiTS

(March 12, 2007) VANCOUVER, Wash. and MESA, Ariz. — Steven B. Strauss, VP of engineering at Antares Advanced Test Technologies, spoke at the opening dinner of the eighth annual Burn-in and Test Socket Workshop (BiTS) March 11–14 in Mesa. The test supply company will also present four papers at the conference.

Rework System Protects SMDs from Heat

(March 9, 2007) SPOKANE, Wash. — A.C.E. Production Technologies introduced the ACE KISS-100 rework soldering machine to reduce thermal damage to SMT components during connector, odd-form, and thru-hole rework. The lead-free capable system is contact based (solder fountain).

Software Upgrade Improves DfF

(March 9, 2007) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corporation released the next generation of PADS flow for layout designers and engineers, PADS2007. The RF/microwave design software includes improvements to design for fabrication (DfF) checks, automated functions, and high-speed analysis and verification.

UN Models Task Force on WEEE

(March 8, 2007) BONN, Germany — The United Nations (UN) has launched a global initiative, solving the e-waste problem (STeP), that brings electronics manufacturers, academics, government officials, and NGOs together to develop a global standard for recycling, and to improve the collection and recycling of e-waste. The initiative will follow the framework of the EU's WEEE Directive.


Cornerbond Underfill Targets CSPs, BGAs

(March 8, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. — Loctite 3508 Cornerbond underfill system from the electronics group of Henkel offers epoxy underfill for chip-scale package (CSP) and BGA devices processed in lead-free environments. The underfill suits inline dispensing and allows IC components to self-align during reflow.

Interview: Discussing the Differences Between RoHS in Europe and China

Dr. Ning-Cheng Lee and Dr. Ronald Lasky discuss some of the issues facing manufacturers as they comply with new Chinese regulations.

DoD/NASA Database Consolidates Cleaning Information

(March 7, 2007) PORT HUENEME, Calif. — The joint service solvent substitution working group (JS3WG) created an internet-based database of solvent substitution efforts for cleaning military electronics. The database provides resources for component, sub-assembly, and end-product manufacturers; and cleaning agent suppliers, serving military and aerospace sectors.

Boundary Scan Support Speeds Board Design

(March 7, 2007) DALLAS — Corelis, Inc., released a boundary scan interconnect test support capability for Blackhawk XDS560-class JTAG emulators. Integrating boundary scan tools with the emulator line facilitates board design, power up, and test for TI DSP developers. JTAG debug and test can be integrated into existing design, development, and production environments.

CSI CEO Jim Herring: How This Mid-Sized EMS Provider Thrives in the US Market

Herring talks about his company's approach to meeting customer needs, providing low-cost solutions and quickturn capabilities.

KUKA Names President

(March 5, 2007) CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — KUKA Robotics Corporation, with parent company KUKA Roboter GmbH (Augsburg, Germany), appointed Stuart Shepherd as president. He will oversee and direct engineering, sales, marketing, and customer service operations in the U.S., and guide the company's Americas expansion.

Francisco Partners Bids for Test Company

(March 5, 2007) PLAINVIEW, N.Y. — Aeroflex Incorporated entered into an agreement with General Atlantic and Francisco Partners wherein the private equity firms would acquire Aeroflex for approximately $1B. The deal is subject to stockholder approval and closing conditions.

Wave Soldering Study Offers Equipment Supplier, End-user Perspectives

(March 5, 2007) DURHAM, N.H. — ITM Marketing released a global wave soldering market report, "Worldwide Wave Soldering Market Study," based on research, first-person interviews, and consulting practice. The report provides equipment supplier and end-user perspectives to present soldering equipment requirements, capabilities, and principle characteristics across the industry.

Despite Iraq War, Military Electronics Spending Is Slow

(March 5, 2007) LOS ALTOS, Calif. — The U.S. is expected to curb spending on military electronics over 2007 and 2008, with military budgets primarily focused on non-electronic sectors, says a forecast released by Henderson Ventures, excerpted from its "Electronic Market Forecast." Military electronics opportunities lie in R&D and test and evaluation (RDT&E) sectors within the military, as well as the procurement budget, and neither indicates strong growth in the electronics field.

Rohm and Haas Highlights Technologies

(March 5, 2007) PHILADELPHIA — Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials highlighted eight of its products and technologies at recent IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit in Los Angeles. The theme of the Rohm and Haas display was "Creating Solutions for an Evolving Electronic World."


Rohm and Haas Highlights Technologies

(March 5, 2007) PHILADELPHIA — Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials highlighted eight of its products and technologies at recent IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit in Los Angeles. The theme of the Rohm and Haas display was "Creating Solutions for an Evolving Electronic World."

Itinerary for Medical Electronics Symposium

(March 2, 2007) BLOOMINGTON, Min. — The SMTA announced its keynote speaker and other scheduled events of the 4th annual SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium, May 1–3 in Bloomington, Minn. The symposium will focus on medical device technology, legal perspectives of manufacturers, reliability, components, and advanced applications, as well as trends and new initiatives.

Laser System Cuts Polyimide and Flex

(March 2, 2007) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — The MicroLine UV from LPKF cuts openings in polyimide coverlayer foils and flex circuits, performing routing, skiving, drilling, pocket cutting, etch/solder-resist structuring, and ceramic substrate micromachining. It suits prototyping and pre-series production environments.

SMTA Announces Itinerary for Medical Electronics Symposium

(March 2, 2007) BLOOMINGTON, Min. — The SMTA announced its keynote speaker and other scheduled events of the 4th annual SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium, May 1–3 in Bloomington, Minn. The symposium will focus on medical device technology, legal perspectives of manufacturers, reliability, components, and advanced applications, as well as trends and new initiatives.

DesignAdvance Appoints Distributor

(March 2, 2007) PITTSBURGH — DesignAdvance Systems, Inc., appointed Parallel Systems, Ltd., as its distribution partner for PCB design products. Parallel Systems, based in the U.K., is a Cadence Channel partner and will serve the U.K., Ireland, and Scandinavia regions with products and technical support.

DesignAdvance Appoints Distributor

(March 2, 2007) PITTSBURGH — DesignAdvance Systems, Inc., appointed Parallel Systems, Ltd., as its distribution partner for PCB design products. Parallel Systems, based in the U.K., is a Cadence Channel partner and will serve the U.K., Ireland, and Scandinavia regions with products and technical support.

Opportunities Abound for Tier 2 & 3 EMS Companies

We always hear about the Tier 1, the top 6 or 8 EMS proivders, but what about the thousands of smaller companies?

Ansoft Incorporates Capacitor Library

(March 1, 2007) SEOUL, South Korea — Ansoft Corporation and Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd. collaborated to release a model library of Samsung's high-density, miniaturized, surface mount multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs), which are used for decoupling and temperature compensation in designs with limited board space. The library allows engineers using Nexxim and Ansoft Designer to simulate advanced PCB and hybrid-IC designs.

Partnership Yields Medical Assembly

(March 1, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Endicott Interconnect Technologies (EI) entered into a manufacturing services agreement with a intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheter manufacturer, through a process development and manufacturing partnership with Unovis-Solutions. In the two-year, $3.9 million contract, EI will develop and manufacture flexible substrates and assemble flip chips for the substrates.

Technical Sales Firm Announces Initial Clients

(March 1, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Danny Fields established Pacific Gate Technologies, a technical sales firm, with initial clients Minami (Tokyo), a screen printing and reflow systems manufacturer; and PTA (Penang, Malaysia), an assembly service provider. Both companies will also be represented in Japan by Yoshihiro Shimada of PacVision Corp.


Ansoft Incorporates Capacitor Library

(March 1, 2007) SEOUL, South Korea — Ansoft Corporation and Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd. collaborated to release a model library of Samsung's high-density, miniaturized, surface mount multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs), which are used for decoupling and temperature compensation in designs with limited board space. The library allows engineers using Nexxim and Ansoft Designer to simulate advanced PCB and hybrid-IC designs.

Partnership Yields Medical Assembly

(March 1, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Endicott Interconnect Technologies (EI) entered into a manufacturing services agreement with a intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheter manufacturer, through a process development and manufacturing partnership with Unovis-Solutions. In the two-year, $3.9 million contract, EI will develop and manufacture flexible substrates and assemble flip chips for the substrates.

Technical Sales Firm Announces Initial Clients

(March 1, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Danny Fields established Pacific Gate Technologies, a technical sales firm, with initial clients Minami (Tokyo), a screen printing and reflow systems manufacturer; and PTA (Penang, Malaysia), an assembly service provider. Both companies will also be represented in Japan by Yoshihiro Shimada of PacVision Corp.

Race to Brazilian Market Begins for Contract Manufacturers

The strong market prospects in Brazil have the electronics world bubbling with anticipation.

Vision Sensor Reduces False Fails

(February 28, 2007) NATICK, Mass. — Cognex Corporation added the DVT 535C to its DVT series of color vision sensors. The entry-level machine performs color sorting, match, and defect recognition. Updated Intellect software v.1.4 includes flexible flaw detection (FFD), which accepts random process variations.

NE China Location for PCB Manufacturing Zone

(February 28, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan — Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., of Hon Hai Group, signed an investment agreement with the Shenyang municipal government, Liaoning province in northeastern China, to construct a PCB manufacturing zone in Yingkou, according to reports from the Economic Daily News in Taiwan.

Multilayer Printed Components Serve Emerging Markets

(February 28, 2007) REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — EoPlex Technologies is introducing two major products, an energy harvester and a catalytic reformer, created using the company's proprietary printing process. Arthur Chait, CEO of EoPlex, described high-volume print forming as a technology that suits emerging markets and fills a different need in established sectors. "We have a platform technology with HVPF similar in scale to some of the process technologies developed for SMT."

Vision Sensor Reduces False Fails

(February 28, 2007) NATICK, Mass. — Cognex Corporation added the DVT 535C to its DVT series of color vision sensors. The entry-level machine performs color sorting, match, and defect recognition. Updated Intellect software v.1.4 includes flexible flaw detection (FFD), which accepts random process variations.

NE China Location for PCB Manufacturing Zone

(February 28, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan — Foxconn International Holdings Ltd., of Hon Hai Group, signed an investment agreement with the Shenyang municipal government, Liaoning province in northeastern China, to construct a PCB manufacturing zone in Yingkou, according to reports from the Economic Daily News in Taiwan.

Multilayer Printed Components Serve Emerging Markets

(February 28, 2007) REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — EoPlex Technologies is introducing two major products, an energy harvester and a catalytic reformer, created using the company's proprietary printing process. Arthur Chait, CEO of EoPlex, described high-volume print forming as a technology that suits emerging markets and fills a different need in established sectors. "We have a platform technology with HVPF similar in scale to some of the process technologies developed for SMT."


IPC Celebrates Industry Members at APEX

(February 27, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries celebrated its 50th anniversary at APEX, using the opportunity to recognize achievements from lifelong service to nascent technology development. IPC presented the Raymond E. Pritchard hall of fame; Peter Sarmanian and Stan Plzak corporate recognition; leadership, service, and special recognition individual; and innovative technologies awards during the show.

India Plant Expansion Serves Local Market

(February 27, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. — Henkel Corporation will expand its existing plant in Pune, India, to incorporate a solder-paste blending facility. Tin/lead and lead-free solders produced at the facility, under the Multicore brand, will be distributed to the local electronics market.

Aksion Installs redline System

(February 27, 2007) WALTON ON THAMES, SURREY, U.K. — Aksion (Izhevsk, Russia) installed a Lloyd Doyle redline automatic optical test (AOT) system to optically test PCB substrates and surface combinations.

IPC Celebrates Industry Members at APEX

(February 27, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries celebrated its 50th anniversary at APEX, using the opportunity to recognize achievements from lifelong service to nascent technology development. IPC presented the Raymond E. Pritchard hall of fame; Peter Sarmanian and Stan Plzak corporate recognition; leadership, service, and special recognition individual; and innovative technologies awards during the show.

India Plant Expansion Serves Local Market

(February 27, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. — Henkel Corporation will expand its existing plant in Pune, India, to incorporate a solder-paste blending facility. Tin/lead and lead-free solders produced at the facility, under the Multicore brand, will be distributed to the local electronics market.

Aksion Installs redline System

(February 27, 2007) WALTON ON THAMES, SURREY, U.K. — Aksion (Izhevsk, Russia) installed a Lloyd Doyle redline automatic optical test (AOT) system to optically test PCB substrates and surface combinations.

An Interview with Flextronics VP Dongkai Shannguan

Dongkai Shannguan discusses the need for global standardization, the need for universal DfM standards, and what to expect when China implements its RoHS legislation.

R&D and Manufacturing Contract Supports Telematics

(February 26, 2007) WOODRIDGE, Ill. — The Morey Corporation and GE's asset intelligence (AI) division signed a multi-year business collaboration in which The Morey Corp. will provide product support for the hardened, ruggedized Telematics line. The technological capacities of The Morey Corp. and AI are a strategic fit, said Emad Isaac, CTO at The Morey Corp.

Partnership Formalized with Oscillator Release

(February 26, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. and HUDSON, N.H. — Discera (San Jose) and Vectron International (Hudson, NH), a Dover company, formalized their strategic partnership with the MOS1 product rollout for the high-performance clock oscillator space. The oscillator, available in a ceramic or quad flat pack (QFP) plastic package, suits frequencies from 1 to 125 MHz.

R&D and Manufacturing Contract Supports Telematics

(February 26, 2007) WOODRIDGE, Ill. — The Morey Corporation and GE's asset intelligence (AI) division signed a multi-year business collaboration in which The Morey Corp. will provide product support for the hardened, ruggedized Telematics line. The technological capacities of The Morey Corp. and AI are a strategic fit, said Emad Isaac, CTO at The Morey Corp.


Partnership Formalized with Oscillator Release

(February 26, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. and HUDSON, N.H. — Discera (San Jose) and Vectron International (Hudson, NH), a Dover company, formalized their strategic partnership with the MOS1 product rollout for the high-performance clock oscillator space. The oscillator, available in a ceramic or quad flat pack (QFP) plastic package, suits frequencies from 1 to 125 MHz.

APEX Soldering Solutions Reflect Lead-free Conversion

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Lead-free solder, soldering systems equipped for lead-free, and cleaning systems targeting lead-free solders and fluxes debuted at APEX. Following are some of the products showcased by Tamura, Juki, and other companies.

Internet-based Prototyping System Debuts

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Optimation Inc. introduced an internet-based prototyping Message Broker Service at Booth 1375 at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles.

Multimedia Approach for Product Introduction

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — To introduce its KE-2080 flexible mounter at APEX, Juki Corporation (Morrisville, N.C.) used a multimedia approach, with streaming video and a product Webpage, in addition to display at the booth.

Printing Systems Intro at APEX

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Stencil and screen printing innovations at APEX highlighted in-line and stand-alone options, servo-controlled drives, and increased automation. Following are the products showcased by Exerra, ESSEMTEC, Ovation, etc.

APEX Hosts Pick-and-Place Flexibility

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Pick-and-place companies exhibiting at APEX highlighted modularity, platform flexibility, and placement capabilities down to 01005s. Following are showcased products from Assembléon, Unovis Solutions, and other equipment suppliers.

Tracking, Verification Demonstrated at APEX

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Statistical process control (SPC), real-time monitoring, and identification and labeling systems were highlighted at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles, with various companies such as Cognex and Eunil showcasing readers and marking systems.

VISION Awards: Symbol of Innovation

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — At a ceremony held February 19, 2007, SMT Magazine presented crystal display awards to the 15th annual VISION Awards winners — companies demonstrating innovation, adaptability, and service to the industry through products introduced over the past year. Following are this year's winning products in each of the 18 categories.

Test and Inspection Major Focus at APEX

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Test and inspection equipment, collaborations, and purchases were announced at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles. Following are news items from Agilent, Texmac, CheckSum, GSI Group, and other test-and-inspection companies.

APEX Soldering Solutions Reflect Lead-free Conversion

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Lead-free solder, soldering systems equipped for lead-free, and cleaning systems targeting lead-free solders and fluxes debuted at APEX. Following are some of the products showcased by Tamura, Juki, and other companies.


Internet-based Prototyping System Debuts

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Optimation Inc. introduced an internet-based prototyping Message Broker Service at Booth 1375 at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles.

Multimedia Approach for Product Introduction

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — To introduce its KE-2080 flexible mounter at APEX, Juki Corporation (Morrisville, N.C.) used a multimedia approach, with streaming video and a product Webpage, in addition to display at the booth.

Printing Systems Intro at APEX

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Stencil and screen printing innovations at APEX highlighted in-line and stand-alone options, servo-controlled drives, and increased automation. Following are the products showcased by Exerra, ESSEMTEC, Ovation, etc.

APEX Hosts Pick-and-Place Flexibility

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Pick-and-place companies exhibiting at APEX highlighted modularity, platform flexibility, and placement capabilities down to 01005s. Following are showcased products from Assembléon, Unovis Solutions, and other equipment suppliers.

Tracking, Verification Demonstrated at APEX

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Statistical process control (SPC), real-time monitoring, and identification and labeling systems were highlighted at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles, with various companies such as Cognex and Eunil showcasing readers and marking systems.

VISION Awards: Symbol of Innovation

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — At a ceremony held February 19, 2007, SMT Magazine presented crystal display awards to the 15th annual VISION Awards winners — companies demonstrating innovation, adaptability, and service to the industry through products introduced over the past year. Following are this year's winning products in each of the 18 categories.

Test and Inspection Major Focus at APEX

(February 22, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Test and inspection equipment, collaborations, and purchases were announced at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles. Following are news items from Agilent, Texmac, CheckSum, GSI Group, and other test-and-inspection companies.

Taking Advantage of the Programs at Expo, Apex: Hunter Technology Interview

Hunter Technology CEO, Joe O'Neil talks about the advantages he gains through his company's participation in the conferences and networking opportunities.

Signal Integrity Improved with Embedded Passives

(February 21, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Sanmina-SCI Corporation of San Jose, Calif., introduced its approaches for improving the signal integrity of high-speed data links at Booth 865 at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles.

Agilent Names VP Corporate Development

(February 21, 2007) SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Shiela Robertson will succeed John Eaton as VP of corporate development at Agilent Technologies Inc. Eaton will retire after 23 years with Agilent and Hewlett-Packard (HP). Robertson's post as operational CFO, electronic measurement group (EMG), will be filled by Robert Cantrell.


Tamura to Distribute MS2

(February 21, 2007) SAN DIEGO — Tamura Corp. of Korea and Tamura H.A. Machinery, Inc., will represent MS2 molten solder surfactant from P.KAY Metal, Inc. The distribution agreement covers Korea and North America.

Cleaning Chemicals Approved by Stencil Provider

(February 21, 2007) SOUTH BEND, Ind. and NASHVILLE — MicroScreen approved for use Kyzen Corporation's Lonox L5611 and L5314 cleaning chemistries. The chemicals remove flux, solder paste, and other SMT materials from stencils and equipment.

Signal Integrity Improved with Embedded Passives

(February 21, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Sanmina-SCI Corporation of San Jose, Calif., introduced its approaches for improving the signal integrity of high-speed data links at Booth 865 at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles.

Agilent Names VP Corporate Development

(February 21, 2007) SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Shiela Robertson will succeed John Eaton as VP of corporate development at Agilent Technologies Inc. Eaton will retire after 23 years with Agilent and Hewlett-Packard (HP). Robertson's post as operational CFO, electronic measurement group (EMG), will be filled by Robert Cantrell.

Tamura to Distribute MS2

(February 21, 2007) SAN DIEGO — Tamura Corp. of Korea and Tamura H.A. Machinery, Inc., will represent MS2 molten solder surfactant from P.KAY Metal, Inc. The distribution agreement covers Korea and North America.

Cleaning Chemicals Approved by Stencil Provider

(February 21, 2007) SOUTH BEND, Ind. and NASHVILLE — MicroScreen approved for use Kyzen Corporation's Lonox L5611 and L5314 cleaning chemistries. The chemicals remove flux, solder paste, and other SMT materials from stencils and equipment.

Flexible Assembler Places 21,000cph

(February 20, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Samsung, with North American distributor Dynatech Technology, is demonstrating the SM321XLB pick-and-place machine at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles. The flexible system places 21,000 components per hour (cph) at ±50-µm accuracy, and handles thin substrates and large boards.

Flexible Assembler Places 21,000cph

(February 20, 2007) LOS ANGELES — Samsung, with North American distributor Dynatech Technology, is demonstrating the SM321XLB pick-and-place machine at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles. The flexible system places 21,000 components per hour (cph) at ±50-µm accuracy, and handles thin substrates and large boards.

RFID Integration Enables Pick-and-Place Tracking

(February 20, 2007) BROMONT, Canada — Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America partnered with Cogiscan to develop an RFID smart feeder kit for the Panasonic IPAC pick-and-place machine. The kit, which integrates Cogiscan RFIDs and the Panasonic PanaCIM verification and traceability system, is displayed at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles.

Engineers Receive Design Royalties

(February 19, 2007) SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Ones & Zeros Technologies, Inc. (OZT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vertical Acceleration, Inc., will offer perpetual royalties to PCB design engineers upon registration and authorization of new PCB production, under its recently developed compensation plan.


Engineers Receive Design Royalties

(February 19, 2007) SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Ones & Zeros Technologies, Inc. (OZT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vertical Acceleration, Inc., will offer perpetual royalties to PCB design engineers upon registration and authorization of new PCB production, under its recently developed compensation plan.

Applied Coating Systems Selects Nippon Fusso

(February 16, 2007) BALTIMORE — Nippon Fusso will transfer technology and materials to Applied Coating Systems, Inc. (Baltimore), for fluoropolymer coating operations in the U.S., under an exclusive technical agreement. Nippon Fusso recently closed its Hayward, Calif., operations and consolidated in Japan and Korea.

SMTA Panel Examines Supply Chain Myths

(February 16, 2007) ATLANTA — The Atlanta chapter of the SMTA will host a free panel session during its one-day Expo — April 19, 2007, in Duluth, Ga. — "Busting the Myths of Supply Chain Management." This session will inform buyers, materials managers, and other members of the supply chain on its layers and functions.

Applied Coating Systems Selects Nippon Fusso

(February 16, 2007) BALTIMORE — Nippon Fusso will transfer technology and materials to Applied Coating Systems, Inc. (Baltimore), for fluoropolymer coating operations in the U.S., under an exclusive technical agreement. Nippon Fusso recently closed its Hayward, Calif., operations and consolidated in Japan and Korea.

SMTA Panel Examines Supply Chain Myths

(February 16, 2007) ATLANTA — The Atlanta chapter of the SMTA will host a free panel session during its one-day Expo — April 19, 2007, in Duluth, Ga. — "Busting the Myths of Supply Chain Management." This session will inform buyers, materials managers, and other members of the supply chain on its layers and functions.

Cannon Leaves Solectron, Joins Dell

(February 15, 2007) ROUND ROCK, Texas and MILPITAS, Calif. — Michael Cannon stepped down from his position as chief executive officer at Solectron Corporation, and will be replaced in interim by chief financial officer Paul Tufano. Cannon will join Dell, Inc., as president of global operations.

Abstract Deadline Extended

(February 15, 2007) BOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The deadline to submit an abstract for the SMTA's Successful Lead-free RoHS Strategies Conference — June 20–21 in Boxborough — is extended to February 21.

Cogiscan Brings on Managers Internationally

(February 15, 2007) BROMONT, Canada — Cogiscan hired Andy Lee, based in Shenzhen, China, as China sales manager; Mario Dion will join the company in Bromont, Canada, as application engineering manager.

Cannon Leaves Solectron, Joins Dell

(February 15, 2007) ROUND ROCK, Texas and MILPITAS, Calif. — Michael Cannon stepped down from his position as chief executive officer at Solectron Corporation, and will be replaced in interim by chief financial officer Paul Tufano. Cannon will join Dell, Inc., as president of global operations.

Abstract Deadline Extended

(February 15, 2007) BOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The deadline to submit an abstract for the SMTA's Successful Lead-free RoHS Strategies Conference — June 20–21 in Boxborough — is extended to February 21.


Cogiscan Brings on Managers Internationally

(February 15, 2007) BROMONT, Canada — Cogiscan hired Andy Lee, based in Shenzhen, China, as China sales manager; Mario Dion will join the company in Bromont, Canada, as application engineering manager.

ISP Services Support CM/OEMs

(February 14, 2007) CONCORD, Calif. — Alliance Support Partners (ASP) launched an ISP program-development service for third-party service providers such as contract manufacturers (CMs) and OEMs. Users of most PC-based test systems and programming stations can incorporate the service.

Magnetic Board Tracks Maintenance

(February 14, 2007) MACEDON, N.Y. — To enable production facilities to maintain and review a preventative-maintenance schedule for machines, Magnatag Visible Systems released the Maintenance Master whiteboard system. The whiteboard and magnet system displays a year's schedule of preventative maintenance for up to 180 machines.

Labriola Joins IPC Midwest Conference Team

(February 14, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries added Maria Labriola as an account executive, primarily responsible for tradeshow sales for the IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, September 20–28 in Shaumburg, Ill.

China RoHS Labels Available Standard or Custom

(February 14, 2007) PORTLAND, Ore. — LGInternational launched a line of China RoHS labels suitable for marking electronic information products (EIP) to comply with the first stage, identification, of China RoHS, set to take effect March 1, 2007. The labels are made from EU- and China-RoHS-compliant materials.

ISP Services Support CM/OEMs

(February 14, 2007) CONCORD, Calif. — Alliance Support Partners (ASP) launched an ISP program-development service for third-party service providers such as contract manufacturers (CMs) and OEMs. Users of most PC-based test systems and programming stations can incorporate the service.

Magnetic Board Tracks Maintenance

(February 14, 2007) MACEDON, N.Y. — To enable production facilities to maintain and review a preventative-maintenance schedule for machines, Magnatag Visible Systems released the Maintenance Master whiteboard system. The whiteboard and magnet system displays a year's schedule of preventative maintenance for up to 180 machines.

Labriola Joins IPC Midwest Conference Team

(February 14, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries added Maria Labriola as an account executive, primarily responsible for tradeshow sales for the IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, September 20–28 in Shaumburg, Ill.

China RoHS Labels Available Standard or Custom

(February 14, 2007) PORTLAND, Ore. — LGInternational launched a line of China RoHS labels suitable for marking electronic information products (EIP) to comply with the first stage, identification, of China RoHS, set to take effect March 1, 2007. The labels are made from EU- and China-RoHS-compliant materials.

EoPlex Raises Funds to Grow Printed Circuit Technology

(February 12, 2007) REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — EoPlex Technologies closed Series C financing with $8 million in investments on a $12 million pre, led by ATA Ventures. The company plans to use the funding to expand design and manufacturing capacities and increase its customer base.


Board Package Supports Handheld Upgrades

(February 12, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas — Freescale Semiconductor released a Windows Mobile 6 board support package (BSP) for OEMs and design firms upgrading products based on earlier iterations. The upgrade targets designs for handhelds such as navigation devices and high-end mobile phones.

EoPlex Raises Funds to Grow Printed Circuit Technology

(February 12, 2007) REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — EoPlex Technologies closed Series C financing with $8 million in investments on a $12 million pre, led by ATA Ventures. The company plans to use the funding to expand design and manufacturing capacities and increase its customer base.

Board Package Supports Handheld Upgrades

(February 12, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas — Freescale Semiconductor released a Windows Mobile 6 board support package (BSP) for OEMs and design firms upgrading products based on earlier iterations. The upgrade targets designs for handhelds such as navigation devices and high-end mobile phones.

Flex PCBs Spray-printed in Korea

(February 9, 2007) SEOUL, South Korea — Researchers at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology developed a method of producing PCBs by spraying copper traces onto a non-conductive substrate. The technique is described as being similar to inkjet printing.

Flex PCBs Spray-printed in Korea

(February 9, 2007) SEOUL, South Korea — Researchers at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology developed a method of producing PCBs by spraying copper traces onto a non-conductive substrate. The technique is described as being similar to inkjet printing.

Solectron Receives Prestigious Shingo Award for Lean Manufacturing Excellence

Annual Award Recognizes Organizations for Manufacturing Strategies and Practices That Deliver Exemplary Customer Satisfaction and Business Results

X-ray Inspects Large-format PCBs

(February 8, 2007) FREMONT, Calif. — The Dage XiDAT XD7800 from Dage Precision Industries enables large-format digital X-ray inspection for PCBs up to 24.3 × 33". The system is capable of feature recognition down to 950 nm using the VR160 X-ray tube, with an option to reach 250-nm levels using the NT250 X-ray tube.

IPC Forum Explores Growth, Global Issues

(February 8, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries appointed Don Schroeder chairman of the Executive Market and Technology Forum steering committee, which provides guidance for market research studies and conferences. IPC plans seven major studies this year, as well as three conferences.

X-ray Inspects Large-format PCBs

(February 8, 2007) FREMONT, Calif. — The Dage XiDAT XD7800 from Dage Precision Industries enables large-format digital X-ray inspection for PCBs up to 24.3 × 33". The system is capable of feature recognition down to 950 nm using the VR160 X-ray tube, with an option to reach 250-nm levels using the NT250 X-ray tube.

IPC Forum Explores Growth, Global Issues

(February 8, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries appointed Don Schroeder chairman of the Executive Market and Technology Forum steering committee, which provides guidance for market research studies and conferences. IPC plans seven major studies this year, as well as three conferences.


WKK Opens Hong Kong Programming Facility

(February 8, 2007) HONG KONG — Wong's Kong King Distribution Ltd. (WKK) is partnering with Source Electronics on a joint venture expected to generate four programming facilities in Hong Kong and China. The centers will be modeled after Source's other global centers.

Solectron Forges Medical Alliance Program

Alliance Provides Medical Device OEMs with Most Comprehensive Global Contract Manufacturing, Product Design and Supply Chain Services

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Acquisition Bolsters Lead-free Rework

(February 7, 2007) LITTLETON, Mass. — VJ Electronix acquired Precision Manufacturing Tools (PMT), the SMT rework division of Prodev, Inc., of Seabrook, N.H. VJ Electronix will move manufacturing, primary engineering, and customer support for PMT models to its Littleton facility, which is being updated to support the capacity increase.

Resin Test Exposes Residues to the Naked Eye

(February 7, 2007) MANASSAS, Va. — ZESTRON America introduced the Resin Test, an analytical service that exposes residues on assemblies prior to conformal coating. Contaminant distribution can be quantified under a microscope.

Design-in Embedded Passives

(February 7, 2007) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corporation released Board Station XE, the latest generation of its design-flow software for large enterprise customers. The update leverages existing design tools, such as libraries and design data, with improvements that allow adoption of a common environment for layout, routing, and manufacturing capabilities.

Acquisition Bolsters Lead-free Rework

(February 7, 2007) LITTLETON, Mass. — VJ Electronix acquired Precision Manufacturing Tools (PMT), the SMT rework division of Prodev, Inc., of Seabrook, N.H. VJ Electronix will move manufacturing, primary engineering, and customer support for PMT models to its Littleton facility, which is being updated to support the capacity increase.

Resin Test Exposes Residues to the Naked Eye

(February 7, 2007) MANASSAS, Va. — ZESTRON America introduced the Resin Test, an analytical service that exposes residues on assemblies prior to conformal coating. Contaminant distribution can be quantified under a microscope.

Design-in Embedded Passives

(February 7, 2007) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corporation released Board Station XE, the latest generation of its design-flow software for large enterprise customers. The update leverages existing design tools, such as libraries and design data, with improvements that allow adoption of a common environment for layout, routing, and manufacturing capabilities.

Winland Electronics, Inc. Receives $3.6 Million Purchase Order Extension From XATA Corporation

Winland Electronics, Inc. announced today that XATA Corporation has increased its purchase commitments to Winland by $3.6 million.


Next-gen Laser Machining for PCB Designs

(February 6, 2007) OTTAWA — Process Photonics (PPI) launched its next generation of laser-machining systems for via drilling, routing, and other processing functions for high-density circuit boards. The FP series suits high-mix, small-lot, and high-volume production. PPI shipped first orders for its FP1000 to a European automotive electronics manufacturer.

Next-gen Laser Machining for PCB Designs

(February 6, 2007) OTTAWA — Process Photonics (PPI) launched its next generation of laser-machining systems for via drilling, routing, and other processing functions for high-density circuit boards. The FP series suits high-mix, small-lot, and high-volume production. PPI shipped first orders for its FP1000 to a European automotive electronics manufacturer.

Nortech Systems To Acquire Suntron's Midwest Operation in Garner, Iowa

Nortech will purchase the assets, intellectual property and customers associated with this operation.

Celestica Reorganizes — Sets Sights on Efficiency

(February 5, 2007) TORONTO — Celestica Inc. appointed John Peri to executive vice president, global operations, responsible for operational excellence in the company's global manufacturing network. Additional personnel changes reflect a realignment around efficiency and clear organization.

Celestica Reorganizes — Sets Sights on Efficiency

(February 5, 2007) TORONTO — Celestica Inc. appointed John Peri to executive vice president, global operations, responsible for operational excellence in the company's global manufacturing network. Additional personnel changes reflect a realignment around efficiency and clear organization.

Celestica Appoints New Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Announces Organizational Changes

Celestica's Corporate Strategy team will now be aligned with the company's Strategic Business Development group. As a result, Art Cimento, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy will be leaving Celestica.

"IPC Midwest" Abstracts Requested

(February 2, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries issued a call for participation requesting abstracts and proposals for the inaugural IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, September 25–28, 2007, in Schaumburg, Ill. Researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry members are encouraged to propose paper presentations or half- or full-day courses by April 18, 2007.

Hand-soldering Station Offers Preset Temps.

(February 2, 2007) APEX, N.C. — The Weller WD1002 digital soldering station from Cooper Hand Tools offers users three programmable preset temperatures, ranging from 150° to 850°F. Users can set one button to an idle temperature, enabling instant cool down after soldering.

SMTA Extends Abstract Deadline

(February 2, 2007) BOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Successful Lead-free RoHS Strategies conference, hosted by the SMTA, June 20–21 in Boxborough, has extended its deadline for speaker abstracts to February 9th.

"IPC Midwest" Abstracts Requested

(February 2, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries issued a call for participation requesting abstracts and proposals for the inaugural IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, September 25–28, 2007, in Schaumburg, Ill. Researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry members are encouraged to propose paper presentations or half- or full-day courses by April 18, 2007.


Hand-soldering Station Offers Preset Temps.

(February 2, 2007) APEX, N.C. — The Weller WD1002 digital soldering station from Cooper Hand Tools offers users three programmable preset temperatures, ranging from 150° to 850°F. Users can set one button to an idle temperature, enabling instant cool down after soldering.

SMTA Extends Abstract Deadline

(February 2, 2007) BOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Successful Lead-free RoHS Strategies conference, hosted by the SMTA, June 20–21 in Boxborough, has extended its deadline for speaker abstracts to February 9th.

LaBarge, Inc. Reports Sharply Higher Sales and Earnings for Second Quarter and First Half of Fiscal 2007

Fiscal 2007 second-quarter net sales were $60,820,000, up 26 percent from $48,147,000 in the fiscal 2006 second quarter.

Flexible Circuit Design: An Audio Interview with Mark Finstad of Minco

PCBDesign007's Steve Gold interviews Minco Principal Applications Engineer Mark Finstad. They discuss the benefits of flex design, OEM shifts from rigid to rigid-flex design, and flexible circuit design guides.

XJTAG Appoints Distributors Globally

(February 1, 2007) CAMBRIDGE, U.K. — XJTAG appointed eight distributors to expand representation outside of England, which is the first phase of a strategy to ramp sales in the global market. The distributors cover 21 countries across Europe, the Far East, Australasia, North America, and the Middle East.

Panasonic, Digi-Key Celebrate 30 Years

(February 1, 2007) THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. and OSAKA, Japan — Panasonic and its distributor Digi-Key Corporation commemorated a 30 year partnership with celebrations at Digi-Key's Thief River Falls facility and at Panasonic's Osaka headquarters.

Midwest Manufacturing Show Issues Call for Speakers

(February 1, 2007) ROSEMONT, Ill. — Assembly Technology Expo, in conjunction with Electronics Assembly Show, National Manufacturing Week, and Quality Expo, is requesting speakers' submissions to participate in a conference program at the Midwest Manufacturing show, September 24–27, 2007, in Rosemont. The submission deadline is February 15, 2007.

Electroplating System Suits Research Prototyping

(February 1, 2007) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — LPKF Laser & Electronics developed the MiniContac RS reverse pulse plating (RPP) system for professional production of prototype and small-batch production PCBs. The desktop system is completely enclosed without external connections and performs rapid PCB prototyping, small runs, and research-laboratory production work.

XJTAG Appoints Distributors Globally

(February 1, 2007) CAMBRIDGE, U.K. — XJTAG appointed eight distributors to expand representation outside of England, which is the first phase of a strategy to ramp sales in the global market. The distributors cover 21 countries across Europe, the Far East, Australasia, North America, and the Middle East.

Panasonic, Digi-Key Celebrate 30 Years

(February 1, 2007) THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. and OSAKA, Japan — Panasonic and its distributor Digi-Key Corporation commemorated a 30 year partnership with celebrations at Digi-Key's Thief River Falls facility and at Panasonic's Osaka headquarters.


Midwest Manufacturing Show Issues Call for Speakers

(February 1, 2007) ROSEMONT, Ill. — Assembly Technology Expo, in conjunction with Electronics Assembly Show, National Manufacturing Week, and Quality Expo, is requesting speakers' submissions to participate in a conference program at the Midwest Manufacturing show, September 24–27, 2007, in Rosemont. The submission deadline is February 15, 2007.

Electroplating System Suits Research Prototyping

(February 1, 2007) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — LPKF Laser & Electronics developed the MiniContac RS reverse pulse plating (RPP) system for professional production of prototype and small-batch production PCBs. The desktop system is completely enclosed without external connections and performs rapid PCB prototyping, small runs, and research-laboratory production work.

China's Evolving Workforce

An interview with Mike Thomas of The Greenline Group looks at the changing Chinese employment landscape. Is the Chinese industry facing the unthinkable--escalating wages and high management turnover?

JPSA Completes Move

(January 31, 2007) MANCHESTER, N.H. — J P Sercel Associates (JPSA) completed its move to a facility in Manchester.

Bernard Answers Queries at APEX Process Clinic

(January 31, 2007) FREMONT, Calif. — David Bernard, Ph.D., product manager of X-ray systems at Dage Precision Industries, will staff the Process Advice and Defect Clinic during IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles.

Reflow Process Control on Display in India

(January 31, 2007) SAN DIEGO — Distributor Mectronics Marketing Services will host KIC at its booth during Componex/ElectronicIndia 2007, February 6–8 in New Delhi, India. KIC will demonstrate two automatic profiling systems for reflow process control.

JPSA Completes Move

(January 31, 2007) MANCHESTER, N.H. — J P Sercel Associates (JPSA) completed its move to a facility in Manchester.

Bernard Answers Queries at APEX Process Clinic

(January 31, 2007) FREMONT, Calif. — David Bernard, Ph.D., product manager of X-ray systems at Dage Precision Industries, will staff the Process Advice and Defect Clinic during IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, February 20–22 in Los Angeles.

Reflow Process Control on Display in India

(January 31, 2007) SAN DIEGO — Distributor Mectronics Marketing Services will host KIC at its booth during Componex/ElectronicIndia 2007, February 6–8 in New Delhi, India. KIC will demonstrate two automatic profiling systems for reflow process control.

Flextronics Announces Third Quarter Record Results

Record Quarterly Net Sales Up 31% to $5.4 billion; Non-GAAP Operating Profit Up 29% to $161 million; Record GAAP Operating Profit Up 139% to $153 million; Quarterly GAAP EPS Up 186% to $0.20; Record Quarterly Non-GAAP EPS Up 15% to $0.23


Eight Simple Steps for Converting from EU RoHS to China RoHS Compliance

China RoHS is significantly different from EU RoHS, however there is great leverage that can be gained.

Acquisition Increases Thermo's European Presence

(January 30, 2007) WALTHAM, Mass. — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. acquired SwissAnalytic Group of Basel, Switzerland. The Swiss company owns Spectronex AG and Flux Instruments AG, with combined revenue in fiscal year 2006 totaling about $22 million.

SMTAI Requests Abstracts

(January 30, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla. — The SMTA International Technical Committee is considering abstracts for conference papers at SMTAI 2007, October 7 – 11 in Orlando. Short course descriptions are also welcomed. Deadline for submission is February 16, 2007, with accepted manuscripts due July 23, 2007.

Acquisition Increases Thermo's European Presence

(January 30, 2007) WALTHAM, Mass. — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. acquired SwissAnalytic Group of Basel, Switzerland. The Swiss company owns Spectronex AG and Flux Instruments AG, with combined revenue in fiscal year 2006 totaling about $22 million.

SMTAI Requests Abstracts

(January 30, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla. — The SMTA International Technical Committee is considering abstracts for conference papers at SMTAI 2007, October 7 – 11 in Orlando. Short course descriptions are also welcomed. Deadline for submission is February 16, 2007, with accepted manuscripts due July 23, 2007.

An Interview with Circuit Service Inc. CEO Jim Herring

This exclusive video interview discusses CSI's push into China--and how it is helping grow the company's U.S. operation.

A.C.E. Moves into Larger Space

(January 29, 2007) SPOKANE, Wash. — A.C.E. Production Technologies expanded into a new 18,000 sq.ft. office and manufacturing facility, near to its original building in Spokane. The facility previously housed a circuit-board contract manufacturer, and is equipped with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.

Design-for-test Lab Validates JTAG Capabilities

(January 29, 2007) RICHARDSON, Texas — ASSET InterTech, Inc., opened its first design-for-test (DFT) laboratory in Silicon Valley to validate the JTAG infrastructure on chip and PCB designs.

A.C.E. Moves into Larger Space

(January 29, 2007) SPOKANE, Wash. — A.C.E. Production Technologies expanded into a new 18,000 sq.ft. office and manufacturing facility, near to its original building in Spokane. The facility previously housed a circuit-board contract manufacturer, and is equipped with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection.

Design-for-test Lab Validates JTAG Capabilities

(January 29, 2007) RICHARDSON, Texas — ASSET InterTech, Inc., opened its first design-for-test (DFT) laboratory in Silicon Valley to validate the JTAG infrastructure on chip and PCB designs.


Europlacer Brings iineo to U.K. Customer

(January 28, 2007) POOLE, U.K. — AMS Neve Ltd., a professional audio company, installed the iineo pick-and-place machine from Europlacer at its U.K. facility, marking the system's first U.K. installation. AMS Neve will use the placement system to keep pace with growth.

Webcast Probes Accessibility Possibilities

By Meredith Courtemanche, assistant editor - - (January 26, 2007) PALO ALTO, Calif. — Kenneth Parker of Agilent Technologies presented a Webcast on in-circuit testing (ICT) technology, explaining the limitations of traditional test pads, and examined many facets of bead probes — shape, resiliency, implementation possibilities, and the reported benefits to PCB designers dealing with close traces and densely populated formats.

Burton Attains Certifications

(January 26, 2007) DURHAM, N.H. — After conducting an operations and process audit, ITM Consulting certified Burton Industries' Ironwood, Mich., facility with ITM Process Certification and Lead-free Capability Certification.

Collaboration Yields High-mix Systems

(January 26, 2007) FRANKLIN, Mass. — PKC Electronics Oy chose the Electrovert OmniFlex 10 reflow oven, MPM Accela printer, and Electrovert VectraElite wave-soldering system from Speedline Technologies to outfit its new production lines in Finland and Russia. The companies also collaborated to develop a center board support (CBS) system to suit PKC's production flow.

Webcast Probes Accessibility Possibilities

By Meredith Courtemanche, assistant editor - - (January 26, 2007) PALO ALTO, Calif. — Kenneth Parker of Agilent Technologies presented a Webcast on in-circuit testing (ICT) technology, explaining the limitations of traditional test pads, and examined many facets of bead probes — shape, resiliency, implementation possibilities, and the reported benefits to PCB designers dealing with close traces and densely populated formats.

Burton Attains Certifications

(January 26, 2007) DURHAM, N.H. — After conducting an operations and process audit, ITM Consulting certified Burton Industries' Ironwood, Mich., facility with ITM Process Certification and Lead-free Capability Certification.

Collaboration Yields High-mix Systems

(January 26, 2007) FRANKLIN, Mass. — PKC Electronics Oy chose the Electrovert OmniFlex 10 reflow oven, MPM Accela printer, and Electrovert VectraElite wave-soldering system from Speedline Technologies to outfit its new production lines in Finland and Russia. The companies also collaborated to develop a center board support (CBS) system to suit PKC's production flow.

Foxconn Takes 'Best Internal Processes' by Outsourcing OEMs in VentureOutsource Survey

VentureOutsource.com announced today electronics original design manufacturer (ODM) and contract manufacturing services provider Foxconn rated highest for 'best internal processes' by OEM company managers and executives currently outsourcing electronics product design and manufacture.

Silver-filled Epoxy Performs Void-free Die Attach

(January 25, 2007) THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Huntsman Advanced Materials introduced ARALDITE 7047, a one-component, silver-filled epoxy adhesive for void-free circuitry and chip-to-board bonding. The epoxy reportedly demonstrates high electrical and thermal conductivity and good bond strength.

Year-end Book-to-Bill Holds Below Parity

(January 25, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — The December 2006 combined North American rigid and flex circuit book-to-bill held steady at 0.92; the flex circuits ratio saw an increase from 0.86 in November to 0.90 in December. The book-to-bill for rigid circuits remained 0.92.


Valor Names European President

(January 25, 2007) YAVNE, Israel — Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd., appointed Stephan Häfele to president of European operations, in charge of implementing a growth strategy and penetrating new markets.

Silver-filled Epoxy Performs Void-free Die Attach

(January 25, 2007) THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Huntsman Advanced Materials introduced ARALDITE 7047, a one-component, silver-filled epoxy adhesive for void-free circuitry and chip-to-board bonding. The epoxy reportedly demonstrates high electrical and thermal conductivity and good bond strength.

Year-end Book-to-Bill Holds Below Parity

(January 25, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — The December 2006 combined North American rigid and flex circuit book-to-bill held steady at 0.92; the flex circuits ratio saw an increase from 0.86 in November to 0.90 in December. The book-to-bill for rigid circuits remained 0.92.

Valor Names European President

(January 25, 2007) YAVNE, Israel — Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd., appointed Stephan Häfele to president of European operations, in charge of implementing a growth strategy and penetrating new markets.

Plexus Announces Q1 Revenue of $381 Million and EPS of $0.32

Initiates Q2 Revenue Guidance of $345 - $355 Million and Re-Sets Full Year Revenue Growth Target

Lloyd Doyle Opens Taiwan Demo Center

(January 24, 2007) TAO YUAN CITY, Taiwan — Lloyd Doyle Ltd. has opened a demo center for its IBIS solder-bump inspection system in Tao Yuan City.

Lloyd Doyle Opens Taiwan Demo Center

(January 24, 2007) TAO YUAN CITY, Taiwan — Lloyd Doyle Ltd. has opened a demo center for its IBIS solder-bump inspection system in Tao Yuan City.

Changing Dynamics of the Handset Industry Examined

(January 24, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The mobile phone end market is predicted to slow to single-digit growth in 2007; the changing dynamics of the industry may challenge OEMs to remain in-step with evolving brands, features, and content, according to iSuppli Corporation analysts.

Domestic Soldering Equipment Market Climbs

(January 24, 2007) DUBLIN, Ireland — "North American Reflow Soldering Equipment Markets" identifies several markers of a positive trend in solder equipment sales in North America for 2007. The report suggests that lead-free requirements under RoHS, China RoHS, and other international legislation; an increase in EMS business; and other factors are bringing the reflow market back from an economic stagnancy early in the decade.

NCR Awards Manufacturing Contract to Solectron

NCR Corporation has awarded a five-year contract to Solectron to manufacture the company's ATMs and payment solutions in the Americas and its self-checkout systems globally.


EMA Acquires Forte Division

(January 23, 2007) ROCHESTER, N.Y. — EMA Design Automation acquired the Chronology product division of Forte Design Systems (San Jose, Calif.). The acquisition includes the TimingDesigner product, an interactive timing-analysis tool for high-speed, multi-frequency, and other timing-critical designs. EMA also hired the key product development team from Chronology in the acquisition.

Filter Replaces Multilayers for RF/Microwave

(January 22, 2007) PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — International Manufacturing Services, Inc. (IMS), released the IMF-2345, a member of the IMF series of planar low-pass filters for lower C-band operation (4 – 6 GHz).

Omron Expands Distribution Agreement

(January 22, 2007) HOOFDDROP, The Netherlands — RS Components and Omron Electronic Components Business Europe, with corporate headquarters in Japan, signed a pan-European distribution agreement.

Park Electrochemical Repositions Execs

(January 22, 2007) MELVILLE, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corporation appointed Howard R. Elliott to VP of Asian business development and Louis J. Stans to VP of R&D, succeeding Elliot. The internal promotions are designed to capitalize on business opportunities.

Frost & Sullivan Notes Technology Leadership

(January 19, 2007) STRATHAM, N.H. — Frost & Sullivan presented Vitronics Soltec with the 2006 award for technology leadership in the wave soldering equipment market. The company's "5 Steps to Lead-free Implementation" demonstrates a commitment to adaptability and optimized equipment, said Deepa Mathew, research analyst.

EMS Partnership Centers on IC Design

(January 19, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden — ORSoC and Flextronics Design (Singapore) signed a long-term partnership agreement to develop SoC designs, FPGAs, and ASICs.

Another Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Celestica

The law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, today announced that a securities class action was commenced on behalf of shareholders who purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of Celestica

Cobar Revamps Homepage

(January 18, 2007) BREDA, The Netherlands — Cobar BV launched a new Website, www.cobar.com, with more language options, resources, and interactive media.

Bonder Assembles Opto-electronic Applications

(January 18, 2007) TEMPE, Ariz. — The OPTO-BONDER FEMTO, in the FINEPLACER product family from FINETECH, performs automated, sub-micron assembly for power laser bonding, flip chip, MEMS and MOEMS, sensors, chip-on-glass (COG), and die-attach assembly.

EDA Revenues Up

(January 18, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Electronic design automation (EDA) industry revenues reached $1,309 million, up about 16% from $1,122 a year ago, shows the EDA Consortium's market statistics service (MSS) report. Professionals in the EDA companies tracked by MSS rose 11% to 25,018 year-to-year. The statistics cover Q'03 2006 in comparison to Q'03 2005.


Industry Backs IPC Midwest Conference

(January 18, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — Several manufacturers and suppliers in the PCB and electronics-assembly industry have committed to exhibit at the IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, September 23 – 28, 2007, in Schaumburg, Ill.

YESTech Ships 500th System to Mexico

(January 17, 2007) SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — YESTech, Inc., sold its 500th inspection system to Panasonic Automotive Systems in Reynosa, Mexico. The facility makes audio systems for automotive applications.

01005 Inductors Suit Compact Mobile Apps.

(January 17, 2007) SMYRNA, Ga. — Murata Electronics North America introduced the LQP02TN-series 01005 chip inductors. The devices reportedly offer high-Q characteristics and stable inductance between 0.4 and 10 nH, with a tolerance of ± 0.3 nH/± 5%.

Indium Expands in Mexico

(January 17, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. — Indium Corporation chose Multi Dicona as its Sonora, Mexico, distributor.

SMT Software Poised for Growth

(January 17, 2007) SAN ANTONIO — The report, "World SMT Software Market," from Frost & Sullivan finds the SMT software industry set to grow from $312.4 million in 2006 to $558.3 million by 2013. Integration and communication interests on SMT lines will help drive the market.

Digi-Key to Distribute Custom Power Solutions

(January 16, 2007) THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. and COUNTY CORK, Ireland — Digi-Key Corporation will distribute switch-mode power supplies from Excelsys Technologies, Ltd., under a global agreement.

Isola Completes Facility Upgrades

(January 16, 2007) CHANDLER, Ariz. Isola Group, S.A.R.L., renovated its Ridgeway, S.C., facility with upgraded clean room, build-up, and automation aspects.

Health Concerns Sideline Plexus Operating Chief

Plexus Chief Operating Officer Paul Ehlers will "assume a diminished role" at the company in the months ahead as he faces a serious medical condition

Cobar Appoints U.S. Reps

(January 15, 2007) LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Cobar Solder Products, U.S. subsidiary of the Cobar Group in Holland, appointed representatives for Wisconsin and New York/New Jersey regions.

Lloyd Doyle Signs Agency Agreement

(January 15, 2007) WALTON-ON-THAMES, Surrey, U.K. — Lloyd Doyle Ltd. signed an agency agreement, making Sigmatek Corporation its representative in Taiwan, claiming that 2007 will be a growth year for bumped-substrate manufacturing in the region.


Mentor Graphics Appoints CIO

(January 15, 2007) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Mentor Graphics named Ananthan Thandri as chief information officer (CIO). He has a background in information technology and experience in electronic design automation.

Valor Revamps Visual Identity

(January 15, 2007) YAVNE, Israel — Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd., will launch a new visual identity in conjunction with a redesigned Website, reflecting a more contemporary and comprehensive software product.

High Currents and High Temps. Impact SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING

(January 11, 2007) STUTTGART, Germany — SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING 2007, April 24-26 in Nuremberg, Germany, will address high-current circuit boards and thermal management as central topics of the conference.

Presentations Discuss Lead-free Findings

(January 11, 2007) HUDSON, N.H. — The SMTA Boston Chapter will host an evening of presentations on lead-free assembly at Benchmark Electronics in Hudson, N.H., on January 23.

Dage X-ray Signs U.K. Agreement

(January 11, 2007) DORSET, U.K. — Blakell Europlacer, Ltd., will distribute Dage X-ray products in the U.K. under a partnership agreement.

Taiwan's Hon Hai to Invest in Vietnam

Hon Hai will be investing $1 billion to build factories in Vietnam.

Click Commerce Offers Warehouse Management

(January 10, 2007) CHICAGO — Click Commerce, Inc., introduced the Click Commerce WMX and WMX On Demand warehouse-management solutions for companies with complex supply chains.

Arrow and Phoenix Sign Agreement

(January 10, 2007) MELVILLE, N.Y. — The North American Components (NAC) business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. will offer specialized electronics components and connection systems from Phoenix Contact as part of a U.S. distribution agreement.

Component Orders Trend Positive

(January 10, 2007) ARLINGTON, Va. — Orders for electronic components rose in December 2006, following a slight drop in November, according to the Electronic Components, Assemblies, & Materials Association (ECA) index. The 12-month average continued an upward trend.

Hon Hai to Invest in Vietnam

(January 10, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hon Hai Group is expected to invest $1 billion in a comprehensive manufacturing complex in Hanoi, Vietnam. The site would be Taiwan-based Hon Hai's fourth major production base overseas, joining sites in China, Eastern Europe, and India.


Thermo-Mechanical Reliability of Flip-Chip Devices on Metal Backed Flex Circuits

In this paper the scope of geometry and material parameters and their effect on reliability has been broadened, and the effects of metal backed flex-substrate-on-interconnect reliability studied. Nonlinear implicit finite element models have been developed for thermo-mechanical reliability of leaded and lead-free flip-chip devices on metal backed flex and the variation geometry and material parameters on reliability studied.

KIC Updates Website

(January 9, 2007) SAN DIEGO — KIC added animation and new product categories to its Website, www.kicthermal.com.

Collaboration Joins Sensor, PCB, and MEMS Companies

(January 9, 2007) PITTSBURGH, Pa. and HSINCHU, Taiwan — Virtus Advanced Sensors, which specializes in MEMS-based sensors, entered into a collaboration agreement with several UMC Group companies including PCB manufacturer Unimicron and affiliated MEMS foundry Chipsense, both based in Taiwan.

Indium Makes Staff Changes

(January 9, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. — Indium Corporation appointed Tim Jensen product manager for advanced assembly materials, and promoted Jordan Ross to product specialist for thermal applications. Both Jensen and Ross will continue to operate out of Indium headquarters in Clinton.

EMI Absorber Targets Mobile Communications

(January 9, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas — The AB-5000 series EMI absorber from the electrical markets division of 3M suppresses radiated noise from emitting devices designed in the broadband radio frequency (RF) range.

Benchmark Completes Acquisition of Pemstar

Pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger among Benchmark, Autobahn Acquisition Corp. and Pemstar dated October 16, 2006, each issued and outstanding share of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of Pemstar has been converted into the right to receive 0.16 of a share of common stock, par value $0.10 per share, of Benchmark.

Craig Hillman to Present on Reliability

(January 8, 2007) COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Craig Hillman, Ph.D., will be special guest speaker at the North American Regulatory Conference for Electronics Products, January 23 – 24, in Shenzhen, China. Hillman, CEO and managing partner of DfR Solutions (College Park, Md.), will cover failure analysis for electronics and risk minimization for lead-free design in telecom applications.

Flux Head Retrofits for Selective Soldering

(January 8, 2007) SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — The Flux Drop-Jet system from Castle Controls & Automation LLC offers a comprehensive flux-control system with storage container and modular controls. The system retrofits into existing selective soldering machines.

XRF Provider Receives Private Equity Investment

(January 8, 2007) WOBURN and BOSTON, Mass. — Innov-X Systems received $27 million as a minority investment from Summit Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm.

EPA Lessens TRI Requirements

(January 5, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a legislative decision to lessen the burden of reporting for Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Qualifying small businesses, those that focus on limiting emissions through recycling, and those that use small amounts of TRI-registered chemicals can use a shorter reporting form, Form A, than in the past.


Web Access Enhances Due Diligence Communication

(January 4, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Papros, Inc., added an AJAX Web client to its MRPRO software, enabling users across the supply chain to access RoHS, China RoHS, WEEE, and other compliance information for a given product. Product data is deployed across intranets and the internet with an obsolescence-management report for components.

Software Upgrade Expands Inspection Range

(January 4, 2007) SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For use with Medalist 5DX automated X-ray inspection (AXI) systems, Agilent's version 8.4 software includes new algorithms and an additional inspection threshold.

Electronic Equipment Market Steady

(January 3, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The global market for electronic equipment — including wireless, wired, industrial, automotive, consumer, and data-processing devices — will maintain current growth rates from 2006 to 2007, according to iSuppli Corp.'s report, "Electronic Equipment and Semiconductor Forecast — Q1 2007." Global revenue growth for all electronic equipment should equal 6.7%, up just 0.1% from last year.

Reflow Options Showcased in India

(January 3, 2007) AESCH, Switzerland — ESSEMTEC will highlight the capabilities of its RO300FC convection reflow oven with RO-CONTROL software at Componex/ElectronicIndia 2007, February 6 – 8, in New Delhi, India.

Formatting Program Aids China RoHS Labeling

(January 3, 2007) FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Total Parts Plus, Inc., created an environmental-compliance management service specific to China RoHS labeling requirements.

Decoding China RoHS

China is on track to implement its own version of the RoHS on March 1, 2007.

CyberOptics, JUKI Join on Optical Sensor

(January 2, 2007) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — CyberOptics Corporation partnered with JUKI Corporation of Tokyo to develop LNC 60, a 5th generation version of CyberOptics' LaserAlign optical sensor. The product enables simultaneous alignment of components on the six nozzles of each placement head inside JUKI's pick-and-place machines.

Taiwan PCB Fabs Boost China Capacity

(January 2, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's PCB manufacturers are expanding production capacities in regions of mainland China, including the eastern regions around Suzhou, Kunshan, and Changshu, according to the China Economic News Service (CENS).

Flextronics to Lay off 600 Workers in NE Hungary

The Hungarian subsidiary of U.S. electronics maker Flextronics plans to lay off around 600 workers in northeast Hungary in January, the director of the county labour centre told MTI on Thursday.

November Book-to-Bill Continues Downward Slope

(December 22, 2006) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — The November book-to-bill fell to 0.92 for North American rigid- and flex-PCB production, down slightly from 0.99 in October. The rigid segment posted a book-to-bill of 0.92; flex circuit production reached 0.86, both down from the previous month. The current decline indicates a period of slow growth in all segments of electronics, said Denny McGuirk, president of IPC, who predicts a strong year-end.


TTM's Clay Swain Discusses Tyco Integration, Company Strategy

Senior Vice President of Marketing Clay Swain discusses what TTM is going to do now that it's the fourteenth largest fabricator in the world.

Solectron Announces First Quarter Financial Results

Solectron Corporation (NYSE:SLR), a leading provider of electronics manufacturing and integrated supply chain services, today reported sales of $3.00 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2007

RiverSide Electronics Receives IPC Lead-free Certification

RiverSide Electronics joins a growing list of companies that have chosen IPC's certification program to demonstrate their lead free process capabilities to their customers.

BiTS 2007 Program Fosters Networking

(December 19, 2006) MESA, Ariz. — The 8th annual Burn-in and Test Socket (BiTS) Workshop — March 11 – 14, 2007 in the Hilton Phoenix East of Mesa, Ariz. — issued an advance program with details on tutorials, keynotes, and presentations. BiTS EXPO runs concurrent with the workshop. Organizers stress that all activities, including receptions, extended breaks, and sessions, will promote informal discussion and networking.

A.C.E. Offers Nitrogen Generators

(December 19, 2006) SPOKANE, Wash. — A.C.E. Production Technologies, in partnership with On-Site Gas Systems, Inc., will offer On-Site nitrogen-generation systems under the A.C.E. brand, incorporating gas generators into the soldering products line.

Kimball Electronics Group to Acquire Reptron Electronics

"This acquisition supports Kimball's ongoing strategy to diversify from our automotive base into end markets that also require high quality and reliability. I am confident that Reptron's experience and proven track record of servicing medical and high end industrial customers, combined with Kimball's core competency of durable electronics, will strengthen our ability to serve our combined base of customers."

Everden Joins Europlacer

(December 18, 2006) DORSET, U.K. — Blakell Europlacer Ltd. appointed Richard Everden to its U.K. sales team with regional responsibility for Northern England and Scotland.

China OEMs See Modest Revenue Growth

(December 18, 2006) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — China's top 60 OEMs are expected to average revenue-growth at 13% in 2006, lower than the 34% experienced in 2005, due to a slowing market of international mergers and acquisitions. Domestic mergers and acquisitions will occur more frequently in the future, according to the "Market Watch: China" report by Byron Wu of iSuppli Corp.

Hart Marketing Nabs Business Award

(December 18, 2006) WEYMOUTH, U.K. — Hart Marketing International (HMI) received the international-business award at the Dorset Business Awards, sponsored by U.K. Trade & Investment. The award recognizes success in accessing overseas markets and increasing international sales.

iNEMI Updates Tin Whiskers Findings

(December 18, 2006) HERNDON, Va. — The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's (iNEMI) tin whisker user group updated its "Recommendations on Lead-free Finishes for Components Used in High-reliability Products," revising and adding recommendations.


Tin Whisker User Group Publishes Updated Set of Recommendations Help Reduce Risk of Tin Whiskers

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative's Tin Whisker User Group announces a major update of its publication, "Recommendations on Lead-Free Finishes for Components Used in High-Reliability Products."

Quarterly Forum Critiques OEM Strategies

(December 15, 2006) ALAMEDA, Calif.— During the Technology Forecasters Incorporated (TFI) Quarterly Forum, OEMs, EMS providers, and suppliers discussed successful approaches to outsourcing, and analyzed challenges facing OEMs and manufacturing partners. Environmental regulations such as China RoHS represented a considerable challenge without clear solutions.

Samsung Adds Reflow Soldering to Turnkey Line

(December 15, 2006) HORSHAM, Pa. — Dynatech Technology added the Samsung RF30 series reflow soldering systems to its offering of SM series flexible, turnkey placement systems distributed in North America. Samsung uses the RF30 series globally to assemble its own product.

Nordson Completes Dage Acquisition

(December 15, 2006) WESTLAKE, Ohio — Nordson Corporation completed acquisition of Dage Holdings, Ltd., adding the test-and-inspection company to its advanced technology systems segment.

Rockwell Collins, Amkor, Celestica Earn SMTA Best Paper Awards

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.

BTU Expands in Singapore

(December 14, 2006) NORTH BILLERICA, Mass. — BTU International, Inc., expanded its Southeast Asia headquarters, relocating in Singapore.

SMTA Recognizes Top SMTAI '06 Papers

(December 14, 2006) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The SMTA will award winners of best conference, proceedings, and international papers from SMTAI 2006, held in September in Rosemont, Ill. The authors will formally receive honors during the opening ceremony of SMTAI 2007 in Orlando, Fla.

IPC Develops Midwest Show

(December 14, 2006) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries will host the IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition, September 23 – 28, 2007, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill. The show will focus on electronics manufacturing, announced IPC.

Endicott Interconnect Revamps Website

(December 14, 2006) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Endicott Interconnect (EI) updated its Website, improving access to technical information and resources.

Paste Automates Image Sensor Assembly

(December 13, 2006) IRVINE, Calif. — A non-conductive paste (NCP) underfill and encapsulant, Hysol FP5110, from Henkel, adheres flip-chip image sensor modules to two- and three-layer flexible printed circuits. The paste bonds to polyimide and epoxy adhesive materials.


EU Adopts REACH

(December 13, 2006) BRUSSELS, Belgium — The European Parliament, regulatory body of the EU, adopted Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH), chemical-regulating legislation requiring producers to register about 30,000 chemical substances produced or imported above a total quantity of 1 ton/year. Producers must submit a substitution plan to replace about 3,000 highly hazardous substances with safer alternatives. Implementation will begin June 1, 2007.

R&D Tax Grants to Benefit Engineering

(December 13, 2006) WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Congress passed an extension to the R&D tax credit in the closing days of a "lame duck" session. The law provides a research tax credit equal to 20% of the "amount by which a taxpayer's qualified research expenses for a taxable year exceed its base amount for that year," according to the Finance Committee's summary of legislation.

Potting and Encapsulant Epoxy

(December 13, 2006) CRANSTON, R.I. — The 20-2620, a two-component polyurethane compound for various electronic assembly applications, features low-viscosity and room-temperature curing.

Celestica Updates Guidance for Fourth Quarter

Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a world leader in electronics manufacturing services (EMS), today announced an update to its financial guidance for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2006.

Exemption Request for the Use of Lead in Solders Has Been Accepted

Industry support is needed to help repeal the ridiculous European lead-free regulations.

DEK Recognized for Stencil System

(December 12, 2006) MELBOURNE, Australia — DEK, through Australia and New Zealand distributor Hawker Richardson, received the Ed Hale Surface Mount Award for its VectorGuard stencil system at the Manufacturing Technology Infocus trade show,Melbourne, Australia this October.

U.K. Outlines WEEE Implementation

(December 12, 2006) LONDON — Science Minister Malcolm Wicks outlined WEEE implementation regulations in the U.K., marking March and July 2007 as dates for readiness and compliance, respectively. Producers will bear the majority of responsibility for proper recycling and disposal of electronics.

Valor Software Available to Beijing University

(December 12, 2006) YAVNE, Israel — Valor Computerized Systems and the Industrial Training Center of TsingHua University in Beijing signed a cooperative agreement to supply software for training students in simulation and optimization of electronics manufacturing processes.

UL's New Services for Restricted Substances Help OEMs and Manufacturers Self-declare Compliance to RoHS

UL launches two services designed for organizations seeking to demonstrate due diligence in compliance with the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive

Ascentech Distributes Solderability Test Equipment

(December 11, 2006) CHESTER, Conn. — Ascentech will distribute testing equipment to determine solderability of component leads and terminations with the MUST System 3, manufactured by Gen3 Systems, Ltd. Ascentech, North American distributor for Gen3 Systems products, will provide sales and service and support for MUST Systems.


Newark InOne Names President

(December 8, 2006) CHICAGO — Newark InOne, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell plc, named DeWight Wallace president, effective March 1, 2007. Wallace succeeds Paul Tallentire, who will return to the U.K. to head Newark's sister distributor Farnell InOne.

STI Granted Embedded IC Patent

(December 8, 2006) MADISON, Ala. — STI Electronics, Inc. (STI), was awarded a patent for its imbedded component/die technology (IC/DT), which involves the use of integrated circuit (IC) embedded within a laminate substrate disposed on a thermally conductive core, providing a thermal sink. STI applied for the patent on May 23, 2003; it was awarded on October 3, 2006.

Forum Investigates Pros, Cons of Global Business

(December 8, 2006) LOS ANGELES — "Asian-developed and Implemented Technologies and Business Practices You May Have Missed: Equipment, Materials, and Manufacturing Processes," a February 21, 2007, forum developed by Weiner & Associates for IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, offers four perspectives on international business relationships, and advice on assessing Asian relations.

TTM Closes Oregon PCB Facility

(December 8, 2006) SANTA ANA, Calif. TTM Technologies, Inc., plans to close its Dallas, Ore., facility and transfer PCB production to other sites, primarily in Logan, Utah and Redmond, Wash. The Dallas operation primarily produced commercial PCBs.

Work Cells Suit Odd-form, Final Assembly

(December 8, 2006) PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — The AOM-700 work cell from PROMATION, Inc., was introduced for pick-and-place of odd-form components. The system picks from a tube- or bowl-feeder system using gantry robots with X/Y/Z axes and an inline conveyor.

"CEO to CEO Benchmarking" at IPC's EMS Management Council Meeting

As the only dedicated forum for senior level executives of the EMS industry, the IPC EMS Management Council Meeting is an annual must-attend event for executives.

Hon Hai to Open 2nd China Optical Facility

(December 7, 2006) TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hon Hai Group will begin mass production of optical components at Jincheng Foxccon Technology Park — Shanxi province, China — late this month. The company began the expansion necessary to accommodate optical-component production in March 2006.

Sanmina-SCI Ottawa, Canada Facility Receives Aerospace Standard AS9100 Certification

AS9100 is a set of requirements for quality management systems published by the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) that includes all ISO 9001:2000 requirements.

Dow Epoxy Raises Prices

(December 6, 2006) MIDLAND, Mich. — Dow Epoxy, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, will increase off-list prices in North America for Allyl Chloride and Epichlorohydrin January 1, 2007, or as contract terms allow.

phoenix|x-ray Boosts U.S. Presence

(December 6, 2006) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — phoenix|x-ray Systems and Services, Inc., opened a service center in St. Petersburg and increased staff to boost U.S. market presence.


Digi-Key, NDK Form Partnership

(December 6, 2006) THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. and TOKYO — Digi-Key Corporation and Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd., (NDK) signed a global distribution agreement for NDK's surface mount quartz-crystal and oscillator lines.

ATExpo — Call for Speakers

(December 6, 2006) ROSEMONT, Ill. — Canon Communication's Assembly Technology Expo (ATExpo) — in conjunction with Electronics Assembly Show, National Manufacturing Week, and Quality Expo — is accepting submissions for paper, panel, and half-day workshop speakers through February 1, 2007. The shows take place September 24 – 27, 2007, in Rosemont.

Isola Improves RoHS-compliant Substrate

(December 6, 2006) CHANDLER, ARIZONA — Isola Group s.a.r.l. commercially released an improved generation of IS415, a 200°C Tg product with lead-free compatibility and strong signal integrity. Electrical loss numbers reach 0.009 using the splitpost resonant cavity method. With Bereskin stripline testing loss equals around 0.0135 at 10 GHz.

SMTAI — Call for Papers

(December 6, 2006) MINNEAPOLIS — SMTA International, October 7 – 11, 2007, in Orlando, Fla., is soliciting abstracts for technical papers, as well as potential course descriptions.

Flexible Dual-head Soldering System Intros

(December 6, 2006) PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — PROMATION Inc. introduced the PRO 6 series of robotic soldering systems, including the 6Td.

Guide Offers Tips on Flex Circuit Design

(December 6, 2006) MINNEAPOLIS — Minco released the "Flex Circuits Design Guide" for use, in conjunction with IPC design standards, in designing and integrating flexible circuits.

TXP's iPhotonics Division Finalizes License Agreement With Siemens for ONT Technologies

TXP Corporation, a global provider of Pre-Manufacturing Services for the electronics and telecommunications industries today announced that it has finalized its license agreement with Siemens Networks Germany granting access to more than 15 patents surrounding its Optical Network Terminal (ONT) technology

Indium Nabs 4th F&S Honor

(December 5, 2006) CLINTON, N.Y. — Frost & Sullivan awarded Indium Corporation the 2006 Global SMT Solder Paste Customer Value Enhancement Award at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. Deepa Mathew, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, presented the award, citing Indium's select customer group and depth of experience, particularly with lead-free.

Huntsman & UL Partner on RoHS Compliance

(December 5, 2006) THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Huntsman Corporation selected Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) as its RoHS-compliance partner, and will begin the application process to receive the UL RoHS mark. UL created its restricted substances compliance program to help manufacturers demonstrate due diligence when complying with the EU's RoHS Directive. UL provides test services to determine levels of hazardous materials.

Cookson Restructures

(December 4, 2006) JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials (CEAM) will reorganize its manufacturing operations in the North America region, incorporating a new manufacturing plant and shifting some production offshore. Implementation will occur over the next 6 – 12 months.


Henkel Acquires Taiwan Solder-sphere Maker

(December 4, 2006) IRVINE, Calif. — The electronics group of Henkel acquired Taiwan-based Accurus Scientific Co. Ltd. The manufacturer produces solder spheres and type 1 – 7 solder powders for electronics packaging and PCB assemblies. By acquiring a company headquartered in Tainan, Taiwan, Henkel expects to gain technical and market support in that region.

Photo Stencil Upholds ISO 9001:2001

(December 4, 2006) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Photo Stencil completed ISO 9001:2000 recertification, with registration issued by Orion Registrar, Inc. The quality-control standard covers design, manufacture, and sales of stencils, screens, and templates.

IPC — Calling All PCB Designers

(December 4, 2006) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and its Designers Council will host the Designers Summit, February 15 – 22, 2007, in Los Angeles. The event allows PCB designers to participate in activities and educational sessions, and provides resources on high-speed, advanced technologies, and design for lead-free. The summit occurs in conjunction with APEX and IPC Printed Circuits Expo.

Sarantel and Sanmina-SCI Announce Asian Outsourcing Relationship

Sarantel, a leading manufacturer and supplier of filtering antennas for wireless devices is today pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of understanding on outsource manufacturing and distribution with Sanmina-SCI. Sanmina-SCI.

Valor, MYDATA Integrate

(December 1, 2006) YAVNE, Israel — Valor Computerized Systems Ltd., invited by MYDATA, joined the equipment manufacturer's third-party partnership program, further integrating Valor's engineering software with MYDATA hardware. The partnership is expected to optimize MYDATA system usage for parts and panel handling.

Plexus Reorganizes Management

(December 1, 2006) NEENAH, Wis. — Plexus Corp. announced changes to executive management — promoting Paul L. Ehlers and Michael T. Verstegen.

KEMET Releases "Green" Capacitors

(December 1, 2006) GREENVILLE, S.C. — KEMET Corporation introduced RoHS-compliant versions of its commercial-molded radial, and high-voltage radial capacitors, as part of a push for environmentally friendly component lines.

Jabil Plans to Launch Cell Phone Assembly in Ukraine

Jabil, that has been supplying electronic devices in the US and Europe for forty years, is planning to open an assembly line in Ukraine in spring 2007.

Taiwan's Flex Companies Cluster in East China

(November 30, 2006) TAIPEI, Taiwan — A group of specialized Taiwan-based manufacturers and suppliers of flexible copper-clad laminate (CCL) materials formed a flex PCB industry cluster to expand into the China market. Production plants in China could enable Taiwan-based companies to directly ship products to downstream customers.

Isola Revamps IS620

(November 30, 2006) CHANDLER, Ariz. — Isola Group S.a.r.l. used process changes, without adjusting the chemical make-up, to improve dielectric and thermal performance of IS620, a base material for low-loss, high-speed space.


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