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Lead-free Paste Meets High-rel Needs

(May 29, 2007) JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials (CEAM) introduced ALPHA WS-819 water-soluble lead-free solder paste for PCB assembly of high-reliability end products. The paste targets cleanability, voiding resistance, and printing compatibility.

AI Names Bisco Distributor of the Year

(May 25, 2007) WEST WARWICK, R.I. — Advanced Interconnections Corp. (AI) named Bisco Industries (Anaheim, Calif.) its 2006 North American distributor of the year at a ceremony during the EDS tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nev. Ron Bond, sales manager for North America at AI, presented to award to Robert Rist, northern region sales manager at Bisco.

Northrop Grumman Extends Manufacturing Contract

(May 25, 2007) ST. LOUIS — EMS provider LaBarge, Inc., received $2 million in contracts from Northrop Grumman Corp. to continue producing electronic equipment for the AN/AAQ-24(V) NEMESIS directional infrared (IR) countermeasure (DIRCM) system, which is designed to protect military aircraft from IR-guided missiles.

Rogers Highlights High-frequency at IMS

(May 25, 2007) ROGERS, Conn. — Rogers Corporation will exhibit specialty materials for the high-frequency market at IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS), June 5–7 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at Booth 843. Offerings include advanced packaging materials, copper bond technology, and antenna-grade materials.

EI Adds Orbotech Inspection Systems

(May 24, 2007) BILLERICA, Mass. — Orbotech, Inc., North American subsidiary of Orbotech Ltd., received a multi-million-dollar order from Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. (EI), for its laser direct imaging (LDI) and automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment. EI will incorporate the machines in its production facility in Endicott, N.Y., making it Orbotech's largest client in the Americas.

Upcoming Boston Lead-free Conference

(May 24, 2007) BOSTON, Mass. — Examining RoHS, lead-free reliability, tin whiskers, lead-free assembly, and related topics, the SMTA's "Successful Lead-free/RoHS Strategies" conference, June 20–21 in Boxborough, Mass., includes lead-free courses; presentations from OEMs, equipment suppliers, and EMS providers; and a keynote by Gregory Morose (TURI). The conference is held in conjunction with SMTA certification programs, Boston Academy program, and a tabletop exhibition.

DEK, Tecan Add to VectorGuard Line

(May 23, 2007) FLEMINGTON, N.J. — Through a joint development, DEK and Tecan launched OptiGuard, a proprietary addition to the VectorGuard frameless stencil range. OptiGuard facilitates production with stepped and multi-level stencils.

Step Leasing Introduced for Pick-and-Place Platform

(May 22, 2007) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Universal Instruments introduced a step leasing program, allowing customers to build an AdVantis system and pay for the capital investment over time.

Avago Cuts Manufacturing in Strategic Shift

(May 21, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Avago Technologies expanded its manufacturing outsourcing program as part of a business model shift announced in January 2007. The component supplier will reduce its Singapore manufacturing staff by about 230 people to allot resources to higher value-added activities.

OHT Distributes Cluso in Asia

(May 21, 2007) SYDNEY, Australia — Cluso Vision Systems Pty Ltd. (Sydney) signed a distribution and technical cooperation agreement with OHT Inc. (Fukuyama, Japan), in which OHT becomes Cluso's exclusive distributor throughout Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Korea.


Inovaxe Appoints EU Manufacturing Rep

(May 18, 2007) SARASOTA, Fla. — Inovaxe Corp. named Fix Trade BV (Amerongen, the Netherlands) its manufacturing representative for the EU. Founded in 1999, Fix Trade distributes professional production equipment and materials for the electronics industry, and will showcase an Inovaxe INOCART material-handling system at Electronics Automation 2007.

VCA Will Enforce WEEE in U.K.

(May 18, 2007) LONDON — The U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) appointed the Vehicle certification Agency (VCA) to oversee Waste Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) enforcement with regards to distributor obligations. The WEEE directive places most responsibility for end-of-life electronics recycling on distributors of end products.

Kester Names Intel Business Unit Manager

(May 18, 2007) ITASCA, Ill. — Kester promoted Maureen Brown to Intel business unit manager, reporting to Roger Savage, president and CEO, ITW Kester.

Qualmark Brings HALT/HASS to India

(May 18, 2007) DENVER — Qualmark Corporation will deliver a Typhoon Chamber to an independent R&D service provider in Bangalore, India, for testing computer-related components. The HALT/HASS system will also be displayed at the company's open R&D test lab to showcase Qualmark equipment in India.

Dage Recognizes Ascentek

(May 17, 2007) AYLESBURY, U.K. — Dage Precision Industries, a subsidiary of Dage Holdings (Aylesbury), presented Ascentek International Company Ltd. with its Presidents Award, recognizing contribution to Dage X-ray systems sales from 2001 to 2006. Jeff Chang, president, Ascentek, accepted the award from Geraint Rees, president and CEO of Dage Holdings, at a Shanghai ceremony.

Photo Stencil Nabs Lab Award

(May 17, 2007) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. and BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Universal SMT lab, now the Advanced Process Laboratory of Unovis Solutions, awarded Photo Stencil with "Best Printing Stencil 2006" after a study conducted in the lab comparing printing processes — lead-free and tin/lead — performed by a total of 12 stencils from four manufacturers.

Asia Maintains Attraction for EMS

(May 17, 2007) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Asia, in particular China, will continue to dominate the EMS and ODM markets over the next several years, according to research firm In-Stat. China's low labor costs and climbing domestic demand for electronic products will give the region about 76% of Asia's EMS/ODM market by 2011.

Smart Phones to Drive Mobile Chips Market

(May 17, 2007) BEIJING — The Semiconductor Industry Research Center of CCID Consulting reports that mobile phone production in China experienced typically slow growth in Q'01 2007 from Q'04 2006, but overall grew 45.7% in 2006. The mobile phone chip market did not slow as much as mobile phone production, due in part to the increasing prevalence of smart phones.

DEK Stencil Enters Canada

(May 16, 2007) FLEMINGTON, N.J. and OTTAWA — DEK announced that it will distribute its frameless stencil system VectorGuard technology through Canada with a license agreement to PELA Technologies, Inc. PELA will provide product and customer support and stencil delivery from its headquarters in Ottawa, ON.

Microsoft to Open Zune Manufacturing Facility

(May 16, 2007) SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. will open a facility in Doumen, China, to manufacture its Zune personal media player. The company cited cost efficiencies, flexibility, and process control as reasons for investing in a proprietary facility. The company initially manufactured Zune products through a partnership with Toshiba Corp.


Siemens Names EA President

(May 16, 2007) MUNCHEN, Germany — Günter Lauber will succeed Tilo Brandis as the president of electronics assembly systems (EA) at Siemens A&D. Brandis will relocate to the U.S. to become president of recently acquired UGS, which provides product life-cycle management software and services.

May Tin Whiskers Workshop at ECTC

(May 16, 2007) HERNDON, Va. and RENO, Nev. — iNEMI will hold its tin whisker workshop to review tin plating, tin whiskers, and reliability concerns May 29, 2007, at the Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) in Reno, Nev. The all-day workshop is co-sponsored by iNEMI, CPMT, and ECTC, and is open only to ECTC attendees.

Placement Automation Benefits PCB Designers

(May 16, 2007) ROCHESTER, N.Y. and PITTSBURG — EMA Design Automation added DesignAdvance's CircuitSpace technology to is PCB design flow solution; EMA claims the software improves communications between hardware engineers and layout designers by automating component placement in the design.

Cadence Improves Co-design Platform

(May 15, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Cadence Design Systems, Inc., released product and technology enhancements within its Allegro system interconnect design platform for PCB design, including constraint-driven flow and global routing.

Smart Modular Installs Koh Young Paste Inspection System

(May 15, 2007) SANTA ANA, Calif. — Christopher Associates, Inc., delivered the eighth Koh Young solder paste inspection system to Smart Modular Technologies' (Fremont, Calif.) manufacturing plant in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Smart Modular manufactures memory modules and initially deployed the Koh Young systems in its U.S. and Puerto Rican plants for fabricating high-density, fine-pitch assemblies.

Indium Appoints Technical Manager

(May 14, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. — Indium Corporation promoted Richard Brooks to manager of technical services for the Asia-Pacific region, responsible for training and managing technical support engineers in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific.

ZESTRON Opens Manassas Facility

(May 14, 2007) MANASSAS, Va. — ZESTRON America opened its Manassas applications facility with founder Oskar K. Wack, Ph.D., president and founder; and Harald Wack, Ph.D., executive vice president and CEO and SMT advisory board member, May 11th during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Taiwan EMS Strong in Q'02

(May 14, 2007) TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's major electronics firms saw strong April sales, up year-over-year though down slightly from the previous month. Consumer trends significantly impacted electronics production, reports China Economic News Service (CENS).

ZESTRON Hires Applications Engineer

(May 11, 2007) MANASSAS, Va. — ZESTRON America added Naveen Ravindran to its application technology team, responsible for tailored technical solutions to cleaning challenges.

Experimental Satellite Integrates SIX SIGMA CGA

(May 11, 2007) MILPITAS, Calif. — SIX SIGMA, a division of Winslow Automation, Inc., integrated its SolderQuik reinforced column grid array technology onto six FPGAs on the Los Alamos National Laboratory Cibola Flight Experiment Satellite (CFEsat). SIX SIGMA reconfigured the FPGAs for Los Alamos to allow these components to withstand extreme thermal cycling while the satellite monitors weather patterns.


Report: EMS Meets Challenges and Growth in 2007

(May 11, 2007) STAMFORD, Conn. — EMS providers posted steady gains in Q'01 2007 year-over-year, but must overcome challenges in restructuring, geographic shifts, and diversification to continue growth, says analyst firm Gartner, Inc. Nine indicator EMS providers posted a combined revenue gain of 16% over Q'01 2006, and several saw more than 10% growth. Joan Brown and Alfonso Velosa of Gartner compiled the EMS report.

Laird Expands Distribution with Sager

(May 10, 2007) ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Laird Technologies expanded its distribution partnership with Sager Electronics (Middleboro, Mass.) to include thermal management products. Sager was Laird's first North American distributor for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding products in 2005.

Electronics and Aerospace Divisions Merge

(May 10, 2007) DORSET, U.K. — Meggitt PLC, of Endevco Corporation, merged its electronics and aerospace groups to form a sensing systems division that combines similar products, services, and applications. The sensing group will have access to centers of excellence in France, Switzerland, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.

ACE Appoints Euro Reps

(May 10, 2007) SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — ACE Production Technologies, Inc., named C.H. Erbsloh product representative to Poland; Interflux Skandinavia A.B. will support ACE in Norway, Finland, and Denmark. The agreements include sales, service, installation, and ongoing support of selective soldering systems.

Indium Names Business Directors

(May 9, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. — Indium Corporation named Terry Guckes as business development director for metals and chemicals, and Bill Brunstedt as associate director of Asia-Pacific sales and marketing. Both will be responsible for developing business relationships.

Nordson Adds Inspection, Dispensing Businesses

(May 9, 2007) WESTLAKE, OH — Nordson Corporation acquired YESTech, Inc., adding the AOI and X-ray supplier to its Dage Holdings company; and PICO Dosiertechnik (PICODOSTEC), a piezoelectric dispensing system company that will join Nordson's Asymtek subsidiary, in two separate purchases. The total acquisition cost about $53 million. Nordson expects to leverage the business' core technologies across its advanced technology segment for packaging and electronics assembly products.

Siplace Tools Expand SMT Line

(May 9, 2007) MUNICH, Germany — Siemens Automation and Drives (A&G) added the Siplace OS inline inspection system and Siplace Maintenance Manager software to its suite of SMT products for enhanced inspection and machine optimization without interrupting manufacturing flow. The products target full documentation and quality assurance in manufacturing environments, reducing defects in final assemblies.

Elastomer Solution Enables Harsh-environment Protection

(May 8, 2007) CARY, N.C. and CYPRESS, Texas — LORD (Cary) has developed a silicone elastomer potting solution for Ultimate Solutions (Cypress) to protect assemblies from heat, shock, and vibration in harsh environments. The potting compound, LORD SC-320, targets down-hole drilling PCB assemblies (PCBAs).

Associations Call for Better Part Numbering

(May 7, 2007) HERNDON, Va. and BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — iNEMI and IPC — Association Connecting Electronic Industries, are both calling for more precise part numbering, especially with BGAs, as some component manufacturers are varying lead-free alloy compositions. Reducing silver, adding metallic dopants, and other adjustments affect final products, prompting EMS providers and OEMs to adjust manufacturing processes.

Compact Dispense System for Diverse Apps

(May 7, 2007) GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — The DX-250 series of digital dispensers and controllers from OK International are micro-air systems for diverse SMT and semiconductor assembly applications.


Mentor Graphics Appoints CFO

(May 4, 2007) WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corporation named Maria M. Pope vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), responsible for treasury, tax, accounting, internal audit, corporate development, and investor relationships. She also will manage facilities and purchasing.

Compact Pick-and-Place for High Mix

(May 3, 2007) MUNICH, Germany — Siemens A&G released two compact D-Series pick-and-place machines: the D1 single-gantry and D2 dual-gantry. The systems feature updated placement heads and compatibility with other D-Series machines. They target medium-volume, high-quality, high-mix manufacturing.

March Book-to-Bill Climbs to 1.00

(May 2, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — The rigid PCB book-to-bill increased to 0.99, and the flex circuit ratio reached positive figures at 1.18 in March 2007, according to the IPC — Association Connecting Electronic Industries IMS/PCB monthly business report. The combined industry book-to-bill reached parity at 1.00.

PCB Verification Software Improved

(May 2, 2007) MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — DownStream Technologies, LLC, released version 9.5 of its CAM350 software for verifying and optimizing PCBs. Added features and software corrections were requested by the customer base through DownStream's User Advisory Board. Updates reportedly improve intuitive interfacing, design parameters, and licensing.

PROMATION Names Southwest Rep

(May 1, 2007) KENOSHA, Wash. — PROMATION, Inc., appointed SERTEK Sales as authorized sales representative in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

CCL Facility to Serve North American Market

(May 1, 2007) SUZHOU, China and AMESBURY, Mass. — Ventec Electronics (Suzhou) and Global Laminates (Amesbury) will open a copper-clad laminate (CCL) press operation in southern California to offer quick-turn production of the entire Ventec product line. These include dicy-cured, phenolic-cured, polyimide, and halogen-free laminates and prepregs.

EU Requests Input on RoHS, WEEE

(May 1, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill., and BRUSSELS, Belgium — The EU, through research teams from Environment Consultancy and Assistance (ECOLAS) and Risk & Policy Analysts (RPA), will conduct studies on its RoHS and WEEE Directives, reports IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries. ECOLAS and RPA will deploy two questionnaires to address RoHS and WEEE issues impacting the electronics industry. Responses can be confidential or public.

Elcoteq Calls for DfM

(May 1, 2007) IRVING, Texas — Arno Kolk, Elcoteq's senior manager business development, presented, "Design for Manufacture — A Key Factor in Cost Reduction for Wireless Infrastructure," at the 5th International Basestation Conference in Bath, U.K. Axis Network Technology also presented a digital radio platform, as Elcoteq supported Axis since the early design phase with design for manufacturing (DfM) services on the product.

Bill Coleman, Ph.D. Joins SMT Advisory Board

(April 30, 2007) NASHUA, N.H.: SMT Magazine welcomes William E. Coleman, Ph.D., of Photo Stencil (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to its Editorial Advisory Board, joining 12 other industry experts. Coleman will write on the topic of Printing for the surface mount assembly industry.

SMT China Presents VISION Awards

(April 27, 2007) SHANGHAI, China — SMT China presented its inaugural VISION awards to recipients at Nepcon Shanghai, with winners in 22 categories representing innovation and significant improvements to the SMT process.


SMTA Boston Hosts ICT Discussion

(April 26, 2007) BOSTON — The SMTA Boston chapter will host a presentation on in-circuit testing (ICT) by John Bonsante, Everett Charles Technologies, on Tuesday, May 8, in Boxborough, Mass. Bonsante will discuss trends; strain gauge analysis; and next-generation spring probe technology, including beta test results.

SMT/Hybrid/Packaging Highlights

(April 26, 2007) NUREMBERG, Germany — SMT/Hybrid/Packaging, April 24–26 in Nuremberg, hosts technical sessions, tutorials, exhibitions, live assembly lines, and other events geared toward advanced applications in packaging and electronics assembly. Following are some highlights from the show.

Siemens AG CEO to Leave Post

(April 25, 2007) MUNICH, Germany — Klaus Kleinfeld, Ph.D., president and CEO of Siemens AG, will not renew his contract in October 2007, and did not indicate future plans with the company.

Rigid-flex Order Tops $770,000

(April 25, 2007) PETACH-TIKVA, Israel — A U.S. industrial manufacturer placed a follow-on order, valued at $770,000, for Eltek Ltd. rigid-flex PCBs. The rigid-flex boards will be used to produce advanced industrial equipment.

Indium Names Sales and Service Leaders

(April 25, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. — Indium Corporation appointed Jim Slattery to vice president of technical service for its metals and chemical business unit; Scott Pringle has joined as sales director for global accounts. Pringle was previously a consultant with the company.

APEX Tries Luck in Vegas

(April 24, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries will move its international tradeshows IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center, in Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2008 conference and exhibition. The show will also move to April 1–3, leaving its February timeslot, with some programs beginning March 29, 2008.

Low-loss, High-rel Board Materials

(April 23, 2007) PETERSBURGH, N.Y. — Taconic's advanced dielectric division features several low-loss, high-reliability products for conventional and multilayer radio-frequency (RF) and high-speed digital board fabrication.

No-clean Flux Raises Reliability of Complex Assemblies

(April 23, 2007) JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The ALPHA EF-2210 wave solder flux from Cookson Electronic Assembly Materials (CEAM) suits lead-free and tin/lead wave soldering processes using a no-clean, water-based formula. The activator system is said to improve hole fill, minimize micro-solder balls, and reduce bridging and icicles.

EMS Provider Completes NASA Build

(April 20, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. — Irvine Electronics, Inc., an EMS provider specializing in turnkey PCB assembly (PCBA) and box build, completed and shipped the final power transfer unit (PTU) for the space shuttle Endeavor. Irvine received the multi-year contract through Pratt & Whitney/Rocketdyne in 2004, and attained AS9100 certification for aerospace specs in December 2006.

Online CAD Specs Improve Design Cycles

(April 20, 2007) MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Zierick Manufacturing Corporation added online access to its computer-aided design (CAD) drawings library on www.zierick.com. Hundreds of CAD models are available for surface mount and thru-hole components.


Acquisition Bolsters MSD Packaging

(April 20, 2007) BUFFALO, N.Y. — Multisorb Technologies International acquired Silgel Packaging Ltd. (Telford, U.K.), a subsidiary of AMCOL Minerals Europe Ltd. and AMCOL International (Arlington Heights, Ill.). Multisorb will use Silgel's active packaging capabilities and technical staff to develop new moisture management solutions and provide customer support, said Mark Celmer, president and CEO, Multisorb.

EIPC Focuses on Tech/Biz Strategies

(April 19, 2007) MAASTRICHT, the Netherlands — The European Institute of Printed Circuits (EIPC) summer conference, June 14–15 in Edinburgh, U.K., will feature sessions on materials and technology, as well as business-oriented programs for companies interested in the EU's 7th Framework Program (FP7) and supply-chain issues.

Kyzen Launches Web Learning Center

(April 18, 2007) NASHVILLE — Kyzen Corporation introduced the Kyzen E-Learning Center, an online technical resource covering cleaning technologies and processes.

Dage Expands in Brazil

(April 18, 2007) FREMONT, Calif. — Dage Precision Industries appointed Hitech Eletronica Industrial e Comercial Ltda. as its representative throughout Brazil. Hitech will distribute and support the complete line of Dage digital X-ray inspection systems and bond tester equipment.

Brush-and-Valve Dispensing System Reduces Setup

(April 18, 2007) FAIR LAWN, N.J. — I&J Fisnar demonstrated reduced set-up time for conformal coating applications with the I&J7400C Cartesian dispensing robot, comprising a robot-controlled brush and proprietary valve. The brush-and-valve system targets applications sensitive to spray contamination, such as conformal coating on PCB areas surrounding contacts.

Webinar Advises EMS Providers on Competitiveness

(April 18, 2007) EL PASO, Texas — Powell-Mucha Consulting, Inc., and SMTA will host a series of online presentations to educate EMS providers on an effective and productive marketing strategy for value-add services and internal competencies, such as lean manufacturing and post-manufacturing support. The series' first webinar is scheduled for April 25, 2007.

"Green" Bioplastic Offers Thermal Management

(April 18, 2007) TOKYO — NEC Corporation developed a bioplastic from plant-based material and carbon fiber that demonstrates higher heat-conductivity than stainless steel. The bioplastic meets strength and moldability requirements for use in electronic products, according to NEC, and was developed at the company's fundamental and environmental research laboratories.

Power IC Manufacturer Extends Distribution Globally

(April 18, 2007) THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.; and MILPITAS, Calif. — Digi-Key Corporation expanded its distribution partnership with IC manufacturer Linear Technology, from North American sales to a global contract. This coincides with Digi-Key's overseas business expansion, said Mark Larson, Digi-Key president.

Assembléon Partners in Denmark

(April 17, 2007) EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands — Assembléon appointed Danish distributor HIN to support the company's pick-and-place product portfolio in Denmark. HIN will supplement Assembléon's sales and service to the region, while Assembléon will provide technical, applications, sales, and service support.

Top 50 EMS Providers Enjoyed Above Average Growth in 2006

Manufacturing Market Insider has released its annual MMI Top 50(TM) list of the world's largest EMS providers. For the third year in a row, Top 50 growth exceeded 15% with a 2006 increase of 18.4%.


IPC Conference Raises New Lead-free Reliability Concerns

By Meredith Courtemanche, assistant editor - (April 13, 2007) BOSTON — The IPC/JEDEC "Global Conference on Lead-free Reliability and Reliability Testing for RoHS Lead-free Electronics," April 10–11 in Boston, demonstrated that, with more in-depth and long-term testing, the industry still does not agree on some fundamental questions about lead-free.

Taiwan's Foxconn Hunkers Down in Vietnam

Foxconn, which manufactures Nokia cell phones, iPod music players, PlayStation 2 game consoles, and Sony laptops, will invest US$5 billion in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces, including some $1 billion this year alone.

Sierra Proto Acquires Mid-volume Assembler

(April 12, 2007) SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Sierra Proto Express acquired PC Boards, Inc. (Chanute, Kan.), and plans to grow the facility with further acquisitions and roll-ups. PC Boards is a complementary assembly house to Sierra Proto, said Ken Bahl, president of Sierra Proto.

SMTA Technical Program in Shanghai

(April 12, 2007) SHANGHAI, China — SMTA China will co-sponsor "China State Education Project for High-demand IT Talent — SMT Technical Training Program," April 24–25, co-located with Nepcon Shanghai. China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII) is also sponsoring the training course and an exam for SMT operators.

EMSF Monitors Low-silver BGAs

(April 11, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — The EMS Forum released "Guidelines for Suppliers Transitioning to RoHS-compliant BGA Packages with Low-silver SAC Alloys," with notes on necessary reflow profile adjustments and proper notification of low Ag content. According to the EMSF, some component suppliers are providing BGAs with SAC solder balls containing lower Ag content that SAC 305/405. This change affects assembly and reliability, but may improve mechanical shock resistance.

Digital Valve Dispenses 1-mm Dots

(April 11, 2007) HAVERHILL, Mass. — Ultrasonic Systems' micro-line digital dispensing valve, which was developed for the Prism coating system, comprises a high-speed liquid-metering valve and a precision nozzle.

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IEC Electronics Announces $8.5 Million in New Contract Awards

IEC Electronics Corp. reports that it has received two orders from one of its Military and Defense customers having a combined value of more than $8.5 million dollars.

EMS Provider Opens Design Center

(April 10, 2007) SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Design Solutions, Inc. (DSI), opened Design Solutions GmbH, a design center in Munich, Germany. The center will host engineering, design, simulation, and prototype-manufacturing, and will include a high-level FPGA and ASIC development group.

Webinar Addresses Wave Solder Science

(April 10, 2007) FRANKLIN, Mass. — Speedline Technologies will host a webinar on optimizing the wave-solder process Thursday, May 17, at 11 am EST. The session will cover tools, techniques, and wave soldering mechanics, to provide a scientific approach to developing reflow profiles.


Valor Names Weitzman President

(April 10, 2007) RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd., named Dan Weitzman president of Valor, Inc., operations, overseeing all aspects of software solutions and businesses. Weitzman has been responsible for American operations at the company for the past six months.

Sanmina-SCI Updates Second Quarter Revenue Guidance

"The second quarter has historically been a seasonally weak quarter for us, but we experienced even greater weakness in demand over the last two to three weeks."

KIC Adds Field Engineer

(April 9, 2007) SAN DIEGO — Vitor Barros joined KIC as a field service engineer to Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa, and Russia. Barros will provide technical service, support, and installations of thermal process products.

Cogiscan Hires in Japan

(April 9, 2007) BROMONT, Canada — Cogiscan hired Satoshi Inoue, as Japan sales engineer, to support regional customers and drive growth. Inoue's background is in PCB assembly (PCBA) sectors, and he served more than 10 years with an SMT equipment provider in quality assurance, customer support, and software solutions.

Materials Upgrade for Test Sockets

(April 9, 2007) CHANDLER, Ariz. and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Piper Plastics, Inc., a plastics-parts machining company, is producing test socket components from EPM-2204U-W: a proprietary grade, based on VICTREX PEEK polymer, that resists moisture absorption and suits fine-pitch and fine-diameter holes. The plastic components offer advantages over ceramics and other polymers, according to Dave Wilkinson, materials engineering manager.

Advice on Outsourcing Military Assemblies

(April 9, 2007) CRANSTON, R.I. — Defense contractors that partner with EMS providers to outsource military and government assemblies can reduce costs and lead time, but face risks beyond typical outsourcing concerns. "Selecting an EMS Partner for Military/Government Applications: Seven Things You Must Know," a white paper released by EMS provider Federal Electronics, advises contractors on the appropriate outsourcing strategy, and the pros and cons of sourcing assembly.

Probe Posts Record Revenues and Profits for the Fiscal Year 2006

Company reported $9,310,464 in revenue for the fiscal year 2006, a 46% and 50% increase from fiscal year 2005 and 2004 respectively.

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Printed Electronics Facility to Open

(April 6, 2007) MINNEAPOLIS — Soligie expects to open a 18,000 sq.ft. printed electronics manufacturing facility in Savage, Minn., by the end of April. The facility will host dedicated multifunctional manufacturing lines for printed electronics product development and ramp-up.

Assembléon Expands in Russia

(April 6, 2007) EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands — Assem Rus, representative office for Assembléon in the Russian Federation and Belarus, will offer the company's entire portfolio of products and services beginning this month. Steady growth in medium- and high-volume electronics production in the region drove the need for a full-service distributor based in Russia, cited Assembléon.


Flexible Wave System Suits Lead-free and Tin/lead

(April 5, 2007) STRATHAM, N.H. — The Delta flexible wave soldering systems 5 and 7 from Vitronics Soltec combine tighter process controls and an optimized operator interface for lead-free and tin/lead manufacturing.

Raw Materials Pressure Solder Surcharges

(April 5, 2007) JERSEY CITY, N.J.; CLINTON, N.Y.; ITASCA, Ill. — Major solder companies are adjusting prices on tin-bearing solders, following reports that 2007 tin consumption would greatly outrun available raw tin supply. Mining and production shortfalls in Bolivia and Indonesia drove the market shift, and solder companies will roll out price adjustments as temporary or tiered increases. The surcharges are expected to last for the majority of 2007.

Elcoteq Lohja Plant to Close in August

The objective of these measures is to improve the Group's long-term profitability and competitiveness. The personnel negotiations in Finland are part of an action plan that applies to the entire Group under which operations will be streamlined especially in Europe and the Americas.

Mobile Market Outpacing PCs

(April 4, 2007) LOS ALTOS, Calif. — The Henderson Forecast Summary predicts slow growth in the global PC market, due in part to unimpressive improvements from one generation of hardware/software to the next. World shipments will grow 7.1% this year, and 10.2% in 2008, according to the report.

Equipment Supplier Opens China Base

(April 4, 2007) CLEVELAND, Ohio — Technical Machine Products (TMP) established a China operation to assemble, test, and service its hydraulic presses and laminator product lines for PCB production industries. The company will continue to produce custom-built machines at its Cleveland factory.

Excess Chip Inventories Wane

(April 4, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — A larger drop in surplus component inventories occured in Q'04 2006, and the trend continued into Q'01 2007, reports iSuppli. Two factors contribute to this decline in surplus inventories: previous production cuts by chip manufacturers and a modest increase in orders, from February onward, for components. Strong end-market demand and NPIs in the second half of 2007 will prevent a repeat of the stock build-up in the supply chain.

Celestica Changes Continue

(April 4, 2007) TORONTO, ON — Celestica, Inc., named Tony Rakoczy vice president of global commodity management, effective immediately. Based in Hong Kong, Rakoczy will manage a global commodity structure to offer customers competitive materials pricing, terms, and lead times for lowest total cost-of-ownership.

PCB Design and Inspection Microscope

(April 4, 2007) WIRTZ, Va. — The Omano 2300/V6 stereo, zoom, boom microscope from The Microscope Store LLC features upgrades from the previous JW11 generation, with a solid metal base and counter-weighted dual arms. For PCB design and inspection, the microscope offers 7–45× stereo magnification.

Prototyper Attains ISO 9001:2000

(April 3, 2007) CANBY, Ore. — Screaming Circuits received ISO 9001:2000 certification for its quick-turn prototype-assembly operations. This action is part of a corporate plan to improve service levels and the prototyping process.

Celestica Appoints Vice President, Global Commodity Management

"I'm confident that Tony's expertise will drive agile and flexible supply chain solutions for our customers and will help us to achieve operational excellence through flawless supplier execution."


0805 Attenuator Suits RF/Microwave

(April 2, 2007) PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The IMA2404 thick-film, surface mount attenuator from International Manufacturing Services, Inc. (IMS), is designed for communications-oriented circuitry. The component offers attenuation up to 70 dB with ±0.2-dB stability.

February Book-to-Bill Ticks Upward

(April 2, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — The North American PCB industry posted a book-to-bill of 0.96, with rigid PCBs climbing to 0.96 and flex circuits increasing to 0.97, according to the IPC's PCB book-to-bill business report. Though the numbers still remain below parity, the book-to-bill has tracked a positive month for the first time since dropping below 1.00 in October 2006.

Nortec Appoints North America Reps

(March 30, 2007) LE ROY, N.Y. — Nortec, Inc., named IPS Group and MarTec, Inc., manufacturing representatives for its harsh-environment identification components. Both companies will provide technical support and sales.

Indium Expands N.E. Representation

(March 30, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. — Indium Corporation appointed LFG Micro as its sales and service representative for the Northeast, encompassing New Jersy, eastern Pennsylvania, and southeastern New York.

PCB Design, Fab, and Assembly Alliance Forms

(March 30, 2007) SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Sierra Proto Express and CadParts & Consulting will partner to offer a PCB design, fabrication, and assembly solution. A design service bureau will open by mid-April, according to the companies.

RVSI Expands in Singapore

(March 30, 2007) HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — RVSI Inspection LLC is relocating and expanding its Singapore offices for package and wafer inspection. The site will include a demonstration, applications, and training facility.

Solectron Announces Second Quarter Financial Results

Restructuring will reduce the workforce by approximately 1,300 to 1,500 employees and will close or consolidate approximately 400,000 square feet of facilities, primarily in North America, as well as Western Europe.

Intel Awards Suppliers

(March 29, 2007) SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel Corporation recognized 44 companies with its preferred quality supplier (PQS) award, acknowledging quality and performance in 2006. Winners celebrated at a ceremony in Burlingame, Calif., this week. The awards are part of Intel's supplier continuous quality improvement (SCQI) process.

Funding Supports Surface Mount Photonics

(March 29, 2007) MONROVIA, Calif. — Xponent Photonics secured $23 million in series C funding and added Barbara Grant, Ph.D., to its board of directors. The manufacturer supplies optical components based on its surface mount photonics platform technology.

Celestica Names Interim CFO

(March 29, 2007) TORONTO, ON — Paul Nicoletti, senior vice president of finance at Celestica, Inc., will serve as the company's interim chief financial officer, while Celestica interviews for a permanent replacement. Anthony Puppi, executive vice president and CFO, will retire on April 1, 2007, as announced in January.


Rework System Fits Oversized Boards

(March 28, 2007) SEYMOUR, Conn. — The ONYX25XLT system from Air-Vac suits rework and hand assembly of extra-large boards, such as backplanes and mainframe computers. It features an oversized bottom heater; moving solder head; and automation, cleaning, and vision systems.

Sub-micron Digital X-ray Inspection

(March 28, 2007) FREMONT, Calif. — The XiDAT XD7500VR digital X-ray inspection system, from Dage Precision Industries, combines sub-micron inspection capability with digital image-acquisition technology.

Report: Bare Boards in the U.S.

(March 28, 2007) DUBLIN, Ireland — Research and Markets released an industry report on the bare rigid- and flex-PCB manufacturing sectors in the U.S., and in foreign trade. The report highlights statistical data compiled from facilities that produce bare boards, and perform printing, plating, etching, lamination, and other processes to build the boards.

Cicor Technologies Expands its New Microelectronics Division

RHe offers the full range of substrate manufacturing (thick-layer, thin-layer, polymertechnology) including assembly of all components, packaging, screening and tests.

Routing Environment Automates PCB Design

(March 27, 2007) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Global Route Environment technology from Cadence Design Systems, Inc., combines a graphical interconnect flow-planning architecture and a hierarchy-aware global routing engine within the Allegro PCB design system, to provide PCB designers with automated intelligent planning and routing.

Acquisition Expands EMS Capacity in Florida

(March 26, 2007) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Delta Group Electronics, Inc., purchased the assets of EMS provider Singletec, Inc., in Sanford, Fla. The operations will be integrated with Delta Group's Rockledge, Fla., facilities.

IBM Develops Optical PCB and Module

(March 26, 2007) ANAHEIM, Calif. and YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — IBM researchers will introduce an optical chipset prototype for supercomputing applications that incorporates optical and CMOS components in one system-in-package (SiP), or optical module, at the 2007 Optical Fiber Conference, March 25–29 in Anaheim. The optical SiP can be incorporated with an optical PCB, or traditional electrical PCB, to enhance data transfer in supercomputers.

Jabil Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2007 Revenues

Jabil Circuit, Inc., reported unaudited net revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, ended February 28, 2007, increased 27 percent to $2.9 billion compared to $2.3 billion for the same period of fiscal 2006.

Report: Chinese Technology Standards

(March 23, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — China's government is making progress in standards development for high-tech products, though the domestic market is not participating enough in the standards-development process, according to a report released by iSuppli Corporation.

EMG President Resigns

(March 23, 2007) SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Agilent Technologies, Inc., announced that Patrick M. Byrne has resigned as senior vice president and president of the company's electronic measurements group (EMG), effective immediately. The group will report directly to Bill Sullivan, Agilent president and CEO, as the EMG president position will be discontinued.


EI Receives Military Contract

(March 23, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. — The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded $164 million in contracts for engineering, verification, and production to Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. (EI). The project includes organic packaging; module assembly; PCB design and fabrication; board assembly; verification and test of these systems; and support for logistics, shipping, and storage. The end product is a high-reliability, high-performance computing application.

Indium Expands in Southwest

(March 23, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. — Indium Corporation added KTEC Equipment and Supplies as its distributor for Arizona. KTEC, established in 1985, boasts a new facility and 15,000 sq.ft. warehouse capacity.

Verigy and Flextronics Celebrate a Major Manufacturing Transition Milestone

100th Verigy V5000 Memory Test System Shipped from Flextronics China

Lead-free Solder Maintains Consistent Properties

(March 22, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. — Designed for manufacturability and flexibility in various regional climatic conditions, the Multicore LF600 lead-free solder paste from the electronics group of Henkel provides humidity resistance, 24-hour open times, and low voiding.

Preheat Tool Reduces Warpage Risk

(March 22, 2007) GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — The focus preheater PCT-100 convection tool from OK International ramps to a desired preheat temperature and provide stability during hand assembly or rework operations on surface mount components. The system can also be used with thru-hole devices. Stable preheat temperatures can reduce the risk of board and component warpage due to thermal stresses.

CM Opens Rework-and-Repair Lab

(March 21, 2007) NORFOLK, England — Contract manufacturer (CM) Barric has established a dedicated rework-and-repair lab for the test, inspection, and repair of electronics products for manufacturers throughout Europe.

Uncovering the Potential: EMS Opportunities Within the Aerospace & Defense Industry

The Electronics and Sensors Group at Frost & Sullivan is pleased to announce its 2007 Quarterly Analyst Briefing Presentation on the aerospace and defense (A&D) EMS providers market to be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. CDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Online Support Offers Real-time Answers

(March 20, 2007) NASHVILLE — A suite of online service support options from Kyzen Corporation gives users access to live support, which connects them instantly to a service advisor.

Solectron Expands Relationship with Kronos to Manage Global Workforce

The use of Kronos will allow Solectron to centralize and standardize its time and labor processes, improve labor analysis and reporting, and empower the organization to most effectively manage compliance with labor laws.

Inspection Guide Illustrates Defects

(March 19, 2007) FREMONT, Calif. — David Bernard, Ph.D., Dage, introduced A Practical Guide to X-ray Inspection Criteria and Common Defect Analysis as a teaching aid and reference guide. Information in the book covers an introduction to X-ray equipment, including several definitions; theories for effective use of AXI; and methods for detecting faults in PCBAs. Appendices give readers a guide to purchasing X-ray equipment, FAQs, and several references for further study.


SMTA Hosts Texas Shows

(March 19, 2007) DALLAS and HOUSTON, Texas — The SMTA Dallas and Houston chapters will host vendor days this week, along with technical programs, on March 21 and 23, respectively. Technical presentations are open to attendees, and will include a study from Umut Tosun, M.S.Ch.E., Zestron America, on the risks and implications of eutectic and lead-free cleaning in one process. The exhibitions will offer cleaning, thermal, radiation, and other products from the industry.

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.


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