December Book-to-Bill Stays Positive
(January 29, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries released the December 2007 book-to-bill ratios for rigid and flex PCB production in North America. The book-to-bill slipped in rigid and flex segments, hitting 1.01 for combined markets.
EFD Releases PicoDot Jet Dispense
(January 29, 2008) EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. EFD Inc., a subsidiary of Nordson Corporation, debuted the next-generation PicoDot jetting dispense system, targeting high precision for a range of fluid viscosities. The dispense system suits miniaturized assemblies and 3D or uneven substrates for adhesive, coating, and other fluid applications.
Zestron Asia/Pacific Expands
(January 28, 2008) MANASSAS, Va. ZESTRON Asia/Pacific relocated to a larger facility, in the Zun Xuan Industrial Park of Shanghai, China. The location features the company's largest Asia/Pacific Application Technology Center.
Vitronics Soltec Upgrades XPM2 Reflow
(January 28, 2008) STRATHAM, N.H. Vitronics Soltec introduced an enhanced XPM2 reflow platform, XPM2+, featuring upgraded conveyor, cooling, electrical controls, software, and user interface, as well as a leaner external body.
Professional Development at APEX
(January 28, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries will promote reliability in lead-free, high-density interconnects (HDIs), design for reliability (DfR), and other topics for more than 60 professional development courses March 3031 and April 3 at IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit in Las Vegas. Courses are half- and full-day classes with expert speakers.
Master Bond Debuts Harsh-environment Adhesive
(January 28, 2008) HACKENSACK, N.J. Master Bond released the EP11SIC silver-filled one-component conductive adhesive. It suits applications requiring electrical connections for sensitive components in severe operating conditions, resisting mechanical and thermal stresses.
TechSearch Lauds Embedded Components
(January 25, 2008) AUSTIN, Texas TechSearch International released "Embedded Active Components and Integrated Passive: Technologies and Markets," a report detailing the technologies, processes, and infrastructure for embedded components. TechSearch expects embedded components to see double-digit growth across market segments in coming years.
IPC Calls for Midwest 2008 Papers
(January 24, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries issued a call for participation for the IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition, September 2328, 2008, in Schaumburg, Ill. Researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders are invited to submit an abstract for the technical conference on any aspect of electronics manufacturing.
Sanmina-SCI Announces Earnings for Q1: Outlook Improving
"Our second quarter has historically been seasonally down, but we are cautiously optimistic about our outlook based on what we currently have in the pipeline from new and existing customers. We expect to continue to strengthen our results, improve profitability and generate free cash flow throughout fiscal 2008," continued Sola.
SOMACIS Opening Advanced PCB Plant
(January 23, 2008) MANFREDONIA, Italy SOMACIS pcb industries will start production of a next-generation of PCBs at two R&D facilities in Italy, Castelfidardo and Manfredonia. The Manfredonia plant is under construction and will begin producing the high-technology PCBs in the first half of the year.
Zetex Unveils Current Monitor
(January 22, 2008) HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. Zetex Semiconductors released the ZXCT1080 current monitor, boasting an extended common-mode-sensing voltage range of 3 to 60 V. The component reduces errors in translating actual measured current into input sense current required, as well as overall power consumption. An automotive AEC-Q100-qualified version also is in development.
IPC Issues Reports, Recommendations
(January 22, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries commissioned a report on miniaturization and electronics manufacturing, conducted by Prismark Partners (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.). The association also weighed in on the European Commission's review of RoHS, suggesting that the EU consider technical, environmental, and resource impacts of additional RoHS action.
ProtoDesign Chooses DEK Horizon 03i
(January 21, 2008) UTICA, Mich. and FLEMINGTON, N.J. ProtoDesign, Inc., a design and electronics services firm targeting medical, industrial, security and public service sectors, partnered with DEK to use the Horizon 03i platform. ProtoDesign will implement the printing system on its automated production line, and expects to double throughput over the coming year.
The Morey Corp. Adds Management
(January 18, 2008) WOODRIDGE, Ill. Matt W. Williams joined The Morey Corporation's sales and marketing team as business development manager, focused on the commercial telematics market. He will concentrate on wireless, GPS, vehicle data-bus technologies, and other telematics hardware nearing full-scale commercial adoption.
Sunburst Appoints Western Rep
(January 18, 2008) WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. Silver Mountain Design will represent Sunburst EMS's line of manufacturing and design services in the western U.S. Silver Mountain operates offices in Nev., Ariz., N.M., and southern Calif.
Rockwell Intros Linear Stages
(January 18, 2008) MILWAUKEE Rockwell Automation released the Allen-Bradley MP-Series line of integrated linear stages for OEMs and machine builders, targeting a range of load-carrying applications. The products are designed to be off-the-shelf replacements for proprietary designs, reportedly reducing time and costs of design, programming, and commissioning.
EI Develops High-complexity PCB
(January 17, 2008) ENDICOTT, N.Y. Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. (EI) created a large, high-complexity PCB controller board that functions as the intelligence of a powerful and advanced optical packet switch. The PCB was fabricated for IBM Zurich Research Lab, and required deep blind vias joined with a proprietary EI process technology.
IPC Designers Summit Focuses on Learning
(January 17, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries will present its 2008 Designers Summit, in conjunction with APEX, March 31 through April 3 in Las Vegas. The program includes workshops and exams for certifications, Designers Day, technical presentations, and networking.
iNEMI Begins 2009 Roadmap
(January 17, 2008) HERNDON, Va. The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is requesting input from industry experts to develop its 2009 Roadmap. Hewlett-Packard (HP) will host the North American kick-off meeting February 2021, 2008, at its Cupertino, Calif., facility. The meeting is open to any interested in participating in iNEMI's next roadmap.
IPC Issues Annual PCB Studies
(January 14, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries released three annual PCB studies: "20062007 Industry Analysis and Forecast for Flexible Circuits in North America," "20062007 Industry Analysis and Forecast for Rigid PCBs and Laminates in North America," and "Technology Trends for Printed Circuit Boards for the Year 2006." Growth in the PCB industry worldwide over the next two years is expected to be modest but steady.
KIC Upgrades Automatic Thermal Profiler
(January 14, 2008) SAN DIEGO KIC's KIC Vision thermal profiling system is upgraded to include additional automatic capabilities. The Vision product is designed to replace manual periodic reflow profiling with automatic measurement of product profiles. The upgrades target increased automation, documentation, and traceability.
Mentor Begins 20th PCB Technology Awards
(January 11, 2008) WILSONVILLE, Ore. Mentor Graphics Corporation opened its 20th annual Technology Leadership Awards competition, calling for entries in six categories for complex PCB designs. The awards recognize engineers and designers that use Mentor products to address design challenges and produce leading products.
Advisory Board Update: Hwang Joins U.S. Export Council
(January 11, 2008) WASHINGTON The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Jennie Hwang, Ph.D., SMT Editorial Advisory Board member, to a four-year term with the U.S. Department of Commerce's District Export Council.
APEX Hosts iRobot Founder
(January 10, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. Rodney Brooks, Ph.D., director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory, founder of iRobot, and leader in robotics and artificial intelligence, will present the opening keynote of IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, April 1 in Las Vegas.
Asymtek, YESTech Partner for Medical Apps
(January 8, 2008) CARLSBAD, Calif. Asymtek and YESTech, both Nordson companies, co-developed a dispensing process that uses automatic optical inspection (AOI) technology to verify precision, accuracy, and reliability. The dispensing process targets medical-device manufacturers requiring traceability and validation.
2006 PCB Production Outpaced 2000
(January 8, 2008) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries issued its "World PCB Production and Laminate Market Report for the Year 2006," showing that the world PCB market expanded in 2006, for the third year in a row, to $47.6 billion.
Aqueous Names Accelonix as Distributor
(January 7, 2008) RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. Aqueous Technologies Corporation appointed Accelonix, a member of the Accelonix Group, as its distributor in France and the North African countries Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.
Indium's Ning-Cheng Lee Presents Globally
(January 7, 2008) CLINTON, N.Y. Ning-Cheng Lee, Ph.D., VP of technology at Indium Corporation, will present diverse workshops in Thailand, Malaysia, and India throughout January 2008. Topics range from environmental impacts to high reliability, and center around lead-free soldering.
Cimnet Upgrades PCB-specific Software
(January 7, 2008) INDIANAPOLIS Cimnet Systems, a Consona business unit, released new versions of three PCB-specific engineering and business software products: Paradigm v.3.5, iQuote v.3.2, and Engenix v.2.2.
Lab Management Provider Opens
(January 3, 2008) AUBURN, Mass. Labman One, LLC began business as a contract service company dedicated to improving the efficiency and productivity of high-tech laboratories. It aims to assist in laboratory management for small companies in advanced technology fields, managing debug and repair services, and reportedly adding to productivity and efficiency.
Taiyo Promotes Hole-plugging Ink
(January 2, 2008) CARSON CITY, Nev. Taiyo America will allow customers to try its THP-100DX1 hole-plugging ink, on up to 12 PCB panels, at Applied Circuit Services (Exeter, N.H.) or HDI Via Fill Services (Santa Ana, Calif.). The hole fill is said to resist attack in over-plate applications, providing a planar copper surface without dishdowns from desmear.
Aqueous Releases Trident E-Learning Topic
(January 2, 2008) RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. Aqueous Technologies Corp. announced the "Trident Automatic Defluxing and Cleanliness Testing System" E-Learning presentation, available on the company's Website. The presentation introduces control, cleaning, test, drying, and configuration technologies for the Aqueous Trident system.
Elcoteq Reorganizing in 2008
(December 26, 2007) ESPOO, Finland; RICHARDSON, Texas; and HONG KONG Elcoteq SE will streamline and simplify its organization, effective January 1, 2008. The reorganization is part of the EMS provider's action plan announced in October 2007. The resulting structure should improve the company's ability to respond to customer needs, clarify responsibilities, speed up decision making, and improve Elcoteq's cost structure.
Master Bond Debuts Anti-Static Latex Coating
(December 26, 2007) HACKENSACK, N.J. Master Bond Inc. released LTX-117G, a lower cost, electrically conductive, water-based adhesive, sealant, and coating. It is a one-part, UV-stable latex adhesive that incorporates non-metallic graphite filler to add conductivity.
Puritan Releases ESD-safe Swabs
(December 24, 2007) GUILFORD, Maine Puritan Medical Products LLC created a line of ESD-safe swabs with primary applications in microelectronics induustry. The ESD Safe Swabs protect electronic circuitry and devices from the negative effects of ESD. An ESD event can cause an immediate product failure, or cause a product to fail later, affecting product lifespan as well as customer safety and satisfaction.
Optimal Uses Calavista for Software Development
(December 20, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas Optimal Electronics Corporation partnered with Calavista Software, a software development resources and tools company, to expand and improve the Optel manufacturing execution system (MES) suite.
Nihon Aids World Solar Challenge
(December 20, 2007) OSAKA, JAPAN Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. sponsored the UltraCommuter vehicle in the Panasonic World Solar Challenge eco-car race, held this October. UltraCommuter was jointly developed by Nihon Superior, the University of Waikato (New Zealand), and HybridAuto.
Zuken, LogicSwap Launch Design Migration Tool
(December 19, 2007) MUNICH, Germany and WESTFORD, Mass. LogicSwap, migration software provider for Zuken's CADSTAR, launched a migration toolset for schematics, libraries, and PCB designs moving to CADSTAR from Cadence Allegro and Orcad, Mentor Graphics PADS PCB designer, and Altium Protel and P-CAD.
Valor, Digitaltest Partner
(December 19, 2007) YAVNE, Israel Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. and Germany-based Digitaltest GmbH partnered to integrate their respective design-for-test and process engineering products for improved new product introduction (NPI), assembly, and test. Digitaltest's C-LINK will work with Valor's vPlan software on a common data model.
2008 IC Market Drivers Report
(December 18, 2007) PHOENIX Electronics system shipments worldwide grew about 5% in 2007, hitting $1.21 trillion. The market is driven by demand for mobile communications devices, consumer products, notebook PCs, wireless, and automotive electronics, according to IC Insights' 2008 edition of its "IC Market Drivers" report. IC Insights finds that IC sales grew 5% to $220.3 billion this year.
November 2007 Book-to-Bill Remains Positive
(December 17, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced today the November findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. The book-to-bill ratio for rigid and flex PCB production continued its positive trend, hitting 1.06.
APEX 2008 Preview: Technical Sessions
(December 12, 2007) LAS VEGAS IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries released highlights for its IPC Printed Circuits Expo/APEX/Designers Summit, April 13, 2008, in Las Vegas. The show includes a conference, free forums, standards development meetings, professional development courses, and exhibit floor.
Henkel Intros Quick-dry Toluene-free Conformal Coating
(December 12, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. Henkel Corporation launched the next generation of its Hysol conformal coating material, a toluene-free, one-component, solvent-based acrylic conformal coating, PC62.
Palomar Partners with Vision for PWB and SMT
(December 11, 2007) CARLSBAD, Calif. Palomar Technologies partnered with Vision Manufacturing, Inc. (VMI Vista, Calif.), to add printed wiring board (PWB) and SMT services to its Palomar Microelectronics process development, prototyping, and low-volume assembly services.
NanoMarkets Sees Disposable Electronics at $26.2B by 2015
(December 11, 2007) GLEN ALLEN, Va. NanoMarkets LLC expects the disposable electronics market paper substrates, printed RFID tags, organic embedded devices to grow to a $26.2 billion market by 2015. The analyst firm published its projections broken out by applications and device type, as well as corporate profiles of market leaders, in "Disposable Electronics: The First Wave for Printed and Organic Electronics."
Frost & Sullivan Reports on SMD Placement
(December 10, 2007) PALO ALTO, Calif. Frost & Sullivan released an analysis of pick-and-place, "Emerging Trends in SMD Placement," highlighting accuracy and modularity as key to next-generation pick-and-place systems. The report is part of the "Surface Mount Technology Technical Insights Growth Partnership" program.
Quadris-3 Pick-and-place System Launches
(December 7, 2007) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. Universal Instruments expanded the Quadris platform with Quadris-3, which uses a quad-gantry layout and is said to achieve high throughput and place a range of components. The system is based on Universal's Quadris-S, enabling compatible operation on SMT lines.
SMTA Requests Abstracts
(December 7, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla. and SHANGHAI, China The SMTA is requesting abstracts for technical papers and presentations at its 2008 tradeshows, including SMTA International (SMTAI) in Orlando and three SMTA China shows in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Tianjin.
Additive to Limit Tin Whiskers
(December 6, 2007) OSAKA, Japan C. Uyemura & Co., an Osaka-based supplier of metal plating chemicals, has developed an additive that reportedly prevents formation of tin whiskers on circuit boards and other electronic components, according to the Nikkei Business Daily.
Tantalum Capacitors for Embedded Apps
(December 4, 2007) MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. AVX Corporation developed a range of tantalum capacitors targeting embedded control systems used in electronic control units (ECUs) for industrial, telecommunication, and other applications.
ASSET Acquires ITT
(December 4, 2007) RICHARDSON, Texas ASSET InterTech Inc. acquired International Test Technologies (ITT), based in County Donegal, Ireland. ITT supplies processor-emulation test technology to electronics manufacturers. The company's core test applications will merge well with ASSET's boundary scan systems for test, in-system programming (ISP), design-for-test (DfT), and advanced embedded instrumentation applications, according to representatives.
Astronics AES Implements Omnify PLM
(December 4, 2007) ANDOVER, Mass. Astronics AES streamlined product development and improved production using Omnify product life-cycle management (PLM) software. Astronics produces more than 100 electronic products for commercial, military, and aerospace platforms.
PCB Industry Steady in October
(December 3, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries October book-to-bill findings reveal that shipments and orders were generally slightly depressed throughout the month, in flexible and rigid PCB sectors. However, the book-to-bill ratio remained at 1.08.
CADParts Partners for EMS
(December 3, 2007) MORGANVILLE and NEPTUNE, N.J. CADParts & Consulting LLC formed a strategic alliance with EMS provider EdmondMarks Technologies for long-term, quality products for customers. The companies report that the partnership will help streamline R&D investments from their customers.
Vulcan Adds Real-time X-ray Inspection
(December 3, 2007) HUDSON, N.H. Vulcan Flex Circuit Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vulcan Electric Company, acquired an XRI-1 real-time X-ray inspection unit for its flex and flex-rigid production facility.
Nihon Opens in San Diego
(November 29, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. Nihon Superior Co. Ltd., based in Osaka, Japan, opened a Nihon Superior USA, LLC office in San Diego to manage solder products distribution throughout the Americas. Nihon licenses its SN100C lead-free alloy through AIM Solder and FCT Assembly in North America.
SMTA International 2007 Best Papers Announced
To reward exceptional achievement, $1,000 awards and plaques are given for the Best of Conference Paper, Best of Proceedings Paper, and the Best International Paper.
Lockheed, Sanmina Team for Army Contract
(November 27, 2007) OWEGO, N.Y. Lockheed Martin and Sanmina-SCI signed a teaming agreement, allowing them to collaborate in a bid for the U.S. Army's next-generation digital intercommunications system contract. The job is worth $3.5 billion over about five years. The companies plan to offer an enhanced tactical vehicle version of Sanmina's TOCNET intercommunication system.
Toray to Sell Flex Exposure System in West
(November 27, 2007) TOKYO Toray Engineering Co., Ltd., will open sales opportunities of its double-sided, close-proximity exposure system, TE2538W, to flex substrate manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe.
TFI Releases December Forum Agenda
(November 26, 2007) ALAMEDA, Calif. Technology Forecasters Inc. will hold its Quarterly Forum in San Jose, Calif., December 56, 2007. The event includes presentations on Eastern/Central Europe's EMS climate, green electronics, DfX as a growth tool, and other topics.
Outsourcing Advice for Medical OEMs
(November 26, 2007) CRANSTON, R.I. EMS provider Federal Electronics released a white paper for medical OEMs looking to outsource to EMS providers. Author Ed Evangelista, VP of Federal Electronics, believes EMS providers versed in the regulatory environment of medical electronics can bring OEMs higher profits, more flexibility, and faster time-to-market.
AOI Line Highlights Upgradeability
(November 26, 2007) EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands Marantz Business Electronics premiered its iSpector 350 AOI system at Productronica this November in Munich, Germany, part of its upgradeable AOI platform. The AOI line can go from benchtop to in-line inspection, with various lighting configurations.
Post-show Numbers: Productronica Expands International Draw
(November 26, 2007) MUNICH, Germany Despite transportation strikes and snow storms, attendance at the 2007 Productronica conference hovered around 40,000, with visitors and exhibitors hailing from outside Germany both on the rise.
OK International Debuts Tweezers
(November 26, 2007) GARDEN GROVE, Calif. OK International released MX-PTZ precision tweezer tooling for its Metcal MX-500 soldering and rework system. The tweezers are designed to eliminate thermal overshoot, PCB stress, and package damage during manual rework. They are reportedly lightweight and ergonomically designed.
VirTex Adds VP, Manufacturing Operation
(November 19, 2007) AUSTIN, Texas VirTex Assembly Inc. created the position of VP, manufacturing operations, to develop and enhance manufacturing efficiency and implement lean manufacturing practices. Cathy Armstrong Chamseddine will take up the position.
IPC Looks for APEX Presenters
(November 19, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries is calling for researchers, academics, technical experts, and others in the industry to submit abstracts for poster papers for IPC Printed Circuits Expo, APEX and the Designers Summit, March 30April 3, 2008, in Las Vegas.
Smartphones Eroding Laptop and Cell Markets
(November 19, 2007) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Smartphones are on pace to grow at a more than 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, according to research firm In-Stat. Computing companies from Google to Apple likely will succeed in making the leap from PC-based products to smartphone integration, add analysts at iSuppli.
Fume Extraction for Benchtop Soldering
(November 19, 2007) APEX, N.C. Cooper Hand Tools introduced the Weller volume fume extraction system WFE2ES with 99.5% filtration efficiency. It targets solder baths, micro soldering, and other applications where workers can be exposed to fumes and pollutants from assembly processes.
IMS Supplies Non-magnetic SMDs
(November 19, 2007) PORTSMOUTH, R.I. Targeting medical and MRI equipment and related industries, International Manufacturing Services (IMS) developed a group of non-magnetic resistors, RF dividers, and other components. The surface mountable devices feature nickel-free terminations and suit leaded or lead-free soldering.
NEE Expands to U.S., Europe
(November 19, 2007) PHOENIX, Ariz. New Era Electronics, Ltd. (NEE), along with business consultant EastBridge Partners LLC, established NEE International Ltd. as a microwave PCB sales and support force outside of Asia. The business unit will be based in Phoenix, and cater primarily to microwave PCB customers in the U.S. and Europe.
Another Look into the European Electronics Industry
Reporting for Real Time with Productronica, Philip Stoten talks with Michael Brianda, DEK's Sales & Marketing Director, about his views on the European market and in particular, Productronica's place on the global stage.
MYDATA Licenses Asymtek's Jetting
(November 12, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden and CARLSBAD, Calif. MYDATA Automation AB signed a license agreement with Nordson Corporation involving patents for jetting processes developed by Asymtek, a Nordson subsidiary. MYDATA will incorporate Asymtek's jetting in their jet printer products for SMT applications.
TTSG Installs Ansoft PCB Design Suite
(November 9, 2007) PENANG, Malaysia Test Tooling Solutions Group (TTSG), a global manufacturer of automated test equipment (ATE) for the semiconductor industry, adopted Ansoft Corporation's PCB design suite. The tooling provider will use Ansoft products on design flows that link process-accurate models of board-level structures to advanced circuit and system simulations.
DDi Enters Broader Licensing With Stablcor
(November 9, 2007) COSTA MESA and ANAHEIM, Calif. Stablcor Incorporated signed a licensing agreement with PCB manufacturer DDi Corp., enabling DDi to ship to users without end-product royalties. The licensing policy is geared to bring STABLCOR materials from specialty use to incorporation as a general build-up material in PCBs.
Nextreme Names Director, Manufacturing
(November 7, 2007) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. Nextreme appointed Stephen Brooks as director of manufacturing, citing prior experience with ramping technologies from introduction to volume manufacturing.
SMTR Adds Legacy Services
(November 7, 2007) WAKE FOREST, N.C. SMT Resource Group LLC (SMTR) introduced a service program to support legacy SMT equipment and lines, typically 5 to 10 years old. The service includes line moves, in-factory training, and emergency and preventative maintenance.
Titan Acquiring Nexus Nano
(November 6, 2007) AMESBURY, Mass. and FREMONT, Calif. Titan Global Holdings, through subsidiary Titan Electronics Group, will acquire the assets of Nexus Nano Electronics Inc. in an equity-based transaction valued at just over $11 million. Titan anticipates that the custom PCB manufacturer will increase market share in defense, aerospace, and related electronics segments by 2008.
Mouser to Distribute ROHM Electronics
(November 6, 2007) MANSFIELD, Texas Mouser Electronics, Inc., will distribute ICs and other components from ROHM Electronics USA to its engineering-based customers.
Dage Promotes Sealed X-ray for High-volume
(November 6, 2007) AYLESBURY, U.K. Dage Precision Industries released an X-ray inspection system, XiDAT XD7500NT, with a sealed X-ray tube to minimize maintenance requirements in busy production environments. The machine includes submicron resolution and digital imaging as well.
MYDATA Updates Jet Printer
(November 5, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden MYDATA automation AB released the second generation of its jet printing system MY500, with complete off-line setup and programming and increased PCB design flexibility. The system will debut at Productronica, November 1316 in Munich, Germany.
Europlacer Appoints General Sales Manager
(November 2, 2007) DORSET, U.K. Blakell Europlacer will make Andy Jones its U.K. general sales manager on January 2, 2008. Jones has served in senior roles at Quad, Europlacer, and Mydata.
Vision System for PCB Machining
(November 2, 2007) MILFORD, N.H. Datron Dynamics Inc. released the Datron IVS integrated vision system for high-speed machining applications. The product mounts to a machining system's Z axis to locate fiducials and compensate for irregularities, reportedly enhancing parts uniformity and minimizing waste.
Manncorp Intros Small-footprint Reflow
(November 2, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. and WILLOW GROVE, Pa. Manncorp released a lead-free reflow oven, CR5000F, that boasts 2030% smaller footprint than comparable machines and ±1°C accuracy in its five upper and lower zones.
Cogiscan Develops Reel-based Traceability
(November 2, 2007) BROMONT, ON, Canada Cogiscan Inc. and partners Fuji, Juki, and Siemens introduced the first version of their RFID Smart Reel Detection system, which uses RFID technology on component reels to improve traceability and eliminate manual barcode scanning. Cogiscan and its partners will highlight the tooling at Productronica, November 1316 in Munich, Germany, Booth A5.249.
Cobar Europe Adds Rep, Management
(November 2, 2007) BREDA, Holland Cobar Europe BV, part of the Balver Zinn Group, named Gerjan Diepstraten, Ing., as process support manager, and appointed PEM Technology as its representative in South Africa.
IPC Names Heller President to Board
(November 2, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries appointed Marc Peo, president, Heller Industries, to its Board of Directors, following the resignation and retirement of Pierre de Villeméjane of Speedline. Peo will serve out Villeméjane's unexpired term, through April 2009.
Burn-in QFN Socket for Fine Pitch
(November 1, 2007) VANCOUVER, Wash. Antares Advanced Test Technologies released the 880 series of clamshell burn-in sockets that accommodate standard QFN packages down to 0.35-mm pitch. The finer-pitch socket comprises a beryllium/copper alloy contact with gold contact plating, compression mount, and a cantilever contact.
Bookings Rise in September, Book-to-Bill Hits 1.08
(October 31, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. Shipments in September fell 7.1% from last year, and orders booked jumped 15.2% for rigid and flex PCBs, according to IPC's monthly statistical report. September's book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.08, maintaining a steady positive streak that began early in 2007.
DEK Dual Lane Ups Throughput
(October 31, 2007) WEYMOUTH, U.K. DEK launched its Dual Lane handling solution, which is said to double throughput by replacing single-lane lines. Dual Lane will debut at Productronica, November 1316 in Munich, Germany, Hall A4 Booth 205.
Sony Rolls Out AOI System
(October 30, 2007) LAKE FOREST, Calif. Sony Manufacturing Systems America Inc. (SMSA) released the SI-V200 automatic optical inspection (AOI) system for high-speed, accurate, and flexible inspection post-print and pre- and post-reflow. The machine is capable of inspecting 01005s and boasts an increased field of view (FOV).
Newark Names Live Edge Judges
(October 29, 2007) CHICAGO Newark and parent company Premier Farnell plc released the panel of judges selected for the companies' Live Edge Electronic Design for the Global Environment competition, which challenges designers to incorporate electronic components into a product that benefits the environment. Judges include university, government, and business representatives.
GE Completes phoenix X-ray Buy
(October 29, 2007) BILLERICA, Mass. GE Inspection Technologies received the required regulatory approvals to merger phoenix X-ray into its non-destructive test business, for undisclosed fiscal terms. The acquisition will broaden GE's 3D, computerized tomography (CT), and micro- and nanotechnology inspection capabilities across industries, said Caroline Reda, president and CEO, GE Inspection Technologies.
National Electronics Week Launches
(October 26, 2007) LONDON Covering design through production and distribution of components, the National Electronics Week (NEW) tradeshow will debut June 1719, 2008, in London.
Benchmark Electronics' 3Q Earnings Drop
"We are clearly disappointed with our revenue performance for the third quarter," said Cary T. Fu, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. "However, as our fourth quarter guidance reflects, we continue to believe that Benchmark is well positioned for the future based on our operating focus and execution, new program bookings and continued strong cash flows from operations."
MYDATA Names Broman President
(October 25, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden Bengt Broman, previously president of Teracom and of LGP-Allgon, assumed the responsibility of president of MYDATA Automation. Broman has been a member of the MYDATA board for two years, and joined the company early in 2007.
Manncorp Adds Soldering/Rework Products
(October 24, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. and WILLOW GROVE, Pa. Manncorp released six soldering/desoldering products on a "Specialty Soldering Equipment" section of its Website, adding the series for low- to mid-volume assemblers.
Flextronics' Income Up 25%; Company Reports Record Results
Mike McNamara, chief executive officer of Flextronics, stated, "We continue to maintain a strong financial position with over $1 billion in cash, no short term debt maturities, and a record low debt to capital leverage ratio of 19%."
Rogers Appoints VP of Sales
(October 23, 2007) ROGERS, Conn. Rogers Corporation promoted Jeffrey M. Grudzien to VP of sales, responsible for managing the materials supplier's global sales team. He will report to Robert Wachob, president and CEO, Rogers.
Universal, Valor Partner for Software Integration
(October 23, 2007) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. and YAVNE, Israel Universal Instruments Corporation (UIC) and Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. collaborated to develop Dimensions Data Prep Studio, a new product introduction (NPI) and assembly software control package for UIC equipment users. The software integrates UIC's Dimensions Programming and Optimization (DPO) tooling with Valor's vPlan production planning product.
Acquisition Bolsters Intertek's RoHS Offering
(October 23, 2007) KANATA, ON, Canada and HOUSTON Intertek Group plc quality and safety service provider added Ageus Solutions to its restricted substances consulting services group. Ageus boasts global environmental compliance consulting, technology services, and product stewardship to the electronics and related industries. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Equipment Suppliers Expand Eastern Europe Distribution
(October 22, 2007) GALWAY, Ireland QUIPTECH capital equipment distributor added YESTech and expanded its partnership with Smart Sonic to bring both companies into Eastern Europe. QUIPTECH will represent YESTech's AOI and X-ray inspection systems for in- and off-line operation, and Smart Sonic's ultrasonic stencil cleaners and chemistries.
E&C Takes on Printed Circuit Materials
(October 22, 2007) BILLERICA, Mass. Emerson & Cuming added polymer thick films, conductive inks, and coatings to its circuit assembly materials portfolio, taking over the product lines and future development from sister company Acheson Electronic Materials, both part of National Starch and Chemical Company's electronic materials division.
Suppliers Ready for Mexitrónica
(October 19, 2007) GUADALAJARA, Mexico As Mexico reemerges as a lower-labor-cost region close to home for U.S. companies outsourcing electronics assembly, Mexitrónica, October 2325 in Guadalajara, promises to attract international EMS providers and OEMs investigating available equipment and consumables, and checking out opportunities in the local industry.
iNEMI Opens Shanghai Office
(October 19, 2007) HERNDON, Va. The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) opened a representative office in Pudong, Shanghai, China, naming Haley Fu, Ph.D., manager of operations in the region. The Shanghai office is iNEMI's first outside of North America; it was approved by the board of directors in 2006.
Inovaxe Staff Join SMTA's MSD Council
(October 18, 2007) SARASOTA, Fla. Forrest Briggs, director of technical services, and Carl Schneider, principal software engineer of Inovaxe Corp., joined the SMTA Council on MSD. The MSD Council concentrates on advancing the practice of moisture control for sensitive devices.
IPC Names VP, Standards and Technology
(October 18, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries appointed David Torp as vice president of standards and technology. David Bergman, former VP of standards, technology, and international relations, will focus solely on IPC's global initiatives as IPC's VP, international relations.
AT&S Specifies Enthone Dry Film Resist
(October 18, 2007) LANGENFELD, Germany AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG selected the PHOTEC H-9825 dry film resist, manufactured by Hitachi Chemical and custom slit and distributed by Enthone, for volume PCB manufacturing at its Hinterberg, Austria, facility. The PCB maker will continue implementing the dry film resist at its Asia-Pacific facilities in 2008.
NEPCON Manufacturing Enters Romania
(October 17, 2007) YAVNE, Israel NEPCON Manufacturing Technologies, an EMS provider to electronics, electro-optics, and defense OEMs, invested $1 million in an electronics packaging and assembly facility, NEPROM TECHNOLOGY, in Alexandria, Romania. The site will head NEPCON's European manufacturing, and is a joint venture with Romania-based Electortel.
Japan's OEMs Look to Outsource
(October 17, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Japanese OEMs, though still reluctant to use CMs for electronics, LCD, and related assembly, are being forced to focus more on product design and marketing to maintain leadership in certain markets, according to iSuppli. EMS providers and ODMs could benefit from Japan's major OEMs divesting manufacturing operations to attain cost and time-to-market efficiencies, said Adam Pick, principal analyst for EMS and ODM, iSuppli.
Valor Bolsters R&D, Distribution
(October 16, 2007) YAVNE, Israel Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. appointed as VP of R&D Meir Zelzer, formerly of SAP. The company also named GATEline AB as its distribution representative to the Nordic region.
Henkel Names Technical Manager
(October 16, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. Henkel Corporation promoted Renzhe Zhao, Ph.D., to technical manager of applications engineering, responsible for defining and supervising product development in stacked-die, underfill, and small molded package applications at the company's Calif. Technical Center. He will also oversee materials development in die-attach liquids, solder spheres, and tacky fluxes.
Dow Debuts Encapsulants for HB-LEDs
(October 16, 2007) MIDLAND, Mich. Dow Corning Corp. introduced a range of silicone encapsulants for high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), featuring low moisture absorption, improved heat dissipation, and high transparency with a refractive index of 1.53. The three formulas target various hardness and viscosity needs.
Enthone Licenses Catalytic Inks
(October 15, 2007) WEST HAVEN, Conn. Enthone Inc., a business of Cookson Electronics, acquired exclusive global licensing rights to a line of catalytic inks for plating plastics from TECSEN SA (Brussels, Belgium). Enthone will manufacture, market, and sell the inks for use in inductive phone cards, flexible PCBs, RFIDs, and other application sectors, primarily under the EnTRACE brand.
SCS Curing System Combines Heat Sources
(October 15, 2007) INDIANAPOLIS Specialty Coating Systems (SCS) introduced the SCS Precision IRT cure system, which uses convection and long-wave infrared (IR) heat sources. The system reportedly cures a variety of coatings and adhesives efficiently, in less time and with lower costs than other models.
Indium Adds Sales in Eastern N.A.
(October 12, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. Indium Corporation named Simcona Electronics Corporation to distribute solder bar, flux-coated wire, and wave solder fluxes on the eastern coast of North America.
Panasonic Batteries Specified RoHS-compliant
(October 12, 2007) ELGIN, Ill. Panasonic OEM Battery Group (Matsushita Battery Industrial MBI) reports that it has voluntarily committed to eliminate RoHS-prohibited substances (lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) from its OEM batteries.
Cookson Expands India R&D Center
(October 12, 2007) BANGALORE, India Cookson Electronics added personnel and equipment to its India Research Center, moving to a 32,000-sq.ft. facility in Bangalore this month. The company, which originally opened its India R&D on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus, will continue its strategic partnership with the school.
Cobar Adds R&D Scientist
(October 11, 2007) BREDA, the Netherlands Cobar Europe BV, a business of Balver Zinn, appointed Di Wu, Ph.D., as R&D scientist. Wu holds degrees in chemistry, chemicals, and materials and interface chemistry.
SCS Acquires Japanese Coatings JV
(October 11, 2007) INDIANAPOLIS Specialty Coating Systems, Inc. (SCS) acquired full ownership of its joint venture (JV) Parylene Japan K.K. (PJKK), established with Three Bond Co. Ltd. in 1990. The former JV will continue to provide Parylene conformal coating services and technologies in Japan under president Eddie Narita, and will operate as Parylene Japan, Inc.
SMTAI Show Highlights
(October 10, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla SMTA International, October 711 in Orlando, enjoys its first year with an SMTA exhibition, selling out booth space. The show offers new products, the Lead-free Symposium, live chat rooms at the exhibits, and a roster of technical speakers, tutorials, and certification instructors. Following are highlights from the show floor from Indium, Austin American, ACE, Asymtek, Cooper Hand Tools, Henkel, EFD, Kyzen, Seica, PROMATION, and other exhibitors.
Victrex Opens Second Polymer Plant
(October 9, 2007) THORNTON CLEVELEYS, U.K. Victrex plc opened a polymer manufacturing plant, designed to use minimal energy and water, at its main production facility in Lancashire, U.K. The plant increased production capacity for Victrex PEEK polymers by about 50%, and establishes a second, stand-alone source for the products.
Medical Market Lucrative for OEMs, CMs
(October 9, 2007) ROCKVILLE, Md. The materials processing area of contract manufacturing for device manufacture will grow from $13.9 billion globally to $25.41 billion by 2011, according to "OEM Contract Manufacturing in Medical Devices, Volume I: Materials Processing," released by Kalorama Information, a division of MarketResearch.com.
Printed Electronics Analysts Move to U.S.
(October 9, 2007) BOSTON IDTechEx relocated its global headquarters to Boston, Mass., from Cambridge, U.K. The analyst firm also appointed Susann Reuter to its board of directors, charged with expanding activities in Europe's printed electronics and RFID industries.
Nam Tai to Restructure
(October 8, 2007) MACAO, China Nam Tai Electronics, Inc., will seek to reorganize the group structure of its subsidiaries in an effort to realize several benefits similar to Nam Tai's proposed privatization of two subsidiaries in 2005. The proposed reorganization requires a series of transactions, involving capital shares and asset transfers, among Nam Tai, Nam Tai Electronic & Electrical Products Limited (NTEEP), J.I.C. Technology, Zastron Precision Tech, and various subsidiaries.
SMTA Congratulates 2007 Awards Winners
(October 8, 2007) MINNEAPOLIS The SMTA named recipients of its Founder's Award and other recognitions during its annual meeting at SMTA International (SMTAI), October 711 in Orlando, Fla. The awards celebrate service to the SMTA and the industry in technical, corporate, leadership, and other roles.
VJ Electronix Upgrades Asia Base
(October 5, 2007) LITTLETON, Mass. VJ Electronix, a VJ Technologies company, will enhance its spare parts, refurbishing, and customer demo center in Suzhou, China. Investments include expanded services, additional equipment, and relocating global sales manager Doug Robinson to the facility.
Unitemp Mini Reflow for R&D, NPI
(October 5, 2007) PFAFFENHOFEN, Germany Unitemp released the RSS series of mini reflow soldering systems, with optional vacuum or gas atmospheres for R&D, prototyping, and small-series production. The machines feature controlled ramp and cool-down rates, and heat up to 450°C.
IPC Credits Members with Awards Series
(October 5, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries introduced the Founders Awards at its 50-year anniversary and first IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition. Fifteen companies were recognized for continuous IPC membership for 40 or more years. IPC also announced recipients of the organization's Distinguished Committee Leadership, Special Recognition, and Committee Service awards.
Samsung Increases Throughput on Flexible Platform
(October 4, 2007) HORSHAM, Pa. Dynatech Technology, Samsung's SMT Assembly Solutions distributor, will debut the SM411 and SM421 pick-and-place systems at Mexitrónica, October 2325, 2007 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The placement systems are based on the company's SM400-series Smart platform.
Five Star Releases Silver-bearing Pastes
(October 4, 2007) CLEVELAND Five Star Technologies introduced ElectroSperse silver-based conductive pastes for low-firing applications, as low as 380°C. The X-120, X-122, and X-126 are silver based, with uniform dispersion and low- to sub-micron particles.
Aqueous Names Eastern Europe Distributor
(October 4, 2007) RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. Aqueous Technologies Corporation appointed ETek Europe Ltd. to distribute its cleaning products throughout the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.
KAL Celebrates 15 Years
(October 4, 2007) SHENZHEN, China Kasion Automation Limited (KAL), founded in 1992, celebrated its 15-year anniversary in Shenzhen, China, coinciding with week-long "China National Day" festivities. More than 150 industry members were present, including all KAL employees from various offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong headquarters, and subsidiary colleagues.
Advanced Innovations Wins UNICOR Contract
(October 3, 2007) HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and LIMERICK, Ireland InfoPro Corporation, U.S. subsidiary of Advanced Innovations, won a $5,000,000 contract from UNICOR, Federal Prison Industries' trade group, to supply electronic components to UNICOR's electronics group.
Indium Promotes Thermal Manager
(October 2, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. Indium Corporation promoted Jordan Ross to market manager for thermal applications, managing global initiatives, new product launches, and regional and applications strategies.
Manncorp Intros Vertical-lift Printers
(October 2, 2007) SAN DIEGO, Calif. and WILLOW GROVE, Pa. Manncorp released the 5500R and 4500R vertical-lift stencil printers for double-sided, fine-pitch, and high-mix processing. The 5500R offers 20" × 22" print area; the 4500R is 16" × 18".
XJTAG Supplies Test for Railway-control PCBs
(October 2, 2007) CAMBRIDGE, U.K. Westinghouse Rail Systems (Chippenham, Wiltshire, U.K.) selected XJTAG's suite of boundary scan test and development tools for its prototype automatic train control PCBs. The PCBs are high-value, safety-critical, and populated with BGAs and other complex devices.
August Book-to-Bill Climbs to 1.06
(October 1, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. The combined rigid and flex PCB industry book-to-bill for North America rose to 1.06 in August, according to IPC's North American PCB statistical program. While bookings and shipments are down from August 2006 in both segments by about 10%, production looks to be strong through the next quarter, said Denny McGuirk, IPC president.
Leica Integrates FusionOptics on Stereomicroscope
(October 1, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. and WETZLAR, Germany Leica Microsystems introduced the M205 C stereomicroscope line featuring proprietary FusionOptics imaging. It suits microelectronics manufacturing, materials science applications, medical device manufacturing, and related industrial applications.
SMTAI 2008: Call for Abstracts
(October 1, 2007) EDINA, Minn. The SMTA International (SMTAI) technical committee is accepting abstracts and short-course proposals for SMTAI 2008 through January 7, 2008. Topics solicited fall into emerging technologies, components, assembly, PCB technology, and business. SMTAI 2008 will take place August 1721 in Orlando, Fla.
Misumi Sponsors Machine-build Seminar
(October 1, 2007) SCHAUMBURG, Ill. Misumi USA, Inc., will sponsor the Configuration Technical Seminar, October 11 from 11 to 3 in Schaumburg. The seminar covers machine build techniques incorporating configurable components.
Plexus Approved for Class-III Medical in Asia
(September 28, 2007) NEENAH, Wis. Plexus Corp. received approval to manufacture class-III finished medical devices at one of its Penang, Malaysia facilities from the federal food and drug administration (FDA). The devices are for a tier-one medical OEM.
Aegis Moves Euro Headquarters, Adds Director
(September 28, 2007) HIGH WYCOMBE, U.K. Aegis Software (Europe) Ltd. appointed Daniel Walls as managing director for Europe. The company also moved its European headquarters to a facility near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, U.K. The headquarters includes a larger training facility and improved communications equipment.
EI Opens Shenzhen Manufacturing
(September 28, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. and SHENZHEN, China Endicott Interconnect Technologies (EI) began production of high-volume/lower-cost, fully assembled PCBs at its EI Shenzhen facility. The 40,000-sq.ft. production facility offers SMT assembly technologies, press fit, wave solder, selective pin thru-hole (PTH) solder, and hand assembly and soldering equipment.
TFI Predicts About 11% Moderate Growth for EMS/ODM
(September 28, 2007) ALAMEDA, Calif. Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) projects the EMS market to grow 11.9% CAGR through 2011, and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to see 11.4% CAGR increases. Various strategies are emerging for EMS/ODM companies to capitalize on higher profit margins, though average selling prices (ASPs) in end markets continue to challenge profitability, said Matt Chanoff, economist and senior consultant with the forecasting firm.
Geotest Adds U.K. Distributor
(September 28, 2007) IRVINE, Calif. Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc., named Amplicon Liveline Ltd. as its exclusive distributor in the U.K. Amplicon will represent Geotest's complete line of products, including PXI- and PC-based instrumentation, ATEasy software, and GPIB instruments.
Plexus Receives FDA Approval for Asian Manufacturing Facility
Plexus Corp., today, announced that one of its Penang, Malaysia facilities has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), through its premarket approval (PMA) supplement evaluation process, to manufacture class III finished devices on behalf of a large tier-one medical OEM.
Ron Lasky Speaks on Rapid WEEE/RoHS Compliance
(September 26, 2007) CLINTON, N.Y. Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., senior technologist at Indium Corporation, will present "A Procrastinator's Guide to Rapid WEEE and RoHS compliance" at IPC/JEDEC International Lead-free Conference, October 45 in Berlin.
Networking Buyers to Suppliers Mexitrónica's Focus
(September 26, 2007) GUADALAJARA, Mexico Mexitrónica, October 2325 in Guadalajara, will offer several presentations, special events, and workshops aiming to bring suppliers together with electronics manufacturers. The tradeshow is co-sponsored by the National Chamber for Electronics, Telecommunication, and IT Industries in Mexico (CANIETI) and ROC Exhibitions, Inc. It is part of the International Design and Manufacturing Technology Week.
Cobar Promotes Raetsen to Sales
(September 25, 2007) BREDA, Holland Cobar Europe BV, part of the Balver Zinn Group, named Han Raetsen as sales manager, responsible for solder products in Europe, Russia, and Africa. He previously served as customer support manager.
SMTAI Releases Show Agenda
(September 25, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla. The SMTA will follow a motto of "Focus" for SMTA International 2007 (SMTAI), October 711 in Orlando. The organization boasts special sessions on lead-free/RoHS, SMTA certification testing, open networking events on the show floor, and other programs for attendees.
Photo Stencil Expands Pallet Group
(September 25, 2007) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Photo Stencil will centralize order processing and manufacturing of its new process-pallet product group, to establish better alignment with its stencil product line and perform design, assembly, and quality assurance (QA) at its Colorado Springs headquarters. The company has added ESD-safe carriers to the pallet line for wave and SMT solder processes.
CBA Chairman Takes Helm at Universal
(September 25, 2007) BINGHAMTON, N.Y. Jean-Luc Pelissier, chairman of the CBA Group, comprising Universal Instruments Corporation, Vitronics Soltec, Unovis Solutions, and Hover-Davis, will take assume the role of president and CEO at Universal in October. Jeroen Schmits, Universal's current president and CEO, will pursue a career outside of the electronics manufacturing equipment industry.
High-throughput AOI System Debuts
(September 24, 2007) HANOVER, Germany Viscom Inc. released the next-generation S3088-II high-speed automated optical inspection (AOI) machine, with redesigned operation, 8M sensor technology, and the company's EasyPro3D user interface.
NOTE Adds China-based EMS Facility
(September 24, 2007) STOCKHOLM, Sweden European EMS provider NOTE will acquire 50% of Ionics EMS' (Philippines) China production facility through a strategic collaboration. The facility will serve existing customers in telecom and industrial end-markets, while attracting additional customers through cost-effective manufacturing, according to Arne Forslund, CEO and president, NOTE.
"Boot Camp" Targets New SMT Personnel
(September 24, 2007) ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. BEST, Inc., launched an SMT class, "Boot Camp," explaining theory and practice of SMT assembly to new operators, technicians, engineers, and other beginners in the industry.
Sierra Midwest Acquires PCB Maker
(September 24, 2007) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. PCB manufacturer Sierra Midwest, a Sierra Circuits company, added Nutronics Manufacturing, Inc. (Springfield), to its business. Sierra stated that Nutronics' customer base is suited to its product offering, driving the purchase.
ATC Approved to Merge into AVX
(September 24, 2007) HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. American Technical Ceramics Corp. (ATC) shareholders approved the company's plan to become a wholly owned subsidiary of AVX Corporation (Myrtle Beach, S.C.). ATC will bring capacitor, thin-film, and other commercial and military components to AVX's components offering.
Genesis Adds Medical-electronics Customer
(September 21, 2007) TAMPA, Fla. Genesis Electronics Manufacturing, Inc. (GEM), won a contract with a medical device manufacturer, adding to its medical business segment. The EMS provider anticipates medical electronics to account for 30% of revenue by the end of 2007.
Lightspeed Expands Mass. Facility
(September 21, 2007) METHUEN, Mass. Lightspeed Manufacturing enlarged its manufacturing and engineering square-footage by one-third, adding a shipping dock, advanced documentation station, and other work areas. The company cites increased order volume and growth in new orders as impetus for the expansion.
3-W Surface Mount Resistors in 1-W Package
(September 21, 2007) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas The LRF3W series is a 3-W surface mount chip resister offered in a package traditionally rated at 1 W. TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division released the component for fuel gauging, AC/DC power supplies, and related applications.
IC Insights Shows Dip in Analog Circuits
(September 20, 2007) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The midyear update to The McClean Report, which provides market forecasts on the IC industry, shows that 2007 will see the analog IC market's first decline since 2001. However, this market is expected to grow again in 2008, dropping 2% this year while increasing 15% the next. IC Insights points to inventory corrections in portable electronic units, particularly cellular phones, as reason for the slide. Price erosion is also a factor.
DFM Software for Fast Design Feedback
(September 20, 2007) WEST SUSSEX, U.K. Through a partnership between Artetch Circuits and Direct Logix, software developers have introduced Control Center automated design for manufacturing (DFM) software to the PCB market. Sources indicate this software provides timely manufacturing design feedback with full-time feedback.
Silver-filled Epoxy Resin
(September 19, 2007) CRANSTON, R.I. A two-component epoxy adhesive, 40-3900 from Epoxies, Etc., is an electrically conductive epoxy resin said to offer conductivity with an electrical resistivity value of < 1 X 10-4 Ω cm.
Prasad Teaches Design and Manufacturing Course
(September 18, 2007) PORTLAND, Ore. Ray Prasad will teach a three-day in-depth course on SMT and BGA Design and Manufacturing in Portland, Ore., October 1-3, 2007.
Morey Corporation Unveils Innovation Center
(September 17, 2007) WOODRIDGE, Ill. The Morey Corporation unveiled the Richard and Gene Morey Innovation Center last week, a 27,500-square-foot advanced engineering development center focused on new product and process development. The facility houses lab and research areas as well as production equipment for electronics assembly.
Symposium Assists with HDI Design Techniques
(September 13, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. Three top PCB design gurus will share their expertise on board design trends and technologies at the IPC Designers Learning Symposium, October 10, 2007, in Santa Ana, Calif.
Apple, VW Turn Key on iCar Talks
(September 13, 2007) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The rise in in-car electronics offers manufacturers and drivers new opportunities. However, users have become accustomed to the always-on functionality of their consumer electronics devices, which have yet to translate into their cars. But reported talks between Apple Inc. and Volkwagen AG may change this, says research firm iSuppli.
Pre-heat Solder Systems Debut
(September 11, 2007) SPOKANE, Wash. The KISS product line of electronics assembly selective soldering systems will soon feature internal pre-heating modules. These systems reportedly allow for better soldering results in high-mass assemblies, which require continuous pre-heating on both the top and bottom.
Speedline Educates on Upstream Defect Inspection
(September 11, 2007) FRANKLIN, Mass. On Thursday, October 18, 2007, Speedline will focus their monthly educational webinar on upstream solder joint defect inspection and the transition from quality through inspection to quality through design by looking at the printing process. The one-hour presentation begins at 11:00 EST.
High-frequency Circuit Laminates
(September 10, 2007) ROGERS, Conn. The RO4500 line of circuit laminates is said to have the controlled dielectric constant, low loss, and passive intermodulation (PIM) response that wireless infrastructure markets require.
SMT Boot Camp Heightens Assembly Knowledge
(September 10, 2007) ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. BEST Inc. is offering SMT "Boot Camp," a professional training course for new SMT technicians, operators, and engineers looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of the manufacturing steps for electronic assemblies.
Data-collection Tool Aids in Manual Inspection
(September 7, 2007) PETACH TIKVA, Israel DCollector is a dynamic data-collection tool reportedly gathers defect information accurately. The system, developed by Proventus Technologies Ltd., uses CA data from a PCB to provide layout information to a quality control (QC) inspector.
SMTAI Returns to Orlando, Moves to August in '08
(September 6, 2007) ORLANDO, Fla. SMTA International (SMTAI) Conference and Show will return to Orlando for its second year, at Disney's Coronado Springs Hotel, August 17-21, 2008.
DEK, BTU Partner on Solar Cell Manufacturing
(September 6, 2007) MILAN, Italy At the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Milan, Sept. 3–7) DEK and BTU International announced an alliance to deliver a complete in-line metallization process solution for solar cell manufacturing.
4th Webinar Tackles Competitive EMS Branding
(September 6, 2007) Powell-Mucha Consulting, in collaboration with the SMTA, will host the final portion of its EMS Webinar series, "Guide to Building a Competitive EMS Brand: Integrating EMS Marketing, Sales, and Operations in the Account Acquisition Process," on Wed., September 12, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST.
Flexible Selective Soldering System
(September 5, 2007) MORRISVILLE, N.C. The 350 Selective Soldering System from Juki Corporation is capable of lead-free production. X, Y, Z, and A axes servo-drive system and the functionality to begin production immediately are standard on the soldering system.
EI Manufactures Large, Complex PBCAs
(September 5, 2007) ENDICOTT, N.Y. Large, complex PCBs for use in compute-intensive applications such as servers and mainframes for the defense, aerospace, and commercial markets are available from Endicott Interconnect (EI) Technologies.
Bench-top Dispensing Robots
(September 5, 2007) FAIR LAWN, N.J. The I&J 4000-LF is designed to perform a maximum number of bench-top dispensing applications, including form-in-place gaskets, potting, and filling. It is equipped with easy programming utilities.
Cobar Group Becomes Part of Balver Zinn
(September 4, 2007) BALVE, Germany and BREDA, Holland The Cobar Group BV became part of Balver Zinn with the final full transfer of ownership, following a signed Letter of Intent to merge in March 2007. Balvar Zinn Group focuses on the metallurgy of solder materials and non-ferrous metals. Cobar will lead the future development of solder paste, flux, and other related materials.
IPC Executive Forum Fosters Innovation
(August 31, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries will highlight success through innovation at its 2007 Executive Market and Technology Forum Conference in Shanghai, China, September 19-20, 2007.
Equipment Market Benefits from Lead-free Laws
(August 30, 2007) PALO ALTO, Calif. The EU's RoHS Directive has had a significant effect on the surface mount assembly industry both positive and negative. But removing lead from electronics products had been a boon for certain SMT equipment providers, specifically screen printers, soldering equipment, cleaning systems, and inspection, claims research firm Frost & Sullivan.
July Book-to-Bill Steadiness Encouraging, notes IPC
(August 30, 2007) BANNOCKBURN, Ill. The July combined rigid PCB and flex circuit book-to-bill ratio held just above parity at 1.02, shows the monthly North American PCB Statistical Program from IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries.
40th iMAPS Packed with Activities
(August 29, 2007) SAN JOSE The International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) will host the 40th International Symposium on Microelectronics, November 11-14, 2007, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The event features prominent speakers, a technical program, professional development courses, and more.