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Kester to Host Technical Rework Seminar

Kester is hosting a Technical Rework Seminar, scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 7 at Kester’s Global Headquarters in Itasca, IL.

The Technical Rework Seminar will cover Alternative Methods for BGA Rework Solder Paste and Flux Application; Rework Challenges for Leading Edge Components BGA, QFN and LED in Today’s Fast Moving Industry; Surface Insulation Resistance of No-Clean Flux Residue Under Various Surface Mount Component; Rework Flux - Application and Reliability; and Benchtop PCB Repair.

Kester’s Technology Manager, Denis Jean; Bob Wetterman from BEST; Paul Wood from Metcal; and Grant Price from Chemtronics will be presenting.

For more information or to RSVP for the seminar, contact Michelle O’Brien at mobrien@kester.com.


Ellsworth Adhesives Receives Dow 2016 Gold Level Distributor Award

GERMANTOWN, WI – February, 2017 – Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives, specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce it has received the Dow 2016 Gold Level Distributor Award.  This prestigious award highlights Ellsworth Adhesives’ outstanding distribution performance for Dow's Performance Silicone Products throughout the year.

The Gold Level Distributor status is an acknowledgment of significant contributions made by key distributors. The criteria include sales growth, promotion of new products, productivity, operational excellence, and financial performance.

Ellsworth Adhesives is honored to receive this coveted award for excellence in the distribution of Dow’s Performance Silicone Products used in electronics manufacturing.  Dow’s leadership team presented the award.  Graciously accepting on behalf of Ellsworth Adhesives were Roger Lee – Global President, Specialty Chemical Distribution, and Jay Richardson – Vice President of Sales, ESR Group.

Roger Lee commented, “This prestigious award is one that recognizes our valued partnership with Dow. It displays our joint focus on enhancing customer success worldwide and showcases the innovative efforts of both teams here at Ellsworth Adhesives and at Dow.”

Ellsworth Adhesives has been a longtime authorized distributor for Dow's Performance Silicone Products and continues to be one of its largest North American distributors.  Ellsworth Adhesives has consistently maintained high rankings since the awards program was launched.

Ellsworth Adhesives has developed a reputation within the industry for providing the distinct combination of excellence in distribution with the most comprehensive level of technical expertise available.  To learn more, visit www.ellsworth.com.

About Ellsworth Adhesives

Ellsworth Adhesives is a distributor and a value-added supplier of adhesives, sealants, coatings, encapsulants, tapes, releases, lubricants and equipment from leading international manufacturers.  Ellsworth Adhesives’ Engineering Sales Representatives have years of hands-on engineering skills and experience who assist with material and equipment selection, product testing, and process requirements and excel in designing, managing, customizing manufacturing projects and varying industrial applications.

Ellsworth Adhesives operates sales offices and warehouses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, and Thailand. Ellsworth Adhesives can be contacted directly at 1-800-888-0698 or by visiting www.ellsworth.com.

ZESTRON Americas Introduces Jose Luis Hernandez, New Application Engineer

Manassas, VA – February 17, 2017 ZESTRON, the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Jose Luis Hernandez as a new application engineer for North Mexico.


“The addition of Mr. Hernandez to our application engineering team reinforces ZESTRON’s commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality, technical solutions, and personnel in order to meet the challenges of precision cleaning applications,” says Umut Tosun, Application Technology Manager.  “His expertise and experience are essential as we continue to expand and broaden ZESTRON’s global reach.”


Jose Luis Hernandez has over 22 years of experience in the electronics assembly and manufacturing industry, most recently as a Process Engineer for Honeywell. Prior to working at Honeywell, he held the positions of SMT and Manufacturing Engineer, gaining valuable experience in both process control and supporting production needs with industry leading companies. Mr. Hernandez received his engineering degree from Tecnologico De La Laguna Torreon in Coah, Mexico.

SHENMAO America, Inc. Sponsors the SMTA Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium, February 6–9, 2017

SHENMAO America, Inc. supports the SMTA by sponsoring the Luau & Reception at the Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium event held at the Sheraton Poipu Kauai Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. 

SHENMAO Technology, Inc., the World’s Major Solder Materials Provider manufactures and distributes Semiconductor Packaging Solder Spheres, Package on Package Solder Paste, Bumping Solder Paste, Dipping Flux, SMT Solder Paste, Low and High Temperature Solder Paste, Laser Solder Paste, Solder Preform, Wave Solder Bar, Solder Wire and Flux, Liquid/Paste Flux, Plating Anodes and PV Ribbon.

SHENMAO America, Inc. blends Solder Paste in San Jose, CA with Tin smelted from Tin Ore concentrate creating ultrapure virgin powder made at its Facility in Taiwan for distribution in North America and worldwide locations.

For more information, please contact:

SHENMAO America, Inc.   www.shenmao.com   Tel: +1-408-943-1755   e-mail: usa@shenmao.com

Amkor Technology to Acquire NANIUM

TEMPE, Ariz. and VILA DO CONDE, Porto, Portugal, February 2, 2017 - Amkor Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMKR) and NANIUM S.A. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Amkor to acquire NANIUM, a world class provider of wafer-level fan-out (WLFO) semiconductor packaging solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  

The acquisition of NANIUM will strengthen Amkor's position in the fast growing market of wafer-level packaging for smartphones, tablets and other applications. NANIUM has developed a high-yielding, reliable WLFO technology, and has successfully ramped that technology to high volume production.  NANIUM has shipped nearly one billion WLFO packages to date utilizing a state-of-the-art 300mm Wafer-Level Packaging (WLP) production line.  

"This strategic acquisition will enhance Amkor's position as one of the leading providers of WLP and WLFO packaging solutions," said Steve Kelley, Amkor's president and chief executive officer. "Building on NANIUM's proven technologies, we can expand the manufacturing scale and broaden the customer base for this technology."  

"The Amkor transaction is a great fit for us and provides NANIUM and its employees with a strong platform for future growth," said Armando Tavares, President of NANIUM's Executive Board. "Amkor's technology leadership, substantial resources and global presence coupled with NANIUM's best-in-class WLFO packaging solutions will accelerate global acceptance and growth of this technology worldwide."

NANIUM is based in Porto, Portugal, employs approximately 550 people and had annual sales of approximately $40 million for their fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

About Amkor Technology
Amkor Technology, Inc. is one of the world's largest providers of outsourced semiconductor packaging and test services. Founded in 1968, Amkor pioneered the outsourcing of IC packaging and test, and is now a strategic manufacturing partner for more than 250 of the world's leading semiconductor companies, foundries and electronics OEMs. Amkor's operational base includes 10 million square feet of floor space with production facilities, product development centers, and sales and support offices located in key electronics manufacturing regions in Asia, Europe and the U.S. For more information, visit www.amkor.com.

NANIUM S.A. is a world-class provider of semiconductor assembly, packaging, test, engineering and manufacturing services. The company started as Siemens Semiconductors back in 1996 and nowadays is a leader in 300mm Wafer-Level Packaging, both Fan-In/WLCSP and Fan-Out/WLFO. NANIUM offers in-house capabilities for the entire development chain, from design to multiple Wafer-Level Packaging technologies, and the flexibility to tailor and test solutions that respond to the most demanding customer requirements. The company is based near Porto, Portugal, and has offices in Dresden, Germany and Boston, USA. For more information, visit: www.nanium.com/

ESDA Announces 2017 International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop

The EOS/ESD Association, Inc. announces the 2017 International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop will take place May 7-11, 2017 at the Granlibakken Tahoe Resort in Tahoe City, California.

The IEW facilitates access to and interactions with industry leaders through invited seminars, technical sessions, special interest groups (SIGs), discussion groups (DGs), and invited speakers. Participants meet in a relaxed, invigorating atmosphere and engage in discussions about the latest research and issues of interest within the EOS/ESD community.

Participating at the IEW is:

  • An immersive, interactive experience with experts on technical advancements
  • All-inclusive pricing – workshop, hotel, and meals
  • Peer reviewed poster format for future full paper development
  • Gaining valuable industry recognition and receive feedback
  • Interactive and in-depth discussion groups

Scheduled poster sessions form the core of the technical program. These poster sessions are preceded by a brief introduction of each poster by the authors in a plenary "teaser" session. These teasers encourage the participants to select the posters of greatest interest. Meet and chat with the authors, while you expand your knowledge and network in the subsequent poster discussion session.

The discussion groups (DGs), held in the evenings, are a unique part of our interactive workshop. While each EOS/ESD topic discussion is facilitated by an expert on the subject, the main discussion will take place among the DG participants. We encourage you to bring along data, ideas, and other items of interest to share.

A number of stimulating state-of-the-art EOS/ESD seminars, as well as invited talks are also scheduled.

More information is available on the website: https://www.esda.org/events/iew/


Launch Letters: Column by Cohen Hits the Net

Launch Communications is proud to announce the publication of the monthly column, "Launch Letters." Published by I-Connect007, the column is authored by Launch Communications President & Managing Director, Barry Lee Cohen.
Launch Letters offers "no holds barred," perspectives and best practices on marketing, branding, public relations, events and much more. Recent columns may be viewed by visiting http://pcb.iconnect007.com/index.php/column/99540/launch-letters/99543/
Prior to Launch, Cohen was the Global Director of Marketing Communications for Enthone. During his tenure, Cohen was the first two-time recipient of the company’s President’s Award for operational excellence and leadership for marketing programs that achieved ROI results. He has been acknowledged as the driving and creative force behind dozens of marketing campaigns for the former company’s electronics (printed circuit board, semiconductor, connector/leadframe, photovoltaic) and performance coatings (wear resistant, corrosion protection, decorative coatings) divisions.
Cohen is also a past Vice President of Communications and Board of Directors member of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). During his tenure, Cohen rebranded all materials, including the launch of the association’s logo that continues to elevate the brand and reinforce member mindshare since its 1998 introduction.
Further information on Launch Communications may be obtained by contacting Cohen at +1.203.645.2913 or bcohen@launch232.com.

TestEquity acquires JENSEN Tools + Supply

Acquisition strengthens the company’s North American presence along with its Test & Measurement and MRO offerings

MOORPARK, Calif. January 10, 2016 - TestEquity, a one stop, value-added provider of premium electronic test & measurement equipment and MRO tools and supplies for 46 years, announced that it has acquired Massachusetts-based JENSEN Tools + Supply, a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker.

TestEquity is now one of North America’s largest full-line stocking distributors of test & measurement equipment and MRO tools and supplies. TestEquity collaborates closely with customers to recommend the best products – available for purchase or rent – to meet specific business needs and is known for its seasoned and technical sales force along with quick delivery times.

TestEquity also designs and manufactures its own line of high-quality environmental test chambers, made onsite at its California headquarters and offers the best warranty in the industry. 

For more than 60 years, JENSEN has been a leading supplier of MRO tools and supplies that support most of the same market segments as TestEquity. With the acquisition TestEquity significantly increases its stocking locations to better support its customers which will benefit from this along with a robust vendor managed inventory and tool kit offering.

”JENSEN’s great employees and market position will further strengthen our offerings and national presence,” said TestEquity CEO Dan Copsey. “We welcome JENSEN employees, partners, and customers into the TestEquity family and look forward to our mutual successes in the future.”

About TestEquity LLC

TestEquity is a value-added distributor of test and measurement equipment and MRO tools and supplies for laboratories and electronics manufacturing, and a manufacturer of environmental chambers. In business since 1971, the company is an authorized stocking distributor for Keysight Technologies, Tektronix, Keithley, Rohde & Schwarz, Viavi, Fluke, B&K Precision, Hioki, Amprobe, Sorensen, Extech, FLIR, Magna-Power Electronics, Instek, and others. In addition to offering new equipment for sale, rental, or lease from these and other manufacturers, TestEquity provides selected pre-owned equipment that is fully restored, tested and calibrated, and backed with an industry-leading one-year warranty. TestEquity's selection of tools and supplies for electronics manufacturing, testing, and repair includes products from Weller, Kester, Indium, Desco, Hakko, Luxo, 3M, Metcal, Tech-Spray, Brady, ASG, Excelta, Metro, Tech Wear, Loctite, Scienscope, and hundreds of other top brands. TestEquity designs and manufactures environmental chambers offering the best performance and warranty in its class. With resources that include a highly trained team of product specialists and a calibration laboratory, TestEquity maintains its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Moorpark, California, with sales offices throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

About JENSEN Tools + Supply

Since 1954, JENSEN Tools + Supply has been the leading provider of value-added solutions for electronics manufacture, field service, and repair professionals. JENSEN’s customer-centric approach combines the best brands and products with an experienced and responsive sales team to provide a level of service that’s unmatched in the industry. JENSEN Tools + Supply has partnered with the top industry manufacturers in order to understand the unique challenges and difficulties that are faced by its customers, which is why the company has remained successful at providing custom solutions that accelerate ‘time to results.’

ZESTRON Introduces New PCB and Power Electronics Defluxing Agent

[Manassas, VA – January 18, 2017] - ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, will be introducing  our latest PCB and power electronics defluxing agent, VIGON® PE 190A, at IPC APEX 2017.


“We are excited to feature VIGON® PE 190A at the expo.  This latest process solution removes flux residues from both PCBs and power electronics while providing excellent material compatibility,” said Sal Sparacino, Sales and Marketing Manager, ZESTRON.


VIGON® PE 190A, based on the MPC® Technology (Micro Phase Cleaning), is an aqueous-based, alkaline cleaning agent specifically developed for the use in spray-in-air equipment. It also removes oxidation and stains from copper surfaces while ensuring material compatibility in preparation for subsequent processes such as wire/adhesive bonding and molding.


For more information on VIGON® PE 190A, visit our booth #1941, at IPC APEX 2017. Our team stands ready to discuss our complete line of PCB and semiconductor defluxing agents and comprehensive solutions to your cleaning needs.


New SAWA Ultrasonic Squeegee Cleaner Presents New Solution for Lead-Free Pastes

 Seika Machinery, Inc., a leading provider of advanced machinery, materials and engineering services, is pleased to introduce the new SAWA SC-145GAE Ultrasonic Squeegee Cleaner. The system presents a new solution for lead-free solder pastes for squeegees as well as other tools such as scrapers, spatulas and misprinted PCBs.

The new SAWA Ultrasonic Squeegee Cleaner features easy operation, a synchronous ultrasonic effect, and is compatible with SAWA Fully Automatic. The X- and Y-axis of ultrasonic waves are synthesized in the 13 liter tank, working with the solvent to maximize cleaning ability. 
Operation is extremely easy: place objects that need cleaning in the tank, set the timer and just press start. If used with SAWA’s automatic stencil cleaners, there is no need to
purchase the generator. 
For more information about Seika’s complete product line, contact Michelle Ogihara at michelle@seikausa.com or visit www.seikausa.com.

ZESTRON Promotes Sal Sparacino to Sales and Marketing Manager

[Manassas, VA – January 10, 2017] - ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, is pleased to announce Sal Sparacino has been appointed as Sales and Marketing Manager of ZESTRON Americas.
"Mr. Sparacino's solid experience in both technical sales and marketing are a compelling fit to strengthen ZESTRON's customer reach," says Todd Scheerer, Executive Vice President, ZESTRON Americas. "With his involvement in many facets of the electronics industry, Mr. Sparacino understands customer needs for technical support and cleaning performance in high reliability applications."
Mr. Sparacino was instrumental in the USA launch of ZESTRON Academy, the education pillar of ZESTRON through technical webinars, workshops and customized training programs. As an active leader of the industry, he serves as VP of Communications for the SMTA, as well as a member of the SMTAI Exhibitor Committee and Cleaning and Coating Program Committee for IPC. Mr. Sparacino earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, B.A. from Rutgers University, and a Professional Engineering license in the State of New Jersey.  Prior to joining ZESTRON Americas, Sal had over 20 years of technical sales and marketing experience.

Interlatin Officially Launches the First Step Stencil in Mexico

Guadalajara, Mexico: International technology company Interlatin will officially launch the first step stencil in Mexico – the VIPER Step Stencil, on January 12th 2017 during an open house event in its headquarters, in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The improvement in the delivery time is the greatest benefit for the electronic manufacturing industry in Mexico. Normally, a step stencil is delivered to the customers in 3 to 4 weeks but now with VIPER, the customers will have to wait only 2 days for its delivery countrywide. It is estimated that the demand for step stencils in Mexico is from 1000 to 1500 stencils a year which represents a market with an approximate value of 1.5 million USD.
It is important to mention that the VIPER Step Stencil is environment friendly thanks to its Laser Weld production process which does not use any chemicals unlike the most step stencils manufacturers outside Mexico do.
For its customers’ best convenience, Interlatin will manufacture 2 types of VIPER Step Stencil: the VIPER and the VIPER-C. The VIPER-C is a normal VIPER step stencil on which the Cobra technology (IDtech – Intelligent Deposition Technology) is integrated. Cobra is NOT a nano stencil and improves the manufactures productivity thanks to the permanent treatment of its surface.
Once again, Interlatin proves to be the pioneer in Mexico by being the first company in Mexico to offer step stencils which represents an investment from Interlatin of 1 million USD.
VIPER Step Stencil offers direct support to highly specialized manufacturing which is in permanent growth in Mexico and the world.

Beam On Technology Releases New Web Application for Calculating Stencil Printability

Beam On Logo.png [Santa Clara, CA – December 22, 2016] – BEAM ON TECHNOLOGY just unveiled a new web application that provides quick and easy calculations for predicting paste release and solder volume. The new web application is featured on Beam On Technology’s website.

The Online Area Ratio Calculator is the only web app made specifically for solder paste stencil printing and now features more shapes than the mobile app. Simply input the dimensions of a specific aperture after the shape is selected and then select the foil thickness. Instantly, an algorithm displays the area ratio, with easy to understand color identifiers that infer solder paste transfer efficiency.

Beam On Technology’s Area Ratio Calculator also provides supplemental data such as aspect ratio, solder paste volume in cubic mils, as well as suggested solder paste powder type. This web application features more shape selections, with even more aperture shapes to come, making it the more powerful version of the popular mobile app.

The Online Area Ratio Calculator is now available through Beam On Technology’s website and works on all major web browsers.

The mobile version of the Area Ratio Calculator app by Beam On Technology is still free to download and available through the Apple Store or Google Play.

### Beam On Technology Corporation was established in October 1992, founded by manufacturing engineers with extensive knowledge and expertise in the assembly process. Our founding mission was to provide integrated service products to the SMT assembly industry engineered for ease of use that both increase yields and reduce defects. This continues to be our goal.


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Ellsworth Adhesives Authorized Henkel Distributor of Aerospace Products in Canada

STONEY CREEK, ONTARIO – December, 2016 – Ellsworth Adhesives announces it is now an authorized distributor of Henkel’s surface treatments and structural adhesive products for the Aerospace industry in Canada, with an authorized warehouse located in Stoney Creek, ON Canada. Henkel is an industry leading manufacturer of adhesives, sealants, coatings, and specialty materials, offering a complete line of certified products in the Aerospace industry.
Henkel develops structural adhesives, metal surface treatments and composites that serve the aircraft OEM and MRO industries. As a world market leader in these industries for over 50 years, Henkel products offer economic and performance benefits. Under the LOCTITE® and BONDERITE® brands, Henkel’s innovative aerospace product line includes paste and film adhesives, primers, specialty resins, syntactic films, sealers, cleaners, conversion coatings and more.
“Ellsworth Adhesives welcomes the opportunity to utilize our highly technical and experienced Engineering Sales Representatives to help Aerospace customers find the right solution using Henkel products throughout Canada,” commented Jay Richardson, Director of Sales - North America. “This new distribution agreement allows us to better serve the growing needs of new and existing Ellsworth Adhesives customers in this specialized industry.”
Roger Lee, Vice President General Manager – North America, stated, “The strong global partnership between Henkel and Ellsworth Adhesives is a testament to our commitment to offer quality materials and services to our customers. Ellsworth Adhesives and Henkel have built a long, successful business partnership and look forward to expanding on the distributor relationship to now include Aerospace opportunities in Canada.”
Ellsworth Adhesives Canada joins the Ellsworth Adhesives headquarters in Germantown, Wisconsin having already been an authorized distributor of Henkel products for Aerospace since 2013, and branch location in Irvine, California since 2015. All locations are authorized to BMS Spec Approvals: BMS 5-42, BMS 5-90, BMS 5-101, BMS 5-129, BMS 5-154.
Ellsworth Adhesives is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9120A certified in the United States, Canada, and Europe at facilities located in Germantown, WI USA; Irvine, CA USA; Carrollton, TX USA; Stoney Creek, ON Canada; and East Kilbride, Glasgow UK. To learn more about the Henkel line of aerospace products, http://www.ellsworthadhesives.ca/henkel-aerospace.
About Ellsworth Adhesives
Ellsworth Adhesives is a distributor of adhesive products and equipment and a value-added supplier of adhesives, sealants, coatings, encapsulants, tapes, releases, and lubricants from leading international manufacturers. Ellsworth Adhesives offers the most comprehensive level of technical expertise available. Ellsworth Adhesives Ellsworth Adhesives’ Engineering Sales Representatives have years of hands-on engineering skills and experience who assist with material and equipment selection, product testing, and process requirements and excel in designing, managing, customizing manufacturing projects and varying industrial applications.
Ellsworth Adhesives operates sales offices and warehouses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, and Thailand. Ellsworth Adhesives can be contacted directly at 1-800-888-0698 or by visiting www.ellsworth.com.
About Henkel
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations, and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2015, Henkel reported sales of 18.1 billion euros (20.1 billion US dollars), adjusted operating profit of 2.9 billion euros (3.2 billion US dollars). Its three top brands, Persil (detergent), Schwarzkopf (hair care) and Loctite (adhesive) generated more than 6 billion euros (around 6.6 billion US dollars) in combined sales. Henkel employs around 50,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com

VisiConsult certified for Excellence in Innovation

Lennart Schulenburg has received the innovation award for VisiConsult
The company VisiConsult is growing rapidly and gets more and more positive feedback from the whole economic branch. The family company from Northern Germany is especially proud of having received the “Excellence in Innovation” award from the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC). This award honors the innovative approach of the XRHCount system for the electronic industry. The XRHCount is an X-ray system, that counts components on reels in less than 10 seconds and revolutionizes the warehouse process by decreasing the cycle time a lot.
Lennart Schulenburg, president of VisiConsult X-ray Solutions Americas Corp., received the award in person during the annual GACC Gala in the Intercontinental Magnificent Mile, which took place on 28th October 2016 in Chicago. A few days earlier VisiConsult participated in the annual ASNT conference (24th – 28th October 2016) in Long Beach to strengthen its ambitions in the US. As an exhibitor VisiConsult received many potential customers, partners and distributors and had a variety of interesting talks. Again, the show was a huge success and the whole company is looking forward to an interesting year 2017 with increasing activity in America.
This year VisiConsult will participate as a showcase-exhibitor in the HanseBelt Future Congress 2016, which takes place on 12th December in Lübeck, Germany. The main topics of the economic congress are digitization and Industry 4.0. The congress is a great opportunity for companies from between Northern Germany and Copenhagen to get in touch with each other and build up a network. For the next year VisiConsult already planned a lot of activities. Of course, the company will again participate in the most important industry shows, like the IPC APEX EXPO, the ASNT conference and many more. New innovative ideas as well as the latest technology will be presented.
The specialist for customized X-ray inspection solutions and automation
VisiConsult is a family owned company located in Northern Germany and the leading specialist for customized X-ray inspection systems. To ensure the renown premium quality all products are developed and produced locally in Germany as turnkey solutions. This leads to cutting edge technology and a high flexibility. Being active in several fields like Non Destructive Testing (NDT), public Security and the electronics manufacturing industries VisiConsult offers a sophisticated product portfolio.
The company philosophy is to solve the customer's inspection problems with tailored solutions combined with a premium post-installation service and support. More than 25 years of expertise in Automatic Defect Recognition (ADR) and image enhancement for a broad variety of industries combined with experienced engineers result in solutions that set new industry standards. VisiConsult is always looking forward to new challenges and is proud to be known as a reliable partner with sustainable products. Through an international network of trained representatives all around the world a reliable first-line sales and service network is spanning the globe.
VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH
Brandenbrooker Weg 2-4
D-23617 Stockelsdorf, Germany
Phone: 0049 (451) 290 286-0
Fax: 0049 (451) 290 286-22
E-Mail: info@visiconsult.de
Internet: www.visiconsult.de

Integran Announces Christian Koenen GmbH as Exclusive Distributor in Europe

December 2nd, 2016, Toronto,  Canada:  Integran Announces  Christian Koenen GmbH as Exclusive Distributor of Nanovate™ SMT Solder Stencil Foils in Europe

Integran (Canada) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Christian Koenen GmbH (Germany) to act as the exclusive distributor of Nanovate™ SMD Solder Stencil Foils in Europe. 

“Integran is very pleased to have entered into this partnership with Christian Koenen GmbH, known for their high tech capabilities in laser-cut SMD and Semicon Stencils,” says Gino Palumbo, CEO of Integran Technologies Inc. 

“We’ve seen some outstanding properties from Integran’s Nanovate™ materials, and they are certainly translating into stencil performance,” says Michael Zahn, industry veteran and Business Development Manager at Christian Koenen GmbH.  “We strive to deliver the highest quality product to our customers and we search the world for the best materials to do so,” he says, adding that “we recognize the need for innovation to spread across the industry, so we will be distributing Nanovate™ foils throughout Europe.” 

Christian Koenen GmbH – HighTech Stencils – is specialised in the manufacture of high-precision metal stencils for technical printing. The highest product quality is reflected in all processes.

In the fully air-conditioned manufacturing facilities, the company produces stencils for wafer, LTCC and SMD technology on eight state-of-the-art cutting lasers, including three LPKF MicroCut II. An extensive range of measuring and quality assurance technologies are available for product quality inspection. The company is ISO 9001-2000 certified.

Through technological innovations and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, the company has developed to the technologically leading stencil manufacturer within only a few years.

Christian Koenen GmbH also operates an in-house Application Center. It provides facilities for implementing process optimisations and printing tests based on customer parameters and materials. The achieved results are incorporated into the custom-designed stencils of the customers and represent the basis for stable and reproducible production processes

Integran Technologies Inc. is a leading international supplier of nanotechnology-enabled metallurgical products and services.  Operating under AS9100C/ISO9001 quality standards for the aerospace and defense sectors,  Integran is already a leading supplier of fine-grained electroformed hard nickel foils (www.nanovatefoils.com) to the North American market with a  reputation for high quality manufacturing and customer service with fast (2-3 business day) turnaround.  

Saki Incorporates its 3D AOI and SPI Systems into Fuji America's Smart Factory Line

Systems improve quality and reliability of PCBs

Fremont, CA - 01 December 2016 - Saki Corporation, an innovator in the field of automated optical inspection equipment, has partnered with Fuji America to incorporate its 3D automated optical inspection (AOI) and 3D solder paste inspection (SPI) systems into Fuji's Smart Factory SMT line at its Vernon Hills, IL facility. Saki's inspection and measurement systems will be used to ensure that the printed circuit boards produced at Fuji adhere to the highest standards of quality and reliability.

"Saki has been on the forefront of innovation for over 20 years, and their inspection systems have played a vital role in the assembly process," said Scott Wischoffer, marketing manager at Fuji America. "As the industry has moved towards the Smart Factory Model and Industry 4.0, our industry partner companies have collaborated to produce an efficient assembly process that will benefit our customers and their customers as well. We are proud to have Saki as part of this Fuji Smart Factory Family."
Saki's BF-3Di AOI system precisely inspects and measures the height of all devices on a printed circuit board and detects defects such as lifted leads, tombstones, reverses, and height variations at high speeds and cycle times. Saki's 3D BF-3Si SPI system is one of the world's fastest 2-projector solder paste inspection systems available. Its Phase Measurement Profilometry with Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) technology ensures high repeatability of inspection results.
Saki is part of Fuji Machine Manufacturing's Smart Factory with Nexim initiative that standardizes the communication protocol between Saki's SPI and AOI machines and Fuji's component placement machines to create a manufacturing line that extends beyond the boundaries of corporations. This significantly contributes to the production of high quality products and results in a more highly efficient process.
"Saki is pleased to have its AOI and SPI machines installed in the Fuji America Technical Center," said Satoshi Otake, general manager of SAKI America. "It gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the performance and accuracy of our equipment and how it works with Fuji's systems."
For more information contact Saki at +1.510.623.SAKI (7254), email sales.us@sakicorp.com, or visit our website at www.sakicorp.com.
About Saki Corporation
Since its inception in 1994, Saki has led the way in the development of automatic recognition through robotic vision technology, applying ground-breaking image processing tools to solve inspection problems associated with printed circuit board assembly. Saki Corporation has headquarters in Tokyo, Japan with offices and sales and support centers around the world. Saki has Quality Management System JIS Q 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2008 certifications.

Vision Engineering Launches FREE Electronics Academy Webinar Series to help identity and rectify PCB

Vision Engineering Vision Engineering has teamed up with industry-expert Bob Willis to broadcast a free Electronics Academy Webinar Series aimed at identifying the issues affecting PCB/SMT assembly and the challenges of achieving Zero Defect Manufacture. The 3 part webinar is focused on improving quality and reducing costs through improving the inspection process.


The series begins on June 16th with Solder Joint Inspection & Process Defects. During this webinar participants will learn how to minimize inspection and process defects, identify common joint failures, causes, cures and corrective actions. Bob will explain the best ways to inspect solder joints on conventional and surface mount assemblies with reference to international standards (e.g. IPC 610 and IPC J-STD-001). On June 29th Counterfeit Component Inspection & Detection will be broadcasted. Production, quality and purchasing teams will learn how to inspect conventional and surface mount devices to identify counterfeit component and avoid expensive consequences. In this webinar Bob will illustrate the most common issues faced by these teams, how to test parts and demonstrate the importance of photographic documentation to provide reference standards for the future.

The 3 part series closes on July 21st with Conformal Coating Inspection & Coating Faults. The use of conformal coating is growing in popularity. Regardless of application method, either manual or automated inspection is required in most applications, carried out under normal or UV light, with reference to international standards. During this webinar, Bob will cover the inspection of coatings, setting up of inspection standards, as well as the common process defects and corrective actions Bob Willis is a globally-recognized expert in surface mount and area array technology, providing training and consultancy to electronics manufacturers worldwide for over 30 years. Bob regularly speaks at international events, providing expert knowledge to improve skills and knowledge for electronics production staff and engineers. For more information on the Electronics Academy Webinar or to register visit www.visioneng.com/electronicswebinar

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