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FAST® and MPC® Technology to be Showcased at SMTA Houston Expo and Tech Forum by ZESTRON

Manassas, VA – March 24, 2015 ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing industry, will be exhibiting its line of cleaning process solutions at the SMTA Houston Expo and Tech Forum. This event is scheduled to be held at the Stafford Centre, in Stafford, TX, on Thursday, March 26th from 10:00 AM to 2:45 PM.

MPC®, Micro Phase Cleaning, and FAST®, Fast Acting Surfactant Technology, are core cleaning technologies developed by ZESTRON.  These innovative cleaning agents are powered to facilitate the complete removal of organic and inorganic residues while providing optimal cleaning results.  Both cleaning technologies can be used in inline and batch applications, are effective at low concentrations, and offer an extended bath life, thereby minimizing cleaning operating costs.

For more information on ZESTRON’s complete product line, process solutions and services as well as our advanced webinar for April titled "High-Reliable Cleaning Process Optimization & Customer Requirements," please visit our tabletop exhibit.  Our team stands ready to provide comprehensive solutions to your cleaning needs.





Kester invests in best-in-class manufacturing

logo ITASCA, IL - February 6, 2015 - Contact: Mike Dakin

Recently, Kester announced organizational changes that will allow them to optimize their business and invest in future capability and capacity. These changes position Kester to make investments in our people and operational capability to provide best-in-class services and product to our customers globally.

In 2015, Kester’s new facility in Wujiang, China will be fully operational. This plant with best-in-class equipment and automation processes will expand Kester’s global capacity. Later this year, Kester will also develop a new manufacturing facility and distribution hub to service and support the European market. This facility is based in Gernlinden, just outside Munich, Germany. Kester has also been adding resources to their sales and technical support team in key regions, including Asia-Pacific and Europe.

These changes will position Kester for strong growth by eliminating fragmentation and creating more scale and capacity globally. The investments in manufacturing along with strengthening of their R&D, technical support and marketing capabilities will result in a Kester that is even better and stronger for our customers and our sales channel partners.

 

 





Universal's Custom Tooling Paying Dividends for SEL

Specialized nozzle design delivers near perfect yields for complex connector placement.

Universal Instruments and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories have enjoyed a successful partnership for many years, with Universal being the first capital equipment supplier to be awarded preferred-supplier status with SEL. Universal was also recognized as one of the company's Supplier Success Stories of 2010.
 
Most recently, the two companies worked together to optimize the placement of a complex ZIF connector, which presents challenges when handled with standard nozzles. Universal's Application Tooling Group helped to design and implement a custom nozzle that delivered substantial quality and performance improvements. After more than a month of running production with the new nozzles, thousands of connectors have been placed by SEL with zero defects.
 
"This connector requires unique handling capabilities in order to effectively automate its placement. More specifically, it's a very difficult component to pick," said Daicheng Fu, SEL Process Engineering Supervisor. "Universal's Application Tooling Group worked closely with our team to expeditiously integrate a solution that has enabled remarkable results," added Fu. "This is the second time in the past 12 months that Universal has provided a custom nozzle that eliminated many placement errors and significantly improved SMT efficiency—the first success being an LED nozzle Universal developed back in March 2014. The Universal Tooling team seems to have the magic touch when it comes to custom nozzles."
 
SEL leads the power system protection industry in products and solutions that minimize blackouts and electrical system damage for customers in more than 147 countries. The company's focus on vertical integration allows for increased product reliability and diversified product portfolios to meet the challenges of its global customer base. SEL leverages a full range of Universal's production equipment, including Genesis® surface-mount platforms, Generation 88 radial and axial insertion platforms and Polaris assembly cells to automate many tasks they once performed manually.
 
"Universal's technology portfolio supports many of our diverse product requirements," said Fu. "The specialized applications knowledge and support further distinguishes Universal as our supplier of choice."
 
To learn more about Universal's solutions for any electronics manufacturing challenge, contact Universal Instruments at +1-800-432-2607 or +1-607-779-7522 or visit www.uic.com.





ZESTRON to Exhibit pH Neutral Process Solutions at SMTA Dallas Expo and Tech Forum

Manassas, VA – March 18, 2015 ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing industry, will be exhibiting the latest in pH neutral cleaning solutions at the SMTA Dallas Expo and Tech Forum. This event is scheduled to be held at the Plano Centre, in Plano, TX, on Tuesday, March 24th from 8:00 AM to 2:15 PM.

ZESTRON has provided innovative pH neutral cleaning solutions since 2009. In addition to VIGON® N 600 developed for PCB defluxing, the latest additions include HYDRON® SE 220 and VIGON® PE 180 developed for semiconductor and power electronics defluxing applications.

HYDRON® SE 220 is a water-based, single-phase cleaning agent specifically developed for use in immersion and ultrasonic processes. It removes flux residues from a wide range of semiconductor electronics. It is easily rinsed and provides optimal surface characteristics for subsequent processes such as wire bonding and molding and ensures excellent material compatibility.

VIGON® PE 180 is a water-based cleaning agent powered by MPC® Technology and developed for use in spray-in-air equipment. It removes flux residues from leadframes, discrete devices, power modules and power LEDs following die attached and/or heat sink soldering. This chemistry was designed to remove oxide layers from copper surfaces to prepare for subsequent processes.

For more information about ZESTRON’s pH neutral process solutions and services as well as our advanced webinar for April titled "High-Reliable Cleaning Process Optimization & Customer Requirements," please visit our tabletop exhibit.  Our team stands ready to provide comprehensive solutions to your cleaning needs.





Online SMT Auction Closing March 18th, 2015

Baja Bid is conducting an online auction. Online SMT “Sealed Bid” Auction Closes on March 18, 2015.

The items being sold include Universal “Hitachi” Quadris SMT Pick & Place Machines & Feeders, Ekra Screen Printers, Vitronics XPM2 Reflow Ovens, Vitronics 6747 Selective Solder, Mydata “Agilis” Magazines”, Mydata Tex Tower Parts Tray Machines, Omron VT-WIN2 Solder Inspection, Glenbrook RTX-113 X-Ray, Nortek Antares 3800 Labeler, Trek Triton 1 Cleaner, Pillarhouse Jade Handex, Ace Kiss 101A and More…..

This is a "Sealed Bid" auction and not an "EBay Style" auction. All bidders are encouraged to submit their absolute maximum bids when entering their offers. All formal bids must be submitted before 5pm EST on March 18, 2015.

Please visit http://bajabid.com/creation-technologies/  for more information on this auction.

Any questions about this event can be directed to Arlin Horsley at 1-813-992-2437.





ZESTRON’s Low Concentration pH Neutral Defluxing Agents – Proven Technology

Manassas, VA – March 11, 2015 ZESTRON, the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry, introduced the first pH neutral cleaning agent in 2009.  Since then, the pH neutral defluxing agent VIGON® N 600 has proven to remove difficult post reflow residues from complex board geometries, and doing so with excellent material compatibility with sensitive components. 

At the 2015 IPC APEX Expo, Umut Tosun, M.S.Ch.E., Application Technology Manager, ZESTRON, presented “pH Neutral Cleaning Agents – Market Expectation & Field Performance,” further demonstrating the cleaning effectiveness of VIGON® N 600 with regard to material compatibility and cleaning performance with RMA, No Clean and water soluble flux residues.

In addition to VIGON® N 600 developed for PCB defluxing, the latest pH neutral cleaning agents include VIGON® PE 180 and HYDRON® SE 220 developed for power and semiconductor electronics defluxing applications.  For more information on ZESTRON’s complete line of pH neutral cleaning solutions and available analytical services, please visit www.zestron.com.





2015 Cleaning Webinar Series Released by ZESTRON Americas

Manassas, VA – March 3, 2015 ZESTRON, the worldwide leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Cleaning Webinar Series schedule.  ZESTRON Academy continues to educate production line operators, manufacturing and quality managers as well as process engineers by providing detailed industry knowledge and troubleshooting techniques through workshops, webinars, onsite training, as well as an extensive international technical library.  The webinar topics will be presented by ZESTRON Americas’ accredited experts, Umut Tosun, M.S.Ch.E, Application Technology Manager, and Ravi Parthasarathy, M.S.Ch.E., Senior Process Engineer.
 
The 2015 webinar topics are offered through our Core and Advanced curriculums.  The Core curriculum consists of free of charge webinars covering a range of industry topics beginning with PCB Cleaning Fundamentals on March 12th at 1:30 PM EDT.  If the reliability of your electronic assemblies is critical, removing impurities from the board’s surface as well as underneath the components is necessary. PCB Cleaning Fundamentals provides insight to why it is important to fully clean electronic assemblies, how electrochemical migration and leakage currents can lead to failures as well as how to avoid issues associated with white residues.
 
Additional Core curriculum topics include: Power Modules Cleaning 101, DI-water and Low Standoff Cleaning Challenges, and Surface Analytics.
 
The Advanced curriculum offered this year features specialized webinars discussing troubleshooting techniques and detailed technical studies.  Featured topics include: High-Reliable Cleaning Process Optimization and Customer Requirements, Concentration Monitoring and Control Techniques, Cleaning Efficiency: Static and Dynamic Cleaning Rates, and pH Neutral vs Alkaline Cleaning Agents.  
 
For more information about our learning opportunities or to register for ZESTRON’s 2015 Cleaning Webinar Series, please visit ZESTRON Academy.  Registration is required for all webinars.





March 2015 Sealed Bid Online Auction

Baja Bid will be selling some electronic manufacturing equipment from the Creation Technologies site in Lexington, KY.  The bidding period opens on March 2nd and closes on March 18th.

The items being sold include Universal "Hitachi" Quadris SMT Pick & Place Machines & Feeders, Ekra E5 & X5 Screen Printers, Vitronics XPM2 Reflow Ovens, Mydata "Agilis" Magazines", Mydata Tex Tower Parts Tray Machines, Omron VT-WIN2 Solder Inspection, Glenbrook RTX-113 X-Ray, Nortek Antares 3800 Labeler, Trek Triton 1 Inline Cleaner and More...
 
This is a "Sealed Bid" auction and not an "EBay Style" auction. All bidders are encouraged to submit their absolute maximum bids when entering their offers. All formal bids must be submitted before 5pm EST on March 18, 2015.
 

Please visit http://bajabid.com/creation-technologies/  for more information on some of this equipment.

View full listing at: http://bajabid.hibid.com/catalog/55293/march-2015--sealed--bid--auction?tab=0

Any questions about this event can be directed to Arlin Horsley at 1-813-992-2437.
 





Ellsworth Adhesives Specialty Chemical Distribution Launches New Website

GERMANTOWN, WI – February, 2015 – Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives, specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce the successful launch of its new website. The newly developed site is now live and can be viewed by visiting www.ellsworth.com.
  

One of the most notable changes to the Ellsworth Adhesives website is its brand new look - the appearance adheres to the Ellsworth Adhesives brand identity and presents a look that will enhance their established reputation as a global distributor.

Content on the website has been updated and re-organized for a cleaner look and intuitive navigation so customers are able to find what they want quickly and easily.  The new website offers improved search, mobile design, and saved product lists.  The user friendly and engaging design encourages customers to interact with Ellsworth Adhesives by asking for application recommendations through the improved Ask the Glue Doctor® feature.  
 
The e-commerce portion focuses on highly personalized transactions and facilitates the purchasing experience with the ability to place tax exempt orders, view order history and verify order shipment updates.  While the website has a great new look and new content, it retains original and popular features including the product comparison function, Live Chat and Request for Quote.  
 
Roger Lee, Vice President and General Manager of Ellsworth Adhesives North America, commented, “We recognize the change in today’s technology and the increase demand for user friendly platforms.  Our new website will provide features that fully ensure a benefit and service to our customers, and improve the overall user experience for our customers.”
 
The new Ellsworth Adhesives site is an excellent resource for users looking for information about adhesives and dispensing equipment. Visit the brand new website today at: www.ellsworth.com.





Online SMT Equipment Auction Closing

Baja Bid's latest online auction with equipment from multiple customers in the USA will close on February 24, 2015.
 
The items in this auction include Mydata MY9 SMT Pick & Place Machines, Feeders, Magazines and Conveyors; Universal Advantis SMT Pick & Place Machine; DEK Screen Printers; Vitronics XPM Reflow Ovens; Electrovert Electra Wave Solder; Stoeling CBW-224 Wash; Fancort VPD3-1M Depanelizer; Seika SAM-CT23Q Router; FKN Systek N200 Depanelizer; Gramatech Vacuum Bag Sealers; Stencil Racks; Microscopes; Yes Tech YTV-1000 Benchtop AOI, Conceptronics HVC 155 Reflow Oven; Workbenches and Much More….
 
Important Note: This is a "Sealed Bid" auction not an "EBay Style" auction. Bidders are encouraged to submit their absolute maximum bids when entering their offers. All formal bids must be submitted before 5pm EST on February 24, 2015.
 
Please select the following link to view the catalog for this auction. 
 
View Catalog
http://bajabid.hibid.com/catalog/54162/february-2015--sealed-bid--auction?tab=0 
 
Any questions about this event can be directed to Arlin Horsley at 1-813-992-2437.
 





MacDermid Electronics Solutions Announces the Release of Affinity

WATERBURY, CT. - MacDermid Electronics Solutions today announced the release of Affinity, an advanced electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG) final finish for printed circuit board fabrication. Anchored by innovation from the new Affinity electroless nickel formulation, the full process provides PCB fabricators consistency and reliability previously unattainable from conventional ENIG chemistry. New discoveries in thermally durable nickel stabilizers offer an unprecedented level of process control. Users will immediately notice Affinity's unwavering performance in start-and-stop operation, especially critical in the demanding North American PCB market. Affinity Nickel delivers unmatched stability in phosphorus content, virtually eliminates start-up dummy requirements, and operates under a wide range of bath loading. These bath control advantages contribute to Affinity's built-in protection against black line nickel.
 
The Affinity system includes pretreatment chemicals for complete removal of stubborn soldermask residues, and activation that eliminate deposition in non-plated through holes. Complimenting the Affinity offering, MacDermid has announced beta-site opportunities for Affinity Gold CF, a cyanide-free immersion gold chemistry. Offering the highest performance designed to exceed upcoming drafts of IPCs 4552 and 4556 specifications, Affinity Gold CF eliminates the OSHA burdens of cyanide in the board shop. Affinity ENIG and ENEPIG processes can be run with either conventional or cyanide-free gold.
 
Steven Kenney, Business Director - Americas, commented; "Affinity is truly a revolutionary innovation. So much of ENIGs performance depends on a solid nickel foundation. Our discoveries in nickel stabilization bring ENIG functionality to a new level. This is another example of MacDermid Electronics Solutions' innovative approach and commitment to our customers."
 
About MacDermid Electronics Solutions: For over 50 years, MacDermid Electronics Solutions has supplied innovative, environmentally sound products to a rapidly changing electronics marketplace. Working with our customers, we research, formulate and deliver specialty chemicals that enable the manufacture of the most complex printed circuit board designs. From cellular telephones to automotive electronics, from tablet computers to photovoltaic panels, MacDermid products are an integral part of our everyday lives. Visit us at: electronics.macdermid.com





Eric Strating, New Director of Sales for ZESTRON Americas

Manassas, VA – February 19, 2015 ZESTRON, the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry, is pleased to announce the addition of Eric Strating, as the new Director of Sales for the Americas.  In his new role, Mr. Strating will continue to focus on growing ZESTRON’s product and service business while expanding the current customer base. 

Mr. Strating has over 17 years of proven sales management and direct sales experience within the electronics and chemical industries and most recently in the position of Sales Manager for Rochester Precision Optics. As a collaborative sales professional and mentor, he and his sales teams have developed and nurtured customer relationships ensuring that they receive the best products for their applications.

“Mr. Strating is an excellent addition to our global team,” says Todd Scheerer, Executive Vice President, ZESTRON Americas. “His established background and sales expertise will be central to bringing the next generation of precision cleaning solutions to the market as we continue to expand our technology offerings and broaden ZESTRON’s global reach.”

Mr. Strating has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Distribution Management from the University of Nebraska.

About ZESTRON:

Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, and operating in more than 35 countries, ZESTRON is the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. With six worldwide technical centers and the largest team of chemical engineers in the industry, ZESTRON’s commitment to ensuring that its customers surpass even the most stringent cleaning requirements is without equal.

For additional information and to tour one of our unparalleled technical centers, please visit www.zestron.com.





ZESTRON to Feature pH neutral Process Solutions at APEX

Manassas, VA – February 11, 2015 ZESTRON, the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry, will feature the latest in pH neutral cleaning solutions at IPC APEX 2015 in San Diego, CA.

ZESTRON has provided innovative pH neutral cleaning solutions since 2009. In addition to VIGON® N 600 developed for PCB defluxing, the latest additions include VIGON® PE 200 and HYDRON® SE 220 developed for power and semiconductor electronics defluxing applications.

VIGON® PE 200 is a water-based cleaning agent powered by MPC® Technology and developed for use in spray-in-air equipment. It removes flux residues from leadframes, discrete devices, power modules and power LEDs following die attached and/or heat sink soldering.  This chemistry was designed to remove oxide layers from copper surfaces to prepare for subsequent processes.

HYDRON® SE 220 is a water-based, single-phase cleaning agent specifically developed for use in immersion and ultrasonic processes. It removes flux residues from a wide range of semiconductor electronics. It is easily rinsed and provides optimal surface characteristics for subsequent processes such as wire bonding and molding and ensures excellent material compatibility. 

Visit booth #2515 to learn more about ZESTRON’s complete line of pH neutral cleaning solutions and available analytical services.





Uyemura Expands in Midwest

Southington, CT.  February 6, 2015.  Uyemura has announced that Scott Griggs and his company, International Process Technologies LLC will represent Uyemura throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   
 
The announcement was made this morning by US Director of Operations Don Walsh. Prior to the appointment, Griggs served as Minneapolis Regional Manager for RBP Chemical Technology, a leading supplier of proprietary chemicals for the electronics manufacturing industries.  In this position, he managed sales and technical support for products manufactured by RBP, as well as Uyemura, MEC and Umicore GT.
 
"We are very pleased that Scott Griggs and his firm will manage this strategically important region," said Walsh.  "He has extensive industry knowledge – and is highly experienced with ENIG and ENEPIG technologies, in particular.  That, and his 20 years at RBP make him ideal for this new position, and will be of significant value to UIC customers and partners moving forward."
 
"Uyemura is clearly the industry leader in PCB finishes and via fill technology," observes Griggs, "with 6 major ENIG / ENEPIG lines and a significant customer base in the twin cities.   Our goal is to build on this, and develop new opportunities to apply Uyemura’s technical resources to our region."   
 
"UIC coppers, via fill, EVF-R products and anodes will be key," says Griggs, "and we know there are new companies here that can benefit from UIC immersion silver, and from gmf products such as the new Niphos electrolytic nickels."
 
International Process Technologies will also represent IPS, a manufacturer of wet process equipment and material handling for the printed circuit board and plating industries.
 
This most recent announcement is a continuation of the expansion of Uyemura’s field support infrastructure, which will continue through 2015.  Uyemura International Corporation, 240 Town Line Road • Southington, CT 06489.  www.uyemura.com 





Mydata, Universal, DEK & Other SMT Manufacturing Assets For Sale

A "Sealed Bid" Auction with SMT electronic manufacturing equipment from multiple customers in the USA opened February 9, 2015 and closes February 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST.
 
The items in this auction include Mydata MY9 SMT Pick & Place Machines, Feeders, Magazines and Conveyors; Universal Advantis SMT Pick & Place Machine; DEK Screen Printers; Vitronics XPM Reflow Ovens; Electrovert Electra Wave Solder; Stoeling CBW-224 Wash; Fancort VPD3-1M Depanelizer; Seika SAM-CT23Q Router; FKN Systek N200 Depanelizer; Gramatech Vacuum Bag Sealers; Stencil Racks; Microscopes; Yes Tech YTV-1000 Benchtop AOI, Conceptronics HVC 155 Reflow Oven; Workbenches and Much More...
 
Please visit www.bajabid.com/auctions/ for more information on some of this equipment.
 
Any questions about this event can be directed to Arlin Horsley at 1-813-992-2437.





Ellsworth Adhesives Exhibiting at Expo Lighting America in Mexico City

GERMANTOWN, WI – February, 2015 – Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives, specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting at Expo Lighting America at Centro Banamex Convention and Exhibition Center in Mexico City, Mexico on February 25-27, 2015.

Ellsworth Adhesives will be displaying the latest technology of adhesives, sealants, lubricants, coatings, and dispensing equipment for the lighting industry in Booth 953.
 
Expo Lighting America is an annual lighting industry event held each year in Mexico City, Mexico. The expo is an assembly of manufacturers showcasing lighting components, accessories, and solutions. The event features workshops and a conference with keynote speakers sharing their expertise on lighting, technology, and current trends.
 
Jay Richardson, Director of Sales, commented, “Following our success at other lighting industry events, it was an easy decision to participate in Expo Lighting America this year. Our main goal for the exhibition will be to communicate our ability to provide a complete adhesive solution.”
 
Ellsworth Adhesives offers the world’s most comprehensive selection of products and services; and has more than 50 Engineered Sales Representatives in North America and more than 150 Engineered Sales Representatives globally. With their many shipping locations, they are able to minimize shipping costs and lead-times when shipping product to local plants. The Ellsworth Adhesives Global Advantage is extended with their understanding of import/export laws and regulations, ability to track shipments with appointed freight forwarders, and the capacity to clear customs quickly and in advance.
For more information on Ellsworth Adhesives, visit www.ellsworth.com or call 1.800.888.0698.





Ellsworth Adhesives to Offer Adhesive Solutions at Strategies in Light

 GERMANTOWN, WI – February, 2015 – Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives, specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting again at this year's Strategies in Light on February 24-26, 2015.

Ellsworth Adhesives will be displaying the latest technology of adhesives, sealants, lubricants, coatings, and dispensing equipment for the Lighting industry in Booth 820 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
 
Strategies in Light is well known for being North America's longest running and largest LEDs and lighting conference. This year, Strategies in Light will be co-located with The LED Show. And as part of this year's Strategies in Light conference and tradeshow, LEDs Magazine will be hosting the first annual Sapphire Awards Gala. The event will reveal the year's most innovative products and services in the LED marketplace encompassing the entire LED and lighting industry supply chain. The Sapphire Awards Gala will spotlight companies investing in new design and technology, showcase the products that receive innovation awards and conclude with the announcement of the winner of the Illumineer of the Year award.
 
Jay Richardson, Director of Sales, commented, “We are excited to be exhibiting at one of North America's largest lighting industry events. Our booth will be staffed with our highly technical Engineered Sales Representatives who specialize in working with industrial lighting customers on adhesive and dispensing solutions.”
 
Ellsworth Adhesives offers the world's most comprehensive selection of products and services; and has more than 50 Engineered Sales Representatives in North America and more than 150 Engineered Sales Representatives globally. Through their wide variety of Value-Added services, they aim to fulfill adhesive needs, from initial technical advice through customized product fulfillment. They strive to help their customers achieve maximum productivity with lower total cost in their manufacturing processes by offering valued services and solutions, and delivering quality products from world-class suppliers. Ellsworth Adhesives is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9120:2002 registered company.
 
For more information on Ellsworth Adhesives, visit www.ellsworth.com or call 1.800.888.0698.





SilRay Completes Rooftop Commercial Solar Array for PalPilot

450.4 kW Project Expected to Save Meritronics and PalPilot $5.6 million in electricity costs

Los Altos, Calif. & MILPITAS, Calif. – February 3, 2015 –SilRay, Inc., a turnkey developer of solar power plants and an independent solar power producer, announces the completion of the first phase of a two-part commercial solar array for a 74,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Milpitas, CA. The 450.4 kW rooftop and carport installation at the facility of the ODM and OEM suppliers Meritronics and PalPilot will offset more than 50% of their electrical needs and save the companies approximately $5.6 million over 25 years. The array (one of the largest in the City of Milpitas) is the latest step in Meritronics and PalPilot’s sustainability efforts and will eliminate more than 12,500 tons of carbon emissions throughout its lifetime.

Rooftop Solar ArrayThe electronics manufacturing industry has reached an inflection point in greening its supply chain network. Consumer electronics giants like Apple, Microsoft and Intel are increasingly focused on supplier environmental responsibility, from where and how they source raw materials to the use of renewable energy to power factories and data centers. By getting a solar array, Meritronics and PalPilot will lower their costs while improving their competitive advantage in the contract manufacturing field as more companies audit their vendors’ environmental impact.

“Our goal is to become a leading green manufacturer in the electronics assembly industry. A lot of our customers are in search of sustainable suppliers in order to mitigate climate change,” said Dior Wu, EVP and Founder of Meritronics. “As a high tech manufacturer, it was a no brainer to implement leading edge clean technology on the energy side. Our nearly 40,000 square foot plant utilizes heavy equipment that draws a lot of power during peak demand, and solar provides a perfect solution to reduce our demand charges. By adopting solar, we not only secure long-term energy expenditures for the next 25 years, but also become energy independent while using clean energy to power the entire building.”

“PalPilot is based in the heart of Silicon Valley, a hotbed for clean technology, so it made sense to go solar,” said YC Hwang, VP and Cofounder of PalPilot. “This is the biggest initiative our company has undertaken in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability. Leveraging solar energy is one way we can reduce our carbon footprint, tantamount to planting 12,000 trees or removing 100 cars from the road annually. We’re proud to set an example of environmental leadership for the Silicon Valley community.”

Staying cost competitive as a manufacturer in the Bay Area is mission-critical due to shrinking operating margins from global competition and new innovations. Energy use comprises 30-40% of a manufacturer’s operational expenses so efficiency upgrades and solar arrays can drastically reduce operational costs. Given the average cost of a commercial project has dropped by more than 45% in the last two years, solar can literally add millions of dollars to a business’ bottom line.

“We’re pleased to partner with ODM and OEM leaders like PalPilot and Meritronics who are demonstrating their commitment to a clean energy future. The new system not only allows contract manufacturers to lower operating costs, but also promotes a more sustainable environment,” says April Zhong, President and CEO of SilRay. “From the project launch date in November to completion, we expertly navigated the myriad environmental, design, engineering, financing, permitting, procurement, systems integration and construction of the rooftop installation in two months. When we propose a solar project to businesses, we always want to make sure that the payback period and return on investment meet their expectations. In most cases, the performance of our solar systems exceeds the projected production. It is very gratifying when our clients save even more on energy costs than they expected.”   

Phase two of the project, which includes a 60 kW solar carport and two EV charging stations, will be completed in March 2015.

About SilRay

SilRay, Inc. is an award-winning full-service commercial solar energy developer headquartered in Los Altos, California. Founded in 2007 with over 3 MW of projects in operations, SilRay provides turnkey, vertically integrated commercial solar solutions and customized financing mechanisms to fit each client’s needs. SilRay uses the highest quality equipment and the most advanced system integration technologies to allow the most efficient solar energy production compared to market norms. SilRay has won numerous distinctions and awards including U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Retail Energy Firm of the Year, ASIAN, Inc. Minority Business Enterprise of the Year and DiversityBusiness.com Top Business. Visit SilRay online at www.SilRay.com.

About Meritronics

Established in 1995, Meritronics is a global technology leader in the electronics manufacturing and assembly industry with factories in California, Nevada, Taiwan, and China. Milpitas-based Meritronics provides quality contract manufacturing solutions from product concept, mechanical design, electronics design, to systems integration and production. Serving the telecommunications, semiconductor, industrial, medical equipment, wireless, military, aviation and consumer electronics industries, Meritronics is UL ISO-9001 certified, ISO-13485 certified, ITAR registered, and is lead-free RoHS compliant. Visit Meritronics online at www.meritronics.com.

About PalPilot

PalPilot is a 20-year-old electronics design and engineering firm serving three core industries: Engineering Services, Substrate & PCB Fabrication, and Component Interconnect Products. PalPilot's Innovation Center provides System Engineering by offering Signal & Power Integrity Simulation, Layout, and Characterization; integrated with IC Substrate/Packaging and PCB Fabrication to optimize performance while reducing design spins and increasing speed-to-market. The company’s internally developed E-Bikes and proprietary Battery Management System (BMS) utilize the Innovation Center’s expertise to realize concepts into production. With a long history in R&D, PalPilot understands the unique and custom nature of the electronics industry and delivers value-adding solutions, coupled with unparalleled quality and customer service. PalPilot is online at www.palpilot.com.





RPS to Host Originals and New Comers at the 2015 IPC APEX Exhibition

RPS Automation to Display Multiple Systems, classic and modern, at February’s Show

logo SPOKANE VALLEY, WA –February, 2015– RPS Automation LLC has made plans to display four systems from their Selective Soldering line at the upcoming IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, February 24-26. This display will introduce exhibition attendees to the classic systems that put RPS Automation on the map, as well as the new, economical machines that are expanding their product offering capabilities.

RPS’ Selective Soldering Systems are highlighted by their ability to flux and solder a high mix of changing and often complex assembly requirements, representing years of engineering refinement and innovation to provide an unrivaled performance-to-price value proposition. The classic systems offered at the show will include the Rhythm Slide and Rhythm SPX machines, which offer a wide range of process capabilities and configurations to customers.

RPS is also excited to debut two new systems, the FRX10 and FRX16 Selective Soldering Systems, at the upcoming Exhibition! These machines are specifically designed for prototyping and low volume production needs, and make an excellent choice for high mix selective soldering assembly. Because of its affordable price point, the FRX series offers low volume manufacturers a way to automate their processes without the high cost of conventional systems.

A new control package and software interface will also be unveiled at the show. After months of collaboration and development, RPS is excited to offer this new, user-friendly package to customers! In addition to the new software interface, RPS will also be featuring South Tek Systems in their booth. South Tek Systems is a nitrogen generator manufacturer, and produces all nitrogen generators used in RPS’ selective soldering systems. This will allow customers to see, first-hand, the innovation and capabilities that RPS systems offer them.

To learn more, please visit Booth #3351 at the show, or contact Kelsey Solberg at ksolberg@rpsautomation.com.

About RPS RPS Automation is a manufacturer of automated selective soldering, lead tinning, and component test equipment for electronics and component manufacturing, assembly, and distribution. RPS has been advancing automated lead finish and soldering technology for defense, aerospace, automotive, contract manufacturers and micro-electronics component manufacturers for over 20 years. RPS products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

 

 





Cirtronics Adds Sophisticated 3D Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) Equipment

Milford, NH, February 3, 2015 - Cirtronics Corporation, a manufacturing services company, adds Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) equipment with sophisticated 3D inspection capability to maintain in-line process control for solder paste printing.
 
David Patterson, COO, Cirtronics explained, “Specialized process control equipment has become a critical element in the success of SMT component placement. Investment in 3D SPI equipment ensures more consistent application in our process compared to traditional 2D inspection. Adding a 3D SPI capability helps us build product right the first time, increasing reliability and saving on overall manufacturing costs.”
 
Cirtronics philosophy is to stay on the leading edge of technology to provide the best product to customers. Equipment investments are part of the ongoing technology road map to secure the future of our customers.
 
Please email Stephanie Gronvall, sgronvall@cirtronics.com or visit www.cirtronics.com for more information.





SOMACIS at MD&M West 2015

This year’s MD&M West, the international event for medical devices and equipment, will celebrate its 30th anniversary and will include 1,000+ top suppliers demonstrating the latest in medtech products and services. In addition to all that the expo hall has to offer, the MD&M West Conference has an in-depth education program to meet your individual needs.

MD&M West is co-located with Electronics West, WestPack, ATX West, Pacific Design & Manufacturing and PLASTEC West.

SOMACIS, a global manufacturer of high-technology PCBs, holds the ISO 13485 certification for medical devices since 2008, and at the MD&M expo will present the latest development in high-end rigid, rigid-flex and flex PCBs for high-reliability applications such as implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.

Join the leading minds in medtech at the 30th anniversary edition of MD&M West and visit us at booth 841.

About SOMACIS For more than forty years, SOMACIS has been a dynamic company producing high-tech PCBs and delivering innovative solutions. SOMACIS, headquartered in Italy, is one of the leading PCB manufacturers, with more than 800 employees and production plants in Italy, USA and China. SOMACIS is a worldwide partner supplying HDI, rigid, rigid-flex and flex PCBs for time critical and mass production requirements. For further information, please visit our website www.somacis.com.

 





Enthone Introduces STANNOSTAR® HMM-1000 Pure Tin Process

Eliminates Oiling Out of Organic Compounds

WEST HAVEN, Connecticut, USA, January 29, 2015 –STANNOSTAR® HMM-1000 MSA-based, pure tin plating process has been introduced by Enthone. Designed for deposition of reflowable, pure tin in medium and high speed equipment, the non-fluoborate process is specially formulated to produce matte to semi-bright pure tin deposits without oiling out of the organic compounds.

STANNOSTAR HMM-1000 deposits have a consistent and stable surface morphology and are suitable as a “low whisker,” lead-free alternative finish. The pure tin deposits contain minimum organic inclusions that exhibit excellent covering power and a high degree of ductility. The deposits exhibit superb solderability and low carbon content over wide temperature and current density ranges, as well as high efficiency, low foam and uniform dissolution of anodes.

Mr. Rick Stuhler, Enthone Global Product Line Manager – Molded Interconnect Devices and Connectors said, “Conventional tin processes at high current and elevated temperatures experience breakdown of tensides that cause oil separation. STANNOSTAR is free of insoluble breakdown products.”

STANNOSTAR HMM-1000 is an extremely versatile and robust process that is ideally suited for plating parts with complex geometries, including electronic housing and connectors. For more information, please contact enthoneNews@enthone.com.

About Enthone

Enthone Inc., an Alent plc company, is a global and leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings. Enthone creates customer value by providing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions to the automotive, electronics, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries. For more information, please visit enthone.com.





Ellsworth Adhesives Exhibiting at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA

GERMANTOWN, WI – January, 2015 – Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives, specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting at this year’s MD&M West event at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. on February 10-12, 2015.
Ellsworth Adhesives will be displaying the latest technology of adhesives, sealants, lubricants, coatings, and dispensing equipment for the Medical Device industry in Booth 3343.

Celebrating 30 years, MD&M West is America's largest Medtech event. MD&M West is well known for being the event that offers direct access to industry-leading suppliers, networking opportunities, comprehensive educational content, and the latest products and cutting-edge technologies in the world of medical design and manufacturing.

Jay Richardson, Director of Sales, commented, “There are some amazing topics on MD&M’s agenda this year. We’re looking forward to this exciting event. It’s a great opportunity for us to meet with industry manufacturers. Our Engineered Sales Representatives will be available at the show to answer any questions on projects and applications that require an adhesives or dispensing solution”.

Ellsworth Adhesives offers the world’s most comprehensive selection of products and services; and has more than 50 Engineered Sales Representatives in North America and more than 150 Engineered Sales Representatives globally. Through their wide variety of Value-Added services, they aim to fulfill adhesive needs, from initial technical advice through customized product fulfillment. They strive to help their customers achieve maximum productivity with lower total cost in their manufacturing processes by offering valued services and solutions, and delivering quality products from world-class suppliers. Ellsworth Adhesives is an ISO 9001:2008 and AS9120:2002 registered company.

For more information on Ellsworth Adhesives, visit www.ellsworth.com or call 1.800.888.0698.





Mydata, Universal, DEK & Other Manufacturing Equipment In PA Up For Sale

Baja Bid will be selling some electronic manufacturing equipment from one of their good customers in Horsham, Pennsylvania. The equipment is currently in production but is scheduled to be taken off-line in March of this year. There is no auction being planned at this time but sales orders are being taken with a release date during the month of March.

The items being sold include (3) Mydata MY9 SMT Pick & Place Machines, Feeders and Conveyors;  Universal Advantis SMT Pick & Place Machine , Feeders and Conveyors;  2008 DEK Horizon 03i Screen Printer; 2002 DEK 265 Horizon Screen Printer; (2) 2005 Mirtec MV-2HTL Benchtop AOI; Fancort VPD3-1M Depanelizer; Seika SAM-CT23Q Router;  FKN Systek N200 Depanelizer; Gramatech Vacuum Bag Sealer; Stencil Racks; Microscopes; Workbenches and More...
 
Please visit www.bajabid.com/equipment-sale/ for more information on some of this equipment.
 
Any questions about this event can be directed to Arlin Horsley at 1-813-992-2437.





Ellsworth Adhesives Exhibiting at Expo Manufactura in Monterrey, Mexico

GERMANTOWN, WI – January, 2015 – Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives, specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting again at this year's EXPO MANUFACTURA™ 2015 at Cintermex in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico on February 3-5, 2015.
 
Ellsworth Adhesives will be displaying the latest technology of adhesives and dispensing equipment in Booth 1345. Ellsworth will also be presenting The Benefits of Utilizing Molykote® High Performance Lubricants and Coatings on the exhibition floor on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:40-4:10pm.
 
EXPO MANUFACTURA™ 2015 is well known for being one of Mexico's major manufacturing industry events and will be hosting domestic and international companies from the Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, and Medical Device industries.
 
Jay Richardson, Director of Sales, commented, "We're looking forward to this exciting event. It's a great opportunity for us to meet with industry manufacturers. We specialize in working with industrial customers on engineered applications striving to help them achieve maximum productivity with lower total cost in their manufacturing processes by implementing adhesive and dispensing solutions."
 
Ellsworth Adhesives offers the world's most comprehensive selection of products and services; and has more than 50 Application Engineers in North America and more than 150 Application Engineers globally. With their many shipping locations, they are able to minimize shipping costs and lead-times when shipping product to local plants. The Ellsworth Adhesives Global Advantage is extended with their understanding of import/export laws and regulations, ability to track shipments with appointed freight forwarders, and the capacity to clear customs quickly and in advance.
 
For more information on Ellsworth Adhesives, visit www.ellsworth.com or call 1.800.888.0698.





ZESTRON.com Now Available in Spanish

Manassas, VA – January 8, 2015 ZESTRON, the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry, is pleased to announce that zestron.com is now available in Spanish.

“As we believe that it is critical to enable our global customers to easily and quickly access ZESTRON’s technical information regarding precision cleaning products and applications, we are pleased to announce the addition of our Spanish language website,” states Todd Scheerer, Executive Vice President, ZESTRON Americas. “Spanish is our 7th and latest addition to the numerous languages already available at zestron.com: German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.”

ZESTRON’s comprehensive product lines, services and training solutions with ZESTRON Academy are readily accessible from the website.  Learn about the latest in cleaning solutions for SMT electronics, power electronics and packages, and MRO.  Find the appropriate analytical accessory to monitor your cleaning process and ensure your cleanliness levels are met in our Services section.  If you have cleaning questions, ZESTRON has answers.  Visit us today at www.zestron.com/sp.