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V-TEK International Completes Acquisition of Royce Instruments

Combined company to deliver broader experiences and market access

MANKATO, MN—V-TEK International of Mankato, MN is pleased to announce the acquisition of Royce Instruments, of Napa, CA.

Since 1985, V-TEK has earned a solid reputation as a global leader in developing and delivering electronic component packaging solutions. Known for reliability, performance, service and innovation, V-TEK will now combine forces with Royce Instruments, to offer additional choices of products and services for an expanded global clientele.

“The acquisition supports our strategy to grow by expanding our electronic component market presence while also increasing overall share," explains Larry Haberman, President of V-TEK. "Royce’s line of bond testers and die sorting equipment compliments V-TEK's current technology and improves customer access. The combined firm will strengthen our ability to innovate and expand our existing product lines."

Founded by Dennis and Vivian Siemer, V-TEK designs, builds and markets capital equipment sold globally to test, inspect, handle, and package electronic components. The company distributes consumable packaging supplies and also provides inspection, test and packaging services at its headquarters in Mankato, MN, as well as two locations in Mexico. Royce is a global leader in designing precision assembly tools and high-accuracy, low-force bond test equipment for the semiconductor industry. 

V-TEK and Royce have thrived in their respective markets over the past 30 years. As Royce founders Malcolm and Diane Cox begin a transition to retirement, blending the two successful businesses offers a future filled with new opportunities brought about by synergies of product scope, engineering talent, and skilled personnel.

“We plan to continue our tradition of maximizing value for our customers by offering products and services that consistently conform to customers’ requirements while exceeding expectations, " said Haberman. "Royce's unique combination of engineering acumen and market knowledge built the company into an internationally respected manufacturer of testing and handling equipment. V-TEK intends to preserve and extend the Royce brand throughout the transition.”

With a combined total of more than 55 global distribution sites, localized technical service, and a dedicated sales organization delivered through a global network of alliances, the acquisition of Royce makes V-TEK poised to take innovative technologies to new markets and continue growth worldwide.


logo KS Technologies, LLC (KST) and Linear Manufacturing, Inc. have teamed up to combine hardware engineering, mobile app development, and world-class manufacturing based solely in the USA. Located just miles from each other, the two Colorado Springs based companies are collaborating on several joint projects, including Bluetooth Low Energy-based indoor proximity sensors.

Beyond Bluetooth Low Energy, KST and Linear are developing hardware accessories for iOS and Android which include the design and development of apps utilizing Classic Bluetooth, USB, and Lightning Connector-based devices.

Bob Kressin, President of KST, said, “Combining KST’s engineering expertise with Linear’s manufacturing excellence is a perfect and sensible match. The collaborative spirit between the companies is strong, giving us a unique competitive advantage. By building locally, we’re able to reduce ship times to our clients while offering rapid prototyping solutions in a very dynamic and exciting market.”

Jay Palace, President of Linear, said, “Partnering with KST puts us in a position that is right at the top of cutting edge technology. It is an exciting time and these kinds of projects are exactly why I started Linear. Employing some of the top people in the electronics manufacturing industry gives us an opportunity to shine.”

KST was founded in 2003 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with engineering expertise in mobile hardware accessory and application development. Engineers on staff have specific technical knowledge in iOS & Android Development, UI / UX Engineering, Hardware Engineering, Embedded Systems Development, and System Architecture.

Linear Manufacturing has been based in Colorado Springs since 1995. Linear is an ISO 9001:2008 certified contract manufacturer for electronics and serves clients in many market segments for original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s).




Aculon Hosts Webinar on Understanding SMT Stencil NanoCoatings

Aculon recently hosted a webinar "Understanding SMT Stencil NanoCoatings and How They Influence the Solder Paste Printing Process." 

Listeners will:

• Understand nanocoatings, how they work, and their cost/payback

• See the performance difference between treated and untreated stencils

• Review real-world data on stencil printing improvements

• Get up to date on the current research


Who benefits:

• Production engineers and technicians

• Quality and Supplier Quality professionals

• Advanced Manufacturing Technology and New Product Introduction personnel

Listen to the webinar here: http://www.aculon.com/videos/june-webinar.wmv

OneChip Photonics Assets - All Remaining Assets Being Sold

OneChip Photonics will be selling all of the remaining assets at their site in Kanata; Ontario, Canada. This is a short notice sale and lots will begin closing at 11:00am EST on June 19, 2014.

Below is a brief list of some of the items included in this sale.

• Agilent 86100C Infiniium DCA-J • Spirent SPT-2U TestCenter • Wafer Bar Tester Apparatus • (3) Keithley 2602A • Tektronix DSA 8200 • (2) JDSU MLCS-A1208P-M100-MFA • (6) Test Equity 1007S Chambers • (5) Newport ESP301-3G • (5) Terra Universal 1610-33A • Agilent 83402C Lightwave Source • Complete Fiber Optic Test System • Fiber Optic / Electronic Components • Micropositioner Probe Stations and more…..

To view the complete line of items currently up for auction and register to start bidding visit www.bajabid.com/auctions now.

Questions about the event can be directed to Arlin Horsley at 1-813-992-2437 or Nick Jimenez at 1-203-733-7191.

Enthone Six Sigma Black Belt Graduation Marks 10th Graduating Class in Americas

More Than $10 Million USD in Customer Financial Benefits Achieved

WEST HAVEN, Connecticut, USA, June 11, 2014 – Enthone Inc. is proud to announce the upcoming graduation of the company’s 2014 Six Sigma Black Belt Class. The graduating class marks the tenth black belt training certification held in the Americas and the twenty-third class worldwide since the inception of the company-wide program in 2001. 

In the past thirteen years, there have been over forty customer-focused Enthone Black Belt projects that have reaped in excess of $10,000,000 USD in customer financial benefits derived through higher operational efficiencies, increased production yields, and enablement of next generation manufacturing designed to meet OEM specifications. Each customer black belt project has yielded $150,000 to well over $1,000,000 in savings. 

Today there are more than seventy active Enthone Black Belts which are supported by 450 Green Belts from all sectors of the company, including technical applications engineers and research scientists, as well as operations, sales and marketing professionals. Since the program’s inception, more than 750 Enthone employees have been completed Black Belt or Green Belt training. 

Jason Maupin, Vice President – Enthone Americas, said, “For more than a decade, Enthone has continued a deliberate and highly disciplined approach to expanding the company’s focus and resources on investing in our greatest resource – the Enthone Team---by driving a Six Sigma culture throughout the organization, and most especially to our technical application and sales engineers. No other chemical supplier in the surface finishing and electronics industries offers a Six Sigma program to enhance the company’s overall skill set, while providing direct value to customers.”

The initial focus of Enthone Six Sigma was on improving internal business and manufacturing processes and yielded several million dollars in improvements in the first five years. In 2007, Enthone differentiated itself from its competition in a way that further enhanced value to its customers by utilizing the methodology to develop joint projects targeting improvements in yield, productivity and cost reduction at customers’ facilities. In 2010, the program was formally expanded as the Enthone Customer Value Six Sigma (CVSS) program to offer a differentiated value to customers. In support of the program, Enthone has been training and certifying its technical service engineers as Six Sigma Black Belts. 

For further information on Enthone Customer Value Six Sigma (CVSS) and how it can create value at your company, contact Gary Sutcliffe, Manager of Customer Value Six Sigma at gsutcliffe@enthone.com or your local Enthone representative.

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, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries. For more information, please visit enthone.com

Brady Announces Cost of an Ineffective Traceability System Webinar

Brady & Cogiscan to host free webinar on the importance of traceability in manufacturing

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (June 3, 2014) — Brady (NYSE:BRC), a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, today announced it will host a free webinar on the “Cost of an Ineffective Traceability System” in partnership with Cogiscan, Inc. The webinar will take place live on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. CDT. It will focus on what traceability is and the importance of implementing a system, key considerations, including data processes, common hardware, software and marking components, and more.

What: “Cost of an Ineffective Traceability System” Webinar

Brady Presenters: Robert Prosser and David Walmsley, global product managers

Guest Presenter: Francois Monette, co-president, sales & marketing, and co-founder, Cogiscan, Inc.,

Date/Time*: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. CDT

Access Recording: 

*Can’t attend the live session? Access the recording at the link above.

About Brady Corporation: http://bit.ly/traceability-webinar

Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people. Its products include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials. Founded in 1914, the company has millions of customers in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee and employs 6,900 people at operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Brady’s fiscal 2013 sales were approximately $1.15 billion. More information about Brady Corporation is available at www.bradycorp.com.

Enthone Breaks Ground for ViaFormĀ® Copper Damascene Manufacturing Facility

WEST HAVEN, Connecticut, USA, May 27, 2014 - Enthone Inc. today announced the construction of a new production facility for the exclusive manufacturing of certain components of the company’s next generation ViaForm® copper damascene electroplating chemistries. Scheduled to open this fall, the facility is being built to address growing market demand, while further enabling the ability to meet a more stringent set of requirements the semiconductor wafer fabrication market calls out.

The Enthone ViaForm Copper Damascene Manufacturing Facility further expands and strengthens the company’s high volume manufacturing (HVM) production and advance research center, all of which are located at its global headquarters in West Haven, Connecticut USA. Similar to the HVM, the new facility will exceed Class 1000 packaging requirements and feature computer integrated manufacturing, including in-line particle count, fully automated and enclosed chemical distribution, and dedicated processing streams. This significant investment makes Enthone more vertically integrated in manufacturing which enables enhanced control over quality and quicker response to supplying customer needs.

Enthone will continue to maintain additional manufacturing at locations throughout the United States as specified by Process of Record (POR) requirements. Supported by the company’s Customer Value Six Sigma program, all copper damascene chemical manufacturing adheres to stringent batch-to-batch control and consistency standards as required by semiconductor producers worldwide.

Mr. Jason Maupin, Vice President – Enthone Americas said, “This expanded manufacturing capacity tangibly demonstrates Enthone’s commitment to addressing our customers exacting manufacturing requirements, as we continue to  develop electrochemistries to meet advanced copper interconnects at 20 nanometers and beyond.

ViaForm® copper damascene processes deliver superior filling performance for wafer fabrication. Each process is specially designed for manufacturing advanced copper interconnects and provides a high degree of process control that enables a more robust interconnect fill capability and ensures greater device yield and reliability. Used by the world's major semiconductor manufacturers, ViaForm chemistry reduces wafer defects and has proven to capably integrate into Enthone customers’ process flow.

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, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries.  For more information, please visit enthone.com

RPS Delivers Innovation in High Volume Lead Tinning

New High Precision Rotary Head Handles Multiple QFP Processing for Higher Efficiency

logo SPOKANE VALLEY, WA – MAY 23, 2014 - RPS Automation LLC., a manufacturer of automated precision soldering equipment for electronics assembly and manufacturing, announces the Dynamic Rotary Head for Odyssey Lead Tinning Systems. This industry-leading feature enables high volume lead tinning of QFP and other multi-sided SMT and THC electronic components that require tin removal, fluxing and re-tinning.

RPS meet our specific requirements. The RPS Odyssey Lead Tinning System is a great addition to our production environment.”

About RPS RPS 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 manufactures for over 20 years. RPS products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

To learn more, visit www.rpsautomation.com or contact an RPS representative at sales@rpsautomation.com.




New Equipment - New Partnership TTCI and Seica

TTCI just bought the new Seica Pilot V8 Flying Probe!

logo"Mr. David Sigillo, Vice President of Seica Inc. North America is pleased to announce the sale of a Pilot 4DV8 to The Test Connection, Inc. (TTCI) of Owings Mills, Maryland. The Pilot line of Flying probers built by Seica SpA of Italy represents the latest in technology for testing, diagnosing and repairing boards in the electronics industry. From prototypes to large volumes, the Seica “V8" is unmatched in throughput and capability.


The Test Connection, Inc. has been supporting the electronic test arena for over 34 years by offering printed circuit test solutions. Quality test engineering solutions with complete documentation allow our TTCI team to support needs from the earliest design stages to test development and testing of your product. We offer engineering solutions for ICT, Flying Probe, Functional Test, Boundary Scan, Testability reviews, contract CCA Testing, Standalone In-System Programmer, LED Test Tools, and more. Leading the Way in Electronic Test Engineering!

For more information visit www.ttci.com and www.seica.com



5N Plus Completes Acquisition of Manufacturer of Metallic Powders

Montreal, Quebec, May 5, 2014 - 5N Plus Inc. (TSX:VNP), the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products, is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of AM&M Advanced Machine and Materials Inc. ("AM&M"). 
AM&M is a Kanata, Ontario based corporation specialized in the manufacturing of micron size metallic powders which can be used in a variety of electronic markets, including solder powders for increasingly demanding applications, silver-based powders for high thermal conductivity interfaces, and CIGS powders for thin film solar panels. The intellectual property and processing capabilities developed by AM&M allows for the cost-effective and high-yield production of spherical, low oxygen content powders with uniform particle size. 
Mr. Jacques L'Ecuyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of 5N Plus, said "We are pleased to have completed the acquisition of AM&M as we immediately add new products to our existing offering as well as benefit from the expertise of AM&M's executives. By combining AM&M's technology with our family of high purity metals and alloys, we are able to offer our customers a large array of custom-made powders optimized for their specific needs. This investment is in line with our growth strategy which includes developing opportunities further along the value stream for our specialty metals." 
Ms. Julia Chen, President and Chief Executive Officer of AM&M, said "It's a perfect match as our world leading intellectual property is now combined with 5N Plus' global sales force. I have confidence our unique atomization technology can bring 5N Plus tremendous success." 
About 5N Plus Inc. 
5N Plus is the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products. Fully integrated with closed-loop recycling facilities, the Company is headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada and operates manufacturing facilities and sales offices in several locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to produce products which are used in a number of advanced pharmaceutical, electronic and industrial applications. Typical products include purified metals such as bismuth, gallium, germanium, indium, selenium and tellurium, inorganic chemicals based on such metals and compound semiconductor wafers. Many of these are critical precursors and key enablers in markets such as solar, light-emitting diodes and eco-friendly materials. 

Ellsworth Adhesives Awarded Dow Corning's Gold Level Distributor of the Year

GERMANTOWN, WI - May, 2014 - Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives, specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Dow Corning Electronics North American Gold Level Distributor of the Year for 2013. This prestigious award highlights Ellsworth Adhesives' outstanding distribution performance for Dow Corning Electronics Products throughout the year.
The Gold Level Distributor status is an acknowledgement of significant contributions made by key distributors. The criteria includes promotion of new products, value added services, business to business excellence and financial performance.
Ellsworth Adhesives is honored to receive this coveted award for excellence in the distribution of engineered materials used in electronics manufacturing. The award was presented by Dow Corning's executive leadership team. Graciously accepting on behalf of Ellsworth Adhesives were Roger Lee – Vice President and General Manager North America, and Jay Richardson – Director of Sales, ESR Group North America.
Roger Lee commented, "We strive to hit every mark in all key metric areas that are set by Dow Corning. We are proud of our accomplishments."
For over 35 years, Ellsworth Adhesives has been a Dow Corning authorized distributor and continues to be one of its largest North American distributors for electronics. Ellsworth 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.

Ellsworth Adhesives' Sellers Awarded Dow Corning Distributor Sales Professional of the Year

GERMANTOWN, WI - May, 2014 - Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives, specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment, is pleased to announce the Dow Corning Electronics Distributor Sales Professional of the Year Award for 2013 has been awarded to three of their Engineered Sales Representatives (ESR).
This annual award (Gold, Silver and Bronze) is given to the top Dow Corning Distributor sellers who demonstrate top sales growth, new registered opportunities, focus on emerging Dow Corning markets and exceptional performance in the sale of Dow Corning electronic materials. This outstanding achievement speaks to their dedication to deliver the best to customers while partnering with premier manufacturers and key partners like Dow Corning.
Ellsworth Adhesives' Engineering Sales Representatives Ron Cormier (Northern California) has been awarded the 2013 Gold Level Seller of the Year for North America, Bruce Shook (Georgia) 2013 Bronze Level Seller of the Year for North America, and Sermphan Sopontweesup (Toon) (Thailand) 2013 Bronze Level Seller of the Year for Asia. These coveted awards honor best in class for field sales professionals representing Dow Corning Electronics applications.
"We are thrilled for our team to receive these Gold and Bronze awards, which are no doubt a direct reflection of the dedication and technical expertise of Cormier, Shook, Sopontweesup, and the entire global ESR team at Ellsworth Adhesives," said Roger Lee, Vice President and General Manager of Ellsworth Adhesives North America. "We look forward to future success in finding new and exciting applications for Dow Corning silicone products."
Ellsworth Adhesives' sales professionals have been consistently awarded for top performance by Dow Corning. Among the over 55 Ellsworth Adhesives ESR's in North America, Bruce Shook joins a distinguished group of past honorees including Ron Cormier (Gold, 2012 & 2013), Sergio Ramirez (Bronze, 2012), John Hause (Silver, 2011), Dan Cronin (Bronze, 2010), Donna Nocco (Bronze, 2009) and Diane Elliott (Gold, 2006 & Bronze, 2007).
Jay Richardson, Ellsworth Adhesives' Director of Sales – ESR Group North America, commented, "Dow Corning's innovative focus on electronics protection with silicone materials combined with the unparalleled experience and knowhow of Ellsworth Adhesives' ESR group have produced these superior results."
Ellsworth Adhesives has been a Dow Corning authorized distributor for over 35 years, and remains as one of Dow Corning's largest North American and Global Distributor. Ellsworth has developed a reputation within the industry for providing excellence in distribution coupled with the most comprehensive level of technical expertise available. To learn more, visit www.ellsworth.com.

SMTA China Awards Megan Wendling Councilor of the Year for the Sixth Consecutive Year

(PresseBox) (Naples, 07.05.2014) MW Associates, a global all-electronics marketing and electronics assembly consultancy agency, announces that its President Megan Wendling received the Councilor of the Year Award from SMTA China for the sixth consecutive year. The award was presented on April 23, 2014 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in conjunction with the SMTA China Annual Award Ceremony.
Megan continuously supports SMTA China's events as well as actively promoting SMTA China conferences, events and technical seminars globally and has done so for many years.
Megan's role as Advisory Council member of SMTA China is to advise the chapter's executive committee on proficiency matters as well as public relations for the SMTA chapters and council.
Megan received this award because of her exceptional, consistent support of the SMTA. This award is based on MW Associates' contributions to the SMTA, including attendance at technical programs, support of chapter and/or national leaders, encouragement and support of participating members, and more.
Megan Wendling is the principal of MW Associates, a global all-electronics marketing and assembly consultants that has offices in Naples, Fla., Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
For additional details or questions about MW Associates, contact Megan Wendling, CEO, at 239-530-8790 or mwendling@meganwendling.com.

Electronic Systems Inc. Wins 2014 Circuits Assembly SEA Awards

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Electronic Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has won three Circuits Assembly Service Excellence Awards in the categories of: Dependability/Timely Delivery, Responsiveness, and Value for Price for EMS companies in the $20 million to $100 million revenue range.
The 2014 Service Excellence Awards program is sponsored by Circuits Assembly, the leading trade publication for the Electronics Assembly industry. Companies that received the highest customer service ratings, as judged by their own customers, received the awards during a ceremony at the IPC Apex Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
These awards are confirmation of the dedication and hard work that the associates of Electronic Systems, Inc. have put into ensuring high performance output at each stage of the business process. Electronic Systems, Inc. accepted them on behalf of our associates and the customers that have made these awards possible by taking the time to provide their feedback required for winning these awards.
“Once again, we are very pleased to be recognized by our customers as a “Best in Class” supplier. This is a true indicator of our commitment to exceeding our customer’s expectations”, said Gary Larson, President. “We pride ourselves in providing Legendary Service as a reflection of our company values. We are truly honored to receive this type of feedback from our customers. ”
“Our culture of relentless customer service and strong customer relationships runs deep throughout every level of our organization”, added Lynne Mooney, Director of Business Logistics. “We’re continually focused on doing what’s best for our customers when it comes to everyday decisions at ESI.”
Electronic Systems, Inc. (www.electronicsi.com) is headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD and operates three facilities there. The company offers complete EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) for PCB assembly through final system-level assemblies, including supply chain management and order fulfillment. Customers include OEM’s in the Industrial, Commercial, Energy, Medical, and HVAC markets. The company is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 (Medical) certified and ITAR registered.