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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.





Kester Launches SF855-LR Soldering Flux

Kester_Logo_Black15.png Kester Launches SF855-LR Soldering Flux

ITASCA, IL — November 14, 2016 Contact: Michelle O’Brien, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Kester is proud to announce the launch of SF855-LR Soldering Flux, a low solid, low residue, no-clean non-rosin organic flux designed specifically for use in tabber and stringer equipment of Photovoltaic Assembly (PV) through soldering tabs to cell contacts. The extremely low solids content (1.6%) and nature of the activator system results in practically no residue left on the cell after soldering. SF855-LR has a wide operating window and temperature range, and can be used in SnPb, SnAgPb and Pb-free applications.

For additional information on this product including technical and safety data sheets, please visit: http://www.kester.com/products/product/sf855-lr-soldering-flux

For any questions, please contact: Lynnette Colby lcolby@kester.com

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Kester is a global supplier of assembly materials for the Electronic Assembly and Semiconductor Packaging industries. Kester is focused on delivering innovative, robust and high-quality solutions to help our customers address their technological challenges. Kester’s current product portfolio includes soldering attachment materials such as solder paste, soldering chemicals, TSF (tacky solder flux) materials, and metal products such as bar, solid and flux-cored wire. Kester is an Illinois Tool Works (ITW) company. ITW is a Fortune 200 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products. It employs approximately 49,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 57 countries.

 

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Indium Corporation Welcomes Jingya Huang as Marketing Communications Assistant Manager

Huang is responsible for creating and managing promotional and branding activities that support the company’s worldwide sales and marketing programs. She manages Indium Corporation’s global trade show program, internal communications, social media, and the expansion of its web presence. 

Huang has several years of experience in advertising, marketing, and communications. In her last position, she focused on digital marketing for Chinese markets. Huang has also worked as an account planner at a full-service advertising agency, where she performed strategic planning, market research, project management, and sales support. Huang earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and her master’s degree in advertising from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.





Restronics Florida Named as New Sales Representative for ZESTRON Americas

[Manassas, VA – October 31st, 2016] - 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 that Restronics Florida is now representing its complete line of cleaning process solutions and services within Florida.

 

“Restronics Florida represents the industry’s top equipment manufacturers and suppliers,” says Todd Scheerer, Executive Vice President, ZESTRON Americas.  “Combined with ZESTRON’s team of experienced application engineers and cleaning expertise, Restronics Florida will broaden our sales coverage and improve our service and distribution support to our increasing customer base.”

 

Restronics Florida was opened over 15 years ago with the same mission as all Restronics offices, to serve the local electronics market with high quality, technical sales people who bring solutions and new products to their customer base.

 

To learn more about ZESTRON’s cleaning process solutions, services and learning opportunities through ZESTRON Academy, please visitwww.zestron.com.





DfR Solutions Expands Expert Reliability Team

Focus on solving complex customer challenges

Beltsville, MD – October 25, 2016 – DfR Solutions, a leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced a new addition to its Senior Technical team.  Dr. Vidyu Challa will serve as the new DfR Solutions Technical Director.  In this role Dr. Challa is responsible for helping customers solve their product reliability challenges, acting as a senior engineering resource on proposal development, and assisting the VP of Operations in maintaining the quality of all DfR Solutions’ services.

Dr. Challa brings with her a diverse, well-rounded background that includes engineering technology start-up experience, product development, R & D, and various roles in marketing and business development.  She has worked on technical areas that span the semiconductor and battery industries. Dr. Challa spent the past 5 years in the battery industry at FlexEl LLC, as part of a team working on biocompatible flexible batteries and developing custom battery solutions for IOT and smart medical devices. Her areas of focus were on developing printing and coating methods for battery electrodes. She also led material characterization and failure analysis efforts to diagnose product and process defects related to batteries.

Prior to her time at FlexEl, Dr. Challa worked previously as an applications engineer at Sonix (Danaher Corporation).  In that role she was focused on non-destructive inspection of electronic components, training customers and helping them develop acoustic inspection techniques for product testing.

Dr. Challa earned a PhD from CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center at the University of Maryland, where her work was focused on the reliability of electronic components and connectors. She has an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio and a BS, Chemical Engineering, from the Andhra University, in India.

Dr. Challa has published her work in journals such as IEEE Transaction on  Device and Materials Reliability, TMS Letters, and Langmuir. She has also presented at many industry conferences including IEEE ECTC, IMAPS, TMS, SMTA, ACS, AICHE.

“With her diverse experience, Dr. Challa is uniquely qualified to take on the Technical Director role,” stated Michael Howard, Vice President of Operations at DfR Solutions. Her in-depth knowledge of electronics reliability, and her proven ability to diagnose and solve complex engineering process and product challenges, align well with our core strengths here at DfR Solutions,” noted Howard.





Plexus Becomes Full Member of EICC

Plexus Corp. has been recognized as a Full Member by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), the world's largest coalition of electronics companies that actively seek to improve the rights and well-being of those involved in the industry’s global supply chain.

Plexus joined the EICC as an Applicant Member in 2014. Over the past two years, the Company has made great strides to expand its social responsibility program by adopting the EICC’s Code of Conduct and enhancing internal practices. Plexus requires major suppliers to adopt the EICC Code of Conduct, furthering the positive impact the EICC has made throughout the electronics industry supply chain.

Todd Kelsey, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am proud of the work that Plexus team members have contributed over the past two years to achieve full EICC membership. Plexus' ability to provide industry-leading service to our customers is enhanced by this accomplishment. Our membership gives customers confidence that we are dedicated to ensuring ethical labor practices, improving employee health and safety and maintaining environmentally friendly practices, both within our organization and across the industry."





Valtronic launches its new website

Les Charbonnières, Switzerland – 19 October 2016 – Valtronic is pleased to announce the launch of its new website - www.valtronic.com. The site was designed to provide a complete overview of the expertise and scope of solutions Valtronic offers to help global companies design and manufacture innovative healthcare devices.
 
Valtronic innovates and manufactures miniaturized and complex products for global medical device companies and counts amongst the worldwide leaders in this field. The new website clearly features the technologies, expertise and solutions available at any project stage, from feasibility and design to development and production, thus allowing to rapidly and successfully bringing innovative products to market.
 
Products which speak for themselves
 
The new website also provides an insight into Valtronic’s technologies and know-how through a selection of products for each covered market segment, i.e. “Active Implants”, “Medical Grade Wearables”, “Portables” and “Medical Equipment”. For more than thirty years, Valtronic has been a partner of choice for medical device companies aiming at improving patient’s lives. Diabetes, tumors, glaucoma, blood transfusion, Parkinson’s, hearing loss and pain relief are just a few examples of fields of applications for Valtronic’s expertise and technologies.
 
Contact: Irène Perovsek, Global Marketing Manager - Phone +41 21 841 01 24 – iperovsek@valtronic.com
 
About Valtronic
 
We innovate & manufacture miniaturized and complex products for our medical device partners. Our customers are leading global suppliers of Active Implants, Medical-grade Wearables, Portables and Medical Equipment as well as advanced industrial assemblies. For over 30 years, we have helped hundreds of companies develop and produce Class II & III medical devices and advanced miniaturized electronic assemblies. Headquartered in Switzerland, our company spreads over three continents with design, development, industrialization and manufacturing sites in Switzerland, the United States and Morocco and employs more than 350 employees worldwide.





ZESTRON to Exhibit at SMTA New England and LA/Orange County Expos

[Manassas, VA – October 17, 2016] - ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, will be featuring our latest pH neutral defluxing agent for low standoff components, VIGON® N 680, at SMTA LA/Orange County and SMTA New England Expos on Thursday, November 3rd.

VIGON® N 680 is an aqueous-based, pH neutral cleaning agent specifically developed for the use in spray-in-air inline and batch equipment. VIGON® N 680 removes a broad range of electronic assembly flux residues with an exceptional ability to penetrate and clean under low standoff components. Additionally, the cleaning agent provides excellent material compatibility, particularly with sensitive metals such as copper.

 

In addition, Naveen Ravindran, M.S.Ch.E., Application Engineer, will also participate in the panel discussion during the “Meeting the Challenges of Effective Cleaning/Defluxing in Southern California” session at the SMTA LA/OC Expo. The SMTA LA/OC Expo will be held at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach, CA, while the SMTA New England Expo and Tech Forum will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  To register for these events, please visit SMTA.org.





Kester to Present at IPC-SMTA Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference: Building Reliable Hardware

Kester will be presenting at the IPC-SMTA Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference: Building Reliab

Kester will be presenting at the IPC-SMTA Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference: Building Reliable Hardware, which will take place October 25-27, 2016 at the Hyatt Rosemont, in Rosemont, IL. On Wednesday, October 26 in partnership with Kyzen, Kester’s Global R&D Director, Bruno Tolla, Ph.D., will present “No-Clean Flux Activity under Bottom Terminations”.

To learn more about this session, please click here: http://www.ipc.org/calendar/2016/cleaning-coating/agenda.htm

 





Kester to Present During Design - Cleaning - Reliability Webinar

Kester_Logo_Black14.png ITASCA, IL — October 7, 2016 Contact: Michelle O’Brien, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Kester will be part of a free live webinar, “QFN: Design - Cleaning - Reliability: What you can't see can cause failure!”, on Thursday, October 13. Kester’s Global R&D Director, Bruno Tolla, Ph.D., will be a panelist in partnership with Kyzen, Plexus and STI Electronics.

To learn more information and to register for the webinar, please go here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7021721321153827332

### Kester is a global supplier of assembly materials for the Electronic Assembly and Semiconductor Packaging industries. Kester is focused on delivering innovative, robust and high-quality solutions to help our customers address their technological challenges. Kester’s current product portfolio includes soldering attachment materials such as solder paste, soldering chemicals, TSF (tacky solder flux) materials, and metal products such as bar, solid and flux-cored wire. Kester is an Illinois Tool Works (ITW) company. ITW is a Fortune 200 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products. It employs approximately 49,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 57 countries.

 

 





SHENMAO Technology presents a Poster at IWLPC

On October 18, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, Hsiang-Chuan Chen, Ya-Ching Chuang, Chia-Hao Chang, and Watson Tseng will present a poster highlighting their Study on a Formulated No Clean Flux for Fine-Pitch Flip Chip Package of Copper Pillar/ Micro-bump Interconnect.
 
For several years, an approach to use fine-pitch flip chip package (<150um) with copper pillar/ micro-bump is for the realization of 2.5D/3D packages of higher density and performance enhancement. Generally, flux is widely used to clean the surfaces to be soldered for good wetting and form reliable joints. The upcoming concerns about fluxes are clean-ability for fine-pitch package, voiding and compatibility with underfill materials. There is a tradeoff between flux characteristics and soldering performance. Therefore, this paper will discuss in details about the applicability of a new no clean flux in fine-pitch flip chip interconnect from the point of view of flux formulations, including flux activity for wetting performance, rheological characterization for the study of behaviors during reflow process and the evaluation of compatibility with underfill. As a result, the flux with higher activity showed better wetting performance as well as good compatibility with underfill materials. Rheological properties of flux can be controlled by modifying the formulations to be applicable in dipping process, and keep stable during reflow process. In addition, long term reliability of thermal shock testing was determined. Hence, evaluation and selection of a suitable flux is very critical for a robust advanced package process.
 
As the World's Major Solder Materials Provider, SHENMAO produces Semiconductor Packaging Solder Spheres, Wafer Bumping Solder Paste, Dipping Flux, SMT Solder Paste, Laser Solder Paste, Wave Solder Bar, Solder Wire and Flux, Solder Preforms and PV Ribbon.





SHENMAO America, Inc. Exhibits October 18-19 at IWLPC

Introduces Semiconductor Packaging Materials

SHENMAO Technology, Inc., the World’s Major Solder Materials Provider distributes from 10 worldwide locations, Semiconductor Packaging Solder Spheres, Package on Package Solder Paste, Bumping Solder Paste, Dipping Flux, SMT Solder Paste, Low and High Temperature Solder Paste, Solder Preform, Wave Solder Bar, Solder Wire and Flux, Liquid/Paste Flux 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.
 





Electronic Systems Inc. (ESI) Awarded 2016 Governor's Workplace Safety Award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Electronic Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received the Governor's Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement. Electronic Systems Inc. accepted the award on behalf of its associates that have made the award possible by efforts put in each day to ensure a safe work environment for all.
 
Sponsored by the South Dakota Safety Council, the Governor's Workplace Safety Award is given to companies in the State of South Dakota based upon specific criteria for DART rate, Incidence rate, and a comprehensive Safety Program Evaluation Scorecard.
 
Companies showing a DART rate and Incidence rate which is at least 51-90% better than average for their industry classification and a total score of between 75 and 90 on the Safety Program Evaluation Scorecard are considered for the Outstanding Achievement Award. Awards are given based on the criteria above at the discretion of the Awards Judging Committee; which consists of experienced workplace safety and health professionals.
 
“We are proud to receive the award for Outstanding Achievement this year”, said Greg Adams, Manufacturing Manager. “This award is a direct reflection of ESI's commitment to workplace safety, and the hard work that our associates have put into the development and continuous improvement of our safety program.”

ESI Awarded South Dakota Governors's Workplace Safety Award

Members of Electronic Systems Inc. proudly receive the award for Outstanding Achievement. Pictured from left to right: Matt Michels, Lt. Governor of South Dakota; ESI's Greg Adams, manufacturing manager and Mary Buruiana, manufacturing engineer; and Kevin Kouba, South Dakota Safety Council Board Chair. 
 
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, and Medical markets. The company is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 (Medical) certified and ITAR registered.





Kester to Exhibit at the SMTA Guadalajara Expo Forum 2016

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ITASCA, IL — September 27, 2016 Contact: Michelle O’Brien, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Kester will be exhibiting (booth #39) at the SMTA Guadalajara Expo Forum 2016, which will take place October 5-6 at the Hotel RIU in Guadalajara.

Kester’s booth will offer attendees the opportunity to meet with the R&D and sales teams, and learn more about Kester’s new products, including NP545 a zero-halogen, lead-free, no-clean solder paste with a 1 year (in both refrigerated and room temperature conditions) shelf life; and SELECT-10 a zero-halogen no-clean liquid flux designed specifically for the needs of the selective soldering process.

For more information on the show, please click here, or contact Francisco Barajas at fbarajas@kester.com

 

### Kester is a global supplier of assembly materials for the Electronic Assembly and Semiconductor Packaging industries. Kester is focused on delivering innovative, robust and high-quality solutions to help our customers address their technological challenges. Kester’s current product portfolio includes soldering attachment materials such as solder paste, soldering chemicals, TSF (tacky solder flux) materials, and metal products such as bar, solid and flux-cored wire. Kester is an Illinois Tool Works (ITW) company. ITW is a Fortune 200 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products. It employs approximately 49,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 57 countries.

 

 





SHENMAO Introduces Room Temperature Storable RT Series

Solder Paste at SMTAI Booth # 800 September 27-28, 2016

 

SHENMAO America, Inc. is the American subsidiary of SHENMAO Technology, Inc.

of TaoYuan City 328, Taiwan. Shenmao is a global leader of superior solder materials with 10 manufacturing, technical and sales support facilities located around the world. SHENMAO America, Inc. manufactures solder paste in San Jose, CA, U.S.A., supporting a wide range of products for the PCBA and Semiconductor Industries.

 

As the World’s Major Solder Materials Provider for 43 years, SHENMAO produces SMT Solder Paste, Laser Soldering Paste, Wave Solder Bar, Solder Wire and Flux, Solder Preforms, Semiconductor Packaging Solder Spheres, Wafer Bumping Solder Paste, Dipping Flux, LED Die Bonding Solder Paste and PV Ribbon.

For more information, please contact: SHENMAO America, Inc. www.shenmao.com Tel: 408-943-1755 e-mail: usa@shenmao.com

 

 

Register: http://www.smta.org/education/registration/pre_registration.cfm?event_id=1204





Beam On Technology launches a new smartphone app for calculating stencil printability

Beam On TechnologySanta Clara, CA - September 21, 2016 - BEAM ON TECHNOLOGY is excited to announce the launching of a new mobile app that provides quick and easy to understand calculations for predicting paste release, solder volumes, and even solder paste powder recommendation. The app works for both Android and iOS platform.

The Area Ratio Calculator app is the only app made specifically for solder paste stencil printing and works for both your smartphone or tablet. The app takes the dimensions of a specific aperture once the shape is selected, then allows the user to select foil thickness. Instantly, an algorithm displays the area ratio, with easy to understand color identifiers that infer solder paste transfer efficiency.

The Area Ratio Calculator also provides supplemental data such as aspect ratio, solder paste volume in cubic mils, as well as suggested solder powder type. This feature is beneficial because it allows for quick reference to any current work being looked into, in an easy to read setting.

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

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Beam On Technology Corporation was established in October 1992, founded by manufacturing engineers with extensive knowledge and expertise in the assembly process. Our sole purpose was to provide integrated service products to the SMT assembly industry engineered for ease of use while impacting yield, and this continues to be our goal.

 





Kester Launches New Website

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ITASCA, IL — September 21, 2016 Contact: Michelle O’Brien, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Kester is proud to announce the launch of our new website. Please visit our upgraded website, which provides a responsive and overall more user friendly experience for all visitors, at www.kester.com.

For more information contact Michelle O’Brien at mobrien@kester.com

 

### Kester is a global supplier of assembly materials for the Electronic Assembly and Semiconductor Packaging industries. Kester is focused on delivering innovative, robust and high-quality solutions to help our customers address their technological challenges. Kester’s current product portfolio includes soldering attachment materials such as solder paste, soldering chemicals, TSF (tacky solder flux) materials, and metal products such as bar, solid and flux-cored wire. Kester is an Illinois Tool Works (ITW) company. ITW is a Fortune 200 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products. It employs approximately 49,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 57 countries.

 

 





ZESTRON to Feature VIGON® N 680 at SMTA International

[Manassas, VA – September 19, 2016] - ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, will be featuring our latest pH neutral defluxing agent, VIGON® N 680, at SMTA International 2016.

VIGON® N 680 is an aqueous-based, pH neutral cleaning agent specifically developed for the use in spray-in-air inline and batch equipment. VIGON® N 680 removes a broad range of electronic assembly flux residues with an exceptional ability to penetrate and clean under low standoff components. Additionally, the cleaning agent provides excellent material compatibility, particularly with sensitive metals such as copper.

Visit ZESTRON’s booth #616 at SMTAI to discuss cleaning solutions; or stop by for some free beer, a game of cornhole, and a chance to win a FitBit Fitness wristband! We will be raffling off our prize at the end of each day of the show.





Jigar Patel to Present at SMTA International

[Manassas, VA – September 13, 2016] - 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 that Jigar Patel, M.S.Ch.E., Senior Application Engineer, ZESTRON Americas, will present “Evaluating Rinsing Effectiveness in Spray-in-Air Cleaners” at SMTA International 2016.

 

Spray-in-air systems include wash, rinse and dry cycles. Engineered cleaning agents are critical to the process. Given the low standoff heights of components on present day PCBs, low surface tension is required to enable the cleaning agent to penetrate underneath components to contact and solubilize the residue. The rinse cycle is critical to the process for the rinse water must penetrate the same low standoff components in order to remove the residue laden cleaning agent. However, rinsing uses pure DI-water. Given the surface tension of water, how effective is this process? This study was designed to investigate the efficiency of the rinse cycle using both a spray-in-air batch and inline cleaner. Test vehicles used were affixed with glass slides at various standoff heights to represent low standoff components.

Mr. Patel's presentation will be on Thursday, September 29th, during session MFX8 – Cleaning: Low Clearance Challenges. To register for this event, please visit smta.org.





SHENMAO Exhibits at SMTA International

SHENMAO Exhibits at SMTA International at Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Il September 27-28, 2016 Booth # 800

 

SHENMAO Technology, Inc. introduces Room Temperature Storable RT Series Solder Paste at the show.

 

SHENMAO America, Inc. is the American subsidiary of SHENMAO Technology, Inc. of TaoYuan City 328, Taiwan. Shenmao is a global leader in solder materials with 10 manufacturing, technical and sales support facilities located around the world. SHENMAO America, Inc. manufactures solder paste in San Jose, CA, U.S.A., supporting a wide range of products for the PCBA and Semiconductor Industries.

 

As the World’s Major Solder Materials Provider for 43 years, SHENMAO produces SMT Solder Paste, Laser Soldering Paste, Wave Solder Bar, Solder Wire and Flux, Solder Preforms, Semiconductor Packaging Solder Spheres, Wafer Bumping Solder Paste, Dipping Flux, LED Die Bonding Solder Paste and PV Ribbon.





ZESTRON Introduces Latest pH Neutral Defluxing Agent

[Manassas, VA - September 12, 2016] - ZESTRON, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, is pleased to introduce our latest pH neutral defluxing agent, VIGON® N 680.

 

“We are excited to launch the latest addition to our pH neutral product family of defluxing cleaning agents,” said Eric Strating, Director of Sales, ZESTRON.  “VIGON® N 680 provides exceptional cleaning performance, specifically targeting low standoff component cleanliness.”

 

VIGON® N 680, based on the MPC® Technology (Micro Phase Cleaning), is an aqueous-based, pH neutral cleaning agent specifically developed for the use in spray-in-air inline and batch equipment.

 

VIGON® N 680 removes a broad range of electronic assembly flux residues with an exceptional ability to penetrate and clean under low standoff components. Additionally, the cleaning agent provides excellent material compatibility, particularly with sensitive metals such as copper. 

 

VIGON® N 680 will be featured at ZESTRON’s booth at SMTA International 2016. For more information, please visit booth #616.





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.

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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





FCT Assembly’s NanoSlic® Stencil Coating Recognized for its Electronics Assembly Innovation

Enabling Chemistry Further Validated with Global Technology Award, Expanded Licensing Agreements

FCT Assembly NanoSlic November 17, 2015 -- At last week's Productronica event held in Munich, Germany, FCT Assembly was honored with a Global Technology Award for its new, VOC-free stencil coating, NanoSlic® (www.nanoslic.com). This award win comes on the heels of several successes for NanoSlic, including recent expansion of the company’s licensing network and increased use of the coating technology among global electronics manufacturing firms.

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Introduced to the electronics market in 2014, NanoSlic is a proprietary coating chemistry that renders metals, glass and polymers hydrophobic and oleophobic for improved protection and performance.   FCT has developed not only the breakthrough chemistry, but also the equipment and coating process that provide a turnkey coating solution. Though used in multiple markets for various safeguarding purposes, for electronics assembly applications, NanoSlic-coated stencils dramatically improve printing performance.

"NanoSlic has quickly emerged as the most robust stencil coating technology for modern electronics assembly processes," says Brent Nolan, Vice President of FCT Assembly.  "As apertures become smaller - and area ratios more challenging - new techniques are necessary to accommodate the material deposition obstacles of miniaturization.  Because of its novel chemistry and its ability to coat both inside the aperture walls and the stencil underside, NanoSlic is enabling transfer efficiency improvements of as much as 40%, while reducing required understencil cleaning frequencies for cost savings and greater process stability.  It's gratifying to have the Global Technology Award judging panel recognize NanoSlic's market impact; we are grateful to Global SMT & Packaging magazine for sponsoring this contest."

The requirement for improved print performance for today's challenging device dimensions has accelerated the use of NanoSlic-coated stencils and this demand has initiated expansion of NanoSlic licensing worldwide.  There are currently three authorized NanoSlic licensees globally, and several more exploring opportunities with FCT.   Likewise, customers have discovered the unique capabilities of NanoSlic-coated stencils and have noted marked print process improvements.   

Harris Corporation Engineer, Nazeeh Chaudry, says the company has had striking results through the use of NanoSlic-coated stencils.  "Our yield on 15.7 mil (0.4 mm) pitch QFNs went to 100% just by changing to NanoSlic-coated stencils," he explains.  "Solder paste deposits have brick-like definition and are precise and repeatable on QFNs and other fine-pitch components."

 "The growth of NanoSlic has been incredible," comments Nolan in summary, "and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  While the coating chemistry is making a huge difference for PCB assembly processes, NanoSlic's applications extend far outside the confines of the electronics industry.  It's going to be an exciting journey."