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Electronic Systems Inc. adds Fuji AIMEX Surface Mount Equipment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Electronic Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has purchased three new Fuji AIMEX III surface mount placement machines. The Fuji AIMEX III placement machines provide superior quality and flexibility for today’s demanding electronic manufacturing services market.

With the addition of these Fuji AIMEX III machines, Electronic Systems, Inc. will not only increase their surface mount placement capacity, but also gain improvements in flexibility and capabilities as the machine’s interchangeable placement heads will accommodate variable part styles and sizes to meet customers’ increasingly diverse product needs.

“We are very pleased to partner with Fuji once again to enhance our surface mount capabilities”, said Gary Larson, President. “The addition of this new equipment will advance our services to the next level for our customers and the markets we serve. From our experience, Fuji has always been viewed as the leader in SMT placement technology.”

The FUJI AIMEX series features; interchangeable & reconfigurable placement heads, extremely large feeder capacity, large panel support with in-line set up allowing for panel sizes up to 28” x 36”, auto rail width adjustment, gang feeder replacement and hot swap intelligent feeders with splice detection. In addition, the FujiTrax Verifier System ensures the set-up is always correct for unsurpassed quality control. 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.





Hentec/RPS Announces New North America Sales Manager

web__hentecRPS_medium.png Newman Lake, Washington, April 16, 2018 — Hentec Industries, Inc. (formerly RPS Automation), a leading US manufacturer of selective solder, lead tinning and solderability testing equipment, is pleased to announce that Tom Baro has joined the Hentec/RPS sales team as North America Sales Manager.

Based in the Chicago area, he will cover sales management activities for the US, Mexico, and Canada. Tom brings successful sales and sales management experience in the electronics industry to Hentec/RPS. He will be responsible for managing existing independent sales representatives to make sure their needs are met while developing new partners within North America. Tom’s appointment supports the Company’s strategic direction, strengthening customer relationships as well as expanding our global sales support coverage. Tom Baro can be reached at tbaro@rpsautomation.com or 509-385-1228.

“This is a great time to join Hentec/RPS, with multiple new initiatives and a product roadmap in place that aligns with the fast growing market,” said Tom. “I am excited to be part of the team and honored to work for such a well-respected company in the electronics industry. I look forward to working with our reps and customers and helping them find the best Hentec/RPS solution that will help them grow their business.”

Prior to joining Hentec/RPS, Tom worked in multiple Sales and Sales Management roles for electronic manufacturing suppliers. His background includes over 20 years of experience in electrical/electronic manufacturing environments. In these positions, he honed his skill set and areas of expertise including manufacturing needs, process integration, sales and sales management.

Reid Henry, President, Hentec Industries, Inc., commented, “Tom is a great fit for this position. I am confident that his experience and knowledge will help cultivate our customer centric sales model and drive our company goals. We are delighted to have him onboard as a key contributor.”

About Hentec Industries, Inc. Hentec Industries Inc. (formerly RPS Automation) is a manufacturer of automated selective soldering, lead tinning and component test equipment for electronics and component manufacturing, assembly and distribution. Hentec is celebrating over 25 years of automated soldering experience at more than 1100 global installations. All products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

 

 





Amkor Factories Receive Key Automotive Certification

Multiple sites pass IATF 16949:2016 audit
Amkor Technology, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and test services, today announced that multiple factories have passed certification audits for IATF-16949:2016, a key certification required for manufacturers who supply products to the automotive market. IATF-16949:2016 replaces and supersedes the older ISO/TS-16949 standard.
 
Included in the list of factories that achieved certification is Amkor's newest, K5 - a state-of-the-art facility with 2.3 million square feet of floor space located in Incheon, South Korea. K5 combines automation, world class particle control and automotive processes to meet stringent quality and reliability requirements.
 
"This certification is a testament to Amkor's significant automotive experience, as well as our exacting quality standards," said YongChul Park, Amkor's executive vice president, Worldwide Manufacturing. "Semiconductors are the foundation for automotive electronic systems that help keep passengers connected and safe. Certifying our factories for automotive applications offers significant growth opportunities for Amkor and enables us to deliver the leading-edge solutions our customers and automotive OEMs require."
 
Automotive ICs must perform reliably under harsh conditions for extended periods of time. To deliver the durability and accuracy expected by automakers, IC suppliers are required to use specialized packaging techniques with additional process steps and controls. 
 
Amkor has factories in several countries that have achieved IATF-16949:2016 certification, including ATK, ATP, ATM, ATT, and ATC; IATF-16949:2016 certifications for J-Devices and Amkor Technology Portugal are in process. For more information, visit https://amkor.com/quality-management/  
 
Learn more about Amkor's automotive solutions by downloading our Automotive IC Packaging brochure in English, Japanese or Korean
 
 
About ISO/TS-16949 and IATF-16949:2016
 
ISO/TS-16949 was jointly developed by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) members and emphasizes the development of a process-oriented quality management system that provides for continual improvement, defect prevention, and reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.
 
On October 3rd, 2016 IATF-16949:2016 was published by the IATF and supersedes and replaces the current ISO/TS-16949, defining the requirements of a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry.
 
 
About the International Automotive Task Force (IATF)
 
The IATF is a group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations, formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. 
 
The IATF members include BMW Group, Chrysler Group, Daimler AG, Fiat Group Automobile, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault SA, Volkswagen AG, AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.) and VDA (Germany).





Inovar, Inc. Celebrates 20 years as a Leading Electronic Manufacturing Company

Milestone recommits the company to its purpose and core values

LOGAN,UT (January 2018)– Inovar, Inc., a full-service EMS provider, announces its 20th year as a leading provider of advanced technology products and system solutions for the military, aerospace and defense, medical instrumentation and commercial market.

InovarFounded in 1998, Inovar began in a converted service station in Hyrum, Utah with 20 employees. The company later expanded to Logan, UT when Blake Kirby joined as president and CEO.

By 2005, Inovar had significant revenue growth and a diverse customer base. The company experienced 900 percent growth over six years. To expand the customer service offering, Inovar opened a facility in Tecate, Mexico in 2016.  Earlier this year, Inovar announced its relocation to a new 120,000 ft.2 facility located on Utah State University’s “Innovation Campus.”

Over the years, Inovar has put great emphasis on being actively engaged in the Logan and Tecate communities. Inovar invests in future innovators through sponsoring engineering and business scholarships at the University, donating efforts to support early education, The Eagle Eyes Foundation, several Veteran programs, and helping feed and support local Tecate school children.

“When we first invested in Inovar, we had a strong vision to evolve from our humble roots to a world-class company,” said Inovar Chief Executive Officer Blake Kirby. “Now here we are, 20 years later, with the capabilities to execute for the most demanding companies in the world.  The vision we had 20 years ago has become a very exciting and fun reality. So many amazing people have contributed along our journey.”

As Inovar reaches two decades of innovation and growth, the company reiterates its company purpose of: “Improving the lives of the customer, their customer and the Inovar family.”

“As an innovation company and best-in-class electronics manufacturer, our customers’ customers are the reason behind our purpose to deliver innovative solutions that protect, connect and save lives,” said Kirby. “Our employees are our key differentiator and we are proud of the work they do.”

While Inovar has succeeded in providing the highest quality and dependable services throughout the last 20 years, above all, the company’s greatest priority is improving the lives of those inside and outside of the Inovar family.





Henkel Develops Non-Proprietary Solder Paste Analysis Toolkit for Modern Process Complexities

Novel test vehicle addresses miniaturization realities

As a leading solder materials innovator, Henkel recognizes the need for more holistic solder paste process analysis, especially as device miniaturization and finer particle size solders become mainstream. While many suppliers and manufacturers use proprietary solder material evaluation tools, there is a requirement for easily-implemented, standardized test vehicles that address the realities of today’s manufacturing complexities, particularly in the process areas of printing and reflow. The electronics business of Henkel Adhesive Technologies has developed such a tool.

“As assembly dimensions have dramatically decreased in the last ten years, the influence of solder paste formulation effectiveness has increased,” explains Doug Dixon, Global Marketing Director at Henkel. “As such, evaluating the many material properties – from print characteristics and stencil behavior to reflow performance and reliability – has become more challenging. The objective of this work was to develop a robust solder paste evaluation tool that integrates current and future market requirements, while providing a simple, off-the-shelf solution for PCB assemblers.”

A cooperative effort between industry specialists in the disciplines of material formulation, statistical evaluation and process engineering, the new solder test vehicle offers a turnkey solder evaluation tool. PCB design, a complete bill of materials (BOM), full programming documentation, set-up and test methods and step-by-step directions for a designed experiment are all incorporated.

Considering current and future market requirements, the solder evaluation tool integrates area arrays down to 0.3 mm pitch, 0.4 mm pitch bottom terminated components (BTCs) and a variety of discretes from 1206s down to 008004s. The unpopulated side of the board offers a design to evaluate slump, spread, solder balling, SIR and print to fail (PTF). Balancing the 22 material properties to be tested along with BOM and labor costs, the PCB and test methods were intentionally engineered for efficiency, providing maximum data while minimizing the time investment. A user-defined scorecard that prioritizes various solder paste characteristics and weightings summarizes rating information to indicate the best solder paste for a specific operation.

“There is often hesitance to change solder paste formulations for a variety of reasons,” says Dixon in closing, noting that challenging and time-consuming qualification procedures frequently deter transitioning to a more capable material. “Access to a simple method for determining the best solder material for a particular process enables fast implementation for better yield and reliability outcomes. For assemblers who need or want to update solder formulations on a regular basis, this new test vehicle offers an efficient and effective approach for material qualification.”

The Henkel-developed solder evaluation kit will be available through select, third-party suppliers. To learn more, follow this link to view a recent Henkel webinar about the new analysis tool





Creative Electron Premieres Truview 10 X-Ray Software

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San Marcos, CA March 2018- Creative Electron, the leading American supplier of x-ray machines to the electronics industry, unveiled its new software at the IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) Apex Expo. The software is an innovative approach to the user-experience of inspection and analysis.

This year, for the company’s 10-year anniversary, Creative Electron updated the heart of its x-ray machinery. On display at APEX Expo, the new interface amazed passers’ by with its speed and ease of use. The new TruView™ 10 x-ray Software boasts automated paths with repeatable tests, user created programs and test procedures, and overall increased system speed.

“The updates create a smooth relationship between user and machine,” remarks Anh Nguyen, vice president of software development at Creative Electron. However, this is “not your mother’s” user experience. Human error is minimalized by Creative Electron’s creation of a modern dashboard interface. This interface uses real time reporting to produce actionable data, a critical weapon in diagnosing costly production issues. This is a fully automated imaging process that gives quality inspection managers peace of mind. The new TruView™ 10 Software eliminates concerns about under qualified operators. The principle of “trusting your instruments” finally applies in the x-ray industry.

About Creative Electron:

Creative Electron is the largest US manufacturer of x-ray inspection systems for electronics. Based in California, the company designs and manufactures the award winning TruView™ X-Ray family of products. Powered by proprietary algorithms and state of the art hardware, TruView™ enables you to rethink x-ray inspection.

For more information and to learn how to request x-ray machine service please contact us by phone at 760.752.1192, or by e-mail at info@creativeelectron.com.

 

 

 





Kester Launches NP560 Solder Paste

Kester_Logo_Black18.png Kester is proud to announce the launch of NP560, a no-clean, lead-free, halogen-free solder paste. It consistently delivers paste transfer efficiencies of 0.50 to 0.55 AR and is fully capable of printing and reflowing 01005 components, even in air, with minimal graping behavior. In addition to its stable, consistent product performance, NP560 has redefined the voiding standard for PCB assembly and has the potential for low voiding performance.

For additional information on this product including technical and safety data sheets, please visit https://www.kester.com/products/product/np560-solder-paste.

For any questions or additional information, please contact: Fil Marcial-Hatfield, Global Product Manager at fmarcial@kester.com.

 

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Electronic Systems Inc. Wins Circuits Assembly Awards Highest Rating in All Five Service Categories

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Electronic Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has won the Circuits Assembly Service Excellence Awards Highest Rating in all five service categories for EMS companies in the $20 million to $100 million revenue range.

The 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 2018 IPC Apex Expo in San Diego, CA.

Individual service categories include Quality, Technology, Value for Price, Responsiveness, and Dependability/Timely delivery. ESI has consistently won multiple individual categories and has earned the highest overall award on three occasions.

These awards reflect the hard work and commitment that the associates of Electronic Systems Inc. have put into ensuring a high level of service throughout our business processes. Electronic Systems Inc. accepted them on behalf of our associates and the customers that have made the awards possible by taking the time to provide this important feedback required for winning this award.

“We are honored to be recognized with the top ranking in all five categories by our customers. Our passion for providing Legendary Service is truly illustrated in this award”, said Gary Larson, President. “We are extremely grateful to receive this type of feedback from our customers”. 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.





Five Reasons to Visit Creative Electron at IPC APEX

new logo.png San Marcos, CA February 2018 - Creative Electron, the leading American supplier of x-ray machines to the electronics industry, will unveil its largest technology updates to date at IPC (Institute of Printed Circuits) APEX Expo in San Diego February 27th to March 1st at booth 1932. Here are the top five reasons to visit Creative Electron at APEX:

1. Three-Year Exclusive Warranty: Creative Electron is the first x-ray company to offer a three-year warranty that includes the x-ray tube and sensor. “All our products are designed and crafted in our facility in San Marcos, California. This three-year warranty starts with the detailed design of each machine by our engineering team. Our manufacturing team precisely assembles each TruView X-Ray system, which is then carefully maintained by our service team” said Griffin Lemaster, Creative Electron’s VP of Engineering. “When you’re this obsessed with quality, why not give our customers this extra peace of mind?”

2. TruViewTM 10 X-Ray Software: Built from the ground up with user experience in mind, the all new TruViewTM 10 X-Ray Software now powers the TruViewTM family of x-ray systems. TruViewTM 10 boasts fully automated testing capabilities, online and offline programming, and increased overall system speed. “The new updates create a smooth relationship between user and machine,” says Anh Nguyen, vice president of software development at Creative Electron. “We are continuously working towards the perfect x-ray system for our customers – TruViewTM 10 is an important evolutionary step for our industry.”

3. Industry 4.0 Live: APEX will host the first ever multi-vendor demonstration of IPC’s CFX (Connected Factory Exchange Showcase) Industry 4.0 solution. As a member of the CFX group, Creative Electron will have four TruViewTM X-Ray systems talking to the live CFX network. “Creative Electron will have three TruViewTM Parts Counters and a TruViewTM Fusion integrated into the CFX network,” states Bill Cardoso, PhD, CEO of Creative Electron. “Attendees will be able to see the status of the tests running on the TruViewTM systems in real time as they walk the tradeshow floor – as if they were walking their future factory floor,” added Dr. Cardoso, who is also member of the CFX technical committee.

4. New X-Ray Systems: Creative Electron kicks off 2018 with a complete upgrade of its family of TruViewTM X-Ray systems. The powerful, new TruView™ 10 software suite provides a strong image and a user-friendly experience. “To fully enable the automated features of our new TruViewTM 10 Software, we took on a complete overhaul of the automation in our machines. This software/hardware upgrade package makes the TruViewTM family of products the best value in the market – by far,” said Glen Thomas, PhD, vice president of technology. Please contact National Sales Manager Chris Jimenez at info@creativeelectron.com for more information.

5. The Only Authorized FocalSpot Service – In 2016, Creative Electron acquired the exclusive rights to support the legacy MXI service business from Nordson/MatriX/Focal Spot. Creative Electron is the only place for the full service of FocalSpot machines, including a comprehensive inventory of OEM parts and the original designer engineers. “We are proud to keep legacy FocalSpot and Nicolet systems running year after year,” said Dave Phillips, vice president of customer care. “We are also an IPC training center, so the service we provide our customers goes far beyond repairing a broken x-ray machine. We enable our customers to fully realize the value of their x-ray machine acquisition.”

Creative Electron will be featured at booth 1932 at APEX. Please contact Chris Jimenez, Creative Electron’s National Sales Manager at info@creativeelectron.com to schedule an appointment to experience the new TruViewTM family of x-ray systems.

About Creative Electron: Creative Electron is the largest US manufacturer of x-ray inspection systems for electronics. Based in California, the company designs and manufactures the award winning TruView™ X-Ray family of products. Powered by proprietary algorithms and state of the art hardware, TruView™ enables you to rethink x-ray inspection.

 

 





Kester Launches NF1060-VF Eco-Friendly Soldering Flux

Kester_Logo_Black_CMYK6.jpg Kester is proud to announce the launch of NF1060-VF, a new addition to Kester’s No-Clean, VOC-Free product line. NF1060-VF is a zero-halogen (none intentionally added) wave soldering flux that maintains its soldering performance achieving excellent through-hole fill and low-defect soldering of lead-free electronic circuit board assemblies. NF1060-VF is ORM0 per J-STD-004B, VOC-Free for lower VOC emissions and has a low solids content which prevents clogging or buildup around flux spray nozzles.

For additional information on this product including technical and safety data sheets, please click here.

For any questions or additional information, please contact: Fil Marcial-Hatfield, Global Product Manager at fmarcial@kester.com.

 

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Creative Electron Expands Global Footprint

January 2018- Creative Electron, Inc., a leading American manufacturer of x-ray inspection systems has opened the doors of its newest branch. Located in the heart of Tijuana’s tech scene, Creative Electron’s BIT (Business Innovation and Technology) Center office offers easy access to hotels, restaurants, and Tijuana’s International Airport. This office will house demonstration machines and spare parts to service our customers in Mexico.

“Our innovative TruView™ product line has been successful worldwide due to our strong global presence. To keep this growth trajectory, our success demands continued international expansion. We are excited to increase our global footprint by opening our Central American headquarters in Tijuana,” comments Carlos Abundez, Creative Electron’s General Manager to Mexico. “We wanted to be at the center of TJ’s technological hub.”

As one of the early arrivers to Tijuana’s high-tech boom, Creative Electron stands out in this innovative market. Creative Electron’s artful machines will display well in the chic new tech hub. BIT Center is a former market that was recently repurposed to house a global center for the technologically minded. “Our priority for setting up an office in Mexico is accessibility. We are here to ensure our customers the best possible service and support. The office is open for visitors. We look forward to showing our machines to prospective customers in Mexico,” said Carlos Valenzuela, Creative Electron’s Applications Manager.

 

About Creative Electron: Creative Electron is the largest US manufacturer of x-ray inspection systems for electronics. Based in California, the company designs and manufactures the award winning TruView™ X-Ray family of products. Powered by proprietary algorithms and state of the art hardware, TruView™ enables you to rethink x-ray inspection.

For more information and to learn how to request x-ray machine service please contact us by phone at 760.752.1192, or by e-mail at info@creativeelectron.com.





Creative Electron Announces Three-Year Warranty Included with New Sales of TruView X-Ray Systems

San Marcos, CA, USA – Creative Electron, the leading American manufacturer of x-ray inspection systems announced today an industry leading three-year warranty for all new TruView™ X-Ray systems sold and installed in the US. A first in the x-ray industry, the three-year warranty is a testament to the quality of the products designed and manufactured by Creative Electron at its headquarters in San Marcos, CA.

“Each one of our TruView X-Ray systems is carefully designed and built with quality in mind. This three-year warranty is a reflection of our team’s dedication to building the best x-ray systems in the market,” said Griffin Lemaster, Creative Electron’s VP of Engineering. “We work extremely hard to give our customers the peace of mind they deserve when buying one of our x-ray systems.”

The three-year warranty is available to the whole TruView X-Ray product line. These systems are on display at Creative Electron’s Advanced Applications Lab in San Marcos, CA. Customers are also welcomed to send samples for a complete x-ray inspection report. The comprehensive sample report can be reviewed live at your facility or via videoconference in the comfort of your desk. 

About Creative Electron: 

Creative Electron is the largest US manufacturer of x-ray inspection systems for electronics. Based in California, the company designs and manufactures the award winning TruView™ X-Ray family of products. Powered by proprietary algorithms and state of the art hardware, TruView™ enables you to rethink x-ray inspection.





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





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