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Saki Self-Programming 3D Inspection Software is Fast, Easy, and Doesn't Require a Programmer

First self-programming software for SPI and AOI

 Fremont, CA - 14 August 2018 - Saki Corporation, an innovator in the field of automated optical and x-ray inspection and measurement equipment, introduces Saki Self-Programming Software, the first self-programming software for solder paste inspection (SPI) and automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment. Saki Self-Programming (SSP) software, installed on Saki's 3D SPI and 3D AOI systems, makes programming fast, easy, and doesn't require any special programming skill or training. All you need is the Gerber and centroid CAD data. The software does the rest.

Saki Self-Programming is a seamless system that doesn't require DFM software. It combines technology that captures complete height and XY data and images while simultaneously scanning multiple fields of view. The ability to select from over 300,000 components from Saki's Golden Library offers unlimited possibilities. In a matter of minutes, with just a few clicks, SPI/AOI inspection data can be programmed automatically, using a defined set of standards and criteria, such as naming, orientation, and parameters, as those recognized by IPC standards for AOI and SPI systems. This removes the programming discrepancies and variations that arise when programming is done by different programmers.
With Saki Self-Programming, one program can be used for all your inspection systems-SPI, pre-reflow, and post-reflow. There is no need to program each machine separately. The inspection program can be generated without first preparing a golden printed circuit board. This especially saves time for businesses that are primarily based on New Product Introduction and those with customers requesting high-mix/low-volume production with short delivery time. Furthermore, since the Offline Debug Function allows fine-tuning to be done remotely without stopping the production line, the time for the user to work with the inspection equipment is minimized.
"Until now, the accuracy of the inspection process depended not just on the inspection system itself, but on the skill level, characteristics, abilities, standardization, and procedures followed by the programmer," said Satoshi Otake, general manager, SAKI Americas. "Saki Self-Programming Software eliminates the variables of the programmers and their programming procedures."
"Saki Self-Programming is the first self-programming software in the industry. It not only automates programming, but also the calibration of the machine, diagnostics, maintenance, inspection, data collection, and extensive reporting functions," explained Sakie (Jodie) Akiyama, president and co-founder of Saki Corporation. "True M2M communication can't happen without it. Software drives the communication in machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and is an enabler for the SMART Factory and Industry 4.0. Saki Self-Programming Software is part of Saki's SMART initiative. To really make SMART and M2M work, we need SMART machines, a SMART factory, and a SMART company."
Saki Self-Programming Software improves process quality and control, ensures a defect-free product, and enhances Industry 4.0/M2M communication with the following features:
  • There is no longer a need for a Golden or Silver Board to prepare the inspection program. Since the inspection program can be completed without the Golden board, inspection library fine-tuning is enough.
  • An Offline Debug Function allows fine-tuning without stopping the production line.
  • A solder inspection algorithm with unique 2D/3D hybrid technology automatically recognizes the defect type and distinguishes it from other solder defects.
  • Optical Character Verification shows thumbnails of the components.
  • An Inspection Preset quickly and easily skips between different processes.
  • Self-diagnostics and self-alignment with both time-based and condition-based maintenance. This ensures consistent machine performance and maintains absolute accuracy.
  • A calibration status report enables the system to output calibration results.
See Saki at SMTA International in the Fuji America Booth 407.
For more information contact Saki at +1.510.623.SAKI (7254), email sales.us@sakiglobal.com, or visit our website at www.sakiglobal.com.
About Saki Corporation
Since its inception in 1994, Saki has led the way in the development of automated recognition through robotic vision technology. Saki's 3D automated solder paste, optical, and x-ray inspection systems (SPI, AOI, AXI) have been recognized to provide the stable platform and advanced data capture mechanisms necessary for true M2M communication, improving production, process efficiency, and product quality. Saki Corporation has headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, with offices, sales, and support centers around the world. 

Masterwork Electronics Acquired by Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, August 1, 2018 – Hidden Harbor Capital Partners (“Hidden Harbor”), an operationally focused private equity firm specializing in control investments in lower middle market companies, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Masterwork Electronics, (“Masterwork”), a top manufacturer of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) for leading global companies.


Founded in 1994 in order to meet the increasing worldwide demand for PCBA and Cable & Harness Assembly, Masterwork Electronics is today one of the premier Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers. The company serves a diverse mix of customers from North America, representing varied markets including telecom, industrial hardware, payment processing, electric vehicle charging, and home automation.


With California-based corporate leadership and state-of-the-art production facilities just over the border in Mexicali, Mexico, Masterwork Electronics is the go-to nearshoring provider of high quality and low-cost manufacturing solutions.


“Masterwork has made significant investments in state of the art manufacturing equipment and facilities in Mexico,” said John Caple, Managing Partner at Hidden Harbor. “We are excited about Masterwork’s growth prospects as it continues to focus on superior service, innovative solutions and a high performance culture for the benefit of its customers, suppliers and employees.”


“Masterwork is eager to partner with Hidden Harbor, which will bring the resources and capital to continue our strong record of performance and support our next phase of growth,” said Paul Morben, CEO of Masterwork. “With Hidden Harbor’s superior operational support, we will continue to provide best-in-class customer service to our customer base.”


Commenting on the transaction, Masterwork founder Rob Weed (Chairman of the Board post transaction), said, “We are very pleased to welcome Hidden Harbor as a partner to work with Masterwork to further accelerate our business growth and bring proven operational expertise in continuing our focus on superior service and solutions for our customers.”


Hidden Harbor’s acquisition of Masterwork closed on July 27, 2018. Silver Point Capital provided financing for the transaction, and B. Riley FBR served as an advisor to Masterwork. Configure Partners and Lincoln International served as financing and M&A advisors, respectively, to Hidden Harbor.


About Masterwork Electronics

Founded in 1994, Masterwork Electronics is today one of the premier Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers, and serves a diverse mix of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) from North America and beyond, representing varied markets including telecom, industrial hardware, payment processing, electric vehicle charging, and home automation. With California based corporate leadership and state-of-the-art production facilities just over the border in Mexicali, Mexico, Masterwork Electronics is the go-to nearshoring provider of high quality/low-cost manufacturing solutions. For more information, visit http://www.masterworkelectronics.com/index.php.


About Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

Hidden Harbor Capital Partners is a private equity firm with an operations soul and intense passion for building great companies. Hidden Harbor brings large-scale, private equity experience and resources to the lower middle market with a focus on value-oriented, operationally intense situations. Our principals are InvestorOperators® who bring over 55 years of both extensive transaction and operating experience to truly understand your business. As one team, we partner and work hand-in-hand with our portfolio companies to drive business successes. For more information, visit www.hh-cp.com.

Kester Launches SELECT-10™ Flux-Pen®

Kester_Logo_Black_CMYK7.jpg ITASCA, IL — July 31, 2018 Contact: Michelle O’Brien, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Kester’s SELECT-10™ is now available as a Flux-Pen®. SELECT-10™ is a zero-halogen no-clean liquid flux designed specifically for the needs of the selective soldering process. Sustained activity within the flux allows for good barrel fill in challenging applications, such as reflowed copper OSP boards or with difficult to solder components. Specific to selective soldering, SELECT-10™ does not spread beyond the spray pattern and will not clog the fluxer head. SELECT-10TM residues are non-tacky for improved cosmetics. SELECT-10™ is classified as ROL0 flux under IPC J-STD-004B. 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.



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 Americas Announces New Regional Sales Manager


Manassas, VA – June 29, 2018 ZESTRON, the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions in the electronics manufacturing and semiconductor industries, is pleased to announce the addition of Raul Silva as the new North Mexico Regional Sales Manager. 

“Mr. Silva’s technical experience and management skills will be essential to supporting our growing customer base in North Mexico,” says Sal Sparacino, Sales and Marketing Manager, ZESTRON Americas.

As the North Mexico Regional Sales Manager, Mr. Silva is responsible for managing sales within Northern Mexico. “I am excited to join ZESTRON, a global technology leader in the electronics cleaning industry. I look forward to contributing to the sales growth of the North Mexico Territory by leveraging the company’s capabilities with the help of our sales, engineering team and distribution network,” said Mr. Silva. 

Mr. Silva joins ZESTRON with thirteen years’ of technical sales experience in customer support, account development and management. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Pan American. 


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

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

PalPilot, Offering True 24/7 Engineering Support for PCB Design Solutions

Pal Pilot LogoTUSTIN, CALIF. MAY 30, 2018 - With today's design complexities and intensive interaction requirements, aligning dependable external resources for PCB & Hardware Design is no simple task. PalPilot is the leader in around-the-clock PCB Design to meet any design deadline or budget. Our full service Advanced PCB Design Solutions are flexible and tailored to meet any PCB Design outsourcing strategy. Our expert engineers can instantly support various design stages, and provide customized solutions to your overall project. With our strong field application engineering team, we are able to meet demands in technological advancements, scheduling, and engineering budgets.
PalPilot offers complete Design/Layout Services, Library Management, Routing Services, DFM/DFT, and Valor DRC. We are experts in High Speed Digital, HDI, and Backplane. PalPilot strives to provide flexible solutions by utilizing:
  • Advanced Design Flow System
  • Instant Resource Scaling
  • No Time Zones (true 24/7 support)
  • Daily Project Interactions
  • Compressed Design Schedules
  • Leading EDA Tools Expertise
  • 100% Manual Routing
  • Complete DFM / DFT / DRC
  • Best-in-Class Cost Performance

PalPilot services various applications, including Telecom/Datacom, Medical, Automotive, Industrial, Consumer, and more. Tools in our portfolio are: Cadence, Mentor, Valor, Pads, and Altium.

To learn more about our design capabilities, visit us at www.palpilot.com, or reach us at contact@palpilot.com
About PalPilot: PalPilot International Corp., a global company with manufacturing in Asia and business offices in the US and EU. With 20+ years of experience, PalPilot has proved itself to be a valuable asset in the core industries of PCB Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechanical Services, and Components. “Pal” embodies the value of strong customer and partner relationship and recognition; “Pilot” demonstrates our forward drive as a supply and demand solution leader.

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

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


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

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

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