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Online SMT Auction July 5th – July 11th, 2018


Toggled in Troy, MI will be liquidating some of their excess and unused assets utilizing the online auction services of Baja Bid. The bidding for this event will open promptly at 8:00am EST on July 5th and the closing will begin at 1:00 pm EST on July 11th.

The following items are included in this sale. A 2011 Universal Genesis 4990F SMT Pick & Place Machine; Universal SMT Feeders; Universal Conveyors; Universal Polaris 7516A Multi-Process Assembly Machines; Cencorp 1300 BR Router; FKN Systek K3000L Depanelizer; Flexlink F1900 Destacker; Hepco Component Lead Forming Equipment; Nutek NTM310XL Board Flipper; Simplimatic 3050 Board Flipper; Toyota Fork Lift; Video Jet 1520 Barcode Spray System; Nordson Rhino XD2 Dispensing Pumps; Atlas Copco GA37FF Compressed Air System; ESD Carts; ESD Workbenches And More!!!

To view the complete line of items currently up for auction; please select the following link. http://bajabid.com/online-smt-auction-featuring-toggled-july-5-july-11-2018/

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

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.

Creative Electron to Kick Off New Webinar Series with "Everything You Need to Know About X-Ray"

new logo1.png San Marcos, CA May 2018- Creative Electron, the leading American supplier of x-ray machines to the electronics industry will be providing its first webinar in a series, “Everything You Need to Know About X-Ray” on June 20th. The webinar reviews how x-rays are used in SMT inspection and inventory control. It is hosted by Bill Cardoso and Glen Thomas, each with over 20 years of experience in x-ray imaging. Dr. Cardoso founded Creative Electron after a decade long career with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab.) “Glen and I are happy to share our expertise with the SMT community. It’s our nature as scientists to share findings and perspective for the greater good. This is also a great opportunity for inspection managers to get clarification on the quality inspection and inventory management process,” notes Dr. Cardoso. “Everything You Need to Know About X-Ray,” is free of charge and begins at noon EST/9AM PST on June 20th. To register, please contact content manager Ashley Walsh at awalsh@creativeelectron.com.



ZESTRON Taiwan Inauguration

Manassas, VA – April 24, 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 its newest and eighth facility, located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. 


With the opening of the Taiwan Technical Center, ZESTRON operates eight worldwide Technical Centers located throughout Europe, Asia and America. In addition to offering various cleaning machines for our customers’ use, the Taiwan facility includes office space and an Analytical Lab. Regional customers visiting our Technical Center will team with our local application engineers to conduct comprehensive cleaning trials and cleanliness assessments quickly and efficiently in order to define the optimum cleaning process solution.


ZESTRON’s mission is to innovate, educate and develop the highest quality products and services that meet customers’ needs. “Continuous Innovation is our commitment to our customers and with the opening of our Hsinchu Technical Center, we are able to offer our customers the latest in precision cleaning technologies and the highest level of technical support and service that they have come to expect from ZESTRON” said James Yeoh, the Executive Director of ZESTRON South Asia.


The new ZESTRON Taiwan facility is located at No. 158, Section 2, Gongdaowu Road, East District, Hsinchu City. The Inauguration Ceremony will take place on May 16, 2018, from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM.   


About ZESTRON:                                                                                                                                              

Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, and operating in more than 35 countries, ZESTRON is the globally leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics 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.

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.

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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