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Transtec America to exhibit YAMAHA Productivity Solutions at SMTAI

Rosemont, IL, USA – Transtec America, LLC and Yamaha Motor Corporation USA‘s Intelligent Machinery (IM) Division will exhibit systems and solutions that are part of YAMAHA’s “Total Line Solution” at SMTAI 2019 in Booth #223 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, September 24 – 25, 2019.

Systems and solutions either shown or represented will include the versatile Z:LEX YSM20R modular mounter, which comes in a single or dual gantry configuration.  Its one-head solution concept provides a wide range of component sizes, allowing for chip shooting and multifunction placement with a single head. 

In addition, the iPulse S10 mounter will be displayed.  The Hybrid/Modular machine offers many unique, standard features in a small footprint, including maximum board handling capacity of 955mm; a Multi-Conveyor System and a class-leading component range (01005 to 120 x 90 mm, up to 30mm height). It also has optional 3D hybrid placement functions such as an integrated dispenser, part on part capability and placement force control. 

Also shown will be the YCP10 Solder Paste Printer, packed with innovative features for speed, accuracy, and consistent quality. In addition to its standard Solder Paste Roll Volume Detection, its unique adjustable squeegee angle provides optimum aperture fill for the spectrum of PCB assembly challenges.  Both features provide an unmatched print consistency throughout the entire production run, regardless of pauses and/or delays in production. 

Lastly, software demonstrations will be conducted for the YSi-V 3D high-speed inspection system (AOI) machine. In addition to standard 2D AOI functionality, the YSi-V Series machines can be configured for high speed 3D inspection as well. Furthermore, the YSi-V has 4D capability by employing 4 additional off-axis cameras along with its main downward looking camera. With 4D capability, components can be inspected at 5 different angles, increasing object visibility around nearby components. For more information, and to see the equipment first-hand, visit booth #223 at the SMTAI Conference and Exposition at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, September 24 - 25. 

About Transtec America

Trans-Tec has provided more than 30 years of excellence in SMT and electronics manufacturing. Founded in 1988 and now operating out of 41 locations in 11 countries, TransTechnology Worldwide has long been established as a worldwide leader in sales, distribution and after-market service for a full line of electronic manufacturing equipment. Trans-Tec America has been established to provide comprehensive sales, distribution and service for Yamaha industrial and SMT products throughout North America, including the full range of Yamaha SMT equipment with a particular emphasis on the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

About Yamaha Motor Intelligent Machinery

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA IM is a subdivision of Yamaha Motor Corporation, and offers a full line of machines for electric/electronic parts mounting and other production-line solutions to answer the diversifying needs of today’s electronics manufacturers. Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA has sales and service offices in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America, providing a truly global sales and service network, delivering best in class on-site sales and service support for their customers.

ZESTRON’s Terry Price to Present at SMTA International 2019

Manassas, VA – September 11, 2019 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 Terry Price, PhD will be presenting, “pH Neutral Cleaning Agents: Technology and Performance” with Axel Vargas of Lockheed Martin at SMTA International on September 24th.

Presentation/Paper Abstract: Effective electronic assembly cleaning is greatly challenged due to component miniaturization, larger component packages, higher lead counts, reduced conductor spacing, tighter pitch and lower standoffs. Added to these geometry challenges, greater use of lead-free solder paste and the increasing trend of multiple thermal cycles result in difficult to remove burnt-in flux residues. However, these challenges are overcome with the use of engineered aqueous-based cleaning agents. 

Modern cleaning agents can be alkaline or pH neutral depending on the degree of solvency required. Each are environmentally friendly as they are biodegradable and HAP free. However, in addition to excellent material compatibility and ease of handling, pH neutral formulations have the added advantage of potentially eliminating the need for waste water neutralization. 

Effective cleaning processes require an optimized balance of mechanical, thermal, and chemical energy. Cleaning agents provide the chemical energy. As electronic assemblies are completely washed with the cleaning agent, the cleaning agents are formulated with inhibition packages in order to ensure effective material compatibility with the substrate and component materials. To maintain a stable pH value throughout the life of the wash solution, pH neutral cleaning agent formulations contain buffering packages preserving the pH level as flux residues accumulate with the wash solution.


Along with Dr. Price’s presentation, ZESTRON will be exhibiting at booth #623. Please visit us to discuss cleaning solutions applicable to your electronics engineering or manufacturing process. For more information or to schedule a meeting please click here.

Transition Automation (TA) Upgrades Squeegee Offering for Panasonic SPG and SPV model SMT printers

Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, USA -- Transition Automation, Inc. announces the availability of two new and advanced SMT squeegee assemblies for Panasonic SPG and SPV SMT printers.  The new designs include a stronger blade holder assembly with a streamlined front clamp bar with fewer holes, and a fourth generation paste retainer design that enables easy paste retainer detachment for cleaning and maintenance.
The new squeegee holders are compatible and drop-in ready for both the Panasonic SPG and SPV SMT printers and are thus designated PLX-PAN-U-xx-PR and PLX-PAN-V-xx-PR respectively.  The holders maintain a weight advantage in that they are more than 50 percent lighter than typical OEM holders.
When combined with TA’s highly durable Permalex® Edge metal squeegees, these blade and holder systems give the end user a tough package that is much less likely to suffer a ding, dent or nick from handling.  They are available for delivery in 1-2 weeks A.R.O. and Ship F.O.B. from Transition Automation Headquarters in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts,  USA.  
Transition Automation Permalex squeegee blades and holder systems are designed for high performance and longevity for mission-critical electronics production.  TA products are used worldwide for Aerospace, Automotive, Communications, Industrial control, Government and Satellite Systems applications.  Transition Automation, Inc. enhances electronics manufacturing production yield and efficiency by reducing machine interruption while maintaining high performance output for lengthy production cycles.  Transition Automation strives for production consistency between orders, and across various machine platforms and squeegee styles.
Transition Automation, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of Permalex® Edge Metal Squeegees, holder systems, and advanced SMT printing systems.  Founded in 1989, Transition Automation, Inc. continues to advance the state of the art in surface mount solder paste printing by innovating the critical and high-cycle squeegee component of the SMT assembly process.  The PrinTEK Series of SMT benchtop printers is renowned for their ability to produce high quality results for ultra-fine pitch SMT in high-mix production situations. The company is located at 5 Trader Circle, Building D, Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, USA, 01879. Phone: 978-649-2400; Fax 978-649-2402, Web: www.transitionautomation.com 

Creative Electron Gets A Visit From Scotty Allen of 'Strange Parts'

Creative Electron, the manufacturer of the highest quality technical x-ray machines in the U.S.A., was proud to host Scotty Allen from the successful YouTube channel, “Strange Parts”. Widely known for his interest in the ever-evolving world of technology, his videos consist of “Do It Yourself” technology projects and travel documentaries. Scotty is famous for building an iPhone 6S from individual components sold in China!

Thus, Strange Parts!

As a former software engineer in Silicon Valley, Scotty Allen has traveled the world in search of adventure. After riding a bike through Laos and Cambodia, building and racing land yachts, planting coral underwater in Borneo – he began seeking out the weird and wonderful. That passion brought him to Creative Electron.

After a discussion about the history of x-ray and the evolution of the technology, he toured the factory, where Scotty photographed and filmed the experience of the energy that moves the machinery of Creative Electron. From the x-ray museum to the high tech mobile x-ray van, he shared in the enthusiasm to be on the cutting edge of the future of x-ray technology and its use in industry, quality control, and product safety.

The highlight of the visit was a challenge to see if Creative Electron’s TruView x-ray machine could identify a store-bought cell phone from the one Scotty built himself from, quite literally, from strange parts. To the naked eye, the phones looked identical. The TruView Parts Inspector highlighted the differences.

The day of collective excitement concluded with handshakes and a Q&A on Creative Electron’s plans for the future. Driven by Scotty’s stamp of Strange Parts approval, the enthusiasm at Creative Electron has doubled to follow the amazing journey that will take the company to new heights of ingenuity.

To learn more about Scotty’s visit to Creative Electron, please visit


ZESTRON Launches New Cleaning Agent for Removal of Conformal Coating

Manassas, VA – August 6, 2019 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 it has released ATRON® DC, a decoating cleaning agent. 
ATRON® DC is a maintenance cleaning agent designed to remove conformal coating from pallets, fixtures and tools. It quickly and reliably removes different coating materials including acrylics, urethanes, and epoxies. The water-based, pH neutral formulation of ATRON® DC has been developed to improve worker safety versus traditional solvents, ATRON® DC suitable for use in most maintenance cleaning equipment, including dip tank and ultrasonic machines. 

For more information on ATRON® DC please click here

ZESTRON is headquartered in Manassas, Virginia and operates in more than 35 countries. With eight technical centers worldwide and the industry’s most knowledgeable 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 or to tour one of our technical centers, please visit www.zestron.com.

Amerway Marks 30 Years in Business as Leading Domestic Solder, Alloy Manufacturer

Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA – Amerway, Inc. celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year as a leading domestic manufacturer of high-purity solder products for the electronics manufacturing industry. Family-owned and operated since 1989, Amerway is strategically located in the eastern United States, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, serving its customers with custom alloys, solder bar, wire, and other specialized formulations and specialty products and services in the electronics manufacturing and assembly industries as well as the stained glass craft and arts. Amerway provides both lead-bearing and lead-free alloys as needed by its customers. All Amerway products are manufactured in the USA of virgin metals.

In making the announcement, Terry Buck, President, stated, “For three decades Amerway has been, and continues to be, a leader not only in solder itself but in customer support. We have expanded our offerings to include ‘Green’ Dross recovery and recycling options, Custom Fabrication of specialty items, and more, while continuing to provide our traditional services such as Solder Pot Analysis.  We offer full Product Certification, and we hold ISO 9001 quality certification.” Recently, Amerway completed the addition of a new 4,000 ft2 lead-free casting room within its Beale Avenue manufacturing facility in Altoona, and a state-of-the-art Continuous Casting System that improves lead times for all orders.” Amerway alloy products include pure tin, tin/copper, tin/antimony, tin/silver, SAC-alloys, fluxes, and more.  

About Amerway

Amerway Inc., based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA, is a premier supplier of solder bar, solder wire, fluxes, and custom alloy products to the electronics manufacturing industry. Amerway manufactures a large selection of lead-bearing and lead-free alloys including pure tin, tin/copper, tin/antimony, tin/silver, SAC-alloys, fluxes, and more. For more information, visit www.amerway.com, or contact the company at 3701 Beale Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601; Tel. 814-944-0200.

Masterwork Electronics Appoints Bhawnesh Mathur as Chief Executive Officer

Rohnert Park, CA – July 23, 2019 – Masterwork Electronics, (“Masterwork”), a top manufacturer of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA), which is backed by Hidden Harbor Capital Partners, today announced the appointment of Bhawnesh Mathur as its new Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1994 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. 

“Bhawnesh brings a wealth of strategic leadership gained from his 30-year career in electronics manufacturing, with cross-industry insight from experience at a range of companies on both the customer and supplier sides,” said David Block, Partner at Hidden Harbor. “His deep industry knowledge in electronics combined with his proven executive experience make him the perfect candidate to lead Masterwork during this exciting time in the company’s growth.” 

Over the course of his distinguished 30-year career, Bhawnesh has successfully worked in various roles throughout the electronics industry ranging from assignments in plant management and global supply chain logistics, to driving cross-border efforts and efficiencies in global and regional teams. Prior to joining Masterwork, Bhawnesh served as CEO of Creation Technologies for four years and as CEO of Epic Technologies for five years. Previously, Bhawnesh spent two formative decades at IBM, where he learned creative ways to apply his technological expertise to help customers solve problems. 

Originally from India, Bhawnesh graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering before going on to receive his Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona. 

“I’m excited to join the team and help propel Masterwork Electronics into its next stage of growth as we continue to focus on superior service, innovative solutions and a high-performance culture for the benefit of our customers, suppliers and employees,” said Bhawnesh Mathur. 

Masterwork Electronics 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.

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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